Thomas Jefferson • Extremely Rare
RARE check filled out and signed by Jefferson for 6 months supply of BEER!
July 6, 1793
It doesn't get any more American than this! Rare partially printed Bank of the United States check, 5.75 x 2.5, filled out and signed by Jefferson, “Th: Jefferson,” payable to Henry Pepper for $27.67, July 6, 1793. Impressively archivally double cloth matted with a color likeness and framed to an overall size of 14 x 20. In fine condition, with expected cancellation cut to body, few small spots of toning, and very light soiling. This remarkably well-preserved check is referenced in the book, Brewed In America: The History of Beer and Ale in the United States. Pepper was a Philadelphia brewer who made one of Jefferson’s favorite beverages. This $27.67 payment by Jefferson, who was serving as secretary of state at the time, was in exchange for a six months’ supply of Pepper’s product. During the late 18th and early 19th centuries partially printed checks were not yet commonly used, and checks of that era were usually entirely completed by hand, more closely resembling promissory notes. As such, partially printed examples of early presidents are significantly rarer than their manuscript counterparts. This is the first full Jefferson check we have seen and bears a beautifully bold signature. Autograph USA, COA