Lot 394: John F. Chase

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-12-18 16:59:44

Lot 394: Union soldier (1843–1914) who received the Medal of Honor for his valor at the the Battle of Chancellorsville. He was seriously wounded at Gettysburg, losing an arm and an eye in addition to dozens of shrapnel wounds. Two items: a tiny oval tintype bust portrait of Chase measuring approximately .5 x .75 and displayed in a 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite type mount, notated in ink, "J. F. Chase, Received 48 wounds at Gettersburg [sic]"; and one of Chase's calling cards imprinted with his name and title on the front, "Cannonier J. F. Chase," with an illustrated portrait of him on the reverse revealing his many wounds, reading, "J. F. Chase, of the Fifth Maine Battery. Received 48 wounds at the Battle of Gettysburg. Inventor and Lecturer on the Battle of Gettysburg. Augusta,—Maine." In overall very good condition, with scattered toning, dampstaining, and slight surface loss to the tintype mount. Accompanied by a contemporary newspaper clipping about Chase and his experiences in the war. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467 Wednesday, 13th January 2016 Estimate: $400-600
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