This web page features one-of-a-kind gifts for that hard-to-please individual. These unique offerings are not likely to be found anywhere else, and are truly a piece of our nation's history!

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Last udate: 4 Jan 2012

ID#: 231A

Civil War Artillery Shell

Size: , 2.9" in diameter, 7.5" long

Description: This 8-pound civil war artillery shell was made in 1863 by S and Company. Lead cup sabot and Absterdam fuzing (missing). It is stamp Patented S & Co August 12, 1863 and was patented by John Abeterdam of New York, NY. A rare opportunity to own a piece of history from the Civil War!

Price: $375 + $15 S&H (see ordering info)

ID#: 301

Prehistoric Mississippian Medallion Bottle

Size: , 8.25" tall by 7" wide

Description:#301 - This clay bottle is in perfect condition. No chips! A most unique and interesting bottle with four human faces located on each corner.  The Mississippian Indians lived in the Mississippi Valley between 900 and 1300 AD.

Price: $900 + $10 S&H (see ordering info)

Porter's 1 Cigar Porter's 1 Cigar, Arizona Territory

Obverse: GOOD FOR ONE CIGAR PORTERS TUCSON A.T.

Reverse: JACOB STRAHLE & CO. BILLIARD MANFRS -515- MARKET ST SAN FRANCISCO, CAL.

ID#: TOKEN01

PORTERS CIGAR token, Arizona Territory, circa 1870-80

Denomination, type, & size: token for 1 cigar, brass, 29mm

Description: This is an ultra rare Rarity 10 (R10) token from Arizona Territory (1862-1912). One of only two in existence we know about, in 1990 a specimen was listed for $900. Expect one in excellent condition to go for $1500 today! Unfortunately this token has some corrosion--which means you can own it at a greatly discounted price. Here's an opportunity to own perhaps the rarest of all tokens from Arizona!

History: This token was manufactured by Jacob Strahle, a German immigrant who came to San Francisco during the gold rush in the 1850s as an entrepeneur--his advertising adorns the reverse of the token. In addition to making billiard tables and fine furniture, Jacob Strahle made the railroad tie used to complete the transcontinental rail line--the one the golden spike was driven into at Promontory Summit, Utah on May 10, 1869. Tucson was the capitol of Arizona Territory from 1867-77, and hosted a number of saloons, stores, and a population of several thousand.

Price: SOLD

Booker T. Washington autograph

B.T. Washington daughter

ID#: AUTO519

Autographs - Booker T. Washington & daughter

Booker Taliafero Washington was born a slave and deprived of any early education. He nonetheless became America's foremost black educator of the early 20th century. He was the first teacher and principal of the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama, a school for African-Americans. There he championed vocational training as a means for black self-reliance. A well-known orator, Washington also wrote a best-selling autobiography (Up From Slavery, 1901) and advised Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft on race relations. Offered here is a short letter signed, “If you desire further information….Booker T Washington.” Also included with this letter is a First Day Issue signed by his daughter. An awesome combination!

Price: $875 + $2 S&H (see ordering info)

ID#: BOOK01

Title: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Life Among the Lowly

Description: Signed on a book plate by Harriet Beecher Stowe, June 22, 1894. Small hardback 4x6 inches, printed 1894, in excellent solid condition. An outstanding opportunity to own a work that had a profound impact on our history!

History: Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century. The book is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. In the first year after it was published, over 300,000 copies of the book were sold in the United States alone. The book's impact was so great that when Abraham Lincoln met Stowe at the start of the U.S. Civil War, Lincoln is quoted as having declared, "So this is the little lady who made this big war."

Price: $1000 + $10 S&H + insurance (see ordering info)