Sale 779 — Civil War Postal History and Autographs

Sale Date — Wednesday, 10 July, 1996

Category — Illustrated Lettersheets

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
173
 
[Chicago]. 15 different illustrated letterheads, turn of the century, Very Fine lot

E. 100-150
45
174
c
[Cincinnati]. Two illustrated lettersheets, includes unused in black on blue with border of building vignettes (30 different) with map of city and central view showing river and city, steamboats, etc., other is 1860 love letter with letterhead of Burnet House, latter with mended tear not affecting design, other is Very Fine and choice, perfect frontispiece for Cincinnati postal history collection

E. 150-200
85
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175
c
Sale 779, Lot 175, Illustrated LettersheetsCorrect Map of the Seat of War. 9-1/8 x 11-1/4 in. lettersheet showing map by John Latourette of New Orleans, reverse with June 18, 1846 letter, semi-literate contents from New Jerseyian writing home, after returning from Texas, clear "Natchitoches La." cds with matching "Paid" hs and ms. "10" rate, wear at folds, still Fine, very rare

E. 500-600
800
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176
 
[Cuba]. Four unused lettersheets, ca. 1840s, each different view of Havana, Very Fine

E. 100-150
130
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177
c
Sale 779, Lot 177, Illustrated Lettersheets[Lettersheet]. Dec. 1851 blue folded letter from Philadelphia with illustrated letterhead, "Canterbury from South Eastern Railway" with early train in foreground, contents from man writing his wife, closing with "I send you a handsome view of my native city,"; franked with 3c Experimental Orange Brown (11 var), Very Fine and rare

E. 200-250
190
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178
c
[Lettersheet]. 1848 circular with illustrated letterhead for John L. Smith's Umbrella & Parasol Manufactory, red "New-York 3cts Mar. 28" cds on face, Very Fine and attractive

E. 100-125
110
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179
c
[Lettersheet]. 1849 folded letter from Grand St. Bernard, Switzerland to Boston, with beautiful lithograph of Mont Blanc, hand-carried to U.S. then mailed locally with red "Boston Mass. 3 Sep." cds, interesting contents from visitor tramping up and down Switzerland, includes comment on St. Bernard dogs: "Some of them completely used up by Reheumatism by exposure in rendering assistance to winter travellers,", etc., Fine and rare

E. 150-200
130
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180
c
Sale 779, Lot 180, Illustrated Lettersheets[Lettersheet]. Large engraving, THE SALOONS OF THE PACKET SHIP "YORKSHIRE" with various vignettes surrounded by little nautical scenes, etc. on 1846 folded letter with red "Tarrytown N.Y. Jan. 26" cds and ms. "5" rate, Fine and rare

E. 150-200
270
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181
c
[Medical]. Three page 1849 circular for the Graefenberg Co., a patent medicine company responsible for Consumptive's Balm, Marshall's Uterine Catholicon, Dysentery Syrup, Green Mountain Bitters, etc., filled with usual testimonials, outersheet with straightline "Morristown N.Y." in box and ms. "5" rate, Very FIne

E. 100-150
90
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182
 
[Montana]. 11 different illustrated letterheads giving nice cross section of life & business in turn of the century Montana, mostly business contents, Very Fine

E. 150-200
60
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183
 
Sale 779, Lot 183, Illustrated LettersheetsOcean Penny Postage. Illustrated lettersheet with 1854 contents by a Edmund Fry in London, Very Fine

E. 150-200
130
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184
 
[Railroads]. 20 different illustrated lettersheets, each letterhead showing train, late 19th century, mostly business contents, Very Fine lot

E. 400-500
200
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185
 
Sale 779, Lot 185, Illustrated Lettersheets[St. Louis]. Large printed lettersheet-style invitation: "The Citizens of St. Louis Cordially invited you to be present at the Formal Opening by the President of the United States, of the Illinois and St. Louis Bridge on the fourth day of July 1874." First page with litho of bridge and oval portrait of engineer James Eads, second page with lits of committee members, etc., Very Fine

E. 150-200
190
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186
 
[Schools]. Three illustrated lettersheets, includes 1850s Townsend Female Seminary with "West Townsend Mass." cds and matching "Paid" hs; 1849 College of the Holy Cross with Worcester Mass., cds; unused 2pp circular for Tuscarora Academy with very elaborate litho scene with horse-drawn coach in foreground, Very Fine lot

E. 150-200
190
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187
c
[Stampless]. Very unusual 1835 rose-colored folded letter from the postmaster of Northampton Ms. to his grandaughter, the contents having been set in various typefaces for her enjoyment: "I promised to print a letter for you, because you are too young to read writing, and here it is, on paper of your own choice, tinged with the blushing rose." etc., magenta cds and postmaster's free frank on face, some tiny paper loss at folds not affecting letter, Fine and unique

E. 150-200
130
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188
c
[Lettersheets]. Three different, all from England to United States (postally used): includes 1840 "George's Dock Basin" with beautiful engraving showing busy harbor scene; 1841 "Canterbury" with ALS of Bishop George W. Doane and accompanied by ms. 1852 poem signed G.W.D.; 1852 "Nelson's Column Trafalgar Square", last is to Williamsburg, N.Y. with red "Br. Packet 24" exchange cds and interesting contents from armaments businessman being wined & dined by the Brits; Fine and scarce lot

E. 200-250
400
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189
 
[Lettersheets]. Seven different, all unused, mostly mid-19th century, includes Adams Express with National Bank Note engraving of steamship; Bird's eye view of Louisville; street map letterhead of Philadelphia; five scenes on one showing ocean steamer, Phila. R.R. & canal, NYC coat of arms, etc., Fine lot

E. 100-150
95
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190
 
[Lettersheets]. 16 different illustrated letterheads, includes American Express Co. with train vignette and facsimile contents & signature by future Union General Daniel Butterfield; 1847 large schooner woodcut from Oswego, N.Y. (cds on face); 1839 steam tow-boat from Philadelphia (cds on face); beautiful certificate for the First Baptist Mariner's Church with sailors witnessing baptism; etc., mostly Very Fine, very attractive lot

E. 500-600
425
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191
 
[Letterheads]. 30 different, all illustrating American job printing, 1834-1927, many are multicolor including great group of art nouveau style, Very Fine and choice

E. 750-1,000
270
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