Carta ejecutoria de hidalguia
San Lorenzo del Escorial, Spain, 1721.
19th-century red velvet with 18th-century corner and centerpieces, the coat of arms of the Bayona Chacon family in the centerpieces, with clasps and hasps.
Gift of Mrs. Howard C. Smith, 1965.
13 leaves (1 column, 22 lines), bound : vellum (fols. 1-10) and paper (fols. 11-12), ill. ; 303 x 205 mm
Made for Don Joseph de Bayona Chacon of Havana, Cuba in 1721; gift of Mrs. Howard C. Smith in 1965.
Ms. letters patent of nobility for Don Joseph de Bayona Chacon of Havana, Cuba; written and illuminated in San Lorenzo del Escorial, Spain, in 1721 (authorized on Aug. 19, 1721).
Decoration: 3 full-page miniatures (one an equestrian portrait of Philip V), one lavishly illuminated title page, 2 full-page representations of arms, 2 historiated initials, 1 partial and 7 full borders framing text pages, elaborately decorated, including putti and antique motifs.
Textiles: 10 full-page hemmed guardsheets (curtains) of salmon colored silk tipped in, protecting the illumination.
Motto: Velate Bayona que Sola Encampo Manes.