SS Central America Shipwreck Artifacts Auction, Part I (December 2022)

Auction Details

The S.S. Central America Artifacts Auction catalog has 268 pages of detailed treasure stories about the people, jewelry, gold, and goods onboard the famous "Ship of Gold" that sank off the North Carolina coast in 1857 with tons of gold on board. While the coins and nuggets have already been sold and are in thousands of collections around the world, the artifacts are only just now being released, and are presented for the first time in a two-part sale in December 2022 and February 2023. Online auction platforms do not carry the wealth of information found in our printed catalog, inclusive of three-dimensional photographs of the items on the seafloor and a map where many artifacts were discovered. Order your limited-edition printed catalogs today and enjoy the fascinating world of the S.S. Central America treasure.

Part A of this December auction includes artifacts recovered from the actual shipwreck of the S.S. Central America.
Part B, starting with Lot 2000, offered the same day, presents some of the best California and Alaska Gold Rush material ever assembled for auction.

Fred Holabird
Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC

AUCTION SCHEDULE

Part A  - S.S.Central America Artifacts
(Lots 1000-1271)

Ships Provisions (Lots 1000-1080)
Passenger Possessions (Lots 1081-1249)
The Business of Gold (Lots 1250-1271)

Part B -  Gold Rush Era Collectibles
(Lots 2000-2276)

Gold Specimens (Lots 2000-2069)
Mining Ephemera; Jewelry; Rare Books & More (Lots 2079-2276)
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Whale Oil Lamp Base, S.S. Central America Treasure [156850]1050 - Whale Oil Lamp Base, S.S. Central America Treasure [156850]
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Brass whale oil lamp base recovered in 1990 from stern cabin area of the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Weighted bottom, top unit diameter 6",...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to F********e.. for (1,100.00 + 220.00) = 1,320.00
 
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White Ceramic Pitcher, Broken, S.S. Central America [159085]1051 - White Ceramic Pitcher, Broken, S.S. Central America [159085]
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Double spouted, white ceramic pitcher recovered from the S.S. Central America with one spout broken off. It is 11 inches tall, 5.25 inches in diameter
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 400.00
Sold to A****e for (425.00 + 85.00) = 510.00
 
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White Ceramic Pitcher, S.S. Central America [159083]1052 - White Ceramic Pitcher, S.S. Central America [159083]
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White ceramic pitcher recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 10 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter at the widest. The mouth is 3 i
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 300.00
Sold to m********r.. for (800.00 + 160.00) = 960.00
 
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Beer Bottle from the S.S. Central America [159063]1053 - Beer Bottle from the S.S. Central America [159063]
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Brown beer bottle recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. 8 inches tall, 3-inch diameter, 4 inches from base to the bottom of the shoulder.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to E********s for (1,000.00 + 200.00) = 1,200.00
 
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Beer Bottle from the S.S. Central America [159064]1054 - Beer Bottle from the S.S. Central America [159064]
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Brown glass beer bottle recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 8.5 inches tall 3 inches in diameter, and 4 inches from the base to t
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to E********s for (1,050.00 + 210.00) = 1,260.00
 
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Beer Bottle from the S.S. Central America [159070]1055 - Beer Bottle from the S.S. Central America [159070]
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Dark brown glass beer bottle recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 8 inches tall, 3 inches in diameter, and 4 inches from the base
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to b*****1 for (1,100.00 + 220.00) = 1,320.00
 
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Beer Bottle from the S.S. Central America Saloon [159060]1056 - Beer Bottle from the S.S. Central America Saloon [159060]
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Brown glass bottle recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. 9.5 inches tall, 2.5 inches at the base, deep punt into the bottom, 5.5 inches t
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to E********s for (1,400.00 + 280.00) = 1,680.00
 
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Brown Stoneware Bottle, S.S. Central America [159067]1057 - Brown Stoneware Bottle, S.S. Central America [159067]
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Brown stoneware bottle recovered from the S.S. Central America. It is 7 inches tall, and just shy of 3 inches in diameter. Just above the base, the si
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to D******n for (1,150.00 + 230.00) = 1,380.00
 
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Clear Glass Bottle, S.S. Central America [159068]1058 - Clear Glass Bottle, S.S. Central America [159068]
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Clear glass bottle recovered from the S.S. Central America. It is 7.5 inches long, 3 inches in diameter, and 4 inches from the base to the bottom of t
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to c*******u for (1,050.00 + 210.00) = 1,260.00
 
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Cruet Bottle from the S.S. Central America [159066]1059 - Cruet Bottle from the S.S. Central America [159066]
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Small, possibly leaded, cut-glass condiment cruet bottle recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 5-3/8 inches tall, 1.5 inches at the
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to g******n for (600.00 + 120.00) = 720.00
 
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Glass Decanter from the S.S. Central America [159078]1060 - Glass Decanter from the S.S. Central America [159078]
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Heavy, possibly leaded, cut-glass decanter recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 9 inches tall and 4.25 inches in diameter at the b
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 250.00
Sold to m********r.. for (1,450.00 + 290.00) = 1,740.00
 
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Glass Decanter from the S.S. Central America [159077]1061 - Glass Decanter from the S.S. Central America [159077]
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Heavy, possibly leaded, cut-glass decanter recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 9 inches tall and 4.25 inches in diameter at the b
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 250.00
Sold to G*******s for (1,350.00 + 270.00) = 1,620.00
 
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Glass Decanter from the S.S. Central America [159080]1062 - Glass Decanter from the S.S. Central America [159080]
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Heavy, possibly leaded, cut-glass decanter recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 10 inches tall and 4.25 inches in diameter at the
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 250.00
Sold to A******B for (1,500.00 + 300.00) = 1,800.00
 
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Glass Decanter from the S.S. Central America [159081]1063 - Glass Decanter from the S.S. Central America [159081]
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Heavy, possibly leaded, cut-glass decanter recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 9 inches tall and 4.25 inches in diameter at the b
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 250.00
Sold to R********3 for (800.00 + 160.00) = 960.00
 
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Glass Decanter from the S.S. Central America [159079]1064 - Glass Decanter from the S.S. Central America [159079]
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Heavy, possibly leaded, cut-glass decanter recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 10 inches tall and 4.25 inches in diameter at the
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 250.00
Sold to A********i.. for (1,100.00 + 220.00) = 1,320.00
 
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Gold-Lettered Cup, S.S. Central America [159086]1065 - Gold-Lettered Cup, S.S. Central America [159086]
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Large, white ceramic coffee cup recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Lettered in gold // To my / Mother // and generously embellished wi
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to E********s for (2,800.00 + 560.00) = 3,360.00
 
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Green Wine Bottle, S.S. Central America [159175]1066 - Green Wine Bottle, S.S. Central America [159175]
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Tall, green wine bottle recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 11-7/8 inches long, 3.5 inches in diameter at the base, and 5 inches
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 250.00
Sold to F********e.. for (2,000.00 + 400.00) = 2,400.00
 
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Pale Green Perfume Bottle, S.S. Central America [159073]1067 - Pale Green Perfume Bottle, S.S. Central America [159073]
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Pale green, likely hand-blown, thin-walled, cylindrical flask with a flared top recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 8-3/4 inches
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 350.00
Sold to R********3 for (500.00 + 100.00) = 600.00
 
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Perfume Bottle from the S.S. Central America [159072]1068 - Perfume Bottle from the S.S. Central America [159072]
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Small, pressed glass perfume bottle recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. 2.5 inches tall and 1-3/8-inch-square at the base, and 1-3/4 in
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 250.00
Sold to c*******u for (600.00 + 120.00) = 720.00
 
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Roussel's, Philadelphia, Shaving Cream Ceramic Lid, S.S. Central America Treasure [151586]1069 - Roussel's, Philadelphia, Shaving Cream Ceramic Lid, S.S. Central America Treasure [151586]
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Roussel's Unrivalled Premium Shaving Cream pot lid recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck in 1989. Classic American pot lid, 2-15/16&...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 1,000.00
Sold to G*******s for (1,150.00 + 230.00) = 1,380.00
 
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Stoneware Jar from the S.S. Central America [159090]1070 - Stoneware Jar from the S.S. Central America [159090]
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Stoneware jar, without lid, recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 7.75 inches tall, 5-5/8 inches in diameter at the base, and 5-3/4
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 300.00
Sold to t****r for (650.00 + 130.00) = 780.00
 
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Tall Green Whiskey Bottle from the S.S. Central America [159061]1071 - Tall Green Whiskey Bottle from the S.S. Central America [159061]
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Tall, dark green bottle recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. 11.5 inches tall, 3.25 inches in diameter, 6 inches from base to bottom of
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to E********s for (1,600.00 + 320.00) = 1,920.00
 
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Tall Perfume Bottle, S.S. Central America [159071]1072 - Tall Perfume Bottle, S.S. Central America [159071]
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Slender glass perfume bottle recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 8.5 inches tall, and the base is 1-7/8 x 1 inches. Missing its s
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to B********W.. for (650.00 + 130.00) = 780.00
 
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Water Pitcher Shards, S.S. Central America [158909]1073 - Water Pitcher Shards, S.S. Central America [158909]
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6" and 6 x 6", with original rust stain. These pitchers were broken as the result of the storm as it battered the ship, or in the violent ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to g******n for (325.00 + 65.00) = 390.00
 
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X. Bazin, Philadelphia, Perfumed Bear Grease, S.S. Central America Treasure [151587]1074 - X. Bazin, Philadelphia, Perfumed Bear Grease, S.S. Central America Treasure [151587]
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Pot lid for X. Bazin Perfumed Bear Grease recovered from the S.S. Central America. Classic American pot lid, 3-3/16" diameter, 3/4" thick,...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (2,300.00 + 460.00) = 2,760.00
 
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First Cabin Room Key with #15 on Brass Tag, S.S. Central America Treasure [153306]1075 - First Cabin Room Key with #15 on Brass Tag, S.S. Central America Treasure [153306]
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Passenger room key with attached tag bearing the number 15 recovered from the sediment of the portside debris field of the S.S. Central America shipwr
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 500.00
Sold to W**X for (3,000.00 + 600.00) = 3,600.00
 
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First Cabin, Steward's Linen Closet Key w/LC 19 on Round Tag, S.S. Central America Treasure [153309]1076 - First Cabin, Steward's Linen Closet Key w/LC 19 on Round Tag, S.S. Central America Treasure [153309]
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Key recovered with a bundle of other keys from the purser's safe found in the debris field of the S.S. Central America shipwreck. This key has /...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 500.00
Sold to R********3 for (1,900.00 + 380.00) = 2,280.00
 
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Purser Hull's Master Keys, Gold Room, S.S. Central America Treasure [153322]1077 - Purser Hull's Master Keys, Gold Room, S.S. Central America Treasure [153322]
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A ring of three brass keys with a brass key tag recovered in 2014 from the purser's safe found in the debris field of the S.S. Central America s...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 10,000.00
Sold to E********s for (86,000.00 + 17,200.00) = 103,200.00
 
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1849 Colt Pocket Pistol, Purser's Safe and Bullet Mould [158847]1078 - 1849 Colt Pocket Pistol, Purser's Safe and Bullet Mould [158847]
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This is one of the all-time classic California Gold Rush guns, a true "'49er", and perhaps now unarguably the most famous of them exta...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 500.00
Sold to G*******s for (25,000.00 + 5,000.00) = 30,000.00
 
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Brass Powder Horn, S.S. Central America Treasure [153329]1079 - Brass Powder Horn, S.S. Central America Treasure [153329]
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Brass powder horn recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck in 2014. This gun was seen clearly in situ in photographs taken during recovery. I
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to C*********m for (1,150.00 + 230.00) = 1,380.00
 
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Round Ball Ammunition found on the S.S. Central America [157461]1080 - Round Ball Ammunition found on the S.S. Central America [157461]
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There are seven individual round ball (RB) lead rounds found aboard the S.S. Central America shipwreck, all are oversized .38 caliber, indicating a mu
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00
Sold to g******n for (425.00 + 85.00) = 510.00
 
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Dominos, Drilled (2) - Gaming on the S.S. Central America [158840]1081 - Dominos, Drilled (2) - Gaming on the S.S. Central America [158840]
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A number of dominoes were recovered from the debris field of the S.S. Central America shipwreck in 2014. Upon initial inspection, we thought they were
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to 5****s for (500.00 + 100.00) = 600.00
 
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Douche Kit and Chastity Belt (?), S.S. Central America Treasure [158842]1082 - Douche Kit and Chastity Belt (?), S.S. Central America Treasure [158842]
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Douche kit and locking chastity belt. Unusual silver (plated on brass?), two strip, inner connecting, with a circular, point depression locking device
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 500.00
Sold to j*****0 for (800.00 + 160.00) = 960.00
 
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Gold Dust on Rust Crust, S.S. Central America Treasure [146653]1083 - Gold Dust on Rust Crust, S.S. Central America Treasure [146653]
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A piece of iron-oxide rust which has agglomerated with gold dust. Recovered from the debris field sediments of the S.S. Central America shipwreck. App
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 1,000.00
Sold to W*****1 for (1,500.00 + 300.00) = 1,800.00
 
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Madonna and Child, White Statue [158837]1084 - Madonna and Child, White Statue [158837]
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Madonna and Child white statue recovered from the debris field of the S.S. Central America shipwreck in 2014. It appears to be alabaster, 4.5" ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to F********e.. for (2,200.00 + 440.00) = 2,640.00
 
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Rubber Inflatable Life Jacket, Rolled, Unused [159482]1085 - Rubber Inflatable Life Jacket, Rolled, Unused [159482]
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This rolled and unused rubber life jacket was found in 2014 in one of the debris fields of the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It was a unique find in
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 1,000.00
Sold to E********s for (800.00 + 160.00) = 960.00
 
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Silver-Plated Single Ornate Spur with Strap, No Rowell [158834]1086 - Silver-Plated Single Ornate Spur with Strap, No Rowell [158834]
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Silver-plated, single ornate spur with strap, no rowell, recovered from the debris field of the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 5" long, ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 500.00
Sold to F********e.. for (800.00 + 160.00) = 960.00
 
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The Easton Trunk from the S.S. Central America Treasure [159098]1087 - The Easton Trunk from the S.S. Central America Treasure [159098]
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Leather trunk recovered in two pieces from the debris field of the S.S. Central America shipwreck. The trunk was owned by Ansel & Adeline Easton...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 1,500.00
Sold to f*****E for (750.00 + 150.00) = 900.00
 
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California Newspaper, "Sunday Varieties" 1857 [159456]1088 - California Newspaper, "Sunday Varieties" 1857 [159456]
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Eight-page, single sheet, quarto-folded newspaper entitled, // The Sunday Varieties, A Chronicle of Life in California, Vol. 3 No. 14, Sunday, August
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to M*********T for (550.00 + 110.00) = 660.00
 
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Count of Monte Cristo Book, Dement Trunk [151582]1089 - Count of Monte Cristo Book, Dement Trunk [151582]
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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas with elegant illustrations. Published by Stringer & Townsend, Noble, N.Y. 1849. Illustrations by M....
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 1,000.00
Sold to G*******s for (3,100.00 + 620.00) = 3,720.00
 
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Dement Checkbook, San Francisco Wells Fargo [159460]1090 - Dement Checkbook, San Francisco Wells Fargo [159460]
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Original small booklet of Wells Fargo checks, 12" x 2 5/8" recovered from the Dement trunk found a the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Thi...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to E********s for (1,600.00 + 320.00) = 1,920.00
 
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Lady Lee's Widowhood Book, Dement Trunk [159457]1091 - Lady Lee's Widowhood Book, Dement Trunk [159457]
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Paperback book recovered from the Dement trunk at the S.S. Central America shipwreck: Lady Lee's Widowhood paperback book by Captain Edward Haml...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to m********6 for (375.00 + 75.00) = 450.00
 
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Letter of Introduction for John Dement [159452]1092 - Letter of Introduction for John Dement [159452]
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Two-page introduction letter for John Dement with another letter addressed to Dement recovered from the Dement trunk found at the S.S. Central America
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 500.00
Sold to f*****E for (250.00 + 50.00) = 300.00
 
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Letter of Introduction for Rebecca Bates [159459]1093 - Letter of Introduction for Rebecca Bates [159459]
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Single-page letter of introduction for Rebecca Platt Bates, a member of the Cavalry Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, requesting special treatment
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (160.00 + 32.00) = 192.00
 
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Prairie Flower & Adventures in the Far West, Book, Dement Trunk [159458]1094 - Prairie Flower & Adventures in the Far West, Book, Dement Trunk [159458]
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Book recovered from the Dement trunk at the S.S. Central America shipwreck in 1991. Two books in one: Prairie Flower and Adventures in the Far West by
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to T**********3 for (300.00 + 60.00) = 360.00
 
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W.G. Berry's Comb, Inscribed 1857 [158848]1095 - W.G. Berry's Comb, Inscribed 1857 [158848]
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An incredible discovery within the artifacts recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck, found by Bob Evans immediately upon retrieval from the
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 500.00
Sold to F********e.. for (2,100.00 + 420.00) = 2,520.00
 
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Daguerreotype 1, S.S. Central America Treasure [146601]1096 - Daguerreotype 1, S.S. Central America Treasure [146601]
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Daguerreotype recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Shows a woman on the right and a child on the left. It is 2-5/8 x 3-1/8 inches. Ident
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to m********H for (4,000.00 + 800.00) = 4,800.00
 
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Daguerreotype 3, S.S. Central America Treasure [146603]1097 - Daguerreotype 3, S.S. Central America Treasure [146603]
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Daguerreotype recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Shows a young woman, hands in her lap, with a large bracelet on each wrist. It is 3 x
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00
Sold to E********s for (6,250.00 + 1,250.00) = 7,500.00
 
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Gold and Diamond Ring, Size 5-1/2. S.S. Central America Treasure [146647]1098 - Gold and Diamond Ring, Size 5-1/2. S.S. Central America Treasure [146647]
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Gold ring recovered in 2014 from an unspecified coin pile in the port-side debris field of the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is set with four dia
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 1,000.00
Sold to D******n for (2,900.00 + 580.00) = 3,480.00
 
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Gold Ring - Engraved: GWS, S.S. Central America Treasure [152377]1099 - Gold Ring - Engraved: GWS, S.S. Central America Treasure [152377]
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Gold ring recovered in 2014 from the port-side debris field, Coin Pile #23, of the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is size 2.5, with vertically int
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 1,000.00
Sold to m********6 for (1,000.00 + 200.00) = 1,200.00
 
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