FURTHER UPDATE OCT 26TH: SEE COMMENTS IN COMMENT BLOCKS BELOW.
UPDATE: After notifying the Seller I doubted this was a Lizzie Borden signature, she ended the auction without any bids and sent me this reply:
“Dear ____________ (I hope),
I thank you again for your input in reference to the Lizzie Borden signature I offered on eBay. Since you have now, and perhaps rightly, raised doubt upon this item, I have removed the listing until I can double-check its authenticity. Do you recommend the Fall River Historical Society as the best place to approach? I do not want to jeopardize my seller’s status atby offering something in doubt. I thank you for writing and for bringing this to my attention – it’s just a bit bothersome to think that mum was wrong all these years.”
There’s a current auction on eBay purported to be Lizzie Borden’s signature. You can check it out here.
The starting price is $60 with an unknown Reserve, and as of noon this posted date, there were no bids. An inquiry as to the provenance of this item with the Seller yielded the following reply:
“Dear ________:Thank you for your question. My mum who, sadly, is not with us anymore would have been able to answer it in more detail than I, but here goes…my mum was an avid Bordenphile (is that the word?) and we were chock-ablock with Borden books and memorabilia (I was even dragged to fall River in ’92 for the centenary and had to photograph my mum at Lizzie’s grave). My mother purchased the signature from a dealer in Boston, who had in his possession a bunch of material on the Borden’s including old bank statements, church records and invoices (most of which my mum bought and has since been sold). I am sorry to say that I do not know the dealer’s name since this was many, many years ago. Lizzie’s signature was in an old prayer book, “The Book of Solomon” or “The Psalms of Solomon”. The signature was one of my mum’s treasures! When framed, it hung on the staircase wall in our house for decades, until I inherited it. I don’t know what happened to the book itself, I’m afraid. I wish I could be of more help, but, if it is any reassurance, as stated in the listing, the signature comes with a lifetime guarantee of authenticity. Thank you again for your question.”
|Seems pretty slim to me. I would think the Seller’s “mum” would have kept the Boston seller’s receipt or notation of date of purchase, have kept track of the book itself, and so on if these were such coveted “treasures” from her mother passed on down to her.I have a hand carved wooden sewing box which belonged to my great-great grandmother who came to Hawaii from Portugal (yes, I’m part Portuguese). The box was originally made by my great-great grandfather in Lisboa, given to his bride as a wedding present. Thus, my maternal great-great grandparents took this sewing box with them when they sailed to Honolulu, Hawaii to work in the pineapple fields. It still has items from her day in it such as needles, thimbles, threaders, cloth swatches, small scissors, and threads used by her and my great grandmother, grandmother, and mother as well. I’ve included an index card with their names, dates of birth, dates of death, when they were given the sewing box and when they passed it on to whom and where. They coveted this beautiful sewing box and so do I. It is because of my experience with this item that I tend to doubt the Seller’s reply as given.There are many known and authenticated signatures of Lizzie Borden, aka “Lizbeth A. Borden” as published in any number of books, journals and periodicals. Just Google “Lizzie Borden signature” and any number of them will come up, the first being this one.It had an eBay “Buy it Now” price of nearly $4,500, but I believe this one is real. Apparently, it wasn’t worth that much. At least not to any eBay bidder because it didn’t sell.I’d write more about this but I need to baste a tape on a garment. Excuse me while I reach for my sewing box…..