John Lupia submitted the following information from the online draft of his book of numismatic biographies for this week's installment
of his series. Thanks! As always, this is an excerpt with the full article and bibliography available online. This week's subject is Boston dealer John
John Charles Schayer "King of Alligators" (1837-1907), was born at Boston, Massachusetts, son of German immigrant parents, John Schayer, a
Boot, Shoe, and leather tradesman, and Mary A. Schayer.
On October 30, 1866, he married Ellen C. Ward (1841-1904) in the Catholic Church. They lived at 45 Milk Street, Boston, Massachusetts They had six children
: Mary J. Schayer, John J. Schayer, Helen Agnes Schayer, Charles W. Schayer, Clara F. Schayer, George F. Schayer.
He operated a basement store, 68 Devonshire Street, Boston, Massachusetts. The shop had coin cabinets filled with U. S. and foreign coins, and paper
He sold Lorin Gilbert Parmelee (1827-1905) 3,000 U. S. half cents.
Ebenezer Locke Mason, Jr., purchased from him 200 proof sets 1859-1884.
In 1884, he sold a dozen $50 gold slugs, and $9,000 in early U.S. gold.
He is listed in "Our Numismatic Directory" List No. 5, No. 100, The Numismatist, Vol. 3, No. 7 &8, April (1891) : 33
On February 25, 1885 the Schayer Brothers firm went into insolvency.
They moved to Chicago about 1896.
He died December 29, 1907, at Chicago, Illinois.
To read the complete article, see:
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SCHAYER, JOHN CHARLES
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