2018 Daguerreian Society Benefit Auction
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The Daguerreian Society 2018 Symposium Benefit Auction

The auction will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at

        Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
        811 7th Avenue at 53rd Street
        
New York, NY 10019

The silent auction starts approximately 6 pm EDT.

The live auction will begin at 8:30 pm EDT.

CONDITION REPORTS, FOR ABSENTEE BIDDERS ONLY, ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST. Contact Greg French at gregfren@comcast.net.

Full auction terms may be found here.

The Daguerreian Society is honored to offer THE CIVIL WAR GENERALS CARTE DE VISITE COLLECTION OF ROSECRANS BALDWIN in its entirety. This collection represents 165 Generals from the Union and Confederate sides plus a few notables like William Quantrill and John Wilkes Booth. Rosecrans (aka Crans) is a direct descendant of General Winfield Scott Hancock, and a more distant descendant of General William S. Rosecrans, both well-known Union Generals in the Civil War. For the fascinating story of how Crans became a collector, click here.


LIVE AUCTION LOTS

[Lots 1-25]  [Lots 26-50]  [Lots 51-74]  

Lot 1: CIVIL WAR GENERAL BENJAMIN GRIERSON

Carte de Visite (CDV).

Backmark: "Published by E. & H.T. ANTHONY, 501 Broadway, New York." 

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $200-400

 

 

 

 


Lot 2: CIVIL WAR GENERALS: SHERMAN, KEARNY, COX, LYON

4 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

Features William Tecumseh Sherman, Philip Kearny (Killed in action), Jacob Cox, Nathaniel Lyon.

Backmark on Sherman: "E.R. GARD, PHOTOGRAPHIC Art Gallery, 210 Lake Street, CHICAGO." Backmark on Kearney: "O.C. BENJAMIN, ARTIST, 274 BROAD ST., NEWARK, N.J." Backmark on Cox: "____ Photographer 81 SOUTH HIGH st COLUMBUS OHIO." Backmark on Lyon: "CARTES DE VISITE W.L. TROXEL, PHOTOGRAPHER, S.W. corner of Fourth and Locust st., ST. LOUIS, MO."

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $400-650


Lot 3: JOHN WILKES BOOTH, LINCOLN ASSASSIN, ACTOR 2 CDVs

2 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

Backmark on 2nd CDV: "W.W. HOYT'S New York Gallery. 208 Fourth Street, (Over Murray's Fancy Store.)"

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-500


Lot 4: ICONS OF CONFEDERACY: JEFFERSON DAVIS & ROBERT E. LEE

2 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

Features Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee. 

Backmark on Davis: "E. & H.T. Anthony, 501 Broadway, New York. FROM PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVE in BRADY'S National Portrait Gallery." Backmark on Lee: "VANNERSON & JONES, PHOTOGRAPHERS, 77 MAIN STREET, Richmond, Va." 

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $350-550 


Lot 5: GENERALS BY CHARLES D. FREDERICKS: SHERMAN, MORE

14 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

Features William Tecumseh Sherman, Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard (Confederate in Federal uniform), David Hunter, Quincy Adams Gillmore, John Fitz Porter, George Dashiell Bayard, Don Carlos Buell, Franz Sigel, Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, Nathaniel Banks, Ambrose Burnside, George McClellan and wife, Winfield Scott.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $1400-2000

 

 


Lot 6: NUDE, SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO 1990 by ROBERT SHLAER

Daguerreotype.

Inscribed on plate on reverse: "Nude, Santa Fe, N. M. 6/23/90 © 1990 R. Shlaer 206"

Measures 5 x 4 inches (plate). 

The artist sent us the following note: "These are the last daguerreotypes I will ever offer for sale. My entire archive is going to the Beinecke Library at Yale in a couple of months."

In March of 1973 Robert Shlaer made his first daguerreotype with lighting provided by a fluorescent desk lamp. In 1987 he transformed his garage into a workshop, studio and darkroom. Later that year he advertised himself as the "World's only full-time, professional daguerreotypist."

Among his accomplishments are daguerreotypes: of the Old Court house in St. Louis (after Thomas Easterly), of the moon, inside Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, of solar eclipses in 1991 and 1994, a portrait of Graham Nash, of President Clinton's visit to Los Alamos in 1993, and the interior of the Boston Athenaeum (tribute to Southworth & Hawes). Shlaer re-created Simon Nunes Carvalho's lost daguerreotypes from explorer John Fremont's fifth expedition resulting in the book and exhibition Sights Once Seen. That project won the Twitchell Award for Significant Contribution to the Field of History. Although landscapes are his favorite subject, Robert asserts that nudes are the most difficult of all.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $600-900


Lot 7: LOVELY WOMAN, LOVELY CASE BY JACOBS, NEW ORLEANS

THE CASE. First the case is something to behold. Japanned (black lacquer) case with gold gilding and mother-of-pearl inlay. Exquisite! 

INSIDE. Quarter plate daguerreotype of a lovely woman with pin-pricked earrings that sparkle, a red bow, and black cuffs on each wrist. The lower left corner of the brass mat reads: "JACOBS N.O." 

EDWARD JACOBS (1813-1892). Daguerreian in New Orleans from 1844-1861 at various locations. "Jacob's life dates come from a collector's research at the Smithsonian" (source: Craig's Daguerreian Registry, by John Craig).

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $600-900 


Lot 8: HIS GREATEST COMFORTS

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Half case.

A rather animated daguerreotype depicting a man multi-tasking: he's hanging onto his beloved dog, while smoking a cigar and holding a folded over periodical. He's got a determined look on his face. His loving grip on the dog resulted in the dog staying still! 

Identified by affixed note on reverse: "Grandfather Vincent Egbert ???") 

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $1000-1500


Lot 9: GENTLEMEN, LADIES & DOG HAVING A JOLLY TIME OUTDOORS

Large Daguerreotype.

Measures 5 x 6¾ inches, making it considerably larger than a half plate. European. Handcut paper mat. Paper seals. This is that rarity: a conversational daguerreotype. The central figure seems to be seated holding a fancy walking stick. He's smiling broadly. Perhaps he's verbally sparring with the standing fellow on our right. The ladies in the doorway seem to be enjoying the levity. The other seated man seems to be ensuring a sharp likeness while the dog under the chair watches and listens in on the proceedings.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $5000-9000


Lot 10: POLKA DOT TIE, BUTTON DOWN SCARF, FABULOUS HAIRDO

9 cased images: 2 sixth plate daguerreotypes including an octagonal; 2 sixth plate ruby glass ambrotypes; 1 ninth plate ruby glass ambrotype; 3 sixth plate clear glass ambrotypes; 1 tintype in sixth plate parts. 

This lot includes men, women and children.

1) Sixth plate 1840s daguerreotype of a handsome young man with a polka dot tie. Full case.
2) Ninth plate ruby glass ambrotype of child in floral dress seated in a chair with bright fabric. Full case.
3) Sixth plate ruby glass ambrotype of a couple showing body language and filling the space nicely. Split case.
4) Sixth plate ambrotype of a woman with a fabulous hairdo and a strong sense of fashion. Split full case.
5) Sixth plate ambrotype of a teenaged girl with handmade brilliant scarf or shawl with buttons. The ends of the garment create an illusion of flowers in her lap. Split full case.
6) Sixth plate hexagonal daguerreotype of a woman with a large interesting brooch. Half case.
7) Sixth plate ambrotype of an older woman wearing a bonnet. Split full case.
8) Sixth plate ambrotype of a baby with hidden mother. Half case.
9) Cased tintype in sixth plate parts of two children with big western style hats. The boy on the right is barefoot. We suspect the other boy is, too! Half case with a hook on top to serve as a wall frame. 

THIS IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM JERILYN MARSHALL. 100% of the proceeds from this sale will benefit The Daguerreian Society.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE $200-400


Lot 11: CONFEDERATE GENERAL JOSEPH WHEELER

Carte de Visite (CDV).

Tax Stamp Affixed. Backmark: "E. & H.T. ANTHONY, 501 Broadway, NEW-YORK."

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $350-550

 

 

 


Lot 12: GENERALS WITH PHILADELPHIA BACKMARKS

 

5 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

Features Ulysses S. Grant, John Geary, Don Carlos Buell, Stewart Van Vliet, Andrew Porter.

Backmark on Grant: "PHILADA PHOTOGRAPHIC CO. 730 CHESTNUT ST. PHILADELPHIA." Backmark on Geary: "HENSZEY & CO. PHOTOGRAPHERS No 812 Arch Street, PHILADELPHIA." Backmark on Buell and Van Vliet: "J.E. McCLEES, ARTIST, 910 Chesnut Street, PHILADELPHIA." Sticker on top of photographer backmark on Porter: "EARLES' GALLERIES & LOOKING GLASS WARE-ROOMS 816 CHESTNUT ST PHILADELPHIA.

 

NO RESERVE

 

ESTIMATE: $500-800


Lot 13: FULL STANDING BY ANTHONY: STANLEY, OSTERHAUS, ETC

6 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

All have Anthony backmarks, 3 are from Mathew Brady negatives. Features David Stanley, Peter Joseph Osterhaus, Nathaniel Lyon, Benjamin Butler, Ambrose Burnside, Nathaniel P. Banks. 

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $550-850


Lot 14: NEW ORLEANS, WHEELING VIRGINIA & KENTUCKY

 

3 Cartes de Visite

(CDVs).



Features

John Bell Hood, William Rosecrans, John Logan.

Backmark on Hood: "Published by S.T. BLESSING No. 24 Chartres St. NEW ORLEANS." Backmark on Rosecrans: "PARTRIDGE'S GALLERY, Wheeling, Va." Backmark on Logan: "D.C. BETISON, PHOTOGRAPHER, Main Street, below Second, Over Telegraph Office Louisville, Ky."

 

NO RESERVE


ESTIMATE: $350-550


Lot 15: CONFEDERATES: JOHNSTON (TEXAS), BISHOP POLK (KIA)

2 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

Features Albert Sidney Johnston, Bishop Leonidas Polk (killed in action). 

Backmark on Johnston: "Published by E. & H.T. ANTHONY, 501 Broadway, New York." Backmark on Polk: "PUBLISHED BY E. ANTHONY, 501 Broadway, NEW YORK. FROM PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVE, FROM BRADY'S NATIONAL Portrait Gallery." 

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-500


Lot 16: HANDSOME GUITAR PLAYER WITH TOUSLED HAIR

Sixth plate ambrotype.

He holds his guitar in the classical guitar position, making sure that its featured. He conveys that he is at one with it and he has a pleased expression on his face. Housed in a thermoplastic wall frame, which is a collectible in its own right. The original hook on the back of the thermoplastic frame is still intact.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE $300-500


Lot 17: DETERMINED YOUNG MAN BY AFRICAN-AMERICAN DAGUERREOTYPIST JAMES PRESLEY BALL

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Full case. Lower left corner of brass mat reads: "J.P. BALL, CINCINNATI."

James Presley Ball (1825-1904). "The daguerreotypist James Presley (J.P.) Ball was born in 1825 in Virginia, probably a freeman. As a young man he learned daguerreotyping and opened his first studio in Cincinnati, Ohio at age twenty. The city was a center for anti-slavery activity as well as the photographic arts, and Ball became a leader in both. He wrote and published a pamphlet depicting the horrors of slavery to accompany a large panorama in his gallery, and served as the official photographer for a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. By the 1850s, his business had achieved tremendous success. Frederick Douglass, Jenny Lind, and the orator Henry H. Garnet, among other notables, sought out his services, and he became quite affluent. Ball was a lifelong entrepreneur. After more than three decades in Cincinnati, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and ran a studio there; and in about 1887, went to Montana with son James Presley, Jr. Now well into his sixties, he opened another busy daguerreotyping studio in Helena. Among other projects, he photographed the building of the state capitol. Ball was elected a delegate to the Republican convention in Montana territory in 1894, and nominated to run for county coroner (he declined this nomination, citing the demands of his business). Ball’s son edited a newspaper, The Colored Citizen, which is a very valuable source on African Americans in territorial Montana." (Source: BlackPast website.) It should also be noted that J. P. Ball at one time employed great American artist, Robert A. Duncanson in his gallery. 

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $700-1000


Lot 18: AMBROTYPE OF HORSES & MANY TINTYPES & MUCH MORE

AMBROTYPES. Sixth plate ambrotype of two horses. Ninth plate English ambrotype of tinted lady in full leather case. Ruby glass ambrotype of man with wide-brimmed hat & great character in split full case. 12 uncased ambrotype plates (4 children, 4 women, 4 men). 

TINTYPES (CDV sized). 58 tintypes (22 single portraits, 36 of multiple people). Includes: A group of soldiers and civilians with fur hats, western or southern men with wide brimmed hats and smoking pipes, girl on a donkey in front of faux river scene, portraits outdoors, 3 hand-colored tintypes (4 adults by a lake, man and boy on logs by same lake, and a girl). 

FRAMES. Large framed European photo of a woman, approximately 10½ x 9 inches, with an opening of approximately 5½ x 4½ inches. Oval gold painted sixth plate wood wall frame. 

CASED TINTYPES. Sixth plate African American girl. Sixth plate horse and buggy hand colored. Sixth plate 'Neff's Patent' early tintype of identifed young lady split full case. Quarter plate full standing couple in Roger de Coverly & Gypsies thermplastic case. Sixth plate and ninth plate of same image of a full standing girl wearing hat but the ninth plate is reversed. Oval sixth plate closeup of a boy. Ninth plate bust shot of man. 

LOOSE TINTYPES. Quarter plate early tintype (extra thick) of couple with brass mat. Child wearing a dress, sitting on a stool with brass mat.

Steve Kasher has generously donated 50% of the hammer price to The Daguerreian Society. The Daguerreian Society will also receive the 15% buyer's premium.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $800-1200


Lot 19: YOUNG LADY AT REST: POSTMORTEM DAGUERREOTYPE

Quarter plate daguerreotype in full case.

The young lady is tucked into a bed with a tapestry, and pillows underneath her head. The perspective is unusual as if she's suspended somehow. Also there's solarization at the bottom of her bedding adding to the other-worldly effect.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $400-700


Lot 20: U.S. NAVY CAPTAIN, UNUSUAL CLOSEUP BY McCLEES

Quarter plate daguerreotype.

Captivating closeup daguerreotype of a U.S. Navy Captain. Immediately one feels his epaulets and buttons are tinted gold, but it's an illusion. The execution was so masterful that we feel we're face to face with this fellow!

 

Brass mat reads: "McClees" and "Phila." Note behind: "From estate sale Little Rock (Arkansas) 1996."


JAMES EARLE McCLEES was at several addresses in Philadelphia all through the Daguerreian Era starting in 1844. He is also known for his partnership with Germon (source: Directory of Philadelphia Photographers 1839-1900, by Linda A Ries & Jay W. Ruby).

 

NO RESERVE

 

ESTIMATE: $650-1000


Lot 21: GENERALS: STONE (hand-colored), GRANGER, MORE

 

6 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

 

All have either an E. & H.T. Anthony backmark or logo on the back. Features Charles Pomeroy Stone, Gordon Granger, William J. Hardee, George Henry Thomas, Lorenzo Thomas, David Farragut.


NO RESERVE

 

ESTIMATE: $500-750

 


Lot 22: GENERALS WITH TAX STAMPS AFFIXED 

7 cartes de visite (CDVs).

All have tax stamps. Features George Meade, Lovell Rousseau, George Henry Thomas, William Francis Bartlett, James Birdseye McPherson, Jefferson C. Davis, Joseph Hooker. 

Backmark on Bartlett: "J.W. BLACK 163 & 173 WASH. ST. BOSTON AND SO. TURO ST. OPP NAVAY ACADEMY, NEWPORT, R.I." Backmarks on Thomas, McPherson, Davis, Hooker: "E. & H.T. ANTHONY 501 Broadway, New York." Backmarks on Meade and Rousseau are covered by the tax stamps. 

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $500-750


Lot 23: ABE & MARY TODD LINCOLN, MORE by ALEX. GARDNER

5 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

Features Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Philip Henry Sheridan, John Grubb Parke, Francis Blair.


Backmark on Mary Todd: "FROM G.W. TOMLINSON PHOTOGRAPHIC ROOMS. 221 WASHINGTON ST. BOSTON." Backmarks on Sheridan, Price, and Blair: "ALEX. GARDNER, Photographer to the Army of the Potomac, GALLERIES 511 SEVENTH STREET AND 332 PENNSYLVANIA AV. PUBLISHED BY PHILP & SOLOMONS WASHINGTON D.C."

 

NO RESERVE

 

ESTIMATE: $500-750

 


Lot 24: CONFEDERATE GENERALS: LONGSTREET AND EWELL
2 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).
 
Features James Longstreet and Richard Ewell.

Backmark on Longstreet: "LUMPKIN & TOMLINSON, Photographic Artists, No. 98, MAIN STREET, RICHMOND, VA." Backmark on Ewell: "E. & H.T. ANTHONY, 501 Broadway, New York." 

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $400-600


Lot 25: GENERALS WITH WASHINGTON D.C. BACKMARKS

4 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

Features John Newton, William Farrar Smith, Fitz John Porter, Horatio Gouverneur Wright.

Backmarks on Newton, Smith, and Porter: "R.W. ADDIS, PHOTOGRAPHER, McCLEES' GALLERY, 308 Penna. Avenue, WASHINGTON, D.C." Backmark on Wright: "JOHN GOLDIN & CO. PHOTOGRAPHERS Vignette Specialite No. 4 Market pace Pa. Ave. WASHINGTON, D.C." 

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $350-550