o Washington"), n.p., n.d., [1768]. 1 page, a small oblong, 6 x 5 1/16 in. the ticket numbers (373, 374, 375) added in ink, small stain, corner loss at lower left, a few cracks, neatly backed," /> WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799). Three partly printed Mountain Road Lottery tickets on a single sheet, each signed ("G:<V>o Washington"), n.p., n.d., [1768]. 1 page, a small oblong, 6 x 5 1/16 in. the ticket numbers (373, 374, 375) added in ink, small stain, corner loss at lower left, a few cracks, neatly backed, | Christie's
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    WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799). Three partly printed Mountain Road Lottery tickets on a single sheet, each signed ("G:o Washington"), n.p., n.d., [1768]. 1 page, a small oblong, 6 x 5 1/16 in. the ticket numbers (373, 374, 375) added in ink, small stain, corner loss at lower left, a few cracks, neatly backed,

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    WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799). Three partly printed Mountain Road Lottery tickets on a single sheet, each signed ("G:o Washington"), n.p., n.d., [1768]. 1 page, a small oblong, 6 x 5 1/16 in. the ticket numbers (373, 374, 375) added in ink, small stain, corner loss at lower left, a few cracks, neatly backed,

    THREE TICKETS FOR THE MOUNTAIN ROAD LOTTERY, EACH SIGNED

    A trio of printed lottery tickets (Numbers 373, 374 and 375) with delicate decorative typographical ornaments at left and bottom edges; signed by Washington, the winners were entitled to "whatever Prize may happen to be drawn against its Number in the Mountain Road Lottery..." The Mountain Road Lottery was part of a scheme, endorsed by Washington, to raise funds for construction of a road extending westward into the Alleghenies from some of Washington's holdings in Virginia. Some 6,000 tickets were to have been offered at a cost of £1 each, but only several hundred appear to have been printed, signed and sold before lotteries were outlawed throughout the British empire by proclamation of King George III. RARE. It is presumed that some 25 tickets signed by the young Colonel Washington are today extant. This is the only instance known to us of multiple tickets printed on a single sheet, signed but presumably unissued.


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