Cowan's Auctions

As one of the nation’s leading auction houses with sales approaching $20 million, Cowan’s has been helping individuals and institutions build important collections for more than a decade. The company has seven divisions consisting of American History, American Indian and Western Art, American and European Fine and Decorative Art, Historic Firearms & Early Militaria, Asian Art, Ceramics, and Jewellery.

Throughout the year Cowan's Auctions holds major consignment auctions, each supported by a full colour catalogue that is sent to buyers throughout the United States and Canada. An internet-only version typically attracts buyers from South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Japan. More than 1,000 bidders usually participate in each sale.

Cowan's provides complete insurance and free storage for your consigned items. Their service includes all photography, advertising and catalogue preparation of the items that are consigned to them.

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Objects "Cowan's Auctions"

Cased Images of Identified Ohio Soldiers

Lot of 4, including: Sixth plate ruby ambrotype of S.P. Kezertis, showing him in civilian dress, with what appears to be a pocket watch chain. Marked in pencil inside case "S.P. Kezertis Soldier/Civil War 1861." A search of the United States National Park Service Soldiers and Sailors Database does not return any results for "Kezertis," or for several alternate spellings of his name. Ninth plate tintype of George Mowery, wearing a kepi and what appears to be a state jacket, but Ohio state jackets usually had epaulets. Mowery served with the 168th Regiment, Ohio National Guard, a 100 day unit from May to September 1864, which was organized at Camp Dennision, near Cincinnati and guarded railroads and bridges in Kentucky, mustering out in Cincinnati. It participated in maneuvers against Morgan’s Raid as well as skirmishes around Cynthiana, Kentucky.Ninth plate tintype of George M. Parrett, who wears a standard issue sack coat and infantry accoutrements, though his cartridge box sling is missing, with the box attached to the belt. He appears armed with a musket and a revolver, which is probably a photographer’s prop.Sixth plate tintype and ribbon of Henry Hole, 51st OVI, presumably shown with his wife, wearing a state-style jacket without epaulets. Hole first served in the 40th OVI until 1864, when he transferred to the 51st. While in the 40th Hole would have participated in the Battles of Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, and Franklin.Read more

  • 14d 9h
Low estimate
400 USD

Percussion Turner Style Rifle By W.L.Hudson

.40 caliber, 31" octagonal barrel with muzzle turned round for bullet starter, retained by a single wedge with hooked breech, no S/N. Browned finish, iron furniture, smooth, straight-gripped walnut half-stock with pewter forend cap. Back action percussion lock marked W.L. HUDSON/MAKER/CIN.O in a three-line cartouche with same marking on top barrel flat behind rear sight. Double set triggers, semi-pistol gripped triggerguard, adjustable tang mounted peep sight, buckhorn barrel rear sight, hooded post front sight. 3.25" long bayonet lug at muzzle, for attachment of a "Bahn Frei"-style saber bayonet. Wood ramrod with brass tip. William Hudson was a Cincinnati based gun maker works ca1852-1864. This rifle conforms to the style known as "Turner Rifles," sporting arms that had been utilized by members of the various German-American Turnverein (Turner) clubs. These recent German immigrants to America volunteered in large numbers to fight during the American Civil War, often bringing their own target rifles with them when they enlisted. Many of the guns were modified with large bayonet lugs to accept the classic Turner "Bahn Frei" brass-handled saber bayonets. The 9th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, raised in the Cincinnati area, was one of the most storied of these German American regiments to fight during the war and this rifle is likely associated with a member of that unit.Read more

  • 13d 9h
Low estimate
1 000 USD

Major General George W. Getty and Sixth Army Corps Staff CDV Portrait

CDV of Brevet Major General George Getty and members of his Sixth Army Corps. Eleven men presented in the group portrait, each with a handwritten identification number that corresponds to a name, in most cases. Bottom row, L to R: 1st Lt. John H. Macomber, 1st VT Heavy Artillery; unknown; Captain George W. Bonett, 3rd VT Volunteers; Captain Penrose G. Mark, 93rd PA Volunteers. Middle Row, L to R: unknown; Brevet Colonel Charles Mundee, assistant adjutant-general; Brevet Major General George W. Getty; Colonel Hazard Stevens, assistant adjutant-general. Top row, L to R: all unknown. George Washington Getty (1819-1901) graduated from West Point in 1840 and served extensively in the pre-war Army, including ample participation in the Mexican and Seminole Wars, and even the troubles in Kansas. As the Civil War broke out, Getty was commissioned into the US 5th Light Artillery and commanded the regiment in engagements near Budd's Ferry in winter of that year. The following year, Getty commanded four batteries at Yorktown, Gaines' Mill, and Malvern Hill, and engaged at South Mountain and Antietam. He was then commissioned into the US Volunteers General Staff as a brigadier general on September 25, 1862, in which capacity he participated in the Rappahannock Campaign, engaged at Fredericksburg and in the defense of Suffolk. During the course of the war, he was consistently promoted, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel in April of 1863, and being brevetted numerous times for his gallantry at the Battle of the Wilderness (where he was severely wounded), and his service at the Battles of Petersburg, Fisher's Hill, and Winchester. Nearly a year after the war ended, in July of 1866, Getty became Colonel of the 37th Infantry, commanding an array of districts and posts until his ultimate retirement from active service in October of 1883. Hazard Stevens (1842-1918) enlisted as a 1st lieutenant and was commissioned into Field and Staff, NY 79th Infantry on August 1, 1861. The following month, he was commissioned into US Volunteers Adjutant General Department. He later received the Medal of Honor for action at Nansemond River, VA on April 19, 1863, when he led an assault across the river to capture enemy arms.Read more

  • 14d 9h
Low estimate
400 USD

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Catalog, Signed Check, and Business Card of J.L. Hubbell
Catalog, Signed Check, and Business Card of J.L. Hubbell,: lot of 3. Includes Navajo Blankets & Indian Curios, Catalog and Price List, J.L. Hubbell, Indian Trader, Ganado, Apache County, Arizona. 3.5" x 6.26" when folded; fanfold catalog, pages numbered to 13. Blankets, katchinas, baskets, pottery, silver and turquoise. Business card in red, blue and white advertising Hubbell's stores in Ganado and Keam's Canyon. Verso lists times of pueblo dances and ceremonies (before tourists were banned from many of them in the 1950s). Third item is one of Hubbell's business checks made out to C.N. Cotton Co., Hubbell's former partner, dated 7 Apr. 1909 and signed by Hubbell. (see also lots 355, 356) John Lorenzo Hubbell (1853-1930), of Anglo-Mexican heritage, was one of those "characters" of the old West. He opened his trading post in Ganado in 1878, and provided Navajo and Pueblo people with an outlet for their crafts and supplies needed to live and work. He acquired Czech beads that look like the local turquoise that he thought would appeal to the Indians, for example. Hubbell seems to have been well-known as a womanizer, and there is quite a bit of speculation as to how many offspring might have Hubbell "blood in their veins." He served as local sheriff for a time, and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1900. Teddy Roosevelt came to Walpi for the Snake Dance in 1913 (according to NPS) or 1914 (according to ASU), and stayed with Hubbell, possibly when Hubbell was considering running for the Senate (1914). A man of many interests and talents! He is buried on a hill overlooking his "domain," although some say he wanted to spend eternity there so he could keep an eye on his "Navajo beauties." Cowan's Auctions
Georgia Watercolor with Marriage Proposal
ca 1830, watercolor and ink on paper, signed Nancy Perry. An inscription in the upper portion reads: Miss Nancy Perry painted/ Bell/ Will you lay this by his side then consent to be his bride. Another similar style drawing, with the name Thomas Perry, is in the Georgia Department of Archives and History, and is illustrated in Bishop, Folk Painters of America; pgs 156-157. In a period frame, but not original; 12 x 7.75 in. On the other side of this piece is a Civil War letter dated June 22nd, 1864, written by Lieutenant Jesse Wilson Dungan (b. London, Ohio, 1836) who fought for the Union Army in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia. In the letter to his sister, he describes helping a frightened family escape from their log house the shells and balls passing over them. He also tells her that he finds, in that house, this beautiful sheet of paper in a large family bible (on which he writes the letter). Five days after writing this letter Lt. Dungan was wounded by a bullet in his leg. After his leg was amputated, he died on July 4, 1864. Cowan's Auctions
Italian School City Scene, Venetian Canal 19th
Italian School City Scene, Venetian Canal 19th century oil on canvas unsigned 13" x 15" Cowan's Auctions
Scarce Cabinet Card of Crow King, Little Big Horn Chief
By Gilbert and Miller. Albumen portrait with inked identification on mount, Crow King - Sioux Chief. Notation on back, in ink, Gilbert & Miller, Mandan D.T. Zalmon Gilbert and Miller operated their studio in Mandan from 1883-1885. Cowan's Auctions
Copper Points, From the Collection of Roger "Buzzy" Mussatti, Michigan
Old Copper Culture, 7000-3000 B.C. Collected from the Vilas Co., Wisconsin / Gogebic Co., Michigan areanote that the red colored blade is due to it having been found in water, 5 1/8 in.; longest 6. in. Provenance: From the Collection of Roger "Buzzy" Mussatti, Michigan Cowan's Auctions

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