Thomas Jefferson Scarce full free frank

24 May

Scarce full free frank as president, measuring 9.75 x 7.25 unfolded, with center panel measuring 5 x 3, addressed by Jefferson to “Mr. James Oldham, House-joiner, Richmond,” and crisply franked in the upper left, “free, Th: Jefferson Pr. US.” Originally sent on August 30, 1807, this contained a letter to Oldham regarding payment for his work; calculations to the blank panels were most likely made by Oldham to figure out the bill. Scattered creases, a few small stains and stray ink blots to blank panels, and an expected area of paper loss from the seal to the upper blank panel, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a color photocopy of the letter sent to Oldham. James Oldham was a joiner at Monticello from 1801 to 1804, where he crafted exterior woodwork for Jefferson’s expanded Monticello II; after moving to Richmond in 1805, he supplied Jefferson with materials for the main house, such as venetian blinds for the greenhouse, sashes for the Southeast Portico, paneled doors, mortise locks, glass, and mahogany planks. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.


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