Auction featuring stamps, exonumia, photographica, antique cameras and parts will be held April 2-3 A pair of massive single-owner multi-generational collections – one of stamps and exonumia (tokens, medals and the like), the other of photographica and antique cameras – will be auctioned April 2-3.
News-Antique.com - Mar 18,2016 - AMESBURY, Mass. – A pair of massive single-owner multi-generational collections – one of stamps and exonumia (tokens, medals and the like), the other of photographica and antique cameras – will be sold April 2-3 by John McInnis Auctioneers, in the firm’s gallery at 76 Main Street in Amesbury, starting at 12 noon both days, Eastern time. Nearly 1,000 lots will be sold.
“Each of these sessions will have interesting and highly desirable items waiting to be discovered, after being tucked away, out of public view, literally for decades,” said John McInnis of John McInnis Auctioneers. “There will be something for everyone, from the beginner to the advanced collector.” Internet bidding will be provided by both LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.
Session I – the stamps and exonumia – will be sold on Saturday, April 2nd. The stamps are from a two-generation collection begun in the 1930s by a prominent family in Andover that operated a woolen mill facility for years in town. The collection has never before been seen at auction and will include plate blocks, commemoratives, air mails, first day covers and international albums.
Expected top lots will include a 1-cent “Columbus Sight of Land” 1893 Columbian Exposition issue, a block of 24 Curtiss bi-plane airmail stamps from 1918, a block of six 50-cent “China Clipper” airmail stamps (also from 1918), a Graf Zeppelin $1.30 stamp, and an International Souvenir Sheet Album from 1939, complete except for the U.S., Albania thru the French Sudan.
Exonumia, from an Ipswich family collection, will also be sold April 2nd and immediately following stamps will feature Civil War and Hard Times tokens, table medals, commemoratives, advertising, political and presidential examples, fraternal and membership-themed medals and tokens, prize medals, merchant tokens, art medals, transportation tokens, currency, encased coins and stamps and institutional awards.
Star lots will feature a John Adams, Esq. Presidential campaign medal from 1800, a group of 12 Civil War-era postage stamps encased in brass and mica so they could more easily be protected and exchanged as currency, a lot of 22 Civil War and Hard Time tokens (1856 City Hall New York, Mahony's Clothes Warehouse, etc.), Post Colonials, and a lot of 12 Colonial and post-Colonial issues (1722 Rosa Americana penny, 1773 Virginia half penny, and others).
Other exonumia will include a group of 20 Hard Time store card tokens and other items from the 1930s, to include March's Stationery (Portsmouth, N.H.), Anderson Boot (NY), Walsh's General Store, The Constitution “Roman Fitness” and Clothes (Faneuil Hall, Boston). Also sold will be a group of obsolete banknotes, scripts and Confederate / Civil War-era fractional and store issues.
Session II – on April 3rd – will be dedicated to two areas of photography, from the dawn of “solar painting.” These will include perhaps one of the largest known single-owner collections of daguerreotypes (some dating as far back as the early 1840s) and ambrotypes – between 600 and 700 examples between the two – plus tintypes, cabinet cards, cartes des visites, albumen prints and more –