Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 

    Description

    George Armstrong Custer: His Personal Monogrammed Lap Desk. This well-used desk may have accompanied Custer on a number of military campaigns. It descended through the family of "Captain Jack" Crawford, a famous figure of the Old West who became Chief of Scouts for the U.S. Army. According to family tradition, it was presented to Crawford, along with a pearl-handled revolver, by Elizabeth Custer in appreciation of an ode to Custer written by Crawford.

    Crawford, known as the "Poet Scout of the Black Hills," published one of the first such tributes after Custer's death. He was second in command of scouts during Crook's campaign, and succeeded Cody as Chief of Scouts in August, 1876. An enthusiastic, if not terribly gifted, poet, Crawford was a great admirer of Custer and one of the founders of Custer City, Dakota Territory. Elizabeth Custer was known to bestow items which had belonged to her husband on friends and admirers, and this gift to Crawford was much in character.

    Crawford's grand-daughter, Irene Rockhart Shortz, loaned this desk and fourteen other items that had belonged to Captain Jack to an exhibit at the Fort Bliss Museum in El Paso, Texas. A copy of the receipt for those items is included with the lot. Also included is a family genealogy tracing the descent of the desk and gun through the family to Charles Mandeville, who in 1988 sold the pieces to firearms dealer John Gangel. Gangel then sold the desk to Western dealer Brad Witherell, who subsequently sold it to the present consignor.

    The walnut desk has what is clearly an original brass plate reading "G. A. C." inset into the lid. It is in very good condition, displaying good indications of longtime use. One brass strip is missing from the front, as shown in the photo, but could be easily restored. Dimensions of closed desk: 13.5" x 9" x 6".


    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Miscellaneous Collectibles, Large (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2013
    24th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,206

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 October 27 Domain Names Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    But from the first time Aviva Lehmann contacted me, she made me feel very comfortable about the idea of selling my painting through Heritage
    A. Jones,
    Brooklyn, NY
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2016 December 3 Americana & Political Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    2016 December 3 Americana & Political Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,797,590