George Washington autographed document attracting bids past $7,000



2015-06-26 12:54:36

George Washington autographed document attracting bids past $7,000

An autographed document from George Washington is already selling well at an online auction

An autographed document from George Washington is already selling well in an onlinesale which closes on July 18.

George Washington Autograph Signed Document Washington items have received a boost after the stunning sale at Christie's

The magnificent document is printed on Washington's own headed vellum leaf as president of the United States and details his appointment ofCharles Harrison as lieutenant in the newly-created Corps of Artillerists and Engineers. Dated December 26, 1794, the document is also countersigned by Secretary of War Henry Knox. With tensions once again building between America and Great Britain, Washington had decided to create "a small corps of well disciplined and well informed artillerists and engineers"at the request of his troops. Until that point no engineers had yet served in the US army, and it was Washington's decision that led congress to establish a separate US Corps of Engineers and the famous academy at West Point -as America's first military engineering school. Marking a ground-breaking decision from America's most forward-thinking president, the document is in very good condition considering its age and ismarred only by a vertical fold across the signature. It can expect superb results when bidding finishes, with Washington memorabilia currently boosted by the record-breaking sale at Christie's on June 22. The auction also features autographed items from leading American figures such as Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and John Adams. The Franklin document is currentlyleading bids at $6,443,due to a meticulous sketch drawn by him as president of the Supreme Executive Council. Paul Fraser Collectibles currently has a rare autographed lottery ticket from George Washington on offer, as well as an authentic strand of the president's hair. We also have another authentic strand of hair from the head of America's second president, John Adams. For Abraham Lincoln collectors, we have this unique collectible, which was taken from the bedroom of the only house the president ever owned.

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