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James A. Garfield

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Stunning, pristine signature of Garfield with an uncommon curlique

James Abram Garfield, 18311881.  20th President of the United States, 1881.  Signature, J. A. Garfield / Hiram / Ohio, on a 2¼" x 4" card. 

This is a magnificent signature of Garfield in brown ink.  Garfield has added his home town, Hiram, Ohio, beneath his signature.

This signature has an uncommon curlicue at the beginning of the “J,” with which Garfield evidently experimented, if only briefly.  A virtually identical signature sold at RR Auction, Catalog 443, Item 80, in December 2014.  Another, with a smaller curlicue, signed as a free frank while Garfield was a member of Congress, is illustrated in Stephen Koschal, James A Garfield: A Signature Study With A Focus On His Presidential Signatures 80 (2011). 

This signature comes from a collection assembled during the 1870s and 1880s.  Many of the signatures were obtained in person.  To our knowledge, this signature has never been offered on the autograph market before.

This piece is in very fine condition.  The card is crisp and white and retains its original sheen, and there are no markings or mounting traces on the back.  Were it not for a tiny bend in the upper right corner, we would grade it extra fine.  It is perfect for framing and would be beautiful in a framed display.




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