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Collection of Three Henry Chadwick Handwritten Letters Plus Inscribed Book (4)
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $822.50
This collection of four Henry Chadwick handwritten items is comprised of three poems to his wife and a small booklet inscribed on the front flyleaf. Three of the pieces are signed simply "Henry," while the fourth item, a poem, is signed "Valentine." Two of the poems also feature additional Chadwick signatures on the reverse. One is signed "Henry" in black ink and the other appears in the form of his wife's name, as he has written "Mrs. Henry Chadwick" (along with their Sag Harbor address) in red pencil. All of the poems are handwritten in black fountain pen on single sheets of lined paper. The earliest piece, a poem written to his wife on the eve of Chadwick's sixty-first birthday, is dated October 4, 1884. The other two poems, which are Valentine's Day tributes, are dated February 14, 1896 and 1902, respectively. The 1902 poem is signed simply "Valentine." The fourth item is a small booklet titled "One Sweetly Solemn Thought" that has been inscribed on the front flyleaf, "To my darling sweetheart wife. With heartfelt wishes for many a happy return on your birthday. From your loving old Henry - July 24th 1902." All of the text is bold and legible, and the four black-ink signature examples grade "9" overall. The red-pencil signature grades "8." The booklet (5 x 6.5 inches) is in Very Good condition. The sheets (which range in size from 5 x 8 inches to 6 x 9 inches) display normal fold lines. The 1896 poem also displays a few areas of light discoloration. All in Very Good condition. Total four items. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $822.50
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