Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 105

Lot 418

John Hancock's Breeches Artifact. A 4¼ x 2¼" piece of burgundy velvet cloth identified by an old attached note as a piece of the breeches of John Hancock. Provenance includes a mimeograph copy of a 1915 statement from a descendant of Hancock's. Alice Ward Harris writes that John Hancock's father and her great great grandmother's father were brothers and that he was cousin to Annae Hancock Potter, her great great grandmother, and that the fragment had come down in the family to her. (She mistakenly says that John Hancock had no children; he had a daughter and a son but they died at ten months and nine years, respectively). With a 1999 receipt. Estimate Value $250 - UP

Realized $660

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