Authenticating Historical Documents

Washington, DC is known as a Mecca for historians. It’s only natural, then, that veteran Washington, DC handwriting expert Beverley East, would be well versed in authenticating historical documents. Ms. East’s trained and disciplined analyses of stroke comparison, slants, curves and pen lifts can prove instrumental in unravelling the uncertainties within written recordings. Her Detailed examination of authentication includes ink and paper identification.

This is extremely important when you may be in possession of rare and potentially valuable work. Old letters from an attic, or even a simple, hand-written label on an antique can prove an item’s place in history. Historical institutions such as the Smithsonian often pay handsomely for these items, if the owner can authenticate them. The Smithsonian itself, however, does not provide this verification, but can refer interested parties to a reputable handwriting analyst in Washington, DC.

Such was the case with attorney Robert Heggestad, who accidentally acquired a rare insect collection from Victorian-era naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace. Wallace was a contemporary of Darwin who independently devised a theory of natural selection. At the Smithsonian’s suggestion, Heggestad retained Beverley East to authenticate. This authentication began a bidding war for the collection and aided in the preservation of history. Heggestad had held the collection for 20 years without knowing its historical value.

With nearly 30 years’ experience, Beverley East has helped clients around the world in need of meticulous analysis. Whether you want to learn more about a family heirloom, or think you’ve stumbled among a priceless antique, verification is key. Contact Beverley East to gain a trusted analyst’s opinion on your document.

AMLaw,Troutman Sanders Lawyers’ Beetle Mania Earns Place in History of Science, February 12, 2009

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