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Hopkinson, Francis (1737-1791) Signed $1,200 Thirty-Day Sight Draft, 25 September, 1778.

Auction:
3012T
Lot:
1050
Sold for:
$738$600

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Auction:
Books & Manuscripts - 3012T
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
May 23, 2017 12:00PM

Description:

Hopkinson, Francis (1737-1791) Signed $1,200 Thirty-Day Sight Draft, 25 September, 1778. Single leaf of laid paper with "United States" watermark printed by engraving in black ink and gold ink by letterpress, fulfilled by hand, signed by Hopkinson as Treasurer of Loans, and countersigned by Thomas Smith, Commission of the Continental Loan Office in Pennsylvania, for $1,200, made out to Joseph Dean, endorsed on verso by Dean and Samuel Purviance and Sons, purchasing agent for the Continental Congress for Maryland, Samuel Purviance Jr. also served as Chairman of the Committee of Safety of Maryland, likely for military supplies; some marginal tears, formerly folded, 8 x 4 in.
Hopkinson designed the first official American flag, and was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence as a delegate from New Jersey. Revolutionary War era sight drafts printed in gold ink with a value of $1,200 are rare.
Estimate $400-600


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Keywords

Thomas Smith, Joseph Dean, United States, American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, Flag of the United States, Founding Fathers of the United States, Hopkinson, Letterpress printing, Printing, Purviance, Relief printing, Samuel Purviance, United States Declaration of Independence, Visual arts

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