THE GRANT GALLERY


810. GRANT, Ulysses Simpson. (1822-85) Extremely fine content Autograph Letter Signed "U. S. Grant Lt. Gen.", 2pp. 8vo., (5" x 8") on "Head-Quarters Armies of the United States" letterhead, Washington, June 22, 1865 to S. Bishop & Co. "Dear Sir: I am just in receipt of the portrait of Washington beautifully executed by the arrangements of the words of the Declaration of Independence so as to make them give the portrait which you have been kind enough to send me. I shall prize this very highly and will have it framed to hand down to my children as something to be revered. Yours Truly. U.S. Grant Lt. Gen." Light horizontal creases and very light soiling, else fine condition. The General wrote this just two months after accepting Lee's surrender and one year before he was commissioned General of the Armies by Congress. The portrait he references is found in several institutional holdings... we wonder if his word held true and his copy remains in the family! A fine example with interesting association. (Est. $3,000-3,500)
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811. GRANT, U.S. Bold clipped signature, 4 x 1" mounted onto a slightly larger sheet, typical show-through from verso, overall a fine example most likely removed from a war-date document. (Est. $300-500)
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812. The General's calling card! 3 1/2 x 2", light, even age/foxing, this card comes with fun provenance: from the Howard family of Galena, Illinois... "hometown" of U.S. Grant. The Howards had family papers that dated back to the Black Hawk War... this keepsake found in one of their albums! Grant maintained correspondence with the family throughout his presidency. A fun keepsake.. the first we've seen! (Est. $150-250)
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813. Two interesting letters, both with postal canceled covers and both commenting on President Grant. An ALS, 3 1/2 pp., October 10, 1869, North Scituate, RI, by Anne to her sister Mrs. James N. Burleigh of New Hampshire. Anne writes: "...Do you feel to mourn on account of the death of Frank Pierce - I see that President Grant has ordered that Washington be draped tomorrow and that all business cease. Now I call that hypocrisy - to curse a man while alive and then pretend to mourn for him as soon as he is dead. The country has no reason to mourn for him and why should it put on the semblance of mourning..." Both letter and cover are very fine. Together with an ALS, 4 pp., June 16, 1869, from Albert Hobles to his sister Anne. He writes: "...was here this morning...to witness the reception of the President and party at the State House and the review of the State troops under the Command of Major Gen. Butler. The President is rather under sized, a very plain unpretending looking man. He was dressed quite plain in black with a silk hat of last year's style and compared with Butler, who is rather commanding in his figure with his showy uniform on - he looked rather inferior. but I noticed he had a very keen eye and the form of his mouth indicated firmness, and a determination to `Fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer...' Letter is quite fine, cover has minor tears at top, very slight loss at bottom. (Est. $100-150)


The son of a treasonous President appeals for a job from President Grant... doing a little... how do we say?... "ass-kissing!"

814. TYLER, John, Jr. (1819-86) Like his older brother, Robert, John served as private secretary to his father during his presidential administration. During the Civil War, he served as Confederate Assistant Secretary of War. ALS, 2pp., Washington City, December 19, 1876 addressed to "His Excellency U.S. Grant, President, United States." The letter is a request for a position as US District Judge for the district of Florida. Tyler gives a brief autobiography to President Grant stating that his resume is very complete, having several years experience as an attorney in other legal organizations, and has been endorsed by the local Republican Association. He also writes: "I look to yourself almost exclusively as the hope of the Nation - as the absolute continuing necessity of the Nation." Tyler was not given the position, but Grant did appoint him to a minor office in the Internal Revenue Bureau in Tallahassee, FL. Great association! (Est. $300-500)
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815. CDV-matted tintype on gold-ruled, titled board: "Gen. Grant." Slight clips to mount corners, save for one tiny emulsion spot, a superior ferrotype plate. (Est. $100-200)
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816. Scarce carte by Anthony on gold-ruled, titled mount "Maj. Genl. U.S. Grant." Ink identification on bottom of mount, bumped at corners, bold with rich contrast. (Est. $100-150)
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817. Mrs. Julia Grant, Brady imprint with cancelled revenue stamp. Grant's wife was severely cross-eyed, and rarely had her photograph taken in a straight-on pose. Most published images show her in profile like this. Excellent. (Est. $80-100)
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Grant's home in Philadelphia... adorned with flags for the victory over Lee... and the addition of mourning bunting following the assassination.
818. Rare CDV of General Grant's Philadelphia residence taken just after Lincoln's assassination. An unpublished view, stamped by "R. Newell, Arch St., Philadelphia" on verso. We have seen a similar study from a different angle in a stereo format - this is first we have seen in carte format. Just below the center is a bust of the slain President. Excellent tone and detail, bottom mount trimmed for insertion into an album not affecting the albumen. Grant spent time in Philadelphia just after the assassination, sitting for the photographer Frederick Gutekunst with a mourning arm-band - one of his more famous poses. (Est. $400-600)
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819. U.S. Grant stereoview on flat, yellow mount with Anthony/Brady credit and titled label on verso: "WAR VIEWS. Lieut. Gen. Grant and his favorite horse Lexington. Taken at Cold Harbor, Va. June 4th, 1864." The General holds a cigar in his left hand while standing next to his loyal mount - just days before the Battle at Cold Harbor. A fine image with just some light age. A seldom offered photograph of the Civil War's greatest Union General. (Est. $400-$600)
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820. Rare General U.S. Grant stereoview, Anthony/Brady titled label on verso: "WAR VIEWS. Lieut. Gen. Grant and chief of staff Gen. Rawlins, at his Head Quarters, at Cold Harbor, Va. Taken June 14th, 1864." A superb image of Grant reading what looks to be battle plans, seated next to his loyal confidante, Gen. John Rawlins. On flat, yellow board with just a hint of wear to mount. The albumen has superb tone and detail. Grant lost 7,000 men at the Battle at Cold Harbor to General Lee's forces, and is considered Lee's last major victory of the Civil War. Wonderful!
(Est. $500-$700)
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821. Similar to previous lot. Stereoview published by Anthony, "Negative by Brady & Co." On flat, yellow mount, two minor spots, quite fine. AND... despite two examples being offered here, still quite scarce! (Est. $400-600)
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African-Americans preparing to vote for Grant.

822. A great stereoview, on purple mount, titled in pen on verso "Election Scene Nov. 3, 1868." Photograph shows a large, mostly Black crowd, in a Savannah square with a huge banner for Republican Ulysses S. Grant. This was the first presidential election after Blacks gained suffrage and they gave Grant his slim margin of victory. A fine historical record. (Est. $300-400)
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823. Limoges Grant porcelain, with "T & V" hallmark on bottom. Gold detailing remains to portions of the handle, 2 1/2" tall and 5" at the widest (handle to lip). Grant as President, gold detailing surrounding portrait, devoid of repairs, one tiny indent at very edge of rim, excellent. An elegant piece of china... the first anyone has ever seen! An exceptional rarity worthy, as THEY say, of "the most sophisticated collection!"
(Est. $800-1,200)
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824. In all three sizes! Parian-ware vases with raised portraits of U.S. Grant on either side, in profile, against stippled backgrounds. There are applied bunches of grapes at the base of the neck. Thre three measure 10",
8 1/2", and 6" in height, light age/spots detract little, three fine specimens that would display quite nicely together! (Est. $600-800)
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825. From the year Grant was a third-term hopeful! A gorgeous, "Ballot-Box Torch" with January 2, 1880 patent by A. & W. Mfg. of Chicago embossed on the glass bowl. 10" tall with a 4" square frame, lacking wooden pole (easily found), some blue and red paint detailing present. Herbert Collins wrote of these classic forms: "This most appropriate torch was devised in 1880 for use in torchlight processions, especially for political organizations... this torch representing a globe ballot box." (See lot #459 for source of citation.) A lovely, evocative display piece that immediately calls to mind 19th-century politics. (Est. $250-350)
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826. A colorful 1868 campaign broadside/chart supporting the Republican candidate Ulysses S. Grant. With original, wooden support rods, this tremendous graphic measures 30 x 36.5" in total. Printed in blue, red, and green, entitled "The Nation's Choice in War and Peace" and features a portrait of Grant surrounded by scenes of his various victories during the Civil War. There are also several tranquil, "domestic" scenes - Grant holding a baby, meeting a one-armed veteran on a ferry, etc. Tearing on edges near blank margin at support rods, 12" separation at top left edge, not through image, could be repaired, four inch tear at top center, lays flat. Despite faults, a tremendous display piece that could be professionally restored and framed. (Est. $1,800-2,400)
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Few presidential campaigns were as virulent or caustic as that fought in 1868 by the Republicans - supporting U.S. Grant - against the Democrats - supporting Horatio Seymour.
827. The first presidential campaign following the Civil War, the Republicans saw fit to open many old wounds by running posters and cartoons featuring well-known former Confederate officer's who were then supporting the Democratic Party. Many featured alleged hateful statements made by these former enemies and/or Northern Copperheads during the war years. Nothing exemplifies that heated campaign better than this bitterly worded, brutally wrathful anti-Democratic Party poster. Circa August/Sept. 1868 issued by the Republican Party! 24" x 37". Huge headlines "LEADERS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY" featuring four separate, large cartoons each by the famous political cartoonist Thomas Nast, very unflattering depictions of "THE BUTCHER FORREST" holding aloft a C.S. flag shooting a wounded Union soldier and quoting "NO QUARTER! KILL 'EM! DAMN 'EM!... FORREST'S ORDERS NOT TO LEAVE ONE ALIVE" (quotes from allegedly official sources not depicting Forrest in the best light!). Another cartoon "THE RIOTER SEYMOUR" showing the fellow stepping on an injured black child while another Negro hangs from a lamp post with a very unflattering quote attributed to him... "THE PIRATE SEMMES" depicting him as a buccaneer holding a torch and sword against terror-stricken civilians huddling in corner and an unflattering quote... and cartoon "THE HANGMAN HAMPTON" wearing skull and crossed bones proudly on his chest, standing by three "Yankee soldiers" hanging from a scaffold who is quoted "WATCH ME BOYS, DO AS I DO" as he shot down several Federal soldiers "a quote from the Richmond Whig" of CW years. At bottom of each cartoon are specifically mentioned the 1868 plank of the Democratic Party with unflattering quotes from a speeches of each, allegedly printed in Southern newspapers. Normal aging, generally exc. Some tiny tears only on the centerfolds but all intact and not losing any wording or letters. Slight tattering mostly on the center of the extreme left blank margin and along the top blank margin. An important political - as well as Civil War - piece of Americana.
(Est. $3,000-4,000)
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828. A lovely U.S. Grant ribbon oft referred to as a "Stevensgraph" - manufactured by Stevens of Coventry, England and imported for sale in this country. This example, 5" in length, has light foxing that detracts little and once again enjoys vibrant, bright colors. (Est. $100-150)
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829. One of the most colorful U.S. Grant ribbons found - this also imported by Stevens of Coventry. 9" in length with bright green, violet, blue, and purple coloring, a gem of a fabric with just a hint of age. Overall quite bright. (Est. $200-400)
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In opposition to giving Blacks the vote!
830. An extremely important political: an 1868 ribbon proclaiming support for the Seymour-Blair ticket with the racist slogan "This is A White Man's Country: Let White Men Rule." Horatio Seymour (1810-86), Democratic candidate against Grant 1868, Governor of New York, he was characterized in the Dictionary of American Biography as "A man of dignity and integrity, he failed practically as a statesman, largely because of his gentlemanly scorn for extreme opinions." Perhaps the most reluctant candidate ever nominated for president, Seymour knew that the standard bearer of the party would be blamed for the Civil War and seen in opposition to U.S. Grant, the great hero of that conflict. Refusing to be a candidate, Seymour was unanimously chosen on the twenty-second ballot and convinced to run. This ribbon illustrates the divisive, vitriolic tone of a campaign that played on those fears associated with Reconstruction. Printed in red and blue, small patches of fabric are affixed to the top and bottom of the verso from an album, light, typical aging with light creases, but one of four known examples... this one of the better specimens. (Est. $5,000-6,000)
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831. Graphic Grant & Colfax 1868 California campaign ballot, 2 1/2 x 7", bold R,W,B colors in excellent condition. California campaign ballots are quite desirable... particularly examples in color. A lovely item.
(Est. $200-400)
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832. Pair of 1868 Grant & Seymour ballots from Minnesota. Interesting pair of ballots (3 x 7" and 3 x 6") that relate to civil rights. The Seymour ticket is inscribed at the bottom "Negro Suffrage Amendment. Amendment to Section One Article Seven, of the Constitution. NO." The "Republican Ticket" (which fails to mention Grant, but lists four presidential electors) is inscribed "Suffrage Amendment. Amendment to Section One Article Seven of the Constitution. YES." Prior to the adoptation of the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1870, the question of Negro suffrage was left to the states where it met strong Democratic opposition. Each ballot, from the state ratification struggle, has minor folds. The Republican ticket has a few light letters, due to a weak impression. Both are clean and bright. (Est. $150-200)
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833. Grant 1880 Hopeful Campaign Ribbon. Grant, elected President in 1868, reelected in 1872, enjoyed a brief campaign for a third term in 1880. Pristine 7" blue silk ribbon from a one-day event in Hartford, CT as the aged General went to greet members of the Hartford Battalion. Anything from his attempt to secure the Republican nomination in 1880 is considered rare... this is a beautiful piece!
(Est. $100-150)
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834. One of the best designed Grant covers we've seen! Quite different from the "Peace Commissioner" envelopes usually found, this notes (in sarcasm!) "Wherever they go the Olive Branch follows." Quite fine. (Est. $100-150)
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835. Three (3) jugate campaign covers from 1868. One Grant envelope is printed in blue; the other black on orange. The Seymour jugate is quite unusual and scarce. Each in quite fine condition. (Est. $100-150)
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836. Matched pair of 1868 jugate covers printed in gray. One issued as "The Nation's Choice Nov. 1868 - Grant & Colfax" while the other counters with "Our Choice Nov. 1868 - Seymour and Blair." Guess we know how that one turned out! Quite pristine in condition; a wonderful set... the Seymour is a tough one to find. (Est. $100-150)
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837. Two (2) exceptional political covers: one in blue on tan the other black on white. Unusual, seldom seen designs. Excellent! (Est. $80-120)
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838. Excellent pair of jugate campaign covers: one printed in violet on tan; the other black on buff. Great 1868 portraits and slogans! (Est. $100-150)
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839. Highly unusual Grant and Colfax campaign bio in pictorial wraps. Campaign Edition. Lives of Grant and Colfax. "Let Us Have Peace." by Charles Phelps. Published in Boston in 1868 by Lee & Sheppard. This thick illustrated bio has frontispiece engravings of Grant and Colfax and several woodcut illustrations. Light wear to titled spine, crease across Colfax's portrait and missing corner, as shown. Overall, a fine, tight copy. This is the first example we have encountered. (Est. $80-120)
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840. Extremely rare Grant & Wilson campaign circular issued as a "Buffalo Post Extra," July 26, 1872. 8 x 10" on tan paper, pristine condition, with great campaign rhetoric supporting the Republican ticket! Fine content insulting the Democratic Party. (Est. $100-150)
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841. Grant & Wilson campaign tract. An interesting four page political treatise: "The Republican Party's Fidelity to the Interests of Labor," published as two separate compendium which outline why Republicans were sympathetic to labor, especially the eight-hour law. Some tears near edges, small holes at left from binding, otherwise fine. Great political content from the Grant-Wilson race. (Est. $100-200)
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Anti-Grant - negative campaign - pamphlet... accusing the General and his Administration of corruption!
842. A rare pamphlet attacking the Grant Administration as the general sought a second term. The Grant Government, A Cage of Unclean Birds. Politic or Trick Justice, by Lyman E. DeWolf. (Chicago: Hazlitt & Reed, 1872), 12pp., in titled wraps. A scathing attack upon the Grant administration, belittling his political supporters as "wild-cat bankers, gold-gamblers, stock-jobbers, and some of the large importers and commercial dealers... These men were desirous, after the war closed, to continue their war-plunder under the special guidance and protection of the government, and they selected General Grant as a fit instrument for that purpose..." Moderate dampstain, light marginal chipping otherwise very good. (Est. $100-200)
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843. Grant Campaign Booklet. A humorous 32 page booklet in yellow illustrated wraps, Boston, New England News Co., 1872. The pamphlet, with wonderful illustrations, features an extended poem entitled The World's Peace Jubilee, and Back Bay Brawl. There is a corresponding illustration for the poem on the front cover featuring Horace Greeley and an orchestra, singing to Ulysses S. Grant. Also within the pamphlet is a song entitled "I want to be a President." and various advertisements. Small tears at spine, light age and foxing else quite fine. Includes references to the other candidates that year - both Horace Greeley and the eccentric George Francis Train! A fun political! (Est. $100-200)
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844. Beautifully illustrated, 1864 sheet music by Joseph Raff entitled "General Grant's Grand March.", 6 pp. Published by C.M. Tremain of New York, the cover features a portrait of Grant with military battles depicted above and below, to the sides of the portrait are the names of battles Grant fought listed on flags. Light damp-stain to lower right, minor foxing at top and bottom, archival-taped at spine, overall a fine example. (Est. $100-200)
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845. "Lieutenant General Grant's Grand March" published in 1862 by Lee & Walker of Philadelphia. "Respectfully Dedicated to Lieutenant General U.S. Grant." Banners hanging to sides detail the names of battles he fought in. Minor loss at spine where disbound, still intact. (Est. $100-200)
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846. Grant 1868 campaign sheet music, 6pp., published by Root & Cady of Chicago: "We'll Fight It Out Here on the Old Union Line." by Rev. John Hogarth Lozier (late Chaplain 37th Indiana Infantry) sung by him and two comrades at the 1868 Republican National Convention. "We'll rally again to the standard we bore, O'er battle fields crimson and gory, Shouting `Hail to the Chief' who in Freedom's fierce war, Hath covered that banner with glory..." Inked presentation inscription and autograph of the composer at top, but extremely faint. Excellent. (Est. $80-100)
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847. U.S. Grant CDV Album. An intricately-tooled, leather-bound CDV album book measuring 4.5" x 5" and 2.25" deep. A brass clasp bears a 20mm. ferrotype of U.S. Grant at center. Binding and interior loose, rubbing to edges, one porcelain stud missing. An interesting way to exhibit your cartes... and Grant politicals!
(Est. $300-500)
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848. Ulysses Grant perpetual calendar ferrotype (USG 1868-113; 41 mm). These large ferrotypes are very scarce and desirable. A Lincoln counterpart sold for more than $20,000 in the famed Zabriskie sale. Some minor chipping and marks as shown but overall an impressive example. We know of but three other examples extant. (Est. $1,500-$2,500)
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849. Ferrotype political token from the 1868 campaign. Photographic image of U.S. Grant and Schuyler Colfax side by side in a very narrow, small round brass frame. Just 17mm diameter (approx. 11/16" of an inch). Sharp clear image exc+. Original, small, round brass stud on back so that it may be worn in lapel buttonhole. (DeWitt/Sullivan USG 1868-97.) (Est. $250-350)
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850. A lovely matched pair! Two 1868 campaign pins with ferros of the two party standards, all surrounded by bright, purple paper-insets. 18mm. in raised, brass frames with small pins, solid-fill, raised (fat!) frames. A great set.
(Est. $400-500)
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851. Ulysses Grant ferrotype gem-sized 1868 campaign badge. This features Grant in an unusual uniformed pose. Image is somewhat dark as shown but the scarcity of the badge compensates. (Est. $275-$400)
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852. Grant badge (USG 1872-2; 35 mm) mounted to be worn as a pin. Outstanding example of portraiture for the 1872 campaign and the years following. (Est. $60-$90)
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853. A rare muling of two grant badges (USG 1868-45 & 1868-47; 35 mm). Nice combination of a portrait on the obverse and a classic campaign slogan on the reverse. The first example we've seen! (Est. $250-$350)
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854. Scarce Grant (USG 1868-16; 32 mm) in white metal. AU condition. Obverse die made by Peter Jacobus of Philadelphia. (Est. $70-$90)
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855. Nice Ulysses Grant (USG 1868-10; 32) copper medal with dark chocolate surfaces. The reverse was made in 1865 and muled with an 1868 Grant campaign medal! A fun political item. (Est. $75-$95)
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856. Ulysses Grant white metal piece commemorating his "campaign" visit in 1879. Grant, a third-term hopeful in 1880, did, in fact, receive electoral votes in that campaign. The crude "folksy" design of this medal adds to its interest. (Est. $40-$60)
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857. Schuyler Colfax (SC 1868-3; 28 mm). Beautiful copper medal depicting Grant's 1868 running mate. (Est. $70-$90)
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858. Ulysses Grant (USG 1868-35; 24 mm). Copper example of this unusual token of 1860's portraiture; outstanding condition. (Est. $40-$60)
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859. Grant Memorial Program. A handsome 4pp. 8 x 6 1/2, August 8, 1885, Providence, R.I., printed program for a memorial service eulogizing the late President Grant given by Rhode Island's G.A.R. at the Music Hall, Providence. Bold black borders grace the margins of the program pages, while a nicely engraved portrait of the late general is shown in the cover's center. Numerous Civil War veterans who represented the service''s committees are listed on the final page with notables such as Generals Elisha Hunt Rhodes, and Elisha Dyer listed. Negligible adhesive spots affect the verso, with light soiling, otherwise very good. (Est. $100-200)
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860. Early, turn-of-the-century, advertising circular issued by The Monumental Bronze Co. of Bridgeport, CT, citing - through example - reasons for ALL monuments to be made of bronze! The circular comments on the rebuilding of the Lincoln Monument in Springfield, IL (stone just doesn't last like bronze!) and quotes a New York Tribune article detailing the disintegration of Grant's Tomb - then only eight years old. The circular goes on to say that "NO STONE no matter what is, can withstand the rigors of our northern climate..." A fun, advertising piece referencing the final resting places of both Lincoln and Grant! (Est. $100-150)
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Even after his death, Grant still made news! And... his namesake ended up poverty-ridden.
861. An interesting collection of fifteen (15) Hearst news photos, many with the original press captions still attached of various newsworthy events - each somehow related to Ulysses S. Grant. Most of the photos measure 8" x 10" with some smaller examples as well. Of particular note is a 8,5 x 7" photo of Grant's grand-nephew and namesake in the dilapidated home of his father (and Grant's nephew), Jesse Root Grant, who according the to the press slug (attached at front): "...lived in this drab house in Wilmette, Ill... until recently, when he was taken to the Cook County Hospital where he died. The physician who attended him is quoted as having said 'A nephew of General Grant, neglected and starved, is a disgrace to the village and the township.' Ulysses S. Grant, 38, the man's son, is shown in the picture with some of the cats which he and the old man harbored, two of which were found starved in the house. At left on a sideboard is a pewter pitcher that one belonged to General Grant..." Other images include a dramatic shot of Grant's Tomb during the celebration of the centennial of his birth; the unveiling of Henry Shardy's bust of Grant being unveiled at N.Y.U. in 1922 with French Marshal Joffre looking on; a view of Grant's birthplace with a podium erected for a speech by Warren Harding; a nice view of Shardy's equestrian statue of Grant; the hanging in the White House of George Healy's painting, The Peacemakers. Also included are several photos of Grant as general. Photos bear some creases, a few with tears and small marginal losses, still a wonderful collection of unusual Grant imagery. (Est. $200-400)
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862. Pair of vintage porcelain plates hallmarked "Pussia, Royal Rudolstadt" and detailed "Gesetzllch." 8 1/2" in diameter with gold band at rim, these unusual pieces of china have fared quite well over the years and make quite a nice presentation. No doubt quite scarce. (Est. $100-300)
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