Bispham Collection of Opera Memorabilia

David Bispham, a baritone with the Met from 1896 to 1903, subsequently became a teacher and collector of opera memorabilia in New York. In 1957, a friend of his made a gift to the Metropolitan Opera Guild and Metropolitan Opera Association to underwrite a larger collection of memorabilia in his name. That collection, now dispersed, can be viewed here.

Autograph Collection - Opera Singers

Autograph Album - Composers

Autograph Manuscript - Johann Sebastian Bach

Autograph Music Manuscript - Ludwig van Beethoven

Autograph Letter - Ludwig van Beethoven

Autograph Musical Draft - Vincenzo Bellini

Autograph Letter - Vincenzo Bellini

Antique Gold Automaton Repeating Watch - Vincenzo Bellini

Metal and Crystal Brooch - Eleanor Robson Belmont

Opera Length Mousquetaire Gloves - Eleanor Robson Belmont

Cartier Gold Pen - Samuel Barber

Autograph Letter - Alban Berg

Autograph Letter - Hector Berlioz

Gold Cigarette and Match Cases - David Bispham

Autograph Letter - Georges Bizet

Autograph Letter - Arrigo Boito

Autograph Letter - Aleksandr Porfir'yevich Borodin

Cartier Gold Eyeglass Case - Enrico Caruso

Antique Silver Cigarette Case - Enrico Caruso

Art Deco Gold Cigarette Case - Feodor Ivanovich Chaliapin

Gold 'Carmen La Crotalos' Necklace - Salvador Dali

Autograph Letter - Claude Debussy

Antique Gold, Enamel and Agate Pen - Claude Debussy

Gilt Metal 'Centennial Egg' Ornament - Stuart Devlin

Autograph Letter - Gaetano Donizetti

Autograph Letter - Paul Dukas

Longines Art Deco Platinum Mond Pocket Watch - Jean de Reszke

Diamond Brooch - Kirsten Flagstad

Pair of Beige Satin Ballet Shoes - Margot Fonteyn

Lace Handkerchief - Amelita Galli-Curci

Gold Fountain Pen - Giulio Gatti-Casazza

Autograph Letter - Umberto Giordano

Autograph Letter - Christoph Willibald Gluck

Autograph Musical Quotation - Charles Gounod

Autograph Quotation - Charles Gounod

Autograph Letter - Charles Gounod

Autograph Music Manuscript - Josef Haydn

Diamond Pocket Watch and Brooch - Frieda Hempel

Dreicer & Co. Art Deco Rock Crystal and Diamond Lorgnette - Frieda Hempel

Silver, Diamond and Sapphire Cigarette Case and Match Case - Circa 1910's

Gold Fountain Pen - Edward Johnson

Pair of Pink Satin Ballet Shoes - Alicia Markova

Autograph Letter - Gustav Mahler

Autograph Musical Quotation - Pietro Mascagni

Autograph Musical Quotation - Jules Massenet

Autograph Musical Quotation - Jules Massenet

Autograph Letter - Jules Massenet

Tiffany & Co. Art Deco Gold and Sapphire Vanity Case - John McCormack

Baker's Pointer Propelling Pencil - John McCormack

Fabergé Jeweled Four-Color Gold and Guilloché Enamel Parasol Handle - Nellie Melba

Autograph Letter - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Autograph Letter - Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

Autograph Letter - Giacomo Meyerbeer

Autograph Letter - Italo Montemezzi

Antique Gold Vessel and Cover - Vaslav Nijinsky

Lace Handkerchief - Christina Nilsson

Manuscript for Agnus Dei - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Cartier Gold Cigarette Holder - Ezio Pinza

Autograph Letter - Amilcare Ponchielli

Autograph Letter - Giacomo Puccini

Autograph Letter - Giacomo Puccini

Seated Nude - Robert Reid

Autograph Music Manuscript - Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov

Autograph Letter - Gioachino Rossini

Antique Gold Cane Handle and Watch - Gioachino Rossini

Autograph Music Manuscript - Franz Schubert

Autograph Letter - Robert Schumann

Autograph Letter - Robert Schumann

Art Deco Gold Cigarette Case - Antonio Scotti

Document - Bedrich Smetana

Gold and Diamond Brooch - Risë Stevens

Sterling Silver Travel Alarm Clock - Risë Stevens

Autograph Music Manuscript - Richard Strauss

Autograph Music Manuscript - Johann II Strauss

Autograph Music Manuscript - Igor Stravinsky

Gold and Sapphire Writing Instrument - Igor Stravinsky

Autograph Musical Quotation - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Autograph Letter - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Cartier Platinum Open - Face Pocket Watch - Lawrence Tibbett

Gubelin Platinum and Diamond Pocket Watch - Arturo Toscanini

Autograph Musical Quotation - Giuseppe Verdi

Autograph Letter - Giuseppe Verdi

Autograph Letter - Carl Maria von Weber

Autograph Letter - Carl Maria von Weber

Autograph Music Manuscript - Richard Wagner

Autograph Letter - Richard Wagner

Gold Flower Brooch - Circa 1960's

Pair of Gold and Mother of Pearl Convertible Cufflinks-Buttons - Circa Early 20th Century

Antique Pair of Ear Pendants - Circa 1890's

Gilt Metal Award Medal - Eleanor Robson Belmont