Summer Auction 2019 Sale 76
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/31/2019
Following the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, the body of a Union soldier was recovered from the field with an ambrotype photograph of three young children clasped in his hands. He carried no identification, and a Union-wide campaign was begun to identify the children and their father. In November of 1863, a woman recognized the photograph as one that she had sent to her husband, Sergeant Amos Humiston of the 154th New York Volunteers. Presented here is an interesting pair of original carte de visite photographs related to the case, the first 2 1/4" x 4" sepia, reproducing the ambrotype image of the three children and adding their names "Frank, Frederick, Alice" below. The verso bears the title "The Children of the Battlefield" and gives a short explanation of the case, with a note that copies of the CDV are being sold to raise funds for the "National Homestead at Gettysburg for Orphans of our Soldiers and Sailors". The card also bears the backstamp of Wenderoth, Taylor & Brown of Philadelphia, with a copyright date of November 1867. This is accompanied by a second CDV, 2" x 3 3/4" sepia, presenting a portrait of Sgt. Humiston, with the backstamp of F. Gutekunst of Philadelphia and an explanatory text, indicating that it too is being sold for the benefit of dependent orphans. The two CDV's are slabbed together, in very good condition.
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Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $295.20
Estimate: $200 - $300
Auction closed on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
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