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    Confederate "Register of Vessels" Certificate. Partly printed, 15.75" x 21", January 8, 1862, "Port of Beaufort [North Carolina]." The bold heading, above and below handsome sailing vignettes, reads, "Confederate States of America, Register of Vessels." This rare document certifies the registration of the twenty ton schooner, T. J. Willis. It reads in part: "Anthony R. Willis of the County of Carteret & State of North Carolina having taken or subscribed the oath required by Law and having Sworn that he together with E. H. Norcan of the Same County and State one half (1/2) each are the only owners of the Ship or Vessel called the T. J. Willis of Beaufort NC whereof A. R. Willis is at present Master and is a citizen of the Confederate States, and that the said Ship or Vessel was Built in the County of Carteret and State of North Carolina in the year . . . 1856." The certificate then gives the characteristics and dimensions of the vessel ("two mast . . . length is Forty five feet . . . she is a schooner." Containing two blind-embossed seals: "Custom House, Beaufort" and "Confederate States of America Tres. Dept." This certificate is number 20 and signed by "Josiah F. Bell, Coll[ector of Customs]" and "C. T. Jones, Register." Our research has not located any other similar example offered at public auction. Docketed on verso. Slight separation starting at some folds. Toned and fine.

    Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000.

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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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