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

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"The print is from the Printing Office of Edes & Gill, which is located in a building near the Old North Church in Boston that dates to 1712.  It was printed by hand on a historic press by a good friend of mine who founded and operates the printing office. (See below for more, including photos.)

We've talked for more than a year about offering a framed print online. If you visit the Printing Office, you will see Gary and his assistant printing copies, and you can even buy a copy, but they aren't offered online and they're not offered framed.

I wanted to create a frame fitting for such an important document, and made this frame by hand, starting with wood I routed and sanded to produce the unique profile you see.  

I cut, glued, sanded, and then painted with it with three coats of Soldier Blue milk paint from the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company, buffed with #0000 steel wool, and then added two coats of a traditional wax finish, buffing between each coat.

It is one-of-a-kind frame befitting this historic document.  If you're interested in me designing and building a different frame, or a frame with other colors, contact me.

About the glazing

It is framed with standard glass. I did this to keep the cost down. However, I recommend a museum-grade acrylic that is non-glare and offers UV protection. If you would like this change, I'll be happy to replace the glass. The additional charge would be $45. If you would like it framed in Museum Glass, the additional cost would be $80. Museum Glass, a branded glass that is non-glare and includes UV protection, produces a great result, but is very expensive. I use the museum-grade acrylic for the conservation framing I do for the items in our house and am very pleased with the result. It has the same basic properties as Museum Glass, is much more affordable, and is lighter and safer. I think you will be pleased with it, too.

Please let me know if you have questions about the frame and print. It will make a historic addition to your home or office.

Your purchase will also help us support local history organizations across the country."

— Lee Wright  |  Founder  |  The History List  |  History Camp

 

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, near the Old North Church 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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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

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.