PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON - EPHEMERA UNSIGNED - HFSID 265271
GEORGE WASHINGTON Two authenticated strands of hair from the head of the first President of the United States! Extremely rare! Ephemera Unsigned: Authentic strands of George Washington's hair mounted on an 8½x11 page.
Sale Price $3,400.00
GEORGE WASHINGTON Two authenticated strands of hair from the head of the first President of the United States! Extremely rare! Ephemera Unsigned: Authentic strands of George Washington's hair mounted on an 8½x11 page. Also includes a facsimile reproduction of the following handwritten statement: "Lock of hair of General/ George Washington/ given to Col Powell by Mrs./ Powell who had it from/ Mrs. Custis/ L. Powell". Beneath is a certification signed in facsimile: "Charles Hamilton". In Full: "I certify that the authentication reproduced on this page is an exact copy of the original, written about 1845. It was from the Custis-Powell family that this lock of hair was obtained. The first owner of this hair was probably Eleanor Parke Custis, the granddaughter of Martha Washington by her first marriage. Eleanor was adopted by George Washington and was raised at Mount Vernon. A late owner, Colonel Levin Powell (1738-1810) was an intimate friend of Washington and a Revolutionary War hero. When Colonel Powell ran for Congress, in which he was successful, Washington rode ten miles on his old iron-gray charger to cast a vote for his friend at the county poll." Handwriting expert CHARLES HAMILTON (1913-1998) is the author of numerous books on autographs, including Collecting Autographs and Manuscripts, The Book of Autographs, The Signature of America and American Autographs. According to librarians at Mt. Vernon and at Woodlawn Plantation (both in Virginia), it was commonplace for Martha Washington to give as a gift her husband's hair both during his life and after his death. GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732-1799) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. During the American Revolutionary War, he served as commander of the Continental Army. In 1789, he was sworn in as the first President in the history of the U.S.. Fine condition.
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