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1870 Wyatt and Nicholas Earp Signed Summons

Starting Bid - $9,000.00, Sold For - $11,600.00

Presented is an extraordinarily document from the Old West, signed by both father Nicholas P. Earp as Justice of the Peace for Lamar, Missouri and his son, the newly appointed Lamar Township constable, Wyatt Earp. In the first year of his career as a lawman, Wyatt is ordered by his father to serve a summons upon several individuals to appear before the Justice of the Peace. The front of this partly printed document (8.5 x 5 inches) is filled out and signed by Nicholas Earp, "N. P. Earp." The summons was issued to "...Loyd Brummett Hatfield James Thomas 7 levy Harman Dr. Dunn Old Baty John Cockerl Carl Cockerel... You are hereby commanded, that... you personally be and appear before the undersigned, a Justice of the Peace... on the 22nd of July 1870... to testify on the trial of a case wherein the State of Missouri is plaintiff, and Theodore Edwards Samuel Jones & Joseph Graham defendant, on the part of the Defendants..." On the reverse his son, Wyatt, has signed the piece "W. S. Earp Constable" and adds: "I have served the within Subpoena upon the within Names Herin [sic] mention by Reading the Same to them this July the 22th 1870. W.S. Earp." A few light chips at left margin and some very light soiling, and one horizontal filing crease do not in the least affect the text nor detract from the impressive appearance of this rare document. Nicholas Earp became constable for Lamar Township, Missouri, in early 1869. Later that year he accepted an appointment as Justice of the Peace, and Wyatt, then a teamster, was immediately appointed constable, his first job as a lawman. Wyatt would continue as constable for Lamar until he disappeared the next year, fleeing two lawsuits and an accusation of theft. Signatures of Wyatt Earp are extraordinarily rare. This is an extremely rare legal document from the days of the Old West, signed by the most legendary lawman of the era, Wyatt Earp. All writing and signatures in fountain pen and very bold ("8/9"). LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $9,000. Estimate $15,000/$20,000. SOLD FOR $11,600.00


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