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Description: 1918 Christy Mathewson Chemical Warfare Service Captain's Appointment with related photo and telegraph. Significant official document as issued by the War Department on August 22, 1918, notes "The appointment of Christopher Mathewson as captain, Chemical Warfare Service, United States Army" with orders to report. His name is written across the bottom in fountain pen (unknown hand) along with "c/o Cincinnati Base Ball Club." The document (5"x7.5") is mounted (along top edge) within a heavy stock folder which also houses a period sepia toned photograph of Mathewson in full military dress (just under 5"x8", "Cincinnati Post" stamp on back along with ink notations, one of which reads "Send to Christy Mathewson"). Included Western Union Telegram from Mathewson to the Assistant of General Seibert (Commander of 1st Division, Western Front, during World War 1) begins, "Have accepted appointment..." with a request for further instructions. A notably important archive as relates to Mathewson's ill fated military service which ultimately cut short his career and led to a fatal bout with tuberculosis. light wear: EX
Estimated Price Range: ($2,000-$4,000)
Current EST:  10/16/18 6:00:46 AM
  Sold for Price: $1,800.00;