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Fascinating Inventory of a Pre-War Collector

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Fascinating Inventory of a Pre-War Collector
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[Housel, Wm. B.]. HANDWRITTEN INVENTORY OF THE NUMISMATIC COLLECTION OF W.B. HOUSEL, ETC. (New Jersey, c. 1920s-40s). 144 ruled leaves, 8.5 by 5.5 inches, featuring handwritten entries in ink and pencil on one side, along with an index, clippings of numismatic articles, other sheets of notes, etc. Later handwritten analysis by Bob Vail of the half cents and large cents laid in. Housed in a black three-ring binder of the period, somewhat worn but intact. Contents generally fine. A highly interesting record of a wide-ranging collection, perhaps typical of that which could be formed by an enterprising collector of the day. The addresses of several dealers and collectors are recorded on the inside front cover and elsewhere, including J.G. Macallister and F.C.C. Boyd. Housel owned very nice collections of large cents and half cents, along with colonials, Civil War tokens, silver dollars, including a 1794 "ap. At 90.00 F.C. Boyd," half dollars, including 1796 and 1797s, commemorative halves, quarters and minor silver coins, proof sets 1858-1915 inclusive, historical medals, United States gold coins, paper money, "Bible coins," ancient Roman and European coins, etc. His library included a "1873 - 1st edition" Crosby, large cent titles, etc. Also present here is a detailed handwritten analysis by Bob Vail on several sheets of note paper, tracing the cent and half cent collections to Joseph H. Wright, a Trenton, New Jersey collector, who acquired them largely in the first quarter of the twentieth century; thence to Housel, who appears to have held them circa 1930-1950. [Online description truncated; see printed or PDF catalogue for full description.]