With infinite details and elaborate language, the Declaration of Independence reads as the legal predecessor to all documents composed to protect the rights and freedoms granted to United States citizens. As it nears the conclusion, the words “… absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown” defines the endeavor, leaving no doubt as to the intentions of a brave new government. It was with good reasons (namely, national and civic pride) that duplications were commissioned for display in classrooms, office buildings and in public squares.
This Eleazar Huntington example is one such vintage replica. Engraved and printed by the Hartford, Connecticut patriot between 1820 and 1824, this particular model is a smaller variation of Benjamin O. Tyler’s version. Printed on heavy woven paper, the document showcases symmetrically arranged titles and “Engraved by E. Huntington” at the bottom center. Expertly repaired at the edges, this example exhibits fine condition.
In John Bidwell’s American History in Image and Text 1988 publication, he cites the existence of only three copies of Huntington’s engraving, making this a definitively scare artifact from the most important chapter in American history. LOA from University Archives. This item has a reserve (estimated value $10,000-$20,000)