An 1883 14-karat gold Sons of the Revolution medal is among the
highlights of Early American History Auctions Inc.'s March 18 sale.
The 279-lot auction, with a 20-percent buyer's fee added to the
final closing price of each lot won, includes collectibles under the
categories of Historic Autographs, Revolutionary War, Colonial
America, Historic Maps, Colonial Currency, Early Lottery Tickets,
Indian Peace Medals, Encased Postage Stamps, Political Americana,
George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Era.
Sons of the Revolution medal
Numbered 3633, the Sons of the Revolution medal was made in
Philadelphia by Bailey, Banks & Biddle. The oval medal measures 44
millimeters by 30 millimeters.
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The obverse features a drop-wing American eagle perched upon an
oval-shaped central medal depicting a Continental Army soldier with
his rifle strapped to his back. Thirteen five-pointed gold stars
appear in a blue outer field around the medal, within a scalloped
frame. The medal’s reverse depicts a portrait right of George
Washington with SONS OF THE REVOLUTION inscribed above and the date
The member number and manufacturer’s hallmark appears on the back of
The medal is suspended from its original gold and blue silk ribbon.
A five-pointed silver star is embroidered in the ribbon’s middle, blue panel.
In “Choice Extremely Fine,” the piece carries an estimate of $1,000
Porcelain on tin Clinton portrait medal
A circa 1777 portrait medallion printed on porcelain and encased in
a tin frame with original loop depicts British Maj. Gen. Sir Henry Clinton.
The portrait is a half-length image right of Clinton in uniform,
wearing a British military gorget, with the identification GEN.
CLINTON on the banner below adorned with leaf sprigs at either end.
Offered as “Choice Extremely Fine,” the portrait medal carries an estimate of $2,500 to $3,000.
Unique encased postage stamp
The unique Reed-JG1057 example (Civil War Encased Stamps
by Fred L. Reed III) of an 1863 10-cent George Washington encased
postage stamp housed in a silver encasement from manufacturer John
Gault was once part of the famed John J. Ford Jr. Collection.
Identified as an “experimental/trial” issue, the two-piece case is
described as differing from the regular issue Gault type in that the
24-millimeter encasement is silver and the back is closed differently
from other Gault pieces.
In “Choice About Uncirculated,” the piece carries an estimate of
$8,000 to $12,000.