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Auction 145, Lot 831

"[Vellum Manuscript Indenture]",

Subject: Indentures

Period: 1520 (circa)


Color: Black & White

10 x 5.5 inches
25.4 x 14 cm
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This interesting manuscript indenture on vellum is an agreement between Richard Wastley, son and heir of Thomas Wastley, and Gilbert Claghton (Clayton). The Wastley family originated in Chorlegh (Chorley) in Lancashire, in North West England, and were apparently related to the Standish Family of Duxbury Hall. Written in old English script with brown ink. Dated 1 February II Henry 8.

The top of the indenture is cut in a jagged ("toothed") line, as was the common practice with indentures. The legal contract was duplicated on a single sheet, and then the copies were separated by a jagged edge, so that the two pieces could be fit together again to verify authenticity.


Condition: B

Light soiling with some creasing and a couple of tiny worm holes.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 6/12/2013