Lot 180: Partly-printed DS, one page, 11 x 17, February 11, 1785. Hancock appoints James Endicott of Stoughton "to be one of the Justices to keep the Peace in the County of Suffolk." Signed at the bottom by Hancock and countersigned by secretary John Avery, and also signed a second time, "John Hancock, Esq." Handsomely mounted, double-matted, and framed with an engraved portrait to an overall size of 30.5 x 25. Document has been professionally backed and is in very good condition, with intersecting folds, one through a single stroke of signature, show-through from docketing on reverse, repaired paper loss along top edge, and scattered toning. The paper seal is toned and worn, but intact. Despite the flaws, Hancock's larger signature remains quite bold and, of course, instantly recognizable. Oversized.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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