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    Great Civil War Grouping Associated with Nathan J. Jacobs - Iron Brigade Band Including His Cased Coronet. Jacobs originally enlisted in the 30th Wisconsin Inf. on 8/15/62 and on 10/20/62 was transferred to the "Iron Brigade Band" where he served until muster out on 12 June 1865. The group includes the following: Jacobs' B flat coronet in the original wooden case. Rotary valves, no spit valve, german silver 'floating rim'. Missing one of the small caps on the end of the middle valve shaft as well as the front valve. One valve stem broken at top, the other missing the finger pad. Prominent dovetailed seam, a few old solder repairs. A number of scattered dents but, other than the missing pieces mentioned, intact with no breaks. The wooden case is tapered to fit the horn with copper bail handle on top. Case, which is lined with red velvet includes two mouthpieces and probably 40 pieces of music all handwritten in ink on blank staffs with ink script titles. Case in good sound condition with two brass hooks for closure; Great horizontal quarter plate ambrotype of a ten piece band, doubtless including Jacobs, C. 1861. All in civilian clothes with the exception of the little boy playing the bass drum who is wearing a kepi, and the horn player at the right who wears fatigue blouse and slouch hat , belt with rectangular buckle. Seven members with over the shoulder brass instruments, one boy with snare drum. Taken outdoors against the side of a building. Superb quality and condition with mat, glass, preserver but no case; A number of Jacobs' personal items including straight razor, hard rubber ink bottle, oil cloth waist band wallet marked with his name; a testament missing the first few pages but with the ink inscription on the front leaf "This testament was carried by Uncle Robert in the army given to Minnie. Uncle Robert died May 3rd 1915" Likely not Jacobs but another band member; unidentified sixth plate tintype with a number of small chips of a young Federal infantryman wearing unusual five button sack coat with standup collar, kepi. Holds M1816/22 musket with bayonet fixed at his side, Waist belt with oval US buckle, cartridge box, cap box and large antler grip spear point knife tucked in the front. Iron Brigade Reunion ribbon and Iron Brigade reunion ribbon; a group of four CDVs of Union generals by Brady in interesting hand crafted folding 'album'. Only fair condition but includes Gen. Reynolds as commander of 1st Corps; six Civil War period military letters to Jacobs along with his discharge; a C.1880 maroon band uniform coat with standup collar and elaborate gold bullion decoration, doubtless used after the war by Jacobs. Also a large lot of post war correspondence, photographs etc. much of which bears on Jacobs' Civil War service. Nice grouping from a most desirable unit, and very rare with a period used and ID'd brass musical instrument.

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    November, 2011
    12th Saturday
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