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1880 Alexander Gardner Signed Check with Full JSA

Lot Number 1472

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Scottish immigrant Alexander Gardner (d.1882) was a famous Civil War Era photographer considered second in importance only to Mathew Brady. His most renowned works include battlefields, Abraham Lincoln and conspirators to Lincoln’s assassination. During the Civil War he had a working relationship with Alan Pinkerton, who was head of the Union Intelligence Service, which evolved into the Secret Service in 1865. Gardner also served as staff photographer to General George McClellan, commander of the Army of the Potomac.


Advanced military memorabilia enthusiasts will certainly welcome the opportunity to bank this prestigious Gardner signed check, which is laden with interesting details. Dated “Washington, D.C. 28th October, 1880”, this exciting Riggs & Co. check is drawn on the account of The Masonic Mutual Relief Association of the District of Columbia in the amount of $1,386, made payable to Mary E. Berrian Administration. Displaying (EX) details with deference to one compacting fold and several unobtrusive bank cancellation cuts, this important antique document remains crisp and clean with bold written and printed content, which includes a handsome orange revenue device at center.

In addition to Gardner’s near perfect (“9-10”) signature, the obverse is countersigned by Masonic Association president John E. Herrell (“9-10”) and Thomas Dowling (“10”). The reverse bears Mary Berrian’s endorsement, which rates as (“8”) due to minor ink migration. Full photo LOA from JSA.


Please note: two of the cancellation cuts pass through the Herrell signature only, without compromising the signature’s integrity.

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