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[BKARTS] Skinny signatures/double dates



At 01:57 PM 2/3/2003, Dorothy Africa wrote:
... here is another little problem.   There is a nice signature by a
former owner which includes a date.   Feb. 7, the the figure 2 over the
figure 3 with a horizontal bar between like the fraction two thirds, then
something that could be either a back slash or the number 1.  The F in
February is the old style double f with flourish, which makes me wonder if
Mr. Hooper, the owner in question, was being all very fancy and in that
case perhaps affecting English Chancery dating, so would this be, in that
dating system, Feb. 7, 1803 ??  Then what is the back slash?

If the signature is c17 or earlier c18, the date is mostly likely to be 7 February 1711 Old Style / 7 February 1712 New Style, or some other year ending in 2 or 3 in the Old Style [calendar year ends on 24 March] and New Style [calendar year ends on 31 December] systems. Cf

http://www.monticello.org/resources/life/old_style.html

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School : 114 Alderman Library : Charlottesville, VA  22903 : Telephone
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