Lot 196: Joseph Cosey: Benjamin Franklin

RR Auction

2015-08-21 10:51:42

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Lot 196: American forger (1887-1950?) who forged letters from American luminaries. Joseph Cosey forgery of a document signed by Benjamin Franklin, one page,12.25 x 6.25, October 16, 1786. Forged pay order to Treasurer Rittenhouse. In part: "Pay to the Honourable Silas Deane, Esquire. One hundred pounds and Ten shillings—The same being due him for services and attendance as a member of the Council." Float-mounted and framed to an overall size of 14 x 11. In fine condition, with paper loss to edges. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460 Wednesday, 16th September 2015 Estimate: $400-600
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