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Sale 950 — U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007

Category — Free Franks and Signatures

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2001
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2001, Free Franks and SignaturesGeorge Washington, George WashingtonGeorge Washington. Free Frank as President "President U.S." on one-page folio with letter written and signed by Washington's secretary, Tobias Lear, datelined "Philadelphia October 31st 1791", brown "OC/31" Franklin mark and matching "Free" handstamp, no town marking as usual for Philadelphia in this period, some minor (and sensible) repairs at edges

VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE GEORGE WASHINGTON FREE FRANK AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

The contents of the letter thank the recipient for sending Mrs. Washington a volume of sermons, and apologizes for the lateness of the reply.

E. 5,000-7,500
4,500
2002
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2002, Free Franks and SignaturesAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Signature as witness on July 24, 1802 Five-Month $200.00 Promissory Note with 25c Embossed Revenue Second Federal Issue RM263a; John Caffery, one of the makers of this note, was the son of Mary Donelson, sister of Rachel, the wife of Jackson; the other witness, Joseph Davies, was the nephew of John Marshall, couple light filing creases, Fine, with engraved portrait with facsimile signature beneath

E. 1,000-1,500
700
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2003
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2003, Free Franks and SignaturesAndrew Johnson, Andrew JohnsonAndrew Johnson. Signature as President at bottom of attractive green illustrated Aug. 13, 1866 First National Bank check for $563.46, 2c Orange Bank Check perforated stamp at top right personally initialed "AJ", fresh and Fine

E. 500-750
1,600
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2004
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2004, Free Franks and SignaturesAndrew Johnson, Andrew JohnsonAndrew Johnson. Signature as President at bottom of attractive illustrated Sept. 18, 1866 check for $392.18, 2c Orange Bank Check Perforated personally initialed "AJ" at top right, Fine, with engraved portrait with facsimile signature beneath

E. 500-750
1,000
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2005
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2005, Free Franks and SignaturesUlysses S. Grant, Ulysses S. GrantUlysses S. Grant. Signature on Jay Cooke and Co. Bankers check dated Jan. 4, 1867 for $500.00, 2c Orange U.S.I.R. Perforated at top right, usual cut cancels, Very Fine, with engraved portrait with facsimile signature beneath

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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2006
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2006, Free Franks and SignaturesJulia Dent Grant, Julia Dent GrantJulia Dent Grant. Widow of Ulysses S. Grant, free frank "Julia D. Grant" on mourning cover to local New York City address, "New York Feb. 7, 1890" duplex cancel struck partly off top of cover, with original enclosure which has similar mourning border and printed "Mrs. Grant" and "3 East 66th Street", ms. "Tuesdays", fresh and Very Fine, especially scarce with the enclosure

E. 500-750
500
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2007
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2007, Free Franks and SignaturesLucretia R. Garfield, Lucretia R. GarfieldLucretia R. Garfield. Widow of President James A. Garfield, signature on Oct. 1, 1898 National Bank of Commerce of Cleveland check for $20.00, 2c Battleship Revenue with her personal initials and date, Very Fine, with attractive engraved portrait

E. 150-200
140
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2008
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2008, Free Franks and SignaturesChester A. Arthur, Chester A. ArthurChester A. Arthur. Signature on Dec. 2, 1871 Nassau Bank check for $25.00, with 2c Second Issue Revenue with Arthur's personal initials and date, Fine, this check was signed when Arthur held his President Grant appointed position as Collector of the Port of New York, after a corruption investigation in 1877, Arthur was suspended from his office by President Hayes, with attractive engraved portrait with facsimile signature beneath

E. 500-750
225
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2009
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2009, Free Franks and SignaturesChester A. Arthur, Chester A. ArthurChester A. Arthur. Signature on Feb. 6, 1872 Nassau Bank check for $18.00, 2c Third Issue Revenue initialed "CAA", signed at the time Arthur was Collector of the Port of New York (Grant appointment), Very Fine

E. 500-750
350
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2010
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2010, Free Franks and SignaturesBenjamin Harrison, Benjamin HarrisonBenjamin Harrison. Signature on Mar. 4, 1901 Fletcher National Bank check for $2.50 with 2c Revenue Stamped Paper RN-X7, signed nine days before his death on March 13, 1901, Very Fine, with engraved portrait with facsimile signature beneath

E. 300-400
225
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2011
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2011, Free Franks and SignaturesBenjamin Harrison, Benjamin HarrisonBenjamin Harrison. Signature on May 4, 1876 check for $73.00 with military vignette of musketeer at left and 2c Blue Revenue R152 at top right, written the year Harrison sought office as the Governor of Indiana, couple tiny flaws, Fine

E. 300-400
325
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2012
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2012, Free Franks and SignaturesWilliam McKinley, William McKinleyWilliam McKinley. Signature as President on Sep. 6, 1898 American Security & Trust check for $66.80, 2c Battleship Revenue at top left with McKinley's initials and date, McKinley was the third president to be assassinated (at the Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo N.Y., Sep. 14, 1901), and was the first president to ride in an automobile (rode electric ambulance to hospital after he was shot), Very Fine, with engraved portrait with facsimile signature beneath

E. 400-500
375
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2013
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2013, Free Franks and SignaturesWoodrow Wilson, Woodrow WilsonWoodrow Wilson. Signature on Feb. 26, 1901 Princeton Bank check for $290.00, 2c Battleship Revenue stamp with Wilson's personal initials "W.W." and date, check drawn while Wilson was Professor of Political Science at Princeton where the following year he became President of this well-known Ivy League University, Very Fine, with engraved portrait with facsimile signature beneath

E. 500-750
550
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2014
 
Phineas T. Barum. Famous American showman (Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus), signature on Sep. 13, 1880 National Park Bank check for $100.00 payable to himself, full frontal bust portrait of Barnum at left with facsimile signature beneath, 2c Revenue Stamp Paper RN-G1 at center, Very Fine, another portrait with facsimile signature accompanies

E. 500-750
300
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2015
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2015, Free Franks and SignaturesPhineas T. Barnum, Phineas T. BarnumPhineas T. Barnum. American showman, signature on reverse of half-length photograph dated 1865, made from a Brady negative from the National Portrait Gallery, First Issue Revenue 2c Orange Bank Check perforated also on back, Very Fine

E. 400-500
1,300
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2016
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2016, Free Franks and SignaturesPierre G. T. Beauregard, Pierre G. T. BeauregardPierre G. T. Beauregard. Confederate General, signature on Apr. 21, 1880 Mutual National Bank check with 2c Blue Revenue R152 at top right, Very Fine, with engraved portrait with facsimile signature beneath

E. 300-400
225
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2017
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2017, Free Franks and SignaturesJohn C. Breckinridge, John C. BreckinridgeJohn C. Breckinridge. Vice-President under James Buchanan, signature on Jul. 31, 1872 Grinstead and Bradley check, 2c Third Issue Revenue at top left, Very Fine, with engraved portrait with facsimile signature beneath

E. 300-400
300
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2018
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2018, Free Franks and SignaturesSamuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain), Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain)Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain). Signature on Jul. 19, 1875 First National Bank of Hartford check for $171.05, 2c Orange Revenue Stamp Paper RN-D1 at center, Very Fine, with portrait and facsimile signature beneath

E. 500-750
450
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2019
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2019, Free Franks and SignaturesGeorge Clymer, George ClymerGeorge Clymer. Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Pennsylvania, signature on Apr. 15, 1800 60-day Promissory Note for $1,500, 30c Pennsylvania First Federal Issue Embossed Revenue RM-179 at top left, spindle cuts slightly affect signature, otherwise Very Fine, with Clymer portrait (slight toning)

E. 300-400
150
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2020
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2020, Free Franks and SignaturesJefferson Davis, Jefferson DavisJefferson Davis. President of the Confederate States, signature on May 28, 1872 Union and Planters Bank check for $100.00, 2c Orange U.S.I.R. First Issue revenue (uncancelled) at left, Very Fine, with engraved portrait with facsimile signature beneath

E. 500-750
1,100
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2021
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2021, Free Franks and SignaturesHenry Dearborn, Henry DearbornHenry Dearborn. Free frank "H. Dearborn" as Secretary of War under Jefferson, magenta "Washn. City Mar. 7" circular datestamp and matching "Free" straightline on folded cover to James McHenry in Baltimore, intact red "War Office" wax seal, refolded and slightly wrinkled, still Very Fine

E. 400-500
425
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2022
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2022, Free Franks and SignaturesThomas A. Edison, Thomas A. EdisonThomas A. Edison. Inventor, signature on Feb. 12, 1876 Mechanics National Bank check for $50.00, 2c Blue Revenue R152 at left, some staining round spindle cuts and small separations at folds, otherwise Fine, with photograph

E. 400-500
250
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2023
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2023, Free Franks and SignaturesRichard S. Ewell, Richard S. EwellRichard S. Ewell. Confederate States General nicknamed "Old Baldy", signature on Mar. 15, 1870 handwritten check for $3,600 drawn on the Third National Bank in Nashville, Tenn., 2c Orange Bank Check perforated revenue at top left cancelled by Ewell's personal initials and date, typical filing cuts slightly affect signature, Fine, with engraved portrait with facsimile signature beneath

E. 200-300
400
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2024
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2024, Free Franks and SignaturesBen Holladay, Ben HolladayBen Holladay. Financier and transportation tycoon, signature as president of the railroad on a part-printed Nov. 3, 1870 Oregon and California Railroad check for $350.00, nice train vignette at left and 2c Orange Revenue Stamp Paper RN-16 at center, Very Fine

E. 300-400
225
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2025
 
Simon Lake. Mechanical engineer and naval architect, incl. 1p ALS on Lake Torpedo Boat Co. letterhead dated Sep. 12, 1901 writing to a Mr. G.B. Wheeler, applying for the position of bookkeeper, also 1915 signed check, another signed check from 1934 with his ms. "The Lake Submarine Salvage Co." above signature, also with Lake Torpedo Boat Co. stock certificate from 1920, last item is postcard with view of one of his submarines, Very Fine, an excellent holding from one of the fathers of the modern submarine

E. 400-500
200
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2026
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2026, Free Franks and SignaturesRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Commanding General of the Armies of the Confederate States of America, "R E Lee" signature on Mar. 2, 1867 draft executed at Rockbridge Va. for $30.00, being interest due for the period July 1, 1866, and January 1, 1867, on $500.00 of Ohio State Stocks "standing in the name of Captain Robert E. Lee on the books in your office", personally initialed and dated 2c Orange U.S.I.R. perforated, Very Fine, with attractive portrait

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
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2027
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2027, Free Franks and SignaturesBenjamin Lincoln, Benjamin LincolnBenjamin Lincoln. Major General in the Continental Army, received General Cornwallis' sword at the British surrender at Yorktown, signature as Collector for the Port of Boston and Charlestown on July 28, 1802 part-printed importation document for one hogshead of rum from St. Vincent, embossed revenue Supervisor's Seal of Mass. (RM511), Very Fine, with engraved portrait with facsimile signature beneath

E. 200-300
160
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2028
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2028, Free Franks and SignaturesWilliam Livingston, William LivingstonWilliam Livingston. Delegate to Continental Congress, Governor of New Jersey, free frank "Governor Livingston" on folded cover addressed in his hand to William Moore as "President of the Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania", docketed Aug. 27, 1782, Very Fine

E. 300-400
225
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2029
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2029, Free Franks and SignaturesAugustine Prevost, Augustine PrevostAugustine Prevost. British General in Revolutionary War, one-page autograph letter signed, datelined Croghan Forest, Aug. 11, 1771, to Sir William Johnson, Superintendent of Indian Affairs, colonial landowner and military figure, with his receipt docketing, the letter concerns obtaining permission for the discharge of an indenture and refers to George Croghan (Indian agent, fur trader and military officer), second page inlaid, minor splitting along folds, scarce

E. 400-500
325
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2030
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2030, Free Franks and SignaturesJohn Sevier, John SevierJohn Sevier. Revolutionary War officer, first governor of Tennessee, governor of the "State of Frankland", which was established in 1784 but later absorbed into Tennessee, autograph document signed "John Sevier", dated Aug. 29, 1781, headed "State of North Carolina", to the "Sheriff of Washington N.C.", an order directing the sheriff to bring someone before the court, folds and toning, in the absence of a Frankland post office cover, this signed Sevier document makes a good substitute

E. 500-750
350
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2031
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2031, Free Franks and SignaturesWilliam H. Seward, Gideon Welles, William H. Seward, Gideon WellesWilliam H. Seward, Gideon Welles. Lincoln Cabinet Members, Secretaries of State and the Navy respectively, signatures on separate checks with 2c First Issue Perforated Revenues, each stamp personally initialed, Very Fine, with engraved portraits with facsimile signatures beneath

E. 300-400
225
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2032
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2032, Free Franks and Signatures"General" Tom Thumb, "General" Tom Thumb"General" Tom Thumb. Stage name for Charles Sherwood Stratton, who worked with P. T. Barnum for many years, he and three other colleagues (Stratton's wife Livinia, "Commodore" George Washington M. Nutt and Minnie Warren) featured on a reproduction photograph made from a registered Brady negative, the scene is entitled "Lilliputian Card Party", printed facsimile signatures of the reverse along with First Issue Revenue 1c Express perforated, Fine

E. 150-200
120
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2033
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2033, Free Franks and SignaturesCornelius Vanderbilt, Cornelius VanderbiltCornelius Vanderbilt. Railroad tycoon, Dutch style signature ("Van Derbilt" in two words) on a Jan. 13, 1871 Power of Attorney for proxy voting on stock of the Hartford and New Haven Railroad, tax paid by horizontal pair 5c Inland Exchange First Issue perforated, both initialed "CV" and dated, Very Fine, with engraved portrait

E. 300-400
700
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