I'm cleaning out my storage, and wanted to find out whether two objects are worth keeping / selling: A nautical insurance policy from Sept. 21, 1802 (
), and a B&W photograph, on a 14"x20" piece of Kodak paper, of Mt. Saint Helens erupting, photographer unknown (
). More details inside.
The $9000 nautical insurance policy is for the ship "Triumph," sailing from Baltimore to some place called Laguira? Taken out by B.M. Mumford for the account of a Joseph Conkling. The master of the ship appears to be John Desham. The document is signed by Paschal N. Smith, President of Columbian Insurance Company, who is mentioned several times in "The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton"
. Smith was apparently a former captain-turned-merchant and insurance underwriter, who was a member of a committee
appointed by the New York Chamber of Commerce to help plan the Montauk Point Lighthouse
. During the Revolutionary War, he was an owner/part-owner of several Massachusetts privateers
, at one point co-owning a ship with a Benedict Arnold.
The B&W photograph of Mt. Saint Helens erupting appears to have been taken on March 18, 1980, judging from this comparable shot
, taken in roughly the same place.
Do any of you know a bit more about these items, how I might discover more, and whether either of them might be worth something to possible collectors of such items?