Charlie Wagner & Sam O’Reilly Flash Sheets Auctioned

Six unique tattoo flash artwork sheets attributed to to 2 of The usa’s earliest tattoo artists, Charlie Wagner (1875-1953) and Sam O’Reilly (1854-1909), convey a blended sale of $41,375 at Ripley Auctions, USA on July 28th 2018. 

The six sheets have been discovered within the backside of a trunk within the attic of an 84-year-old occupation Marine Corps officer. The trunk were in garage for over 40 years. It additionally held different uncommon pieces, together with a 1584 hand-coloured map engraving of Tuscany, Italy, which used to be additionally within the public sale.

Sam O’Reilly (1854-1909) discovered tattooing within the Military and patented the primary tattooing device in 1891. He practiced his artwork in New York Town, within the Bowery. Charlie Wagner (1875-1953) used to be a tattoo artist for greater than 50 years. He apprenticed with O’Reilly and patented his personal tattoo device in 1904. He bought tattoo machines and his personal logo of ink. He additionally tattooed circus performers, sailors and “tattooed women” who turned into well-known as circus side-show points of interest.

The subject material dated way back to 1894 and integrated “Buffalo Invoice” Cody, Gen. George Armstrong Custer, the Spanish-American Conflict and the picture of crossed weapons, consultant of Teddy Roosevelt’s Tough Riders, to call a couple of. One of the most photographs integrated the date of 1908.

Lot 153

Lot 153: Unique tattoo flash sheet attributed to Charlie Wagner and Sam O’Reilly, two of The usa’s earliest tattoo artists ($four,750).

 

Lot 154: Unique tattoo flash sheet attributed to Charlie Wagner and Sam O’Reilly, two of The usa’s earliest tattoo artists ($four,250).

 

Lot 155: Unique tattoo flash sheet attributed to Charlie Wagner and Sam O’Reilly, two of The usa’s earliest tattoo artists ($five,500).

 

Lot 156: Unique tattoo flash sheet attributed to Charlie Wagner and Sam O’Reilly, two of The usa’s earliest tattoo artists ($7,500).

 

Lot 157: Unique tattoo flash sheet attributed to Charlie Wagner and Sam O’Reilly, two of The usa’s earliest tattoo artists ($eight,125).

 

Lot 158: Unique tattoo flash sheet attributed to Charlie Wagner and Sam O’Reilly, two of The usa’s earliest tattoo artists ($11,250).

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