John Astor

Signed in full, a John Jacob Astor handwritten receipt!

Autograph Document Signed "John Jacob Astor" with flourish under signature, 1 page, 7" x 3". New York, January 16, 1800. Silked for preservation. Fine condition.

In full, "Recd of Mr Raunk one pound 6/ in full. New York 16 January 1800. £1.6.0 John Jacob Astor."

In his 20s, John Jacob Astor began to purchase raw hides from Native Americans, prepare them himself, and then resell them in London and elsewhere at great profit. He opened his own fur goods shop in New York in the late 1780s. Astor imported furs from Montreal to New York and shipped them to Europe. By 1800, the year he wrote the receipt here offered, John Jacob Astor had amassed almost a quarter of a million dollars, and had become one of the leading figures in the fur trade.



Item: 60665

Price: $1,500.00
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