[Josiah Wedgwood, celebrated English potter.] Autograph Signature ('Jos. Wedgwood') to cheque, also signed by Thomas Byerley (later partner in the firm), William Frogatt and R. Symons.

Author: 
Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) of Etruria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, celebrated English potter; his clerk Thomas Byerley (1747-1810)
Publication details: 
Cheque dated from Etruria, 21 October 1785.
£850.00
SKU: 21186

7.5 x 19.5 cm slip of paper. In fair condition, lightly aged, with spike hole and stub from mount adhering. An interesting Wedgwood artefact, which also exemplifies the convoluted nature of banking and finance during the period of the industrial revolution. On one side of the slip is the cheque, with usual embossed tax stamp at left, written out in a neat clerk's hand: 'No. 6058 £10. - Etruria Octr. 21st 1785. | Six weeks after date pay Mr. Joseph Wedgwood, or order, ten pounds, value recd., as advised.' Addressed in same hand 'To Mr. Thomas Byerley | No. 12. Greek Street | Soho. | London'. Beneath the signature 'Jos. Wedgwood' is written (and scored through), possibly by Byerley himself: 'At Messrs. Drummonds | For Josiah Wedgwood | Thomas Byerley | 370'. On the back of the slip is a series of endorsements in a number of hands, beginning with 'Joseph Wedgwood | Pr Pro of Hugh Kemshall & Co | William Frogatt', followed by the signature of 'Robt. Twyford' and 'Pay the Contents to the order of Mess J & J Birch Manchr. Novr. Thirteenth & post to London | By Pn. For Mess J Birch & Son | [signed] R Symons | Josh. & John Birch | [illegible]' Note: "Thomas Byerley (1747 – 11 September 1810) was an English businessman, a partner in the Wedgwood pottery firm."