Lot 79 of 338:
Policeman in newly independent Cuba  

Click image to enlarge
Lot closed - unsold
$300 - $500

Case file ("Expediente") relating to the mustering in, military service, and death of a sergeant in the Cuban army just following the Spanish-American War






Approx. 25 leaves, various sizes and types of paper, both manuscript and typed. Stitched together with cover sheet on which is written in large in script, "Año 1901. Robrigo L Polack, Sargento, No. 143." 32.5x23 cm (12¾x9").

Fascinating file of documents relating to the service of Sergeant Rodrigo Polack, in the civil guard (police, apparently, or perhaps the army) of the newly independent Cuba, which was still under the governance of the United States Military Government until May 1902. There are many historical documents related to the soldier including his "antecedentes" (police record); and there are many signatories including a document signed by Emilio Bacardi, signed as Mayor of Santiago de Cuba (Emilio was the son of Facundo Bacardi, who founded Bacardi Rum); Emilio also had a working relationship with General Leonard Wood, who was a U.S. Military Commander of Cuba during the American Occupation of Cuba. The final document, dated February 2, 1903, states that Polack died the preceding day, in the civil hospital.

Lot Amendments

Some normal wear, sold leaves foxed or darkened; very good.

Item number:
Shipping info:

We have a full service shipping department to ensure proper packing and safe delivery of purchases at reasonable cost. We are specialists at packing and shipping books and works on paper.   All lots purchased by the same client are combined for shipping in order to keep the cost as economical as possible.  Our preferred method for domestic shipments is UPS Ground but we can also ship via FedEx or USPS Priority Mail. We do NOT ship USPS Media Mail under any circumstances.For international orders we select the most appropriate carrier depending on the value and weight of the items purchased.  We are happy to accommodate special arrangements by request.

Invoices are sent out the day following the auction and include a minimum $10 handling fee plus actual shipping and insurance charges.

Shipping estimates can be obtained  by contacting [email protected] prior to the auction.


Terms and conditions


All accepted bids are contracts and are considered final and non withdrawable.


A buyer's premium of 20% will be applied to all purchases.


The person posting the bids online has to be the person who has registered for the auction.