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    Interesting Jacob Perkins Manuscript Document Signed. One page, 8" x 5.5", Newburyport [Masssachusetts], January 11, 1813. A handwritten bank note to the father of steel engraved bank notes and postage stamps, drawn against the Essex Bank and authorizing Perkins to print 1002 half Sheet Bills at 4 cents per half sheet, etc. At the time of this letter Perkins was producing fairly high quality printing with acid etched steel plate engravings. In 1819 Perkins went to England with his plan for engraving banknotes on steel, which went over very well. He opened shop in England and back in the States as well providing bank notes and postage stamps for many countries and banks. As an inventor, mechanical engineer, and physicist, his contributions were numerous. Fine condition; boldly written and signed.

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