Civil War Collectors-here is an antique document that reflects the daily life of the Civil War soldier. It is a receipt, dated 5 December 1862 in Middletown, Connecticut, and issued by the Adams Express Company's Army and Soldiers Package Express. The receipt is for shipment of one box from Middletown to Washington, DC. The interesting part of this old document is in the fine print. The company promises only to get the package to a convenient point near the destination where it will be turned over to third parties for delivery to the consignee or the "Quartermaster or other officer of the regiment to which the consignee is attached." Disclaimers of liability follow. War was close to home in those days. Still-where were UPS and Federal Express when you needed them? The piece is approximately 8 and one quarter inches wide by 5 inches high. It has been framed for your enjoyment, and the overall dimensions are approximately 10 and three quarters inches by 8 and three quarters inches. Condition is excellent with no chips or tears. There are creases, as the recipient obviously folded the receipt to put it in his pocket, just as we would today. This is a fine piece of Americana, taken from the darkest hour of the country's history. If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to OneofaKindAntiques.com. We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com, ... as well as an online price guide at PriceMyItem.com.
This wonderful antique document is a list of expenses owed by the Town of Middletown, Connecticut, to a certain George Phillips for the year 1786. It includes such items as a "load of wood", board for three children for fourteen days, and daily items such as sugar and candles. The piece is dated in January, 1787, which was six months before the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia. Notice that the list of expenses is still denominated in pounds, shillings, and pence, even though it came ten years after Independence. The piece has been custom framed for your enjoyment. The overall dimensions are approximately 8 and three quarters inches wide by 10 and three quarters inches high. The piece itself is approximately 6 inches by 7 and three quarters inches. The condition is excellent. There are crease marks on the page as it was folded for mailing, but there are no tears or chips. A real piece of Americana! If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to OneofaKindAntiques.com. We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com, ... as well as an online price guide at PriceMyItem.com.
For those who wonder why gasoline taxes are so high or why it costs so much to keep the highways in repair, here is an antique document that shows what it used to cost to maintain the nation's transportation system. The document is a bill of expenses owed to one Elijah Paddock for "Repairs of Highways" from May to September 1826. It contains such items as $2.25 for two men and a team of horses for one day's work, $2.00 for two men and a boy for one day (the horses were clearly worth more than the boy!), and 31 cents for one man for part of a day. The total bill comes to $18.23. It was taxpayer utopia. The document itself is 7 and one half inches by 9 inches. It has been custom framed, and its overall dimensions are 12 inches by 15 inches. The condition is very good with no tears or chips. There is an ink smear in the lower left quadrant, which does not obscure any of the writing If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to OneofaKindAntiques.com. We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com, ... as well as an online price guide at PriceMyItem.com.