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

Sale Date — Thursday, 15 December, 2016

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Category — Group Lots and Collection Balances

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1679
c
Early British & Europe. Group of 14 diverse items, mostly folded letters sent through the mails, also a couple of letters without covers, we note dates as early as 1685 Boston to Dublin, 1673 to Livorno, Italy, 1699 ship letter from Jamaica to London, others largely from 1700's, some sent between destinations in England, Ireland or Europe including Gibralter, some faults but overall Fine

E. 750-1,000
0
1680
c
Stampless Cover Balance. Substantial balance from the Calvet M. Hahn estate, more than 350 covers, we note dates as early as 1776, numerous better including soldier's letter from Mexican War, insurance circular from Potsdam N.Y. to Canada with eight separate handstamp markings, New York Lunatic Asylum folded letter, group of 40 or so covers from 1790's to early 1800's with Post Office Department business, these mostly free franked, "Lincoln" Star postmark, William Seward free frank, group of Transatlantic covers including G.B-U.S. Restored Rate first trip via America, Jul. 1, 1851 first day of 3c rate, a few with fancy "Paid 3" in scroll handstamps, embossed lady's cover, an attached rate handstamp, also a wide range of town cancels from early 1800's through 1850's including some straightline handstamps, many others, condition ranges from faults to Very Fine, a desirable and extensive stampless cover balance, many with Hahn's descriptive labels

E. 4,000-5,000
7,500
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1681
c
Stampless Covers Balance. Approximately 100, including including 1881 use of mourning cover with printed "Office of the President of the United States, Official" to Tahlequah Indian Territory, 1827 Detroit oval, 1867 cover with printed address to Whetmore in Oakland Cal., 1848 Mexican War letter, 1850 folded letter mentioning flying machine (balloon), 1784 folded letter, 1811 use from Lexington Ky., 1793 use from Philadelphia to Boston, 1782 Baltimore straightline handstamp on folded letter to Philadelphia, overall Fine-Very Fine and diverse group

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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1682
c
Stampless Covers. 24, wide range including one Hale & Co., 1866 short paid to France, few different steamboat and railroad markings, one from England to New York with green "19" handstamp, few other better, overall Fine-Very Fine, fascinating group

E. 500-750
550
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1683
c
1c 1851-57 Issue Covers. About 55 covers, many with Nos. 7, 9 or 24 but also some better including 8A tied by red circular datestamp, strip of three with Nos. 18/20/18, 23 (2 covers, one with three), margins to in, some faults, some Fine-Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
1,800
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1684
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1684, Group Lots and Collection Balances1c-3c 1851-61 Issues, Special Delivery Instructions. Three covers with manuscript instructions or requests for delivery, first with pair and single 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11) and single 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9) on cover to Canada with "If Mr. Smith is away will his family take this from the P.O. & reply to it & oblige the writer", Fine, second with four 1c Blue, Ty. V (24) from New York to Trenton N.J. with "Ed. Please deliver tonight", Fine carrier use, last with six 1c Blue (63), tied by Old Point Comfort Va. double-circle datestamps to Charlotte Mich. with "Post haste", Fine

E. 500-750
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1685
c
3c 1851-57 Issue Covers. Over 100 covers, including several 10A (most plated), 11A tied by green circular datestamp, few 26A, few better cancels, some on old 1970's auction lot cards, some Fine-Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
600
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1686
c
3c 1851-57 Issue Covers. 22 imperforate and 26 perforated covers, imperforate including two 11A with green cancels, few No. 10 and 10A plated including 53R5E, 99R5E, few interesting cancels including "Steam Boat" used with No. 11A, No. 11 tied by ultramarine circular datestamp on 3c entire (pays forwarding postage), perforated including two with green cancels (one on 26A), two on waving flag patriotics, few show very unusual ink smears, few faults, some Fine-Very Fine, an attractive group

E. 750-1,000
600
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1687
c
3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Few hundred single rate covers, range of town cancels with many N.Y., some with Chase notes, few colored cancels including green, manuscript towns, others, condition varies

E. 300-400
700
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1688
c
California and Western 1851-1857 Issue Cover Balance. 21 covers, approx. half are 10c rates from California to the East, including five with 10c Ty. I Issues (3 No. 13, 2 No. 31), six 10c Ty. II or III, two with combinations of 1c and 3c Issues to California, two with No. 17 to Mass., three 10c and one 6c Nesbitt entires, also including pair of No. 75 and single No. 65 on forwarded cover to Mass., most have faults, still a Fine group with an unusual number of the scarce 10c Ty. I, Scott Retail more than $12,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,300
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1689
c
1851-57 Issue Covers. 23, including pair of No. 17 used with pair of No. 11A to France, four of No. 36 to France, No. 36 on legal-size cover, several 10c covers including No. 14 to Canada, California, Mexico, pair to Panama, No. 15 to Nova Scotia and two transcontinental uses, No. 32 to Canada, pair of No. 33 to Cuba, No. 37 to England, few other interesting, mixed condition, few Fine-Very Fine

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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1690
c
3c Rose, "Missent" and "Forwarded" Covers (65). 20 covers mounted on album pages, wide range of these auxiliary markings including "Missent to Brooklyn N.Y." in circular handstamp, "Missent" in lozenge handstamp, straightline and in manuscript, range of "Forwarded" markings including in lozenge handstamp, straightlines in different styles, blue circle and manuscript, a number of covers franked twice for the original and forwarding postage, one with fancy star cancel tying stamp, some flaws to be found but overall a Fine and worthwhile group

E. 500-750
300
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1691
c
1c Blue, F. Grill (92). Thirteen covers, range of cancels and frankings, including several single frankings with cancels including Yonkers Star, West Meriden Ct. fraternal fancy cancel, also including pair on cover (2), strip of three, one used with 3c F. Grill (94), some faults, many appear Fine-Very Fine, interesting group, one with 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
375
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1692
c
1861-68 Issue Covers to Foreign Destinations. 26, destinations including Aspinwall, No. 98 to Switzerland, nice group of 24c shades to England, Nos. 71 and 65 on cover front only to Sweden, No. 71 to Germany, nice group to Germany or France with range of frankings including 30c and 15c paying triple 15c rate and cover with two 30c to Germany, 2c Black Jack on wrapper to Belgium, some faults, some appear Fine

E. 2,500-3,500
1,800
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1693
c
1861-68 Issue Domestic Cover Balance. Approximately 85, better including 30c tied by blue Wells, Fargo double-circle datestamp to Boston, No. 64 on cover (pen cancel), strength is also in Black Jack and 1c covers, also two examples of No. 65 on revenue document, some faults, some Fine-Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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1694
c
1869 Pictorial Issue Cover Balance. 25, including nice group of domestic uses such as Nos. 119 and 114 on 6-times 3c rate cover and 114 on Grant illustrated cover, foreign uses including 117 to Ireland, 115 to Nova Scotia, 116 to Germany (4) and France, five 3c to France, some faults, overall appear Fine-Very Fine

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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1695
c
7c 1870-73 Issue Covers (149, 160). 12 covers, all colorful and attractive uses, various combination frankings on registered covers, foreign uses including 7c & 15c to Peru, 3c & 7c to Austria, 7c on 3c entire to Switzerland, 2c & 7c on 3c entire to England, 1c & 7c to Belgium, minor faults, generally Fine and very attractive

E. 500-750
700
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1696
c
2c Vermilion (183). 52 covers and twelve used stamps, wide range of uses including few Territorial, few advertising including one Colt Gun, few foreign destinations including England (3), Scotland, Holland, Mexico, Germany, mostly Fine-Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
700
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1697
c
Bank Note Issue Covers. Approximately 100, including significant number of registered covers with various 10c and 3c stamps, foreign destinations including Mexico, England, No. 205 to India and British Burma, some pre-U.P.U. foreign uses, mixed condition, some Fine-Very Fine

E. 2,000-3,000
0
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1698
c
Trans-Atlantic Covers with Bank Note Issues. 1872-81, collection of 23 covers, 1c-10c issues mostly paying UPU or GPU rates, destinations including England (eleven), Scotland (three), Germany (four), France, Bermuda, Austria (three), variety of towns, one cover featured in Chronicle No. 88, mounted and written-up on pages including seven with ship photos, Fine-Very Fine, ex Hubbard

E. 750-1,000
375
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1699
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1699, Group Lots and Collection Balances5c Brown, Garfield Postal Stationery, Foreign Destinations Exhibit (U222). 13 exhibit pages containing 19 foreign-bound covers, most are U222 but we note a couple other paper shades as well, wide range of destinations, better include Bulawayo, South Africa (modern-day Zimbabwe) from R.P.O. in Texas (edge faults), also Tepic, Mexico, cover to Curacao carried by private ship, some multiple-rate covers including a couple with adhesive stamps, Very Fine and interesting group

E. 750-1,000
650
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1700
c
Columbian Issue Covers. 17, including 1c and 3c used with 10c Orange Special Delivery (E3); 15c used with 1c 1890, 2c and 3c Bureaus to Canada; 15c used in Newark N.J.; 1c on Farwell Co. corner card; three advertising covers with 2c; 8c used with 5c Bureau to Russia; also 2c and 8c Trans-Mississippi used with 10c Special Delivery, some faults, some appear Fine-Very Fine, also including used 15c imprint and plate no. 58 strip of three on piece and unused 6c bottom selvage pair with plate no. 104 below each

E. 500-750
250
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1701
c
Columbian Issue Entires. Approximately 150 of the 1c, 5c and 10c entires, including mixed frankings, nice group to foreign destinations including England, France, Chile, Guatemala, Germany, India, Venezuela, Switzerland, late use to Burma, also including some ephemera from the fair such as Manhattan Day ribbon, some faults, overall Fine-Very Fine and interesting group

E. 1,500-2,000
850
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1702
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1702, Group Lots and Collection BalancesOfficial Seal Covers. Nine covers, nice range of domestic and incoming foreign mail, including illustrated Spanish-American War Patriotic, none of the seals are rare types but the uses are diverse and interesting, usual damage that instigated the use of the seals, Fine group

E. 500-750
0
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1703
c
Postal History Balance. Very eclectic balance from the Calvet M. Hahn estate, more than 200 covers, surprisingly most are stamped, largely U.S. with some Foreign as well, a real mix of material ranging from the non-noteworthy to some better items, those include some 1851-57 3c with corner cards, Nos. 189 and six No. 216 on registered cover, group of other registered Bank Note Issue covers, Harnden's Liverpool illustrated oval on stampless cover, Wells-Fargo double-circle datestamp on 3c franked entire with French Consulate San Francisco cursive handstamp, Black Jacks including three on one cover front, 1c and 2c (two) Columbians on cover to Germany, others, mixed condition but some worthwhile material is present

E. 500-750
1,800
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1704
c
Postal History Accumulation. Two boxes containing a variety of items, including few fancy cancels such as No. 11A with Chickopee Star, Rockford Ill. Blue Bird on 3c entire, some censored and A.E.F. covers, few territorial, other better including Nos. 328-330 on cover to British Guiana and No. 357 on post card, few hotel ad covers, unused Union patriotics, post cards, few used patriotics, other areas also represented, mixed condition, some Fine-Very Fine

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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1705
c
U.S. Postal History Accumulation. Intriguing mixture of material with some on old lot cards, including Bethany Penn. stampless with oval datestamp, Franklin Pierce free frank, Stephen Douglas signature on small piece, couple territorial (A.T. and N.M.), 1865 New York Herald on the death of Lincoln, some Confederate covers including No. 1, modern FDCs and more, mixed condition

E. 750-1,000
750
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1706
c
Advertising Covers. Nine, including No. 329 on Hartmann Hide & Leather Co. illustrated cover with elephant pulling a tree stump, No. 319 on all-over multicolored Bartels Brewing Co. cover, No. 300 on multicolored Buffalo Forge Co. design with kids helping the blacksmith, No. 301 on multicolored stable blanket advertising design, three covers with illustrated designs for Flexible Flyer sleds, some faults, appear Fine-Very Fine, an attractive group

E. 400-500
225
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1707
c
Campaign and Illustrated Covers. Nine, including No. 26 on "Douglas and Popular Sovereignty" design, two Fremont campaigns including one with stamp placed over his face, stampless Mass. Volunteers illustrated design with blue Banks Division circular datestamp, all-over Adams Express Co. design with No. 26, pair of 11A in Williston Seminary illustrated design, No. 26 on Phillips Academy illustrated design, last is 10c Trans-Mississippi on Mulready style design, few stamps with faults, overall Fine-Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
375
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1708
c
Mostly Classic Covers Balance. 28 items, including No. 7 tied by blue circular datestamp, No. 9 tied by large Boston "Paid" grid, No. 24 strip of three Positions 8/18/28R8 with top stamp showing double transfer, No. 63 tied by red Carrier circular datestamp, No. 65 on Christian Commission corner card, nice group of later issues with steel and electrical advertising corner cards including No. 65 on all-over Nashua Iron Co., nice group from Bank Note and later period, some faults, some Fine-Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
0
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1709
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1709, Group Lots and Collection BalancesClassic Cover Balance, 1851-83. Seven covers and one piece, two stampless including 40c rate from San Francisco to Illinois, contents related to New South Wales, other stampless a Union Patriotic multicolored design with manuscript "By Adams Express $12.00, Soldier's Package", stamped covers including No. 68 used to Mexico, No. 73 wrapper with postmaster handstamp on reverse, No. 116 to Germany, Bank Notes including No. 178 bisect on piece, Nos. 183 and 206 with "Return to Writer" handstamp, Very Fine, a diverse and interesting group

E. 1,000-1,500
0
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1710
c
Cover Balance. 18, including No. 65 on patriotic, two stampless patriotics with manuscript "Paid in Money", No. 114 tied by Waterbury Rosette fancy cancel, No. 134 on all-over advertising cover, 5c Trans-Mississippi on Spanish-American War patriotic to Sweden, A.E.F. cover to Sweden, C.S.A. No. 1 on small cover, few faults, overall a Fine-Very Fine and interesting group

E. 500-750
250
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1711
c
Cover Balance. Banker's box of stamped and stampless covers, used and unused entires, the stamped items cover a wide range from 1851 Issue thru some Air Post (several C18), a few interesting items including a letter signed by Baltimore Postmaster James M. Buchanan, 1920's-1930's first day covers including at least one with Scott Retail $150.00, mixed condition which ranges from faults on Classic issues to Very Fine on 20th Century issues

E. 500-750
700
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1712
 
U.S. Small Balance. In a small stockbook, some interesting items such as No. 11 cover with green N.H. cancel, two 26 covers with green Clarksfield O. and other with orange Butternuts N.Y. cancels, 65 with green cancels, 2c Black Jack trial color, Specimen and a few stamps with fancy cancels and more, an interesting group, mostly Fine-Very Fine, ten mostly P.F. or P.S.E. certificates accompany

E. 750-1,000
1,400
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1713
c
Cover Balance. Approximately 38 covers, some interesting earlier issues including few with No. 10 or 11, 26 with captured imprint, few Black Jacks on drop rate covers, one bearing two of No. 69 with No. 76 to Prague (faulty), another with two of No. 69 to England, few other interesting, some flaws, some appear Fine-Very Fine

E. 400-500
300
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1714
c
Mostly Cover Balance. Small box containing a range of covers, few interesting including some congressional free franks with 40th Congress all-over illustrated design pasted onto cover, reduced legal-size with unusual "Post Office Department Official Business" in scroll, some used stamps (mostly No. 65 and some Bank Note issues), mixed condition, few Fine-Very Fine

E. 150-200
140
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1715
c
Exposition-Related Covers. Dozens of covers or post cards with exposition cancels or stamps issued for expositions, earliest is 1c Bank Note on 1879 Cincinnati Industrial Exposition illustrated cover, also including nice group of Columbian issue covers or cards to range of destinations including Germany, Guatemala, exposition cancels including solid group of 1904 St. Louis World's Fair on Louisiana Purchase (some off cover as well) with some illustrated covers, few from Pan-American and Jamestown expositions, few with Trans-Mississippi stamps, some faulty, some Fine-Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
500
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1716
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1716, Group Lots and Collection BalancesExposition Covers. Five covers, No. 158 with International Exhibition 1776/1876 Memorial Hall embossed seal on flap, two 2c Violet, Columbian Entires (U349) with California Midwinter International Exposition illustrated design, one in black with "Wisconsin Furniture" addressed to Floral Park N.Y., small corner nick, the other in maroon with company handstamp addressed to San Francisco, missing small piece of flap, No. 264 with apparent marker precancel on Wisconsin Semi-Centennial Exposition 1898 illustrated corner card cover, last is No. U218, Centennial Exposition unused illustrated cover with fancy beer advertising design on front and back, Very Fine group

E. 500-750
0
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1717
 
Exposition Programs and Guides. A dozen or so items, including "Photographic Views of the Boer War Spectacle" from 1904 World's Fair, souvenir book of Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis Universal Exposition program, portfolio of views from Columbian Exposition (2) as well as several smaller catalogs from the same, 1926 Sesquicentennial Exposition, Red Book of Views of Panama-Pacific Exposition, Official Catalog and Guide to Pan-American Exposition (with map of grounds), earliest is 1876 official catalog for Department of Art at U.S. Centennial, some faults but still a useful and fascinating group, an excellent collateral item for the specialist in expositions

E. 300-400
130
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1718
c
Fancy Cancels Balance. Ten covers, most with 3c Rose (65) with cancels such as three-leaf clover, geometric and Cross used from Boston, Leominster stovepipe, blue Star in Circle of Windsor N.Y., also Quince fancy cancel from Philadelphia, last three bear No. 114 including Leaf, target and Negative Star from Normal Ill., few flaws, every strike is Very Fine, attractive group which are all ex "Artemis"

E. 1,000-1,500
600
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1719
c
Green Cancel Cover Collection. Over 80 covers mostly mounted on pages plus some additional, also including over 20 off-cover examples, wide range of uses and towns, some highlights noted including 1847 5c with bluish-green cancel of Westfield N.Y., many 1851 and 1857 3c examples including No. 11 with segmented green cancel with matching rimless Ashfield Mass. cancel (ex Amonette) and No. 11A with "N.O.U.S. City Post" snow-shovel carrier marking, No. 64 from Woonsocket R.I. (with P.F. certificate), C.S.A. No. 1 pair from Wenowee Ala. (with P.F. certificate) and much more, including some with bluish-green cancels, mixed condition but much Fine or better

E. 2,000-3,000
1,300
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1720
 
Match and Medicine Corner Card Covers or Illustrations. Approximately 50 items, earliest is 1858 cover with No. 26 and James C. Ayer embossing on top flap, few other earlier including No. 26 with illustrated Dr. Hooker's Cough and Croup Syrup, nice group of Match including two covers with all-over Byam, Carlton & Co. advertising with No. 26, two covers with No. 114 and Match company corner cards, few with matching letterheads, some faults, most Fine-Very Fine, a fascinating group that would be difficult to assemble

E. 3,000-4,000
0
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1721
c
U.S. Government Postal History. Few dozen covers relating to the Senate, House of Representatives and Capitol Building, incl. used and unused patriotic covers with some Magnus designs, few early folded letters from 1780's onwards, also corner cards, stamps relating such as depicting Capitol etc. incl. errors and varieties, also some Newspaper stamps with proofs and Specimens, most Fine or better

E. 750-1,000
325
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1722
c
State Government Postal History. Over 150 covers from 1860s onwards relating to the Senates and Assemblies in a wide range of states, many corner cards and all-over designs, some better New York handstamps, couple Confederate uses, 1898 Hawaii House of Representatives with manuscript "Soldier's Letter", much is Fine or better, an interesting group

E. 1,500-2,000
0
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1723
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1723, Group Lots and Collection BalancesTax Related Postal History. More than 15 items relating to taxes, highlighted by several 1869 Issue stamp uses on tax-related covers or documents, including 2c revenue use on a check, two different 1c uses on U.S. Internal Revenue statement of taxes (also a 1c No. 63 on a similar cover), 1794 stampless cover from the Treasury Department to collector of customs for District of Bath Mass., several others including Black Jack revenue use, some flaws to be found but overall a Fine and interesting group

E. 750-1,000
325
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