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Top 9 rarest White House China pieces

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, May 25, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Presidential dinnerware since the time of George Washington reflects the taste and culture of its day. Shapes, sizes, and decoration of the pieces vary considerably – dramatically in some cases – and every casual viewer and collector has their aesthetic favorites. But when it comes to identifying the rarest White House China, beauty has no bearing. Rarity is strictly a matter of numbers. The fewer pieces still in existence, the rarer they are.

Several Official White House China patterns were so popular with later Presidents, they were reordered instead of being replaced with a new design. The Abraham Lincoln Official White House China is a prominent example. Because so many pieces with this pattern were produced, there are more available to be collected, even today. Comparatively speaking, they are not rare, but Lincoln is Lincoln, thus in high demand.

We asked world renowned White House China collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx which Presidential China collections are most rare. Here's how he ranked them:

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LOVELY 1870 STATE DINNER PLATE FROM THE ULYSSES S. GRANT OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - HAVILAND AND COMPANY - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
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#9. Ulysses Grant

This 1879 Official White House China order consisted of more pieces – 587 – but no 1879 pieces were ever re-ordered, that bear a distinctive verso marking. There is a special marking on the 1879 order that does not appear on any of the following china order pieces, by any other subsequent Presidents.

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UNIQUE HAND-PAINTED DESSERT PLATE FROM THE 1879 RUTHERFORD B. HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - DESIGNED BY THEODORE RUSSELL DAVIS - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#8. Rutherford Hayes

President Hayes’ original 562-piece White House China service is marked “1879” on the back. However, Haviland & Co. lost so much money producing this stunning china that they reissued it repeatedly for public sale, minus the 1879 date. Even a subsequent Presidential order to replenish White House supplies arrived without the 1879 mark. For this reason, pieces remaining from the original, dated order are deemed to be about five times as valuable as matching, undated 1879 pieces.

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PRISTINE EXAMPLE OF A DESSERT PLATE FROM THE 1846 JAMES K. POLK OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY EDOUARD D. HONORE - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#7. James K. Polk

The 1846 James K. Polk White House China was never re-ordered and bears no specfic markings that help identify it as Official White House China.

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TIMELESS STATE FISH PLATE FROM THE 1903 THEODORE ROOSEVELT OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY WEDGWOOD - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#6. Theodore Roosevelt

There were just 120 pieces in Theodore Roosevelt’s original White House China order, and this pattern was never re-ordered. Not only are there no verso markings to indicate the pieces were Official White House China, the seal on the front rim is the seal of the United States, not the Presidential seal. This makes it even more likely subsequent owners would not have realized what they had. Mr. Amyx says, “pieces rarely appear on the market, perhaps every 5 or 10 years.” One 9” fish plate from the Theodore Roosevelt Official White House China collection is part of the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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EXTRAORDINALRILY RARE SERVING PIECE FROM THE JOHN QUINCY ADAMS OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#5. John Quincy Adams

None of the John Quincy Adams White House China was ever re-ordered. Most of the original order was lost or broken. During the 1800s, most Presidential china orders were not marked as such, so they were often inherited by individuals who had no idea of their true provenance or value.

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ELEGANT PLATE FROM THE 1853 FRANKLIN PIERCE OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#4. Franklin Pierce

There were only 287 pieces in Franklin Pierce’s 1853 White House China order, and they had no helpful verso markings. The pattern was never re-ordered. Mr. Amyx owns one pristine piece from of Pierce White House China, and says “he has seen only one other piece offered for sale in the last 30 years.”

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EXTREMELY RARE LOZENGES SERVICE DISHES FROM THE 1806 JAMES MADISON OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY NAST'S FACTORY PARIS - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#3. James Madison

Prior to becoming President, James and Dolley Madison ordered a set of china that consisted of about 300 pieces. Following the War of 1812, the Madisons brought to The White House the china that they had used as Secretary of State. They used this service for dinners with foreign dignitaries, so it became Official White House China. Today, only 30 pieces remain, thanks to the fact that the British burned down the executive mansion and much of its contents during the Madison administration. Thirty pieces are accounted for – among them, 8 are in the White House collection, 4 are housed at the historic Madison home in Montpelier, and 5 Madison pieces are in the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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PRISTINE DESSERT PLATE FROM THE 1820 JAMES MONROE OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY DAGOYT AND HONORE - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#2. James Monroe

Similar to the John Quincy Adams White House China, no President after James Monroe ordered this same pattern, so only the pieces in Monroe’s original order ever existed. James Monroe White House China is sought after in a major way.

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BEAUTIFUL CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN PLATE FROM THE 1786 GEORGE WASHINGTON PRESIDENTIAL CHINA - CONSIDERED THE "HOLY GRAIL" OF WHITE HOUSE CHINA - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#1. George Washington

Very few pieces of our first President’s china still exist today. The dinnerware Washington used for official state occasions while President was his own personal china, used by him both before and after his Presidential service. Although there was no White House during the Washington Administration, this extraordinarily rare  porcelain is still considered to be Official White House China. After the passing of both George and Martha Washington, the remaining china was moved several times – and not always gently. Not much survived. Specifically, a pristine George Washington White House China dinner plate has a value exceeding $80,000.

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George Washington and the Society of Cincinnati

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Jul 02, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

The porcelain dinnerware which ultimately became the very first set of White House China was actually designed by members of the Society of Cincinnati, one of whom was George Washington, for the Society’s own use. But most people don’t realize the Society of Cincinnati has a unique place in American history that goes far beyond these rare pieces of Chinese porcelain.

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THE EMBLEM OF THE SOCIETY OF CINCINNATI EXPERTLY HAND-PAINTED ON 1785 PORCELAIN DINNERWARE

The Society is America’s oldest private patriotic organization. It was founded in May 1783 after Congress dissolved the Continental Army, with membership restricted to American and French officers who had fought in the Revolutionary War. The organization was intended to “distinguish members as men of honor” and to:

  • Perpetuate the memory of Revolutionary War and promote its ideals.
  • Preserve friendships that had been formed among officers.
  • Advocate for officer compensation that had been promised by the new Congress.
  • Provide financial support for needy members and their families.

Membership eligibility was hereditary — passed down to each veteran member’s oldest son or “collateral descendant.” The organization was named in honor of Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus, a Roman statesman that Society founders felt was the “embodiment of civic virtue.” Cincinnatus was appointed dictator of Rome in 458 BC to lead the way in fighting off threats to the republic’s sovereignty. Having accomplished that, Cincinnatus walked away from power and quietly retired to his farm.

The Society of Cincinnati was created as a national entity with federated state societies, mirroring the structure of the newly-fledged United States. To fund charitable work, members were asked to contribute dues equal to one month’s pay. Although George Washington was not technically a founder of the Society, he joined early on and was elected the organization’s first President-General.

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GEORGE WASHINGTON PAINTED WEARING THE SOCIETY EMBLEM - THIS EMBLEM LATER APPEARING ON GEORGE WASHINGTON'S OFFICIAL PRESIDENTIAL CHINA

Within 10 years membership grew to 2,270 officers, with societies in all 13 original states as well as one in France. However, early critics claimed the Society was elitist – a hereditary aristocracy similar to royal houses in Europe that could potentially undermine or overthrow America’s new government. Concerned about these criticisms, George Washington reportedly discussed the situation with Thomas Jefferson, who recommended making changes to mollify detractors.

Accordingly, one year after the Society was formed, Washington proposed the organization eliminate the hereditary membership requirement. While this was officially accepted, not all state societies went along with the changes. During the first half of the 1800s, membership declined, dwindling to fewer than 300.

WASHINGTON-CHINA-PHOTO-1-POST-RESTORATION-4-27-14NEAR-PRISTINE DINNER PLATE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S, IN THE COLLECTION OF RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX 

To revive interest, membership eligibility requirements were again changed – expanded to allow descendants of all qualified officers to join, even if their eligible forebears had not joined the organization. This so-called “Rule of 1854” spurred growth by effectively doubling the number of potential “membership lines.” The Civil War put the Society on the back burner again, but America’s centennial celebration brought it back into the limelight. Every state society had been reconstituted by 1904, and the French Society was brought back into the fold in 1925.

In 1938, the Society of Cincinnati established a beautiful International Headquarters in Washington, DC. The current mission is to promote both academic and popular interest in the people and actions that made American independence possible. The organization also continues to foster fellowship among its members.

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THE IMPOSING SOCIETY OF CINCINNATI HEADQUARTERS LOCATED IN THE ANDERSON HOUSE, WASHINGTON, D.C.

Today, you can visit the Society’s headquarters and their American Revolution Institute to use their extensive library that includes a world-class collection of books and manuscripts relating to the Revolutionary War. You can also tour their museum to see art and artifacts that depict the Society’s history as well as the war. Among those artifacts, you can see a dinner plate from that first order of Chinese export porcelain – the 1784 dinnerware that later became George Washington’s Official White House China.

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World renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired a remarkable number of pieces of official White House china. Mr. Amyx’s passion for American historical artifacts has been his sole focus for more than 35 years. Mr. Amyx's collection is the largest privately-owned collection of extremely high-quality, as well as the rarest, Official White House China in the world. If you would like to engage in a discussion with Mr. Amyx about White House China, please contact him through the button below.

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George Washington: White House China that Opened the China Trade

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

washington-portrait-with-swordA REMARKABLE MAN AND PRESIDENT - GEORGE WASHINGTON - THE FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY

It was our first president who started the tradition of Official White House China. However, not many people realize that George Washington’s quest for the finest quality tableware lead to the establishment of a lucrative new international trade route. 

Today, we use the word “china” as a synonym for “dishes,” but in George Washington’s time, China was the source of exquisite, hand-painted porcelain prized by the upper classes in Europe as well as in the American colonies. Porcelain was exported from China to Europe, and from there it was traded to the colonies.    

In 1783, George Washington and General Henry Knox formed the Society of Cincinnati, an organization exclusively for French and American officers who had fought in the Revolutionary War (and, later, their descendants). One of the organization’s first orders of business was to design a china pattern befitting such a Society.

Unfortunately, the colonies’ trading ability disintegrated in the 1770s as relations with Britain collapsed. And when America finally attained its independence after the Revolutionary War, the British retaliated by prohibiting key trade hubs from doing business the United States. President Washington and his associates were left to find alternatives to maintain and grow the new nation’s economy. That included finding a way to gain direct access to highly-desired Chinese porcelain.   

Major Samuel Shaw, another Revolutionary War veteran and former aide to General Knox, envisioned the opportunities that could come if America were able to trade directly with China, to import not only luxuries like beautiful porcelain but a variety of necessary everyday commodities. Tea was in short supply, among other things, because trade was no longer possible with the British West Indies.

Toward that end, a ship christened the Empress of China left New York City in 1784, headed for Canton (modern-day Guangzhou). It was Samuel Shaw who transported the Society of Cincinnati’s desired design to Chinese artists so they could produce the “Cincinnati dinnerware.”

 china1785 CHINESE PORCELAIN DINNERWARE WITH THE EMBLEM OF THE SOCIETY OF CINCINNATI

The ship returned from China the following year, under the command of then-Captain Samuel Shaw, carrying Chinese textiles, cinnamon, tea and approximately 64 tons of porcelain – including the new Society of Cincinnati dinnerware. Trade between the United States and China was officially underway. Within five years, 28 American ships had visited Canton.  

And what did the Empress of China deliver to the Chinese to launch the trading process? Ginseng -- 30 tons of it, mostly from the southern Appalachian mountains. It was the one American product would-be traders knew for certain would be well-received by the Chinese, because over-harvesting had virtually eradicated China’s own native ginseng.

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GEORGE WASHINGTON'S - 9 5/8" DINNER PLATE - IN NEAR PRISTINE CONDITION - ONE OF TWO FROM THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

And the rest is history. The china created for the Society of Cincinnati ultimately became the original Official White House China. George Washington personally used this dinnerware to entertain friends and dignitaries at his homes in New York City, Philadelphia and Mount Vernon. And today, this lovely china remains historically important as one of the earliest Chinese porcelains made specifically for the American trade.

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World renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired a remarkable number of quality pieces of official White House china. Mr. Amyx’s passion for American historical artifacts has been his sole focus for more than three decades. Mr. Amyx's collection is the largest privately-owned collection of extremely high-quality, as well as the rarest, Official White House China in the world. If you would like to engage in a discussion with Mr. Amyx about White House China, please contact him through the button below.

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President's Day or George Washington's Birthday?

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

President’s Day - like many other national holidays - has become an excuse to go shopping due to the large sales many stores hold. President’s Day, now celebrated on the 3rd Monday of February, stands for much more than that, though. It has deep roots in American History and exists that we may remember former leaders of our country - specifically George Washington.

Originally, President’s Day was known as Washington’s Birthday and was always celebrated on February 22nd, his actual birthday. It dates back to February 1800, the year after Washington’s death. At the time, George Washington was considered the most prominent American figure, thus an unofficial celebration seemed necessary. Nearly 85 years later, it became an official National Holiday. It was 1 of 5 National Holidays and the only one celebrating an individual’s life.

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Washington’s Birthday becomes President’s Day

In 1968, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was signed into law. The Act was an attempt to create more 3-day weekends for government workers to discourage truancy. By this time, Washington’s Birthday was joined by Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, and Memorial Day. Each was moved from it’s original day to a certain Monday of it’s respective month. Some people thought moving the holidays from their original dates would cheapen their meanings. Retailers were for it as they saw it as an opportunity to boost sales.

By moving Washington’s Birthday to the 3rd Monday in February, many considered it a way to honor Abraham Lincoln who also had a February birthday. This led to a proposal to change the name to President’s Day. Marketers and retailers were among the first to start promoting the name change. They began advertising “President’s Day” sales. Some states celebrated Abraham Lincoln’s birthday separately from Washington’s birthday giving government workers and schools two days off in February.

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FROM THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION - PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA - 9.5" DINNER PLATE

By the mid-1980s most Americans were referring to the Holiday as President's Day and by 2000 most calendars had also made the switch. Some states took the liberty to add prominent state figures to the list of who was honored. For example, Arkansas celebrates Daisy Gatson Bates, a civil right’s activist, on the same day. Many states also refer to the Holiday in ways to be sure both Lincoln and Washington are honored. For example, Montana calls it “Lincoln’s and Washington’s Birthday.” Alabama chooses to recognize Thomas Jefferson instead of Abraham Lincoln.

No longer a birthday celebration

So far, there are four presidents with birthdays in February: George Washington, William Harrison, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan. Interestingly enough, President's Day never actually falls on any of their birthdays.

Today, most people consider President’s Day a day to recognize all the men who have served our country as President. Although not everyone gets the day off from work, we can all take time to remember the sacrifices, time, and service each President gives during their terms. We can be thankful for a nation based on strong, moral values gleaned from president’s such as George Washington.

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World renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired numerous pieces of official White House china from President George Washington to President Bill Clinton. Mr. Amyx’s passion for American historical memorabilia has been his sole focus for more than three decades. His collection is the first or second largest privately-owned collection of White House China in the world. If you would like to engage in a discussion with Mr. Amyx about White House China, please contact him through the button below.

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The Personal Legacy of George Washington - As Described in his Will

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

After George Washington had retired to Mt. Vernon, he had the opportunity to reflect upon his personal legacy. The details of Washington's generous bequests are proof of his kind nature and commitment to the people around him: family, close friends, slaves under his care, orphans and the poor.

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FATHER OF OUR NATION - GEORGE WASHINGTON

Religion

Although George Washington's Will beginning with, "In the name of God" was customary at that time, it is an expression of the way he lived his life. The people around him reported that he studied the Bible daily, read sermons to the members of his household on Sundays, and set aside time for personal devotions at the beginning and end of each day. Washington felt strongly that it was important to allow each citizen complete religious freedom.

Emancipation

What is most remarkable about George Washington's Will is his mention of slaves. Throughout history, no other American President has stipulated that slaves under his ownership were to be freed upon his death. Washington would have preferred to free all 317 slaves immediately upon his death, in 1799, but many of them had been passed down from Martha Washington's first marriage. Washington did not have the right to free these inherited slaves. It would seem that Martha did not share George's wish to free all the slaves, because there were no provisions in her will to free her own slaves. Therefore, upon Martha's death, all of the slaves that George Washington owned were freed, and the slaves that Martha Custis Washington owned herself were sold to other owners, for the benefit of Martha's heirs.

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FARMER AND LAND OWNER - PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON AT MOUNT VERNON

Provisions

In addition to his emancipation declaration, Washington specified that his heirs provide food and clothing for the elderly, infirm, and children among his slaves, leaving specific provisions to cover the expense of their care. He asked that many be taught to read and write and were provided with practical work skills that they could use to support themselves. Washington expressly forbade their sale or movement out of Virginia for any reason whatsoever. To avoid disrupting the farm work, he asked that the executors follow his directives after the crops had been harvested.

Personal Servant

One slave, referred to as "my Mulatto man, William" was granted immediate freedom or, if he preferred, to stay under the family’s care for the remainder of his life. Washington further directed that $30, which would be a significantly sizable sum in today's dollars, would be given to him as a "testimony of my sense of his attachment to me, and for his faithful services during the Revolutionary War."

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GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON WITH HIS LONG-TIME PERSONAL SERVANT WILLIAM LEE

Education

Because George Washington valued education and had personally experienced the difficulties of financing an education, Washington stipulated that a significant portion of his estate be used to provide for the education of orphans, indigent people, and the poor. Washington also asked that the dividends paid on a portion of his wealth be used to fund scholarships for an academy in Alexandria, Virginia "in perpetuity."

Endowment

Washington had been offered compensation for some of his work related to land development for which he refused stating that it was "inconsistent with [his] principle…not to receive pecuniary compensation for any services I could render my country in its arduous struggle with Great Britain…" In the end, he did ask that this provision be used to establish an American University so that Americans would not have to go abroad for higher education.

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GEORGE WASHINGTON'S "SOCIETY OF CINCINNATI" - 9 5/8" PLATE NOW IN THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Legacy

George Washington's generous provisions left behind a lasting personal legacy, separate from his efforts as our nation’s first President. He forgave the debts of his close relatives, stipulated the distribution of his land and valuables in a fair and precise manner. The descriptions that Washington included about the nature of his relationship with certain individuals including details of their time together, the ways that they had assisted him and the intended meaning of his gifts were very poignant.

Vault

Among the last remarks in the Will is Washington's wish to have a new family vault built from brick at Mt. Vernon for himself and his family members. He said, "It is my express desire that my corpse may be interred in a private manner, without parade, or funeral oration." Few men have made such an impact. President George Washington was indeed a great man. All of the quotations herein are from the transcript of George Washington's Last Will and Testament.

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World renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is proud to have acquired many authentic Presidential artifacts, including official Presidential China of President George Washington. If you would like to engage in a confidential conversation about museum-quality historically significant artifacts, please contact Mr. Amyx using the appropriate button below.

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DISCOVERY OF RARE SURVEY BY A 17 YEAR OLD GEORGE WASHINGTON

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Feb 03, 2011 @ 12:51 PM

A Rare Survey was discovered, in Fairfax County, Virginia; accomplished by a then 17 year old George Washington. Make no mistake: this is a Major Historical Document-Manuscript.  The exact location of this Rare Document has been unknown for Decades.

george washington survey age 17GEORGE WASHINGTON SURVEY COMPLETED BY THE FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY AT THE TENDER AGE OF ONLY 17

This George Washington Survey is perhaps the Most Remarkable example of any Survey ever accomplished by the future Father Of Our Country.  Observe closely the Mature Script of the full page.......all in the hand of a youthful George Washington. Remarkable.  This part of the Presentation is Featured on the left side above.  Not only has Washington signed, at the bottom right-hand corner, (see top center illustration for close up of the 17 year old "Washington" Signature) but G.W. also meticulously Sketched, in Watercolor, the full Survey at the very top center left.  The location of the Lord Fairfax Ordered Survey - known as Broad Run of Occoquan - is not more than 20 miles from Mount Vernon. This historic area is still open to the public for visitation to this very day.

george washington survey in frameTHIS REPRESENTS THE ARCHIVALLY FRAMED - DESIGNED ESPECIALLY TO PRESENT THE COMBINATION OF BOTH GEORGE WASHINGTON'S - AGE 17 - SURVEY;  BUT ALSO THE PERSONAL LETTER FROM THE LORD FAIRFAX FAMILY TO THE YOUTHFUL SURVEYOR - GEORGE WASHINGTON

An Important Additional Rarity exists here. Look on the right side of the above archivally framed photographic illustration.  This Rare Manuscript is addressed on the top line to "Mr. George Washington".  It is dated 1749, to the 17-year-old G. W. as well......and the last four words at the bottom right, "of the Kings Reign", the Signature of Fairfax himself appears at far bottom right and is further illustrated in the lowest part of the center montage.  A Museum Quality Manuscript to say the very least. We know of no other one-page Washington Survey, in existence, with the Extraordinary Directive from the Powerful Fairfax himself. How the pair of Manuscripts - once separated - ever came to be Rejoined as One is an Historic Marvel.

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RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX IN 2011 - WITH THE G.W. SURVEY - IT IS NOW KNOWN TO BE IN HIS VAST AMERICANA COLLECTION

During George Washington's Survey lifetime, which began at age 17, and seemed to end at age 21, he reportedly completed approximately 115 total Surveys.  What you are seeing here is one of the few accomplished by Washington at the tender age of 17. Without question one of the Finest Early Manuscripts ever to be acquired.

GEORGE WASHINGTON SURVEYORAN EARLY DEPICTION OF GEORGE WASHINGTON SURVEYING DURING THE 18TH CENTURY

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    This Remarkable, Age 17, George Washington Survey is now one of the Premier pieces of the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection. All Framing in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection, also known as The American Heritage Collection, is by the talented Rick Badwey of Museum Framing - located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia - Washington, D.C.




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