US artefacts sell well at One of a Kind Collectibles

One of a Kind Collectibles’ most recent sale featured a wealth of artefacts connected with US history.

The headliner proved to be a handwritten receipt from George Washington (authorising the purchase of $500 worth of corn in 1799) that sold for $11,092.

George Washington signed

George Washington wrote out this receipt for $500 of corn in 1799

The auction house suggests this shipment may have been intended for turning into alcohol (Washington's plantation house of Mount Vernon had its own distillery).

The letter reads, in part: "Judge Washington intending to Mount Vernon I imbrace the opportunity of acknowledging rect of your Letter of the 10th Ulto with Mr. Andersons, inclosing the Acct between us for corn; which is very accurate, & satisfactory.-- On the 15th June I drew on you in favr of Walter Roe & Co., for [...] payable 60 days after sight."

A document signed by Abraham Lincoln appointing Assistant Secretary of the Treasury George Harrington to temporary acting Secretary of the Treasury in October, 1864 made $7,552.

Harrington was one of Lincoln’s most trusted colleagues.

After the president was assassinated in 1865, the task of planning the funeral fell to Harrington.

There was also a printed copy of Katharine Bates’ patriotic song America the Beautiful, signed by Bates herself.

The song was very nearly chosen as the national anthem of the US in 1931, but Star Spangled Banner pipped it to the post.

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