Tuesday, June 30, 2009
We have a fine set of collectible banking stocks from the 1900 through -1970s. Included in this set are stock certificates from the Chase Manhattan Corporation, Citizens National Bank, Farmers Deposit National Bank, and the Irving Trust Company stocks.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
One of the key collectors of Confederate bonds in the U.S. in the 1980s and 90s was Frederick R. Mayer of Denver, Colorado. His goal was to create world class collections that could be turned into books or catalogs, thus adding to the knowledge and pleasure of future collectors. That is exactly what Mr. Mayer accomplished with his extraordinary collection of Confederate bonds. Many of the great rarities were used to provide the plate illustrations in Ball’s “Confederate Bonds” book.
Recently, we were fortunate to purchase a large segment of Mr. Mayer’s collection of Confederate bonds. If you would like to add to your collection or if you would like to start a collection, this offering will give you an opportunity to buy some great bonds. Please contact us ask for George if you would like to build a fine collection of Confederate bonds.
Monday, June 22, 2009
On April 3, 1882, Bob Ford with his brother Charles, enters Jesse's home at about 8:27 a.m. When Jesse turns to straighten a picture on the wall, Bob shoots him, killing him instantly.
On Oct. 5, 1882, Frank James (Jesse’s brother) surrendered to Missouri Governor Thomas Crittendon. Bob Ford, Jesse’s killer was later shot down by Ed O. Kelly in Ford’s tent saloon in Crede, Colorado in 1892. By 1885 Frank James was acquitted on all charges and lived till he was 72 passing on February 18, 1915.
$1,000 Railroad Bond. Superb vignette of steam locomotive in roundhouse with 4 other trains approaching. A true classic!!!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
With regards to collecting presidential autographs on a small budget, the main disadvantage is that quality, in the end, will usually be poor and the collection will be unsatisfying.
I would suggest that a collector save a few hundred dollars over time and buy a quality piece. Of course, the key presidents — Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Lincoln — will always be in the $4,000 to $10,000+ each if one is buying quality. Lesser price levels for the "Big 4" will result in poor quality in condition, weakness of signature, water or ink stains, or even the great possibility of getting stuck with forgeries.
A Lincoln Commission will run anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000. The $4,000 to $6,000 range will often have problems such as weakness in the text writing or in the Lincoln autograph. Other problems might include severe wrinkling, trimming, stains, especially water stains, and severe toning from improper framing or long term display. One is better off paying $7,000 to $8,000 for a choice example.
Additional advice can be furnished by phone. George H. LaBarre Galleries, Inc. 800 717-9529.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The total loan, issued in New York, was for $750,000, in 1,500 bonds of $500. Bonds bearing quite high numbers look to have been issued, even though Santa Anna’s credit-worthiness must have appeared uncertain, to say the least. The bonds seen are uncancelled. To give confidence to investors, the bonds carry a reference to the State, City, and County of New York - but inspection shows this is only a notary’s declaration - and a large but entirely unwarranted heading “United States of America.” Repayment was promised for 1868, but was dependent on Santa Anna’s return to power, which never happened. Most were presumably destroyed by disappointed investors.
About Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna: Known as "The Napoleon of the West," General Santa Anna was a man who controlled millions, who acquired fortunes and honors, who was President of Mexico five times, and who exercised an unrestricted dictatorship.
The estates and lands pledged by Santa Anna, at the issuance of the bonds, have long since been confiscated by the Mexican Government and each bond remains an engraved epitaph to this man’s contribution to history. The bonds themselves have become extremely rare, and the whereabouts of only a few are known. General Santa Anna left behind a colorful legacy in the form of these handsome historical bonds.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
was most known for killing “Billy the Kid” in 1881; Robert Morris (1734-1806) American merchant and a signer of the U. S. Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation,
and the U. S. Constitution. Morris was known as the financier of the Revolution; and Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941) to name just a few! Visit my web site and click on the link to download a PDF of this superb catalogue!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Documents with authentic presidential signatures are often a great value per dollar spent. Substantive content letters, for example, can be very expensive. As an added bonus, documents such as military commissions* often contain graphics. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when collecting presidential signatures:
✓ Buy direct from a reputable dealer. This can result in great savings. Auctions, due to high buyers premiums, high reserves, and sometimes dishonesty, can often result in inflated prices paid.
✓ Buying on eBay can be a bad idea. Forgeries often show up on eBay because no oversight built is built into this sales arena.
✓ LaBarre Galleries does not actively deal in clipped signatures. They are more difficult to authenticate, per dollar spent, they are often not a good value, the historic significance has been severed and usually will never be known.
* The Graphics and Calligraphy Office (GCO) is a unit of the Social Office at the White House. Located in the East Wing, the Graphics and Calligraphy Office coordinates and produces all non-political social invitations, place cards, presidential proclamations, letters patent, military commissions, and official greetings.
Friday, June 12, 2009
The Zimbabwean dollar has been called a "laughing stock" on the heels of the introduction of a Z$100 trillion note.The Zimbabwean dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. It is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or alternatively Z$ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. The country's world-record hyperinflation, 231,000,000% in July 2008, has left the Zimbabwean dollar virtually worthless.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
The new government, in turn, succumbed to the Chinese communists led by Mao Zedong in the late 1940s.
China, 1913, Blue-Red. £100 5% Reorganization Gold Loan Bond, German Bank Issued. Uncancelled. 42-43 Coupons. Many coupons. Important to stress that these bonds have been bought up in recent years and pretty much taken off the market. As a result prices have risen rather dramatically. Excellent Condition!!! Price upon request.
David Dunbar Buick was born in Arbroath, Scotland. He deserved fame and fortune, yet died in poverty and is virtually unknown in his native land. Buick founded the company that grew into the General Motors Corporation of America. Over 17,000,000 cars bearing his name and crest have rolled off production lines, yet he was involved in making only 120 of them.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Rockefeller gave three-quarters of a billion dollars to science and education. In one of the first public relations campaigns in history, Rockefeller would give a shiny new dime to whomever he would meet. Rockefeller signs along with Henry M. Flagler, Capitalist and Promoter. Rockefeller once stated in court that Flagler was “the brains behind the Standard Oil Trust.” He transformed Florida’s once neglected beaches and swamp lands into one of the most luxurious playgrounds in the world.
This rare 100 share stock of 1880’s is issued to C. A. Griscom and is boldly signed on the front stub and at back on a document or on the stock by Griscom. Griscom was President of International Navigation Co., also owned practically all of the stock of Red Star Line, a Belgian Corp, International Navigation Co. of Liverpool England, and Empire Transportation Company, Seattle. In 1902, the name of the International Navigation Co was changed to International Mercantile Marine Co. and capital increased to acquire fleets and businesses of the White Star Line and several others. White Star Line owned the Titanic. Ironically, Griscom died in November of 1912 just a few months after the sinking of the Titanic.
All signatures are very lightly cut cancelled and are superb. The condition and eye appeal is outstanding. The signature of Rockefeller is especially large and bold. Nice portraits of Rockefeller and Flagler are included. A truly exceptional example for many reasons, and so very rare with all these qualities.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
This Millvina Dean signed color print is also signed by the artist, Simon Fisher. The print is 8x11 inches including margins and is superb in color and detail.