Regarding our recent discussions of dealer John W. Kline and A.C. Kline, Dan Hamelberg writes:
....and the numismatic "Kline" puzzle goes on. I can verify Joel Orosz's copy of the Winslow Howard purchase list from the June 1855 Sale. I have a priced and named copy of the sale, and the lot numbers match up with Howard's name on all the listed lots. My copy belonged to "Ammi Brown," and he was a major buyer at the sale. Other buyers of note include Bushnell, Colburn, and Mickley.
But before the "puzzle" reveals clarity, it might be helpful to get the spelling of the name correct. As John Lupia points out, the July 1866 issue of the American Journal of Numismatics (Vol. #1, #4) contains the first installment of Daniel Parish Jr's list of catalogues of coin sales. Item #15 is the Thomas & Son's June 12/13, 1855 sale. Mr. Lupia refers to it as the F. J. Kline sale, and Parish lists it as the F. J. Klein sale. Did Parish misspell the name?
Interestingly, Attinelli has a bio for both Kline and Klein. Bangs conducted a sale on October 24, 1860 featuring the collection of Francis Joseph Klein. The short bio that follows the listed sale does not match up well with the "Kline" profile associated with the 1855 sale. Nevertheless, Parish associated F. J. Klein with the sale and listed it as such.
Attinelli has a short bio for J. (John) W. Kline on page 60 of Numisgraphics, and the Kline described there is associated with the June 1855 sale. Then, of course, we have A. C. Kline listed in Attinelli for the actual sale listing in 1855.
There is strong evidence that Daniel Parish Jr. was Attinelli's "unknown" and unnamed source for many of the listings in Numisgraphics including the rare 1828 Watkins sale (more on this at a future date). So how is it that Parish associated F. J. Klein with the 1855 sale in his list published in the AJN? Is A. C. Kline really J. W. Kline? How did F. J. Klein get into the mix? A.C., J.W., F. J., will the real Kline/Klein please step forward!