Catalog Archive
Auction 151, Lot 734

"[Vellum Manuscript Indenture]",

Subject: Indentures

Period: 1672 (dated)


Color: Black & White

27.8 x 14.8 inches
70.6 x 37.6 cm

This vellum indenture serves as testament to a one-year lease of a "messauage, burgage or tenement" in the amount of five shillings, signed February 10, 1672. The lease is between Francis Holden and William Boardman from Witton in the county of Lancaster. The indenture includes a large red wax seal.

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+

Nice sheet of vellum with light soiling and a few small abrasions.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $110

Closed on 11/19/2014