Lot 11: Third-person ADS in Washington's hand, signed in-full in the text, "George Washington," one page, 6.25 x 3, June 2, 1773. Handwritten receipt, written on the back of advertisement for "Cards made by James McEvoy Card-maker in Ordinary to Her Majesty Piccadilly St. James's," reads, in full, "Received from George Washington the Sum of Twenty three pounds Currt for a dark bay horse sold him at Publick Vendue." Signed at the conclusion by John Lort. Document has been professionally inlaid into a slightly larger off-white sheet. Grandly double-cloth-matted and framed with a copy of the front of the advertisement, an engraved 15 shilling 1773 Pennsylvania note, three color images of Washington, and a small plaque, to an overall size of 47 x 29. In fine, clean condition. Both in his life as a Virginia planter and his career as a military man, George Washington embraced his affection for horses. One of the finest riders of his time, he actively participated in all facets of horsemanship, from breeding to racing, hunting to trading. This receipt "for a dark bay horse sold him at Publick Vendue," holds distinction not only in its relation to the future president's favorite hobby, but especially in its large, bold signature. Seldom signed with his entire name, this is a highly desirable example of his complete autograph, and is significantly larger than other full signatures that we have seen. Oversized.
Oak Auctions' Rare Autograph and Manuscript Auction
Thursday, 19th November 2015
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