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    Historic Document

    Framed 1843 Peter Force Declaration of Independence Printing


    The United States came out of the War of 1812 rightly independent. The country had endured its second conflict with Great Britain and had doubled in size after the Louisiana Purchase. This was widely known as the "Era of Good Feelings," and as the 50th anniversary of its independence approached, a new generation was searching for concrete icons of the nation's founding. Their attention turned upon the Declaration of Independence, which became the object of several engravings and copies. John Quincy Adams, then Secretary of State, took note of the original document's deterioration and suggested getting copies made. He oversaw the project and in 1820, Congress authorized production of a facsimile by commissioned engraver William J. Stone. The process Stone used to make the copies was a new Wet-Ink transfer process in which the original document was wetted and some of the original ink was transferred to copperplates, which were then used for printing. Stone finished the copies in 1823, printing 201 on vellum and keeping one for himself, which is now residing in the Smithsonian. The rest were distributed to surviving signers, current and former vice presidents and presidents, various colleges and universities, and others. Of the original Declaration of Independence 201 copies, a mere 31 are known to exist currently, 19 of which are housed in museums. In 1843, noted archivist Peter Force used the Stone copperplate to print additional copies on rice paper. He intended to include them in his book "American Archives: A Documentary History of the United States of America" with only two changes: the type of paper used, and the imprint line was moved to the bottom left and shortened. Congress authorized up to 1,500 copies to be printed. However, after mounting expenses and increasing production delays, Force scaled back his number to only 500 copies. After the book project was cancelled in 1853, Force sold his collection of documents to the Library of Congress. Despite the John Quincy Adam's aim to preserve the Declaration, the original copy has been grossly mistreated. The Wet-Ink transfer process contributed to the deterioration as the parchment did not respond well to water and it removed ink from the original document. Additionally, the Declaration was displayed in direct sunlight for over 30 years and gone through some faulty conservation work and about ninety percent of it is completely illegible. Thus, the Stone/Force copies are the best representation of the Declaration of Independence as it was when it was signed in August 1776.

    Rolex Oyster Speedking ref. 6020

    Vintage Rolex Oyster Speedking Watch (Ref: 6020)


    Case: Solid stainless steel screw down Oyster case approximately 30 mm with original signed Super Oyster crown. Movement: Manual wind Rolex caliber 710, 17 jewels. Dial: Fully original chapter ring dial with an even cream patina. Applied Rolex crown at 12 o'clock. Six applied numerals and six applied torch markers. Leaf hands with lume intact. Condition: Case with signs of use commensurate with age, dial in very good condition with even aging, very light disturbance in the upper left quadrant. Fitted with black leather strap with original Rolex buckle. The watch dates circa 1950-1952.

    Rolex Speedking 24 Hour

    Vintage Rolex Speedking Watch (24 Hour Dial)


    Case: Solid stainless steel screw down Oyster case approximately 30 mm with original signed Oyster crown. Movement: Rolex manual wind. Dial: Fully original chapter ring dial with cream/beige patina with red 24-hour numerals. Printed logo, lumed numerals and markers. Mercedes hands with toned lume. Condition: Case in very good condition with light use for the age. Dial lightly patinated throughout with numeral lume moderately darkened. Circa late 1940s-early 1950s.

    Breitling Military Type

    Vintage Breitling Watch (Military Type)


    Case: Plated base metal case with screw down case approximately 35 mm excluding crown. Movement: Breitling manual wind. Dial: Original matte black signed dial with lumed numerals. Syringe hands with full lume. Condition: Case with moderate wear, dial free from defect and hour markers showing full lume. Fitted with an olive drab canvas strap.