Lot 10: Extremely Rare George Washington Autograph at Age 18
13th April 2017
This is an extremely rare signature of the future General and 1st President of the Unites States George Washington at the young age of 18. This rare example has part of the date showing, April of 1750 and with the additional letters S.C.C. which stands for Surveyor of Culpeper County. As a young teenager, the Fairfax family heavily influenced Washington. Lord Fairfax commissioned the sixteen-year-old George Washington in 1748 with his first surveying job. Young Washington learned his trade well, likely using his fathers surveying instruments on these early ventures just east of Virginia's frontier. In July of 1749, Washington took the Oath of Public Office to become Culpeper County's first official surveyor, a well-paid position which soon enabled him to buy land in the Shenandoah Valley. This early version of Washington's signature as a surveyor is especially rare. Only a few years after signing this, he started using a less stylized "G: Washington." For his final survey known from 1752, he used the familiar "Go: Washington." In fine condition, 1.25" x 3.25". Because of their rarity full surveyor documents signed by Washington have been know to sell in excess of $75,000 so tis would be a very affordable version of this rare style of Washington’s signature! Notes: To place a bid go to www.oneofakindauctions.com
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