We take our theme this month from a 19th-century print of Abraham Lincoln being escorted to heaven by personifications of Genius and Immortality. Antiques have outlived their makers, and remind us of their achievements. The art and artifacts here include Civil War prints, souvenirs of US battleships, New York maps from 1832 and 1923, and a bird print from John Gould's groundbreaking Birds of Europe.
Sale prices in effect through May 20, 2020.
THIS MONTH IN CIVIL WAR HISTORY
April 1865 marked the beginning of the end of the American Civil War, with two dramatic events — Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender to Union commander Ulysses S. Grant and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. These events are the subject of the two prints on offer below.
IN MEMORY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Allegorical print of the apotheosis of President Abraham Lincoln, published in Philadelphia, in the months following his assassination in 1865. He is shown receiving “the reward of the just." The stylized rendering depicts him seated on a cloud and supported by two winged figures representing Genius and Immortality. Also present are Liberty and a Native American brave. Regularly $3,200, sale price $2,800. More information.
REIMAGINING THE SURRENDER
This patriotic Civil War lithograph, also published in Philadelphia in 1865, commemorates the surrender of Robert E. Lee, General-in-Chief of the Confederate Army, to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Union Army, in Appomattox, Virginia, on April 9, 1865. Despite the realistic detail, the scene is more symbolic than faithful to the actual events, which took place indoors between the two men with no formal surrender document. Regularly $975, sale price $875. More information.
NAUTICAL HISTORY SOUVENIRS
SUBMARINE STEEL SOUVENIR
This unique souvenir steel block is embedded with medals commemorating the official launch of the USS Nautilus Nuclear Submarine presided over by First Lady Mamie Eisenhower in 1954. Built at General Dynamics in Groton, Connecticut, Nautilus was the world's first operational nuclear-powered submarine and today serves as a museum. Regularly $725, sale price $650. More information.
WOOD FROM OLD IRONSIDES
As the brass band attached to this gavel notes, it is “Made of the original oak removed from the gun deck of the U.S.S. Constitution IX 21.” The 18th-century battleship also known as "Old Ironsides" was restored at various times during the 20th century. This gavel was made from original wood removed during the restorations, probably undertaken in the 1970s or the 1990s. Regularly $700, sale price $625. More information.
FOR THE SERIOUS GOLFER — A MAP OF COURSE(S)
The Rand McNally Official 1923 Detailed Auto Trails Map, Long Island and Vicinity Featuring Golf Links is a comprehensive guide to 190 golf courses, shown as green silhouettes, along with other businesses catering to travelers. The golf-centric focus of this rare map is highly unusual, making it a notable document of the early development of golf clubs and resorts in the New York suburbs. Regularly $4,800, sale price $4,200. More information.
A MAN WITH A PLAN
William Hooker's Plan of the City of New York presents a highly detailed picture of Lower Manhattan. Originally published to accompany a traveler's guidebook in 1817, it was reprinted several times, including this 1832 edition. A list of References notes the locations of over 107 buildings according to a numbered key — religious institutions, schools, libraries, banks, prisons, government buildings, markets, exchanges, and businesses. Regularly $725, sale price $650. More information.
Before Edward Lear authored whimsical children's books like The Owl and the Pussycat, he made a name for himself as a talented bird artist and an early adopter of lithography to reproduce his drawings. This dramatic, expressive rendering of the Common Crane a Eurasian species, is one of his plates published in John Gould's Birds of Europe (1832-37). Regularly $1,800, sale price $1,625. More information.