Five-year apprenticeship indenture agreement between Thilwell Pike and Joseph Rutter
A Varnham Stationer
Indenture of Apprenticeship, setting a legal agreement between Joseph Rutter and Thilwell Pike, signed and wax sealed on 9 August 1858. The Indenture was for Joseph Rutter's five-year apprenticeship to Thilwell Pike, a surgeon and apothecary. During this time, Pike had to provide food and lodging for Rutter in return for faithful service and not revealing Pike's secrets in surgery or apothecary work.
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franked ▫ on and below postage amount, printed inside circle: 'LONDON/(crown)/12.7.58/D'
signatures ▫ by hand, besides individual seals affixed to fabric piece threaded through parchment paper: 'Joseph Rutter/Thilwell Pike'
maker's mark ▫ beneath franks, by hand set vertically: 'A. Varnham. Stationer. 41 Bedford St. Strand