An original 5 1/8 X 10 1/8 inch, January 1861, L. M. Hoffman & Co. auction bid card complete with bidders penciled in notations on the back. The commodities auction will offer 371 hogsheads of PRIME NEW ORLEANS SUGAR and 50 Barrels of Molasses . A family busies founded in 1795 with the commission auction house of Hoffman & Seton doing business at No. 67 Wall Street. Hoffman continued business with various partners until 1822 / 23 when L. M. Hoffman joined the house with the addition of & Co. to the firm name. The old firm continued to grow under various partner combinations always including a Hoffman until 1834 when the firm became L. M. Hoffman & Co. The auction house continued under that name under the watchful eye of L. M. Hoffman until his death in 1861. (see: The Old Merchants of New York City: By Walter Barrett ) While early commodity auction catalogues appear rarely as they were sometimes preserved in firm records, bid cards utilized by bidders to manage and launch their bids very rarely survived as they were cast away at the closing. This just pre Civil War auction of New Orleans Sugar represented one of the last before secession and one of the final auctions under the direction of L. M. Hoffman before his death in 1861. A rare piece of late antebellum Americana from one of the country's earliest and most successful commission auction houses. Entirely original with good evidence of age and originality the back bottom of the card shows some separation of the pasteboard and some tattering of one layer. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :COLOR=#0000FF>

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