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

Sale Date — Thursday, 15 December, 2016

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Category — War of 1812

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1281
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1281, War of 1812Sacket's Harbor N.Y. July. Negative double-line oval handstamp with "July" inserted at bottom and manuscript "16" (July 16, 1815) in blank center of oval, "25-1/2" War of 1812 surcharge rate on folded letter to Southington Conn., contents lament the lack of pay for War of 1812 soldiers, slight age toning mostly on back, Very Fine, this oval handstamp originally had a negative eagle and shield design in the center (one recorded example, ex Frajola and Hahn, see Siegel Sale 1125, lot 438), only a few examples of the modified version are known (three according to Calvet Hahn)

E. 750-1,000
1,400
1282
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1282, War of 1812"Detroit 30 Dec. (1815)". Manuscript postmark with matching "37 -1/2" War of 1812 50% surcharge rate on folded letter from Major Morrill Marston to Col. Charles K. Gardner in Boston, endorsed "Public Service M. Marston Maj. Inf.", forwarded to New York with indistinct red Boston circular datestamp and "25 -1/2" War of 1812 50% surcharge rate, a total of 63c due on receipt in New York, letter includes a testimonial to Col. Gardner's "exertions" at the Battle of Chippawa, during the invasion of Upper Canada along the Niagara River in July, 1814, minor erosion where Boston address was crossed out, still Very Fine, an outstanding War of 1812 surcharge rate cover showing the 50% increased rate twice, Calvet M. Hahn identified this as the earliest postwar Detroit cover, illustrated in Penny Post (Jan. 2004,p. 55)

E. 750-1,000
950
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1283
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1283, War of 1812Flag of Truce, Battle of Lundy's Lane, War of 1812. Folded letter datelined "British Camp 4th August 1814", endorsed "H. Conran, M. Genl." and addressed to Colonel Gardner, Adjutant General U.S. Army, contents include "I send an officer with a Flag, who has received directions to bring away the baggage of some officers of your Army Prisoners of War -- I avail myself of the opportunity to send a few letters, one of those for Capt. A. Martias enclosing fifty-five dollars American paper money which I request you will use your good offices to be immediately forwarded.", letter signed "Henry Conran Maj. General", small cover corner stain is inconsequential, Very Fine and rare War of 1812 flag-of-truce letter sent in the aftermath of the bloody Battle of Lundy's Lane in Niagara Falls, Ontario, accompanied by background information on British General Conran

E. 750-1,000
2,100
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1284
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1284, War of 1812North Carolina, War of 1812, Nov. 21, 1813 folded letter from Robert Williams, Adjutant General of Militia of North Carolina, addressed to Major General Calvin Jones in Raleigh, endorsed "Public Service", fascinating contents instructing General Jones to order the colonels commanding troops of the County of Northampton to the town of Edmonton "in the event of an actual or threatened invasion of the enemy in our section of the state", some minor toning specks, Very Fine, see http://ncpedia.org/war-1812 for a discussion of the British incursions into North Carolina during the War of 1812

E. 500-750
750
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1285
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1285, War of 1812French Mills to Newburgh N.Y., War of 1812 Express. Folded letter datelined "17th November 1813, French Mills -- on the Salmon River -- at the Line," from Maj. Gardner to his mother, endorsed "Col. Walbach will please forward this & oblige Maj. Gardner" and "From the Northward," letter includes commentary on the Battle of Crysler's Fields (Nov. 11) and disgust with American military leadership, "our Generals should, every other one, be executed," entered mails with Albany N.Y. Nov. 24 circular datestamp and "12 -1/2" rate, corner erosion and splitting, some of which has been mended, otherwise Fine and rare War of 1812 letter carried by express, Hahn notes that when the Army moved to French Mills, a three-times weekly mail was sent to Plattsburgh, from where an express service carried mail to Burlington, letters then entered the regular mails to Albany, this cover is rated for the correct postage between Albany and Newburgh, illustrated in Penny Post (Jan. 2004, p. 54)

E. 750-1,000
650
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1286
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1286, War of 1812Kingston, Jamaica to New York, War of 1812 Cartel Letter. Folded letter datelined "Kingston Jamaica 22 July. 1813", addressed to William Crosby in New York and endorsed "pr. Cartel Anna Lester" at bottom, docketing on flap "American Agent for Prisoners of War Kingston," entered U.S. mails with "Providence R.I. Aug. 16" circular datestamp, Very Fine and rare War of 1812 period letter sent by Cartel ship, which carried returned prisoners-of-war, official dispatches under a flag-of-truce and some mail

E. 500-750
550
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1287
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1287, War of 1812(U.S.-Occupied Fort George, Niagara, Canada, 1813) Express Mail. Folded letter datelined Fort George July 15, 1813, entered U.S. mails with manuscript "Niagara July 17" postmark and "Free" crossed out with rating which is also crossed out and re-rated "25", addressed to Major Gardner, Assistant Adjutant General in Washington D.C., contents relate to complains about the writer's lack of promotion, some toning and fold splits, Fine and scarce War of 1812 letter sent from occupied Canada, on May 25, 1813, American forces under General Henry Dearborn bombarded Fort George from their position across the Niagara River at Fort Niagara, two days later they launched an amphibious assault against Niagara-on-the-Lake and occupied the fort and the town, the occupation lasted until December 10, 1813.

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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1288
c
War of 1812, Cover Balance. Five folded letters, two from 1814 with interesting War-related content, three from 1815-16 including two showing 50% surcharge rates and one showing restored rates, Very Fine group

E. 500-750
300
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