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1883 Alexander Cartwright Signed Document
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,777.50
Alexander Cartwright is best remembered today as the man who helped formulate the modern rules of baseball in 1845. Unbeknownst to many, however, Cartwright left New York soon after and eventually settled in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he became one of the island's most prominent and well-respected businessmen. His friendship with the royal family of Hawaii resulted in Cartwright becoming the royal family's business manager and his firm, Cartwright and Company Ltd., continued to manage the family's estate even after his death. Offered here is a three-page lease agreement (written on two lined sheets), dated September 1883, between Queen Emma and three members of a Japanese family for a parcel of land in Honolulu. The agreement is written in black fountain pen by a secretary, but it has been signed in black fountain pen (grading "9/10") by Alexander Cartwright, as her "Attorney in Fact." The large-format document (8 x 12.5 inches) has also been signed by the other party's three family members in Japanese. Both sheets of the document display fold lines, light foxing, and a few minor small edge tears (mainly along the fold lines). In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,777.50
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