David & Natasha Deighton are the owners of Antique Maps And Works On Paper LTD. They are so nice and incredibly knowledgeable. David grew up in Paris and Natasha in England. They live in Santa Fe, New Mexico now.
All of these indentures were handwritten on a fine grained unsplit lambskin, kidskin, or calfskin (referred to as vellum) so they would always stand the test of time. They legally bind one person to work for another for a given period of time or they are a formal document prepared for the purposes of control of land and labor. It's hard to believe a contract can be so aesthetically pleasing!
Please check out their website: www.antiquemapsandworksonpaper.com
Pictures by: Julie Webber