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Auction 146, Lot 818

"[Vellum Manuscript Indenture on 2 Sheets]",

Subject: Indentures

Period: 1681 (dated)


Color: Black & White

21.5 x 25 inches
54.6 x 63.5 cm
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This vellum indenture, signed on September 23, 1681, recognizes the sale of a farm in Durham county, England between William Shipherdson and Thomas Williamson. 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

Moderate soiling and staining.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 9/4/2013