Rare Charles Geekie "Ladies Blush" Trade Tokens Archive
Circa 1860 Exceptional Collector Archive Lot of Five CHARLES W. GEEKIE "Ladies Blush" Items. Set of (4) Tokens; (2) Struck in German Silver & (2) Struck in White Metal and (1) 1862 Hand-dated Civil War Period Currency Note.
Circa 1860 Geekie Baltimore, Maryland Trade Tokens. (2) German Silver and (2) White Metal, 23 mm, about 3.6 gm. The trade tokens of Charles W. Geekie are rarely offered for sale and are extremely underrated. This is the first example ever to be offered at the auction block at Early American History Auctions, and to have a Set of FOUR is simply extraordinary! The “Anchor” and two “Decanters” on the obverse are motifs with ties to Geekie's liquor business at 123 Baltimore Street in Baltimore, Maryland. These example are as nice as known for the issue, two being a solid AU tokens with lustre. The surfaces appear to be typical for what is known and under magnification trivial imprefections observed within the devices or as described individually and im aged below. Rulau's 2004 reference values this rare issue at $500 in VF, with no prices provided beyond that grade. We located one auction record from 2008 for a German Silver “5” example graded AU which sold for $690 (it was also the very first example that major firm had ever offered). The same type offered in the current set being finer and more lustrous. A wonderful opportunity to acquire a remarkable set of four, together with a Signed “Geekie” Note!
This Remarkable Collector Lot of Five (5) CHARLES W. GEEKIE Items Includes: Stated to be a “PLATE NOTE” for a reference book: CHARLES W. GEEKIE, 25¢ Baltimore July 17, 1862 Ladies Blush Currency Note: “Will pay Twenty-five Cents on demand in Ladies Blush, Hen fruit Cobbles & Rum Coolers. Baltimore July 17, 1862” - Fine and Signed by “Cha. W. Geekie” at lower right as Cashier.
CHAS. W. GEEKIE WHITE METAL 5 Miller 57 (ex: fuld 282) - Choice AU with lustre
CHAS. W. GEEKIE GERMAN SILVER 5 Miller 58 (ex: fuld 282) - Choice AU with lustre
CHAS. W. GEEKIE WHITE METAL 10 Miller 59 (ex: fuld 282) - Choice EF, pinscratch
CHAS. W. GEEKIE WHITE METAL 10 (ex: fuld 282) POSSIBLY UNIQUE. Very Good, holded at top, some edge bumps.
Please view this lot Online for enlarged images. Ex: Russ & Jane Sears Baltimore, Maryland Collection. (5 items).