Auctions | November 1, 2022

The Union is Dissolved: Broadsides and Americana to Auction


Charleston Mercury Extra:...The Union is Dissolved![Charleston, SC]: [Charleston Mercury], 20 December 1860. THE FIRST CONFEDERATE IMPRINT. Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000


Cincinnati – Hindman will present the Collection of James Milgram, M.D. as the cornerstone of its November 3-4 American Historical Ephemera and Photography Auction. Dr. Milgram’s collection features one of the most significant offerings of broadsides to ever come to market. In addition to the 18th to 20th century broadsides, the collection also includes an impressive selection of ephemeral Americana and historical documents. Across the two-day sale, the 630 lots also include photography, militaria, imprints, manuscript material, and other ephemera dating from the 17th century through the early 20th century.

Dr. Milgram’s remarkable collection will be highlighted by the first Confederate imprint, The Union is Dissolved (lot 483; estimate: $25,000 - $35,000). This first edition broadside was printed a mere 15 minutes after the unanimous vote of the South Caroline legislature to secede with the bold proclamation, “The Union is Dissolved.”  Another lot expected to see great attention is the earliest and rarest Lincoln assassination reward broadside, $30,000 Reward. Description of John Wilkes Booth! (lot 455; estimate: $20,000-30,000). An illustrated recruitment broadside (lot 508; estimate: $3,000-4,000) entitled, Irish Brigade 2d Regt. to be raised in Philadelphia, seeking volunteers for Company C of the 115th Pennsylvania Infantry is another highlight.

On November 3rd, the auction will be anchored by property from many prominent, well-respected collectors and dealers in historical memorabilia, including George Sanders, William H. Itoh, James C. Frasca, and the Estate of Carroll J. Delery III, formerly the “Historical Shop." Highlights include more than 85 lots of photography, weaponry, uniforms, and accoutrements from the Civil War and Militaria Collection of George Sanders; military reports, maps, post-war letters from Union and Confederate officers, and other papers gathered by Union Army officer Louis-Philippe-Albert d'Orléans, comte de Paris, while conducting research for his bookHistory of the Civil War in America (lot 102; estimate: $15,000- $25,000); and a half plate copy daguerreotype of Zachary Taylor (lot 220; estimate: $10,000-15,000).

Bidding for the November 3rd to 4th American Historical Ephemera and Photography Auction will begin at 10am ET. Bidding will be available in-person at Hindman’s Cincinnati saleroom, via absentee bid, telephone and online via Hindman’s Digital Bid Room. Additional information about the auction can be found here and the digital catalogue can be found here.