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Sample Category: Palæography


Serjeant’s Report (Draft), Dated 20 January 1585

French Secretary Hand, brown ink on paper, 38 lines, initials at top left margin & autograph signature bottom right; single sheet folded in two, inscribed on front only, each side measuring 6.25″ x 9.5″; significant fading, some foxing, fraying & tearing. PB [the writer’s initials] 1. Le Vingtiesme Jour de Janvyer mille The Twentieth Day… Read more »

Bond, Dated 21 August 1612

English Secretary Hand, black ink on parchment, 46 lines, with decorated ‘T’ in majuscule & ornamental strap-work, plus 4 autograph signatures & 1 signature mark at bottom; page measuring 16.7″ x 16″; good condition, minor tearing to left vertical fold, along right margin, and centre-right at bottom where the seal tongue has been removed. 1.… Read more »

Frankpledge, Dated 21 October 1625

English Secretary Hand, black ink on parchment, 32 lines, with autograph signature bottom right; page measuring 11.75″ x 11.6″; good condition, very minor foxing & ink stains. 1. Combes ss [i.e. scilicet] Ad visu[m] ffranc[i] pleg[ii] cu[m] Cur[ia] gen[er]alis Edmundi Dandy Ar[migeri] ib[ide]m tent[a] vicesimo primo Combes, to wit: At the view of Frank-pledge with… Read more »

Will, Dated 07 November 1644

English Secretary Hand, brown ink on vellum, 21 lines, with autograph signature bottom right; page measuring 10″ x 6.5″; significant fading, ink stains, transfer wax damage at centre bottom; seal tongue intact, including remnants of red wax seal. 1. In the name of God Amen  I Margrett Richardson of Archdeacon Newton widdow sicke 2. in… Read more »

Bond, Dated 14 September 1680

English Secretary Hand, black ink on parchment, 34 lines, with 6 autograph signatures & 2 seals intact at bottom; single sheet folded in two, inscribed on outer leafs only, each side measuring 7.5″ x 11.75″; ink stain to left margin at centre fold & water damage down full length of right side. 1. Know all… Read more »

Court Baron (Mortgage), Dated 22 April 1734

English Secretary Hand, brown ink on parchment, 29 lines, with autograph signature bottom right; page measuring 14.25″ x 10.25″; good condition, some foxing, discolouration & 4 small holes not affecting text. 1. Halifax Great Court Baron of his Grace the Most Noble Lord Thomas Duke of Leeds Lord 2. of the Manour of Wakefield holden… Read more »

Instrument of Seisin, Dated 23 April 1768

English Secretary Hand, brown ink on fine vellum, 41 lines, with Revenue Stamp and 2 Endorsements; page measuring 23.5″ x 17.25″; good condition, some minor staining and ink-fading. 1. In the Name of God Amen To all and sundry whom it may concern By this present public Instrument  Be it Known That upon the twenty… Read more »

Abstract of Title (Draft), Dated 1812

Draft Hand, brown ink on brief sheets of varying sizes, average measurement 10″ x 16″; generally good condition, with some fraying & discolouration throughout, plus significant tearing to the outer leaf at fold lines & edges. The above-pictured Abstract, drafted in 1812, draws on a variety of property deeds including Manor Court Rolls, Indentures, and… Read more »