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The Connecticut Gazette; and the Universal Intelligencer, March 2, 1781 (New-London, printed by Timothy Green). Clinton-Arbuthnot Peace Declaration “for restoring peace to the Colonies and Plantations of North-America, and granting Pardon to each of his Majesty’s Subjects now in rebellion, as shall deserve the Royal Mercy etc.” “Great Britain having manifested the sincerit…

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Impressive dual pen stand made from wood reclaimed during the 1973 restoration of the USS Constitution. The stand measures 15.5 x 4.5 x 3, with a plastic pen holder and miniature brass cannon to either side, and the upper central block affixed with an engraved plaque: “Made of Oak Removed from the USS Constitution (IX-21) During Restoration 1973.” The two original pens are included. I…

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Foundry cast bronze ashtray made from metal reclaimed during the 1927 restoration of the USS Constitution. The ashtray measures 6.25 x 4.5 x 1, with bowl featuring an embossed design of the three-masted heavy frigate, with raised text: "Old Ironsides, Launched 1797, 1804 Tripoli, 1812 Guerriere Java, 1815 Cyane Levant, U.S. Frigate Constitution." The ashtray rim bears two holders and text: "This …

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Civil War-dated LS, signed "Jefferson Davis," one page, 7.5 x 9, February 12, 1864. Letter sent from Richmond to the "Senate and House of Representatives" of the Confederate States of America, in full: "I herewith transmit for your consideration a communication from the Secretary of the Treasury, submitting our Estimate of additional sums needed for the support of the Government. I recommend an a…

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Uncommon 2.25 x 3.5 carte-de-visite photo of Lee in formal attire, boldly signed in ink, "R. E. Lee." Displayed in a hand-cut mat and framed to an overall size of 11.75 x 7.75, with a typed provenance note: "This picture was given to my grandmother Annis Adaline McCarty when she was a girl by Robert E. Lee. She was born October 1, 1829, the year Robert E. Lee graduated from West Point with honors…

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LS in French, signed “Nap.,” one page both sides, 7 x 9, August 1, 1812. Letter written to General Berthier at the beginning of the invasion of Russia, with instructions to the Étienne Macdonald, Duke of Taranto, about the equipage of officers of siege from Tilsitt who have to prepare for the siege of Riga. He also promises to present "decorations de la legion" to the best sold…

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LS in French sent to Napoleon by Berruyer, Squadron Chief of the 11th Regiment of Hussars, and endorsed by Napoleon, “Bonaparte,” one page, 9.25 x 14, February 19, 1802. In part: "As chief of the squadron for nine years in the 11th Regiment of Hussars, I made the campaign which was followed by the Treaty of Campo-Fornio…where I had the pleasure of meriting your attention. I rejoined m…

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American soldier and statesman who was a delegate to the Continental Congress, US senator from New York, and secretary of war (1758-1843). ALS signed “J. Armstrong,” one page, 8 x 10, January 27, 1813. Handwritten letter to Major General Henry Dearborn, in full: "Let me request you to suspend the transportation of provisions from the Depots of Albany & Greenbush, untill you hear fr…

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Viceroy of the Kingdom of Italy (1781-1824) and the adopted stepson of Napoleon. LS in French, signed “Eugene Napoleon,” one page, 7.25 x 9, November 27, 1810. Untranslated letter pertaining to military matters. In very good to fine condition, with a light paperclip impression to the top edge, and some minor edge loss.

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French military officer (1763-1844) who was appointed Marshal of France by Napoleon and later became King of Sweden (as Charles XIV Johan) and King of Norway (as Charles III John) from 1818 until his death. Manuscript DS in French, signed “J. Bernadotte,” one page, 9 x 15, April 25, 1797. Untranslated document concerning the Army of Italy. In fine condition, with a small rusty papercli…

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Union Army general (1825-1892) who commanded the famed Philadelphia Brigade from October 1861 to November 1862. Desirable 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite photo of William Wallace Burns, signed at the bottom of the image in ink, "Wm. W. Burns, Bvt. Brig. Genl.," and also signed on the reverse in the same manner. In very good to fine condition, with light staining to the borders, and old mounting residue on…

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One of the most important creators of the French Revolutionary Army (1753-1823); he voted for the death of Louis XVI and was appointed by Napoleon to the post of Minister of War. Untranslated LS in French, signed “Carnot,” one page, 7.5 x 9.5, October 19, 1793. In fine condition.

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One of the most important creators of the French Revolutionary Army (1753-1823); he voted for the death of Louis XVI and was appointed by Napoleon to the post of Minister of War. Partly-printed DS in French, one page, 7.75 x 12, September 8, 1794. Untranslated document issued by the Committee of Public Safety, signed at the conclusion by Lazare Carnot, Charles Cochon de Lapparent, Philippe-Antoine…

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Autograph manuscript signed "James M. Dalzell, 'Private Dalzell,'" two pages, 7.75 x 12.5, headed: "The Blue and the Gray." Dalzell pens his five-stanza revision of Francis Miles Finch’s famous 1867 poem, beginning: "You may sing of the Blue and the Gray / And mingle their Lines in your rhyme, / But the Blue that we wore in the fray / Is covered with glory sublime: / So no more let …

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Fascinating collection of 20 original Illinois newspapers—most complete—offering contemporary coverage of Kennedy administration and the Cold War, with coverage on the Francis Gary Powers U-2 incident, goings-on in Cuba and the Soviet Union, the space race, and other topics. Includes some later newspapers with coverage of Richard Nixon's foibles and the Vietnam War. Notable headli…

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Two handwritten letters from Varina Davis, both signed "V. Jefferson Davis," three total pages, black-bordered, 3.75 x 5.75 and 4.5 x 7, both addressed to "Mrs. Wise," Evelyn Byrd Beverly Douglas, the wife of Virginia Congressman John Sergeant Wise. The first letter, dated November 4, 1890, in part: "You cannot overestimate the pleasure your exquisite roses gave me. The queen of chrysanthemums af…

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Color 24 x 18 print of a Harley Copic painting entitled ‘Atomic Warfare Is Born,’ which shows the Enola Gay flying over Japan, with a large pillar of smoke rising up from the city of Hiroshima, signed in the lower border in blue felt tip by three crew members of the Enola Gay—“Theodore J. Van Kirk,” “Paul W. Tibbets,” and “Thomas W. Ferebee.” …

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VHS tape entitled "The Greenwich Workshop Presents: Enola Gay—The First Atomic Mission," signed on the sleeve in black felt tip by Paul Tibbetts, Tom Ferebee, Dutch Van Kirk (adding an inscription at the top), and Richard H. Nelson, all adding their mission assignment. In fine condition, with slight irregular ink adhesion and some edgewear.

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Signed book: B-17 In Action. Carrollton, TX: Squadron/Signal Publications, Inc., 1984. Softcover, 11 x 8.25, 58 pages. Signed inside the front cover in black felt tip by four Enola Gay crewmen: "Paul Tibbets," "R. H. Nelson, Radio," "Dutch Van Kirk, Navigator, Enola Gay," and "Tom Ferebee, Bombardier." In fine condition, with light handling wear.

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Glossy 11 x 8.5 photo of the 'Little Boy' atomic bomb at Los Alamos National Laboratory, signed and inscribed in black felt tip, "For Samuel S. Kolada, with best regards, Paul W. Tibbets, 5/2/85.” In fine condition, with small creases to the upper right corner.

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Satin-finish 10 x 8 photo of the destruction at Hiroshima, signed in blue felt tip, "Paul Tibbets, Pilot—Enola Gay." In fine condition.

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Three cardstock photos of Tibbets in different poses, 8 x 10 and 10 x 8, each signed in blue felt tip, "Paul W. Tibbets." In overall fine condition.

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World War II-era commemorative cover with a colorful cachet honoring the bombing of Tokyo, with later postage stamps and Hiroshima anniversary cancelation, signed along the bottom in blue ballpoint, "Paul Tibbets, Pilot." In very fine condition.

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Signed book: Return of the Enola Gay. Self-published, 1998. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.5 x 9.5, 339 pages. Signed below a crew image on an opening page in blue ink, "Paul Tibbets." In fine condition.

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Color 24 x 18 print of a Harley Copic painting entitled ‘Atomic Warfare Is Born,’ which shows the Enola Gay flying over Japan, with a large pillar of smoke rising up from the city of Hiroshima, signed in the lower border in blue felt tip, “Paul W. Tibbets—Pilot." Rolled and in fine condition.

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French statesman (1759-1820) who famously served as Minister of Police under Napoleon. Manuscript DS in French, signed “Fouche,” one page both sides, 7 x 9.25, February 6, 1800. Untranslated document signed by Fouche as Minister of Police. In very good to fine condition, with seal-related paper loss to the heavily soiled integral address leaf (also slightly affecting the hinge).

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German World War I military hero (1847-1934) and president of Germany from 1925 to 1934. Three items signed by Paul von Hindeburg, including: two DSs signed "von Hindenburg," each one page, 8 x 13, dated 1898 and 1899; and a postcard portrait by Hugo Vogel, boldly signed and inscribed on the reverse by Hindenburg and dated 1915. In fine condition. Accompanied by a handwritten postcard by his wife,…

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American commodore (1773-1843) who commanded the Constitution during the War of 1812. LS, one page, 7.75 x 9.75, December 11, 1820. Letter to Thomas Robinson, in part: "If saying that I was intimately acquainted with you whilst you was in the Navy, and that you was actively and honourably employed, particularly so, during our War with Tripoli in the several attacks on that place under Commodore Pr…

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Iconic modern glossy 9.75 x 7.75 photo of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima, signed in black felt tip, "Joe Rosenthal, Mt. Suribachi, Feb. 23, 1945." In fine condition.

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British military officer and statesman (1850-1916) who served as Victoria's aide-de-camp in Sudan, commanded the British forces during the Boer War, and was appointed secretary of state for war at the outbreak of World War I. Three items signed by Kitchener, including two ALSs (both signed "H. H. Kitchener") and an ink signature, "Kitchener of Khartoum," on an off-white slip. The first letter…

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German naval officer (1881-1966) who earned the nickname ‘Sea Devil’ for his legendary maritime exploits during World War I. Vintage matte-finish 10 x 14.25 portrait of Luckner in his study, signed and inscribed in the lower border in ink, "To my old friend Dr. Dale Osborne with a shipload of good wishes from the Sea-Devil, Felix Count Luckner, Cincinnati 3-XII-50.” In the upper …

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World War II-dated ANS, penned at the bottom of a letter addressed to MacArthur by a young admirer collecting "war souvenirs and shoulder patches," 5.75 x 10.25, dated January 29, 1945. The general's handwritten response: "Sorry I have no souvenir but here are my best wishes. Douglas MacArthur." In fine condition.

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Aide-de-camp to Robert E. Lee during the Civil War (1830-1902) and author of General Order No. 9, Lee's famous farewell address. TLS, one page, 5 x 8, April 6, 1892. Written from Baltimore, a letter to Captain John Sergeant Wise, in full: "I received your kind letter of 24th. ult. as I was about to leave home, and after my return, it required some time to make such arrangements with those with…

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ALS signed “Geo. B. McC.,” one page, 5.25 x 8.25, Stevens' Battery Office letterhead, May 21, 1870. Handwritten letter to Dr. J. P. Kimball, in full: "I enclose herewith all the papers returned by Mr. Sloan." He adds a postscript: "I had a line from Newton from Boston—he says he feels better." In very good to fine condition, with light edge toning, and an old mounting strip …

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Career US Army officer, civil engineer, construction engineer for a number of facilities in Washington, DC, and quartermaster general of the US Army during and after the American Civil War (1816-1892). Choice 2.5 x 4 photo of Meigs in uniform by Wenderoth, Taylor & Brown of Philadelphia, signed in ink, "M. C. Meigs, Q.M.G., Bvt. M. Gen." In fine to very fine condition.

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ALS, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.25 x 6.75, Governors Island, New York Harbor letterhead, July 5, 1911. Handwritten letter to his nephew, "Mr. N. S. Greely," in full: "I do not know that I signed that checque last night in the hurry to send it off. If I did not return it to me. I send another if the first was signed; tare [sic] the signature off this and return it to me. Hereafter do n…

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Eight hardcover books signed by notable military figures, operatives, and government officials, including: Colin Powell (My American Journey); Norman Schwarzkopf (It Doesn't Take a Hero); General Stanley McChrystal (My Share of the Task); Admiral William H. McRaven (2: Make Your Bed and Sea Stories); Mark Owen (No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy Seal, inscribed); Richard Holbrooke (To E…

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Signed book: Montgomery: Eine Biographie. German language edition. Bern: Alfred Scherz, 1946. Hardcover, 6 x 8.5, 395 pages. Boldly signed on the first free end page in fountain pen, "Montgomery of Alamein, F.M." In fine condition, with a slightly cocked spine and pencil notations to front pastedown.

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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. ADS in French, signed “J. Murat,” one page both sides, 7 x 9.25, March 25, 1800. Untranslated handwritten document by Murat as commander of the Consular Guard. In fine condition, with scattered light foxing and a few small stains.

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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. LS in French, signed “Joachim Napoleon,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.75 x 9.75, March 6, 1809. Lengthy untranslated letter signed by Murat as King of Naples. In fine condition.

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French soldier and military commander during the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars (1769-1815) who was one of the original 18 Marshals of France created by Napoleon; he commanded the Old Guard at Waterloo but was tried and condemned for treason by the Chamber of Peers and executed. Autograph endorsement signed "Ney," one page, 8 x 13, July 2, 1801. Untranslated military document, …

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French soldier and military commander during the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars (1769-1815) who was one of the original 18 Marshals of France created by Napoleon; he commanded the Old Guard at Waterloo but was tried and condemned for treason by the Chamber of Peers and executed. Rare ALS in French, signed “Ney,” one page both sides, 8.5 x 14.25, Army of Sambre-et-Me…

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Vintage matte-finish 11.5 x 8.75 photo of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz signing the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945, signed and inscribed in the lower border in fountain pen, "To Stanley Virkeler—with best wishes and warm regards, C. W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral, USN." Matted and framed to an overall size of 16.25 x 14.25. In fine condition. Accompanied by a 1945 …

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Complete "War Extra" issue of the Harrisburg Telegraph from December 7, 1941, 16.75 x 23, 16 pages, with banner headline: "Japan Declares War on U.S." Below, the headline reads: "Honolulu Bombarded; Hundreds Dead; Wake Island Reported Captured, Pennsylvania Ready for Any Call." Interestingly, one page in the issue appears to be the 'regular' front page, printed before the news of Pearl Ha…

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Brigadier general (1829-1872) in the Union Army during the Civil War, who served as Provost Marshal of the Army of the Potomac under George B. McClellan during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Uncommon 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite photo of Porter in uniform by Mathew Brady, signed on the mount in ink, "A. Porter, Brig. Genl. U.S.A." In very good to fine condition, with a trimmed left edge, and staining to …

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Union major general (1822-1901) who fought at Antietam and Second Bull Run. Porter was court-martialed in 1863 for disobeying an order from Gen. Pope to attack but was exonerated in 1878. Excellent 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite photo of Porter in uniform by R. W. Addis, boldly signed in ink, "F. J. Porter, Brig. Genl. & Col. U.S.A." In fine condition.

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Union Army general (1829-1887) in the Civil War, who commanded the 51st New York Volunteer Infantry in IX Corps at Second Bull Run. Uncommon 2.25 x 4 carte-de-visite photo of Potter in uniform by Mathew Brady, signed in ink, "Robert B. Potter, Brig. Genl." In fine condition, with a thin light stain to the lower left corner.

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Union brigadier general (1811-1892) who commanded a brigade at the Battle of Cedar Mountain, where he was captured; he was released later in the year, and went on to command troops in the Rapidan Campaign and participate in the pursuit of Forrest's raiders. Choice 2.25 x 4 carte-de-visite photo of Prince in uniform, signed at the bottom of the image in ink, "Henry Prince, Brig. Gen. Vols." In …

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Virginian newspaper editor and fiery secessionist orator (1828-1919) who served as a Confederate general in the Civil War. LS signed “Roger A. Pryor,” one page, 4.75 x 8, September 27, 1883. Letter to F. J. Walton, regarding a photograph, in full: "I cannot recollect at the moment where you can get the thing you desire. A likeness without the uniform may be had of Falk, near the Fifth …

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TLS, one page, 7.25 x 10.5, colorful Christmas and aviation-themed letterhead, December 22, 1930. Letter to Lieutenant Roland Birnn, in full: "Time slips by bringing many changes to the old and young alike, but with the flight of time and its changes come compensations—the finest of all is the thought of old friends and new. To both alike, my thought is the wish for a most Happy Holiday Sea…

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Three items signed by Ridgway: a TLS, one page, 7.25 x 10.25, personal letterhead, October 11, 1970, in part: "I am happy to autograph and to return herewith the covers of 'U.S. News & World Reports' which you sent. In reply to your questions, I regard the frequent North Korean threats to invade the South and the charges that South Korea plans war against it, as politically and econom…

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American lawyer, civil engineer, and Union Army general during the Civil War (1810-1875), who saw action at Cedar Mountain, Rappahannock Station, Sulphur Springs, and the Second Battle of Bull Run. Scarce 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite photo of Roberts in uniform by Henry Ulke of Washington, signed in ink, "Truly yours, B. S. Roberts, Brig. Gen'l Vols." In fine condition.

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Cavalry officer in the United States Army on the Western frontier and a Confederate general during the American Civil War (1827-1910) who fought at the Second Battle of Bull Run and, during the Gettysburg Campaign, he commanded a brigade of two North Carolina cavalry regiments primarily assigned to scout for Robert E. Lee. ALS signed “B. H. Robertson,” one page, 5.75 x 9, no date. Hand…

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Former Democratic congressman (1815-1880) who served as Confederate Secretary of War. Civil War-dated LS, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.75 x 7.75, Confederate States of America, War Department letterhead, July 22, 1864. Letter to Brigadier General Henry A. Wise, in part: "I regret the information I have to give in reply to your inquiries will be less satisfactory than I could have wished.…

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ALS signed “W. T. Sherman, General,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.75 x 10, Headquarters Army of the United States letterhead, February 14, 1871. Letter to General Manning Ferguson Force, in part: "I have your dispatch and at once forward you a favor of notice which please modify to suit the occasion, have published in the Cincinnati papers, and the moment I have the exact fo…

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Crisp ink signature, "W. T. Sherman, General, Washington, DC, July 7, 1878,” on an off-white 6.75 x 4 album page. In fine condition.

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Union general (1831-1874) who commanded the Artillery Reserve of the Army of the Potomac at the Battle of Gettysburg. Scarce 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite photo of Tyler in uniform by R. W. Addis, signed on the mount in ink, "R. O. Tyler, Col. 1st C.V.A." In fine condition, with a trimmed top border, and rounded lower corners.

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US Navy Miniature British and French Ship Models Mk.1 Supplement, with original wooden carrying case with the spaces for 22 models; 16 models are included. All manufactured by H. A. Framburg & Co., Chicago, with the models made to approx. 1/1200th scale. Each ship is separately screwed to a wooden base, the underside of the base describing the class of the ship as well as the maker. Waterline…

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Partly-printed DS, one page, 11.5 x 17.5, November 14, 1865. Post Civil War certificate of honorable discharge from the United States Navy Department, issued to "Acting Master, J. F. Winchester" of South Danvers, Massachusetts. It reads, in part: "The war for the preservation of the Union having, under the beneficent guidance of Almighty God, been brought to a successful termination, a reduction …

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Hand-addressed and free franked mailing envelope, 4 x 3, addressed by Wellington and dated October 31, 1836, franked in the lower left, "Free, Wellington." In fine condition.

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ALS signed “Wellington,” one page, 4.5 x 7, August 27, 1837. Handwritten letter regarding the delivery of medicine to his home, in part: "I beg you to send me by Post to Walmer…Six pills each containing three pieces of Rhubarb." In fine condition, with a trimmed left edge.

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Autograph draft of an important letter by Horatio Nelson, one page both sides, 7.25 x 9.5, [August 12, 1804]. Nelson's unsigned handwritten draft of a fascinating letter to First Secretary of the Admiralty William Marsden, defending himself against accusations that he 'ran away' from Vice Admiral Louis-Rene de Latouche-Tréville off Toulon in June 1804. In part: "Although I most…

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Extremely rare and highly sought-after partly-printed vellum DS, signed "G. A. Custer," one page, 15.5 x 9.75, February 11, 1875. Custer, as Lieutenant Colonel of the Cavalry, appoints "Charles Smith…a Sergeant in Company E of the Seventh Regiment of Cavalry in the service of the United States." Robustly signed at the bottom by Custer and countersigned by commanding officer W. W. Cooke. In fine c…

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