Autograph note signed, concerning abolitionist and first African American officer Martin Delany, to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. [Washington], February 21, 1865
Abraham Lincoln promotes black Americans’ efforts to fight for their own freedom with this important note leading to Martin Delany’s appointment as the first African American military field officer. Lincoln writes in full: “Hon. Sec. of War, please see this very intelligent colored man, Mr. Delany – who wants to assist in raising colored troops. A. Lincoln. Feb. 21, 1865.”
Large Format Camera from Mathew Brady’s Studio. New York, c. 1850s
A major relic of photographic history, this camera was owned by Mathew Brady during his years as the leading figure in American photography. Brady was the preeminent American portrait photographer of his day. He gained his greatest fame with his studio’s documentation of the events and figures of the Civil War. This camera’s association with Brady and his studio, which produced hundreds of iconic portraits and thousands of Civil War photographs, makes it an important historical artifact.
(LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) GARDNER, ALEXANDER
Collection of four photograph of the execution of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. Washington, July 7, 1865
A monumental event in American photographic history: the hanging of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. Series of Gardner’s execution photographs are rarely seen. The only other collection we have seen for public sale in years, a group of four prints, sold for $100,000 (Swann Galleries, October 17, 2013, lot 18.
(GRANT, U.S.) Mathew Brady
Ulysses S. Grant. Washington, c. 1865
(BRADY, MATHEW Studio) Seward, Chase, Fessenden, and Stanton
Collection of Photographs of Abraham Lincoln’s Cabinet: a “Team of Rivals”. New York and Washington: Brady Studio, c. 1860
This is a splendid collection of Brady Imperial portraits of Lincoln’s most important cabinet members, the famed “Team of Rivals.”
Four photographs as a collection: $45,000
(LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) Alexander Gardner
Abraham Lincoln. Washington, November 8, 1863
This famous “Gettysburg portrait,” with Lincoln looking directly into the camera, was made just days before he delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863.
(GARDNER, ALEXANDER.) Gardner, O'Sullivan, Barnard, and others
A fine collection of 8 classic Civil War photographs from Gardner’s Sketch Book. Washington: Gardner, [1865-66]
A splendid collection of Gardner prints.
Important Pair of Daguerreotypes: Black Nurse with White Baby and the Child’s Parents. Talbot County, Maryland or Texas, c. 1853
This striking pair of daguerreotypes evokes the complex relationships between slaves and slave owners in the American South, especially between white families and the trusted slaves who cared for their children.
the pair: $25,000
MCKOY, MILLIE & CHRISTINE. Germon ,W.L
Mammoth portrait of Millie and Christine McKoy. Philadelphia: W. L. Germon, c. 1868-71
This spectacular large-format photograph depicts the celebrated conjoined twins Millie and Christine McKoy.