Confederate currency, a Civil War-era canteen and china from a shipwrecked blockade runner are among the more than 300 lots up for auction from the estate of a well-known Charleston tour guide.
Jack Thompson was the first walking tour guide in Charleston, according to CTbids.com, the auction website of Caring Transitions.
Thompson’s tours were highly rated on sites like Trip Advisor and were specifically mentioned in Fodor’s guides for the area.
He died July 4, 2016, according to The Post and Courier newspaper.
Thompson, the author of “Charleston at War,” was known to be a military memorabilia collector and also owned Shipwrecks Inc., CTbids.com says.
“Charleston at War” includes hundreds of photographs showing parts of the city in Civil War times and compares them with modern photos from the same perspective, says the book’s description on Amazon.com.
The auction includes many photographs — historic daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes — along with Civil War-era money, postage stamps and letters.
A daguerreotype from the Mexican American war “is going to be a really sought-after item,” said auctioneer Brian Murray, the owner of Caring Traditions.
Murray said the letters and cards, especially those addressed to or from Charleston addresses, have limited availability and are expected to be popular lots.
Several lots include china recovered from the Confederate blockade runner The Georgiana, which sunk in Charleston Harbor in 1863.
The item with the highest bid so far — $315 — was an engraved canteen carried by John A. Studley through the Civil War.
Leather items and weaponry seemed to be drawing strong attention as well.
A Civil War ammo box made of leather and marked as being made by Hoover Calhoun and Company Makers in New York had a bid of $226 on Tuesday, while a Union Army saber and scabbard was up to $183.
Murray said he expected a pair of Civil War boots to bring in a high price.
Most of the time, when boots from the era become available for sale, only one boot from a pair still exists, Murray said. This auction includes a pair worn by a captain who served on Johns Island.
Not all of the military memorabilia is related to the Civil War.
A genuine “pickelhaube” — a German enlisted man’s helmet from before 1917 — had a bid of $192.
There is even an original Grenadiers cap from the Revolutionary War’s 2nd South Carolina Regiment. It includes a crescent badge, like the one on the state flag, engraved with the word “liberty.” The lot that it is included in was up to $75.
Every lot in the online auction at CTbids.com started at $1 with no reserve price, and many items remained at the starting price on Tuesday.
Murray said starting the bids so low gives everyone an opportunity to get involved.
Some of the auctions will end on Sunday, and others will end on Monday.
Successful buyers will be sent an invoice and must pay for their item by noon March 13.
Items may be picked up in Charleston on March 14 or shipped for a separate fee. Furniture will not be shipped, according to CTbids.com.