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Lot 2001


Details: This lot is comprised of twenty-seven issues of “Harper’s Weekly, A Journal of Civilization” from 1858 to 1872.

“Harper's Weekly, A Journal of Civilization" was an American political magazine based in New York City. Published by Harper & Brothers from 1857 until 1916, it featured foreign and domestic news, fiction, essays on many subjects, and humor, alongside illustrations. It carried extensive coverage of the American Civil War, including many illustrations of events from the war. During its most influential period, it was the forum of the political cartoonist Thomas Nast.

“Harper's Weekly” was the most widely read journal in the United States throughout the period of the Civil War. So as not to upset its wide readership in the South, Harper's took a moderate editorial position on the issue of slavery prior to the outbreak of the war. Publications that supported abolition referred to it as "Harper's Weakly". The Weekly had supported the Stephen A. Douglas presidential campaign against Abraham Lincoln, but as the American Civil War broke out, it fully supported Lincoln and the Union. A July 1863 article on the escaped slave Gordon included a photograph of his back, severely scarred from whippings; this provided many readers in the North their first visual evidence of the brutality of slavery. The photograph inspired many free blacks in the North to enlist.
Some of the most important articles and illustrations of the time were Harper's reporting on the war. Besides renderings by Homer and Nast, the magazine also published illustrations by Theodore R. Davis, Henry Mosler, and the brothers Alfred and William Waud.

Issues found in this lot include:
Vol. II No. 61, Vol. II No. 71, Vol. III No. 53, Vol. IV No 162, Vol. IV No. 172, Vol. V No. 229, Vol. V No. 231, Vol. V No. 239, Vol. V No. 240, Vol. V No. 246, , Vol. V No. 255, Vol. VI No. 274, Vol. VI No. 275, Vol. VI No. 286, Vol. VI No. 287, Vol. VI No. 288, Vol. VI No. 290, Vol. VI No. 291, Vol. VI No. 292, Vol. VI No. 292, Vol. VI No. 293, Vol. VI No. 297, Vol. VI No. 298, Vol. VI No. 300, Vol. VI No. 301, Vol. VI No. 302, Vol. VIII No. 418, and 11 Jun 1864 (partial).
Condition / Notes: These antique newspapers show well with some indications of age/wear including chipping and tears to high points. Some issues have had repairs made with tape. It is unknown if each individual issue is complete.
Lot 2002


Details: This lot contains a fully operational original antique wine-cider press c1895.

The press measures approx 48" high and 24" wide with the legs approx 24" long. The the outer container is approx 15" diameter.

The handmade stand for this fruit press is decoratively embellished with curves and bevels in the wood structure, then painted. It appears the intent was to go beyond a strictly utilitarian tool.
Condition / Notes: This antique wine/cider press is fully operational and shows signs of age and wear from normal use which may include scratches, soiling, etc..
Lot 2003


Details: This lot contains an antique original crank telephone with the name "Century Telephone Construction Co., Buffalo, NY" on the mouthpiece. This handsome oak telephone would mount on a wall, has a hand crank on the side.

"A telephone magneto is a hand-cranked electrical generator that uses permanent magnets to produce alternating current from the rotating armature. In early telegraphy, magnetos were used to power instruments, while in telephony they were used to generate electrical current to drive electromechanical ringers in telephone sets and on operator consoles. "

This telephone measures approx 9.5" wide, 25" tall, and 13" deep (including the shelf.
Condition / Notes: This antique crank telephone is untested and shows signs of age and wear from normal use which may include scratches, soiling, etc..
Lot 2004


Details: This large hanging wall map of postal routes in the state of New York was created by topographer A. von Haake, and printed by "Julius Bien & Co., Photo. Lith."

Dated March, 1, 1898, this map of Post Routes includes a list of counties and a key entitled, "Explanation of Mail Service" showing colored lines for routes of various frequencies. It also includes inset maps of New York City and Long Island.

This 69" x 71" wall map is attached to dowels at both top and bottom.

Condition / Notes: This antique wall map shows well, displaying a typical range of age and wear indications. There is some marginal chipping, toning and fading, and minor repairs.
Lot 2005


Details: This antique Chinese lady's fan from a local estate is represented in the accompanying photos.

This beautiful handmade fan, believed to be circa 1890, is fashioned from brass and heavy paper. The people in the picture have been embellished with faces painted onto chips of shell or porcelain. The body of the fan is adorned with cloisonne and gilt paint.

Condition / Notes: This antique fan shows beautifully and displays some age/wear indications such as loss of color at the folds in the paper and soiling. It folds up nicely or lays flat for display and appears to have undergone repair in the distant past.
Lot 2006


Details: This lot features 50 Stereographs depicting a wide rage of subject matter including landscape, architecture, monuments, and parks. The cards range in age from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. Some of the noteworthy locations featured in this lot include, The White House, Lake Geneva, Dryburgh Abbey and Jerusalem.

The Stereographs measures approximately 7" x 3.75”

Please attend our live sale to view this item and other interesting artwork in person.

Condition / Notes: The Stereographs in this lot show well displaying wear consistent with their age and use.

Please see the images for more details.
Lot 2007


Details: This lot is comprised of approximately 50 issues of "Leslie's Weekly” covering the mid 1800's to the early 1900's. Issues typically have beautiful illustrations or photographs on the cover pages with some color cover pages.

Issues sizes are approx. 16.25" x 11.25".

“Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, later renamed Leslie's Weekly, was an American illustrated literary and news magazine founded in 1855 and published until 1922. It was one of several magazines started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie.

Throughout its decades of existence, the weekly provided illustrations and reports—first with wood engravings and Daguerreotypes, later with more advanced forms of photography—of wars from John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry and the Civil War until the Spanish–American War and the First World War.

Surviving issues today are highly prized as collectors' items for vividly depicting American life during the seven decades of its existence. Many distinguished writers were featured in its pages."

Condition / Notes: This collection of antique newspapers shows very well with some indications of age/wear, including age toning and chipping. It is unknown if each individual issue is complete or if there is a complete yearly set.
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