An eighteen-pence note, #30035, 3 x 3.25, dated April 3, 1772, printed by D. Hall and W. Sellers, and signed, “John Morton,” “John Sellers,” and “Cha Humphreys.” An ominous warning of “To counterfeiters Death,” is printed on the reverse. In good to very good condition, with small separations along central horizontal fold, scattered pinholes of paper loss, and light overall toning and soiling. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Monthly Archives: October 2012
Rare vintage 3.5 x 5.5 postcard photo by noted Glacier National Park photographer T. J. Hileman, signed in the lower border in black ink with the chief’s three-character pictogram of a man, a majestic eagle and a calf. In fine condition, with some scattered light silvering to dark areas of image. In the 1920s, when access to Glacier National Park was primarily by train, a group of Blackfeet Indian “chiefs” would greet new arrivals and offer to sell photographic postcards of themselves. “Chief” Eagle Calf (John Ground) was part of this group. The postcards sold for a nominal price and could be autographed for an additional cost, which was the case with this card. RRAuction COA.
Patriarch of the fabled Astor family (1763–1848) of American businessmen, who, through lucrative dealings in fur, real estate, and opium, became the first millionaire in the United States. Manuscript check, 8 x 3, written out in another hand, and reading “Cashier of the Bank of Philadelphia Pay to the order of W. Benjamin Wilson Five hundred and fifty dollars,” signed by Astor and dated December 30, 1816. Vertical folds, a few through signature, scattered creases, a few edge tears and chips, and some scattered light toning and soiling, otherwise very good condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
White House card signed in black ink, “Ronald Reagan.” In fine condition, with a couple of trivial brushes to signature. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Extremely rare partly-printed DS as president, one page, 17 x 14, February 16, 1881. President Garfield appoints John A. Hubbard to the position of Postmaster of Lockport, New York. Signed at the conclusion in black ink by Garfield, and countersigned by Postmaster General Thomas L. James. Beautifully archivally double cloth matted and framed with a portrait to an overall size of 34 x 21. Intersecting folds, some light toning and mirroring of seal and ribbon to right side of document (a portion of which is over the signature, but does not affect the clarity or legibility at all), and some scattered light creases, otherwise fine condition. The gold foil seal is toned, but intact, and retains its original bright red ribbons.
Garfield died just 200 days into his presidency, but hit the ground running when it came to making a plethora of appointments. Mistakenly dated about three weeks before Garfield actually assumed the high office on March 4, 1881, this oversight was most likely a casualty of the hectic environment surrounding the rigors of political nominations and appointments. Interestingly enough, when he took office, the Post Office Department was the largest department in the federal government—and highly prone to corruption—an embarrassment to both the president and his Republican Party. Documents signed by Garfield while in office are extremely rare, ranking second only to William Henry Harrison in scarcity. Oversized.
This item is listed online only and does not appear in our print catalog. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RRAuction COA.
Souvenir typescript, one page, 5.75 x 6.75, signed in black felt tip, “J. Carter.” A passage from his speech delivered at the March 26, 1979, Camp David peace treaty signing ceremony. In part, “At the end of this campaign, the soil of the two lands is not drenched with young blood. The countrysides of both lands are free from the litter and the carnage of a wasteful war…Peace has come to Israel and to Egypt.” In fine condition. RRAuction COA.
Exceptionally rare combination of vintage ballpoint signatures, “Marilyn Monroe” and “Joe DiMaggio,” on a 3.5 x 8.5 slip irregularly clipped from a magazine ad for savings bonds. In very good condition, with three horizontal folds, one passing through Monroe’s signature, scattered creases, and four affixed toned pieces of tape, two over small areas of the top and bottom of Monroe’s signature and one over a section of DiMaggio’s. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. This is just the fifth pairing of Monroe and DiMaggio that we have offered—similar items rarely enter the marketplace. The relatively short duration of their relationship—roughly two years—make single items signed by both legends quite difficult to find. A highly desirable and incredibly scarce set of signatures from one of America’s most glamorous couples. RRAuction COA.