VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE $10.00 SECOND FEDERAL ISSUE WITH WATERMARK ON WOVE PAPER. ONLY TWO OR THREE ARE KNOWN.
The Combs survey records two. One was discovered by Henry Tolman in 1943 and offered in our Sale 827. The Sheldon collection (Mercury Stamp Co., June 3-5, 1970, lot 1213) offered one on a law license which mentions Andrew Jackson. This would appear to be a third recorded example.
VERY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT VELLUM PATENT DOCUMENT SIGNED BY THOMAS JEFFERSON AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, JAMES MADISON AS SECRETARY OF STATE, AND LEVI LINCOLN AS ATTORNEY GENERAL. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ANTIZZO COLLECTION AND A DESIRABLE PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENT.
In 1790, President George Washington established the first Patent Act, under which the Secretary of State and Executive signed off on patents. Three were granted in 1790, 33 in 1791, 11 in 1792 and 20 in 1793, a far cry from today's activity. From 1790 to 1793, Jefferson signed patents as Secretary of State. On June 1, 1802, the position of Superintendent of Patents was created, relieving Madison of that responsibility.
James Madison was appointed Secretary of State on March 5, 1801 (the day after Jefferson started his first term as president) and entered duty on May 2 of that year, approximately one month before this was signed.
Ex Powers, Sheldon and Joyce.