American history unfolds at Cowan’s Auctions June 22

Rare 26-star American maritime flag, wool, 132 x 156 in. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Cowan’s Auctions image

CINCINNATI – Cowan’s American History Premier Auction, scheduled for June 22, is composed of early photographs, documents, manuscripts, broadsides, flags and more dating from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, late Indian Wars, World War I and II and beyond. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Early photography includes a posed daguerreotype image of two men playing cards (below).

Half plate daguerreotype of two fashionably dressed men posed playing cards, housed in a half case. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Cowan’s Auctions image

Broadsides in the auction range from entertainment ads to the debate over slavery.

Rare anti-slavery two-tone broadside published in the wake of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850,15 x 22¾ in. Estimate $4,000-$6,000.

The auction also features a Lincoln assassination archive compiled by Our American Cousin cast member William J. Ferguson, an 1868-1869 diary describing the Washita Campaign penned by Gen. George Custer’s officer, James McLean Steele, and additional offerings from the Patsy Garlow Collection of William F. Cody family photographs, including the albumen photograph of the “Scouts of the Plains,” Western Legends, “Wild Bill” Hickok, “Texas Jack” Omohundro, and “Buffalo Bill” Cody.