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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on: 2/28/2013

Majestically exhibited in a 15" x 15" matted-and-framed display are the following:

Approximately 12 Strands of George Washington's Hair - Accompanied by a color photocopy of a signed LOA from noted handwriting expert Charles Hamilton, which shows an image of a mid-19th-century envelope marked "Lock of hair of General George Washington given to Col. Powel [sic] by Mrs. Powel who had it from Mrs. Custis. L Powel." Hamilton's LOA goes on to read, "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, Colon 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."

George Washington's Signature - A dark-ink signature rating "8" in strength and appearing on an excised 4-1/4" x 5/8" portion of an original multi-signed 1769 indenture document (a color photocopy of the entirety of which is included). Toning, a tiny crease and one reinforced separation (touching the second "o") are present, with the text reading, in part "...of him the said Robert Thompson. Daniel...the said George Washington his Heirs...money ..." LOA from JSA.

A Piece of George Washington's Cloak - This swatch of burgundy-colored velvet with a hand-stitched edge comes with color photocopies of the description pages and purchase receipt from the "Decatur-Armsden Collection" in James D. Julia's 2010 Winter Antiques & Fine Art Auction. The 5/8" x 3/4" fabric piece was excised from a larger cloak remnant that had been sold in a group with Martha Washington's handkerchiefs, lace and hair. A photocopied note of period provenance, from the auction's description pages, reads, "A Piece of Mr. Washington's Cloak." 

Finally, the elegantly framed assemblage proffers a portrait image and a plaque reading, "GEORGE WASHINGTON 1732-1799 - 'First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen' - A signature, a piece of his coat and a lock of his hair." 

Significant Display of George Washington's Hair, Signature and Cloak Fabric!Significant Display of George Washington's Hair, Signature and Cloak Fabric!
Significant Display of George Washington's Hair, Signature and Cloak Fabric!
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $2,500
Price Realized (Includes Buyers Premium): $5,975
Estimate: $8000 - $10000
Number of Bids: 3
Auction closed on: 3/1/2013