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The July 8-9, 2017 Manuscript, Space, Collectibles & Stamp Auction

U.S. Revolutionary War
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Lot 163
Few, William - Signature of Signer of the U.S. Constitution From Georgia (1748-1828) Signature, "Wm Few" on a small piece of paper. Few was a member of the Continental Congress and represented Georgia at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, being one of the Signers of the U.S. Constitution. He was also a delegate to the Georgia convention that ratified the Constitution on January 2, 1788. Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Few was a senator during Washington's first term and held numerous state and federal offices. Estimate Value $200 - 300
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Lot 164
Hamilton, Alexander - Rare Silk Ribbon Honoring The Founding of Patterson, NJ, 1892. Ribbon manufactured in 1892 by John Best & Co. in recognition of the founding of Paterson, New Jersey by Alexander Hamilton. White silk ribbon woven with black, red, blue and gold text and images; eagle holding American flag at top; woven with "PATERSON, NJ" below, over central bust image of Alexander Hamilton; woven below with "FOUNDED/ BY/ ALEX. HAMILTON/ CENTENNIAL"; "1792/ 1892" woven below over gold banner; black and white image of dam and bridge at tapered end of ribbon; gold tassel. One horizontal fold with tiny split at right edge, else fine. Estimate Value $500 - 800
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Lot 165
John Jay Autograph Letter Signed During the American Revolution (1745-1829) American statesman and diplomat, a Founding Father of the United States, President of the Continental Congress, signatory of the Treaty of Paris, and first Chief Justice of the United States. ALS as U.S. Minister to Spain, 3 pages, 9 x 7¼", Madrid, Spain, Nov. 23, 1780. To his sister-in-law, Miss Kelly W. Livingston (1751-1813). In part: "You are without exception the best correspondent I have in America…every Letter I write to Congress shall enclose one for you." Letter is signed "Your friend & Brother / John Jay." (Email to request full transcript of letter.)

Docket on verso of bifolium, with penciled biographical note in another hand re John Jay. Light soiling to pages 1 and 4; minor edge chips. Boldly penned and signed during the American Revolution. As Minister Plenipotentiary to Spain, Jay was expected to get financial aid, commercial treaties, and recognition of American independence, the latter of which Spain refused to give, fearing the effect on its own colonies in the New World. Jay did, however, obtain a loan of $170,000. In June of 1782 Jay was sent to Paris, to help negotiate the Treaty of Paris, which ended the American Revolutionary War. Estimate Value $4,000 - 6,000
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Lot 166
Lee, Henry - Huge Signature on a Partial Document, Signed as Governor of Virginia (1756-1818) Cavalry officer (known as "Light Horse Harry") in the Continental Army during the American Revolution; Governor of Virginia; U.S. Congressman; father of Robert E. Lee. Partly-printed document signed "Henry Lee" as Governor of Virginia, 11¼ x 5½"", Richmond, May 6, 1793. Lee promotes Tarlton Woodson a Lieutenant-Colonel in the 63rd regiment of the Virginia militia. Right side of document is not present. Part of paper and wax seal is visible at lower left; some tears to paper visible, only one--a vertical split through the "r" in "Henry"--affects the signature. Matted with a cast copy of a 1776 Continental dollar, an engraving of Lee on horseback, and a quote from Lee's stirring tribute to George Washington after his death: [First in War, First in Peace, and] "First in the Hearts of His Countrymen." Framed to an overall size of 17¼ x 23¼". Aside from a few nicks to frame, ready for display. Estimate Value $800 - 1,000
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Lot 167
Original Print of "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine, 1776, Sixth Edition, Common Sense: Addressed to the Inhabitants of America, On the following interesting Subjects: I. Of the Origin and Design of Government in general, with concise Remarks on the English Constitution. II. Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession. III. Thoughts on the present State of American Affairs. IV. Of the present Ability of America, with some miscellaneous Reflections. [Two lines from Thomson]. The Sixth Edition. Philadelphia, Printed: Providence, Re-printed and Sold by John Carter, at Shakespear's Head, near the Court-House. M,DCC,LXXVI [1776]. Modern calf and marbled boards, front board being separated but present. Presentation book plate to the Boston Athenaeum [cancelled] on inside board; small library notation affixed to inside back board. Toning and foxing throughout. Missing the final page (33).

Gimbel CS-51 (lacking pp33-34); NIAI 14958; Adams 222s; Alden 636.

Along with the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and The Federalist, Common Sense is one of the seminal documents of the founding of America.


Estimated Value $7,000 - 9,000
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Lot 168
Revolutionary War Ephemera Collection - 19th and Early 20th Century. A group of invitations, announcements, etc., to commemorate anniversaries of historic events in American history, primarily centennial celebrations regarding the American Revolution. Events include: the evacuation of Boston (1876) and of New York (1883) by the British Army; Old North Bridge celebration (1875), includes a cabinet photo of Paul Revere monument; vintage photo of stone with Col. John Parker's famous "Let it begin here" quote; "An Address Delivered at the Laying of the Corner Stone of the Bunker Hill Monument" (Boston, 1825, 4th ed.); an 1873 admittance to a Boston Tea Party Centennial at Faneuil Hall; an 1875 ticket to services for the centennial of Bunker Hill; an 1878 invitation to a Valley Forge centennial celebration; three Surrender at Yorktown centennial celebrations (one for French and other foreign visitors); an 1883 Newburgh centennial, celebrating the closing events of the war; and eight postcards with patriotic scenes from the Battle of Lexington.

Also, invitations the launching of the Constitution (1897); the Evacuation of Fort Niagara (1896); the 200th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin (1906); the death of George Washington (1899); the unveiling of the statues of Generals Pulaski and Kosciuszko (1910); the dedication of the Washington Monument Arch at Valley Forge (1917); the centennial of Lafayette's triumphant return to the U.S. (1925); Yorktown Sesquicentennial (1931); bicentennial anniversary of the birth of George Washington (1932); the unveiling of the painting depicting the signing of the U.S. Constitution (1940); the 150th anniversary of the First Congress and of the Supreme Court (separate items, 1939); and the 100th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the Capitol (1893); a program for the dedication of the Washington Monument; an 1889 program for the centennial celebration of George Washington's inauguration, as well as a program for a ball, a menu for the dinner, and a ticket for a reception; an 1889 program for the naval parade in New York Harbor; and four First Day Covers celebrating the U.S. Bicentennial, with patriotic scenes. There are also two invitations (1876, 1877) and three tickets to the International Exhibition in Philadelphia. Condition is very good to fine. Estimate Value $400 - 600
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