This site is designed to provide autograph enthusiasts, historical memorabilia collectors and anyone else interested in autograph collecting, handwriting analysis, historical documents, letters and manuscripts, a resource for information and discussion of this excellent hobby and an example library of famous signatures from all areas of notoriety.
As an avid collector there is nothing more frustrating than the inundation of fake autographs on the internet choking the life out of this respectable hobby. Unless you are a learned signature expert it can be downright difficult to determine the authenticity of an item you may be thinking of purchasing.
However, there are ways for the non-expert to better protect oneself from becoming the unwitting dupe of an unscrupulous seller. One of those ways is to be as familiar as possible with the authentic signature of the person whose autograph you wish to purchase, as well as the many variations that signature may take. While this cannot 100% protect you from buying a fake signature, it is one weapon in an arsenal of skills and resources that can help you become a more informed collector with a much more valuable collection.
Here we hope to provide a trusted source for authentic example signatures of many famous people across history you can use to compare with your collection, an item for sale, or just to study if your interests lie in that area.
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The Signatures Of Charles Dickens
The below article was taken from an old edition of the Strand magazine featuring a study of the signatures of Charles Dickens. This is a wonderful study in the various examples of Dickens’ signature across his lifetime. It features many excellent examples of his signature and some interesting photos as well. This article is a great example of the variety of ways a person may sign their name and how it evolves over the span of their life. Knowing these variations and when to look for them is an important factor in determining...read more
If you love to see history with your own eyes and have the opportunity you can now view one of the few surviving copies of the Magna Carta in the National Archives in Washington, DC. It is one of only 4 surviving copies of the 1297 issuance. I have been able to personally view the document and it was quite a powerful experience to say the least. There are few historical documents in history that carry such weight and significance for the free world. However, it was not originally intended for that purpose. When King John placed his...read more