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Lot # 974 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1872 Alexander Cartwright Signed Document

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,231.25

One-page estate document, dated March 11, 1872, bearing a handwritten note signed by Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr., one of the founding fathers of baseball. This is a very attractive document with an exceptionally strong Cartwright signature. The front page of this document appears to be a financial statement with regard to the estate of his father, Alexander Cartwright Sr. The document records the current value of Cartwright’s estate and the amount due each of his heirs, one of whom is Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr. It is signed and dated at the bottom “New York 8th Feby, 1872 – Wash [ington] Durbrow – Administrator.” This was obviously sent to Cartwright in Hawaii, and upon his review he has responded on the reverse. Cartwright has addressed his response to “Washington Durbrow” and writes with instructions as to the distribution of his funds “…the amount due me is invested in my name by my brother Benjamin - the interest to go to my sister Kate, til otherwise instructed by me the principal is part of my estate. Kate to have the interest so long as needs it, until my own wife or children absolutely require it. A. J. Cartwright – Honolulu, March 11 – 72.” Cartwright’s letter has been penned in black fountain pen and both the text and signature grade “9/10.” This document originates from Cartwright’s estate and is one of a small number of signed documents obtained directly from the family many years ago. The letter (8 x 10 inches) displays light mailing folds and is otherwise in Excellent condition overall. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,231.25


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