2/20/2020 - The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana, Part I

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Date of the auction: 20.02.2020

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Harriet Tubman Cabinet Card by H.S. Squyer, Auburn, New York

Cabinet card of Harriet Tubman. Horatio Seymour Squyer (1848-1905): Auburn, New York, 1892. Embossed imprint on recto. Inscription on verso, “Harriet Tubman / Slavery Heroine.” Harriet Tubman (ca 1822-1913) was born into slavery as Araminta Ross on a plantation in Dorchester County, Maryland. She

Lot #: 1

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Unpublished CDV of Frederick Douglass by Benjamin F. Smith, 1864

CDV portrait of Frederick Douglass. B.F. Smith & Son: Portland, Maine, n.d., ca 1864. Photographer's 91 Middle Street imprint on verso. In this previously unpublished image of Douglass, he is featured sitting next to a table and wearing a long black coat. Light pencil identification on verso. This

Lot #: 2

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Frederick Douglass CDV by Samuel M. Fassett, 1878

CDV portrait of Frederick Douglass. Samuel M. Fassett: Washington DC, n.d., ca 1878. Photographer's 925 Penna Ave. imprint on verso. Douglass is pictured with heavily graying/white hair, wearing a dark jacket and waistcoat and what appears to be a watch chain. Pencil identification on recto: "Fred

Lot #: 3

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Frederick Douglass Walking Stick, 1888

Ebonized wood walking cane with gold-filled cap and brass ferrule presented to Frederick Douglass. Cap engraved: "Hon. F. Douglass / From D.L.I. / Charleston S.C. / Mar. 6th / 1888." Repousse design of three wild strawberries with distinctive leaves and five-petaled flower against a hammered

Lot #: 4

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Frederick Douglass Autobiography My Bondage, My Freedom, 1855

DOUGLASS, Frederick (ca 1818-1895). My Bondage, My Freedom. Part I. - Life as a Slave. Part II. - Life as a Freeman. New York: Miller, Orton & Mulligan, 1855. 12mo (140 x 196 mm). Tissue guarded frontispiece with facsimile signature and 2 engraved plates. (Small bookseller label to interior front

Lot #: 5

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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William W. Brown Slave Narrative, 1849

BROWN, William W. (ca 1814-1884). Narrative of William W. Brown, A Fugitive Slave. Boston: Bela Marsh, 1849. 12mo (119 x 186 mm). Tissue-guarded frontispiece and three engravings. (Spotting, repaired corner on frontispiece). Original embossed brown cloth (wear to corners and edges, slightly cocked

Lot #: 6

Estimate: US$100 - US$200

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Exploration of Post-War Southern Race Relations, My Southern Home by...

BROWN, William Wells (ca 1814-1884). My Southern Home: Or, The South and Its People. Boston: A.G. Brown & Co., 1880. 12mo (137 x 297 mm). Frontispiece with illustrations throughout. (Pages evenly toned, occasional brown spotting). Brown pebbled cloth with blindstamped boards and gilt spine titles

Lot #: 7

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Scarce Slave Narrative of J. Vance Lewis, 1910 First Edition

LEWIS, J. Vance (ca 1853-1925). Out of the Ditch: A True Story of an Ex-Slave. Houston: Rein & Sons, 1910. 8vo (145 x 213 mm). Frontispiece and plates throughout. Original pictorial cloth (Very light edge wear, spine titles slightly rubbed, else near fine). FIRST EDITION. Slave narrative of Joseph

Lot #: 8

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Abolitionist Narrative The Branded Hand by Jonathan Walker, 1850

WALKER, Jonathan (1799-1878). [The Branded Hand] Trial and Imprisonment of Jonathan Walker, at Pensacola Florida, for Aiding Slaves to Escape from Bondage. Boston: Anti-Slavery Office, 1850. 12mo (121 x 189 mm). Illustrated title page and three full-page engravings, lacking frontispiece. (Occasional

Lot #: 9

Estimate: US$100 - US$200

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Thaddeus Hyatt, Abolitionist, Friend of John Brown, CDV, ca 1861

Studio portrait of Thaddeus Hyatt. Brady National Portrait Gallery, Neg., E. Anthony, Pub.: New York, ca 1861. Born in Rahway, New Jersey, Hyatt (1816-1901) became a successful New York manufacturer before the age of 40 with his invention of a translucent paving glass. During the 1850s, Hyatt became

Lot #: 10

Estimate: US$150 - US$250

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Boudoir Card of Owen Brown, John Brown's Son, ca 1887

Boudoir card showing Owen Brown, John Brown's son, in front of his cabin. Lamson: Pasadena, California, n.d., ca 1887. Image of a small, what appears to be one-room cabin. Owen Brown (1824-1889), with a full white beard and mustache, stands in front holding a walking stick. Three white children

Lot #: 11

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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J.O. Simmons, Plantation Supplies Trade Card, ca 1850-1870

J.O. Simmons, General Dealer in Plantation Supplies, printed trade/business card, ca 1850-1870. Extremely crisp and bright, very fine. Trade card for plantation supplies delivered along the Mississippi River. Condition: Tiny chip to card coating in upper right corner

Lot #: 12

Estimate: US$50 - US$100

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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California Imprint of President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation...

President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. [San Francisco]: F.L. Butler, 1864. Lithograph broadside on paper. 20.5 x 26.25 (519 x 665 mm). Imprints “Executed according to Act of Congress, the year 1864 by F.S. Butler in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the Northern District of

Lot #: 13

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Lincoln and Sojourner Truth Related Pinbacks, ca 1910-1913

Lot of 2 Lincoln-related pinbacks. Lincoln Benefit Society, ca 1910. Verso back paper: "Manufactured by / St. Louis Button Co / St. Louis, Mo. / Pat. Aug. 8 '99" Diam. 1 in. (25 mm). Pictures Abraham Lincoln standing over a seated Sojourner Truth. The Lincoln Benefit Society was a fraternal and

Lot #: 14

Estimate: US$400 - US$500

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Mathew Brady CDV, Hiram Revels, ca 1865 with CDV, Radical Members of the...

Lot of 2 CDVs, including portrait of Hiram Revels. CDV showing profile portrait of Hiram Revels seated in a studio setting. Mathew Brady: New York, New York and Washington, DC, ca 1868. Radical Members of the So. Ca. Legislature. J.G. Gibbes: Columbia, South Carolina, 1868. A composite image

Lot #: 15

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$4,000

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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"Why I Object to Freeing the Negro" ALS from Reconstruction Era Texas, 1866

ALS, 3 pp., 197 x 245 mm, Austin, Texas, August 4, 1866, Dawson to his brother William Dawson. A fascinating letter from a white Texas homesteader to his brother in Pennsylvania. The content, while unsavory, provides a captivating insight into the racial politics of early Reconstruction Texas

Lot #: 16

Estimate: US$200 - US$400

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Cabinet Cards Illustrations of Negro Life in Washington by Mrs. Robinson...

Lot of 6 albumen cabinet cards from the series Illustrations of Negro Life in Washington reproducing drawings by Mrs. Rollinson (Helen) Colburn (1844-1912). Each with the series title, individual caption, and “copyright 1887.” Colburn was the daughter of artist Rembrandt Lockwood and married

Lot #: 17

Estimate: US$500 - US$700

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Hedgehog's Grand Combination Anti-Black and Anti-15th Amendment Letterpress...

Hedgehog’s Grand Combination of the Powers of Darkness, Will Exhibit at Jake Key’s Roost, Thursday Evening, May 5th, 1870. [Philadelphia?]: No publisher, 1870. Letterpress broadside. 6.5 x 10 in. Small tear along upper edge, otherwise very good. An anti-Fifteenth Amendment parody broadside in the

Lot #: 18

Estimate: US$200 - US$300

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Mathew Brady CDV of Slave Dealer, Alexandria, Virginia

CDV showing a group of Union soldiers standing with a horse and buggy at the site of a former slave pen, with sign reading, "Price, Birch & Co. / Dealers in Slaves." Mathew Brady: Washington DC, n.d., ca 1862. With Brady's National Photographic Portrait Galleries imprint on verso. James H. Birch and

Lot #: 19

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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African American Soldier and Medal of Honor Winner Christian A. Fleetwood...

Lot of 4. CDV full-standing studio portrait of African American soldier Christian Abraham Fleetwood. Richard Walzl: Baltimore, Maryland, n.d., ca 1865. Fleetwood, of the 4th US Colored Infantry, dressed in uniform, with sword in hand, wearing two medals on his coat, including the Medal of Honor

Lot #: 20

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$10,000

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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CDVs Pvt. Jake Standerford and 1st Lieut. George W. Ackles, 108th Regiment USCT

Lot of 2, featuring soldiers from the 108th USCT. CDV full-length portrait of African American soldier. Gayford & Speidel: Rock Island, Illinois, n.d., ca 1865. Imprint on verso. Identified on verso by ink inscription as "Jake Staniford / Prvt. Co. F. 108 USCT." Accompanied by CDV full-length

Lot #: 21

Estimate: US$2,500 - US$4,500

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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James P. Ball CDVs of Union Officers

Lot of 2 CDV portraits of Union officers taken by African American photographer James P. Ball (1825-1904). CDV half-portrait of an unidentified Union field-grade officer, possibly a major. Ball & Thomas: Cincinnati, Ohio, n.d., ca 1860. He is pictured with a full beard and wearing his

Lot #: 22

Estimate: US$200 - US$300

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Sutler's Pets, 41st Illinois CDV, ca 1864

CDV featuring a young African American male holding a puppy while sitting in a chair with a chicken perched on the top rail, ca 1864. Ink inscription on recto: "Sutlers Pets / 41st Illinois." Blue border on recto and verso. The role of sutler was often filled by a civilian businessman who typically

Lot #: 23

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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First Full-Length Biography by African American, Life of Martin Delany

ROLLIN, Frank A. (Frances Anne Rollin Whipper, ca 1845-1901). Life and Public Services of Martin R. Delany, Sub-Assistant Commissioner Bureau Relief of Refugees, Freedmen, and of Abandoned Lands and Late Major 104th Colored Troops. Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1868. 8vo (134 x 197 mm). Publisher’s green

Lot #: 24

Estimate: US$500 - US$1,000

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Black Military History The Black Phalanx First Edition

WILSON, Joseph T. (1837-1890). The Black Phalanx; A History of the Negro Soldiers of the United States in the Wars of 1775-1812, 1861-’65. Springfield, Massachusetts: Winter & Co.; Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1888 (copyright 1887). 8vo (152 x 228 mm). Publisher's maroon cloth with

Lot #: 25

Estimate: US$200 - US$300

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Buffalo Soldier C.E. Taylor ALS, Fort D.A. Russell, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1871

ALS, 2pp, 124 x 198 mm, Fort D.A. Russell, Cheyenne, Wyoming, August 30, 1871, C.E. Taylor of Troop F, 9th US Cavalry to a Miss Harrold. A touching letter from C.E. Taylor, an African American Buffalo Soldier serving in Company F of the famed 9th US Cavalry. It is unclear who the recipient of the

Lot #: 26

Estimate: US$200 - US$400

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Quarter Plate Tintype of Buffalo Soldier Holding a Cigar, ca 1874

Quarter plate tintype full-length studio portrait of an unidentified Buffalo Soldier. Photographer and locale unknown, n.d., ca 1874. The young soldier wears an 1874 fatigue blouse, worn by the Buffalo Soldiers during the Late Indian Wars, the buttons enhanced with gold by a skilled hand. One hand

Lot #: 27

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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Sixth Plate Tintype of Seated Buffalo Soldier Marksman, ca 1886

Sixth plate tintype studio portrait of an unidentified Buffalo Soldier. Unknown photographer and locale, n.d., ca 1886. The soldier looks at the camera with an intense gaze and is seated in his uniform with marksman's pins visible on his collar. He holds a piece of paper in his hand that appears to

Lot #: 28

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,500

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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24th Infantry Buffalo Soldiers Muster Roll, 1875

Partly printed Muster Roll of Company H of the 24th Infantry Regiment from December 31, 1874 to February 28, 1875 while stationed at Fort Brown, Texas. 811 x 520 mm. Completed and signed on February 28, 1875 by the Captain of the Company, John C. Gilmore (1837-1901) a Civil War veteran who earned

Lot #: 29

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,800

Date: 20 Feb 2020

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24th Regiment Infantryman Buffalo Soldier CDV, ca 1886

CDV half-portrait of unidentified Buffalo Soldier with the 24th Infantry. Mosser & Snell: Cantonment, Indian Territory, n.d., ca 1886. Imprint on verso: “Mosser & Snell, / Traveling / Photographic Art Gallery, / Cantonment, Ind. Terr. / Pictures copied and enlarged to any size." The mustachioed

Lot #: 30

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 20 Feb 2020