A four-generation collection of Civil War memorabilia, firearms and copper and brass powder flasks brought strong prices at an auction conducted by W. Yoder Auction Service. Collectors claimed several unusual items, including a 19th-century carved bone apple corer for $80.
A carved priming horn, dated Jan. 2, 1863, by its maker James Hinds, sold for $500. The item measures 6 inches long and 3/4 of an inch in diameter. Drawers full of antique brass shells, cartridges and brass casings sold for as high as $20 for choice. A corpse tag with the engraving “Bureau of Indian Affairs” from the Wyoming territory sold for $150. A tomahawk made by the English for trading hides with American Indians sold for $500. A 6-inch copper spear brought $320. An engraved “Anheuser Busch Brewing Ass’n” matchbox sold for $185 and another matchbox, “compliments of the Colorado Casket Co.,” sold for $250. A 29 1/4-inch by 42 1/2-inch color lithograph titled “Custer’s Last Fight” and labeled “Presented by Anheuser-Busch, Inc., St. Louis, Mo., Budweiser — King of Beers” sold for $350.
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