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Ephemera. Clipper Ship Sailing Card.
Rare Clipper Ship Sailing Card - Lady Washington, Sigsbie, Master, is receiving her cargo at Pier 12 East River, (Old Slip)...
1780. In the mid-19th century, during the supremacy of clipper ships, colored advertising cards were circulated to commission merchants in order to drum up cargo for clipper ships that were about to depart for San Francisco and other ports. These cards were designed to be eye-catching, and are one of the earliest forms of color advertising in America. This is one, announcing the sailing of the "New and Elegant A-1 First Class Clipper Ship Lady Washington" is one of the rarest clipper ship sailing cards known, and the most enigmatic. The clipper ship "Lady Washington" was named in honor of the American ship of the 1780s, one of the first to venture successfully into the China Trade. (A modern replica of the China Trade ship "Lady Washington" was launched in the 1980s.) However, I can find no record of a clipper ship named "Lady Washington" in Fairburn, Howe and Matthews, Roberts, State Street, American Lloyds, or any of the other references pertaining to American merchant ships of the 19th century. (American Lloyds for 1865 lists a 70-ton brig by that name, clearly not a clipper ship.) Similarly, there is no record - anywhere - of the sale of the clipper ship card "Lady Washington." It was not offered in the Siegel sale, the two Schwed sales, or any sailing card auction of which I am aware. We can be sure it is the genuine item because it came in a delivery envelope addressed to a commission merchant named Henry Strybing at 176 Front St. in New York. Records show that he was one of the 600 commission merchants clustered on New York's Lower East Side. We can only speculate as … [Click Below for Full Description]
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