Important Manhattan Rifles! poster (1861-
65). Civil War Recruitment Poster, featuring a
Zouave, for New York Infantry Regiment, 12th
(Lieut. Col. Geo. F. Watson, Comm'dg. Major
Jno. M. Freeman).
Historically important Civil War archive of
Captain Luis F. Emilio, most noted as Captain
of the Black 54th Mass Regt. Company E. The
54th was immortalized in the movie "Glory"
starring Mathew Broderick, Denzel Washington
& Morgan Freeman. The entire grouping sold
by Mark Ford, CEO
I wanted you to be
among the first to
know that we have
just welcomed 2014
with a new website
designed to make
your online visit to
Julia's as efficient,
fun, and informative
as possible. The
new site is handsomely designed, chock-full
of world-class photos, simple to navigate, and
makes it easier than ever to find the exact
auction, item, or price information you need.
It can be found as always at www.jamesdjulia.com
You have come to know our website as
an essential resource for all of your auction
needs. We are certain that our new website will
continue as that and more.
The new website features a clean, updated
design that reflects our traditional look, values,
and legacy. It features an enhanced "about us"
section, named "Inside Julia's," which will give
you an insider's perspective on the almost 60
year background of our company, as well as an
overview of our founding priorities as stated by
Jim Julia himself more than 40 years ago! Our
company's specialty divisions-Rare Firearms,
Fine Art, Asian & Antiques, Lamp & Glass, and
Advertising, Toy, & Doll-are each brought to life
with wonderful, full color... read more.
What's It Worth
Extraordinarily rare & historically important Battle of
Yorktown map executed by Jean Baptiste Gouvion
on or about October 29, 1781. The map sold for
If have a rare fine art, Asian or antique item and
want to know "What's it Worth", please take a
picture and email it to us at antiques@jamesdjulia.
com. We are always looking for consignments of
rare and valuable items, as well as collections for
In the annals of 20th century gun collecting,
the most iconic name was that of Norm
Flayderman. Norm was a gentleman of the
highest regard, a consummate professional,
a distinguished scholar and author, and a
business man extraordinaire. His reference
books, sales catalogs, and highly renowned
price guide were legendary, but of equal
importance was his extraordinary intellect
and "eye." Norm had excellent taste and
a panoramic expanse of interests. He had
the uncanny ability to distinguish the good
from the bad and the extraordinary from the
very good. He knew the importance of not
selling things "before their time" and over the
years made it a point to amass and quietly
and confidentially hold certain items and
collections until the ideal time. One of these
collections which Norm had was of Civil War
As told by Brian Resnick in his 2011 article
on such posters: "One hundred fifty years
ago, the Civil War began and the fighting was
brutal. Nearly 620,000 Union and Confederate
soldiers lost their lives-more Americans than
in both World Wars combined. The armies
needed men to refill rapidly declining ranks
and used recruitment advertisements such
as these as a means to find them. Like
the posters in later wars, the propaganda
used patriotic effigies such as Lady Liberty
to entice recruits.
But in contrast with the
inspiring messages from the 20th century,
the text of these posters is much more blunt.
The sentiment "Don't wait to be drafted"
fills a line on almost every flyer. Those who
enlisted received a bounty for their troubles,
sometimes totaling several hundred dollars.
Those who did not faced possible conscription.
This, of course, led to the occupation of
bounty jumping, in which men would sign up,
collect the cash, desert the army, and repeat
the process. Congress later outlawed bounties
in 1917 with the Selective Service Act."
Unlike in the Confederacy, there was never a
true manpower shortage for the North as it
was a major hub for European immigration
into the United States. The ports of New York,
Philadelphia, and Boston all served as entry
points for the first major wave of European
immigration that began in the 1840s. During
this period up through the end of the Civil
War, the two largest groups of immigrants
entering these ports were the Germans and
the Irish. This can be seen in one of the
examples in Flayderman's collection which
makes a direct call to immigrants, specifically
the Irish & German population informing
them that they have a few regiments they can
This fine collection of 12 Civil War Recruitment
posters will be sold in our August 2014 Fine
Art, Asian & Antiques Auction.
Sprague Light Cavalry Recruitment Poster
At James D. Julia, Inc. we are always seeking high quality antiques of all types for our year-round auctions. We offer the best seller commission rates in the industry, as low as 0% for high value items and collections. Please contact us directly at 207-453-7125 (Maine office) or 781-460-6800 (Boston area office) to learn more or if you are considering consigning one item, an entire collection or an estate to auction. All inquiries are confidential and without obligation.