Lot 2: Interesting display featuring three desirable Washington relics, including a handwriting sample, a swatch of his coat, and five strands of his hair. Washington's handwriting reads, "James Welch to, by the Oaks of," on an off-white 2 x .5 slip clipped from a document dated March 17, 1769. The swatch of fabric from his coat is dark red and measures approximately .5 x .5, and was removed from a larger fragment of his cloak originating from the family of Tobias Lear, Washington's close friend and personal secretary. The five strands of Washington's hair each measure about an inch long and originate from a larger lock once owned by the Custis-Powell family and purchased by noted dealer Charles Hamilton. Handsomely cloth-matted and framed with a plaque and color image of Washington to an overall size of 15 x 15. In fine condition.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs & Artifacts
Friday, 23rd October 2015
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