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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Passenger Receipt, Second Cabin, Major Jacob B. Clark [158885]1000 - Passenger Receipt, Second Cabin, Major Jacob B. Clark [158885]
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Second Cabin passenger receipt recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck and issued for Jacob B. Clark, reportedly a veteran of the Mexican Wa
Current Bid: 275.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipt, Second Cabin, William A. Adams & Dog [158884]1001 - Passenger Receipt, Second Cabin, William A. Adams & Dog [158884]
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Second Cabin passenger receipt recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck for William A. Adams, 27, of Maryland, and his dog. There is no recor
Current Bid: 250.00
Estimate : 500.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipt, Steerage, William Curless, Truckee, Cal. Druggist [158882]1002 - Passenger Receipt, Steerage, William Curless, Truckee, Cal. Druggist [158882]
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Steerage passenger receipt for William Curless on pre-printed neutral US mail Steamship/ Pacific Mail steamship form. Datelined San Francisco. Curless
Current Bid: 300.00
Estimate : 500.00
 
 
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Judge Monson's First Cabin Passenger Receipt, #1! [158892]1003 - Judge Monson's First Cabin Passenger Receipt, #1! [158892]
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The order of issuance of the SSCA passenger receipts began to become clear after we were able to interpret the very old handwriting that suffered 150
Current Bid: 500.00
Estimate : 1,000.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, Ansel Easton & Wife [158881]1004 - Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, Ansel Easton & Wife [158881]
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The original passenger receipt recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck for Ansel and Addie Easton, "A. I. Easton & Wife", 4 ...
Current Bid: 800.00
Estimate : 1,000.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, Capt. Thomas Badger [158906]1005 - Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, Capt. Thomas Badger [158906]
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Capt. Thomas Badger First Cabin Passenger Receipt, First Cabin ticket No. 9, recovered from the purser's safe of the S.S. Central America shipwr...
Current Bid: 2,500.00
Estimate : 5,000.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, Dr. Kittridge [158888]1006 - Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, Dr. Kittridge [158888]
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First Cabin receipt recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck for Dr. Kitteridge from San Francisco to New York, August 20, 1857. First Cabin
Current Bid: 250.00
Estimate : 500.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, Henry Childs of New York [158891]1007 - Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, Henry Childs of New York [158891]
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Passenger receipt recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck for Henry H. Childs of New York, First Cabin Ticket #31 from San Francisco to New
Current Bid: 250.00
Estimate : 500.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, James E. Birch, California Stage Co. Founder [158894]1008 - Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, James E. Birch, California Stage Co. Founder [158894]
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Another of the very important people onboard the S.S. Central America were James E. Birch and his wife. His first cabin ticket was #34 in line. Birch
Current Bid: 1,000.00
Estimate : 2,000.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, John V. Dobbin [158883]1009 - Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, John V. Dobbin [158883]
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Passenger receipt recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck for John V. Dobbin, brother of James C. Dobbin, Secretary of the Navy, 1853-1857.
Current Bid: 250.00
Estimate : 500.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, Jones and Servant [158890]1010 - Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, Jones and Servant [158890]
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First Cabin passenger receipt for F. Jones and Servant from San Francisco to New York recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. This is one o
Current Bid: 250.00
Estimate : 500.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, No. 11, E. Hirshfield [158893]1011 - Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, No. 11, E. Hirshfield [158893]
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Passenger receipt for first cabin, #11, to E. Hirshfield recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. We include this receipt because there is v
Current Bid: 250.00
Estimate : 500.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, Rufus Lockwood, Fremont's Gold Rush Attorney [158887]1012 - Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, Rufus Lockwood, Fremont's Gold Rush Attorney [158887]
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One of two of Fremont's Gold Rush Attorneys, Rufus Lockwood, Passenger Receipt. First Cabin, ticket #2. San Francisco to New York, August 20, 18...
Current Bid: 1,000.00
Estimate : 2,000.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipt, Forward Cabin, Mrs. Easton's Servant [158886]1013 - Passenger Receipt, Forward Cabin, Mrs. Easton's Servant [158886]
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Forward Cabin receipt recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Issued for San Francisco to New York for "Mrs. Easton's Servant&qu...
Current Bid: 500.00
Estimate : 1,000.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipt, Panama Railroad on S.S. Central America Form [158880]1014 - Passenger Receipt, Panama Railroad on S.S. Central America Form [158880]
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A passenger receipt recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck, filled out for the Panama Railroad (not a specific named passenger) on a US Mai
Current Bid: 275.00
Estimate : 500.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipt, Printed Form, Finest One [158903]1015 - Passenger Receipt, Printed Form, Finest One [158903]
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This is the finest known of all the S.S. Central America passenger receipts on pre-printed US Mail Steamship Company forms coming from New York. // Un
Current Bid: 1,250.00
Estimate : 2,500.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipt, Second Cabin, Aspinwall to Havana and Back on the S.S. Central America [158895]1016 - Passenger Receipt, Second Cabin, Aspinwall to Havana and Back on the S.S. Central America [158895]
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A unique pair of a physical tickets recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck for Second Cabin from Havana to Aspinwall and a passenger receip
Current Bid: 500.00
Estimate : 1,000.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipt, Second Cabin, Havana to Aspinwall Transfer Ticket [158889]1017 - Passenger Receipt, Second Cabin, Havana to Aspinwall Transfer Ticket [158889]
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Second Cabin transfer ticket recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck for passage from Havana to Aspinwall on the trip down from New York, im
Current Bid: 250.00
Estimate : 500.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipt Collection, S.S. Central America Treasure [150878]1018 - Passenger Receipt Collection, S.S. Central America Treasure [150878]
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In 2014 the crew recovered the contents of Purser Hull's safe found at the S.S. Central America shipwreck. In it were two black smudgy bundles o...
Current Bid: 500.00
Estimate : 1,000.00
 
 
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Passenger Receipts Originating in Aspinwall, S.S. Central America Treasure [150879]1019 - Passenger Receipts Originating in Aspinwall, S.S. Central America Treasure [150879]
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Two fascinating and historical passenger receipts recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck for the United States Mail Steamship Lines, with...
Current Bid: 225.00
Estimate : 400.00
 
 
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Brass Luggage Tag NY to SAN Fo via Panama #1371 [153310]1020 - Brass Luggage Tag NY to SAN Fo via Panama #1371 [153310]
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Brass luggage tag recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck, approx 2 x 1-5/8 inches, embossed // N.Y. TO SAN Fo / 1371 / VIA PANAMA //. The n
Current Bid: 275.00
Estimate : 500.00
 
 
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Brass Luggage Tag NY to SAN Fo via Panama #2475 [153317]1021 - Brass Luggage Tag NY to SAN Fo via Panama #2475 [153317]
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Brass luggage tag recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck, approx 2 x 1-5/8 inches, embossed // N.Y. TO SAN Fo / 2475 / VIA PANAMA //. The n
Current Bid: 850.00
Estimate : 500.00
 
 
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Panama Railroad Baggage Tag #613, S.S. Central America Treasure [153311]1022 - Panama Railroad Baggage Tag #613, S.S. Central America Treasure [153311]
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Panama Railroad brass baggage tag #613 recovered with a bundle of keys from the purser's safe found in the port-side debris field of the S.S. Ce...
Current Bid: 2,600.00
Estimate : 1,000.00
 
 
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Boiler Steam Gauge, S.S. Central America [158846]1023 - Boiler Steam Gauge, S.S. Central America [158846]
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American Steam Gauge Co. steam pressure gauge recovered from the S.S. Central America. It is 8" diameter, 2" thick with brass release valv...
Current Bid: 450.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Brass Bell, Small, S.S. Central America [159089]1024 - Brass Bell, Small, S.S. Central America [159089]
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Small brass bell recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 5-1/2 inches tall, 5-7/8 inches in diameter, and it weighs 2.8 pounds. The c
Current Bid: 1,700.00
Estimate : 500.00
 
 
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Brass Handle with Wood Knob, S.S. Central America [156842]1025 - Brass Handle with Wood Knob, S.S. Central America [156842]
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Brass handle with wooden knob recovered in 1991 from the stern debris field of the S.S. Central America shipwreck where dining salon goods were found.
Current Bid: 110.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Chamber Pot, Ironstone, S.S. Central America [159477]1026 - Chamber Pot, Ironstone, S.S. Central America [159477]
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Ironstone white chamber pot with handle recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. // Maddock's / Patent / Ironstone / China //. John Ma...
Current Bid: 120.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Child's or Chocolate Cup [156852]1027 - Child's or Chocolate Cup [156852]
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Child's or chocolate cup recovered in 1990 from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Small ceramic cup, white with blue stripe around top & b...
Current Bid: 160.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Clear Glass Ashtray, S.S. Central America [156844]1028 - Clear Glass Ashtray, S.S. Central America [156844]
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Clear glass ashtray recovered in 2014 from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 4" diameter, 2" high, 2.25" opening. Six scallop...
Current Bid: 160.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Coal (2) from the S.S. Central America [159478]1029 - Coal (2) from the S.S. Central America [159478]
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Two large chunks of coal recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. The larger is 5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches, about 1.4 lbs. The other is 5 x 4 x 2.
Current Bid: 120.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Coal (2) from the S.S. Central America [159104]1030 - Coal (2) from the S.S. Central America [159104]
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Two small chunks of coal recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. The larger is 3 x 2.75 x 1.5 inches, about 1/4 lb. The other is 3.5 x 2 x
Current Bid: 110.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Copper Hull Plate & Chandlery Billhead, S.S. Central America [159100]1031 - Copper Hull Plate & Chandlery Billhead, S.S. Central America [159100]
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A sheet of copper recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. The entire hull below the ship's waterline was covered in copper sheathing ...
Current Bid: 550.00
Estimate : 1,000.00
 
 
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Cup/Mug, 12-sided, S.S. Central America [159088]1032 - Cup/Mug, 12-sided, S.S. Central America [159088]
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Twelve-sided white ironstone cup or mug or bowl recovered in 1991 from the cabin area of the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 3.6 inches wide, 3.
Current Bid: 100.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Cutlery Group, S.S. Central America Treasure [150880]1033 - Cutlery Group, S.S. Central America Treasure [150880]
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A partial knife, fork, and spoon recovered from one of the S.S. Central America shipwreck debris piles. Lot also includes a billhead for a cutlery sto
Current Bid: 160.00
Estimate : 300.00
 
 
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Double-Spouted Pitcher, S.S. Central America [159084]1034 - Double-Spouted Pitcher, S.S. Central America [159084]
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Double-spouted, white ceramic pitcher recovered from the S.S. Central America. It is 11 inches tall, 5.25 inches in diameter at the base, and 6 inches
Current Bid: 225.00
Estimate : 400.00
 
 
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First Cabin Large Brass Numeral, Room 8 or 18 [158830]1035 - First Cabin Large Brass Numeral, Room 8 or 18 [158830]
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First Cabin large brass numeral, 8 or 18, recovered in 2014 from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. 6" tall, 4.25" x 1/8" thick. Gre...
Current Bid: 225.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Glass Candle Holder (?), S.S. Central America [156845]1036 - Glass Candle Holder (?), S.S. Central America [156845]
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Clear glass candle holder (?) recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck in 2014. The base is 3.25 inches in diameter, 1-5/8 inches tall. Seven
Current Bid: 100.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Glass Medical (?) Stirring Stick, S.S. Central America [156854]1037 - Glass Medical (?) Stirring Stick, S.S. Central America [156854]
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Clear glass medical (?) stirring stick recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck in 2014. It is 5.25" long, broken on one end with two ...
Current Bid: 100.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Herndon's Sextant (Octant )- The Key Navigational Tool of the S.S. Central America [158843]1038 - Herndon's Sextant (Octant )- The Key Navigational Tool of the S.S. Central America [158843]
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This is quite simply the most important artifact on the S.S. Central America. Without it, no one ever would have found the ship. Without it, Capt. Her
Current Bid: 2,600.00
Estimate : 5,000.00
 
 
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Janus Bowl, White Ironstone, S.S. Central America [159091]1039 - Janus Bowl, White Ironstone, S.S. Central America [159091]
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A white ironstone rectangular bowl, marked // Ironstone China / Barrow & Co. // on the bottom (1853- 1856). Called a "Janus" bowl beca...
Current Bid: 160.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Janus Bowl, White Ironstone, S.S. Central America [159092]1040 - Janus Bowl, White Ironstone, S.S. Central America [159092]
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A white ironstone rectangular bowl, marked // Ironstone China / Barrow & Co. // on the bottom (1853- 1856). Called a "Janus" bowl beca...
Current Bid: 275.00
Estimate : 300.00
 
 
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Oriental Human Figurine, S.S. Central America [156853]1041 - Oriental Human Figurine, S.S. Central America [156853]
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Oriental human figurine recovered in 2014 from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Oxidized ivory, classic ivory texture visible on the base, 4"...
Current Bid: 400.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Rigging Eye with Chaffing Gear, Ship's Deck Sail Hardware [156843]1042 - Rigging Eye with Chaffing Gear, Ship's Deck Sail Hardware [156843]
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Rigging eye with chaffing gear by Ship's Deck Sail Hardware recovered in 1991 from the stern area of the S.S. Central America shipwreck. 2"...
Current Bid: 100.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Serving Tray Remnant, S.S. Central America [156841]1043 - Serving Tray Remnant, S.S. Central America [156841]
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Silver-plated, ornate serving tray remnant recovered in 1991 from mid-stern cabin area of the S.S. Central America shipwreck. This location is consist
Current Bid: 100.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Ship Timbers with Brass Spikes and Bolts [156858]1044 - Ship Timbers with Brass Spikes and Bolts [156858]
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Two spectacular artifacts from the S.S. Central America ship's hull. 13 x 9" degraded wood timber showing splintering, surface erosion from...
Current Bid: 550.00
Estimate : 1,000.00
 
 
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Ship's Timber, Cut by Modern Underwater Chain Saw [156847]1045 - Ship's Timber, Cut by Modern Underwater Chain Saw [156847]
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Ship's timber from the S.S. Central America shipwreck, cut by a modern underwater chain saw. It is 7" x 5.5" x 3" thick. Worm-eat...
Current Bid: 110.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Small Deadeye, S.S. Central America [156856]1046 - Small Deadeye, S.S. Central America [156856]
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Small deadeye recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is d 3.5" diameter, 2.5" thick. Center portion shows severe damage fro...
Current Bid: 130.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Wash Basin, Ironstone, Cracked, S.S. Central America [159103]1047 - Wash Basin, Ironstone, Cracked, S.S. Central America [159103]
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Ivory-colored, ironstone ceramic wash basin recovered in 1990 from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 13.5 inches in diameter, point-to-point a
Current Bid: 100.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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Wash Basin, Ironstone, S.S. Central America [159102]1048 - Wash Basin, Ironstone, S.S. Central America [159102]
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Ivory-colored, ironstone ceramic wash basin recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. It is 13.5 inches in diameter, point-to-point across th
Current Bid: 125.00
Estimate : 250.00
 
 
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Wash Basin, Shards (3 pcs), S.S. Central America [156855]1049 - Wash Basin, Shards (3 pcs), S.S. Central America [156855]
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Three stained ironstone wash basin shards. A large base, with old breaks as evidenced by iron stain on the fracture surfaces. Three pieces of an angle
Current Bid: 110.00
Estimate : 200.00
 
 
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