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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 14, April 5, 2020, Article 28

SELECTIONS FROM HOLABIRD APRIL 2020 SALES

Here's are some lots that caught my eye this week in the upcoming Holabird sale. -Editor

Lot 1368: Gen. and Mrs. Tom Thumb Wedding Circus Token

Gen. and Mrs. Tom Thumb Wedding Circus Token

Obv.: Presented by the Count & Countess / Magri / (pictorial couple) / C. A. Bradenburgh & Co. M'G's; Rev.: 9th & Arch St. Museum Phila The Favorite Family Resort / First Appearance Before the Public of / Count and Countess / Magri / Formerly / Mrs. Gen. Tom Thumb / After Their Wedding / Tour of Europe / Mon. Sep. 14 / 1885 / C. A. Bradenburgh / Pro. & Mgr. Wm, rd., 32 mm, almost uncirculated with luster in the fields. Count Primo Magri (1849–1920) and Count Rosebud were the stage names of a 19th-century Italian dwarf who married Lavinia Warren, the widow of General Tom Thumb on Easter Monday, April 6, 1885, at the Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City. "The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb," was written by Melanie Benjamin in 2011.

The Meghan and Harry of the day! -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Gen. and Mrs. Tom Thumb Wedding Circus Token (116501) (https://www.icollector.com/Gen-and-Mrs-Tom-Thumb-Wedding-Circus-Token-116501_i36573943)

Lot 1374: Yankee Robinson's Big Show Circus Tokens

Yankee Robinson's Big Show Circus Tokens

Lot of two: 1) Obv.: Yankee Robinson / (portrait) Rev.: Yankee Robinsons / Present / Future / 1869 / Triad / Past / Big Show; Br. rd., 19 mm. 2) Counterstamped seated liberty half dollar: "Free Ticket To / Yankee / Robinsons / Quadruple - Show." Date appears to be 1843. Fayette Lodawick Robinson was born on May 2, 1818, in Livingston County, New York. While a teenaged student in his native town, he made his first stage appearance in a school play, in the role of Jonathan Doolittle in A Yankee in England. This may have inspired his nickname. He went on to live his life on the stage and under the circus tent, in the 1850s and 1860s achieving great fame amid making money one year and losing it in the next.

Provenance: John Reynolds Collection

Nice pair. I don't believe I've seen this "Quadruple - Show" variety of the Robinson counterstamp before. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Yankee Robinson's Big Show Circus Tokens (116500) (https://www.icollector.com/Yankee-Robinson-s-Big-Show-Circus-Tokens-116500_i36573949)

Lot 4206: Acme Beer Token

Acme Beer Token

Obv.: Acme / Morton & Rapp / Agents / Beer; Rev.: California seal "Eureka" with Minverva. Br., rd., 35 mm.

Provenance: John Reynolds Collection

Neat token. Very California. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Acme Beer Token (115450) (https://www.icollector.com/Acme-Beer-Token-115450_i36576111)

Lot 4293: Morgan Dollar with Advertising Decal

Morgan Dollar with Lucky Hour Fresno Advertising Decal

1921 Morgan dollar with a reverse decal advertising Lucky Hour Fine Foods. Coin is VG-F condition.

Provenance: John Reynolds Collection

As noted in our April Fool 2020 article elsewhere in this issue, stickered coins do carry a premium. Maybe not banana labels, though. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Morgan Dollar with Advertising Decal (116534) (https://www.icollector.com/Morgan-Dollar-with-Advertising-Decal-116534_i36576198)

Lot 4347: 1930 Crane Co. 75th Anniversary Medal

1930 Crane Co. 75th Anniversary Medal

1930 Crane Co. 75th Anniversary Medal. Designed by John Ray Sinnock and struck by the Medallic Art Company. Bust of founder Richard T. Crane on the obverse. Reverse shows the Crane factory in 1930 and the original factory building in 1855 below. J©S obscured by rim ding at 6 o'clock. Medallic Art Company stamp along rim at six o'clock. Bronze, 63mm EF, rim dings.

A Mint engraver's medal for the Chicago Crane company (not the banknote paper maker). -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Crane Co 75th Anniv Medal, by John Sinnock (116184) (https://www.icollector.com/Crane-Co-75th-Anniv-Medal-by-John-Sinnock-116184_i36576252)

Lot 4365: International Exposition of Arts and Crafts Medal

International Exposition of Arts and Crafts Medal

1905 Medal for the International Exposition of Art and Crafts, Brussels. Obverse: Kings Leopold I and Leopold II in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Belgian Independence. Signed E. DUPUIS DEL. Reverse Muse with sculpture, pottery, paint palette, and other symbols of arts and craft. Blank scroll below. Signed (incuse) E. DUPUIS DEL. Signed by the maker, MASSONNET ÉDIT, a French firm. Edge marked BRONZE with a CTM hallmark. Silver plated bronze, 67mm. Unc with box of issue.

Nice medal. A lot is squeezed in here, but it's well balanced and looks nice. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Int'l Exposition of Arts and Crafts Medal (116187) (https://www.icollector.com/Int-l-Exposition-of-Arts-and-Crafts-Medal-116187_i36576270)

Lot 4402: $10 Fresno County Vineyard & Distillery Scrip Note

$10 Fresno County Vineyard and Distillery Scrip Note

Rare pictorial $10 scrip note for the St. George Vineyard and Distillery, Maltermoro, Fresno Co., Cal. Payable in Merchandise at their stores. Red and green print with illustrated underprint. Front has vignette of St. George slaying a dragon. Reverse has vignettes of the vineyard, winery, distillery, and post office and stores. Printed by Maltermoro Print. Fold with separation, some staining, wear to edges. Please inspect. 4 x 8.25" The St. George Vineyard was located five miles east of Fresno on 1280 acres and was owned by George H. Malter (namesake of Maltermoro). It was established in 1879. The winery was built in 1888. In 1895, a retail store was established in Fresno for the sale of wine and brandy.

Provenance: John Reynolds Collection

A rare and unusual scrip note. Neat item. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Rare $10 Fresno County Vineyard & Distillery Scrip Note (115487) (https://www.icollector.com/Rare-10-Fresno-County-Vineyard-Distillery-Scrip-Note-115487_i36576307)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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