Sale 1146 — U.S. and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 15 December, 2016

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Category — Famous People

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1060
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1060, Famous PeopleGutzon Borglum. American artist and sculptor who designed and created Mount Rushmore, printed copy of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address with portrait of Lincoln with note "April 19, 1937, Even the war between the states, which Lincoln feared might destroy our government of-by-and for the people-never threatened democracy as it is threatened today everywhere especially in America where all the forces of evil and selfishness is directed against it." and signed, Very Fine, an interesting note written during construction of Mount Rushmore, accompanied by second similar copy of Gettysburg Address signed by Wendell Wilkie with note "The challenges of these truths are with us today"

E. 500-750
500
1061
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1061, Famous PeopleWilliam F. Cody ("Buffalo Bill"). Famed entertainer, frontiersman, Pony Express rider and American scout who was awarded the Medal of Honor, small piece measuring 68 x 31mm and boldly signed "W. F. Cody, 'Buffalo Bill'", professionally framed for wall-mounting along with "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" advertisement and picture of him on horse, Very Fine signature

E. 400-500
275
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1062
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1062, Famous PeopleAmelia Earhart. Legal-size Hotel Cleveland airmail cover to Los Angeles signed "Amelia Earhart" with 1c and 2c commemorative franking tied by Cleveland Aug. 26, 1929 duplexes, National Air Races handstamped cachet, Very Fine

E. 400-500
450
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1063
c
William Christopher Handy. Composer, typed letter signed with signed cover, both dated Sep. 28, 1954, cover bears uncancelled 3c Patton stamp, fresh and Very Fine items signed by the composer of St. Louis Blues

E. 300-400
160
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1064
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1064, Famous PeopleNathaniel Hawthorne. Part-printed document from district of Salem and Beverly dated April 3, 1848, signed "Nathn Hawthorne, Surveyor" in red, orders articles on a boat to Africa to be inspected, also signed by collector, naval officer and inspector, Very Fine, Hawthorne worked in this position from 1846-1849, he was appointed by Polk and removed when Taylor was elected president

E. 500-750
275
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1065
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1065, Famous PeopleSam Houston. Famous Texas statesman, bold free frank "Free Sam Houston" on orange cover front only to Louisville Ky., minor wrinkling, Very Fine

E. 400-500
400
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1066
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1066, Famous PeopleClaude Monet. 2pp autograph letter signed in French in his trademark purple manuscript, on engraved Giverny stationery dated March 27, 1906, fresh and Very Fine, scarce

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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1067
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1067, Famous PeopleRobert E. Peary. American Explorer and Admiral who is widely recognized as the first person to reach the North Pole in 1909, 2pp appreciation letter on "The Army and Navy Club, Washington" letterhead dated Nov. 4, 1913 and signed "Peary", professionally framed for wall-mounting along with commemorative first day cover, Very Fine signature

E. 300-400
160
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1068
 
Arctic Collateral. Handwritten transcription or duplication of letters relating to the Grinnell Expedition and attempt by the Advance to search for Sir John Franklin's expedition which had been stranded, including results of crew's vote to abandon the expedition, most dated Aug. 1854 with few later, some relate to the taking of a barrel of bread by Bonsall and others who were leaving against authorization (a serious issue, given their lack of food stores) and other issues relating to the expedition, some wrinkling but very readable and fascinating insight into this doomed rescue expedition

E. 400-500
225
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1069
 
Books Signed by Authors. Three cartons containing 60 books signed by authors, including Seascape by Edward Albee, Allen Ginsburg's Journals, After the Fall by Arthur Miller, several by Richard M. Nixon including Leaders and The Real War (two of each) as well as Victory Without War and No More Vietnams, also How to Write by Gertrude Stein, several are first editions or limited editions, few with dust jackets, overall Fine-Very Fine group

E. 500-750
650
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1070
 
Autographs and Ephemera Balance. Carton containing a wide array of material, including 1814 letter mentioning Napoleon, nice group of music manuscripts with many signed such as by Victor Herbert and others, two Indira Ghandi items (ALS and TLS), other interesting including Longfellow, Rufus King, Edwim Markham, Ben-Gurion, Golda Meier, Aba Eban, few sports autographs, few illustrators, few others such as Shackleton and Dewey, some faults, many Fine-Very Fine, a wonderful group

E. 2,000-3,000
1,100
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1071
 
Autographs and Free Franks Balance. Small but nice group of items, including Schuyler Colfax signature, free franks from Seward, Thomas T. Tucker, Gallatin, Samuel Meredith, Levi Woodbury, Henry Clay, nice group of Daniel Webster items including few free franks, few Revolutionary War related such as payroll and 1783 pledge signed by Pickering for rum for six soldiers in his employ, 1795 land divident signed by Robert Morris, few other interesting, some faults, many Fine-Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
1,700
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1072
 
Framed Autographs. Two different Franklin D. Roosevelt autograph letters signed, one as New York Governor, other as President with second document in same frame signed by House Speaker (and FDR's first Vice President) John Nance Garner, also Calvin Coolidge autograph letter signed, Grover Cleveland cut signature, George Gershwin autograph letter signed, finally a 1744 map of Florida (ex Laurence sale), each framed with pictures of the subjects, some minor toning or other small flaws, Fine group

E. 750-1,000
400
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1073
 
Autograph Balance. Five signatures, four of which are professionally framed, with unframed Henry Clay letter datelined "H & R 3 July 1812" as Speaker of the House of Representatives attached to velvet backing, Martin van Buren free frank cover, framed Andrew Johnson small signed piece with admission ticket to impeachment, framed Brigham Young small signed piece with letter from son indicating he is enclosing an autograph of his father, lastly a framed Booth Tarkington letter datelined Nov. 27, 1925 who is noted for winning multiple Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction, signatures Fine-Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
475
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