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RR Autograph Auctions Ty Cobb exhibit card

RR Autograph Auctions TY Cobb

Vintage 3.25 x 5.25 exhibit card of Cobb in his Detroit uniform, with printing at the bottom of the card identifying his team as Philadelphia, nicely signed in fountain pen, “Ty Cobb.” In fine condition. Cobb signed with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1927, after being cleared in a game fixing scandal brought about by Dutch Leonard. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Ty Cobb


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RR Autograph Auctions Oliver Cromwell

Otherwise occupied with “public affairs,” Cromwell sends “Mr. Stapylton, to treat with you about the business in agitation between your Daughter and my Son”

English soldier and statesman (1599–1658) who led Parliamentary forces in the English Civil War, waged war against Scotland and Ireland and, in 1653, following the execution of Charles I, became Lord Protector of Great Britain, a position he held until his death in 1658. After a yearlong reign by his son, Richard, the British throne was restored (to Charles II) and Cromwell’s body was exhumed and posthumously ‘executed.’ ALS in Old English, signed “O Cromwell,” one page, 7.25 x 11.5, March 8, 1648. Letter to his son Richard’s future father-in-law. In full: “Yours I have received; and have given farther instructions to this Bearer, Mr. Stapylton, to treat with you about the business in agitation between your Daughter and my Son. I am engaged to you for all your civilities and respects already manifested. I trust there will be a right understanding between us, and a good conclusion; and though I cannot particularly remember the things spoken of at Farnham, to which your Letter seems to refer me, yet I doubt not but I have sent the offer of such things now as will give mutual satisfaction to us both. My attendance upon public affairs will not give me leave to come down unto you myself; I have sent unto you this Gentleman with my mind. I salute Mrs. Mayor, though unknown, with the rest of your Family. I commit you with the progress of the Business, to the Lord; and rest.” In very good condition, with intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, scattered light toning and foxing, and two wax remnants to left edge.

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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Oliver Cromwell


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RR Auctions Grand Army of the Republic Sword

Model 1860 Field and Staff Officer’s sword with patriotic motif on pommel, D-guard handle, and clamshell guard, depicting eagles and flags. Black leather handle grip has wire wraps. Steel blade, manufactured in Germany, has ornate floral etching with patriotic shield and flags, maker marked “The M.C. Lilly Company. 13 W. 30th St. New York.” Comes with original tan leather belt with sword hanger strap, and a brass buckle depicting the G.A.R. membership emblem. In good to very good condition, with the expected wear and tarnish from age and handling. RRAuction COA.

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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Sword


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RR Auctions Battles and Leaders of the Civil War

Battles and Leaders of the Civil War



Four hardcover volumes of Battles and Leaders of the Civilian War, The Century Company, De Vinne Press, New York, published 1884–1889. In very good condition, with light toning, loose, but intact hinges, and the expected wear to the covers and spines. RRAuction COA.

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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Civil War


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RR Auctions Ivory Gripped Colt 1860 Army Revolver

#81137, caliber .44 with an 8” barrel having a very good bore. This was a standard military issue revolver with a few small inspector’s initials remaining on the metal. All of the steel surfaces have been cleaned to bright. There are no patent markings on the frame, the cylinder scene has been removed, and the “NEW-YORK” barrel address is clearly legible. The numbers match with the exception of “200737” on the backstrap and a plain wedge.

The ivory grips are repaired with a small piece of brown bone in the right hand side, otherwise they have nice age toning. The mechanism works well. RRAuction COA.

No Federal Firearms License or other permits are required to either purchase or receive these guns as the date of manufacture of this revolver was before the cut-off year of 1898.

Please note: RR Auction does not warranty the safety of the firearm. Therefore, we recommend that, before you use any firearm, purchased here or anywhere else, you have it examined by a qualified gunsmith to determine whether or not it is safe to use.

Notice Regarding the Sale of Ivory and Tortoiseshell: Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing ivory or tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Revolver


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RR Auctions Confederate Diary: B.M. Seaton

Brown leather Confederate diary of Benjamin M. Seaton, 5.5 x 7.5, housed in a hardcover presentation folder and slipcase. A solider in the Tenth Texas Infantry, at thirty years old, Seaton was amongst the elder soldiers. Spanning a period of three and a half years, this diary contains accounts of some of the most significant battles, including the Atlanta Campaign. A member of Company G, Seaton saw action in nine major engagements and several skirmishes, but what fascinated Seaton the most was not the conflict, but the maneuvering tactics that followed, which he writes about with eager fervor.

A few entries of note are as follows, including Seaton’s original grammar, vocabulary, and spelling:

January 11, 1863: “Sunday 11th—at 8 A. M. the [gunboat] fireing commenced again and kept up vary study all day and at 10 A. M. small arms commenced and was kept up untell 4 P. M. when the white flag was run up on our wright wich we was vary sory to sea but nevertheless it was so so we were ordered to stack arms and was marched down to the river bank and a strong guard placed around us fer the knight. We are prisners of war.”

Confederate Diary: B.M. Seaton

January 12, 1863: “Monday 12th—we lay thar on the bank untell late in [the] eaving when we went on one of ther boats to start to Yankadom. I was vary sick fer several days on the boat—no correct time of anything will be ceapt. We went up the Missippi River to Louisville [St. Louis] some 600 miles by water and thar our officers were taken from us and sent to Camp Chace [Chase] in Ohio near Columbus and the privets went up to Aulton [Alton, Illinois] some 50 miles and thar taken the cars [railroad] for Chicago to Camp Douglas som 250 miles by railrode. Arrived thar on the 28th—vary cold and snowing—sevare cold weather. The troops suffered a grate deale—it made a grate meny sick and caused a grate many deaths in the command. We cold git no correct news while we remained thar—we wer treated tolerable well about as well as we cold exspect prisners of war to be treated.”

The last journal entry on April 24, 1865, ends abruptly, giving no information as to his destination or plans after the war. He concludes the diary with a list of soldiers, noting their status as “died” or “transferred.” Ending as abruptly as it began, Seaton, over the course of the entire war, makes no mention of his home, family, or friends, making this account acutely intriguing as the memoirs of a seeming ghost. So little information from the Tenth Texas Infantry has come to print, making this diary exceptional in historical essence and value. Scattered light toning, soiling, and pencil notations throughout the text, and the expected wear to the cover, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by the book, The Bugle Softly Blows, containing a complete transcription of the diary, along with information regarding Seaton’s regiment, published by the Texian Press. RRAuction COA.


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RR Auctions Lincoln Conspirators Execution

Lincoln Conspirators Execution

Original albumen photograph of the execution of the Lincoln assassination conspirators, 8.75 x 6.25, by Alexander Gardner, taken in Washington, D.C., on July 7, 1865. The albumen print on paper shows the scaffold and the dangling, hooded bodies of Mary Surratt (who kept a boardinghouse where the conspirators met), George Atzerodt (charged with the attempted assassination of Vice President Johnson), David Herold (who assisted Booth on his flight from Washington) and Lewis Payne (who attempted to assassinate Secretary of War Stanton). The photo’s deckled edges are preserved at top of sheet and is cloth matted and framed to an overall size of 17.75 x 16.

Scattered creases and wrinkles, a couple small tears to bottom edge, and some light silvering and curling to vertical edges, otherwise very good condition. Provenance: William E. Simon Collection of Historical Documents, Christie’s, New York, June 14, 2005.

Entitled ‘After the Drop: The Execution of the Lincoln Assassination,’ this famous photograph is one of a series of ten images, “Hanging of the Lincoln Conspirators,” captured by Alexander Gardner (assisted by Timothy O’Sullivan) on July 7, 1865, representing the official record of the execution at the Washington Penitentiary. The Scottish-born photographer was the sole photographer permitted to document the execution, but the photographs were considered too graphic for public consumption and were recreated as illustrations for Harper’s Weekly.

Gardner’s biographer, Mark Katz wrote that these scenes “remain the most vivid images from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It was the longest picture-story recording of an event to date, capturing a complex, significant series of events. Gardner and O’Sullivan’s execution series was a 19th-century precursor of the kind of photo-journalism that subsequently became so important” (Witness to an Era, p. 192). RRAuction COA.

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Posted by on March 17, 2012 in Abraham Lincoln


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