Hindman is an industry leader in the sale of photography, flags and textiles, and other treasures of American history. Our auctions feature some of the most historically significant collections of American artifacts to come to the auction block and have achieved record prices.
The American History Department handles artifacts dating from the early Colonial days to the present, including relics from the Civil War, photography, and ephemera from presidential campaigns. It holds several auctions a year in the following areas: Civil War, Historic Photography, and General American History. Department specialists are always available to provide you with complimentary and confidential valuations of single works or entire collections.
Ms. Horstman has spent over a decade as the head of Cowan’s American History department working closely with one of the most respected experts in the field, Wes Cowan, on everything from historic photography to material associated with American conflicts, political and social history, the African American experience, and more. In her tenure, she has overseen several single-owner auctions including the $1.1 million auction of famed military collector, dealer, and historian Norm Flayderman. Ms. Horstman holds a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the Ohio State University.
Gretchen Hause is the director and senior specialist of the Books and Manuscripts Department at Hindman.
Ms. Hause joined the firm in 2017, after working for over seven years as a specialist in the Books and Manuscripts Department at Christie’s in New York. During her tenure at Hindman, Ms. Hause has handled the nearly $200,000 sale of a rare copy of J. T. Palmatary’s 1857 pre-fire view of Chicago (the only copy in private hands), as well as the sale of the Robert L. McKay Collection of manuscripts. She was also responsible for the sale of the Fine Cartographic and Printed Americana Collection of Evelyn and Eric Newman, which was 97% sold by lot, achieving the highest sale total for a single-session auction in department history. Ms. Hause oversaw the sale of The Adventure and Exploration Library of Steve Fossett, selling 100% of the lots offered and achieving the highest sale total for a single-owner collection in department history. Ms. Hause attended introductory and advanced bibliography and history of bookbinding courses at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, and she has a BA and MA in English literature. Ms. Hause is a member of the Grolier Club, the Caxton Club, the Washington Map Society, and the Chicago Map Society. She is an auctioneer and has over a decade of experience working with rare books and manuscripts.
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