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1785 Paul Revere Signed Document
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $7,110
Partial document signed by Paul Revere (1735-1818), American patriot and metalsmith. The small, partial document, which is dated "1785" at the top in an unknown hand, has been inscribed in black ink, "Acct to pay at time mentioned within." It is signed below by "Paul Revere," with the signature grading "7." Paul Revere's signature is among the rarest of all Revolutionary War figures. It is also one of the most desirable, and rightly so. Few Americans are as well known as Paul Revere, due in large part to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's celebrated poem Paul Revere's Ride, which begins with the famous line "Listen, my children, and you shall hear/Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere." On April 18th, 1775, Paul Revere rode from Charlestown to Lexington in the dark of night to warn Sam Adams and John Hancock that British troops were advancing upon the town with orders to capture the pair. On his way, he alerted all of the residents of the impending advancement as well, with those residents also taking to the road to spread the word. Revere's heroic actions played a large part in the colonist's successful defense of Lexington and Concord the following day, which signaled the official start of the Revolutionary War. The document (5.25 x 1.75 inches) displays two vertical folds and slightly uneven borders. A few minor edge tears are evident, as is writing on the reverse. In Very Good condition overall. Mounted (by means of photo corners) and framed together with an illustrated portrait of Paul Revere to total dimensions of 14 x 20 inches. Full LOA from PSA/DNA, full LOA from Bob Eaton and Bill White of R&R Auction, and LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $7,110
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