Rare Civil War Sword, Quilt Signed by Two Presidents, & Zane Grey Signed Books in J. Levine July Americana Auction
Civil War sword belonged to Brigadier General Eli H. Murray, a Southerner who fought with the Union and later became governor of Utah
A rare Civil War sword belonging to Brigadier General Eli H. Murray, a Southerner who fought with the Union and later became governor of the Utah Territory in 1880 is among the highlights of a three-day Americana auction at J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 28, 29 & 30.
The auction, which starts at 11 a.m. Pacific Standard time, will feature hundreds of collectibles from multiple fine estates and includes a quilt signed by 19th century presidents, Chester A. Arthur and Rutherford B. Hayes, a large, notable collection of Zane Grey books and movie posters, including several signed, first-edition books, antique Lionel toy trains, 19th century carousels from the famous San Francisco amusement park, Playland/Custer estate, a diverse selection of fine art, estate jewelry and much more. The auction house is located at 10345 N. Scottsdale Rd., in Scottsdale, on the southeast corner of Shea Boulevard and Scottsdale Road.
Josh Levine, J. Levine owner and auctioneer, said the Scottsdale auction house is already receiving inquiries about the star of the sale, the Civil War sword belonging to the famous brigadier general.
“Most presentation swords were made to be pretty, but this was a German-made fighter sword that was given to Brigadier General Eli H. Murray in 1862 after the Murfreesboro battle. Every man in his regimen gave a dollar for it, which at that time, cost $1,200,” Levine said.
A Kentuckian who joined the Union at age 19 when the Civil War broke out, Murray was awarded the sword for his bravery and gallantry. Adorned with gold, the sword is Damascus folded steel. Levine estimates its worth to be between $100,000 and $150,000.
Murray later served as governor of the Utah Territory from 1880 to 1886 and was best known for his opposition of polygamy, which was widely practiced among Mormon settlers at that time.
Levine said the rare Civil War sword comes with strong provenance. In approximately 1938, Neil Murray, his wife, daughter, and grandson visited Hardinburg, Kentucky. Upon signing the guest register, the clerk asked Neil if he was any relation to Eli Murray. Neil responded that yes, Eli was his father. The clerk then said that he had something that belonged to him.
“A few minutes later, he presented the historic sword and uniform. More than 70 years earlier, General Murray had been a guest at the hotel after the war ended. He took off the uniform and sword and gave them to the hotel proprietor saying he never want to see them again,” Levine said.
The Murray family was in awe and took the sword and uniform back to Glendive, Montana, where they were living at the time. J. Levine’s consignor’s late husband was part of the Murray family.
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FEATURED AUCTION ITEMS:
16th Century Carved Wood Choir Stall
Type of Item: Choir stall; Material: Walnut; Era or Year Produced: 16th Century; Color(s): Brown; Approximate Measurement: 85" x 131" x 20.5" with a 22.5" seat height; Approximate Weight: Undetermined due to size, very heavy; Detail: Five seats, The base is solid with front plain pillars, except at the top of the arm rests supporting a canopy, The under part in which has an eight point star with leaf carvings in each section, On the back of each section is a carved Roman head; Note: Received from Arthur Byne, Madrid per SS Cypria via San Francisco November 19, 1934, Purchased by Byne from A. Gomes - Santa Cruz, 1, Seville, May 3rd, 1929
Estimated worth: $40,000-$60,000
Virgin Mary Bust Ltd Ed Silver Sculpture
Title: Untitled; Medium: Silver; Signature: Unsigned; Edition Number: 4/1000; Approximate Measurement: 17" x 13" x 11.25"; Approximate Weight: 50 lbs; Note: Stamp on sculpture reads Vatican Treasury Collection, Case accompanies lot
Estimated worth: $20,000-$30,000
1880s Presidential Autographed Fundraiser Quilt
Country of Origin: Boston Massachusetts; Type of Item: Massachusetts political autographed quilt; Era or Year Produced: Circa 1880s; Materials: Cotton; Color: Red, white, and blue; Approximate Measurement: 78" x 88"; Approximate Weight: 12 Lbs; Note: Political Fund Raiser Quilt with over 160 handwritten autographs featured on it. Some of these signatures include the 21st President Chester A. Arthur, Governor John D. Long of Massachusetts, Byron Weston Lieutenant Governor, Benjamin F. Butler Governor Elect, Ex-governor Nathaniel P. Banks, two additional ex-governors, Boston Mayor Samuel A. Green, John W. Danenhower (United States Navy officer and explorer), Civil War Veteran Lewis A. Horton (a Union seaman captured while serving on the U.S.S. Massachusetts and taken to Libby Prison in Richmond, VA, in 1861), Women's Rights Activists Lucy Stone & Mary Livermore, and the poet Adeline Dutton Train Whitney. The lot includes a framed list of the autographs and three framed signatures, Governor Oliver Ames, 19th President Rutherford B Hayes and Wife. There is some damage where the ink has deteriorated the fabric, as is the case with the Chester A. Arthur signature.
Estimated worth $10,000-$15,000