Legal document, Somerset, dated 1761


English Bond of Indemnity with elaborate watermark, wax seal, 

revenue stamp and signed with “The Mark of…”



Recto:  Hand written English text in brown ink on laid rag paper.  A large and intricate watermark of Britannia holding a spear and a lion rampant brandishing a sword and holding a bundle of arrows,  both enclosed within a palisade, and the words Pro Patria. One embossed revenue stamp in the amount of sixpence in the top margin beside a nine pence price stamp for the sheet of paper.  

Signatory:  (The Mark of) William Holper.


Verso:  Summary of the document: William Holper. Bond of Indemnity to Thomas Hannam. Dated 30th April 1761.  A later (28th August 1770) memorandum.  Interior blank.


Origin:  Ditcheat, Somerset, England


Date:  30th April 1761, “in the first year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third”.


Content:  The contract between the two parties is “for good and valuable consideration the fee simple and inheritance of all that western part of a cottage and home garden…lying in Ditcheat”.  The agreed sum is “forty pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain”.


Condition:  This document is in very good/excellent condition.  The high quality paper has preserved the content perfectly, the wax seal is intact and the embossed stamp remains clear.  A couple of tiny holes at some of the folds. The document is unconditionally guaranteed genuine. 


Size:  Single sheet of paper approx. 420x330 mm. folded in half. Presented in a museum quality mat & backing.  Post & packing within Australia: $25.  Overseas: ask for quote. 


Item No:  MOT034

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