This listing is for 12 birthday invitations.
My husband hand drew the top portion of this Letters of Marque based on images of the real prop from the movie and the original that it was based on from King William III of England. It features a portrait of George I of England. The text was then typed in using a calligraphy font.
The document is printed in brown sepia tones onto an 8 x 10.5 inch piece of natural parchment. We then add the small 1 x 1.25 inch blue paper tag with a gold foil crown and King George I’s initials (G.R. = George Rex) seen on the upper left. Lastly, Lord B’s red “B” faux wax seal near his name and King George’s “crown” green faux wax seal near his name make this document complete. We prefer to use faux sealing wax as it is flexible and long lasting whereas real wax has a tendency to crack and break apart. We have darkened the edges with tea stain, and adhered the parchment to a letter sized dark brown piece of paper. It is folded into thirds and then banded with another thin dark brown strip of paper which has the East India Company’s logo in gold foil just like the blue paper tag of King George’s.
The text we came up with for our invitation is:
“To our trusty and well beloved Captain, greeting! Now know ye, that we, being desirous to express our thanks to you for the duty you have fulfilled in the apprehension of pirates, sea-rovers, and other enemies of the crown, invite you to a celebration in honor of the 11th anniversary of the birth of your fellow captain, Hunter Rose. Make your way to the Caribbean with all due speed to the island of Tortuga. Heading: Latitude 38.250678254753595, Longitude 122.04523086547851 – 805 Jackson Street, Fairfield, California. You will need to make port no later than the 26th day of the month of May. The entertainment will begin at 2 bells of the afternoon watch – 1 o’clock in the afternoon. A reply is requested no later than the 19th of May to the Lord Chamberlain’s office 707-426-3459.
In witness whereof, we have caused our great seal
of England to be affixed to these presents.”
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