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Striking rice paper engraving of the Declaration of Independence, 25.5 x 29, printed by Peter Force in 1848 for inclusion in his series American Archives, beginning, "In Congress, July 4, 1776. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America." Removably encapsulated in acid-free mylar. In very good to fine condition, with professional reinforcements along folds on the reverse. …

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Revolutionary War-dated manuscript DS, signed “Samuel Adams Secr'y,” one page, 4.25 x 3.5, September 4, 1776. In full: "This may Certify that the above Commission was this day presented to be alter'd agreeable to a late act of this State Intitled 'an act for altering the Stile of Commission etc' and was altered accordingly." Signed boldly at the conclusion by Adams. Mo…

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Tiny metal wax seal featuring the profile portrait of Josiah Bartlett, acquired from the 1989 auction of contents from the Josiah Bartlett Homestead and Museum. The seal measures approximately 3/4″ tall with a 3/8″ face. In fine condition. Accompanied by an original tag from the auction and color copies of the catalog cover and related materials. Bartlett was the first to vote for ind…

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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island (1727-1820). Rare Revolutionary War-dated manuscript commission, two pages, 8 x 12.75, May 8, 1778, docketed on the reverse in Ellery's hand, "W. Ellery's Commission as Delegate of the State of Rhode-Island, 1778 May 8th." Governor William Greene of Rhode Island appoints Ellery as "a Delegate to represent the said State for One Y…

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Magnificent manuscript DS, one page both sides, 7.75 x 12.5, February 18, 1784. Official letter directed to Daniel Davis, Nathaniel Freeman, Solomon Freeman, and David Matcher, in full (spelling and grammar retained): "You or any two of you are hereby authorized & impowered to administer the Declaration and Oaths of affirmations prescribed by the Constitution of this Commonwealth agreeable to…

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Rare Revolutionary War-dated ALS signed “Fr. Hopkinson,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, measures 12.5 x 8 open, March 29, 1776. Letter to his sister, Nancy Coale, in part: “I have been pleasing myself all Winter with the fond Hopes of paying you a visit in the Spring, but now the Time is come I find so many Difficulties in the way, that I know not how to break thro them al…

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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Connecticut (1731-1796) and seventh president of the Continental Congress. Address panel signed in the lower left corner, "S. Huntington," 6.25 x 2.75, with another hand addressing the corresponding letter to "His Excellency The President of the State of Pennsylvania." Double-matted and framed with a plaque and image of Huntington to an overall size o…

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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New York (1716-1778). Uncommon ink signature, "Gent., your Most Obed't Servant, Phil. Livingston,” on an off-white 4.75 x 2 slip affixed to a slightly larger cardstock mount. In fine condition.

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Important financier who signed the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution (1734-1806). Partly-printed DS, signed on the reverse, “Robt. Morris,” one page, 6.75 x 4, June 10, 1795. Promissory note in which John Nicholson promises to pay Robert Morris $6000 three years later. Boldly endorsed on the reverse by Morris. In very good to fine condition, with …

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Important financier who signed the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution (1734-1806). Partly-printed DS, signed “Rob't Morris,” one page, 8.5 x 7.5, March 31, 1791. Company of the Schuylkill and Susquehanna Navigation document certifying that "William Henderson…is entitled to One Share of Stock, in the said Company." Boldly signed at the co…

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ADS, signed “R. T. Paine,” one page, 7 x 3, no date. Legal document addressed to Mr. Foles, in full: "In the Case Howland vs Briggs the half share of Byl which is fired for, is set forth in the Writ to be worth eighteen pounds & as the Dept. was defaulted it would doubtless be regular to make up Judgment for that sum; but as the said half share was sold but for £15—, t…

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Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation as a representative of North Carolina (1741-1781). Ink endorsement signature, "J. P. atto," on the reverse of a manuscript legal document, one page, 7.5 x 4.5, February 6, 1786. Writ order addressed to the Sheriff of Granville County to "take the bodies of John John Potter & Riehard Wilkins" and to render unto Thomas G…

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American politician from South Carolina who was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence (1749-1800). Ink signature, "Edward Rutledge, Dfts Atty,” on an off-white 6.75 x 1.75 slip clipped from the close of a document. In very good to fine condition, with staining along the bottom edge.

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ADS, one page, 7.5 x 5.5, November 7, 1786. Pay order issued to Treasurer John Lawrence, in full: "Please to pay to Mr. Israel Stoddard out of the monies appropriated for the support of civil government Six pounds Seven Shillings lawful money, on account of what is due to me on the Debenture of the Sup'r Court for the last circuit." Matted and framed with a plaque and engraving to an overall …

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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Pennsylvania (1719-1806). Ink endorsement signature, "Jas. Smith," at the bottom of a manuscript legal document, one page, 8 x 3.25, no date. Petition made by Cath Bickham concerning the dissolution of her marriage, in part: "Your Pett. therefore prays the Honble. House would please to take her unhappy case into Consideration, (And upon good due Notic…

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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Georgia (1749-1804). Partly-printed DS, signed “Geo. Walton,” one page, 7.5 x 12, March 7, 1784. State of Georgia petition to the "Honourable George Walton Esquire, Chief Justice of the said State, and the Assistant Justices of the County of Richmond," requesting that Holman Freeman, Elijah Clark, Robert Middleton, and Horatio Marbury appe…

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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Connecticut (1726-1797) who also signed the Articles of Confederation and served as a major general in the Connecticut Militia during the Revolutionary War. Partial ADS, signed “Teste Oliver Wolcott Sheriff,” one page, 4 x 2.75, April 30, 1757. Brief letter of consent, in part: "I do hereby authorize Mr. [Peter Dewolf the wedge of land] la…

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Clergyman and volunteer chaplain during the Revolutionary War (1743-1810) who fought as a combatant in the Battle of Bennington, earning himself the nickname 'The Fighting Parson.' Scarce ALS, one page both sides, 6.25 x 7.5, November 4, 1785. Letter to John Etan Aten of Kinderhook, New York, in part: "I have this moment received your Letter in Answer would observe that the Money I was to …

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Revolutionary War-dated printed broadside issued by the "State of Massachusetts-Bay, In the House of Representatives," one page, 8.5 x 14.25, May 5, 1777. The legislature calls upon citizens to elect members to a council to draft a state constitution: "Whereas is it out peculiar duty to consult and promote the happiness of the good people of this state, having duly considered the advantages of fo…

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Two items: an ink signature of J. E. Howard on an off-white 2.25 x .75 slip affixed to an engraving of Howard bearing a preprinted facsimile signature; and a true copy of a document signed by Thomas Humphrey Cushing, one page, 8 x 6.5, September 14, 1800, regarding the "Resignation of Ensign Wetzel of the Second Regiment of Infantry." In overall very good to fine condition. John Eager Howard (17…

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Commander-in-chief of the British army during the Revolutionary War (1717-1797) whose reputation was damaged due to allegations that he conducted an early form of germ warfare against Native Americans, distributing blankets contaminated with the deadly smallpox virus. LS signed “Amherst,” one page, 7.5 x 8.25, April 20, 1794. Letter to a gentleman, written from St. James's Square a…

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Group of nine items signed by signers of the Articles of Confederation, dated from 1767 to 1805 (some undated), including: John Harvie (DS), Edward Langworthy (Georgia currency), Richard Hutson (ADS), John Collins (DS), Thomas Adams (DS), Titus Hosmer (ALS), William Henry Drayton (DS), Joseph Reed (ALS), and Jonathan Bayard Smith (ALS). In overall very good to fine condition. Click here for a deta…

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Collection of five German items pertaining to World War I, including: a Second Class Iron Cross with ribbon, marked "1914" at the bottom; a black badge awarded to wounded soldiers, featuring a helmet over crossed swords, encircled by a wreath; a gilt War Commemorative Medal, 1914-1918, of the Kyffhauser Union, with ribbon; a bronze Honor Cross of the World War with ribbon, featuring the years "19…

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Ninth Governor of North Carolina (1725-1813) who served from 1795 to 1798. He was appointed to the committee that drafted the first North Carolina Constitution, and in 1776 he was elected to the new North Carolina Senate and was elected its first speaker. Partly-printed vellum DS, signed “Sam. Ashe,” one page, 13.25 x 13.5, July 20, 1796. State of North Carolina land grant in which As…

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