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Very attractive display box constructed of wood removed from the hull of the USS Constitution during the frigate's historic 1927 restoration, measuring 7.25 x 4.25 x 2.5, with the box front bearing the original bronze plate, which reads: "This material was taken from the original hull of the U.S. Frigate Constitution, Keel laid 1794, Rebuilding 1927." The handsome box lid features a 2.5&Prime…

Sold For: $4,886 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Bank of Commerce check, 6.75 x 2.5, filled out and signed by Lee, "R. E. Lee, On Apl. Fort Hamilton Capt. Engrs.," payable to Daniel Severt for $24.80, August 31, 1841. In very good to fine condition, with several vertical folds, old adhesive residue on the back, and a tear (and associated small hole) to a blank area, affecting none of the handwriting. Accompanied by three images of Lee. Before …

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ALS signed “J. E. Johnston, Lt. Col. 1st Cav.,” one page, 7.75 x 9.75, October 6, 1855. Letter to Col. Craig, written from Fort Leavenworth during the days of 'Bleeding Kansas.' In part: "I have the honor to transmit herewith a part return of ordinance & ordinance stores for the last quarter. I send no abstract of ord: & ord: stores expended, because the expenditures w…

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Veteran of the Seminole and Mexican-American Wars (1818-1861) who was the first Union general to be killed in the American Civil War and is noted for his actions in the state of Missouri at the beginning of the conflict. ALS signed “N. Lyon, Capt. 2nd Inf'y Com'g Post,” one page, 7.75 x 9.75, October 3, 1856. Letter to "Col. H. K. Craig, Chief of Ordnance, U.S. Army," written f…

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Outstanding 2.25 x 4 carte-de-visite portrait of McClellan in uniform in a three-quarter-length pose by renowned Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner, crisply signed on the mount in ink, "Geo. B. McClellan." Reverse is marked, "Gardner, Corner 7th & D Strs., Washington, D.C." In fine condition.

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Exquisite vintage glossy 8 x 6 photo of Montgomery surveying the African desert from atop a tank, signed in fountain pen, "Montgomery of Alamein." Reverse bears an Imperial War Museum, London, credit stamp. In fine condition.

Sold For: $875 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

DS, signed “George S. Patton, Jr.,” one page, 8 x 3.25, May 5, 1914. Document issued from Fort Riley, Kansas, in part: "Received of First Lieutenant Frank Keller, 6th Cavalry, Four hundred and thirty-three dollars and Eight-two cents ($433.82) Ration Savings and Four hundred and one dollars and Seventy-two cents ($401.72) Other Funds‚ĶDetachment fund, School for Farriers and Horseshoer…

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Rare DS in French, signed “Napole,” one page, 13.25 x 19.25, December 5, 1811. Document providing safe passage for an American ship through Napoleon’s continental blockade. The American ship [left blank] is allowed to enter the ports of Marseille, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, and Nantes under the guarantee of a reputable and loyal French Company (Silleau). The American ship may bring …

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Commemorative cover with a cachet honoring the Bock's Car Crew, postmarked on the 45th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, signed in ink by Ray Gallagher (Bockscar gunner), George R. Caron (Enola Gay tail gunner), and Tom Ferebee (Enola Gay bombardier). In fine condition. Encapsulated in a PSA/DNA authentication holder, grading the autographs as "GEM MT 10."

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Official matte-finish 8 x 10 photo of Bradley in uniform, signed and inscribed in blue ballpoint, "To Mr. Samuel S. Kloda, with best wishes, Omar N. Bradley.” Reverse bears US Army caption text. In very fine condition.

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Photocopy of "Special Orders No. 277," one page both sides, 8.5 x 11, signed in the margin in black ballpoint, "Dutch Van Kirk, Navigator, Enola Gay, 6 Aug. 1945." Originally given on October 4, 1944, these orders assigned Captain Van Kirk to Wendover Field, Utah, for the "Silver Plate Project," the codename for the pilot and crew training program for the atomic bomb missions. In fine condition.

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Army officer (1896-1970) who headed the Manhattan Project and oversaw the construction of the Pentagon. Six TLSs, one signed 'Leslie R. Groves" and five signed "Leslie," each one page, dated from 1962-1968, all to Gilbert Darlington. Groves sends thanks for "Chu's book on China," declines invitations, sketches a map with directions to his house, ponders the costs of the "Space Race" ("Some…

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Iconic vintage semi-glossy 5 x 7 photo of the historic Iwo Jima flag raising, signed in the lower border in fountain pen by the photographer, "In remembrance of great fighting men—Joe Rosenthal." In fine condition, with light rippling to the top and bottom edges. Rosenthal received the Pulitzer Prize for capturing this classic World War II image.

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Rare oversized 'Victory over Japan Day' commemorative cover, 9.5 x 4, with a cachet depicting the Japanese instrument of surrender, postmarked on September 2, 1945, bearing two 3-cent Iwo Jima postage stamps, signed neatly in fountain pen by Douglas MacArthur. In fine condition.

Sold For: $1,059 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Commemorative cover with two 'VJ Day' postmarks of September 2, 1945, and affixed stamps honoring military heroics during World War II, signed across the center in fountain pen, "Douglas MacArthur." An affixed block of three-cent postage stamps honor the 50th anniversary of motion pictures, with an image of troops watching a film while deployed overseas. Addressed in type to Lionel Aucoin…

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Fountain pen signature, "Best wishes, Douglas MacArthur,” on an off-white 3.5 x 6 stationery sheet The Waldorf Astoria in New York. In fine condition, with a trimmed right edge, and a fold across the upper blank area. From the collection of Stephen Adamson.

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Vintage matte-finish 5 x 7 half-length photo of Montgomery of Alamein in uniform, signed in fountain pen. Reverse bears a U.S. Army credit stamp. In very fine condition.

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Brother-in-law of Napoleon Bonaparte (1767-1815) who was a marshal in Napoleon's regime and who reigned as King of Naples from 1808 to 1815. ALS in French, signed “J. Napoleon,” one page, 7.75 x 9.25, March 27, 1811. Untranslated letter to a government minister. Double-matted and framed to an overall size of 14 x 15.5. In fine condition.

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Brother-in-law of Napoleon Bonaparte (1767-1815) who was a marshal in Napoleon's regime and who reigned as King of Naples from 1808 to 1815. Partly-printed DS, in French, signed “Murat,” one page, 9 x 13.5, August 21, 1804. Official "final dispensation" military document, in part (translated): "The Recruitment Council of the Department of the Seine, form in execution of article XXI…

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Two items: a vintage matte-finish 8 x 10 photo of Fleet Admiral Nimitz posing in front of a large map, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "To: Lionel Aucoin, with best wishes, C. W. Nimitz"; and a TLS signed "C. W. Nimitz," one page, 6.5 x 8.75, Fleet Admiral letterhead, November 29, 1945, in full: "The autographed photograph which you have requested for your collection…

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ALS signed “W. T. Sherman,” one page, 5.5 x 8.5, personal letterhead, January 23, 1886. Letter to General William B. Hazen, in full: "In answer to yours of the 17th I am now enabled to send you the name of C. D. Green, Jr., No. 311. Olin St., St. Louis, who is a commissioner for all the States. Please in writing suggest the propriety of his coming to my house any morning before 10 &am…

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TLS signed “E. V. Rickenbacker,” one page, 8.5 x 11, Fokker Aircraft Corporation of America letterhead, July 27, 1929. Letter to C. John Kuhn of J. G. White & Company, in part: "Appreciate the courtesy extended by you, and after taking it up with the executive committee, was informed that due to my connections with General Motors, it would be advisable to confine and center my int…

Sold For: $275 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details