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1829 steel engraved copy of Constitution/ with Ben Franklin

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1829 steel engraved copy of Constitution/ with Ben Franklin & ***** ***** editing. Chas Teppan Philadelphia engraver.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Wayne replied 1 year ago.

My name is***** have been dealing in and appraising antiques for over 40 years, and I can help you with this. Are sure this is the Constitution? I think it is The Declaration of Independence. Please let me know.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I miss-spoke. It's the Declaration, framed & matted on acid free.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
attached are the pictures
Expert:  Wayne replied 1 year ago.


This is by Charles Toppan not "Teppen" here is a biography:

Charles Toppan


  • Born: 10 Feb 1796, Newburyport MA
  • Marriage: Laura Ann Noxon on 17 Jul 1826 in Poughkeepsie NY
  • Died: 20 Nov 1874, Florence Italy

General notes:


Events in his life were:

  • Apprenticed about 1812 to Gideon Fairmon in Philadelphia PA
  • He worked as an engraver from 1829 to 1834
  • He worked from 1834 to 1837 as an engraver in Philadelphia PA as C. TOPPAN & Co.
  • He was a partner in 1840 with John Draper in Philadelphia PA as DRAPER, TOPPAN & Co.
  • He was a partner from 1837 to 1840 with John Draper and ***** *****acre in Philadelphia PA as DRAPER, TOPPAN, LONGACRE & Co.
  • He was a partner in 1843 with Samuel Carpenter in Philadelphia PA as TOPPAN, CARPENTER & Co.

You're engraving came in a folio. This was a copy of the rough draft of the Declaration of independence engraved in 1829. This would sell for

$800-1000 at auction

Here is a link to one that sold about a month ago for $615.

Thank you,


Expert:  Wayne replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Wayne replied 1 year ago.


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