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Unidentified mid-1800s wreck in the Atlantic City of Houston, sunk in 1878 off North Carolina

993. Purple floral transfer ware cup-and-saucer set, English, 1834-1854. 235 grams total, the cup about 3-3/4" in diameter and 2-¼” tall, the saucer about 6" in diameter and about 1" tall. This is a beautiful set, both pieces perfectly intact and with vivid purple design (some kind of transfer ware) against a cream background, also both pieces fairly large, the cup without handles, the saucer marked with IRONSTONE above and T. GODWIN (the maker) below MEZIERES (the pattern name), with very light traces of encrustation but the provenance unfortunately vague. Estimate: $250 - $375

996. Base-metal military figurine (soldier on horse). 8.4 grams, about 2-3/8" tall and 1-7/8" wide. The Houston was an American steamship traveling from New York to Galveston (Texas) when she sank off North Carolina at Frying Pan Shoals in the morning of October 23, 1878, in 90 feet of water. This lot and the next two are very interesting items, the likes of which we have never offered before: Each one is a thin, painted figurine (probably pewter or lead) of a soldier, believed to have been used for military planning. The depictions are to scale and accurate, this one of a sword-bearing officer (the ends of his sleeve and epaulettes still with some red paint adhering) mounted on a horse, the surfaces a dark gray, with some light encrustation, the reverse without design and inked with salvage data. The base is stabilized by two thin wings. Undoubtedly rare and possibly of high value to collectors of militaria. With 1989 photocertificate from the salvagers. Estimate: $200 - $300

Santo Andre, sunk in 1856 off the Cape Verde Islands

997. Base-metal military figurine (soldier). 10.7 grams, about 3" tall, 7/8" wide. As above but this one depicting an infantryman, standing at attention with a rifle to his side. All dark gray except for the red epaulettes, some light encrustation, diamond-shaped base for stability. Undoubtedly rare and possibly of high value to collectors of militaria. With 1989 photocertificate from the salvagers. Estimate: $200 $300

994. Small silver-plated fork with hallmarks. 22.1 grams, 5½” long. Cute piece, perfectly intact, its surfaces a dark gray and lightly pitted, with hallmarks F D & S T on back of handle. With Wayne Duff/Dick Holt photo-certificate. Estimate: $50 - $75

General Abbatucci, sunk in 1869 off Corsica 995. Set of three small, brass thimbles. 8 grams total, each about 1" tall and 3/4" in diameter. Completely intact and well-detailed little artifacts with thin film of encrustation inside, worn thin in some places, very cute. Each with a small certificate from the salvagers. Estimate: $75 - $110

998. Base-metal military figurine (soldier). 6.9 grams, about 3" tall, 7/8" wide. Same as the last lot but with brighter red on the epaulettes and with more facial features visible due to less encrustation. Undoubtedly rare and possibly of high value to collectors of militaria. With 1989 photo-certificate from the salvagers. Estimate: $200 - $300

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Treasure and World Coin Auction # 4  

Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC. Treasure and World Coin Auction # 4 November 2008

Treasure and World Coin Auction # 4  

Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC. Treasure and World Coin Auction # 4 November 2008