Archive for February, 2011

The Future of Autograph Collecting

Monday, February 21st, 2011

A Book About Autographs

A Book About Autographs

From the Desk of Scott Winslow,

Recently, I put on my prophetic hat in order to attempt a prediction as to what the future of autograph collecting holds in store. After realizing the futility of such an exercise, I thought about the history of collecting autographs and how those collectors before us have contributed to the marketplace today. Indeed, collecting autographs has been an avocation of the intellectually curious for centuries and many prominent people throughout history have derived great pleasure from the hobby. It is well-known that FDR was an avid collector of autographs and more than a few of us have had, or currently have items that were once owned by our 32nd president. Indeed, I find it of interest when I receive autographs with the original dealer invoices of yesteryear. It’s truly amazing to see the prices at which autographs exchanged hands amongst our hobby forebears. But more than the values alone, the passion for collecting autographs instills within us a continuing desire to better understand the human element – those people who have shaped what we as a civilization have become today. One such American found great intellectual stimulation, enjoyment and pride in autograph collecting. His name was Simon Gratz and in 1920 he published a book entitled “A Book About Autographs”, a limited edition of only 500 copies It’s contents detail his passion for autographs and acts as a primer which, when taken in context, remains very relevant to today’s collector. I’ve placed an accompanying link for you to view a pdf of the book. Just click on the Photo of Simon Gratz and it will take you there. It is in the public domain so no worries about copyright. Perhaps this book will offer each of us our own perspective as to the future of autograph collecting.

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Scott J Winslow
Scott J Winslow Associates. Inc.
Collectible Manuscripts, Autographs, Stocks and Bonds, and Historical Americana800-225-6233

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Northern Virginia Stock And Bond Show – Some New Acquisitions

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Northern Virginia Show Floor

Northern Virginia Stock and Bond Show February 2011

Welcome Collectors and Enthusiast’s,

We recently attended the 10th annual Northern Virginia Stock and Bond Show and were pleased to see many new faces along with our old friends. For those who were unable to stop in, hopefully we’ll see you next year. While the weather may have dampened attendance a bit, it certainly didn’t dampen spirits.The bourse floor activity proved to turn up some exciting finds for collectors and dealers alike and the annual breakfast sponsored by the International Bond and Share Society was attended by nearly 50 enthusiastic members including those from around the United States, England and Germany. The prevailing opinion still remains that new scarcer items and rarities remain difficult to locate and are changing hands at solid prices. Below are a few new recent acquisitions from the show.

A Final Note: We do have some fresh interest in collecting historical securities from Mexico and are currently actively seeking some types of this material for our customers south of the border. If you have anything which you think may be of interest, please advise.

Sincerely,

Scott Winslow

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Scott J Winslow
Scott J Winslow Associates. Inc.
Collectible Manuscripts, Autographs, Stocks and Bonds, and Historical Americana800-225-6233

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Collectible Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna Document

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Printed Document Signed In Type By Santa Anna Days Before The Taking of Veracruz And His Promotion To The Rank Of Brigadier General

Signed in type by Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. (1794-1876) Mexican political leader who greatly influenced Mexican and Spanish politics and government. During his forty year career, Santa Anna rose to the rank of both general and president. Over a period of twenty-two years, Santa Anna served as President of Mexico on eleven non-consecutive occasions. The Spanish document concerns a two percent tax placed upon gold and silver in relation to a loan of six hundred thousand pesos. Very Fine.

On October 25, 1822 Santa Anna would take control of Veracruz under orders from Mexico’s Emperor Iturbide. For this successful operation, Santa Anna was named brigadier general and Commander of the Province of Veracruz by Iturbide. Iturbide soon grew suspicious of Santa Anna’s power, quickly removing him from his command and ordering him to join the Junta de Guerra in Mexico City. Santa Anna refused to follow this order and instead returned to Veracruz where he proclaimed a Mexican Republic and declared Iturbide’s reign invalid in early December of 1822. With support growing quickly for a Mexican Republic, Iturbide was forced to abdicate on March 19, 1823. A fine document from an important period in the early life of Santa Anna.

Printed Document.
One page, 8 1/2″” x 12″”, on laid paper.
Veracruz. October 15, 1822.

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Scott J Winslow
Scott J Winslow Associates. Inc.
Collectible Manuscripts, Autographs, Stocks and Bonds, and Historical Americana
800-225-6233

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French Artillery Regiment Manuscript

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

French Artillery Regiment Document

I recently acquired a French Artillery Regiment manuscript detailing the receipt of supplies on its march to Yorktown.

In late June of 1781, the french artillery camped at Bolton, Connecticut while on their journey south to meet Washington’s Army at Yorktown. A seldom seen French document related to their artillery during the American Revolution.

The manuscript document is in French. 12th Artillery Regiment. “Good for thirty-one rations of hay for the horses of the artillery at Bolton. 30 (June), 1781.”

American Revolution – French Artillery
Size: 5 3/4″ x 3 3/4″
Condition: Very Fine
State: Connecticut
Year: 1781

For more information visit our web site, http://www.scottwinslow.com, or call Scott at 1-800-225-6233.

Scott J Winslow
Scott J Winslow Associates. Inc.
Collectible Manuscripts, Autographs, Stocks and Bonds, and Historical Americana
800-225-6233

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1748 Rhode Island Indenture

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

1748 Rhode Island Indenture

Kings County. June 10, 1748. The document is an indenture between John Brown and the Trustees of the Rhode Island Colony for “ … a certain tract of land lying in Westerly … Containing sixty acres bounded Northerly on George Babcocks land Eastern on Benjamin Halls Junr. Land Southerly on Joseph Halls Land & Westerly on ye Grantors Land … ” The document is signed by WILLIAM BABCOCK (1708-1751).

Babcock served as town clerk of Westerly for a period of about twenty years. He was also a justice of the peace and represented Westerly in the General Assembly of Rhode Island in 1744. In addition, the document notes that it was “Signed, Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of both Babcock and SILAS GREENMAN (1690-1760) Justice of the Peace from Kingston.

In 1718, Greenman was found guilty of counterfeiting, which led to his removal from his post. Greenman went on to serve as Town Councilor, clerk and moderator for Westerly, Rhode Island. Greenman was also a slave holder who estate inventory included seven slaves. Usual folds.

Partially Printed Indenture
Size: One page, 13” x 16 5/8”
Condition: Extremely Fine

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Scott J Winslow
Scott J Winslow Associates. Inc.
Collectible Manuscripts, Autographs, Stocks and Bonds, and Historical Americana
800-225-6233

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Welcome to my blog!

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Andrew Jackson Memorial Ribbon

My goal is to share with you my interest in a wide variety of historical American collectibles. Scott J Winslow Associates specializes in autographs, manuscripts, stocks and bonds, paper money, and a vast variety of historical Americana.

Since 1985, I have successfully served an extensive client base, including museums, libraries, universities, and private collectors. I am proud to be recognized as one of this nation’s leading authorities in business history.

So I hope you’ll bookmark this blog and visit here often.

For more information visit our web site, http://www.scottwinslow.com, or call Scott at 1-800-225-6233.

Scott J Winslow
Scott J Winslow Associates. Inc.
Collectible Manuscripts, Autographs, Stocks and Bonds, and Historical Americana
800-225-6233

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