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 will be offered at auction March 29 to 30 by Holabird
Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nevada.
Throughout history businesses have used a variety of ways to
advertise their wares. Messages printed on the back of look-alike
paper money and 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 worthless Confederate Sates of America paper money. Many
CSA notes were printed on one side leaving the other side blank.
But some businesses took the idea a bit further like 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 displays the text “A. Bergschiker & Co. manufacturers
of Saddles and Harness” with an address of 174 N. Main Street in
Memphis, Tenn. 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.