Mar 24, 2022 - Sale 2598

Sale 2598 - Lot 56

Price Realized: $ 219
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 300 - $ 400
(SLAVERY & ABOLITION.) Stereoview of the yet-unnamed John Brown's Fort. Pair of albumen photographs, 3 x 3 inches, on original 3 1/4 x 7-inch photographer's mount, stamped "American Views by W.M. Chase," with the title reading only "Baltimore and Ohio Railroad"; minor wear, mount remnants on verso. Harper's Ferry, WV, circa 1865-1870?

Additional Details

An early image of the armory engine house where John Brown and his men made their final stand. The fort is in its original location, and is shown before "John Brown's Fort" was painted above the front doors. The photographer was William Moody Chase (1817-1901). Was he being coy by not explaining the significance of this site? Or was it offered just as a view of a random building by the railroad tracks in scenic Harper's Ferry?