President George Washington Autographed Lottery Ticket
For Sale: £22,000.00
George Washington (1732-1799) was the first President of the United
States and a respected leader who helped steer the course of history
during the American Revolutionary War.
He is looked upon fondly by Americans as one of the great Founding Fathers.
This partially-printed page measures 2 7/8" x 1 3/8" and is in fine
condition, with some light staining to the top and lower borders. The
1768 Mountain Road lottery ticket reads:
1768. This Ticket [No. 173] shall entitle the Possessor to
whatever Prize may happen to be drawn against it's [sic] Number in the
Mountain Road Lottery
The document is signed in brown/black ink, Go. Washington. Washington's autograph is particularly fine and demonstrates his flourishing, expressive penmanship.
A fine filigree-style border design surrounds the text. Its intricate nature was possibly an attempt to avoid forgeries.
In 1768, a lottery was organised to fund road works in the area of
Mountain Road. Improvements were needed in order to access the Hot
Springs and Warms Springs of Bath County, reputed to have healing
properties. Washington acted as manager of the lottery. His signature on
the tickets added credibility to the venture.
As Washington died over 200 years ago, it can be difficult to find examples of his signature that remain in good condition.
Being the first President of the United States, and a very popular
figure from American history, Washington memorabilia is much sought
after by both museums and private collectors. The combination of the
lack of good quality Washington memorabilia and the high demand for it
makes his signature very rare.
In 2009, a letter in which Washington argues in support of the
adoption of the proposed new Constitution sold for $3,218,500. Another
handwritten letter by the Founding Father sold for $834,500 back in
As well as handwritten letters, examples of the President's autograph
can also sell for significant sums. In 2010, Paul Fraser Collectibles
sold an accounts document signed by Washington for £29,950.
This is a rare opportunity to own a fine example of the first President of the United States' signature.
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Stock Status:In Stock
Product Code: PT150