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Collector parting with John A. Logan collection

  • Joe Sprague's collection of historical memorabilia including items related to Abraham Lincoln and the sword of Gen. John A. Logan were on display at Tuesday's Benton Rotary Club meeting. The items will be displayed for sale at County Seat Antiques on the Benton Square.  Sprague has valued the sword at just under $60,000.

    Joe Sprague's collection of historical memorabilia including items related to Abraham Lincoln and the sword of Gen. John A. Logan were on display at Tuesday's Benton Rotary Club meeting. The items will be displayed for sale at County Seat Antiques on the Benton Square. Sprague has valued the sword at just under $60,000.
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  • Ken Burzunski (left) and Joe Sprague pose with several of the items from Sprague's collection of memorabilia from Gen. John A. Logan and Abraham Lincoln. Sprague is parting with his collection and has charged Burzynski with selling it at his County Seat Antiques in Benton.

    Ken Burzunski (left) and Joe Sprague pose with several of the items from Sprague's collection of memorabilia from Gen. John A. Logan and Abraham Lincoln. Sprague is parting with his collection and has charged Burzynski with selling it at his County Seat Antiques in Benton.
    Holly Kee photo

  • Franklin Hospital CEO Jim Johnson studies items in Joe Sprague's historical memorabilia collection during Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting in Benton. Sprague is parting with his collection of Logan and Lincoln memorabilia. The items, including Logan's sword, will be displayed for sale at County Seat Antiques in Benton.

    Franklin Hospital CEO Jim Johnson studies items in Joe Sprague's historical memorabilia collection during Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting in Benton. Sprague is parting with his collection of Logan and Lincoln memorabilia. The items, including Logan's sword, will be displayed for sale at County Seat Antiques in Benton.
    Holly Kee photo

  • 'This is the button that started it all,' said Joe Sprague, who is parting with his collection of Gen. John A. Logan memorabilia he started in 2005. The collection, including one of Logan's swords value at just under $60,000, will be on display for sale at County Seat Antiques in Benton.

    'This is the button that started it all,' said Joe Sprague, who is parting with his collection of Gen. John A. Logan memorabilia he started in 2005. The collection, including one of Logan's swords value at just under $60,000, will be on display for sale at County Seat Antiques in Benton.
    Holly Kee photo

 
 
Posted on 2/7/2018, 12:38 PM

Local history buffs may want to make their way to County Seat Antiques on the Benton Square.

County Seat owner Ken Burzynski broke the news Tuesday at the Benton Rotary Club meeting that local collector Joe Sprague of Herrin is parting with his collection of historic memorabilia, and it will be on display for sale at Burzynski's business.

"We've had several of his pieces on display and they bring a lot of interest," Burzynski said.

Sprague brought the collection to the Rotary meeting as Burzynski's guest, giving the members an informative presentation about his collection with several local history points thrown in.

Sprague, who describes himself as a collector, began his Logan collection in 2005 with a lapel pin featuring a photo of Logan, who was born in Murphysboro and served in the Mexican-American War and the U.S. Civil War before entering politics.

Sprague's collection includes items from Logan's military days as well as his trek through political offices including Illinois state senator, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator and vice-presidential nominee.

Along with several documents, Sprague also has photos, original postcards, buttons and silver serving spoons. However, the prize of the collection is Logan's sword.

"I stood in line beginning at 2 a.m. to get that," Sprague said. "The collection ending up in the estate of Gene Johns."

Johns was an Illinois senator who passed away in 1984.

"When I went to the estate auction, my wife was very nervous," Sprague laughed. "I told her what I wanted and how much I was willing to spend."

Although Sprague would not give that amount to the audience, he did say that the he was looking at a price of just under $60,000 for the sword.

Sprague's items for sale also will include several piece of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia, including original photo art cards, many valued at $100. He also has an original photo of William Jennings Bryan covered in mud and the story to go with it.

Burzynski said he is looking forward to hosting the sale. He and Sprague were scheduled to set up the display on Tuesday afternoon.

 
 
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