A Very Rare Endorsed Check by Firearms Maker Oliver Winchester
OLIVER F. WINCHESTER (1810-1880). Gun manufacturer. Winchester's successful shirt business enabled him to invest in the Volcanic Repeating Arms Co. of New Haven, Connecticut and by 1856 he had become its largest shareholder and principal owner. In 1857, he reorganized the company under the name of the New Haven Arms Company which owned the rights to such highly regarded weapons as the Smith-Wesson repeating rifle. In 1870, as the company grew, Winchester renamed it using his own name, following which he purchased additional arms companies and patents. Also endorsed by BENJAMIN F. POTTS (1836-1887). Union general during the Civil War and Territorial governor of Montana.
DS. 1 page. * 1/4" x 3 1/2". Helana, Montana. March 1, 1878/ Partly-printed bank check drawn on the Banking House of L. H. Herfield & Brothers payable to territorial governor BENJAMIN F. POTTS in the amount of $52.00. On the verso Potts endorses the check "Pay O.F. WInchester or order B.F. Potts." Beneath Potts' endorsement, Winchester thus signs "O.F. Winchester". A fine association of Winchester and Potts. A rare offering of a check signed by Oliver Winchester being the first such we have had.
Alabama. Bank of Mobile. Mobile, Sept. 8, 1841. Check to the cashier of Merchants Bank, New York payable in the amount of $591.07. Engraved vignettes of sailing ships at both corners. Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, New Orleans. Pen cancelled and Very Fine.
James Russell Lowell (1819 – 1891). American poet, editor and diplomat. One of the “Fireside Poets”. DS. Cambridge, Mass., Jan. 5, 1877. 1 page. 8” x 3”. Partly-printed bank check drawn on the Charles River National Bank payable to J. H. Wyeth & Co. in the amount of $51.00. Accomplished in Lowell’s hand and signed by him as maker. Couple of bank punch cancellations not affecting the manuscript text. Excellent.
Rupert Hughes (1872 – 1956). Historian, novelist film director and composer. Uncle of Howard Hughes. DS. 1 page. 6 ¼” x 3”. New York, March 20, 1931. Partly-printed bank check drawn on The Fifth Avenue Bank payable to Porto Rico Child Feeding Committee in the amount of $25. Signed by Hughes as maker. Bank punch cancelled. Fine.