I inherited some items here in Seattle, historical memorabilia or ephemera, which is NOT my specialty, and would appreciate any help/suggestions. It's an envelope from my late aunt Virgina's aunt Elizabeth Dearborn (who was mentioned in D.A.R.’s Family Record of Pioneers Vol. 15, pgs 13-15, and whom I've traced back to her ancestor Thomas Dearborn born 3/11/1745 in Chester, NH.)
It's a small envelope which bears a handwritten date of 1933, and on which Elizabeth Dearborn wrote "the enclosed papers are to be sent to the Chief Seattle chapter D.A.R." and she lists the contents, of which remain:
Letter written by W.C. Bryant
Calling cards of General Grant and General Sherman
Invitiation to reception of General and Mrs. Grant
Letter of Proposal to Betsy Pingry
Should this lot be broken up and items sold separately, or should I just list it altogether, as is? A friend suggested list them all separately, at the same time, with a group photo as the last photo, and reference the other items in each listing.
I've found a General Grant calling card listed online (not ebay) that has much more foxing than the card here and it has an estimate of $150-$250; but I have not been able to find an "at home" card from General and Mrs. Grant. The latter is a larger card, very clean condition - approximately 5 inches wide by 3 inches tall - with what appears to be a tiny pin or thumbtack hole along its upper edge, and it is printed with beautiful script:
General & Mrs. Grant
Wednesday evenings. Jany. 9th & 23rd & Feby. 6th
(In the lower left corner is printed "Dancing.")
I think a buyer would be able to see the authenticity if I photograph and document everything clearly, or am I mistaken on that score? Is this stuff worth listing on eBay?
The colors are a little dim, took these quickly with a point and shoot under fluorescent lights.
The Bryant letter doesn't seem worth much, in looking at other examples sold (or unsold) online; haven't researched Betsy Pingry yet but I imagine that's part of the family's New Hampshire history.
Many thanks for any response/guidance!