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    1787 Benjamin Franklin Signed Deed

    Appraised Value:

    $5,000 - $7,000

    Appraised on: June 30, 2007

    Appraised in: Orlando, Florida

    Appraised by: Joyce Kosofsky

    Category: Books & Manuscripts

    Episode Info: Orlando, Hour 2 (#1205)

    Originally Aired: February 4, 2008

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    Form: Document
    Material: Paper
    Period / Style: 18th Century
    Value Range: $5,000 - $7,000

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    Appraisal Video: (1:32)


    Appraised By:

    Joyce Kosofsky
    Books & Manuscripts

    Brattle Book Shop

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: This is a land document that comes from my father-in-law's side of the family. It's five generations deep. It's in regard to the purchase of land in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Once the deal was made, I can only assume that perhaps it was tucked away in a box like we probably would do with our documents today. My grandfather ended up finding this in a box, unraveled it and then placed it between this glass, and this is where we are today.

    APPRAISER: It is a deed. It's from 1787, as you said. From Pennsylvania County. It's also signed by Benjamin Franklin, which makes this fabulous. The other condition issue I wanted to point out was this, the seal. It should be red, but because it is from 1787, it just probably faded over time. But it really doesn't detract from the value of the document. It's a fabulous document. If I had it in my shop, I'd have no problem putting a $5,000 to $7,000 price tag on it.

    GUEST: Wow. That's fabulous. This wasn't actually noticed until grandfather. Nobody knew about that.

    APPRAISER: That's... that's the money right there.

    GUEST: Wow. My boss says I'm not an active listener, but I heard what you said. Thank you.

    APPRAISER: No, thank you for bringing it.

    GUEST: Wow. That is unbelievable.

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