This is a rare find indeed. A handmade parchment document dated February 9, 1871 and sealed by the Ecclesiastical Commissioner for England, in Westminster. This document has the official ship's manifest and indentured value (4800 pounds sterling) for the itemized cargo being transported on this ancient sea going vessel.
It has the all the original seals and stamps and is in pristine condition. The document is hand written in the calligraphy of the times and the parchment itself is wonderful to study. This is a museum piece and a fabulous find.
Parchment is most commonly made of thin calfskin, sheepskin, or goatskin. It was historically used for writing documents, notes, or the pages of a book. Parchment is limed, scraped and dried under tension. It is not tanned, and is thus different from leather. This makes it more suitable for writing on, but leaves it very reactive to changes in relative humidity and makes it revert to rawhide if overly wet.
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Size: Width 28" x Length 22" x Depth paper thin
Weight: 2 ounces
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