Patrick Henry Cut Signature in Framed Display

Sold For: $1,080

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2333

Item Year: 1780

Category: Historical/Political

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Cut signature of Patrick Henry (1736-1799), American Revolutionary figure best known for his famous line "Give me liberty, or give me death!" The signature, "P Henry," is scripted in black ink on a small document fragment (3 x 1.5 inches), with the signature grading "10." Prior to the American Revolution, Patrick Henry was one of the most vocal opponents of British rule. In 1775, while attending the Virginia Convention, he delivered a speech that exhorted the colonists to take arms against British tyranny: "Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? . . . Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!" The cut displays one horizontal and two vertical fold lines, as well as rough borders. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Matted and framed together with a printed portion of his speech delivered at the Virginia Convention, a printed likeness of Henry, and a small descriptive card. Total dimensions: 13.75 x 16.75 inches. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000.

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