"[Vellum Manuscript Indenture]",
Period: 1796 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
21.6 x 13.9 inches
54.9 x 35.3 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 May 29, 1796. The lease is between Stephen Monday, a grocer from Kingston upon Thames in the County of Surrey, and John Gumbrell, a carpenter from Richmond in the same county. The indenture includes a red wax seal and several tax stamps.
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.