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Paper1172 of 1467Ca. 1932 Frederick E Loxley Circus ScrapbookBreman Headline and Photos
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Posted 3 years ago

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Early hand colored reward of merit. The graphics are great. One depicts George Washington, another depicts an Indian. The other graphics look very patriotic. I am looking for help with the age, maker, and value of this piece.

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  1. solver, 3 years ago
    I think these are great but unfortunately it appears their value is nominal. Yours has great graphics that distinguishes it from the ordinary. If "Betsy [can't read the name] was someone famous, I would think that would add a little value. You might want to do a quick search of their name.

    Here are the current listings on ebay:

    http://www.ebay.com/dsc/i.html?_nkw=reward+of+merit&_sacat=156495&LH_TitleDesc=1&_odkw=&_osacat=156495
  2. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Hi These rewards were given to students in 1800's as a acheivement award . Beautiful graphics . A Great find . Thanks for sharing it
    here is a link to some of history on them
    http://www.ancestorville.com/blogs/articles/1616272-rewards-of-merit-history-19th-c-vintage-antique-paper
  3. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    That is a really neat engraving.

    Style is similar to Patriotic covers of the Civil War era and I would suspect that this is from about 1860- 1880.

    Value is minimal but in no way detracts from its universal appeal as a Patriotic/ Americana collectible.

    Scott
  4. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Here are a few example sold on ebay recently . They were made in many designs
    Hope this helps :-)
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/5-diff-Early-School-Rewards-Merit-/400242709057?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d30531241
  5. AuctionHunter, 3 years ago
    Thanks everyone. Solver, I did a search for the name but I could not find anything.
  6. AuctionHunter, 3 years ago
    Thanks Manikin, for the listings, however I could not find another one like mine.
  7. AuctionHunter, 3 years ago
    Thanks for help with the date Scottvez.
  8. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Oops I think me and scott and solver all hit reply at once :-)
  9. AuctionHunter, 3 years ago
    I got this in a box lot with other paper for $15. Do you think I did ok?
  10. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    It depends on what else was in the box.

    These routinely sell in the $4- $10 range.

    These
  11. AuctionHunter, 3 years ago
    Thanks Scottvez. I got some Civil War era checks, postcards, and other weird paper items.
  12. AuctionHunter, 3 years ago
    I just found out that the teacher who is mention on this died in 1861.
  13. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    War era paper is desirable. It all depends on content. A military related item will have universal appeal with Civil War collectors. A civilian item (such as a check) will have appeal depending on location.

    "Weird" items will always have a market! Folks are always interested in the unusual.

    You probably did fine with the auction.
  14. AuctionHunter, 3 years ago
    Thanks Scottvez. I also bought a ca. 1932 Circus scrapbook the belonged to one of the first members of the Circus Fan Association. I paid $20 for that but there is 99 pages of Circus related paper.
  15. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Post your circus scrapbook.

    Original advertisements and photographs are very desirable.

    Scott
  16. AuctionHunter, 3 years ago
    I will do that soon.
  17. AuctionHunter, 3 years ago
    I just posted photos. The site will not allow me to mark this post as "Mystery Solved".
  18. AuctionHunter, 3 years ago
    I don't know

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