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Auctioneer Ben Benson Collection LLC 3024016639
Auction Date Mar 14 Auction
Newport Beach, CA
Time 06:00PM
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  • Santa Ana 1894 Engraving

    Santa Ana 1894 Engraving

  • Santa Ana 1894 - 3 plates in set

    Santa Ana 1894 - 3 plates in set

  • closeup of Santa Ana plate

    closeup of Santa Ana plate

  • 1896 map made from these engravings

    1896 map made from these engravings

Auction Listing
AuctionZip Auctioneer ID# 47111
Rare original US Government copper map engravings master plates used to create early government maps of California starting in the 1880's. Beautifully etched by hand on large copper plates, in reverse, using the intaglio method. Each is a unique and beautiful work of art. There is only one, unique master set of engravings for an area, typically 17"x21" in size with 2 or 3 plates per set.

Largely forgotten and rarely ever seen by anyone, except in early photos, these engravings were stored away in a US government warehouse until sold in 2015 and 2016. At that little known government sale individual sets from notable areas sold for many thousands of dollars. Nantucket Island $18,938; Martha's Vineyard $9,800; LA & Ventura County $11,500; Massachusetts $5,000 and Santa Monica Mountains $5,100. The average sale nationwide at the government auction was $497.

There are 83 California sets available in this auction including: Newport Beach, Capistrano, Sacramento, Malibu and Adobe. Excellent opportunity for local auction companies to acquire and then offer them in the individual local markets. Low reserve on all lots at just $200. Online bidding open now and ends starting at 6pm (PST) on Wednesday, March 14th.

Auction Lots:  

Acton 1934

Adobe 1931

Alder Creek 1948

Banner Hill 1892

Beartrap Canyon 1932-47

Bell 1923

Bidwell Bar 1888

Black Butte 1930

Boneyard Canyon 1934-48

Bouquet Reservoir 1932-50

Buena Vista Lake 1910

Byron 1911

Camp Baldy 1934

Camp Bonita 1934

Camp Rincon 1934

Capistrano 1899

Casa Desierte 1930

Chico 1888

Cima Mesa 1934

Claremont 1915

Coalinga 1935-41

Covina 1925

Davisville 1905

Del Sur 1931

Downieville 1888

Dry Canyon 1925-29

El Rico Ranch 1932

Elsinore 1898

Esperanza School 1931-50

Fairmont 1932-50

Goleta 1902

Gorman 1947

Grass Valley 1891

Halls Flat 1933

Harrington 1905

Hi Vista 1931

Hollister 1919

Hueneme 1901

Humphreys 1929

Joshua 1930

Kaiser 1901

Kernville 1906

La Cresenta 1925-33

La Verne 1925-47

Lang 1929

Little Buttes 1931-50

Little Rock 1930-48

Little Tujunga 1934

Llano 1930-48

Manzana 1933-50

Metz 1917

Mokelumne 1939

Mouth of Cantua Creek 1927-41

Mt Gleason 1935-48

Mt Lowe 1934

Mt Wilson 1934-47

Oban 1930-48

Ortigalita 1919

Palmdale 1932

Pearland 1930-41

Piedras Blancas 1917

Pozo 1919

Quail 1933

Randsburg 1910-11

Ravenna 1930-40

Red Mountain 1931

Redrock Mountain 1931-40

Riverside 1897

San Bernardino

San Juan Bautista 1915

Santa Ana 1894

Santa Susana 1900

Sierraville 1890

Swarthout 1936

Sylmar 1925

Tierra Loma School 1920

Trail Canyon 1935-48

Triunfo Pass 1900

Tujunga 1897

Valyermo 1934-48

Waterman Mountain 1936-48

White Mountain 1914

Wilsona 1930

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