DescriptionPaul Revere Autograph Document Signed Twice as "Paul Revere & Son". One page with docketing on verso, 8" x 4.5", plain paper, np, September 21, 1814. A purchase order from the "Committee for Building United States Steam Vessel of War" for 18 copper boiler plates weighing 3,542 lbs. from the firm of Paul Revere & Son at 70 cents a pound, or a total of $2,479.40. Signed by Revere at the end: "Duplicate. Rec'ved the above in Treasury Bills, Paul Revere & Son". One horizontal and two vertical light folds, else fine condition. Enclosed in a custom quarter leather portfolio with historical background, an engraved portrait, and a photocopy of a 1992 authentication by Charles Hamilton.
A skilled silversmith and a vigorous patriot, Paul Revere decided in 1800, at the age of 65, to go into a new business. Encouraged by a liberal loan from the U.S. government, he converted a former gunpowder mill at Canton, Massachusetts into a copper rolling mill, the first successful venture of its kind in America. Among Revere's customers were the federal government for its navy vessels, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for its state house dome, and Robert Fulton for the boilers of his steamships. The "Vessel of War" mentioned in this document was the Demologos, the first warship to be propelled by a steam engine, built as a wooden floating battery to defend New York Harbor from the Royal Navy during the War of 1812. By the time the Robert Fulton-designed ship was finally completed, the war was over and Fulton was dead. The Demologos, or the Fulton as it was then called, saw only one day of active service- a tour of New York Harbor for President James Monroe. No other ship like her was ever built again.
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