world will share the spotlight at an August 10th auction in New York
at Cohasco Inc.
A telltale stroke of a quill pen on an old document could make it one
of the earliest signals of the Declaration of Independence. The
unique document, written in Philadelphia, on July 4, 1776, had
disappeared since it was described in a Philadelphia newspaper in
1876. Headed for auction in Yonkers, N.Y., Cohasco V.P. Bob Snyder
says, "Its double date and nature of the calligraphy shows a "stroke of
liberty"ˇ- indicating that the officer writing it knew at that hour
that America had been born." The famous July 4th broadsides weren't
printed until evening; the last broadside sold for over $8
million. Bidding for the document will begin at $15,000.
"Robin Hood Rides Again," a manuscript from the thousand-year- old
castle of Robin Hood's arch-enemy is also heading for the auction
block. Dated 1332, the parchment relates to Adam of Orleton, the
portly Bishop who would venture into Sherwood Forest in search of the
outlaw Robin Hood, hoping to bring him to the gallows. Auction V.P.
Bob Snyder says, "artifacts of the Robin Hood legend are of the utmost
rarity on the market." (Presale estimate $11,500-$17,500).
Had history taken a different turn, America could have been
celebrating Zeno Day instead of Columbus Day. A map showing the route
purportedly used by the Zeno Brothers in their voyage to North America
in the 1300's, predating Columbus by a century, will also be
auctioned. The controversial map, with mythical islands and showing
the West Coast linked to China, is one of 64 in a complete book by
famed cartographer Ptolemy. The atlas is considered one of the books
that changed the course of modern civilization. The 1475 edition was
used by Columbus. This 1561 edition up for auction is estimated at
The auction includes over 500 other lots of original historical
documents, books, and collectibles. A few other items include:
The World Trade Center that was never built: an original brochure
illustrating its plan, circa 1962, including space for a ship to dock
beside the building ($150-$200).
The combat knife of a commander of the original Band of Brothers, Easy
Company, in World War II. His unit's exploits are the basis for the
modern "Band of Brothers" show. Captured on D-Day, Capt. John
McKnight went on to liberate a death camp, and served in Korea and Viet
A 1960's collection of original photographs showing landmark events of
the civil rights movement in the Deep South. Including several photos
which have become part of the national consciousness, the group shows
blacks being pursued by a policeman on horseback, black marchers being
protected by white officers, and the charred car of the three civil
rights workers who were murdered in 1964 (20 photos, $2,000-$4,000).
The year of Custer: A full year of 1876 newspapers with complete
coverage of the prelude, lurid massacre, and aftermath of one of the
most enduring chapters in American history. It is not widely known
that the casualties at Little Big Horn included not only Custer, but
his two brothers, nephew, and brother-in-law (About 52 newspapers:
For more information on these items and others, please visit our website:
About Cohasco, Inc.: Established 64 years, Cohasco is a dealer in and
auctioneer of manuscripts, books, antiquarian materials and
collectibles. Over the years they have handled the sale of numerous
prominent collections, in a range of fields, from colonial to
Confederate, medieval to modern. Recent highlights included the
lamps that illuminated Lincoln's wedding, an archive of the Duryea,
America's first mass-produced automobile, and the Bible owned by
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s mother, setting a world record price
for a twentieth-century Bible.
Dateline: June 29, 2010 ... Yonkers, NY
Contact: Bob Snyder, COHASCO, INC.
Phone: (914) 476-8500
Fax: (914) 476-8573