Fall Fine Art & Collectibles Auction

Worthington Galleries' Fall Fine Art & Collectibles Auction is scheduled for September 14, 2019, to begin at 10:30am.   The auction will be simulcast on most major auction platforms including Invaluable, Liveauctioneers, and Auctionzip. 

Spring Book, Map, Documents & Prints Auction

Auction Features Antique Books, Maps, Historical Documents, Important Prints & More

Civil War & Militaria Auction Spectacular

Worthington Galleries is hosting a live online auction featuring more than 350 lots of Civil War and militaria collectibles. This sale also includes fine art, sculptures, rare books, maps, and manuscripts. Auction is Open for Bidding. Ends Saturday, October 21st.

Paper Money Grading Introduction: Grading is the most controversial component of paper money collecting. Small differences in grade can mean significant differences in value. To facilitate communication between sellers and

Glossary of Autograph Abbreviations & Terms

Investing in antique and/or rare documents and manuscripts can be confusing at times given the many abbreviations and terms used by auction houses, appraisers and experts.  The following is a list of the primary terms and abbreviations often used by buyers and sellers of documents and manuscripts.

Historical Manuscripts as Archives: Some Definitions and Their Application

HISTORICAL manuscripts are regarded primarily if not exclusively as materials for research, whatever their origin or provenance. That august word provenance as the hallmark of archives has given archival records a superior status in the minds of some historians as well as archivists. It is agreed, at least among archivists, that archives are something more than raw materials for the scholar's use; indeed, such a gross understatement of their function would be seriously challenged. Whatever one's point of view, attempts to distinguish one class of records from another raise the question: What is the relation between historical manuscripts and archives ? Is the one only the needy next-of-kin of the other?

CIVIL WAR BATTLE OF FORT DONELSON – FEBRUARY 15, 1862

After capturing Fort Henry on February 6, 1862, Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant advanced cross-country to invest Fort Donelson. On February 16, 1862, after the failure of their all-out attack aimed at breaking through Grant’s investment lines, the fort’s 12,000-man garrison surrendered unconditionally. This was a major victory for Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and a catastrophe for the South. It ensured that Kentucky would stay in the Union and opened up Tennessee for a Northern advance along the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. Grant received a promotion to major general for his victory and attained stature in the Western Theater, earning the nom de guerre “Unconditional Surrender.”

Collecting Antique Vellum Indentures

"Indentures" are legal contracts, and are entirely written by hand (in English) on large sheepskins, in keeping with legal practice dating back to Medieval times. Today, these ancient British legal manuscripts are prized collector's items, and make impressive decorator accents when matted and framed. The top edge of the document shows the wavy, or "indented" margin that gives these documents their name; as a safeguard against counterfeiting, the copies given to all parties were placed together and cut in this margin in a wavy, irregular pattern, thus uniquely identifying the authenticity of each copy.