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David Crockett Finest Known Signature and Display - Perfect!

A superb display of monumental proportions devoted to Davy Crockett, "King of the Wild Frontier"!

The framed collection includes Crockett's autograph, Crockett's portrait, a depiction of the Battle of the Alamo, a commemorative coin, and a biographical panel, all tastefully matted and framed behind glass in a mahogany finished frame. Not examined out of frame. The overall frame size is 28.75" x 16.25" x 1.875".

In the last half dozen years, three Crockett signatures have sold at major auction houses, each averaging $10,000 apiece. None were even close to the quality of this one, none had additional words inscribed, and none had a better display!

Davy Crockett (1786-1836) inscribed and signed this paper fragment as "Respectfully your obt servt / David Crockett." Unevenly trimmed, else near fine. 5.25" x 1.125". Displayed in a floating mount at bottom left.

A portrait of Crockett after an original oil painting by S.S. Osgood and an engraving by T.B. Welch appears in a beveled oval-shaped overture above.

A high-quality color reproduction of a detail from Robert Jenkins Onderdonk's Fall of the Alamo (1903) is found at center. The detail depicts Crockett, wearing his signature buckskin hunting clothes, coonskin hat, and large Bowie knife, defending the Alamo on March 6, 1836. Sight size 8.25" x 9.5".

At top right is a biographical panel printed on textured stock and with pseudo-calligraphic details.

Below this is found a silver commemorative coin emblazoned "The Alamo / Texas" and showing a view of the old fort, diameter 1.5". Lightly scratched along the rim, else near fine.

The legend of Davy Crockett has pervaded American culture ever since his death at the Battle of the Alamo. Crockett embodied the best of frontier characteristics: marksmanship, hunting, trapping, storytelling, stubbornness, and boastfulness. In these ways, he easily transitioned into a mythical folk hero, popular even today.

The real Davy Crockett served as a Tennessee militiaman in the Creek War and the War of 1812 before becoming interested in state politics. Crockett served as a Congressman from Tennessee between 1827-1831 and 1833-1835. After losing reelection, Crockett decided to move to Texas; he was attracted by land prospects as well as the possibility of participating in the Texian independence movement.

Crockett was at the Alamo, a fort in San Antonio, Texas, during its 13-day siege by the Mexican army commanded by General Santa Anna. The fort's defenders were outnumbered 10 to 1 and faced ammunition shortages and heavy bombardment. When the Mexicans charged the fort at dawn on the morning of March 6, 1836, Crockett was among the last to rally in front of the mission church. Just as is depicted in Onderdonk's painting, Crockett relied more on his rifle as a club than for shooting because of the intense hand-to-hand fighting. All of the Alamo's defenders were killed in the heated 90-minute-long battle. Crockett's body was later burned--along with those of other defenders--so there are very few extant relics associated with the famous American woodsman.

Own a tremendous piece of American history signed by one of the defenders of the Alamo, beautifully displayed!


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David Crockett Finest Known Signature and Display -

Estimate $8,000 - $9,000May 15, 2019
Westport, CT, USA