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RR Auction: Rare Document, Manuscript, and Autograph Auction

by RR Auction


1,547 lots | 1545 with images

March 13, 2013

5 Route 101A, Suite 5

Amherst, NH, 03031 USA

Phone: +1 (603) 732-4280

Fax: +1 (603) 732-4288

Email: Bobby.Eaton@RRAuction.com

John Adams

Lot 1: John Adams

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Description: Endorsement, signed "John Adams," on the reverse of a one page document. 6.5 x 8, November 23, 1768. Document orders the Sheriff of Suffolk County to take Robert Gordon into custody to answer a charge brought on by Edward Stanley of London on Gordon's failure to pay him £130. Endorsement, written in an unknown hand reads, "And this Edward agreeing to the liberty reserved by the Defs in his plea says the same is insufficient in law therefore he prays judgement for his damages & cost." Impressively suede-matted and framed with two gold-inlaid, sterling silver portrait plates issued in a limited edition by the Franklin Mint in the early-to-mid 1970s, a well-done copy of the front of the document, and a large copy of the Constitution, to an overall size of 42 x 27. Scattered toning, a bit heavier along horizontal folds, a few chips to edges, circular toning from wax seal, and light show-through from text on opposite side, otherwise very good condition. Oversized.

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Chester A. Arthur

Lot 2: Chester A. Arthur

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Description: Magnificent sepia 18.25 x 24.25, imperial three-quarter-length, portrait by Charles Milton Bell, signed and inscribed as president in the lower border in black ink, "To John Jameson, with sincere regard, Chester A. Arthur." Nicely cloth-matted and framed to an overall size of 31 x 37. Small repair to bottom of image, some light spotting to background, and some mild toning, soiling, and foxing to borders, otherwise fine condition. The John Jameson of Arthur's inscription is most probably the Amherst, Massachusetts, lawyer who was appointed postmaster in December of 1876. Taken in 1882 during Arthur's first year in office, images of the president are incredibly scarce, and photos of this size, in particular, are virtually nonexistent. Another striking feature of this particular photo is the man who took it: Charles Milton Bell. A celebrity in his own right, Bell established an acclaimed photography studio on Pennsylvania Avenue, and counted President Arthur among his elite clientele. Oversized.

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Chester A. Arthur

Lot 3: Chester A. Arthur

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Description: Bank check, 6.75 x 2.5, filled out in another hand and signed by Arthur, "C. A. Arthur," payable to Mr. James Clarke for $250, February 11, 1865. Arthur has also initialed and dated the two-cent revenue stamp affixed to the upper left, "C. A. A., Feb. 11, 1865." Central vertical and horizontal folds (the vertical fold passing through first letter of the signature), mild scattered creases, and expected bank notations and cancellation cuts, otherwise fine condition.

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Chester A. Arthur

Lot 4: Chester A. Arthur

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Description: Vintage ink signature, "C. A. Arthur," on an off-white 4.5 x 5.5 lightly-lined sheet with four other signatures. Some light spreading to ink in signature and a uniform shade of mild toning, otherwise fine condition.

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James Buchanan

Lot 5: James Buchanan

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Description: Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 21.75 x 16.5, no date. Unissued four-language ship's paper, signed in the far right panel by Buchanan and countersigned by Secretary of State Lewis Cass. Suede-matted and framed to an overall size of 30.25 x 25. In fine condition, with intersecting folds, mild toning to left side, and a circular spot of toning near top from mirroring of seal. The white wafer seal is crisp and intact. Oversized.

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