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    [Andrew Carnegie] Suspenders with Provenance. Cream-colored button-end fabric suspenders belonging to the Scottish-American entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). The suspenders are Y shaped with 1.5" straps and a white leather crosspatch and tabs. They are solid with slightly perceptible wear to the button ends. Brass hardware on each front strap has Carnegie's initials.

    Accompanying the suspenders is an album containing photographs, letters, booklets, and other items related to Carnegie and owned by Alexander Morrison, the Carnegie's devoted house steward who also owned the suspenders. According to a handwritten note in the album, Morrison worked for the Carnegie family from 1905 until 1949, three years after the death of Mrs. Carnegie. That note also reports that Morrison lived at the Carnegie's New York mansion until 1949. A Louise Carnegie Autograph Letter Signed (1945) one year before her death informs Morrison, "I can never forget your devotion to Mr. Carnegie, when you watched over him so tenderly during those difficult years, a devotion which you have passed on to me."

    Morrison was listed as a beneficiary in the separate wills of Andrew Carnegie and Louise Carnegie (copies of both wills are included in this lot), and he was buried with the Carnegie family in New York. In the album are two Margaret Carnegie Miller Autograph Letters Signed (1956) informing her lawyers that Alexander Morrison and his wife "are to be interred in Sleepy Hollow [New York]." (Margaret was the only child of Andrew and Louise Carnegie.) Her other letter was written on the same day informing Morrison of what she had done. According to that letter, Morrison had requested this favor and Miller had agreed because "Morrison was a member of the Carnegie household from the age of nineteen until my mother's death in 1946, & was held by the family in respect & affection, this is most suitable & would be the true wish of my Father." (Photos of the grave sites at Sleepy Hollow of Morrison and Carnegie are included.)

    The album contains numerous photographs of Carnegie, Morrison, Carnegie's homes (interior and exterior images), and an inscribed photograph by Louise Carnegie to Alexander Morrison, as well as a typed essay about Carnegie's New York residence at 2 East 91st Street (three pages, 1956), a calling card, an eight-page biographical memoir of Carnegie (1952), and other related letters, postcards, and newspaper clips. All items in the album have been well cared for.




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    September, 2011
    13th-14th Tuesday-Wednesday
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