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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 1002, Mexican Period, 1823 May 20--Belén (New Mexico) to Chihuahua via Tomé, “TOMÉ” Straightline Handstamp. Bold reddish-brown strike with manuscript “3” reales due marking on folded letter written and addressed in blue to “A. Dn. Lorenzo Lopez del Como de Chihuagua” (Chihuahua) datelined “Belen Mayo 20 de 1823” and signed “D’amaso”, forwarded to Arizpe with “Arizpe Ye. 3” (3 reales) manuscript due marking

VERY FINE WITH A BOLD STRIKE OF THE EXTREMELY RARE “TOMÉ” STRAIGHTLINE--THIS DATED LETTER IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE TOMÉ MARKING AND ALSO AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF MAIL CARRIED DURING THE SHORT-LIVED MEXICAN EMPIRE PERIOD.

Belén was founded in 1740 as Nuestra Señora de Belén by a group of Spanish colonists led by Diego Torres and Antonio Salazar. This letter was first carried north to Tomé and then south to Chihuahua on the Spanish Royal Road of the Interior (El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro), and this part is known as the Chihuahua Trail. It was rated “3” reales postage due at Chihuahua, then forwarded to Arizpe with an additional 3 reales due. The May 20, 1823, use of the “TOMÉ” straightline is about 20 years earlier than the next dated example.

The Mexican Empire existed briefly, from the signing of the Treaty of Córdoba and the declaration of Independence of the Mexican Empire in September 1821 until the emperor’s abdication in March 1823, when the Provisional Government took power. The First Mexican Republic was proclaimed in 1824. Covers from New Mexico during the Mexican Empire period are exceedingly rare.

Ex Risvold (acquired from Nicholas Follensbee, 1999)

E. 20,000-30,000
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United States
U.S. Postal History
State
New Mexico
2018-10-23
The John Birkinbine II Collection of Arizona and New Mexico Postal History
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1003, Mexican Period, 1845 August 4--Pinos Hacienda (New Mexico) to Chihuahua via Tomé, “TOMÉ” Straightline Handstamp. Clear strike in red with manuscript “4rs” reales due marking on folded letter to “S. Dno. Jose Cordero Chiha.” (Chihuahua) datelined “Pinos, Agto. 4 de 1845” and signed “Manuel Anto. Ortero”, small part of top back panel removed

VERY FINE WITH A CLEAR STRIKE OF THE EXTREMELY RARE “TOMÉ” STRAIGHTLINE.

This letter was carried south from Pinos Hacienda to Tomé. It was postmarked at Tomé and rated 4 reales due, then carried further south on the Spanish Royal Road of the Interior (El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro), and this part is known as the Chihuahua Trail.

Ex Dr. Mazepa

E. 5,000-7,500
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U.S. Postal History
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New Mexico
2001-12-17
U.S. & C.S.A. Postal History/Foreign
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Sale Number 841, Lot Number 1186, Postal Markings by State and TerritoryTOME, TOMETOME. Bold red straightline handstamp with ms. "Agto 13" date and "4" rate on folded letter from Albuquerque to Chihuhahua, datelined "Alburqeqe Agosto 5, 1845", address and letter in Spanish

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS EXTREMELY RARE MEXICAN POSTMARK USED IN NEW MEXICO.

In August 1845, the area of New Mexico was claimed for the United States by General S. W. Kearny. This cover is the basis of the American Stampless Cover Catalog listing (1997 value $3,000.00)

E. 3,000-4,000
6,250
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