Cowan’s Americana Auction

Americana auction

The sale of items at auction is a time-honored tradition. Records handed down by ancient Greek scribes reveal that people have been selling their goods and services through auction for millennia.

Americana auction semi-annual Americana auctions feature a broad array of historic items associated with the events and people that have contributed to the formation of what is now the United States of America. Among the items in this auction are autographs, colonial and political memorabilia, relics, 19th century photography, maps, paintings, Americana, Lincolniana, and books.

Featuring over 350 lots, this auction includes a selection of vintage guns including an 1806 Harper’s Ferry flintlock pistol. Also included in the sale is a document signed by James Buchanan from June 15th, 1860 and a scrimshaw whale tooth of the ship Falcon from Nantucket.

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Important Americana features 140 lots of fine furniture and decorative arts, folk art, Chinese export ceramics, silver and needlework spanning the 17th through 20th centuries. Highlights include an extraordinary joined oak and pine polychrome “Hadley” chest-with-drawers from 1715 and a carefully curated collection of Philadelphia Splendor silver. The sale concludes with a remarkable group of antique paintings from the estate of Dr. Larry McCallister.

This sale of rare and valuable books was the final auction for the renowned Americana collector and scholar-bibliophile Thomas Winthrop Streeter, Dartmouth Class of 1904. The opening session of this auction was not only a momentous occasion within the world of antiquarian book collecting, but it was in many ways the climax of decades of study, pursuit and acquisition of published resources relating to America.

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