Lot 779

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Battle of the Little Big Horn relic display, includes an ummounted 2" x 3 1/4" albumen photograph of Custer mounted to paper along with a purported silk "remnant" of 7th Cavalry colors indicating it was "Picked up on the field". A newspaper clipping also attached refers to a "Mr. Schirmacher, one of the heroes of the Yellowstone campaign under Custer,". Another part of the display bears three spent .45-70 brass shell casings said to be relics from "the Custer battlefield at the Little Big Horn" all mounted together. With a photocopied notarized "Letter of Authenticity" dated Nov. 15, 2000 by militaria dealer Gary Hendershott. The albumen, trimmed, is from the March 1876 series by photographer D.F. Barry showing Custer in 7th Cavalry full dress uniform. The three .45-70s are correct cartridges for the Model 1873 Springfield trapdoor carbine, but no further provenance is present. The approx. 3" x 4 1/4" section of silk material is mounted with handwritten caption: "Remnant of the only one of the colors of the 7th US cavalry saved from the Battle of the Little Big Horn, June 25, 1876 (picked up on the field)". The letter of authenticity states that the fragment was at one time owned by the Goodspeed Book Shop at which time it was framed, and that it was originally owned by Pvt. Schirmacher. Silk was not commonly used in the construction of battlefield flags, and no further provenance for the relics in this assemblage existS. Wes Cowan Auctions offered this item several years ago as a curiosity only, claiming that the silk could not have come from a Custer battlefield flag, therefore this item is sold as-is, and its credibility rests on the faith of the buyer.

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February 18, 2014 11:00 AM EST
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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