Standouts of the sale include Philip Henry Sheridan's personal headquarters flag used when he led the 2nd Michigan Cavalry during the spring and summer of 1862, which is made of merino wool and entirely hand-sewn in five lineal panels (lot 226; estimate: $20,000 - $30,000), and a rare Abraham Lincoln banner possibly made for the 1864 presidential campaign (lot 296; estimate: $10,000-15,000). Additional highlights include an archive of more than 200 letters related to Danvers, Massachusetts physician and statesman Dr. Samuel Holten, who was an officer during the Revolutionary War and a delegate to the Continental Congress (lot 10; estimate: $10,000 - $15,000). A previously unknown quarter plate daguerreotype of Zachary Taylor (lot 241 estimate: $8,000 - $10,000) is another rare object.
Other lots of note include an exceptional collection of 27 stereoviews from John Carbutt's series, "Excursion to the 100th Meridian," from October 1866 (lot 376; estimate: $10,000-15,000); an Alaskan Gold Rush collection of photographs, diaries, and personal items identified to William Steele West (lot 392; estimate: $8,000-12,000); and a group of 39 early 20th century illustrated church revival banners.
Bidding for the June 25 auction will begin at 10:00 am ET. Bidders will be able to participate via absentee bid, by phone, or live online on Cowan’s website. Previews for the auction will be available at Cowan’s facilities by appointment only. For more information about the auction, please view the auction page.