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

Sale Date — Thursday, 15 December, 2016

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Category — Postal Markings by State or Territory

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1235
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1235, Postal Markings by State or TerritoryVIA NICARAGUA/AHEAD OF THE MAILS. Red octagonal handstamp on buff cover with "Free A. Felch" at top right to Charlestown Mass., red "New York Free 7cts. Oct. 10" integral-rate circular datestamp, minor edgewear, Very Fine, Alpheus Felch was a senator from and governor of Michigan, in 1853 he was appointed by Pierce to the land claims commission in California after the Mexican-American War

E. 750-1,000
850
1236
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1236, Postal Markings by State or TerritoryTimbuctoo, Cal., Mar. 27. Circular datestamp with manuscript "Paid 10cts." on cover to Almont Mich, flap tear extends just into front at bottom, Very Fine and scarce origination

E. 200-300
100
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1237
c
California-Related Covers and Collateral. Carton of covers and assorted other items, highlights including cover bearing No. 68 and two of No. 65 from Nevada City Cal. to Canada West with red Chicago exchange marking; stampless with Mokelumne Hill datestamp, stampless with Columbia straightline to Mass.; No. 65 cancelled by manuscript "X" on Patriotic to Sacramento; 1851 Issue 1c with three 3c from Campo Seco Cal. to Rochester N.Y.; many with express co. printed franks, also really nice range of town markings, some modern items, some photos of towns etc., mixed condition with better mentioned items generally faulty, still a Fine-Very Fine group

E. 1,500-2,000
1,700
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1238
 
San Francisco Earthquake-Related. Two items, first is Western Union telegram dated April 20, 1906 with purple typed "Earthquake ruined buildings All safe Telephone papa written" at 7:20 pm, second item is part-printed slip from Oakland dated April 21, 1906 asking to pass bearer to Oakland pier, some wear, Fine-Very Fine

E. 200-300
100
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1239
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Sale 1146, Lot 1239, Postal Markings by State or Territory2c Brown, Entire (U277). Cancelled by bold strike of Waving Flag fancy cancel, equally bold "Enfield Conn. Jul. 8 1885" circular datestamp with duplex Star in Circle, addressed to Brooklyn N.Y., Extremely Fine strike

E. 300-400
700
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1240
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Sale 1146, Lot 1240, Postal Markings by State or TerritoryWilmington Del. Paid 3 June 7. Clear strike of red integral-rate circular datestamp struck twice on cover to Salem's Grove Va., red "Paid All 24 Cents" struck in error and overstruck by the second strike of 3c integral-rate circular datestamp, minor edge tear, Very Fine and unusual combination of markings

E. 200-300
200
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1241
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Sale 1146, Lot 1241, Postal Markings by State or TerritoryPeace Propaganda. Light strike of "Chagrin Falls O" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" and "3" handstamps on Peace propaganda design cover to Lenox N.Y., slogan "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation. Neither shall they learn war any more", backflap with imprints of Valentine, Johnstone & Hunter and Ackermann & Co, Very Fine, a beautiful cover, with 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
300
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1242
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Illinois Stampless Covers. 64, from statehood period, including few better straightline markings such as Farmington, Godfrey and two from Pekin, oval from Mount Carmel, double-circle from Shabbona Grove, oval from Shawneetown (2), blue "Forwarded by Wilson & Redman, Shawneetown Ill." boxed handstamp, nice group with A.S.C.C. value in the $40-50 range, few faults to be expected, overall fresh and Fine-Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
900
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1243
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Illinois Covers. 153, including specialized groups of Pekin & Tazewell county and Peoria, No. 10A used from Ottawa, 10A used from Petersburgh, No. 26 tied by Star fancy cancel on red and blue Constitution Patriotic, No. 92 used locally in Galesburg, few 1869 Pictorials including 114 tied by blue Star fancy cancel from Freeport, No. 115 to Canada (faults), 115 from Quincy to Keokuk Iowa, No. 112 and 113 from Springfield, 112 tied by blue "B" and Belvedere circular datestamp, few patriotics or advertising, nice range of towns and markings, some faults, many Fine-Very Fine

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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1244
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Sale 1146, Lot 1244, Postal Markings by State or Territory"Choctaw Agency Jany. 1st". Manuscript marking at top left of folded letter datelined "Choctaw Agency Decr. 31st 1824" to Jackson Miss., signed by postmaster and sent free, interesting contents including "In obedience to a law of the state of Mississippi respecting runaway negroes when up in the Indian Country, I herewith enclose to your Excy. a report of the same, stating the number...", vertical file fold, gently cleaned, Very Fine

E. 300-400
225
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1245
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1245, Postal Markings by State or Territory"Fort Gibson C.N. Sep. 23." Manuscript postmark as part of Cherokee Nation, "Paid" straightline and manuscript "10" on 1849 folded letter from Lt. Wingate to his father in Lexington Indiana, interesting contents including comments on "Cherokee girls", some minor edgewear, Fine and scarce, ex Darlington

E. 300-400
275
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1246
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Indian Territory Covers. Collection in a binder and envelope, earliest are six stampless from the Rev. Abel Bingham correspondence (1822-34), four of these sent through the mails, also more than 110 stamped covers with 1890's Bureau Issues, 68 on pages with write-ups and the remainder in an envelope, wide range of Indian Territory originations, mixed condition with faults to be expected, overall Fine

E. 750-1,000
1,200
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1247
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Sale 1146, Lot 1247, Postal Markings by State or TerritoryCharles M. Willard, Ludlow Mass. Red and black printed circular to postmaster at North Dixmont Me. from Charles M. Willard, manufacturer of postmarking devices, titled "Improved Post Office Stamps...Engraved on Box Wood", a fascinating advertisement, beginning with a citation of S. R. Hobbie's observation of the British wooden postmarking devices (Asst. P.M.G. Hobbie was sent to England in 1847 to study the British postal system and recommend reform measures to Congress - Willard quotes Hobbie's discourse on the merits of wood markers vs. metal); Willard then knocks his former supplier (and now competitor), A. N. Zevely, criticizing Zevely's metal devices and his refusal to supply red ink because of its higher cost; the first page shows a beautiful display of markings (3c, 5c and 10c rates, "Paid", "Free", "Ludlow Mass." etc.) reproduced in red, as well as a "Ludlow Mass. Jun. 1" circular datestamp and "Paid" printed in red on the address panel, slight toning along folds and couple shorts reinforced with hinge, Very Fine and rare

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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1248
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1248, Postal Markings by State or Territory(Catskill N.Y., 1795) "Catskill 14 Aug." Manuscript postmark from independent mail office at top left of folded letter to Poughkeepsie N.Y., entered regular mails with "HUDSON./Aug. 18" two-line handstamp, manuscript rates "W Post -- 6" (or possibly "St. Post") and "Genl. P. Office -- 8", (for under-40 miles) for a total of 14 cents

VERY FINE AND RARE COMBINATION OF THREE MARKINGS, INCLUDING THE INDEPENDENT POST AT CATSKILL NEW YORK.

This combination was described by Calvet M. Hahn as unique

E. 1,500-2,000
800
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1249
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1249, Postal Markings by State or TerritoryBinghamton N.Y. Nine stampless covers with a range of Binghamton circular datestamps, including July 21, 1847 use with red circular datestamp and blue "Post-Office Business" and signed by postmaster Park (responsible for the herringbone fancy cancel), another signed by postmaster Cooke (who also used the marking in 1849), one in red with large "V", two with ornate "Paid 3", overall Fine-Very Fine, accompanied by copy of article from Nov. 1999 Chronicle by Calvet M. Hahn illustrating several of these

E. 200-300
225
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1250
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Sale 1146, Lot 1250, Postal Markings by State or Territory(Fort Edward N.Y., 1798) "Fort Edward 15 May 1798". Unusual circled manuscript town postmark with "17" rate for 201-250 miles, on May 25 datelined folded letter to New York City, Very Fine, ex Lounsbery

E. 300-400
325
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1251
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1251, Postal Markings by State or TerritoryHerkimer N.Y. March 23. Well-struck circular datestamp in red with small "FREE" handstamp on 1825 folded letter to Adams N.Y., Extremely Fine, a pretty cover

E. 200-300
275
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1252
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Sale 1146, Lot 1252, Postal Markings by State or TerritoryJoslin's Corners. Mad,co. N.Y. Dec. 11, 1829. Bold strike of red double-circle datestamp on folded letter to Albany N.Y., manuscript "12-1/2" rating, light horizontal file fold, Very Fine strike, ex Ayer

E. 200-300
200
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1253
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Sale 1146, Lot 1253, Postal Markings by State or Territory(New York, N.Y., 1796) "N.York APRL 4". Straightline handstamp combining upper and lower case letters, manuscript "10" rate for 61-100 miles on Apr. 4, 1796 datelined folded letter to Philadelphia, minor toning along file fold, still Very Fine

E. 300-400
150
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1254
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Early New York City Straightline Cancels, 1780's-1790's. 20 folded letters from New York City from the Calvet M. Hahn collection, mostly 1790's with a few 1780's, nice variation in straightline styles including "N.Y *", "N*Y*", "N. York.*", "New York*", some without the "*" and range of capitalized and lower case letters, also a range of rates shown including both pre-1789 and post-1789, a couple are free franks, Very Fine and desirable group, most accompanied by Hahn's explanatory labels

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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1255
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1255, Postal Markings by State or Territory(Agency of the American Post Office at Niagara, Canada, to New York, 1801) "NIAGARA, Aug. 20". Straightline datestamp with day in manuscript, "25" (cents) for over-500 miles rate on folded cover to New York City, file folds, Very Fine with a clearly struck handstamp, a choice example of cross-border mail sent from the Agency of the American Post Office at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, the office was established in 1797 as a convenience to handle U.S. bound letters on the newly established mail route to Canandaigua, the Agency office forwarded mail on a bi-weekly basis to Fort Niagara in United States territory less than a mile away across the Niagara River, ex Meyer

E. 500-750
450
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1256
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1256, Postal Markings by State or Territory(Rhinebeck N.Y., 1794) "Rhinebeck Way". Manuscript endorsement on folded letter datelined at Rhinebeck on Jan. 20, 1794, entered mails with manuscript "Tower Hill Jany. 21 - 12-1/2 Cents", addressed to South Kingston R.I., letter discusses promise of area and work in stage business, edgewear, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
850
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1257
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Sale 1146, Lot 1257, Postal Markings by State or Territory"Originally 'held for postage' at New York as short paid, and now forwarded on receipt from you of stamp necessary for full prepayment". Black on orange label tied by "New York Dec. ? '82" duplex datestamp, which also previously tied a removed stamp, same datestamp of Dec. 3 struck at right with "Held for Postage 3rd Div" handstamp struck where stamp was removed, addressed to Auburndale Mass., label slightly oxidized, minor edge stain at bottom, otherwise Very Fine and unusual use

E. 200-300
150
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1258
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Sale 1146, Lot 1258, Postal Markings by State or TerritoryRogersville N.Y. Feb. 18. Bold strike of circular datestamp on Temperance propaganda cover to Gallipolis O., Hale imprint, bold "Paid 3" in circle handstamp, some slight edgewear, Very Fine, Rogersville was connected to the Dansville N.Y. post office but used a marking with its own name

E. 300-400
275
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1259
c
Cameron Correspondence, Raleigh N.C. Two shoe boxes from an original correspondence spanning 1800 to the 1890's, covers only (no content), the first box with a few free franks from early 1800's and the vast majority from the 1850's-70's, more than 450 classic issue covers including 5c 1847 pair on cover, 1c and 3c 1857 Issue, 3c 1861 Issue, Bank Notes, etc., second box is mostly postal stationery from 1850's-90's and contains more than 600 covers, very mixed condition with most showing range of faults, still an interesting and seldom-seen 19th Century original correspondence (see lot 1658 for Confederate States portion of correspondence), for information on the Cameron family see http://finding-aids.lib.unc.edu/00133/

E. 750-1,000
4,500
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1260
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1260, Postal Markings by State or Territory(Fort Vincennes, Northwest Territory, 1795) Military Supply Order. Manuscript supply order dated April, 5, 1795, authorizing "one quart of whisky for the use of two express Indians from Post Vincennes", folds and small nick at bottom, Fine, according to Hahn, Indians were used as express riders by the military and this is payment for such service, illustrated in "Penny Post Oct. 2008

E. 200-300
160
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1261
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1261, Postal Markings by State or TerritoryMcConnellsburg Pa. Apr. 15. Bold strike of large double-circle datestamp with matching negative "5" in framed circle and small "PAID" handstamp on folded letter datelined "Webster Mills April 15th 1850" to Bedford, trivial waterstaining, Extremely Fine strikes and a beautiful cover, ex Edwin Mayer

E. 400-500
250
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1262
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Sale 1146, Lot 1262, Postal Markings by State or Territory"San Augustone Texas 5th August 1835". Dateline on folded letter to Fallsburgh N.Y., carried overland and put into the mails with red "Natchitoches La. Aug. 16" circular datestamp, manuscript "25" rate, red "MISSENT & FORWARDED" handstamp with matching "Brooklyn N.Y. Sep. 11" circular datestamp, faint vertical file fold, Very Fine use from Texas during the Mexican period

E. 300-400
500
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1263
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Sale 1146, Lot 1263, Postal Markings by State or TerritorySam Ricker Jr., New Orleans, Agent of the Texian Post Office. Bold strike of oval handstamp on obverse of cover, "Galena Ill. May 3" circular datestamp double-struck with "Paid" handstamp and manuscript "25" rate on ca. 1838 folded cover to Houston Tex., overall dampstaining, Very Fine appearing example of this short-lived service forwarding mail to the Republic of Texas, also rare and desirable with the handstamp struck on the face of the cover instead of the flap

E. 500-750
300
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1264
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1264, Postal Markings by State or Territory1836-39 Express Mail. 13 folded letters, showing 75c single, $1.50 double and $2.25 triple rates, one with red "STEAM BOAT" straightline, "Express Mail" notations, usual minor folds, Very Fine group

E. 300-400
550
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1265
c
Balance of the Calvet M. Hahn Collection of Confederation Period and 18th Century Postal History. Substantial balance of covers from the Confederation Period and early Constitution Period (1780's-1790's), two groups, divided between private conveyance letters without postal markings and letters with markings which entered the mails, approximately 10 letters in the first group and 40 covers or letters sent through the mails in the second group, we note a number of straightlines including New York, Albany, Hudson, G*Flats, Canandaigua, "Pough", Portsmouth, Boston, mixed condition with some flaws to be expected, overall Fine and desirable group, many with Mr. Hahn's descriptive labels

E. 2,000-3,000
4,500
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