General Custer's bib shirt valued at $25,000+ with Heritage Auctions



2015-06-26 13:18:46

General Custer's bib shirt valued at $25,000+ with Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions' will sell General Custer's bib shirt, seen in one of his most famous photos

The navy wool bib shirt worn by General Custer in one of his most famous photographsis to sell at Heritage Auctions' June 22-23 Legends of the Wild West Signature Auction in Dallas.

Custer bibb shirt The shirt has passed through some of the most famous collections of Custer memorabilia

The shirt is expected to sell for $25,000+. It is clearly visible beneath Buster's buckskin jacket in the ubiquitous photograph in which he poses with an elk he has shot during his 1873 Yellowstone Expedition.

He also wore the item inthe historic 1874 expedition to the Black Hills, in which large deposits of gold were discovered, triggering the famous gold rush that would last for the remainder of the decade.

Following his death, theshirt was then passed by Custer's wife, Libby, to his orderly. It was later obtained by William O Taylor, a7th Cavalry veteran, who became one of the earliest collectors of Custer memorabilia.

Custer Yellowstone expedition Custer's expedition into Yellowstone triggered the Sioux Uprising of 1876, which would lead to his death at Little Bighorn

Between 1882 and 1920 Taylor donated an array of his items to the Pocumtuck Valley Historical Association's museum, including the shirt in 1885. It was then bought by thefamous Custer collector Alex Acevedo, completing its fantastic provenance.

Also selling in the auction will be a lock of Custer's hair, which also comes with quality provenance, having been part of the Charles Custer Family Collection as well as that of Acevedo.

Selling at $10,000+, the lock was given by Custer to his wife shortly before Custer left Fort Abraham Lincoln on his last campaign, which would culminate in his death at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

It is one of five braided locks taken from his haircut, which he hoped would save him from being scalped by Native Americans.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has an authentic strand of hair from Geronimo.

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