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Antique English Indenture Double Sided England circa 1800

An intriguing antique English indenture from England circa 1800 that appears on both sides of the document so it is double sided. The term "indenture" first appeared in the thirteenth century and referred to the use of a legal document that was copied twice on the same page and then separated by a jagged, sawtooth edge (in-dent ((for tooth))- ture) that could be later fitted back together to confirm the authenticity of the document for verifying the legality of the agreement. Primarily these documents confirmed the transfer of land and titles or debt from one party to another. Written by hand and affixed with red wax imprinted with the seals of a designated official these documents make for fascinating records of the movement of wealth throughout society. Every transfer of any importance needed an indenture and the resultant continued existence of these documents show their value and worth. In the twenty-first century though these pieces also possess an intrinsic artistic appeal with their individual calligraphy, arrangement of large and small writing and the vivid colour of the wax seals with their unique appearance all combining to create a visual distinctiveness that is quite striking. Whether displayed alone or as part of a larger collection their wonderfully antique qualities translate seamlessly to create a marvelous sense of texture when incorporated into a contemporary design.

# EEJ431A

DIMENSIONS

26.00" w x 0.75" d x 21.25" h

66.04cm w x 1.91cm d x 53.98cm h

Sale Price $617.40 Regular Price $882.00

An intriguing indenture from England c.1800 that appears on both sides of the document. The term "indenture" first appeared in the thirteenth century and referred to the use of a legal document that was copied twice on the same page and then separated by a jagged, sawtooth edge (in-dent ((for tooth))- ture) that could be later fitted back together to confirm the authenticity of the document for verifying the legality of the agreement. Primarily these documents confirmed the transfer of land and titles or debt from one party to another. Written by hand and affixed with red wax imprinted with the seals of a designated official these documents make for fascinating records of the movement of wealth throughout society. Every transfer of any importance needed an indenture and the resultant continued existence of these documents show their value and worth. In the twenty-first century though these pieces also possess an intrinsic artistic appeal with their individual calligraphy, arrangement of large and small writing and the vivid colour of the wax seals with their unique appearance all combining to create a visual distinctiveness that is quite striking. Whether displayed alone or as part of a larger collection their wonderfully antique qualities translate seamlessly to create a marvelous sense of texture when incorporated into a contemporary design.