RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. – If you’re interested in obtaining a presidential signature, Babe Ruth’s personal check, or a Civil War-era flag, you need look no farther than Early American History Auctions’ upcoming sale. More than 1,200 items will be offered in the company’s auction that closes to mail, phone and fax bids on Aug. 26, with final bidding available on Aug. 27 through eBay Live Auctions. The distinguished inventory includes autographed ephemera, books and newspapers, firearms and political campaign paraphernalia commemorating our national heritage. Material spans a wide timeframe, from the Revolutionary War to the contemporary period.
More than 65 fields of historical memorabilia will be offered in this sale, including items pertaining to George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and African-American history, as well as a large section of U.S. flags, currency, medals and coins.
The second lot up for auction is a rare “free-frank” envelope signed by the second president of the United States, John Adams. “What’s unique about this free frank is that John Adams sent it illegally,” explained Dana Linett, president of Early American History Auctions. “He sent it with his free frank, which meant it was supposed to be on public business, but it was actually personal business of his wife, Abigail.” The letter is missing from the envelope, which is addressed in the handwriting of Abigail Adams to her sister, but with the president’s signature it still carries a presale estimate of $3,000-$4,000.
Another item Linett expects will garner considerable attention is a Land Office Treasury Warrant from the Commonwealth of Virginia, awarding 500 acres of land to Daniel Boone as payment for his military services rendered to Virginia during the Revolutionary War. Boone subsequently transferred the land, thus the document contains his original autograph. This 1782 document carries a presale estimate of $20,000 to $25,000.
Additionally, Linett is excited about an extremely rare original copy of the Declaration of Independence on rice paper. In mint condition, it is still bound within one of the nine-volume American Archives series of books by Peter Force, circa 1837-1853, in which it was originally produced. Similar rice-paper examples sometimes become available, but almost all such examples have been removed from their original bound books, said Linett. This document, which sells with the complete set of nine books, is estimated at $30,000-$40,000.
Early American History Auctions holds a major catalog auction every two months, in addition to smaller Internet-only sales on its Web site and through eBay Live Auctions. Bidders can register to bid in the current auction by mail, phone or fax. Additionally, bidders can register, view catalog items and download an absentee bidder form online at www.earlyamerican.com. For more information call 858-759-3290.