A “Fac-similie” of a genuine Confederate States of America note used
as an advertising note by a saddle maker in Memphis, Tenn., in the
late 1800s sold for $35 at a March 30, 2014, auction by Holabird
Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nev.
Throughout history businesses have used a variety of ways to
advertise their wares. Messages printed on the back of paper
money look-alikes or affixed to coins seem to be a favorite tactic. So
it is no surprise in the late 1800s that businesses would take
advantage of the surplus of then-worthless Confederate Sates of
America paper money. Many CSA notes had been printed on one side,
leaving the other side blank.
But some businesses took the idea a bit further, as does this piece
with a CSA $10 look-alike design, complete with a large FAC-SIMILE
notation printed just above the register signature space in the lower
The back of the advertsing note just sold displays the text “A.
Bergschiker & Co. manufacturers of Saddles and Harness” with an
address of 174 N. Main St. in Memphis. Adolph Bergschicker is listed
as a saddle maker in the 1885 edition of Dow’s Memphis Directory.
For more information about this item and other lots in the auction,
visit the auction website at www.FHWAC.com or telephone the firm at 775-825-1624.