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  • General Custer signed document offered at One of a Kind Collectibles
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    Paul Fraser
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General Custer signed document offered at One of a Kind Collectibles

One of a Kind Collectibles will feature a document signed by US general George Custer in its December 7 sale.

The lot is a military commission, dated February 11, 1875, appointing a Charles F Smith to the rank of sergeant in the 7th Cavalry.

It’s valued at $15,000-20,000.

George Custer auction

Custer's signature is large and bold

At the time this piece was signed, Custer was in the midst of fighting the American Indian Wars.

A year and a half after signing, he would make his infamous Last Stand at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

In 2010, a fragment of the flag Custer’s men carried during the battle sold for $2.2m.

There’s also a baseball signed by legendary Yankees slugger Babe Ruth, estimated at $14,000-16,000.

Babe Ruth signed

Babe Ruth signed this ball during the 1930s 

The star signed it sometime between 1935 and 1940, shortly after his retirement from the Major Leagues.

Memorabilia associated with Ruth is in increasingly high demand. In July, his original transfer contract from the Red Sox to the Yankees achieved a massive $2.3m.

Another appointment, this one by Abraham Lincoln, is offered with an estimate of $6,000-8,000.

The lot authorises George Harrington to take on the role of treasury secretary during the absence of WM Fessenden.

It dates to October 17, 1864.

Lincoln would be shot dead the following year.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • appointingauctionsautographbattlecusterdatesestimategeorgelincolnlotruthsalesignedyankeesyear