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President George Washington Purchases a Wax Family Crested Seal Pipe Tamp via Personal Secretary Tobias Lear

Made of Gold for George Augustine Washington

(GEORGE WASHINGTON).

June 11, 1792-Dated Federal Period, Manuscript Document, Receipt for a Wax Seal Tamp made of Gold for George Washington's Nephew, arranged in Philadelphia by Tobias Lear, Very Fine. This unique, historic, original document measures 4" x 7.5" and is nicely handwritten on fine quality laid, watermarked paper. Toned along the bottom edge, well away from any of the text. Here Joseph Cooke of Philadelphia acknowledges the receipt of 7 Pounds, 10 Shillings, 0 Pence from Tobias Lear, George Washington's Personal Secretary at that time. This receipt is written for:

"...a Gold Seal with Cyphor [sic] G A W & Crest".

George Washington himself has no middle name, so the only close "GAW" member of his family was George Augustine Washington, his nephew, and the son of his brother, Charles Washington. Also, George Augustine Washington was born about 1763 and would have been 30 years old in 1792. This lavish Gold Crested Seal Tamp would have been a generous gift from his historic uncle, the President. Sadly, George Augustine Washington died in 1793, preceding both his father and uncle in death.
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