Apr 12, 2018 - Sale 2473

Sale 2473 - Lot 99

Price Realized: $ 2,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(HAMILTON, ALEXANDER.) Family photograph album of the founder's grandson and descendants. 12 photographs (9 tintypes and 3 cartes-de-visite) inserted in an accordion-format album. 12mo, original calf, lacking part of tab and backstrip, otherwise minor wear and structurally sound; most photographs with contemporary manuscript captions in album margins or on mounts, one carte-de-visite defective but condition generally strong. Vp, 1861-85 and undated

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While the descendants pictured here did not write the Federalist Papers or create America's financial system, they were important figures in their own right. This album includes a portrait in uniform of the founder's grandson Alexander Hamilton (1815-1907), Major General in the New York Militia during war, who commanded troops in the suppression of the draft riots, as well his wife and three young children. An uncaptioned tintype appears to be his son the Rev. Alexander Hamilton (1847-1928) of Connecticut, chaplain for the Society of the Cincinnati, circa 1900 or 1910. Mounted on the verso of these six images are five more of the Rev. Hamilton's daughters Bess, Dellie and Charlotte, plus one more of the Episcopal bishop Henry Codman Potter who had ordained him.