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Old 03-04-2019, 09:16 PM
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Default Just picked up this John Hancock

I just picked this one up what do you guys think? It is a hand written and signed bill of lading from 1766 when Hancock and his uncle ran their shipping buisiness together. I have seen several of these over the years and never could get on at a price I was willing to pay. I need to get it framed out but really signature looks nice for 250 years or so old.
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Old 03-05-2019, 05:44 AM
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This is the kind of stuff that amazes me that it is still around after all these years. Very nice item. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:19 AM
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No expert in historical documents but to me it looks like everything is written out in the same hand. I don't think there are signatures from multiple people on that document.
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No expert in historical documents but to me it looks like everything is written out in the same hand. I don't think there are signatures from multiple people on that document.
Yeah these were completly written by Hancock when he ran his uncles shipping business in Boston. As far as Hancock items go yes surprisingly enough they are still out there.

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No expert in historical documents but to me it looks like everything is written out in the same hand. I don't think there are signatures from multiple people on that document.
People are used to seeing the fancy script signature that he used to sign official documents. This does look like his regular signature which was much simpler.
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I only meant that I thought either the whole thing was filled out by Hancock or the whole thing was filled out by Freeman. Glad it's Hancock.
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I only meant that I thought either the whole thing was filled out by Hancock or the whole thing was filled out by Freeman. Glad it's Hancock.
Hancock didnt develope his more flamboyant style until a few years later when he was more of a public figure and in official offices. This is more like his Rookie signature...
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Hancock didnt develope his more flamboyant style until a few years later when he was more of a public figure and in official offices. This is more like his Rookie signature...
Michael, that is an awesome piece to own.

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What does paper that old feel like? Sometimes that's my favorite thing about antiquities. The way they feel and smell.
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[quote=packs;1860547]What does paper that old feel like? Sometimes that's my favorite thing about antiquities. The way they feel and smell.[/QU

Honestly I just recieved it today and I am scared to touch it. Debating on weather I should frame it or send it to PSA to encapsulate. I have seen several of these over the years encapsulated by them for protection. Anyone have a sugestion on how I should protect/display on occasion???
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