Civil War collection going up for auction
Ed Egyedy was always a familiar face to Linda Baggaley, a face she would often see at auctions — events the quiet Edmonton man would often walk away from with a sword or two.
But Egyedy’s unassuming presence long belied the fact that he owned perhaps the most impressive collection of western and Civil War memorabilia in the country. On Saturday, Egyedy will begin the process of divesting himself of that vast collection, and it will be Baggaley and Bud Haynes & Co. Auctioneers that have the joy of doing it for him.
“I haven’t heard of anything in Canada this big over the last 10-15 years, if ever,” said Baggaley.
Inspired by Westerns and motivated by a love of history, Egyedy began collecting when he was 10. Now in his 50s and desiring to build his retirement dream home, he has chosen to sell off many of his items at an auction.
Among the items that will be auctioned off on Saturday are leather riding boots from the mid-1800s, an officer’s folding chair that would have been used in the American Civil War, and over 40 saddles, including some used by the North West Mounted Police, complete with pommel saddlebags. There is also a saddle used by 16-time world champion rodeo rider Jim Shoulders.
There are artworks, bear traps, and old advertisements aplenty among the collection, too.
“He’s a very private person. He bought all over Canada and the U.S. but he never displayed ever at shows, so a lot of people never really realized what he had,” said Baggaley.
“We’ve had a bit of Civil War stuff before . . . but never an officer’s chair. Those boots of his, I didn’t even know they existed, because I know a lot of the leather from the Civil War era didn’t survive.”
Baggaley said she has heard from people from as far away as North Dakota and Nova Scotia who are coming up for the sale.
Egyedy’s collection makes up about half of the 700-plus items that will be auctioned off at the auctioneering company’s Premiere Firearms Auction. The action gets underway at 9 a.m. on Saturday, with a free preview running Friday from 3-8 p.m.
Baggaley said Egyedy will be at the Friday preview and at the sale.
The auction is at Bud Haynes auction premises located at Bay 5, 7429 49 Ave. in Red Deer.