William the Third Letter of Marque for Captain Robert (William) Kidd

Item Description

Here is our recreation of the Letter of Marque for Captain Kidd issued by the Crown under William the Third in 1695. Letters of Marque were issued to privateers, or seamen legally sanctioned to apprehend pirates on the high seas. Our document dresses up the original a bit using more color in the process. Actual historical documents can often be quite bland so we used a little artistic license here to make the original better.

The document is printed on 17"x 11" antique parchment and bears the image of King William III of England, also known as William of Orange, who came to power in the so-called "Glorious Revolution" and thereafter he ruled until 1702 with Queen Mary. Stylized floral embellishments decorate the top and sides with images of the lion and unicorn holding the British shield. Below the portrait is a more stylized version of the Coat of Arms of William and Mary. The blue tag to the right is a facsimile of a legal seal bearing the cypher of William and Mary in gold. The document will be shipped rolled with a royal blue textured paper cuff.

A great gift for history buffs especially those interested in the Age of Piracy. It can also be used as an interesting prop for cosplay or role-playing games.

Please note that this sale is for the Letter of Marque only. All other items depicted are for photographic prop purposes only and are not for sale. Thanks for looking.

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