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Gerst Beer-Framed Lithograph-Rare-Beautiful
Item #: NEW-0016585

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You won't see this beautiful color lithograph for sale very often as it stays in the few collector hands who are lucky enough to have it.  I have shown it pictured on my wall as it is very heavy and I would need help to get it down safely.  

The Gerst beer proprietors made several prints advertising their product.  The company was in Nashville Tennessee and souvenirs appear now in the famed Gerst Haus in Nashville and also in Evansville Indiana. The art work was done by Asti, whose work also appears in other breweries in the US and also in Europe. 

This litho has very vibrant colors as can be seen in the scan.  It was dry mounted (presumed) and the only condition problems are some ripples in the bottom area of the lady where the print is not flat. The measurements are 35 by 30 inches, including the frame. I am showing it from the side to avoid all the reflections that would show.

I would be willing to transport this to the Nashville area and pick up can be made by others.  Ignore the shipping cost that will appear on the invoice.  I don't intend to ship this. 

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Southern Turf Platter-Famous Saloon-Nashville
Item #: NEW-0016218

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This is a very rare souvenir of the famous Southern Turf Saloon in Nashville Tennessee.  The historic building is still there on 4th Ave North.  The platter measures 12 by 8 inches.  It has a back mark of Burley and  Company in Chicago.  http://chicagoantiquesguide.com/archives/20060105084811.php.  Here is some info on the company from that link.
Burley and Company was founded in 1884 from the former Burley and Tyrell, who had advertised themselves as the largest importers of china and glassware

The platter is quite heavy and has some scratches as would be expected. This is the only example I have seen although I re-bought this recently from the person I had sold it to.

http://nashvillesaloons.weebly.com/4-southern-turf-saloon.html

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Sourthern Turf Bottle-Nashville Historic Saloon
Item #: NEW-0016216

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Here is a rare bottle from an early, historic saloon in Nashville Tennessee.  The bottle measures 12 and 3/4 inches tall. Southern Turf Nashville is embossed on the bottle.  Cloudy in spots but am sure the advanced bottle collector would know to improve that. There are no chips or cracks. Here is a link to the history of this famous Nashville establishment.  Excessive postage paid will be refunded.

​http://nashvillesaloons.weebly.com/4-southern-turf-saloon.html  (The building can still be seen on 4th Ave)



Opened in 1895 at 222 N Cherry Street, The Southern Turf was the last major saloon constructed on Cherry Street. It may have been the most opulent of them all. According to the American Journal of Commerce, the place was a "veritable palace of mirth and merriment. Ö Mirrors, bronze statuary, rare old paintings by great masters, mahogany furnishings, tropical plants and marble halls all help to bewilder the stranger, while electric fans send forth delightful breezes.Ē Imported liquors and wines were available to patrons of the establishment.​

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Badge-Tennessee Centennial Exposition Guard
Item #: NEW-0016192

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This is a rare item from the Tennessee Centennial Exposition which was held in 1897 in Nashville Tennessee.  Guards were needed to protect the valuable art work and other displays.  This is a very light metal with some oxidation on the back.  It measures 2 and 1/4 inches.  Only example I have ever seen.

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Jack Daniel's Silver Comet Band-Original Photograph
Item #: NEW-0016149

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Yes, this is  the original photograph from which so many copies have been made over the years. The sepia photograph is mounted on a thin board.  The board is badly damaged as can be seen in the scans.  There are scratches visible on the photo but only under magnification. The clarity is excellent.  The photo with board measures 8 by 10.  The back was repaired with acid free, archival tape to prevent future damage.  To make this item even more special, the members of the band are identified on the back of the board.  1.  Bill Waggoner, 2. Ray Parks, 3.George Shaw, 4. Bob Daniel, 5. Luce Hart?, 6. Brad Parks, 7. Milt Waggoner, 8. Charlie Parks, 9 Will McCellan ?, and 10. Jim Holt.

Jack Daniels Jack Daniel

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Civil and Political History of State of Tennessee-Haywood
Item #: NEW-0015816

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This is a first edition of Thomas Haywood's important book.  Leather book which is tightly bound.  See the scans to view the appearance.  One of the papers in the front is partially stuck to the the inside of the front cover.  I tested it and tried not to separate them.  The biggest problem is the title page which only has about a fourth of the page.  I have loosely inserted a copy of the title page just to show that this is the book.  The book was published in Knoxville by Heiskell & Brown in 1823. The age toning on the pages varies from moderate to heavy acidic staining. Some of the pages are grimey.  See the last scan of the closed book.

Two listings on the web at the time of this listing, one for $2750 and the other $3059.

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Residence of Preston Taylor-Greenwood Park Postcard
Item #: NEW-0015532

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This is a very rare postcard showing the home of Preston Taylor Park. I have not seen another.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwood_Cemetery_%28Nashville,_Tennessee%29

Preston Taylor, a black millionaire, was a minister, undertaker, and philanthropist. 
The cemetery was founded by local pastor and businessman Preston Taylor in 1888. Taylor had been born a slave in Louisiana in 1849. He settled in Nashville in 1884, where he became a well known minister and businessman. In 1887 he conceived the idea of establishing a cemetery for African Americans on 37 acres of land near Buttermilk Ridge at Elm Hill Road. He purchased the land in 1887 for $30,000, and in 1888 he established Greenwood Cemetery. Its purpose was to provide low cost, first class burial plots for African-American residents of Nashville.



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Newspaper Boys-Nashville Tennessean-Real Photo PC
Item #: NEW-0015522

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Good condition, never mailed.  In the middle a boy has a canvas bag hanging over his neck which reads Nashville Tennessean.  On the far left edge a boy is holding a similar bag but it is more readable.  There is a black man or a cardboard figure of a black man holding up a newspaper.  He is right next to the fence

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Little Sisters of the Poor-Ruins from Fire-Nashville PC
Item #: NEW-0015334

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This is a real photo postcard which was not mailed but the fire happened in 1916.  Period handwriting on the front identifying  the location which at that time was one of the buildings lost in the East Nashville fire.  They rebuilt on 18th Avenue S.  Dingy back and a large crease on the upper left hand corner.

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Commodore Dan McGugin-Famous Vanderbilt Coach
Item #: NEW-0015331

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Identical images on both sides.  I bet it was a mistake since a similar postcard on line is a postcard.  One crease which is not that prominent as the card is thick stock.  One side has the stamp of a former collector.

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1907 PC-Vanderbilt Player "Bonus" Craig
Item #: NEW-0015330

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This is a heavy stock card which was mailed.  See both scans.  Craig was a half back for an excellent Vanderbilt team.  The sideways message reads, "Nashville-Foot ball crazy", "Will go home tonight. Nov.2-07 F N".  The back has a little ditty about Craig, also regrettably the stamp of the former collector. 

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PC Lot-Interior Views-Castner Knott Department Store-Nashville
Item #: NEW-0015217

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Four, pristine cards which were never mailed.  Historic department store in Nashville which everyone wishes was still there. Not a duplicate, different views and all very rare.

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PC Lot-Interior Views-Castner Knott Department Store-Nashville
Item #: NEW-0015216

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Four, pristine cards which were never mailed.  Historic department store in Nashville which everyone wishes was still there.

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Slave Sale Broadside-1857-Cross Plains Tennessee
Item #: NEW-0014981

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I had tried for many years to find a slave sale broadside from Tennessee but since I am in selling mode now, Iím  now offering this.  The broadside is on light rag paper and measures 13 by 10 and a half inches.  There are some old archival repairs on the back but donít believe they are made by a professional restorer. There are multiple fold marks but they have been pressed out so the broadside has a good appearance.  Please study the multiple scans.

This broadside offers two "Negroes for saleĒ in Cross Plains Tennessee, a small town in Robertson County. Dates 1857, "in the cause of E F Malloy and othersĒ.  "Dick, aged 50 years and Lydia about 14 years of age, the property of the late David Malloy, deceased.  John S Hutchinson, Commír. 

The first scan was provided by the dealer I bought the item from.  Since many of the defects have been repaired after this image was taken, I can assume that the repairs are recent.  The second scan is the slave block which is still in downtown Cross Plains.  The third scan is a portion of the back which shows most of the repairs. 

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Tennessee Centennial Exposition Booklet-Great Ads
Item #: NEW-0014856

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This unpaged booklet measures 18 by 11 inches. This is a very rare souvenir of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition held in Nashville in 1897. This book has pictures of the buildings of the exposition as well as the officers along with photos of buildings in Nashville. Wonderful full page ads for numerous Nashville vendors, the best being the Williams Gerst Beer Company which shows the plant. Other ads for Cooney, Diehl & Lord, and the famous Climax Saloon. There is a full page picture ad for a hotel that I have never heard of, the Utopia. Many other great ads and photos too numerous to mention. Minor wear to the booklet.  Tiny creases on the front cover and a small edge hole on the back cover.

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Eagle Mill Company-McMinnville Tn LH-Cover-Great Graphics
Item #: NEW-0014849

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This is one of the most beautiful advertising letterhead and cover that I have ever had.  The only condition problem is the trimmed cover which is canceled from McMinnville.  Dealers in Middling Mills and other general mill supplies.  

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See-Saw Medal-Tennessee Centennial Expositon
Item #: NEW-0014481

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This is the most desirable of the medals that were struck for the Tn Centennial Exposition held in Nashville in 1896.  Very good condition on this bronze medal which measures three inches in diameter.  The Giant See Saw was the most popular ride at the exposition.  The reverse shows five of the buildings.

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George Dickel-Graphic Invoice-1879-Whiskey
Item #: NEW-0014414

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Please view the scan to see the condition of this rare invoice from the George A Dickel Company in Nashville, Tennessee.  Dated 2/19/1879.  Dickel dealt in Lincoln County Pure Sour Mash, Robertson County Whisky, Butler County Monongahela Rye Whiskey.  Folds, somewhat age toned but not as dark as the scan.  Slight tear in upper fold, Bottom left corner was folded under, not missing, but large crease in that corner.  The back is heavily discolored. 

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Rare 1871 Maxwell House Christmas Menu-Beautiful Graphics
Item #: NEW-0013963

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This is the first example I have ever seen of this early Maxwell House Christmas Menu although there is a reprint that pops up from time to time. This would have been the third year of operation of this famous hotel in Nashville Tennessee. Great graphic of the hotel and bright, vivid color lithography along the border. The menu measures 8 and two quarter inches by five and a half inches. There are some condition problems: light folds, soiling and insect damage along the bottom border, two tiny edge tears at the folds and one tiny hole at the edge near the top. The interior of the menu has some soiling, no doubt from grubby hands.  Here are a few of the entree offerings: Reel Foot Lake Bass and Perch, Calf's Head, Calf's Feet, Cutlets of Black Bear, Sheep Tongue, Legs of Young Squirrels, d Boned Wild Boar's Head, Tennessee Opossum, Kentucky Coon  and other exotic offerings. The back has an engraving of the interior of the Rotunda.

Construction on this hotel began prior to the Civil War, 1859, using slave labor. Construction was postponed due to the War and the building was used by soldiers and the Ku Klux Klan held their first meeting here in 1865. Construction was completed in 1869. The hotel burned in 1961.. Here is a link for the history of the Maxwell House on Wikipedia.



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Photo-Tennessee Centennial Expositon-Unpublished View
Item #: NEW-0013572

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This is my favorite image of the Parthenon at the exposition along with some of the other buildings.  The photo itself measures six and a half by three and a half inches.  The board is quite damaged as can be seen in the scan with creases and tears.  Photographer stamp of Calvert Bros & Taylor in Nashville Tennessee.   

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Decherd Tennessee 1911 Postcard-Main Street
Item #: NEW-0013513

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Small tip crease on upper right hand corner.  Produced by Bass Drug Co according to the stamp on the back which has the date.  Never mailed.

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Tate Spring Hotel-Tate Spring Tn-1904-Graphic LS
Item #: NEW-0013313

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This is a two page lettersheet, three pages of poignant personal content.  Tate Spring was a popular health spa and resort hotel back in its day.  Folds with small edge tears in one place on both pages.  The letter is signed E D Fant and addressed to a Mr. Dawson.  

There are many entries regarding luxurious hotel but here is a brief history found on the web:
Captain Thomas Tomlinson built the Tate Springs Hotel in the late 1800s near one of the mineral springs flowing from Clinch Mountain in Grainger County. The resort, which featured cottages, stables, a golf course, and a park, was extremely prosperous until the Great Depression. The original structure was torn down in 1936 and the property was sold to Kingswood School in 1941. Today, the only remnant of the hotel is a gazebo standing near the mineral spring.

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Trigg-Dobbs-1898-Chattanooga-Color Graphic LH-Candy Tin
Item #: NEW-0013309

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Short letter sheet featuring a beautiful tin of "The Veteran Mixed Candy" that I would love to own.  There are many of images of this "historic" company but I can't find any of it's history or anything about the candy.  Multiple folds, some light spots and a rough edge to the top left edge. T N Trigg.

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1888-Mezzophantian-Centenary Female College Publication
Item #: NEW-0013036

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1888 issue of a literary publication, in wraps, edited by the students of Centenary Female College in Cleveland Tennessee.  Contributors were Carrie Riggs, Fannie Allen, Allie Williams, Nannie White, Mamie Addington, Ann Roddy, Mamie White, Della Lotspeich, Sallie Cooper, and Katie Lou Sibley. 

Some chipping at the corners on the cover, water stain on back cover. Ads on back of the covers. 83 pages.

Note: At the time of this listing I have four other issues in the late 1800's available at the same price.

Centenary Female College was founded in 1885 and named in celebration of the centennial of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The collegeís founding can largely be credited to the Rev. George R. Stuart, who was then the pastor of what is now Broad Street United Methodist Church . Rev. Stuart, with help from the Holston Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, placed his school on a site which is now owned by Lee University . The schoolís first building burned in 1907. The replacement for the college building was constructed in that year and was known as "Old Main.Ē Financially defunct, Centenary Female College closed its doors in 1929. The Centenary property was later acquired by Bob Jones College , which now operates in South Carolina as a university.

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Early Goo Goo Cluster Advertising Novelty
Item #: NEW-0012810

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This may be the only example of this metamorphic pull toy.  "A Nourishing Lunch 5 Cents.  Somewhat dingy, some wear and in a fragile state.  Complete. Goo Goo Clusters were and are made by the Standard Candy Company which has been in business for many years.  It is Nashville's secret and not so secret pleasure.   

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Rare-Historical and Beautiful Country Homes Near Nashville Tn
Item #: NEW-0012806

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This is a near impossible book to obtain.  It was written by Mrs. James E Caldwell in 1911.  Published by Brandon Printing in Nashville Tennessee.  Photographs by Marvin Wiles.  I believe it to be complete.  There is no title page but nothing appears to have been removed from the binding and George Webb, the expert in Tennessee books and documents stated that he had never seen a title page.  It appears to be complete with the straps strengthening the binding.  It is in fragile condition which one would expect in a book this large (measures 12 and 1/2 by 9 and 1/2 inches).  The book has been worked on as evidenced by the dyed leather board. There are a few small  tears in the pages.  The book features many magnificent homes that are no longer in existence.  Some of the homes have been colored.  This book was reprinted by Elder some years ago but it too is very hard to find.

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1892 Graphic Invoice-Kinney Distilling Co-Liquors-Nashville Tn
Item #: NEW-0012655

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Nice graphic of a steam boat for this Nashville whiskey dealer.

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1953 Grand Ole Opry Program Autographs-Patsy Cline ??
Item #: NEW-0012351

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This booklet was found in a Nashville estate and has many autographs of famous Opry stars.  There is even a possibility that it has been signed on the back by Patsy Cline.  I have looked at many of her autographs and the P looks right and some other aspects match some that I have viewed.  It was obviously signed very hurriedly probably back stage as one can also hardly read the word under the signature which is Thanks.  An entertainment autograph dealer took a look at it on line and said it was not her signature. Also if it is not hers, I'm at a loss to know who it might be.  Despite that there are famous deceased stars whose autographs are priced very high on the web so I think a dealer could buy this and make a lot of  money.    Although I believe that this is still possibly Cline's autograph, I am certainly not guaranteeing it.  Here are some of the autographs, Judge Hay (the Grand Old Judge), Grandpa Jones, Ernest Tubb, Marty Robbins, Martha Carson, Little Jimmy Dickens, George Morgan, Charlie Louvin, Ira Louvin, Okie Jones, Carl Smith, Hank Snow, Justin Tubb, Red Sovine, some duplicates and others I can't quite read. There are too many autographs to show but will scan any that anyone is interested in. Note: The autographs are not always on the photo of the star and there is one page with many signatures, not many I recognized.

A word about Patsy Cline who was killed in a plane crash in 1960.  At the time of her could be autograph, she would have been in the early stages of her career and had not earned her own photograph in this program as other of the big stars had.  Patsy Cline autographs go for big bucks.

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Vintage Photo-Southern Cafe-Nashville Tennessee-Gerst Beer-More
Item #: NEW-0012346

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Mounted albumen which measures 9 by 7 inches, including the board.  Good clarity, good condition, and very interesting content that you need a magnifying glass to enjoy.  I wish I knew the history of this cafe but can't find any history on it.  From the right there is a slot machine, cigar boxes stacked up, half of a Gerst beer sign, a Fehrs Beer sign, another partial Gerst Beer sign, a Lucky Strike sign, a different Gerst poster and other Gerst and Fehrs's beer sign.  Many many wooden cases of Gerst beer stacked up indicating that it was the more popular brand.  There is a large Atlanta Ale sign and more.      

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Samuel Houston Signed-Tn Land Document-1828
Item #: NEW-0012335

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Beautiful large rag document with a seal and signed by the only man to have served as Governor of two states.  Samuel Houston left Tennessee after a failed marriage and became a part of Texas history.  The document measures fifteen and a half inches by twelve and a half inches. There are folds and small holes at some of the folds and edge tears.  Ink smudges around the signature.  I have always considered this the holy grail of Tennessee documents and is the first one I have ever had. Paypal will not be accepted on this item though payment plans can be arranged. Exum P Sumner John Clynard.  Sam Houston


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Rare CDV-Confederate General William Bate-C C Giers
Item #: NEW-0012269

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I have seen copies of this great pose of William Bate but never an actual CDV.  It is not a wartime CDV but was made shortly after the war in the 1870's from C C Giers' negative and with his backmark.  Absolutely pristine  William B Bate fought in the Mexican War, served in the State Legislature, was Governor of Tennessee and also in the Senate.

Following the passage of Tennessee's ordinance of secession and the outbreak of the Civil War, Bate became the colonel of the 2nd Tennessee Infantry. He first saw combat action in July 1861 at the First Battle of Manassas in the reserve brigade of Theophilus Holmes in the Confederate Army of the Potomac.

Returning to the Western Theater later in 1861, Bate led the 2nd Tennessee in the Army of Mississippi at the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862. He was wounded severely in the leg during the first day's fighting, and an Army surgeon told him it would be necessary to amputate his leg to save his life. Bate drew his pistol, threatening to shoot the surgeon, and kept his leg. Although he survived, he was incapacitated for several months, and walked with a limp the rest of his life.[2] He was promoted to brigadier general on October 2, 1862, subsequently commanded a brigade of infantry in numerous battles and campaigns of the Army of Tennessee, including the Tullahoma Campaign and the Battle of Chickamauga

He distinguished himself in the Chattanooga Campaign and was rewarded with a promotion to major general to rank from February 24, 1864. That summer, he commanded a division in the Atlanta Campaign. He commanded his division assigned to Hardees Corps CSA in the battles around Atlanta in July and August 1864. At the Battle of Utoy Creek, Georgia, he was attached to Lt. Gen. Steven D. Lee's Corps, CSA, and used a deception plan that foiled the main Union attack. His division received a citation for defending the attack of Schofield's XXIII Army Corps, USA and Palmer's XIV Army Corps, USA, on Aug 5-6, 1864. He was wounded in a skirmish at Willis' Grist Mill at South Utoy Creek on 10 August 1864, near the Sandtown Road (now Cascade Road SW, near Willis Mill Road and what is now Adams Park in Atlanta), then treated at Utoy Church, which was serving as a field hospital for said battle, and finally recuperated in Barnesville, Georgia, until rejoining the army in October 1864 at the time of the Confederate invasion of Tennessee. He participated in the 1865 Carolinas Campaign. Bate and his men surrendered at Bennett Place near Greensboro, North Carolina. During the war, he was wounded three times and had six horses shot from beneath him



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1902 Graphic Lettersheet-Jack Daniel ALS-Lynchburg Tennessee
Item #: NEW-0012129

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Here's an item that won't be in many Jack Daniel Whiskey collections. Great graphics showing whiskey barrels of the three signature brands of Jack Daniel Whiskey.  One page of the business letter signed by Jack Daniel.  

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1875-Remarkable Documents-C C Giers-Famous Photographer
Item #: NEW-0012082

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This lot consists of two documents involving C C Giers, famous Civil War photographer from Nashville.  Giers recounts how he voted against secession and refused entry into the Confederate army. He further relates how his home was near the encampment of General Steedman and his fence stolen for firewood by Union soldiers.   Giers took many famous photographs of Confederates prior to the occupation of Nashville and many photographs of Union officers and soldiers during the war.  His adopted son, Otto Giers continued his work and is well known for his famous photographs of early Nashville landmarks.

Giers' statement consists of information not previously recorded about his life in occupied Nashville. The entire content follows:

State of Tennessee
County of Davidson

Personally appeared Carl C Giers, a resident of the city of Nashville, County and State aforesaid, who makes oath as follows.  I am 47 years of age.  I voted for the Union at the first election held in this state on the question of secession, and as at the second election I did not vote.  I was opposed to secession.  I never held any office civil or military under the so called confederacy.  It was reported to me that I was drafted into the rebel army.  I told the person so reporting that I would die first-I never went into the army.  I am in the photographing business in this city with the exception of a few months I spent North.  I was in this city during the entire war.  I desired the success of the Federal Armies, and the restoration of the Government.  I am now a member of the Tennessee Legislature.  I took the Oath of Allegiance to the U S in this city early in the war.  I was among the first who took the oath.  I donít know where my certificate is.

I lived during the war in South Sumner Street, my lot is 150 feet front by 175 feet deep.  It was surrounded by a fence part plank and part picket.  I had my stable in the rear of this lot.  The dimension of this stable had a loft.  I bought this property in June 1864 before the Battle of Nashville.General Steedman's (James Blair Steedman)  command composed of several thousand soldiers were encamped near my house just before the battle of Nashville.  The weather was intensely cold at the time.  All the lumber charged for in my claim was used by these troops for fuel.  General Ruger (Thomas H. Ruger) had his headquarters at my house at the time.  General Ruger tried to stop the men from taking my fence and house but could not-the men were cold and I would have fires.  No receipt or voucher for this lumber was given me.  The lumber was mostly taken at night.  It took them several nights to burn my lumber.  I had a guard in my place during the day.  This guard was detailed by General Ruger.  (sig) Carl C Giers

This document is not in Giersís  hand and is a clerkís copy of his statement. Undated but accompanied by an official claim form K.  Letterheading of the War Department Quartermaster Generalís Office, Washington D C, Dec 11th 1875.  Addressed to Colonel T H Ruger 18th U S Infantry, West Point, N Y. The form indicates that Giers had alleged that some of his property was taken by the US forces during the war and asking that a report be made to him.

Both documents are in excellent condition.  The scan of Giersí statement  does not show the true color of the document and I have shown only one of the three pages.
       


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1822 Nashville Library Company Share
Item #: NEW-0012008

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I was curious about this very early imprint and found the history of the Nashville Library Company on the web.  In 1813 the Tennessee General Assembly passed an act to incorporate the Nashville Library Company.  In 1823  the General Assembly passed an amendment authorizing a lottery to raise $5,000 to purchase books for the Nashville Library Company. Since this paper precedes the authorization of the lottery I am assuming that this is a share.  Individuals could buy in the Company for $5.00. 

This share is on very old rag paper with some staining. Heavy fold in the middle with a partial separation.  Creases. There is an embossed seal and No. 26 for James P Clark who was entitled to one share in the Nashville Library Company.  Witness the hand and seal of the President, this four day of September 1822.  Signed by ? Crabb and also by Henry Ewing who was the librarian.   


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1916 PC-Battle Ground Academy-Franklin Tennessee
Item #: NEW-0011992

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Some corner wear and slightly dingy appearance at the top.  This was the original site for BGA which was on part of the battle ground where the Battle of Franklin was held.  It later moved to another site.

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1914 PC-Market Square Drug Co-Knoxville Tennessee
Item #: NEW-0011869

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Great interior scene of a drug store on Market Square in Knoxville. I have never seen this card before and cannot find it anywhere on the web, including some extensive postcard collections.  Some wear to two corners where the image has flaked off but no creases.  Made in Germany for the Charles Cullen  Co, Knoxville Tennessee.   

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Graphic Cover-Receipt-Corbett Brothers-Nashville Tennessee
Item #: NEW-0011806

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I'm hoping no one will buy this beautiful cover and receipt from the Corbett Brothers who dealt in Harnesses, Saddles, Horse Clothing and Turf Goods.  Some wear to the cover but receipt is in great condition.

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Rare PC-Alex Austin's Stores-Elkton Tennessee-Sample Advertising Card
Item #: NEW-0011737

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This would be in my top ten of great views of Tennessee towns.  There are condition problems which I will get out of the way.  Creases at the top and bottom and some flaking off of the image at the tip on the bottom.  The card was mailed from Chicago and all but the year is visible on the cancel but it looks like 09. Business content typed in from the H G Zimmerman Company and they have also placed an advertising message at the top of the front of the postcard which reads "This is a sample of our Zimochrome cards which we make to order from local photographs.  Price in quantities of 500 of a subject $6.50 in quantities of 1,000 $7.50. Time required for delivery is three weeks."  I don't believe the store ordered any cards and it is possible that this is the only one. I hope someone will correct me if I am wrong.  

Here's a little history of Elkton which once was a flourishing community but now has few residents.   Alex Austin of Elkton thought that the railroad company would likely place a station at the point where it crossed the state lines, so on a July morning in 1911, he cut out of the wilderness an opening just large enough on the Tennessee side to erect a 30' x 60' building.  By the time the railroad builders needed supplies, Austin was ready with a well stocked store.  Giles County Ardmore

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China Trivet-Rialto-Tennessee Centennial Exposition-1897
Item #: NEW-0011558

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Attractive and good condition on this souvenir from the historical exposition in Nashville.  The wording on Rialto is smeared which is the only problem. The backmark is Dresden.

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Rare Bronze Medal-Tennessee Centennial Exposition
Item #: NEW-0011552

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There aren't many of these medals around which were awarded to dealers who exhibited at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.   This was awarded to J W Thomas & Son for "Thomas Cream of Tartar Baking Powder". Hmmm J W Thomas was President of the Exposition. Minor wear 
 

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CDV by Giers-Dr. Paul Eve-Medical Pioneer
Item #: NEW-0011443

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As can be seen in the scan, this CDV has suffered water or moisture damage in the past.  There is also a lack of clarity which is unusual for a C C Giers photograph.  Also included is a stamp of Dr. Paul F Eve "Polish War of Independence".  Here is some of his history found on the web given by Vanderbilt Medical Hospital.

 Dr. Paul F. Eve was the greatest of Tennessee's nineteenth century surgeons. Born on a rice plantation near Augusta, Georgia, Eve received his undergraduate education from Franklin College and his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 1828. After graduation , he decided that he wanted to be a surgeon. To realize this goal, he went to Europe in 1829 and studied with the most prominent surgeons of the day in London and Paris. His surgical mentors included, Larrey, Dupuytren, Roux, Lesfranc, Cruvielhier, Velpeau, Astley Cooper and others. In 1831 he served with the Polish Army as surgeon during the revolution in that country. Poland awarded Dr. Eve the Golden Cross of Honor for his services. Eve was involved in four military adventures throughout his career; the three-day war in France, 1830; the Polish Revolution, 1831; the Mexican War, 1848;and the American Civil War. Back in the United States in 1832, Eve was elected Professor of Surgery in the Medical College of Georgia, just then organized in Augusta, and taught there for 17 years. In 1851, Eve became Professor of Surgery in the newly organized Medical School of the University of Nashville. He served as President of the American Medical Association in 1857-58. Paul Eve was 55 years old and teaching in Nashville when the Civil War began, and he served tirelessly from beginning to end. In 1861, before Tennessee had seceded, Eve was appointed Surgeon General of a provisional Army of Tennessee. He worked in Nashville hospitals, treating casualties, until Forts Henry and Donelson fell in February of 1862. He fled Nashville on February 16th taking his surgical instruments with him. Six days later he was Commander and Surgeon of the Gate-City Hospital in Atlanta. This hospital was located in a second-rate hotel of 32 rooms and was constantly overcrowded with patients. In spite of difficult conditions, Eve was able to treat and return to duty a high percentage of casualties.* As a surgeon Eve was best known for performing lithotomies. In his lifetime he did 238 with a mortality of only 8 percent.* Eve was an all-around surgeon of international recognition. At a time when most surgeons were anything but Halstedian in their operating technique and lost many patients, he had a remarkably low mortality rate, due, I believe, to his preoperative preparation of the patient and his gently handling of tissue.* Wherever he worked, Paul Eve gathered skills and invented procedures that he later taught to many medical students. The distinguished physician/adventurer died in his Nashville home on November 3, 1877.

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Rare Tennessee Spanish American War Kepi-Photo of Soldier
Item #: NEW-0011380

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 I picked up this special item in a Tennessee family estate.  It took some research and a better set of eyes to figure out what it was.  Please view the scans to see the nice condition of the hat.  Note the little nip out of the center of the visor.  There is one hole in the cloth band.  Presumably the eagle emblem was gold gilded but is now dark. Despite the appearance of the hat in the scan there is no gold that remains.  My scanner has a mind of its own. There are two buttons on either side holding the cord.  The buttons are State of Tennessee buttons from the late 1800's and early 1900's.  The scan shows the button, which I already had in my possession, so you can get a closer view.  Also included in this lot is a snapshot of the soldier, a Captain, that the hat belonged to in a group pose which includes General Frank Cheatham.  Identity of the soldier will be provided to the buyer. I have also included a portion of a photograph already on my site which shows some officers with the same hats.

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Rare-Goo Goo Cluster Fan Pull-Standard Candy-Nashville Tennessee
Item #: NEW-0011307

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Oh say it isn't so.  Would you try to improve on the Mona Lisa?  No, but they are actually making a new formula for Nashville's favorite candy.   If the company wanted to sell more Goo-Goo Clusters they should have tried marketing it outside the state of Tennessee.  Whenever I would take a box of these to a show in Yankee Land, people would come back begging for more.  So I'm washing my hands of the makers of Goo-Goo Clusters and am selling this prize item out of my collection.  This is a fan pull, measuring nine and a half inches.  Please study the scan to view the slight wear.  There are creases on the shoes and a little one on the brim of the hat.  Not very noticable on the front so am showing the back as well.   I have never seen another one of these and possibly it is one of a kind.  Fan pulls are rare as they were actually used to turn a fan off and on.

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1856-Slave Insurrection Letter-Cumberland Iron Works-Tennessee
Item #: NEW-0011248

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No paypal on this item, though payment plans can be arranged.  This is an important, historic four page letter written from the Cumberland Iron Works, presumed December 25 1856, from the wife of George Lewis to her parents or possibly her in-law's parents.  George Lewis ran the Cumberland Iron Works. She describes a little known event which occurred in Dover Tennessee on Christmas Eve.  There is scant information regarding this although I did find one reference to it on the web (http://www.jstor.org/pss/2206402)  and also in an old Tennessee history book as well as an article in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly. The history book referred to this slave insurrection and the hanging of several slaves in the town square. Here are some citations from the Tennessee Historical Quarterly.  "...the proposed "Slave Insurrection of 1856", caused a near panic among white for and near.  The slaves at Montgomery Bell's Cumberland Iron Works were active participants in the planned uprising..  The Blacks who greatly outnumbered the white population "were planning an insurrection on Christmas day, at which time they were to march on Clarksville, capture the town, plunder its banks, and then flee to free territory in the North."..."The proposed uprising was ruthlessly brought to a close following a confession of a slave who had been employed at Montgomery Bell's Cumberland Iron Works and who had escaped from the furnace in order to avoid taking part in the conspiracy.  His revelations were such as to cause the immediate arrest of nearly eighty blacks, 'almost all of whom avowed their complicity in the plot and even gave the most precise details as to the execution of their project.'"  ..."nineteen slaves were eventually hanged at Dover."  "In Dickson County at the Cumberland Iron Works some sixty slaves, some of whom belonged to U S Senator John Bell were implicated, and nine were hanged.  Five of the nine were executed by a mob." More research is needed to ascertain the true facts in this matter as the exaggerated reports tended to fuel the White Panic which followed Nat Turner's rebellion.

George Lewis later became the only civilian taken prisoner during the Battle of Ft. Donelson.  He was captured at the Cumberland Iron works which was suspected to be furnishing weapons to the Confederates.  George Lewis was the father of Blanche Lewis, who nursed Confederate and Union soldiers who were wounded  at Ft. Donelson and his son, Major Eugene C Lewis, who later became a famous and important figure in Nashville history.

 The letter is written on light blue rag paper which is heavily chipped at the top and bottom and some tears as well.  This letter was purchased from an elderly family member along with other family letters, many of which have been sold.  I have done the best I can with the transcription and have put paragraphs in to make it easier to read.

My dear parents,

We are all more quiet this morming but the revelations of the negroes yesterday were awful.  There would not have been a living white soul here at Clarksville on Christmas day and Aunt Dilsy consented to take your lives, mine and the children while we were all asleep, because none of our servents were willing, but they all knew it but darde not reveal at the risk of their lives.  Only to think of us resting and secure with them all and they knowing about all the massacres.  George has had so many proofs of Aunt Dilsy's guilt, that he has just given her up to the Mayor of Clarksville. I hope that she has gone from you and us forever.  Lock her cabin and let no one go in.  George wants to have it searched.  Don't let on anything until we come up, when Patsy and Davy will be examined. 

Aunt Philis was not to kill her master but she was to make every arrangement to make it easy for Pompy to enter his room.  Now Mother we can see why Aunt Dilsy was always so anxious to have a confab with every Negro that came in our yard and Uncle Squire's.  Mr Reynolds was to be her right hand man is assisting her until Addison could arrive.  Addison has been examined the third time and has confessed and told George all their plans about Clarksville.  Also two other of the boys.  Every tale corresponds.  They will be hung at Dover in a few days.  Hal Bradford, Miles the Preacher, and Charly Lewis, the only negro that could read and write and he was the sole leader here.  They were under the impression that the Fremont men from the North would come on to their assistance and if they did not succeed entirely here, they were to fly as quickly as possible to Northern States and Fremont would portect them, but the Democrats here were to share the same fate as us Whigs.  I am afraid Aunt Dilsy has ruined Davy's principles, this thing accounts for Aunt Dilsy sending Alice in the house to sleep.  She was afraid she would hear something.  I sometimes feel that Providence has taken that Negroe from us.  She was so unfaithful that no one could be anything else under her. I shall never forget her looks the day I left.  She was in a rage at Mother giving Patsy the shirts to wash, and paying her for them.  She said she did not care if I never went away from home again.  She meant I never should.  Here eyes looked at me three cornered like a fiend.  I said well now Aunt Dilsy don't get up a fuss while I am gone and she replied she did not intend to; but we have since heard of her guilt I have been almost frantic for fear she will kill you all before they arrest her.  George wrote up to Professor Marshall to board with us until this thing is quieted.  Grandpa will find him an agreeable companion.  He must give up the sitting room.  Never mind giving the Negroes trouble now, just make them toe the mark.  These here are as humble as dogs and I guess they wish they had never seen white folk.

The Dover committee have 4 white men who live near Randolph which the negroes all told were to join them.  If they only had proof from whites, they would hang them.  The Company(Iron Works) will lose 5 negroes and their best hands and there is proof enougt if the law needs take it up to hand 30 but they have given them up in the companies hands to Charlie which has be done and brought out all these confessions.  It would make you sad just to witness the dreadful terror of those that have reaped (?) and not a loud word is spoken by a negro, and this house has never was kept in such order but how can we ever have any confidence in them?   To think of Uncle John all alone and helpless among his murderers.  George told me to write to him to come in and live with us, that we would given him the sitting room.  I wish Mother would tell him if he would come she would arrange the room for him, he could send in his own bed.  Mother must not think of trouble now.  These are times we must cling together for George thinks no place but this has taken the proper means to put down this thing as the start of it all was a Negro preacher belonging to Clarksville and the Widow King.  He is to hung at Dover.  I told George coming down how often Mother had seen Aunt Dilsy and old squire in confab as well as all the other Negroes that come in the yard and also Mr Killam whom I cannot but think was concerned with them for Aunt Dilsy and Patsy always called him a White Nigger and you know how familiar he was with them.  But of this we are not breathe, but I shall ever after watch him close.  George has a hard lot of it bound here and so anxious to go up home.  I have been almost crazy about you all.  We will be home Saturday but write me and Thursday if you discover Patsy or Davy looks frightened or shows any knowledge of this thing that we know of thi scheme.  I expect Sarah Johnson's fine servent Maria would have finished her.  I just laughed at this matter when Sarah told me about it, but now I feel like walking and shouting thanks all the time.  I never before experienced such nervous excitement.  We all sat up several nights, Mr. Erwin being on guard with Dr. Stone all armed.  George Lewis says when Addison told him it was left with him and Dilsy to put us out of the way, it was with the greatest effort he did not clean out his pistols and blow his brains out, but I am so thankful he did not.  Henry Ervin says he does not know how he control himself.  Do the children know a thing about what is going on?  You will ahve to quiet them as much as possbile.  We join in love from your affectionate daughter.  

Added:  Thorton was to be the murderer of Mr. Stewart's family.  George has written all about it to the Mayor.  They will all be arrested.


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Great Old Diploma-Tennessee Conference Female College-Columbia
Item #: NEW-0010470

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Wonderful old diploma on parchment from an early Tennessee College for Women.  Tennessee Conference Female College was established in 1851, under the auspices of the M. E. Church, by Rev. J. O. Church, who secured a patronage of 125 boarders and continued as principal for many years. The frame building was burned by the Federals in 1862, and later the brick purchased by Smith Bros., who conducted the Male High School there for eight years. This became a part of the public-school system in the fall of 1881, and the structure is known as the Andrews Building.

The diploma is very charming in the mixture of calligraphy and different graphics as well as the wording.  "Tennessee Conference Female College in the town of Columbia county of Maury and State of Tennessee to all and each interested in this diploma.  Greeting:  This is to certify that Miss Perneacy C Morgan a pupil in this institution, having passed an examination in the Departments of Natural, Mental, Moral and Mathematical Science, together with the entire course of English Literature....is entitled to the Degree of Mistress of Arts...Granted in 1860.  Signed by many people but I don't recognize any of the names.  Six slits on the bottom corner as made, I don't know why.  There is crumpling of the parchment especially on the left hand side.   Measures 23 by 17. 

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Phillips & Buttorff Tin Sifter-Nashville Tennessee
Item #: NEW-0010297

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Great old sifter that was manufactured by one of Nashville's most famous business.  Great condition as can be seen in the scans.  Universal Enterprise.Some light rusting, more so on the handle.  Kitchen collectible.

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1909 Real Photo PC-Street Scene-Blountville Tennessee
Item #: NEW-0010267

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Condition problems on this card which includes a cut on the right hand edge, a smaller cut on the upper right hand side. Tiny crease on the tip of the upper right hand corner.  Canceled from Blountville.

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1896 Graphic LH & Cover-Diehl & Lord-Nashville Tennessee
Item #: NEW-0010127

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Nice color graphic on the lettersheet headed by Diehl & Danbury, Memphis Tennessee sent from their Nashville office in 1896.  This company is most noted for their beer mad by the F W Cook Brewing Company in Evansville Indiana.  They also made Cider, Carbonated Soda, Sparkling Orange juice, Ginger Ale, Champagne, and Mineral Waters.  Also included in the lot is a illustrated advertising cover postmarked from Nashville on the front and Cookeville on the back.  A couple top edge tears.  

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Rare Swizzle Stick-Climax Saloon-Nashville Tennessee
Item #: NEW-0010069

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This is a rare item from a famous saloon in Nashville Tennessee.  It reads Climax Co.  Two bottle collectors have confirmed that this is an item from the Climax which closed in 1912 but in it's heyday was patronized by the movers and shakers of Nashville along with the ruffians.  The top floor housed the brothel which could pull down a false wall that protected them from the occasional and  half hearted raids of the Nashville Police Department.   

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Rare Illustrated Lettersheet-Cover-Mary Sharp College-Winchester Tn
Item #: NEW-009996

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Letter is undated as is the two very clear Winchester cancels.  I'm also including a grade report from 1885 which does not go with the letter and cover.  Personal letter.  Mary Sharp was very significant as it was one of the earliest colleges for women in the nation. 

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