10 December 1999
WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799). Partly printed check accomplished and signed ("G:Washington"), Mount Vernon, 21 January 1799.
64 x 180mm. (2 x 7.1/8 in.), one small stain, neat slit cancellations, not affecting signature or accomplishment. An attractive check with a fine signature, headed "To the Bank of Alexandria," fully accomplished by the former President. Washington has, as usual, deleted the printed legend "Alexandria" and added "Mount Vernon." Printed typographical border of printer's flowers. An order to pay Messrs. Bennett & Watts the sum of $111.04.
Printed checks of the first President have become relatively rare. In the past decade, only three have been offered at auction: one to James Craik in 1995 (sold for $20,000); one in rather worn condition to William Thornton in 1983 (sold for $5,000); one other to William Wilson was offered by a dealer for $15,000 as part of a collection of checks in 1991 and we are aware of only two others in private hands.
Provenance: Philip D. Sang, the noted collector; a friend of the preceding.
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