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2018-10-23
The John Birkinbine II Collection of Arizona and New Mexico Postal History
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1164, Arizona Territory Post Offices, cont., “Prescott A.T. Aug. 17” (1864). Manuscript postmark with target cancel on 3¢ Pink on Buff entire (U35) to Miss Mary D. Cheney in Charles City, Iowa, from her future husband Tisdale Hand, carried by military express to Tucson, Vedette rider to Las Cruces, and Santa Fe stage to Kansas City, sealed tears and edge nicks, Fine, this is the earliest recorded official (or legal) postmark from Prescott after the post office was created on June 10, 1864, and Postmaster Hiram Read was appointed postmaster (see lot 1133 for illegal use)--Prescott was created by the Union during the Civil War and twice served as the capital of Arizona Territory, it was an illegal town for eight years due to failure to obtain permission of Secretary of Interior or Government Land Office

E. 500-750
650
United States
U.S. Postal History
State
Arizona
2018-10-23
The John Birkinbine II Collection of Arizona and New Mexico Postal History
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1165, Arizona Territory Post Offices, cont.Prescott--Earliest Inbound Mail, Prescott--Earliest Inbound MailPrescott--Earliest Inbound Mail. Cover addressed to Governor John N. Goodwin at Prescott, pair of 3¢ Rose (65) tied by blue “Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express, New-York Aug. 1” (1865) double-circle datestamp, sender’s directive “Per California Steamer”, carried in Wells Fargo pouch by steamer from New York to California via Panama, entered mails with “San Bernardino Cal. Aug. 29” circular datestamp and carried on Route 14466 and wagon to Prescott, Very Fine, this is reported to be the earliest known cover into Prescott, which was the capital of Arizona Territory when this was sent, John N. Goodwin was the first Territorial Governor, a post he held in between stints in the U.S. House of Representatives (as a member from Maine and then as a non-voting delegate from Arizona Territory)

E. 750-1,000
400
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Arizona
2018-10-23
The John Birkinbine II Collection of Arizona and New Mexico Postal History
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1168, Arizona Territory Post Offices, cont.“Prescott AT Sep. 18” (1865), “Prescott AT Sep. 18” (1865)“Prescott AT Sep. 18” (1865). Circular datestamp with malformed “S” and space between “S” and “C”, cork cancel on 3¢ Rose (65) on “Territory of Arizona, Governor’s Office” imprint cover to Capt. W. A. Winder, commander of post at San Diego, small backflap repair extends just to front at top, Very Fine appearance

E. 400-500
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1169, Arizona Territory Post Offices, cont.Prescott, PrescottPrescott. Three covers with early circular datestamps from Prescott, ca. 1866-1869, two bearing single 3¢ 1861-67 Issue (65 or 94) and one a 3¢ Pink on White entire (U58), one shows the “Arizoa” replacement cancel error from 1866 (approximately five recorded), second is the earliest recorded use of the fifth Prescott double-circle datestamp (Mar. 24, 1868), entire with original letter contents from 1869, a couple small stamp or cover flaws, Fine trio

E. 400-500
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2018-10-23
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1170, Arizona Territory Post Offices, cont.“Prescott Arizona Jun. 18, 1866, “Prescott Arizona Jun. 18, 1866“Prescott Arizona Jun. 18, 1866.” Bold strike of circular datestamp with partial inner line, target cancel ties 3¢ Rose (65) on cover to Cincinnati O., stamp with tiny pinhole, still fresh and Very Fine, this Prescott datestamp replaced the earlier devices which had defects (including the version with “Arizoa”), this is the earliest recorded use of this replacement device

Also see lots 1125 and 1171

E. 500-750
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2018-10-23
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1171, Arizona Territory Post Offices, cont.“Prescott, A.T./June 16, 1867”, “Prescott, A.T./June 16, 1867”“Prescott, A.T./June 16, 1867”. Clear strike of two-line datestamp with year in pencil ties 3¢ Rose (65) on cover to Carrie Young in Cincinnati, with original letter from Sam to his sweetheart, datelined “Fort Whipple A.T. June 16/67”, Sam complains about mail irregularities causing delays of up to four weeks, cover edgewear and stamp with small faults at bottom including tear, otherwise Very Fine, this Prescott straightline datestamp is exceedingly rare--despite Sam’s best efforts to keep the flame lit, Carrie married another man in 1867

Also see lots 1125 and 1170

E. 750-1,000
400
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Arizona
2018-10-23
The John Birkinbine II Collection of Arizona and New Mexico Postal History
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1173, Arizona Territory Post Offices, cont.“Prescott Arizona Aug. 4, 1867, “Prescott Arizona Aug. 4, 1867“Prescott Arizona Aug. 4, 1867.” Circular datestamp with partial inner line ties 3¢ Rose (65) on yellow cover from General John Irvin Gregg, 9th Cavalry Commander at Fort Whipple to General James F. Rusling, Inspector General, War Department, Washington D.C., forwarded with address overwritten Trenton N.J. and blurry strike of small circular datestamp, contents notation at left in the hand of General Rusling with the interesting comment “says (General) McDowell bothers him”, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine use of the “found” Prescott circular datestamp just prior to the relocation of the capital to Tucson, there are reports of friction between General Gregg and Department of the Pacific Commander General Irvin McDowell (he of Civil War infamy), the comment on this cover bears this out

E. 500-750
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2018-10-23
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1210, Arizona Territory Post Offices, cont.“Prescott Arizona Aug. 16, 1866”, “Prescott Arizona Aug. 16, 1866”“Prescott Arizona Aug. 16, 1866”. Circular datestamp with target cancel tying 3¢ Rose (65) on cover to New York City street address, manuscript “Per Steamship”, Very Fine, rare Colorado River steamboat cover from Prescott, carried by steamer to Yuma, then to Port Isabel, Sonora, Mexico, and by ocean to New York via Panama, except for a duplicate that was sold to another collector, the covers offered in lots 1209-1214 are the only Colorado steamboat covers that John Birkinbine was able to acquire in more than 60 years of collecting.

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