Are you a Rev War collector? Do you have a favorite piece in your collection or one that you have seen somewhere? Post and share it with us, it would be great to see! Images can be added to the posts too
I have a digital copy of my 5th great-grandfather’s commission as a lieutenant on Castle Island in Boston Harbor. He also had his portrait done around the time the war began. I have a daguerreotype that was made of the original in the 1850s, and a copy of a b&w picture that was also made of the original in 1937. I colorized it and use it as my avatar.
I was going to mention, your avatar is super-cool! Sounds like your family had a good penchant for preserving history. Any idea if the original portrait made it through the years? If you would like to share any of the images with the site I can include a profile for him amongst the others in the People section, totally ok too if you’d like to keep the images private.
One of the more interesting pieces I have come across is a “magazine” from the period. Essentially it was a monthly, bound publication that looks like a book and included news from the times. I found a signature inside and was able to trace it to a New Jersey governor. Also really cool, the publication included a list of subscribers names, one of which was Ben Franklin. I don’t believe it to have much value as there were a fair amount of “magazine” like publications at the time, though I’ll have to read it through to see what historical events it might mention.