REVERE, PAUL. Autograph document signed (''Paul Revere & Son,'' with his name repeated in the text), n.p., 21 September 1814. One page, oblong, 111 x 202mm. (4 7/16 x 7 15/16 in.), small, light stain at left edge, verso with contemporary endorsement.
REVERE, PAUL. Autograph document signed ("Paul Revere & Son," with his name repeated in the text), n.p., 21 September 1814. One page, oblong, 111 x 202mm. (4 7/16 x 7 15/16 in.), small, light stain at left edge, verso with contemporary endorsement.
REVERE PROVIDES THE ARMOR-PLATE FOR THE FIRST STEAM-POWERED WARSHIP, THE U.S.S. Fulton the First.
When the War of 1812 commenced, a group of prominent New Yorkers, concerned about the vulnerability of New York harbor to British naval attack, formed a Committee at the invitation of Robert Fulton to design and construct a steam-powered warship of 32 guns. Aside from its unconventional source of motive power the vessel was to be heavily armor-plated with cooper, to protect the fragile steam boilers from cannon shells. Revere was selected to supply the copper. The document is headed "Committee for Building United States Steam Vessel of War To Paul Revere & Son," and marked "Duplicate" at lower left. Revere certifies that he has received the sum of $2,4790.40 from the Committee "in Treasury Bills," in return for having supplied "18 plates Copper" at specified prices.
Revere (1735-1818), aside from his work as a master silversmith, for which he is best known, also had an active foundry where he cast bells and cannon; he is known to have supplied the bolts, spikes, pumps and copper accessories for the U.S.S. Constitution. He had perfected a new process for rolling sheet copper and in 1808-09 had provided Robert Fulton with copper sheeting for a steam ferry. Fulton and his Committee launched the world's firet steam warship, the U.S.S. Fulton the First in October 1814, too late for active engagement in the war (additional information in notes to lot ).