We pride ourselves in having a spectacular collection, sourcing high and low to bring our collectors a wide array of rare books, original signatures and flags, and historical Americana. We love uncovering the unique stories behind each item. With that said, some of our items truly are the cream of the crop. For the person who has everything, we suggest the gifts options below.
Presented is the first edition of Ian Fleming's fifth James Bond novel, From Russia, With Love. The book was published in London by Jonathan Cape, in 1957. It is presented rebound in spectacular full black calf leather, with a custom gilt and red gun and rose embossed stamp to the front board, gilt tooling and titles to the spine, and and housed in a matching quarter black leather and red cloth archival clamshell. One of the more collectible Bond titles, this is a showstopper of a gift for any Bond fanatic in your life!
This framed oil-on-canvas painting dates to the mid-to-late 19th century and was modeled after the original 1806 painting by Gilbert Stuart. The painting commemorates the American Revolutionary War victory at Dorchester Heights when George Washington and Colonist troops drove British forces out of the city. Stuart is said to have completed this portrait in a mere ten days, after taking inspiration from his unfinished “Athenaeum” portrait. Many later copies of this portrait were completed during the 19th century. This copy is unsigned but very accurately resembles the likeness of Stuart’s original.
A hand-carved and painted American folk eagle, presented in the style of renown carver John Bellamy. The wood eagle is period painted with gilt and red, white, and blue accents and dates to the early-mid 20th century. This particular example includes a waving banner on a staff, which reads "Land of the Free" in dramatic, hand-painted script. The eagle motif in décor and folk art has widely been used throughout much of US history and is brimming with meaning. This deeply-rooted symbol is still relevant today and is closely tied to the idea of strength, freedom, and wisdom.
This Woolly Mammoth Tooth 4" Damascus Steel Linerlock Pocket Knife features an inlay of a tooth from an actual Woolly Mammoth – one that lived during the Ice Age. There is a limited supply of the mammoth tooth, which comes from Siberia. Mammoth fossils are 150,000 year old natural materials, so the patterns and colors vary, depending on each specimen. As such, no two fossils are the same, and no two knives are the same! Paired with a beautiful and strong Damascus steel blade, this pocket knife is as striking as it is practical.
These are exceptional 20th century WWII German 12x60 observation binoculars, presented on an adjustable wooden tripod. The binoculars were manufactured by the company Carl Zeiss, a German manufacturer of optical systems, founded in Jena in 1846. These binoculars were used for long-watch land and sky observation by German forces between 1939 and 1945. World War II binoculars were true military weapons, designed for defense and reconnaissance. They were never designed for civilian use and were constructed without cost in mind, as the reliability of the optics far outweighed the monetary cost. This stunning antique binocular is a perfect addition to any serious WWII, military, or optics collection.
Gone with the Wind was the fastest selling novel in American publishing history. It first went on book stands on June 30, 1936. Mitchell had hoped that her 1,037-page novel would sell 5,000 copies, but in that summer alone, she sold an impressive 50,000 copies.
We at The Great Republic take pride in celebrating American craftsmanship and supporting the community of American makers, designers, artists, and creators represented in our shop. From our leather makers to letterpress designers, jewelry crafters to cutlers, pen makers and horologists, by shopping with The Great Republic you are helping over 30 small businesses thrive.
One of the small businesses and creative experts that make The Great Republic such a special place to shop is Kobold. Founded in 1998 by fledgling young watchmaker Michael Kobold, Kobold is an American watch company operating primarily out of Pennsylvania. As his company grew, Kobold became well-known for high quality, durable timepieces for the ultimate adventurer.
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