RR Auction William Henry Harrison Practically Nonexistent Ink Signature

28 Jun

RR Auction William Henry HarrisonPractically nonexistent ink signature, as president, “W. H. Harrison,” on an off-white 5.25 x 2.5 vellum slip clipped from a larger document, signed by Harrison above the printed heading, “By the President,” and also signed by Secretary of State Daniel Webster. In fine condition, with old mounting remnants to the reverse slightly showing through. Accompanied by a photocopy of a 1987 letter from Robert Batchelder, stating the signature was originally acquired by Joseph Nourse, a register of the US treasury and collector of presidential autographs, almost all of which were clipped signatures or partial documents. Batchelder concludes that this signature was likely taken from an unissued ship’s paper. With his presidency lasting only one month, anything signed by Harrison as Chief Executive is extraordinarily rare: this is just the second of such that we have offered in 30 years. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.


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