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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007

Category — Markings by State

Cat./Est. Value
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2065, Markings by StateHuntsville Al. Apr. 12, Huntsville Al. Apr. 12Huntsville Al. Apr. 12. Bold blue circular datestamp, matching perfect strike of "10" in circle of stars fancy rate handstamp on 1847 folded letter to New Orleans, matching "Paid" handstamp, fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2066, Markings by StateSan Jose Cal. to Germany, San Jose Cal. to GermanySan Jose Cal. to Germany. Blue stampless cover with red "San Jose Cal. Apr. 30" circular datestamp, matching "Paid" handstamp, to Frankenthal, Germany, red New York transit circular datestamp, ms. "52" credit, 1855 Mainz and receiving backstamps, small red "Franco" handstamp, trivial edgewear, Very Fine, scarce usage, ex Haas

E. 300-400
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2067, Markings by StateFREE/CALVIN JONES/Postmafter/Smithfield (N.C.), FREE/CALVIN JONES/Postmafter/Smithfield (N.C.)FREE/CALVIN JONES/Postmafter/Smithfield (N.C.). Clear strike of four-line handstamp, ms. "Free" and initials, on Oct. 12, 1792 folded letter to Westmoreland N.Y., sender's instructions "for Utica Post Office" at bottom left, some political content as well as "The Military spirit survives, and is diffused, there are 3 Volunteer Companies just raised in the Town of New Bern in complete uniform...", some waterstaining and overall soiling, otherwise Very Fine, a reportedly unique example of this postmaster's free frank handstamp, according to Post Offices and Postmasters of North Carolina (Vol. 2, p. 2-217), the post office opened on June 18, 1792. Jones, a prominent physician, is not listed as being postmaster until Oct. 1, 1796, but he must have also filled that role at this earlier date.

E. 1,000-1,500
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2068, Markings by State(Erie Pa., War of 1812) Siege of Fort Meigs, (Erie Pa., War of 1812) Siege of Fort Meigs(Erie Pa., War of 1812) Siege of Fort Meigs. Folded letter datelined "Ordnance Department, Erie, Pa. July 15th 1813" and signed by R. D. Richardson, D.C. of Ordnance, to "The Commanding Officer at Portage, N.W. Army, via Fort Meigs", public service endorsement, red ms. "Erie Pa July 15" pmk. and "17" rate, letter requests transfer of all ordnance and munitions of Northwest Army to Cleveland, Very Fine, scarce War of 1812 usage. the first seige of Fort Meigs by the British took place in May 1813, a second half-hearted attempt occurred in July

E. 400-500
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2069, Markings by StateHouston Texas Feb. 2nd, Houston Texas Feb. 2ndHouston Texas Feb. 2nd. Red circular datestamp with date in ms., matching red framed "Paid" and ms. "15" rate on folded cover to Petersburg Va., "New Orleans La. Feb. 9" circular datestamp, "Ship" and "12" handstamps, minor wear, Very Fine, scarce usage from the Republic of Texas to the U.S.

E. 300-400
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