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Lot # 862 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1882 Alexander Cartwright Jr. Twice-Signed Envelope (PSA/DNA)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,133

Envelope bearing two "A. J. Cartwright" signatures in black fountain pen (each grading "10") on the front. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with the signatures certified as authentic. This envelope, which originates from the personal archives of the Cartwright family, bears the preprinted name of Alexander Cartwright business associate "M. Paiko" along the front left border. Shortly after Cartwright arrived in Hawaii he opened his own firm as a whaling and commission merchant. The business soon expanded to include matters of banking, handling of trust estates, insurance, and real estate, which later led to the formation of Cartwright and Company Ltd., a firm that survives to this day. Manual Paiko was one of the first Portuguese settlers in Hawaii and he ultimately become a successful cattle merchant. He was a long-standing client of Cartwright's and both men were considered among the Island's most prominent businessmen. Here, Cartwright has used one of Paiko's envelopes to record payment by Cartwright of Paiko's mortgage on June 2, 1882. Cartwright's name appears once in his handwritten text and then again, below, in formal recognition of the payment. This piece also has the special provenance of having once resided in the legendary Barry Halper Collection. Halper acquired nearly all of his many Alexander Cartwright items (including this item) directly from the family, with this representing one of a number of business documents in the collection relating to Paiko's account. Alexander Cartwright signatures are very rare. In fact, they are far rarer than many collectors even realize, as letterpress copies (which are actually copies of original letters) are often mistakenly sold as original signed items. The envelope (3.5 x 9.5 inches) is toned and displays a few small tears. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $2,133

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