Lot 279: Rare 1856 Partially-Printed Document Bounty Land 160 Acres Pension Certificate
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Post-Revolutionary War to Civil War
Handsome Revolutionary War "Bounty Land" Certificate for 160 Acres Issued in 1856 to the Widow of a Soldier
October 15, 1856-Dated, Partially-Printed Document, "Bounty Land 160 Acres" Pension Certificate, Act of March 3rd, 1855, Issued to the Widow of a Revolutionary War Private, Fine.
October 15, 1856, granting "Bounty Land of 160 Acres" to "Elizabeth Cox, Widow of Josiah Cox, Private, Captain Stevens Company, (Revolutionary War) North Carolina Militia." Issued by the Department of the Interior, Office of the Commissioner of Pensions, Official Certificate, measuring about 9" x 11.5", printed in black and orange.
Distributed by the Department of the Interior, "Bounty Lands" were given to eligible officers and soldiers who had been confirmed as having engaged in military service for the United States, beginning with the Revolutionary War. This is a beautifully designed, well-engraved form by Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson Co., of New York. At the top is a wonderful vignette of the United States Capitol building as it appeared in 1855. In addition are General George Washington with sword left, and at the lower right an American Sailor with furled American Flag. Portraits of Secretary of the Navy John Dobbin and President Franklin Pierce. Uncancelled and boldly accomplished in rich brown pen. The blank reverse side has three written statements with remnants of an official seal in the lower left. A very bold example with crisp details and attractive black and orange printing. Some small holes along fold lines and a bit of light age toning.