Lot 19: c. 1808 Appaisal An Inventory of the Personal Estate of Stephen Decatur (Sr.) Copy

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December 10, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
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"Inventory of the Personal Estate of Stephen Decatur, dec'd" Famous American Naval Officer c. November 1808


(STEPHEN DECATUR, SR.) (June 1752 - November 11, 1808). American Merchant Ship Captain before the Revolutionary War, American Naval Captain in the Revolutionary War, and later commissioned as a U.S. Navy Captain in the Quasi-War with France, commanded the ship USS Delaware and sailed in the first American Navy fleet to cross the Atlantic, along with his son Stephen Decatur Jr.
c. November 11, 1808, Manuscript Document, 8 Pages, Listing titled, "Copy of an Inventory of Goods & Chattels, the Personal Estate of Stephen Decatur, dec'd," with a fully listed and appraised total value of $9,100.39, Choice Extremely Fine. This undated, Handwritten Manuscript Document is Headed at the top of its front page: "Copy of an Inventory of Goods & Chattels, the Personal Estate of Stephen Decatur, dec'd." This being an official period Contemporary Copy of the Inventory of the personal estate of Stephen Decatur. It is a listed appraisal measuring 7" wide x 12.5" tall, with 8 pages (2 blank). The Docket on its blank final page verso reads, in full: "N 1 - Copy of Appraisment of the Personal Estate of S Decatur deceased." The high quality laid period paper is lightly folded, and is very well written, easily readable and extremely clean in presentation. There are a few trivial small splits at folds, overall extremely well written in crisp brown on fresh clean period laid paper. Excellent for display and a great collectible item for United States Navy enthusiasts! Exceedingly rare.
Stephen Decatur, Sr. (1752 - 1808), American merchant captain before the Revolution, and American Naval Captain in the Revolutionary War and later in the Quasi-War. He was the father of Stephen Decatur, Jr., the famous Naval officer.

During the American Revolution, Decatur commanded the Ships Royal Louis, the Comet, the Retaliation, the Rising Sun, and the Fair American, gaining distinction by the capture of English vessels.

At the close of the war he returned to mercantile life and was a friend and business associate of Colonel Francis Gurney (1738 - 1813), Philadelphia merchant, civic leader, and officer during the Revolutionary War.
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