CINCINNATI – Hindman will present the collection of James Milgram, M.D. as the cornerstone of its American Historical Ephemera and Photography Auction, taking place Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Dr. Milgram’s collection features one of the most significant offerings of broadsides to ever come to market. In addition to the 18th- to 20th-century broadsides, the collection also includes an impressive selection of ephemeral Americana and historical documents. Across the two-day sale, the 630 lots also contain photography, militaria, imprints, manuscript material and other ephemera dating from the 17th century through the early 20th century.
Dr. Milgram’s remarkable collection will be highlighted by the first Confederate imprint, The Union is Dissolved, which carries an estimate of $25,000-$35,000. This first edition broadside was printed a mere 15 minutes after the unanimous vote of the South Carolina legislature to secede with the bold proclamation, “The Union is Dissolved.”
Another lot expected to see great attention is the earliest and rarest Lincoln assassination reward broadside, $30,000 Reward. Description of John Wilkes Booth!, which is estimated at $20,000-$30,000. Also, an illustrated recruitment broadside, estimated at $3,000-$4,000 and titled Irish Brigade 2d Regt. to be raised in Philadelphia, printed to seek volunteers for Company C of the 115th Pennsylvania Infantry, is another highlight.
On Thursday, November 3, the auction will be anchored by property from many prominent, well-respected collectors and dealers in historical memorabilia, including George Sanders, William H. Itoh, James C. Frasca, and the estate of Carroll J. Delery III, formerly known as the Historical Shop. Highlights include more than 85 lots of photography, weaponry, uniforms and accoutrements from the Civil War and militaria collection of George Sanders; military reports, maps, post-war letters from Union and Confederate officers, and other papers gathered by Union Army officer Louis-Philippe-Albert d’Orleans, comte de Paris, while conducting research for his book History of the Civil War in America, which is estimated at $15,000-$25,000; and a half plate copy daguerreotype of Zachary Taylor, estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
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