October 29, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Lot 422: Civil War Period Wallet - Mormon Beehive Design(48 views)
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Civil War Period Wallet With A Mormon "Beehive" Design Made To Exclusively Hold Fractional Currency Notes
c. 1862 Civil War Era. Decorative Leather Fractional Currency Wallet. 2.25" x 3.75". With an Embossed "Beehive," Mormon Style Design. Choice Very Fine.
This is an original, very good condition Civil War Period Wallet with a "Beehive" embossed design through out the tri-folded currency flaps. Though we have no direct evidence, this wallet has either a rather obvious "Mormon" design of the "Beehive" illustration. Also, during the Civil War, the 13th, 14th and 15th New Jersey regiments were part of Torbert's Brigade and they also choose the "Beehive" design to represent their brigade. In fact, a "Beehive" designed monument stands near the Weichert House on the battlefield, representing their position on the field during that battle. So it is a matter of speculation. This tri-folded wallet could have been designed for the regiment and sold to them by Sutlers, or had Mormon use, or something else. A lovely Fractional Currency wallet with three internal flaps of the size to specifically hold three different denominations of these smaller sized notes.