An appropriate accent to this regal display, an engraved metallic plate might also serve as an introduction, reading: “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” The preceding, of course, is an introduction of a man that needs none, George Washington. Framed to dimensions of 14-3/4 x 15-1/4”, the handsome display features the aforementioned engraved plate, a colorized likeness of Washington and (3) symmetrically arranged keepsakes certain to trump those in any Chief Executive collection. Starting from the top, there are several strands of Washington’s hair. In the middle, a 5” section has been culled from a 1769 document. The original piece showcases Washington’s black-ink endorsement. Originally executed on two separate lines of the document, Washington’s signature (“5-6” strength) appears complete here, as the surname was removed from its original location and placed next to “George” to facilitate display purposes. Finally, just below is a portion of a coat worn by Washington. These elements combine to make a prestigious presidential display. Genuine Washington artifacts are scarce, indeed, let alone in groupings of three. LOA from John Reznikoff, University Archives. This item has a reserve (estimated value $3500-$7000)
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