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Antebellum New Orleans & 
The South


4242 - EARLY ALABAMA NEWSPAPER, The Mobile Commercial Register, Mobile, AL. June 10th, 1822, printed handbill, 6.5" X 8", an interesting advertisement attesting to the success of the paper for the first six months of operation and offering incentives for those who bring in new subscriptions for the paper. A description of the paper is included - printed signatures of Battelle and Townsend the owners. In 1821, the Mobile Commercial Register is founded by Jonathan Battelle, a Bostonian who had become a Savannah merchant, and John W. Townsend, a Montgomery newspaperman; first issue published Dec. 10, 1821. Very good, archival repair to left margin unaffecting text. A rare early Mobile newspaper imprint..........................................................$125.00

4243 - A COLLECTION OF NEW ORLEANS MERCHANT BILLHEADS WITH FOUR IN THE CONFEDERATE ERA, 11 merchant billheads ranging in size from 5" X 7" to 8" X 14" with the majority being the larger size. 1858 - 1872 with 10 being antebellum dates, 4 being dated in the Confederate period. All listing plantation supplies sold to W. G. Hale of Desoto Parish, LA who owned 50 slaves in 1860. These goods were purchased from different New Orleans merchants and shipped up the Mississippi and Red River to Hale's plantation. Quite detailed. Condition is fine to very fine. Lot of 11 items................................................$130.00

4243A - A COLLECTION OF SIX POSTAL LETTER SHEETS FROM MEMBERS OF THE REV. JAMES KING FAMILY, SAPLING GROVE, VA. NOW BRISTOL, TENNESSEE, KING WAS THE FOUNDER OF BRISTOL AND KING COLLEGE, Six postal used letters folded, 1843 - 1853/4, two written by Rev. James King Jr. and several by his wife, and one by his son addressed to Margaret English [daughter and sister] of the former in Aberdeen, Mississippi with one addressed to an associate in Jonesborough, TN. Rev. King was the postmaster in the 1840's of Sapling Grove which had been named by General Evan Shelby in the last 18th Century and was a prominent Presbyterian minister. He donated land for the founding of King's College near Bristol, TN, Kingsport, TN. Was named after his Father who was an early settler and industrialist. Margaret English was the wife of John English who ran a plantation near Aberdeen, Mississippi and the daughter of Rev. John Ling and Mary King. Two letters are Free Franked by King as postmaster. King's son-in-law, Joseph R. Anderson, laid out the new city of Bristol in 1853. In part the five letters are: [a] Manuscript Sapling Grove, VA, March 24th, 1842 ALS by King to business associate regarding money owed him in a land sale - marked FREE and signed by King, addressed to Jonesborough, TN. [b] Sapling Grove, VA, September 2nd, 1848, ALS by King, marked FREE and signed by him to his daughter Margaret in Aberdeen, MS, mentions he is disappointed where a turnpike will run, he hears from the Volunteers in New Orleans [Mexican War soldiers] and all is well, preaching in N. Abington, VA. [c] Sapling Grove, VA, January 4th, 1850, ALS written by John King to his sister Mary English, family members, [d] Sapling Grove, VA, December 26th, 1849, ALS from Mary King ot her daughter Margaret English describing extreme loneliness at home as her husband is always gone and when home he reads the Bible, [e] Sapling Grove, VA, December 13th, 1847, ALS by Mary King to her daughter Margaret, 10 in manuscript, she is troubled by the news that there is hardly any religion in Mississippi where her daughter lives, her son Cyrus is in Richmond and he may sell his Negroes to be able to buy into a business there but he will not sell his land, mentions those on their way to Mexico [War], [f] Sapling Grove, VA, ALS by Mary King to her daughter Margaret English, mentions the new town of Bristol - bustling, dated April 26th [1853/4]. An interesting family grouping of the King Family, early settlers and founders of Bristol, TN/VA. All with manuscript postal marks. Some stains here and there, usual war and tear, condition is very good. The group of six letter sheets..................................................SOLD


60700 - BEAUTIFUL MAGNUS HAND COLORED PRINTS A VIEW OF NEW ORLEANS, 1850'S, 6" X 7", circ 1850's hand colored Magnus print of the City of New Orleans from the view of the Cotton Press. A panoramic view showing the crescent bend of the river with steamboats and steamships at dock. and moving up and down the river. A beautiful view of the City in the 1850's when the City was known as the "Queen City" of the South. Trifle damp stain on outside of margin unaffecting print..............................................$75.00/ea.     two for.......................................................$120.00

3092 - NEW ORLEANS ANTEBELLUM IRONSTONE PLATE, 10" dinner plate, ironstone, excavated in New Orleans and dates from the Antebellum period to the Civil War. Some staining as it was excavated in New Orleans. Completely intact, fine........................$40.00

120100 - BEAUTIFUL LETTER SHEET OF NEW ORLEANS IN 1856Letter dated December 30th, 1856 from John Phelps to his Father. Phelps describes his office as being at the rear of the St. Charles Hotel which he notates in pen that location on the letter sheet engraving above as well as the location of St. Patrick's Cathedral. The view is by Kimmel as is known as the "View from the Cotton Press" showing the view of the City of New Orleans downriver from the Cotton Press. A notation on the back of the letter identifies the writer as John Phelps of Held & Massie & Company, 43 Carondelet St., Commission merchants. Some archival repairs, a nice New Orleans letter sheet written during the "Golden Age" of New Orleans, prior to the War............................................SOLD


Antebellum Southern Silverware - Charleston & New Orleans

A selection of marked Antebellum Silverware from two of the Queen Cities of the South before the Civil War...

5000 - WILLIAM KING, CHARLESTON, SC, silver teaspoon with strong hallmark W. KING. King is listed as a Charleston silversmith in the 1830's. P.B. engraved on the spoon. Scarce early Charleston silversmith. Very Fine.......................$175.00

5001 - JOHN EWAN, CHARLESTON, SC, silver teaspoon, engraving of a lion on handle, J. EWAN. Ewan worked in Charleston as a silversmith 1823-52. This example is circ 1830 by Ewan. Very fine - have two examples..........................$195.00/each

5002 - JOHN EWAN, CHARLESTON, SC, silver teaspoon, engraving J. EWAN. Ewan worked in Charleson as a silversmith 1823-52. Larger teaspoon than the above. SOLOMONS engraved in the handle. J. EWAN hallmark. Very fine......................$195.00

5003 - HYDE AND GOODRICH, NEW ORLEANS, LA, 1852-1861, New Orleans manufacturers who also produced military buttons for the Confederate Government during the Civil War. Silver table fork, marked HYDE & GOODRICH, attractive pattern. Very fine............................................$165.00

5004 - HYDE AND GOODRICH, NEW ORLEANS, LA, 1852-1861, New Orleans manufacturers who also produced military buttons for the Confederate Government during the Civil War. Silver table spoon, marked HYDE & GOODRICH. Attractive pattern that matches the above fork. Very fine...................................$165.00


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