Thomas Lynch

Thomas Lynch, 2nd Rarest Declaration Signer, Signature with Superb Provenance

Thomas Lynch, 2nd Rarest Declaration Signer, Signature with Superb Provenance 

Signer of the Declaration of Independence from South Carolina (1749-1779); his father had served in the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1776 but had to return home due to illness. Thomas Lynch, Jr., was chosen to take his father's place in Congress, where he voted for and signed the Declaration. In 1779, he sailed to St. Eustatius in the West Indies, but his ship was lost at sea and never found. Excessively rare ink signature, "Lynch thus,” on an off-white  2 x .25 slip, clipped from a longer autograph letter, affixed at one edge to a slightly larger slip. Beautifully mounted and housed in a custom-made leatherbound presentation folder.  In fine condition, with writing on the reverse lightly showing through.

Along with Button Gwinnett, Lynch presents the greatest hurdle in assembling a complete set of Declaration Signers. 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. Either way, Lynch is certainly of the utmost rarity and is far and away on of the most sought after American autographs. 

Ex Kenneth Rendell Galleries, Charles Hamilton.

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Item: 64973

Price: $25,000.00
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