January 31st Auction spans Triangle Trade Document to Confederate Gun A major collection of nearly 500 genuine Civil War documents and other historical items will be auctioned on January 31st, 2012, by Cohasco, Inc., of Yonkers, NY.
of the first successful American magazines, 1792, proudly noting that the national debt has been reduced to $400,000 ($750-950);
• Collection of a saga of Antarctica, Operation Deepfreeze, called “perhaps the single most striking international scientific endeavor of the twentieth century” ($8500-10,500), and a Navy flying suit designed for polar missions, with plug and hundreds of wires for electric heating woven into fabric ($450-550);
• 1768 document for land sold by a free black man in New Hampshire, signed with his “X” ($275-350);
• Gold Rush ledger from the California town that was literally at the end of the road. Known as “Bagdad,” for its exotic connotations, North Fork, Calif. was notorious for its mingling of American, German, Mexican, and Chinese adventurers ($1600-2400);
• Extremely scarce “Bickerstaff’s Boston Almanack” of 1779 ($2250-2750);
• Exquisite proof of vignette used on $500 bill ($1900-2500);
• Enormous map of coal fields of Pennsylvania, 1890, measuring 4 by 21 feet ($475-675);
• Fascinating letter shedding light on the story that John Wilkes Booth escaped, and lived in Oklahoma til 1903 under the name St. George, who recited Shakespeare, had a limp, and would drink himself into a stupor every April 14th - the anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination ($150-200);
• Significant document providing financing for the first nail factory in America, 1795, in Ramapo, N.Y., signed by inventor ($950-1450);
• Rare 1881 Wells, Fargo express cover to Vulture City, Arizona Territory ($950-1250);
• And many other items.
All items are fully described at http://cohascodpc.com. A free 152-page printed catalogue is available by mail, while supplies last.
About Cohasco, Inc.: Established 66 years, Cohasco is a dealer in and auctioneer of historical documents, manuscripts, books, antiquarian materials and collectibles. Over the years they have handled the sale of numerous prominent collections, in a range of fields, from colonial to Confederate, mediaeval to modern. Past highlights included the lamps that illuminated Lincoln’s wedding, an archive of the Duryea, America’s first “mass-produced” automobile, and the Bible owned by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s mother, setting a world record price for a twentieth-century Bible.