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  • Rare Original Photograph of General Ulysses S. Grant Taken By Mathew Brady; Boldly Signed By Grant As President

    GRANT, Ulysses S. (Mathew Brady).

    Mathew Brady Ulysses S. Grant Photograph Signed.

    Rare original Mathew Brady photograph of Ulysses S. Grant. Boldly signed by Grant as the 18th President of the United States, “U.S. Grant March 18th 1875.” One of the earliest photographers in American history, Mathew B. Brady brought home the reality of the Civil War to the American public with his innovative use of a mobile studio and darkroom to capture thousands of war scenes throughout the Civil War. Brady was also recognized as one of the premier photographic portraitists of the 19th century, taking photographs of numerous celebrities including Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Robert E. Lee among others. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 16.5 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable with such a strong signature signed by Grant during his presidency.

    Price: $18,500.00     Item Number: 94709

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  • "We miss you very much. Love from Caroline & Mummy" Postcard from Jacqueline Kennedy to her son John, Jr.

    KENNEDY, Jacqueline and John.

    Jacqueline Kennedy Signed Postcard to John Kennedy, Jr.

    Postcard from Jacqueline Kennedy to her son John F. Kennedy, Jr. It reads, “Dearest John, Every day we say where is John-John – Away!! – We ride in this cart & the horse has feathers – & we play on a beach like this & I found a sea horse – & we go up this hill to our house. That is a tower to look out for pirates – We miss you very much. Love from Caroline & Mummy.” Written on a postcard from Amalfi which she has addressed to “Master J.F. Kennedy Jr.” The verso shows a colorful illustration of the seashore including a horse-drawn cart, beach, stone tower, and village. Accompanied by a White House envelope with the typed return address, “Villa l’Episcopio RAVELLO, ITALIA.” Double matted and framed opposite of photograph of the Kennedy family. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 19 inches.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 65095

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  • Rare collection of Rough Riders Photographs and Documents; Twice signed and inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt

    ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    Theodore Roosevelt Rough Riders Era Document Collection.

    c. 1898.

    Rare collection of original signed documents and photographs taken during President Theodore Roosevelt’s days as Colonel of the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, or Rough Riders. The collection includes an original mounted photograph of Roosevelt in full uniform with his campaign hat; two cabinet card photographs of Albert S. Johnson, a member of the Cavalry; an endorsement dated September 7, 1998 which reads in part, “This officer did not serve in Cuba but remained in Florida with the squadron left behind” signed, “T. Roosevelt” which is affixed to the verso of of Albert S. Johnson’s 5 September 1898 application for 60-days leave; and a military record discharging Johnson from the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry with remarks from Captain R.H. Bruce and Theodore Roosevelt, “Did not serve under me personally; is reported to me as a good and loyal officer. T. Roosevelt col 1st U.S.V.” Johnson’s application for leave was ultimately denied as his regiment was about to be disbanded and taken out of service. In near fine condition. An exceptional collection. Documents from Roosevelt’s Rough Rider days are rare.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 95371

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  • Rare Michael Faraday Signed Letter with a Carte-de-visite

    FARADAY, Michael .

    Michael Faraday Autograph Letter Signed.

    Autograph letter signed by Michael Faraday to William Coffin answering a question regarding the chlorate reaction with sulfuric acid, “or oil of vitriol,” in gunpowder. Addressed to William Coffin, it reads, “R[oyal] Institution, January 1, 1849, My dear Sir, I conclude you mean the acid which fires gunpowder – not directly but through the medium of the Chlorate mixture that and is as far as I know the strength liquid Sulfureum and or out of Vitriol. Ever Truly Yours, Michael Faraday.” Matted and framed opposite a carte-de-visite of Faraday by John Watkins. The entire piece measures 11.25 inches by 14.25 inches.



    Price: $5,800.00     Item Number: 73081

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  • Photograph of Mother Teresa; Signed by her


    Mother Teresa Signed Photograph.

    Color photograph portrait of Mother Teresa with her hands clasped in prayer boldly signed, “God bless you, M. Teresa mc.” In fine condition. Matted and framed. The photograph measures 10 inches by 8 inches. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15 inches. An iconic photograph of Mother Teresa, rare and desirable and signed.

    Price: $5,600.00     Item Number: 98753

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  • John F. Kennedy Engraved Portrait; Signed by Ronald Reagan as Governor of California and 24 State and Lieutenant Governors

    REAGAN, Ronald. [John F. Kennedy].

    Ronald Reagan Signed John F. Kennedy Engraved Portrait.


    Original engraved portrait of President John F. Kennedy signed by President Ronald Reagan as Governor of California and 24 State and Lieutenant Governors including: Nelson Rockefeller, John B. Connally, Tim Babcock, Jack Williams, Don Samuelson, John J. McKeith, Walter J. Hickel, and others. With a 13-cent “John F. Kennedy” stamp, cancelled on the anniversary of JFK’s birthday, May 29th 1967. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 16.5 inches. In fine condition.

    Price: $3,200.00     Item Number: 94707

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  • Signed Photograph of Charles A. Lindbergh

    LINDBERGH, Charles A.

    Charles Lindbergh Signed Photograph.

    Black and white photograph of Charles A. Lindbergh in his flying gear, inscribed by Lindbergh, “To Ms. Elizabeth Reynolds Sincerely, Charles A. Lindbergh.” In fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 9 inches by 11 inches. A striking image, rare and desirable signed by Lindbergh.

    Price: $2,800.00     Item Number: 89010

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  • Boldly Signed Autograph of General Ulysses S. Grant; Matted and Framed

    GRANT, Ulysses S.

    Ulysses S. Grant Autograph.

    Autograph boldly signed “U.S. Grant, Lt. Gen.” on a card. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Grant. The entire piece measures 12.5 inches by 8.5 inches. In fine condition.

    Price: $1,750.00     Item Number: 93578

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  • Signed by the Duke of Wellington

    WELLESLEY, Arthur.

    Duke of Wellington Autographed Letter Signed.


    Autograph letter signed, dated “Nov 22, 1837”, and signed as “Duke of Wellington” within the body of the letter. A letter in which the Duke of Wellington declines to become a member of the proposed London Loan Association. “… the Duke begs leave to become a Member of the proposed London Loan Association,” In near fine condition. Matted with an engraving of the Duke of Wellington. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 11.5 inches.

    Price: $1,500.00     Item Number: 119221

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  • Rare Centennial Broadside of the Declaration of Independence


    Declaration of Independence Centennial Memorial Broadside.

    New York: James D. McBride, Printed by the Colombian Publishing Company, 1876.

    Rare Centennial Memorial facsimile broadside of the Declaration of Independence. In near fine condition. The document measures 14 inches by 17 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 23 inches. An excellent example.

    Price: $1,500.00     Item Number: 54076

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