Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 24

Manuscript and Collectibles Auction

Miscellaneous Memorabilia
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Lot 619
Early 19th Century Cigar Mold. Two-part wooden cigar mold, incused stamped "Made in Germany" and "Thomas Philadelphia," (tobacconist) markings, c. 1860s or earlier, 11¼ x 4¾ x 2-3/8 inches. Apparently used to press and mold ten handwrapped cigars. Bi-color wood sides. Quite unique and rare.
Estimated Value $500 - 600.
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Lot 620
1860s Tobacco Tin. Salmon yellow smoking tobacco tin, c. 1860s, from "Warnick & Brown / Superior Spanish Mixed / Smoking Tobacco / Manufactured at No. 84 Genesee St., Utica, New York." Tin is 7½ in. long by 5¼ in. wide by 4 in.l high, made in a lunch-pail design with double handles and removable tin top. Both long sides have an illustration of a large wooden tub of tobacco, with a "Cuban" standing on one side holding a chicken, and an "Americano" on the other side carrying a long rifle. Some overall rust spots, but presents quite well for its age. A handsome addition to the Tobacconist collector.
Estimated Value $300 - 350.
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Lot 621
1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Plate. Handsome gilded base metal souvenir plate (or shallow bowl) of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, held in Seattle, Washington in 1909. Seal of the exposition is at center, surrounded by six different scenes, including Mount Rainier. Plate circumference size is 7 in. Backstamped "Official Souvenir Approved." Overall wear of the gilded surface, else Very Fine.
Estimated Value $350 - 400.
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Lot 622
White Star Line - S.S. "Titanic" and S.S. "Olympic". Two White Star Line items: (1) Used early postcard (postmarked Oct. 27, 1911) advertising the White Star Line's two new steamers, the S.S. "Olympic" and the S.S. "Titanic," both 882½ feet long and weighing 45,000 tons each. One of the ships is pictured, but the postcard does not specify which. Light toning; penciled message on verso. (2) A notice that "The entry of the White Star Line's new steamers "Olympic" and "Titanic" into the Company's North Atlantic service…will considerably disarrange the sailing schedule outlined for 1912," and gives a revised schedule for the "Arabic"; Fine.
Estimated Value $200 - 250.
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Lot 623
U.S.S. Akron Air Ship (Dirigible). Actual 8 x 6 inch rubberized brown fabric that was part of the covering of the helium gas cells of the U.S.S. Akron Air Ship, autographed by the three sole survivors of the April 4, 1933 crash. This piece was salvaged from the Atlantic Ocean off Barnegat Light, New Jersey, some time in April 1933. This piece of fabric is cacheted with a commemorative portrait of the dirigible that foundered and went down 25 miles off Baregat. The Akron was the pride of the U.S. Naval Air Forces; it was designed for long-range military reconnaissance and was equipped to carry and launch small planes. It measured 785 feet in length and was nine feet longer than Germany's famous "Graf Zeppelin."

The Akron was carrying 76 people, composed of officers, crew, and guests, when it was enveloped in a storm and caught in a severe downdraft. The ship fell stern first. Its tail hit the water, tearing the rudder controls away, and the crash's impact cracked the ship's backbone. The mighty Akron fell helpless into the sea, then sank. There were only three survivors, and each of the three has autographed this historic piece of recovered ship's fabric, postmarked "Lakehurst, NJ, May 30 (1933)." A penciled notation signed by T.W. Margerum accompanies this rare cacheted cover; it states, "There are only forty of these in existance and cannot be bought." A rare opportunity to obtain a historic U.S. Naval Air Ship item.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.
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