"Declaration of Independence" from the Printing Office of Edes & Gill, in a handmade, custom frame

Regular price Price starts at $425

If you're interested in a similar frame, which would be $465, contact me. I make every one by hand, starting with raw lumber. Other styles and designs are available from $425.

More on the frame shown, which was commissioned by a doctor in Arkansas:

"I spent most of the day working in my shop on this frame, which is designed and finished to look authentically old, with character befitting the historic document it holds.

I made the frame from wood that I cut, routed, and sanded to produce a unique profile, and then cut, glued, and sanded some more before finishing with three coats of Soldier Blue milk paint from the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company, buffing with #0000 steel wool between each coat. Gold was added, and then, after a final extensive buffing, I added a traditional wax finish, which I also buffed out.

The Declaration is from the Printing Office of Edes & Gill, which is located in the Clough House (c 1712), part of the Old North Church Historic Site in Boston. It was printed by hand on a historic press by a good friend of mine, Gary Gregory, who founded and operates the printing office.

It will be mounted using conservation mounting methods and materials and framed using a museum-grade acrylic that is non-glare and offers UV protection.

The Declaration is from the Printing Office of Edes & Gill, which is located in the Clough House (c 1712), part of the Old North Church Historic Site in Boston. It was printed by hand on a historic press by a good friend of mine, Gary Gregory, who founded and operates the printing office."

— Lee Wright, founder of The History List and History Camp


 Additional notes

  • Timing: Commissions usually take about four weeks.
  • Shipping: There is an additional shipping charge. Depending on the destination and shipping method, it's usually in the range of $50 - $60.
  • Caring for your framed Declaration: To restore the finish of the frame, simply buff with a clean, soft cloth. To clean the frame, use a duster, a microfiber towel, or a soft cloth with a little water. Similarly, to clean the acrylic, use a microfiber towel or a cleaner designed for acrylic, such as this one. Do not use furniture cleaners on the finish or a glass cleaner on the acrylic.

About Benjamin Edes & John Gill

On April 7, 1755, Edes and Gill became the proprietors of The Boston Gazette and Country Journal. According to the author of Infamous Scribblers (2006), the Boston Gazette, arguably the most influential newspaper the country has ever known, got us into the Revolutionary War, sped up the course of the war and may have even determined the outcome of the war.

The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence is the founding document of The United States of America. Written by Thomas Jefferson, (one of the five members of the Committee that Congress had appointed to draft the document. Other members being: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman) between June 11th and June 28th 1776.

Congress voted for Independency on July 2nd and then took up Jefferson’s draft for the next two days. Eighty six alterations were made to the draft and congress approved the document on July 4th, 1776.

Congress then ordered the committee that drafted the Declaration to oversee the printing of the Declaration. A fair copy was made of the amended draft and hand carried by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin to the printing office of John Dunlap in Philadelphia on the afternoon of the 4th. The Declaration was printed that night into the early morning of July 5th. John Hancock, President of Congress began to send out “official copies” on the 5th and 6th of July to all thirteen Colonies, ordering them to print the Declaration in their newspapers and generally distribute the news as they saw fit.

The first printing of the Declaration in Boston

The “official” copy of the Declaration arrived about July 15th in Boston. The patriot printer John Gill set it in type on the 16th and printed on the 17th ready for distribution on the 18th of July. On the 18th, the Declaration was read from the balcony of the Old State House for the first time. Large crowds gathered to hear the address.

Just two editions of the Boston Printing of the Declaration broadside were published by Gill and then it disappeared from history. Only three copies from this John Gill edition have survived. In June 2009 Christie's auctioned a rare Boston imprint of the Declaration.

One original copy was located in the collection of the Bostonian Society by Gary Gregory, founder and Shop Master of the recreated Edes & Gill. Gary then had all 9.000 characters of type meticulously cast in lead to match the original document.

This recreation was first printed by the Printing Office of Edes and Gill on July 3rd 2012, marking the first time since July 1776 that anyone had printed the Boston Broadside of the Declaration of Independence.  

This print was printed by hand on the Wooden Common Press using 100% Cotton Linen, Very-Fine Crane Laid paper in the Printing Office of Edes & Gill, located in the Clough House (c 1712), part of the Old North Church Historic Site in Boston.

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill is non-profit 50(c)3 corporation funded entirely by donations, gifts, and the sale of materials printed on their historic press. A portion of the proceeds of this sale will go to them.  

 

 

 

Source: The Printing office of Edes & Gill

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T.B.
Awesome product and service

Nothing better than a custom made frame and a great copy of an awesome document. Adds so much to my office.

T
T.B.
Awesome service and product

I am so pleased with my copy of the Declaration of Independence and the custom made frame. It is a great addition to my office.

J
J.S.
The Declaration of Independence in my Home!

Excellent product and customer service! Lee Wright worked personally with me on the selection of a frame for the Declaration. He offered many colors and types. He sent photos and updated me via email on the progress once we decided on a frame. He even sent care instructions. The handmade and hand painted frame makes the Declaration really pop! It matches my bookcase! I am delighted with the appearance of the frame and the Declaration. It is something that I will enjoy in my home for many years to come.

Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
Small 19 28 9.25
Medium 20.5 29 9.5
Large 22 30 9.75
XL 23.5 31 10
2XL 25 32 10.25
3XL 28 33 10.5

Measurement Notes:
Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Short-sleeves

Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
Small 38 28 9.25
Medium 41 29 9.5
Large 44 30 9.75
XL 47 31 10
2XL 50 32 10.25
3XL 56 33 10.5

 Long-sleeves

Size Chest Body Length
Small 38 28
Medium 41 29
Large 44 30
XL 48 31
2XL 52 32

Measurement Notes:
Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
Small 20 26.5 24.38
Medium 22 27.5 24.63
Large 24 28.5 24.25
XL 26 29.5 24
2XL 28 30 23.75
3XL 30 30.5 23.5

Measurement Notes:
Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
Small 31.5 26.5 6.38
Medium 33.5 27 6.63
Large 35.5 27.5 6.88
XL 38.5 28 7.13
2XL 41.5 28.5 7.38

Measurement Notes:
Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Size Body Width Body Length
XS 15.6 26.5
Small 16.1 26.75
Medium 17.25 27.25
Large 18.38 27.88
XL 19.88 28.5
2XL 21.38 29.13

 

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
Small 19 28 9.25
Medium 20.5 29 9.5
Large 22 30 9.75
XL 24 31 10
2XL 26 32 10.25
3XL 28 33 10.5

Measurement Notes:
Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.