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Sale 1037 — United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Monday-Friday, 10-14 December, 2012

Category — Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & Ship

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2699
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2699, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipJohn Langdon, John LangdonJohn Langdon. Delegate from New Hampshire (Continental Congresses of 1775-77, 1786-87), framer and signer of the Constitution, and U.S. Senator, free frank "free J. Langdon" as Senator on letter signed by Ebenezer Hazard, former Postmaster General, datelined New York, April 17, 1790, to the Rev. Jedediah Morse at Charlestown Mass., faintly struck "New-York April 18" straightline and "Free" handstamp, about half of the letter deals with business, the other offers sharp comments about Congress including the statement, "Local Politics have too great an Influence in Congress, some light foxing along folds, otherwise Very Fine, Langdon's frank is extremely rare, the combination of Langdon's and Hazard's signatures on one document is most unusual, ex Grunin and Robertson

E. 1,500-2,000
2,800
2700
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2700, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipFranklin Pierce, Franklin PierceFranklin Pierce. Free frank "Franklin Pierce" as President on legal-size cover addressed in his hand to Pierce Butler "For Miss Fanny Butler" in Philadelphia, "Washington City D.C. Oct. 29, 1856" circular datestamp, minor soiling at left, Very Fine, this cover is addressed to the anti-slavery wife of wealthy slaveowner Pierce Butler, Fanny Butler published Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation, described as "the closest, most-detailed look at plantation slavery ever recorded by a white northern abolitionist" (see www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p1569.html ), Butler and his wife Fanny divorced in 1849, this communication from President Pierce must have reached her thru her ex-husband, ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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2701
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2701, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipJames Buchanan, James BuchananJames Buchanan. Red "Lancaster Pa. Nov. 27" circular datestamp with matching "Free" on folded letter to Secretary of the Navy James K. Paulding in Washington D.C., letter datelined "Lancaster 26 November 1840" and signed "from your friend, very respectfully, James Buchanan," contains recommendations for an assistant surgeon position and was sent when Buchanan was serving as a United States Senator, couple edge splits and toned fold on front, otherwise Very Fine

E. 300-400
375
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2702
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2702, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipJames Buchanan, James BuchananJames Buchanan. Free frank "Free James Buchanan" on folded cover to Newark N.J., red "Lancaster Pa. Aug. 4" circular datestamp with matching "Free" handstamp, Very Fine, most likely sent when Buchanan was serving as a United States Senator

E. 300-400
375
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2703
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2703, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipJames Buchanan, James BuchananJames Buchanan. Free frank "Free James Buchanan" as President of the United States on cover to Lancaster Pa., "Washington City D.C. Apr. 22, 185(?) Free" circular datestamp, mostly intact red Presidential wax seal on back, light overall soiling, still Very Fine

E. 400-500
800
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2704
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2704, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipJames Buchanan, James BuchananJames Buchanan. Free frank "Free James Buchanan" on cover to Boston, neat "Lancaster Pa. Mar. 16, 1861" datestamp and "Free" handstamp, Very Fine and choice usage, Buchanan left office on March 3, 1861, thirteen days before this was sent

E. 300-400
500
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2705
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Lancaster Pa., Free Franks. Eight items, incl. four James Buchanan franks, earliest a free frank as member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1825 with "Lanc. P." postmark showing reversed "N"), one from 1852 singed on back of folded cover (not a free frank as he was out office), two others post-presidency (one a front only), two from Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, 1852 and 1863, the latter with complete letter, also free frank from Congressman Anthony E. Roberts, wear and cover toning throughout, Fine appearing and interesting group

E. 500-750
550
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2706
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Franklin D. Roosevelt, Cabinet, Governors, 1933-36 Autographs. 61 covers, each with franked with 1933-36 Commemorative issues and with a signature, including FDR, John Nance Garner, former President Hoover (two), 10 cabinet secretaries (Wallace signature pasted on), the rest are governors on state cachet covers, all mailed from Washington or the respective states, Very Fine and fascinating group

E. 400-500
700
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2707
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2707, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipAdmiral H. E. Kimmel and Capt. Mitsuo Fuchida, Admiral H. E. Kimmel and Capt. Mitsuo FuchidaAdmiral H. E. Kimmel and Capt. Mitsuo Fuchida. Autographs on cover from 25th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, with 3c and 5c stamps tied by "Pearl City HI Dec. 7 1966" machine cancel, U.N. cachet at left, Fuchida signed in English and Japanese with "Luke 23:34", Very Fine, scarce historical item

E. 400-500
700
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2708
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2708, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & Ship(Lancaster Pa., 1757) "Paid 2", (Lancaster Pa., 1757) "Paid 2"(Lancaster Pa., 1757) "Paid 2". Bold red manuscript postmark for 2dwt 60-100 miles rate on folded cover to Joseph Shippen in Philadelphia, marking may be in the hand of Benjamin Franklin but must be verified by a handwriting expert, the Siskin sale catalogue states the cover originally contained a postmaster appointment which is now in archives, flaps and back separated from front, Very Fine appearance, ex Siskin

E. 1,500-2,000
5,500
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2709
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2709, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & Ship(Philadelphia Pa., 1766) "Phi 6", (Philadelphia Pa., 1766) "Phi 6"(Philadelphia Pa., 1766) "Phi 6". Clear manuscript postmark in red for 6dwt rate on folded letter to Lancaster Pa., Lancaster manuscript "2/6" rate in red for local currency (2sh6p), letter datelined Sep. 24, 1766, some splitting along folds, Fine, ex Siskin

E. 300-400
375
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2710
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2710, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & Ship(Lancaster Pa., 1771) "La Way Pd. 2", (Lancaster Pa., 1771) "La Way Pd. 2"(Lancaster Pa., 1771) "La Way Pd. 2". Red manuscript "Way" postmark and 2dwt rate on folded cover to John Steinmetz in Philadelphia, receipt docketing "William Bells Let. Lancasr Augt. 1771", toned along folds, right panel removed

FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE LANCASTER PA. COLONIAL "WAY" POSTMARK.

The Siskin sale offered the normal "La" Lancaster postmark as "possibly the only example of this postmark in private hands." The ASCC Vol. 3 lists two dates priced at $2,000 (1768) and $1,750 (1773, the Siskin example).

Ex Pennsylvania Historical Society

E. 2,000-3,000
8,500
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2711
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2711, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & Ship(Fredericksburg Va., 1778) "Fredbg 5.8", (Fredericksburg Va., 1778) "Fredbg 5.8"(Fredericksburg Va., 1778) "Fredbg 5.8". Manuscript postmark on folded cover docketed May 4th, 1778 to "Managers of the Lottery of the United States" in Lancaster Pa., forwarded to York Pa. with "5.8" rate crossed out and re-rated "6" dwt (16 grains added to the 5.8 dwt rate for forwarding postage), some minor fold toning, otherwise Very Fine, ex Siskin

E. 750-1,000
1,200
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2712
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2712, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipLancaster Pa. Jul. 13 (1851), Lancaster Pa. Jul. 13 (1851)Lancaster Pa. Jul. 13 (1851). Red circular datestamp struck partly off cover at top, matching "5" rate handstamp and manuscript "R" for registered, manuscript "7" control no. at left, small piece of backflap missing, Very Fine use from Lancaster prior to official registration

E. 100-150
140
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2713
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2713, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipLancaster Pa., Drop and Carrier Rates, Lancaster Pa., Drop and Carrier RatesLancaster Pa., Drop and Carrier Rates. Four stampless covers with rate handstamps, incl. 1c drop rate struck in blue from period of 1839-45, three 2c carrier rates incl. two in blue, first from 1845 and second on turned cover from 1844, last struck in red, clear strikes, Very Fine group mounted on exhibit pages

E. 200-300
300
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2714
c
Lancaster City Pa., Postal History Exhibit, 1785-1899. Largely complete five-frame exhibit of Lancaster Pa. postal history, comprising more than 125 covers, tracing postmarks, rates and uses from 1785 through 1890's, assembled by noted Lancaster collector, the late Jim Boyles, the most valuable items removed and offered as individual lots but retaining a number of desirable covers, highlights incl. many stampless from late 1700's to mid 1800's incl. 1814 War Rate, 40c rate to California in 1848, two different Philadelphia "R" registered, carriers, colored handstamps incl. green, free franks incl. Thaddeus Stevens, a nice range of Patriotic covers, foreign destinations incl. stampless, No. 36 on cover to France, two different covers to France franked with No. 71, illustrated covers, many others, some flaws to be expected especially on the better stamped covers, but overall condition is quite nice, a Very Fine group which will yield many desirable covers to the Pennsylvania postal history collector

E. 3,000-4,000
2,800
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2715
c
Lancaster County Pa., Postal History Exhibit, 1799-1904. 78-page exhibit of Lancaster County postal history, comprising more than 160 covers and complete as assembled by noted Lancaster collector, the late Jim Boyles, only one 5c 1847 cover from Paradise Pa. removed and offered as an individual lot, organized by town and showing examples from both current and discontinued towns, ranging from stampless with manuscript or device markings to stamped covers from 1851 Issue through Banknotes and few later, many noted with comments such as earliest known, only known, or one of three known, nice range of uses and markings including the only recorded straightline townmark from Paradise Pa., patriotic covers, 1c strips of three of Nos. 9 and 24 on covers, a few foreign destinations incl. strip of five of No. 65 to Germany, some faults to be found but overall Very Fine, an interesting and worthwhile exhibit worth careful review

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100
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2716
c
Lancaster City Pa., Stampless Cover Accumulation 1801-1850's. Close to 400 covers housed in a long file box, wide range of townmarks and rates from early 1800's through 1850's with much duplication, a few with other markings incl. Philadelphia "R", this was the working inventory of noted Lancaster collector, the late Jim Boyles, mixed condition as quantity was the main goal, still many with good retail values, especially the early 1800's covers, Fine accumulation

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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2717
c
Lancaster County Pa., Stampless Cover Accumulation 1790's-1850's. More than 250 covers organized by town, comprising the working inventory of noted Lancaster collector, the late Jim Boyles, wide range of townmarks and rates, a number marked as notable for earliest known use, only known use or one of two known, etc., mixed condition with many Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
1,800
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2718
c
Minnesota Covers, 1850's-80's. 36 covers, incl. four territorial, three franked with 3c 1851 and one with 3c 1857, "Hastings MN T", "Anoka M.T.", "Central Point M.T." and perfect strike of "Minneapolis M.T.", others are statehood period uses with range of issues from 3c 1861 to Bank Notes and some postal cards, a couple better in this group incl. 10c Bank Note on 1887 cover to Switzerland, mixed condition, overall Fine appearing group

E. 500-750
450
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2719
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2719, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipALBANY, JULY 3, ALBANY, JULY 3ALBANY, JULY 3. Bold strike of straightline handstamp on 1797 folded letter addressed to John Jay in New York, red manuscript "15" and "Paid", letter datelined at Painted Post on June 23, some reinforcing along folds where split, Very Fine

E. 200-300
1,000
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2720
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New York Crystal Palace, Exhibition of the Industry of all Nations. Form letter datelined New York, 11th October, 1852, singed by Theodore Sedgwick, announcing the exhibition and inviting participants, red "New York Paid 6cts. Nov. 2" (1852) integral-rate circular datestamp, addressed to West Medway Mass., also accompanied by the blank application form and an additional letter discussing the location, Very Fine

E. 150-200
200
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2721
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2721, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipLeroy Ohio June 7, Leroy Ohio June 7Leroy Ohio June 7. Red circular datestamp with date in manuscript, matching negative "Paid" and "5" on 1849 Farmer's Mutual Fire Insurance Co. policy to Stow O., Very Fine, with 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
500
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2722
 
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2722, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipChauncey Sherwood, P.M./ Bald Mount./ Luzerne County./ Pa, Chauncey Sherwood, P.M./ Bald Mount./ Luzerne County./ PaChauncey Sherwood, P.M./ Bald Mount./ Luzerne County./ Pa. Four line postmaster stencil used as signature on back of letter, front side with red "Bald Mount Pa. 9 Mar." circular datestamp and elaborate "Lucy. Sherwood" handstamp (daughter of postmaster) with doves and arrow pierced heart, left side of lettersheet missing which may have been the addressed side (or this may have been an enclosure), file fold through handstamps on front, Fine and scarce postmaster's name stencil marking

E. 200-300
2,600
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2723
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2723, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipFree, Hiram Freeborn P.M, Free, Hiram Freeborn P.MFree, Hiram Freeborn P.M. Postmaster straightline label with handstamped "Free", matching "Knoxville Pa. June 12" circular datestamp on cover to Lima New York, some minor staining, otherwise Fine, scarce postmaster's free franking label from a small Pennsylvania town

E. 150-200
1,200
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2724
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2724, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipPhiladelphia Pa. Jul. 26 (1842), Philadelphia Pa. Jul. 26 (1842)Philadelphia Pa. Jul. 26 (1842). Clear strike of blue circular datestamp with matching "Free" in double octagon, sent to postmaster at Lancaster Pa., turned and mailed back to Philadelphia with blue "Lancaster Pa. Jul. 27" circular datestamp and matching "Free" straightline, all markings beautifully struck, refolded for display, Very Fine and attractive double "Free" turned cover between postmasters

E. 150-200
160
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2725
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2725, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipMemphis Tenn. Apr. 20, Memphis Tenn. Apr. 20Memphis Tenn. Apr. 20. Clear strike of double-circle datestamp struck partly off top of all-over Washington Fire Insurance Co. advertising cover to New York, "Due 6" in circle handstamp, it appears that a stamp affixed at upper right fell off in transit, Very Fine, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
110
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2726
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2726, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & Ship"Pr. Steam-Boat 11th Inst, "Pr. Steam-Boat 11th Inst"Pr. Steam-Boat 11th Inst." Manuscript designation at lower left of folded letter datelined "New York 9 July 1812" to Albany, manuscript "6" rate, light vertical file folds, Very Fine, scarce early steamboat cover

E. 150-200
400
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2727
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2727, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipMAIL ROUTE, MAIL ROUTEMAIL ROUTE. Clear strike of red semi-circle handstamp on folded printed prices current for perfumery and soaps, datelined March 12, 1828, to Providence R.I., manuscript "18-3/4" rate, light vertical file fold and some slight overall soiling, Very Fine strike of this scarce marking used at Providence R.I. on incoming ship mail

E. 300-400
600
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2728
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2728, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & Ship"Ship Wm. & Eliza, off the island Ohevahoa, Aug. 19, 1850", "Ship Wm. & Eliza, off the island Ohevahoa, Aug. 19, 1850""Ship Wm. & Eliza, off the island Ohevahoa, Aug. 19, 1850". Dateline on folded letter to Fairhaven Mass., fascinating contents incl. "There is one or two white men on the isle, one a Boston chap who has adopted native dress and tatooed all over says he is well satisfied with his manner of living, which shows him to be a senseless fellow for the natives of any other tribes will eat him in a minute if they catch him. I was ashore yesterday when the natives took a great shine to a fat man. I suppose they thought he would make a good fry.", red "San Francisco 40 15 Oct." circular datestamp, Very Fine, sent from the Marquesas Islands, made famous by Melville in his book Typee, the William & Eliza sailed from Bedford on Nov. 26, 1848, and returned Oct. 4, 1852, with sperm oil and whale oil -- contemporary references to cannibalism are very unusual

E. 300-400
325
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2729
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2729, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & Ship"Louisville & St. Louis Mail Route, Apr. 24, 1852", "Louisville & St. Louis Mail Route, Apr. 24, 1852""Louisville & St. Louis Mail Route, Apr. 24, 1852". Manuscript marking on folded letter from Louisville to St. Louis, horizontal file fold well away from marking, Very Fine, scarce , listed in Simpson-Alexander book (p. 202) as extremely rare

E. 200-300
375
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2730
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2730, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipConsulate U.S.A. Valparaiso, Consulate U.S.A. ValparaisoConsulate U.S.A. Valparaiso. Clear strike of circular consular seal on cover to William Bates in Manitowoc Wis., bold strike of "Steamship 20" handstamp, with original 1860-dated enclosure from recipient's brother, contents discuss ship building, some wear, Very Fine strike, ex Risvold

E. 300-400
325
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