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Rare Poster-Woodrow Wilson, Rye-McKellar
Item #: NEW-004124

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Small poster, though larger than the scanned image-measures 14 by 11 inches. Minor corner and edge wear, encapsulated on acid free paper. Poster shows Wilson, Marshall, GovernorTom Rye, K D MdKellar and B A Enloe.

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Handwritten Survey-1832-George Washington Campbell
Item #: NEW-004028

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Wonderful rag document containing a handwritten map of the land belonging to George Washington Campbell. Drawn and signed by John Davis Land was near the Buffalo river in Humphries County. This is the last and the best of these surveys obtained from the papers at Devon Farm in Nashville, built by Davis. Folds. The following is information on George Washington Campbell obtained from the web. CAMPBELL, George Washington, a Representative and a Senator from Tennessee; born in the parish of Tongue, Sutherlandshire, Scotland, February 9, 1769; immigrated with his parents to North Carolina in 1772; taught school; graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1794; studied law while teaching; admitted to the bar in North Carolina and commenced practice in Knoxville, Tenn.; elected as a Democratic Republican to the Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Congresses (March 4, 1803-March 3, 1809); chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (Tenth Congress); one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in January 1804 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against John Pickering, judge of the United States District Court for New Hampshire, and in December of the same year against Samuel Chase, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; judge of the State supreme court of errors and appeals 1809-1811; elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jenkin Whiteside and served from October 8, 1811, to February 11, 1814, when he resigned; appointed Secretary of the Treasury in the Cabinet of President Madison and served from February to October 1814, when he resigned because of ill health; again elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate and served from October 10, 1815, until his resignation, effective April 20, 1818; chairman, Committee on Finance (Fifteenth Congress); Minister to Russia 1818-1821; member of the French Spoliation Claims Commission in 1831; died in Nashville, Tenn., February 17, 1848; interment in the City Cemetery.

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Super Rare Bob Taylor Button-Our Bob
Item #: POL-003752

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7/8 of an inch on this celluloid. See scan. Fading which is characteristic of this button but no celluloid defects or foxing that I can detect.

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Rare Stoneware Water Pitcher-W Jennings Bryan-Tn
Item #: POL-003743

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I've only seen one other of this jug which was made both for William Jennings Bryan's campaign for the Presidency and also for the Tennessee State Fair in 1908. Bryan was quite popular in Tennessee. There is a chip out of the lower lip and a smaller one on the inside. Not marked on the bottom but undoubtedly a Tennessee potter.

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Fiddles In the Cumberlands-Amanda McDowell
Item #: TEN-003042

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Scarce title which includes the diary of Amanga McDowll and the more recent writing of Lela McDowell Blankenship. Ink inscription to the book owner by Mrs. Blankenship. This book was published in 1943 by Richard Smith, New York. Civil War period and events in East Tennessee. See scan for the appearance of the dust cover, which includes a cigarette burn, an ink stain and other stains. Unfortunately the burn extends to the board. Rim of dirt or smoke along the edges of the boards, shelf wear and dingy appearance of the closed pages. Broadfoot lists this book at $125.00

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Very Rare Tennessee Book-One Listed Holding
Item #: TEN-003026

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Here is some information on this book provided in Ronald Allen's useful book, "More Tennessee Rarities". Full title is Tennessee State Directory, Containing a Full List of Persons and Firms Engaged in Business...And a New Map of the State 1871/72. Volume 1.Printed in Nashville by Wheeler, Marshall and Bruce. 1871. "Only the Library of Congress copy is located in the National Union Catalog, and that copy lacks the map. " This book does contain a full map. When I purchased this book some years ago I did unfold the map and noting some separations, I mended these along with any tears with acid free archival tape. I have not opened it up since then and don't plan to do so now. I'm going to let the scans speak for themselves. There is some shelf wear to the top and the bottom of the spine. It is also separated about a fourth of the way down on the front cover. The binding is loose on the first few pages where the graphic ad pages are. Still intact after the Preface. Nice graphic ads are placed thoughout the book. There are two color plates but they don't relate to Nashville.

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Cabinet Card-Uncle Alf-Hermitage
Item #: TEN-001589

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Beautiful clean cabinet card of Uncle Alf who was Andrew Jackson's faithful servant throughout his life and went on to live at the Hermitage until his death. On the back Sarah Fiske has written, "Andrew Jackson's servant, who showed us the Hermitage in August 1877 at 92 or 94 years old. Uncle Alf was the Guest of Honor at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. This photo is by Thuss and these images are very rare.

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1856 Slave Document-Gibson County
Item #: TEN-001551

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Three slaves, one Negro man Jacob, value $1,000, One Negro woman & child, Silla Value $1,000, and a boy named Ned of the value of $600 are ordered to be presented at the Court House to be sold. Note at the bottom that has to do with advertising the sale of the above property.

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Print of James K Polk while Speaker of the House
Item #: POL-001530

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Beautiful print by Fenderich on heavy rag paper. Measures 18 and a half by 15 inches. This was taken before Polk was elected Governor or Tennessee and is in good condition except for the right hand edge which is uneven. Also a tiny area where some tacking may have been removed from the back but not quite a tear. Would not show with framing. I believe this is a stone lithograph. Hate to part with this one.

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1898-Gerst Celluloid -Date Book
Item #: TEN-001371

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Nice condition on this little leather and celluloid date book featuring William Gerst and the Gerst plant. This was given out one year after the Tennessee Centennial Exposition and the date book reflects that the company won a gold medal at the exposition. Great condition with the exception of some cuts on the surface of the celluloid cover in one area. This notebook belonged to the noted lithogrpher Paul F Tavel. Unused except for one page. They don't make give aways like this anymore.

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The Bell Witch of Middle Tenn-Harriet Parks Miller
Item #: TEN-001329

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This is a rare and early imprint on the legend of the Bell Witch. Soft bound booklet printed by the Leaf-Chronicle Publishing Company in Clarksville Tennessee in 1930, four years before the Bell Witch: A Mysterious Spirit was published by Charles Bailey Bell. A reprint has been made by Elders which combines this material with the 1934 book by Bell. Booklet's spine is partially separated at the top and separated almost to the half way mark on the lower spine. seventy two pages. Clean copy

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The Bell Witch:A Mysterious Sprit-Charles Bell
Item #: TEN-001328

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Scarce hardbound, first edition of this enduring tale. Nashville, Tennessee Lark Blank Book Company 1934. Cover somewhat worn with a dent in upper edge. Considerable wear to the upper and lower spine from shelf wear. Unmarked throughout, back inner hinge exposed but not loosened. Corner tips worn. Boards a little wobbly. Light water stain which begins on the back of the title page and runs across the top of Bell's picture ending on the next page. The picture of Bell evidently stuck to the back of the title page and was pulled away taking away the top layer of the picture of Bell. This is only in the margin area. However, the Bell picture is partially loose and needs to be tipped back in. Still a decent copy of this Tennessee imprint, listed by Allen at $350.

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Nashville Banner Print-Spanish American War Heroes
Item #: TEN-001175

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This is one of the most beautiful prints that I have had. It is an actual print by the Nashville Banner which was also on the front page of the paper printed on November 29, 1899. "Tennessee Welcomes the Boys of the First Regiment." This was after the Spanish American War ended. The middle portion is Col Gracey Childrers of the First Tennessee Infantry. Other Tennessee heroes surround Col Childers: John Sevier, James K Polk, James Robertson, Sam Houston, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and Andrew Jackson. Beautiful color scenes. The print which shows measures 17 by 22, probably larger when unframed. Will have to mail unframed but can meet someone in Nashville area and we can leave it framed.

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Roger Williams College Lot
Item #: TEN-001012

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Included in this lot is a cabinet photograph of A Owen, President of Roger Williams, dated 1884 (on the back) and an invitation card for the Golden Jubilee and Home Coming Celebration of the founding of Roger Williams in 1917. Photo is a little dingy and the card has a corner crease and a missing tip.

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1910 PC-Souvenir of Appalachian Exposition
Item #: TEN-000993

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This postcard is cancelled from 1910. This card is from the "Beauty Secret" Booth. Goods made by a Woman, for the benefit of Women, and Exhibited in the Women's Building. Two corner ceases and some age staining. Neat advertising item from the expo.

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Broadside-Polk Inaugural Address-Autographed
Item #: TEN-000849

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Rare broadside of James K Polk's inaugural address when he became Governor of Tennessee. This copy was autographed by Polk who mailed it to a friend. The dark areas which are scattered throughout the broadside are acidic bleed through from the ink on the back where Polk addressed it. The reflection on the scan is from the camera flash. The broadside is on rag paper and measures 21 and a half inches by 16. Folds and some holes and separations when held to the light. An area in the margin at the bottom left hand corner is missing. Most of the damage occurs along the lengthwise fold. As mentioned this great item was mailed in the manner of a stampless cover and the Honorable John H. looks like Howe of Philadelphia. 25 is at the top which was the cost of mailing. The broadside has been encapsulated and will be mailed like that to protect it. This document is, of course, guaranteed to be authentic and I am selling it for only $200 more than I paid for it over ten years ago so no Pay Pal on this item. The only other specimen that I have seen in the the Tennessee State Museum and was not autographed.

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Stereo Card-George Washington Campbell's Mansion
Item #: TEN-000582

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This is a very rare stereo card of the home of George Washington Campbell, important citizen of Nashville and one of the biggest land owners. See page 70 in James Hoobler's book on "Nashville, From the Collection of Carl and Otto Giers." This card came from the Geirs estate. According to Hoobler, this view is looking south from the side entrance to the Capitol on Cedar (Charlotte). Campbell built this house after he sold his frame house atop Capitol Hill in 1843 to Nashville as the site to build our state Capitol. This house had gardens running between High (6th) Street and Vine (7th). During the Civil War, Andrew Johnson first lived there and then Brownlow. In 1868 the Catholic Diocese purchased the house and added a third floor and tower. Later, St. Bernard's Convent occupied it as a school. The fountain basin in the foreground is now the base to the Edward Ward Carmack statue on the Capitol Grounds. Poor condition as can be seen on the scan, particularly the right hand side.

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Roy Acuff-Movie Poster-Rare
Item #: TEN-000533

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I call this a poster but someone told me it is a Marquee due to the unusual size. This has not been cut down from a larger poster and I guarantee that it is a period item, not a reprint. The poster measures 25 by 10 inches with three folds, barely noticeable. This was Roy Acuff's first movie appearance and you can't see him but he is the third from the left hand side. Looks like a raw young youth. The Solemn Old Judge is pictured at the left in front on a WSM mike. Logo and advertising for the National Life and Insurance Company, sponsor of the Opry. Uncle Dave Macon is pictured at the left. Smoky Mountain Boys are pictured with Roy and the Weaver Brothers and Elviry, according to the poster. Minor, minimal wear. No Pay Pal on this item. I would prefer not to mail in the frame due to potential damage and if you live in Nashville, I will meet you somewhere. Otherwise I can mail flat. This was appraised higher than I am offering it here.

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1818-Edward Swanson Receipt-Williamson County
Item #: TEN-000445

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This early receipt mentions Edward Swanson, who accompanied James Robertson to Nashville and was Williamson County "first White Settler". "I promise to pay Edward Swanson one hundred dollars and twenty dollars..."

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1908-Photograph-Pearl High School Football Team
Item #: TEN-000398

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This is the second in a series of mounted albumen photographs of historic Pearl High School. Photo itself measures 7 by 6. Board appear to have been trimmed. Water stains, wear, and dingy appearance. Photo by Hargrave. Evidently this was a championship team.

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Mary Polk (Branch)-Joseph G Branch-Daguerreotype
Item #: AME-000219

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Pay pal will not be accepted on this item although payment plans will be accepted. 

This is an extremely rare grouping including a previously unknown half plate daguerreotype of Mary Polk Branch and her husband Joseph G. Branch taken shortly after their marriage and before the Civil War. The case is not original to the image which had none. Great clarity which can not seen in the scan, which has a typical halo effect around the image. There is a swipe across the top of the dag and other scattered minor marks.  In the second book penned by Mary Polk Branch, "Memoirs of a Southern Woman..." Mary makes reference to the photograph of her husband which she no longer has. My speculation is that the wedding day dag was sent to a member of the Branch family. (more on this later) The book is available in a separate listing but a copy will be furnished with this lot.  

 Mary Polk Branch was born into a very famous Tennessee family as was her husband into a famous North Carolina family. William Polk. Mary's father, had several famous brothers including General Lucius Polk,and General Leonidas Polk. Two famous homes, still existing, are associated with the family-"Rattle and Snap" won by Mrs. Branch's Grandfather in a game of chance and "Hamilton Place", built by her Grandfather. Mrs. Polk wrote a lovely memoir, titled MEMOIRS OF A SOUTHERN WOMAN "WITHIN THE LINES" AND A GENEALOGICAL RECORD and a rarer book, "A Genealogical Record and Annals of My Past" dated 1905. This book has a picture of Mary Polk Branch though she is quite old.  

Mary married Joseph G. Branch who was the brother of Confederate General Lawrence Branch, who was killed in the war. Included in the listing  is a painting on ivory of Branch, whose name is written on the back. Artist unknown. These two items, along with others were found in a family estate in Nashville, descendants of Gerald Branch Howard, who at one time served as Chairman of the Polk Genealogical Committee. 

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