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    Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren Letters Patent Signed as president and secretary of state, respectively. One vellum page, 11.25" x 14.75", Washington, April 3, 1829, acknowledging that "...David Peirce [Pierce]...has invented a new and useful improvement being a machine for sawing down trees, sawing off logs & other objects...which improvement he states has not been known or used before his application hath made oath that he does verily believe that he is the true inventor or discoverer of the said improvement..." and that the U. S. government grants "... according to law...for the term of fourteen years...the full and exclusive right and liberty of making, constructing, using and vending to others...the said improvement." Paper Seal of the United States affixed at lower left. Countersigned by John Macpherson Berrien as U. S. attorney general. Folds.

    Ink is fading slightly, but Jackson's bold signature is mostly unaffected, as is the signature of Van Buren. Moderately toned around the edges; scattered spots of foxing.

    This patent is found in the U. S. patent records and is assigned the number 5,428X. According to the "Directory of American Tool and Machinery Patents": "Most of the patents prior to 1836 were lost in the Dec. 1836 fire. Only about 2,000 of the almost 10,000 documents were recovered. Little is known about this patent. There are no patent drawings available. This patent is in the database for reference only." With a seven page explanation, attached with red ribbon to the above letters patent, of the technical workings of Pierce's sawing machine. The last page has small holes along some of the folds.

    Reference: Directory of American Tool and Machinery Patents. 2013. (accessed January 30, 2013).

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