Revolutionary War Discharge Signed by George Washington
Appraised Value: $6,000 - $10,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:06)
GUEST: I've got a revolutionary war discharge signed by George Washington for a man named James Columbus.
APPRAISER: You certainly have. This is a genuine... Washington discharge papers with all the old tape work on the back, and tears just as a veteran would have carried it around in his pocket. So many of them are damaged. Here's Washington's signature, we see.
APPRAISER: And we've got "1777 through June 1783." So that's six years of service. Now, how did you come by this?
GUEST: Um, actually, my mom-- she found it in a black tin box after her aunt died and she thinks it's been in her family for a long time.
APPRAISER: These things do appear at sale, and this is a beautiful example. I see you've kept it in a Mylar folder, and I guess you've prepared this catalogue entry at the back, which is great, but, uh... Have you shown it to any friends or to...?
GUEST: Well, yeah, actually one day about two years ago we took it in for show-and-tell and my mom-- she really didn't know what it was worth back then-- so she took it around and she passed it to all the kids and said, "You're touching something George Washington touched," and here's my mom and the teacher in a big argument of how it's real or not.
APPRAISER: This was at your school?
GUEST: Yeah, the teacher didn't think it was real.
APPRAISER: Your teacher didn't believe this was real?
GUEST: No, she didn't believe it.
APPRAISER: Oh, I'm amazed.
GUEST: She thought it was a fake.
APPRAISER: No, it's as genuine as can be. Do you have any idea what it's worth?
GUEST: Well, someone told my mom that it could be worth thousands of dollars, but...
APPRAISER: Well, it is worth some thousands of dollars, yes, and they routinely go for between $6,000 and $10,000. The condition factor dictates the demand on the day at an auction, and I'm giving you an auction price now. But it's somewhere between $6,000 and $10,000 on a good day.
GUEST: That's great.
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