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Tennessee Centennial Exposition
Art Work of Nashville-Reprint
Item #: NEW-0016670

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 This is a hardcover book which measures 12 by 9 and a half inches. This is a reprint published by the Tennessee Historical Society,Whipporwill, Chicago
 Reproduction of the 1894 original edition, 48 pg. reference and index to the pictures laid in plus a 20 page supplemental to the index laid in. Other than an introduction by James Hobbler, the book consists of photographs of Nashville scenes from 1894 to 1901. Excellent condition.  Will be sent book rate, with excessive postage paid will be refunded.

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Woman's Building-Tennessee Centennial Souvenir
Item #: NEW-0016608

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Neat booklet which contains photographs of all the women involved in the planning for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition held in Nashville in 1897. It also has numerous shots of the interior of the Women's building, photos that are not included in other references. Some wear with mild dinginess and a tear on one of the back corners, about to come off.

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Price: $157.50 USD
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Tn Centennial Exposition-UCV Reunion-1897-Nashville
Item #: NEW-0016116

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This is a small badge, probably made for the ladies. Nice clean example of a souvenir badge for the attendees of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition which was held in Nashville in 1897.  The pin is missing on this item

Shipping Weight: 0.13 lb
Price: $57.50 USD
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Tennessee Centennial Exposition Trade Card-Dismukes Hat Co
Item #: NEW-0013172

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Rare advertising trade card showing the Agricultural Building at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition which was held in 1897 in Nashville Tennessee.  Made for the Dismukes-Niles Hat Company, Proprietors Pennsylvania Hat Company, Maker of Knox and Stetson Hats. Back is blank.


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Price: $47.50 USD
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Adv Trade Card-Dismukes-Nile Hat-Tn Centennial Exposition
Item #: NEW-0012935

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Rare advertising trade card showing the Auditorium at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition which was held in 1897. Manufactured for a dealer in Nashville that sold Knox and Stetson Hats.  Pennsylvania Hat Company. A little nip out of the upper left hand corner

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Beautiful Jim Key Lot-Wonder Horse
Item #: NEW-0012053

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It has taken me many years to assemble this lot relating to this amazing horse and his trainer.  A modern book by M E Rivas and Mim Eicller Rivas has introduced people to this unbelievable story and has made items about them almost impossible to obtain. Paypal will not be accepted on this item through payment plans can be arranged.

Beautiful Jim Key was presented at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. 

The lost consists of seven items, 1. A rare pamphlet, The Story of Beautiful Jim Key, How he was Taught, published in 1901.  32 pages, filled with illustrations.  Some wear to the pamphlet, which binding has been reinforced by someone with duct tape. 2.  A celluloid button featuring Jim Key, "I Have Seen Beautiful Jim Key."  The button measures one and quarter inches.  Small cut through the celluloid and other minor scratches.  There also scattered gray spots. 3. Undivided postcard the "Wonderful Jim Key, the educated horse using his National Cash Register."  Not mailed.  Minor tip wear, 4. 1908 cancel showing "The Most Wonderful Educated Horse in the World, Beautiful Jim Key. Tip wear and the rarest of the postcards, 5.  Undivided, unused card showing Key acting as Postmaster.  Some stains in the border, and 6. Unused, undivided back card with Jim writing his name.  minor wear.  7.  The last scan shows the complete sheet music, published in 1901 by Sig. Giorgio Minoliti, in Atlantic City N J.  The sheet measures 14 by 10 and a quarter inches.  Some stains, particularly on the right edge.           

William Key was born a slave and "owned" by a Shelbyville planter named William Key, from whom he took his name.  He quickly showed that he had special skills with all kinds of animals.  Williams was quite loyal to the sons of his "master" who joined the Confederate Army..  He was so afraid that they would be killed or go hungry so he decided to go with them.  When Fort Donelson came under fire he set up his own fort outside the fort dug a hole in the ground and covered it with logs where he hid until the Fort was surrendered.  He found an unguarded entrance to the fort and led his young masters to safely behind rebel lines.  After the Battle of Stones River, he attempted to help a slave friend to escape through Union lines and was caught by a guard and was sentenced to hang.  He was to be executed but the execution was postponed when it was discovered that he was a good cook and poker player.  Key purchased his freedom in exchange for the soldiers gambling debts.  Captured and sentenced to hang on another occasion, Key purchased a delay of execution with $1,000 he had sewn between the soles of his shoes.  After gaining his freedom he returned to his homestead which was in ruins, mortgaged and his namesake dead. Remarkably with poker winnings and the sales of  a horse liniment, he would make enough money to pay off the mortgage and send the young masters off to college. He then began a career of traveling with animals which he trained to fake ailments and who then would be cured with his compound.  It was on these travels that he paid $40 for a battered Arabian bay left by a circus that had closed.  The horse was nursed to health and eventually bred giving birth to "Jim Key"  His intelligence caused his trainer to launch a seven year training period in which Jim Key learned to add and subtract numbers up to 25 and spell the names of audience members. He could distinguish between coins, make change, and play a hand organ.  Featured at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition he was highly sought by other venues. His last performance was in 1906 when the two retired in Shelbyville.  William Key and Jim Key are buried in separate grave sites in Shelbyville where they are visited by horse lovers from all over the country.



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Filled Gold Charm-1897 Souvenir-Tennessee Centennial Exposition
Item #: NEW-0011717

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Tiny little charm.  Some damage on one side.  See scan.

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Price: $78.50 USD
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1897 Photograph-Scene at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition
Item #: NEW-0011712

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Great clarity on an interesting scene which shows some of the buildings from the exposition.  I have not seen this photograph published anywhere.  The photo measures around six and a half by four and a half inches, with the board the mounted albumen measures 8 by 10 inches.  Some wear and staining to the board.  See scan.  No photographer's mark.

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Price: $365.50 USD
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China Plate-Agricultural Building-Tennessee Centennial Exposition
Item #: NEW-0011556

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This medium sized plate measures around seven inches in diameter.  Great condition.  Backmark reads Athromla Austria.  The pink area on the scan is not on the item

Shipping Weight: 2.3 lbs
Price: $177.50 USD
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Rare Etched Glass-Tennessee Centennial Expostion
Item #: NEW-0011541

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Delicate glass in perfect condition.  Measures three and a half inches tall.  Shows the Auditorium at the exposition.

Shipping Weight: 2.2 lbs
Price: $158.50 USD
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Official History-Tennessee Centennial Exposition
Item #: NEW-009180

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First edition of the Official History of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition by Herman Justi printed in 1898. This is by far the most comprehensive history of this seminal event in Tennessee history. See scans to view the condition of the volume which has been rebound but the binding retained the original boards and leather spine. See scans as there are splits in the leather of the spine and at the folds. Binding is tight which is unusual given the size and weight.

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Price: $355.50 USD
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Confederate Day Broadside-Gettysburg-Tn Centennial Exposition
Item #: NEW-009069

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Rare broadside announcing a big event during the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897 which also hosted an important Confederate Reunion held in Nashville Tennessee. Broadside describes mock battles re-living past Civil War Battles. I understand that the South sometimes won the battle. This broadside measures around 11 by 9 inches. It has been trimmed. Encapsulated to protect it from more damage which includes folds and some stains. "Showing where the 1st Tenn., Col. Peter Turney;; 7th Tenn., Col S G Shepherd; and the 14th Tenn., Col. Wm A Forbes--Archer's Brigade; charged, on the right of Pickett's Division, adding luster to the established history of Southern heroism and unrivaled bravery. This day, Tuesday, September 14th, has been given by Mr A W McConnell, the proprietor of the Cyclorama, for the benefit of the Confederate soldiers. The Cyclorama of the Battle of Gettysburg is on Vanity Fair...It is so realistic that old soldiers think they are again in battle." Members of the Committee of Confederate Soldiers F S Harris, J R Buist, Sam Mays, S A Cunningham, and John P Hickman. See related Cyclorama program also on my site.

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Price: $185.50 USD
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Shot Glass-Ruby Flash-Tn Centennial Exposition
Item #: NEW-006573

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Reads Mammie F(?) Jones on one side and Tenn Centennial 1897. Measures slightly under two and a half inches tall. Some clear spots where the flash has worn off.

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Price: $45.50 USD
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Tennessee Centennial Exposition Ruby Flash Mug
Item #: NEW-006519

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This mug measures three inches tall. Reads Tenn Centennial 1897 on one side. Wording is quite clear though for some reason it doesn't look that way on the scan. The other side reads M D Angel, a expo attendee. The flash has worn off on a couple of the red dots. The Exposition was held in Nashville Tennessee.

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Colorful Tennessee Centennial Exposition Badge
Item #: NEW-006409

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This badge was made for German American Day at the Tennessee Centennial Expositon held in Nashville Tennessee in 1897. Note the slight staining at the top of the celluloid disc.

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Price: $155.50 USD
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Shell Spoon-Tennessee Centennial Exposition
Item #: NEW-006103

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Nice pearlish shell demitasse with silver handle attached. No markings on handle which repels a magnet.

Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Price: $85.50 USD
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Tennessee Centennial Shell Spoon
Item #: NEW-006087

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Wonderful old souvenir from the 1897 Exposition in Nashville Tennessee. This is a small spoon made of an actual shell. The handle is marked coin silver plate.

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Price: $95.50 USD
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Demitasse Cup-Tennessee Centennial Exposition
Item #: NEW-006052

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Beautiful and delicate souvenir from the Exposition held in Nashville in 1897. Very nice condition. Mark on the bottom is L G & S (I think) Limoges France.

Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Price: $125.50 USD
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Georgia Day Badge-Tn Centennial Exposition
Item #: NEW-005884

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Ribbon damaged and held together by archival, acid free tape on the back. Edge foxing on the celluloid drop which really doesn't detract much. Each day of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition featured one group or more and all are scarce items.

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Price: $85.50 USD
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Tennessee Centennial Cane
Item #: NEW-005821

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Please review the scans of this scarce cane. Evidently made of pot metal. Shaft is covered with strips of leather wrapped around it. Hole on either side of the head which may have been used to affix the shaft, though this head comes off. One of the holes is split all the way to the edge. I have seen and purchased two of these canes which were made either for the Tennessee Centennial or for the Expostion which was held a year later. Both had the same style on the stick. The leather is damaged or missing in several areas. I was told by an old-time dealer that these were made by prison convicts.

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Price: $255.50 USD
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Photographic Advertising Item-Tn Centennial Expo
Item #: NEW-005608

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Thisr are little advertising item measures 4 +inches by 3+ inches and was issued for the Tennessee Centennial Expostion by a photographic company, Calvert Brother & Taylor in Nashville Tennessee. It opens up to show a map of the grounds on one side and a composite photograph of the buildings at the Centennial.

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Price: $125.50 USD
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Art Album as Issued by the Nashville American
Item #: NEW-004621

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The art album is probably the most well known reference on the Tennessee Centennial Exposition which was held in Nashville in 1897. What many people are not aware of is that the publication was issued in segments through the Nashville American newspaper. Most of the interior is in good condition but the thin paper covers are quite chipped. The most serious condition problem is that the last 31 pages are missing. I sold a complete set recently for $400.

Shipping Weight: 3.5 lbs
Price: $175.50 USD
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Rare Tennessee Centennial Expo Outdoor Stereo
Item #: NEW-004605

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This vintage stereo card shows the railroad tracks at the Tennessee Centennial Expostion. The buildings of the exposition can be seen in the background.

Shipping Weight: 0.13 lb
Price: $175.50 USD
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Georgia Railroad Days Ribbon-Tn Centennial Expo
Item #: NEW-004446

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This ribbon was issued for the Georgia Railroad Days at the Tennessee Centenial Exposition held in Nashville Tennessee. Nice condition.  Stone Mountain Route.

Shipping Weight: 0.13 lb
Price: $205.50 USD
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Ribbon Badge-Israel Putnam-1897
Item #: NEW-004445

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Seee scan for condition. Issued for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition held in 1897 in Nashville

Shipping Weight: 0.13 lb
Price: $127.50 USD
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Rare Nashville Centennial Liniment Trade Card
Item #: NEW-004211

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Oversized trade card made by Berry, Demoville Drug company, Nashville Tennessee. Back of the card is a testimonial for this "quack" cure. The scarce bottle is also being offered on my site, one in excellent condition and the other dug. Santa Claus. Card has a large but light crease on the upper right hand corner and a smaller one on the bottom left hand corner. Some wear to all corners and a small stain spot. Card measures seven and a half by five inches. I have never seen another one of these.

Shipping Weight: 1.5 lbs
Price: $155.50 USD
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Tennessee Centennial Match Safe
Item #: NEW-004084

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Rare metal match safe which reads on one side, Souvenir Tennessee Centennial Exposition, 1896 and shows the Andrew Jackson statue on the other side. Some loss of the silver coat and other minor wear. I got in a bidding war on Ebay for this one.

Shipping Weight: 0.13 lb
Price: $275.00 USD
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Rare Tn Centennial Expo Razor in Original Box
Item #: NEW-004083

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See scan. The blade reads Nashville Tennessee, Tennessee Centennial 1897 as it does the box. The maker H G Lipscomb Company is shown on the box and the folding razor. This proved to be such a popular souvenir that Lipscomb Hardware continued to make it for several years. This razor is from the exposition as documented by the box. Lipscomb used a plain box for the later razors. I have seen only one other razor offered for sale with the original box. There is spotting on the blade which I guess is light rusting. I have not tried to clean it up.

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Price: $250.00 USD
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Tray-Tennessee Centennial Expostion-1897
Item #: TEN-003731

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This is a little tray which measures slightly over five inches. I don't know what kind of metal it is made of. Hard to read the inscription in the scan which say Tennessee Centennial 1897.

Shipping Weight: 1.5 lbs
Price: $65.50 USD
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Teaspoon-Tennessee Centennial Exposition
Item #: TEN-003708

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This is a regular iced tea spoon from the Centennial. It reads Tenn Centennial 1897 in the bowl and engraving on the handle which reads, "Sallie from Hubert. Probably was engraved on the Centennial grounds. Marking on it seems to read "Waldo" Covered with a gold wash.

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Demitasse Spoon Collection-Tn Centennial Expo
Item #: TEN-003690

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Here are five spoons, four are marked sterling and one sterling plate. Three features buildings from the Tennessee Centennial Expostion and two have the wording, Tennessee Centennial Expostion and the date 1895 in the bowl. One has enamed flowers. Buildings portrayed are the Auditorium, The Children's Building, and the Commerce Building.

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Tn Centennial-UCV Reunion-1897-Nashville-Badge
Item #: TEN-003474

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A couple of tarnished spots.

Shipping Weight: 0.8 lb
Price: $87.50 USD
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1897 Souvenir Badge-Tennessee Centennial Exposition
Item #: TEN-003472

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Nice condition

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1897-Bandana-UCV Reunion-Tn Centennial Exposition
Item #: TEN-003471

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Please no pay pal on this item. This is a very rare souvenir of the Confederate Reunion which was held in Nashville Tennessee in 1897, in conjunction with the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. The bandana features Generals Stonewall Jackson, Beauregard, and Robert E Lee in the middle, surrounded by six different buildings from the exposition. It that isn't good enough it is also an advertisement for Frank & Morse, the Leading Clothiers, Jackson Building. It was this establishment who gave these bandanas out at the exposition. There are condition problems. The building at the top has been nearly obliterated. I don't know if it was a printing error or what. Also note the ink stain at the bottom, also possibly a printing error. Ignore the flash spot caused by the glass of the frame. The bandana measures about seventeen by seventeen. This item will also be listed in Civil War. Price is only $100 more than I paid for it several years ago. Bandana will not be mailed in the frame due to the possibility of damage.

Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Price: $1,100.00 USD
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Chickasaw Guards at the Tennessee Centennial Expo
Item #: TEN-001643

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This photograph is by Bratten, Church, Nashville Tennessee. Albumen on a thin board with corner missing and tears and other wear. The tears have been mended with acid free linen tape on the back to strengthen the board. Photo shows the Chickasaw Guards who were drilling as part of the festivities at the Centennial Exposition. The buildings of the exposition can been seen in the background. Photo itself measures 9 by 7 inches. Clarity is not good as the photo was taken from afar.

Shipping Weight: 2.5 lbs
Price: $75.50 USD
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Nashville Day Button-Tenn Centennial Exposition
Item #: TEN-001192

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This is the most beautiful button from this expostion, however this one is damaged. Filled back button with the front dented. There is a line that runs through the celluloid but I believe this was in the printing. The button is very smooth to the touch and there are no celluloid splits.

Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Price: $35.50 USD
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Dresden Plate-Rialto
Item #: TEN-000408

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Wear to the transfer, especially the word Rialto. Also brown spots indicating that the place was used. Mild crazing. Plates from the Expo are quite rare.

Shipping Weight: 2.5 lbs
Price: $175.00 USD
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