DECLARATION SIGNER THOMAS LYNCH JR. SIGNATURE CUT UA LOA *RAREST DOI SIGNATURE* For Sale
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DECLARATION SIGNER THOMAS LYNCH JR. SIGNATURE CUT UA LOA *RAREST DOI SIGNATURE*:
Excessively rare ink signature, "then no lo, Tho. Lynch,” on an offwhite 1.75 x .75 slip clipped from a longer autograph letter, affixed at one edge to a slightly larger slip. In fine condition, with a central vertical fold. Accompanied by a photocopy of a certificate of authenticity from Charles Hamilton, dated September 18, 1995, stating: "I certify that the signature 'Tho. Lynch'…is an authentic, original signature of the famous signer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Lynch, Jr." Also includes a full letter of authenticity from University Archives.
With the rise of autograph collecting in nineteenthcentury America, one of the first areas of specialization was Signers of the Declaration of Independence. Apart from the Signers' central role in American history and the unusual significance of their autographs—after all, writing their names is what ensured their immortality—obtaining all 56 represented a goal that, with a little determination, could be achieved by a resourceful collector. It quickly became evident, however, that there were two notorious ‘stoppers’ among the Signers: Button Gwinnett and Thomas Lynch, Jr. It is not entirely clear which is rarer—while Gwinnett was generally thought to be the rarest of all signers, recent studies have proclaimed Lynch as the scarcer of the two. This is an unusually bold, wellpreserved example of Lynch's signature.