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Christy Mathewson 1918 Military Service Assignment Order

Lot Number 579

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About 8 years ago, a similar Mathewson "Special Order" document (dated 2 weeks earlier than this one) surfaced at auction and sold for over $5,000. Why such historical significance? Because it was Matty's service in the American Expeditionary Forces that ultimately exposed him to chemical gas, resulting in his premature death in 1925 at age 45. Dated September 23, 1918, the confidential notification appears on an 8-1/2" x 5-1/4" sheet of onion-skin paper from the headquarters of Brigadier General Coulter and Adjutant General Pearman. It describes Mathewson's station relocations in France and then concludes, "Capt. Christopher Mathewson, C.W.S. / The travel herein directed is necessary in the military service." Thus, the die was cast. Chemical exposure in October and November eventually led to a weakened immune system and a lethal case of tuberculosis. There is tremendous investment potential here, especially with the addition of proper framing alongside a well-chosen vintage photo. VG condition.

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