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AUCTION 22

 

 

 

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Chester W. Nimitz
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Adolph Toepperwein
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Adolph Toepperwein
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Elizabeth S. Toepperwein
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465. [PHOTOGRAPHY]. [NIMITZ, TOEPPERWEIN, NAUWALD, MEUSEBACH & RELATED FAMILIES]. 54 photographic prints. Includes rare images of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and his family, sharpshooters Adolph and Elizabeth Toepperwein, photographer Emil Toepperwein, and numerous members of their extended families in a variety of settings. Also included are various unattributed views of activities and venues in Leon Springs, Menard, and other locations in Texas in that region, many of which were probably taken by Emil Toepperwein. See Item 477 herein.

     The Nimitz, Nauwald, Meusebach, and Toepperwein families were extensively related by marriage. The Nimitz family is best known in modern history for their famous scion, Admiral Chester Nimitz, hero of WW II in the Pacific (see preceding item herein). The Toepperwein brothers were also prominent in Texas history, especially photographer Emil and sharpshooter Arnold (“Ad”) and his wife. The Nauwalds married into the Toepperwein family. The images also reveal many day-to-day details of such things as activities, dress, interiors, architecture, and social life in the Hill Country of Central Texas in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth centuries. Significant groups of identified photographs documenting several important related Texas families are difficult to acquire.

     For a complete description of each photograph in the lot and selected images, consult web site. Among the images are the following:

[NAUWALD, SOPHIE & ELLA (sitters)]. Bust portrait of Sophie and Ella Nauwald. Small glossy collodion print mounted on card, image oriented diagonally. Image: 5.7 x 5.6 cm; card: 6.3 x 6.3 cm. Ink inscription on verso: “On left | Sophie Nauwald | on right | Ella Nauwald.” Sophie Nauwald is the later Mrs. Emil Toepperwein. N.p., n.d. [ca. 1890s]. Tack holes and small dent in top and bottom blank areas of image, image curling up a bit from card along one edge, otherwise good.

[NAUWALD FAMILY (sitters)]. SERDINKO, John (photographer). Full-length portrait of two young girls in matching gingham dresses. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s illustrated imprint on verso). Image: 9.6 x 5.9 cm; card: 10.5 x 6.2 cm. Pencil inscription on verso: “Nauwald sisters @ 1880 | Fredericksburg, Texas.” N.p., n.d. [1880; from note on card verso]. Image a bit faded with light crease near top edge, card slightly darkened, overall very good. Photographer John Serdinko is identified by Haynes (p. 100) as having operated in New Braunfels, Texas, 1882-1899.

[NIMITZ, CHESTER W. (sitter)]. BUFFHAM, George (photographer). Three-quarter portrait of a very handsome and young Midshipman Chester W. Nimitz in uniform, the very image of military rectitude. Oval matte gelatin silver print mounted on embossed printed card with photographer’s imprint on recto at lower right: Buffham U.S. Naval Academy Studio, Annapolis, Md. Image: 13.2 x 6.8 cm; card: 21.3 x 12.5 cm. Pencil inscription on verso: “Chester Nimitz.” Annapolis, n.d. [ca. 1905]. Image very fine, card with several abrasions to recto and verso (not affecting image). In 1893 British-born photographer George Buffham developed Bay Ridge on Chesapeake Bay. On Nimitz, see Handbook of Texas Online and preceding item. This archive contains a number of images of the Nimitz clan.

 

[TOEPPERWEIN, ADOLPH (sitter)]. Full length portrait of a young Adolph Toepperwein in boots, fringed jacket, and hat with three guns: shotgun in hand, rifle with decorated stock leaning against leg, holstered pistol on belt. Cabinet card (glossy collodion print mounted on card with crenellated edges). Image: 14 x 9.9 cm; card: 16.4 x 10.7 cm. N.p., n.d. [early 1890s]. Image very fine, bit of browning and staining to card. This is probably the earliest photograph of Adolph Toepperwein as a professional marksman, likely taken near the beginning of his career. The image is wonderfully clear and crisp and has great detail on Toepperwein’s guns. See Handbook of Texas Online and Item 541 herein for more on sharpshooters Adolph and Elizabeth "Plinky" Toepperwein.

[TOEPPERWEIN, ADOLPH (sitter)]. Full-length studio portrait of Adolph Toepperwein in checkered pants, striped shirt, and hat, aiming rifle. Gelatin silver print mounted on card. Image: 16.5 x 11.7 cm; card: 22.8 x 17.5 cm. Ink and pencil inscriptions on card verso: “Adolph Toepperwein”; “Wm. Toepperwein brother’s son.” N.p., n.d. [ca. 1900-1910]. A bit of silver mirroring to dark areas of image, slight wear to card edges, otherwise very good.

[TOEPPERWEIN, ELIZABETH S. “PLINKY” (sitter)]. Full-length posed studio portrait of eagle-eyed, wasp-waisted Elizabeth Toepperwein in white hat and long dark Victorian-type dress, aiming shotgun. Gelatin silver print mounted on card. Image: 16.5 x 11.7 cm; card: 22.8 x 17.6 cm. Ink inscription on verso: “Mrs. Adolph Toepperwein.” N.p., n.d. [ca. 1900-1910]. Moderate silver mirroring to dark areas of image, otherwise very good. Splendid image of the great American female sharpshooter.

[TOEPPERWEIN, EMIL (photographer)]. View of Menard, Texas, taken from a height. Image: 12.0 x 19.8 cm; card: 19.8 x 24.7 cm. Ink inscription on verso: “Birdseye view of Menard Texas taken by Uncle Emil.” N.p., n.d. [ca. 1890s]. Card and image with several creases in lower right corner, image with a few light scuffs and scratches, card lightly foxed with a bit of wear in corners, fair to good condition. Superb view.

[TOEPPERWEIN, EMIL (sitter)]. BRACK, Asa (photographer). Bust portrait of Emil Toepperwein. Cabinet card (matte silver gelatin print mounted on embossed card with photographer’s blind-stamped imprint). Image: 11.2 x 10.2 cm; card: 16.8 x 14 cm. Pencil inscription on verso: “Emil Toepperwein.” N.p., n.d. [San Antonio, ca. 1899]. Image and card lightly foxed, otherwise very good. Brack, an early San Antonio photographer, trained Toepperwein and later assisted him with various projects. An unusual juncture of two significant Texas photographers.

[TOEPPERWEIN, EMIL, SOPHIE & OTHERS (sitters)]. Group portrait of Toepperwein family with Emil and Sophie Toepperwein at second and third from right. Silver gelatin print mounted on cut-down cabinet card with portion of print of child on verso. Image: 8.9 x 8.8 cm; card: 10.7 x 10.6 cm. Pencil inscription below image: “Emil and Sophie Toepperwein 2 & 3 from right”; pencil inscription on card verso: “Toepperwein gathering Leon Springs Ranch.” N.p., n.d. [Leon Springs (from note on card verso), ca. 1899]. Fair condition: image worn with small stain, card chipped.

[TOEPPERWEIN, HERMAN WILLIAM (sitter)]. Full-length portrait of elderly Herman William Toepperwein with a shock of white hair and long white beard, standing on steps in front of flag for Boerne Gesange Verein (singing club). Silver gelatin print mounted on card. Image: 13.6 x 8.2 cm; card: 18.9 x 13.1 cm. Ink inscription on verso: “Herman William Toepperwein | Born February 2nd 1837 | at | Died November 7th 1916 | at Leon Springs, Texas | U.S.A.” A bit of silver mirroring to dark areas of image, light wear to card, otherwise very good. Herman was born in the Old Country and does not look like he fell very far from the tree in Texas. Classic German-Texan image.

[TOEPPERWEIN PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO]. Image of four men, including Emil Toepperwein, and a child standing in front of Emil Toepperwein’s photography studio in Menardville. Gelatin silver print. Ink inscription below image: “Menardville 1894.” Image: 12.6 x 19.9 cm; card: 16.2 x 23.5 cm. N.p., n.d. [later copy print of 1895 photograph]. A bit of silver mirroring in dark areas, horizontal band of yellowing across center of image, otherwise very good.

[TOEPPERWEIN RANCH]. Small photograph of Toepperwein Ranch buildings. Gelatin silver print mounted on card (cut-down portion of cabinet card mount with gilt bottom edge). Image: 4.3 x 13.6 cm; card: 4.7 x 13.6 cm. Pencil inscription on verso: “Leon Springs | Toepperwein ranch.” N.p., n.d. [ca. 1890s]. Image with a few spots and a bit faded, otherwise good.

[TOEPPERWEIN SADDLERY SHOP]. Photograph of store interior with five men standing around counter, two holding a shotgun (man in center is identified on verso as Emil Toepperwein). Gelatin silver print mounted on board. Image: 16.8 x 21.8 cm; board: 25.2 x 30.5 cm. Pencil inscription on verso: “Hardware store and saddle shop | Menard, Texas @ 1913 | Left to Right | Fritz Luckenbach, ?, Emil Toepperwein, Albert Nauwald.” N.p., [1913, from note on card verso]. Tiny chip to right blank margin of print, otherwise image in fine condition, board with a bit of wear to corners. Wonderful detail of shop interior with items for sale, including Victrola, fishing poles, lamps, crockery, and many other items.

($6,000-10,000)

Sold. Hammer: $6,000.00; Price Realized: $7,200.00

Auction 22 Abstracts

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