Scott E. Douglas submitted this query regarding a Chapman catalog. I don't have a priced copy of this sale - can anyone help?
I was wondering if you or any of the Esylum readers could help me with a catalogue inquiry.
I recently acquired an envelope that was sent by R. W. Geary (of Canada) to S.H. & H. Chapman in 1897. The envelope had $1.30 written on the back in a way that I have noticed the Chapman's usually recorded how much and from whom money was received. The date on the envelope is Dec 27, 1897.
In the S.H. & H. Chapman sale of December 13, 1897 Lot 640 is described as "BUTTON Montreal British Militia. Good. Very Rare." Since Geary was not only a Canadian numismatist but an expert on military buttons (as well as the War of 1812) I am curious if anyone has a priced catalogue of this sale. Since a Side View token (there were five in this sale) would likely have sold for more than a $1.30 even then, I wonder if a price on Lot 640 may satisfy my curiosity that this is indeed what Geary won in the auction.
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