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 left corner.
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.
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