Appreciating Thomas Harrison Garrett and John Work Garrett
The Thomas Harrison Garrett provenance is a strong one!
Post any T. Harrison Garrett pieces here.
Here's his biography from Stack's:
T. Harrison Garrett
Biographical notes relating to one of the presently offered coin's most famous owners may be of interest:
Thomas Harrison Garrett began his collecting interest as a student at Princeton in the 1860s, with a New Jersey copper being among his first acquisitions. A man from the wealthy family that controlled the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, he eagerly collected books, autographs, prints, and other items, including a double elephant folio set of Audubon prints, keeping and enjoying them at Evergreen House on North Charles Street in Baltimore. In the 1880s he was especially active, with Baltimore dentist and rare coin dealer Dr. George Massamore representing him at sales under various pseudonyms including "Hotchkiss," "South, "and "Harrison." Many collectors, particularly advanced ones, kept knowledge of their holdings and their needs a secret, thus hoping to acquire desired pieces at a lower price than would be the case if it had been known that they were missing from their cabinets. In 1885, his collection, which by that time had an 1804 dollar and the unique hallmark-on-breast 1787 Brasher doubloon, was considered to be second in importance only to that of Lorin G. Parmelee. In actuality, Garrett's collection was much broader and included world and ancient coins as well as tokens and medals, while Parmelee mainly concentrated on obtaining one of each date (but not mintmark varieties) of federal coinage. In the same year he acquired en bloc the James L. Claghorn collection of over 30,000 prints, paying the then remarkable figure of $150,000for it. Parmelee publicized and shared his holdings with others, while Garrett collected quietly. The true extent of his collection was not known to his contemporaries.
In 1888, Garrett died in a boating accident in Chesapeake Bay, thus cutting short the career of a remarkable numismatist and leaving a family to mourn his passing. His collection passed to one of his sons, Robert, who in 1919 traded it to another son, John Work Garrett. As noted above, the collection passed to The Johns Hopkins University. One of the greatest numismatic events of all time was our offering of the Garrett Collection at auction in a series of four sales from 1979 to 1981
Recently, I've started to run across more of his medals and So-Called Dollars which are all very impressive.
Here are some:
(Circa 1852-1854) Declaration of Independence Medal. Silver. 91 mm. 295.0 grams - Charles Cushing Wright - Musante GW-183, Baker-53G - PCGS SP63 TOP POP 1/0
Harrison acquired this for $36 which was then 1.74 ounces of gold.
In 2018, it sold for $40,800.
1876 U.S. Centennial Exposition. Exposition Building Dollar—Art Gallery. Silver. 43 mm. HK-83a. Rarity-8. MS-63 (PCGS).
This one is engraved by William H. Key.
The Centennial Art Gallery was housed in the Memorial Hall, one of the few buildings designed to be permanent.
One of the Centennial's most enduring legacies was its Art Gallery, which eventually became known as Memorial Hall. The building had been constructed as a permanent structure in 1874–75 for $1,564,000, intended to house more than 4,000 works of fine and applied arts.
The Art Gallery building (now known as Memorial Hall) is the only large exhibit building still standing on the exposition site
1876 George Lovett's Battle Series - Silver