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Thomas Jefferson Docketing Signature September 25, 1801

Docketing signature, “Mr. Jefferson,” in the bottom margin of a letter sent to him by Congressman William Branch Giles, one page both sides, 7.75 x 9.5, September 25, 1801. The letter, an introduction for a Mr. Tubeuffe, in part: “He is the son of a gentleman of that name, who some years ago came from France to the United States, with a view of establishing himself in some part of the western country, but in making the attempt, was unfortunately murdered by the Indians….After the death of the father, and during the minority of the son, the family was put on the list of emigrants by the then government of France [referring to the France’s Revolutionary–era list of political ‘undesirables’ who were considered enemies of the state and were subjected to permanent exile and forfeiture of personal property]. Mr. Tubeuffe having received assurances that their names will now be erased from the emigrant list proposes to visit his native country, with a view of making his respects to his Mother, who is still living, and as far as may be practicable of reclaiming his estate. Mr. Tubeuffe sensible of the high consideration attached to your name in France, conceives, that letters from you of his good conduct here, will essentially facilitate the execution of his objects.” Giles then goes on to describe Tubeuffe and his employment in the mercantile business. In very good condition, with a few light scattered spots and soiling, mild toning to area of signature, and a few tiny chips and tears. Jefferson earned this “high consideration” of the French government during his tenure as minister to France from 1785 to 1789, during which time he lived in a house on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Jefferson’s signature, though small, is dark and distinct. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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Thomas Jefferson and James Madison 1805 Signed ‘X’ patent

Partly-printed vellum DS, signed “Th: Jefferson” as president and “James Madison” as secretary of state, one page, 12.5 x 14.5, October 1, 1805. An offical patent issued to “Samuel Bartlett a Citizen in the United States, [who] hath alledged that he has invented a new and useful improvement being a Clay pipe for Conduits.” Neatly signed at the conclusion by President Jefferson and Secretary of State Madison, as well as Secretary of the Navy Robert Smith. The embossed white paper seal and light blue ribbons to the left side remain intact. The second page, still attached by the binding ribbon, contains Bartlett’s own description of the manufacturing techniques used in making conduits out of clay. In fine condition, with intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a couple letters of Madison’s signature), both signatures a shade light, and foxing to folds on the second page. A fire in the patent office on December 15, 1836, destroyed a great majority of patents issued by the United States government over the previous forty years. Approximately 10,000 patent documents were lost, with about 2,800 recovered. When creating a filing system for these documents years later, all patents issued prior to the fire were numbered with an ‘X’ prefix—this example designated as ‘X637.’ As an uncommon example of such an ‘X’ patent in its complete and original form signed by two of America’s important early presidents, this is a fascinating document of historical interest. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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Thomas Jefferson White House China Soup Bowl

Original Thomas Jefferson presidential china soup bowl. Beautiful china shallow soup bowl, circa 1790, is made of white Chinese porcelain, measures 9.5″ in diameter (the same as the Jefferson dinner plate), and is painted blue with gilt fleur-de-lis edges. Center of the bowl bears an exceptional hand-painted design featuring Jefferson’s neoclassical shield studded with 13 gold stars which encloses the script initial “J,” surmounted by a plumed knight’s helmet.

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Thomas Jefferson White House China Soup Bowl

Original Thomas Jefferson presidential china soup bowl. Beautiful china shallow soup bowl, circa 1790, is made of white Chinese porcelain, measures 9.5″ in diameter (the same as the Jefferson dinner plate), and is painted blue with gilt fleur-de-lis edges. Center of the bowl bears an exceptional hand-painted design featuring Jefferson’s neoclassical shield studded with 13 gold stars which encloses the script initial “J,” surmounted by a plumed knight’s helmet.

This particular gilt “J” dinner service has long been linked to Thomas Jefferson, including being published in Official White House China (mentioning early Chinese export) by M.B. Klapthor, with examples at one time on display at Monticello, the US State Department Diplomatic Reception Rooms, and the White House (before at least 1908). Jefferson’s 19th century direct lineal descendants strongly believed in Jefferson’s ownership of the 1790s “J” service, sought to re-acquire it, and then gifted four “J” pieces to the White House in the early 1900’s—where each piece has remained for over 100 years. An incredibly rare opportunity to acquire such an attractive piece of US history, as most, if not all, of the other china from the first three presidents were destroyed when the British ransacked and burned the Executive Mansion during the War of 1812. The historical significance of presidential porcelain from a well-known collection in such truly superb condition is not to be understated.

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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Thomas Jefferson

 

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Thomas Jefferson Exceptional full free frank

Exceptional full free frank, measuring 9 x 7.5 unfolded, with center panel measuring 4.5 x 3.25, addressed by Jefferson to “Capt. Seth Jenkins, at the town of Hudson, state of New York,” and crisply franked in the lower left, “Th: Jefferson.” In fine condition, with a few trivial stains to the address panel and a couple larger stains to adjacent panels. Jenkins was a Nantucket whaler who founded the whaling port of Hudson, New York, and later became a wine distiller. The National Archives has one record of a letter from Jefferson to Jenkins, dated June 21, 1791, in which he tells Jenkins that he should look into distilling spirits from wine rather than molasses, believing that it could create a higher quality product at a decreased cost. In arguing that better and cheaper spirits could be produced from wine than from molasses, Jefferson hoped to lessen American dependence upon the British West Indies and to increase trade relations with France. An extraordinarily desirable free frank, bearing a particularly bold and unusually large signature. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in Thomas Jefferson

 

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RR Auctions Thomas Jefferson Superlative Ink Signature as President

Max Furniture Thomas JeffersonSuperlative ink signature as president, “Th: Jefferson,” on an off-white 6.25 x 2.5 slip taken from a larger document, dated December 11, 1806, with Jefferson signing above the printed words, “By the President.” Matted and framed with a color print of Monticello to an overall size of 16 x 13. In fine condition, with two light folds, one horizontal and one vertical, neither affecting the crisp signature, and some small spots of staining to top corners. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

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RR Auction Thomas Jefferson Autographed Letter 1820 Signed

RR Auction Thomas JeffersonALS signed “Th: Jefferson,” one page, 8 x 9.5, Monticello, January 16, 1820. Letter to Robert Hanna, Sr. In full: “A letter from you, dear sir, comes to me like one from the tombs of the dead, so long is it since I have had any evidence that you were still in the land of the living and so few are now who were fellow laborers in the struggle for the liberation of our country. And I rejoice to find that advancing years are the only assailants on your health mentioned in your letter. Time, as well as ill health, bear heavily on me. Immediately on the receipt of your letter, I forwarded it to the President with the expression of interest I feel for your petition, and he will not be slow in proving his attention to Revolutionary mothers. I tender you my best wishes for the continuance of your life and health as long as you shall yourself wish them to continue.” Double cloth-matted and framed with a portrait of Jefferson to an overall size of 25 x 20.25. Intersecting folds, one through a single letter of the signature, several repairs to separations along folds and creases, an area of repaired paper/word loss to center of letter affecting small portions of four words of text, and scattered light soiling, otherwise very good condition. Provenance: Christie’s, June 2003.

Nearly half a century after writing the Declaration of Independence, having settled into retirement at Monticello and begun work on his newly founded University of Virginia, Jefferson received an unexpected letter from an old friend, General Robert Hanna. His former classmate at the College of William and Mary, Hanna also served bravely in the Revolutionary War, fighting in several key southern battles including Kings Mountain and Cowpens. He went on to become one of Indiana’s pioneering settlers, and in 1816 played a key role in drafting the state’s Constitution. This wonderfully gracious letter is Jefferson’s response to Hanna’s request that he forward President Monroe a petition requesting pensions for widows of veterans. Pleased to assist, Jefferson writes that he immediately did so “with the expression of interest I feel for [it],” believing that Monroe would “not be slow in proving his attention to Revolutionary mothers.” A truly remarkable letter from one of America’s Founding Fathers, delighted to hear from a long-since forgotten fellow patriot. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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