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Alexander Cartwright Signed Business Documents Collection (5)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,818.75

After helping formulate the modern rules of baseball in 1845, Alexander Cartwright left New York City and headed West to strike it rich in the California Gold Rush. Failing to hit "pay dirt," he traveled on to Honolulu, Hawaii, where his fortunes quickly improved. Within two years he opened his own firm as a whaling and commission merchant. The business soon expanded to include matters of banking, handling of trust estates, insurance and real estate, which later led to the formation of Cartwright and Company Ltd., a firm that survives to this day. Offered here are a number of Alexander Cartwright signed documents originating directly from his business files. All of the documents concern the account of an M. Paiko, who appears to have been a cattle farmer on the island. Most of the Cartwright signatures (grading "9/10") appear in the body of his handwritten notations in which he is recording payments for or signing as the agent for M. Paiko. 1) One-page receipt, dated January 9, 1874, signed in black fountain pen by "A. J. Cartwright" within a body of his text on the reverse. Cartwright's handwritten notation indicates that he has delivered the final payment of a loan for his client, M. Paiko. Trimmed to its current dimensions of 7.5 x 3 inches. Vg-Ex. 2) Two-page handwritten letter (on two sides of a fold-over sheet) from M. Paiko to Cartwright, dated November 24, 1877 in which he asks for Cartwright to negotiate sales of animal hides for his son. Cartwright has signed the letter "A. J. Cartwright" in black fountain pen within a body of text written on the back page. Cartwright's handwritten notation, dated December 18, 1877, records the sale prices for the hides and the son's receipt of payment from Cartwright. 9.75 x 8 inches, unfolded. Vg-Ex. 3) One-page receipt, dated October 26, 1874, signed in black fountain by "A. J. Cartwright" within a body of his text on the front. Cartwright's handwritten notation records a sales payment for his client, M. Paiko. 8.5 x 7 inches. There is a small tear along the top border, resulting in paper loss, otherwise Vg-Ex. 4) Envelope bearing two "A. J. Cartwright" signatures in black fountain pen on the front. Cartwright has used the front of Paiko's personal envelope (bearing Paiko's preprinted name on the left border) to record payment by Cartwright of Paiko's mortgage on June 2, 1882. Cartwright's name appears in his handwritten text and also below. The envelope (3.5 x 9.5 inches) is toned and displays a few small tears. Vg. 5) One-page loan agreement, dated April 15, 1880, bearing the black fountain pen initials "A. J. C." The main body of the text is not written in Cartwright's hand; however, he has initialed the piece along the left border following his brief handwritten notation: "Mr. Paiko pays the Governt tax on the Real Estate." 8 x 6.25 inches. Ex. Accompanying the documents are two unsigned documents. The first (8.5 x 3 inches) is a preprinted receipt, dated September 20, 1882, from Alexander Cartwright to Paiko for $200. Ex. The second (8 x 5.75 inches), dated February 29, 1876, is an agreement between Paiko and another gentleman regarding the purchase of cattle. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 7 documents (5 signed by Cartwright). Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,818.75


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