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Exceedingly Rare GEORGIA Embossed State Seal Twice Identified Confederate Civil War Era Use Leather Wallet

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GEORGIA Civil War Era Use, Likely Unique Confederate Era Wallet Embossed TWICE with the early Georgia State Coat of Arms Embossed Seal with Arch Design with State Legends “CONSTITUTION - JUSTICE - WIS/DOM - MODE/RATION” based on the unofficial 1799 Georgia State Arms and Flag, Very Fine.

May 12, 1854 Internally Hand-Dated, Rare museum-quality, original Civil War-era, Confederate leather wallet measuring 3.5” x 6.75” (closed) and 8.25” x 6.75” (open). It is in wonderful used condition with a beautiful, rich patina to the supple tan leather. The outside of this historic, likely unique wallet was embossed not once, but twice, with an early version of the Georgia State Seal that was adopted in 1799 and used until 1914. Inside, the owner wrote his name as follows: “Hugh Quigley his Poket (sic) Book May the 12 1854.” Also included is a Civil War period circulated low-grade 1862-Dated Richmond, Virginia $1 Treasury note, hand-signed, found in the wallet.

In the embossed Georgia Coat of Arms as seen on this wallet, the arch symbolizes the state's constitution while the pillars represent the three branches of government. The words of the state motto, "Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation", are wrapped around the pillars, guarded by a male figure dressed in Colonial attire from the American Revolutionary War. Within the arms, his sword is drawn to represent the defense of the state's constitution, the design extremely similar to that engraved by Paul Revere for the 1775 and 1776 Revolutionary War issued Massachusetts “Sword in Hand” Colonial Currency issues. It is very unusual to find a Civil War era wallet in such exceptional condition, especially one that has been identified and has a tie-in to the Confederacy. (2 items)
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