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Sale 1153 — The Deane R. Briggs, M.D., Collection of Florida in the Civil War

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 May, 2017

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Category — Union Forces in Florida

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2189
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2189, Union Forces in FloridaUnion Blockading Squadron, Union Blockading SquadronUnion Blockading Squadron. Balance of four covers, South Atlantic and East Gulf, most interesting is cover with 1c Blue and 3c Rose (63, 65), 3c double perfs at right, tied by target and 1c by "New York Jul. 10" double-circle datestamp on cover to the "Master's Mate "U.S. Steamer Patroon St. John's River Flo. South Atlantic Blockading Squadron," couple tiny perf flaws, Fine, unusual use, also 3c 1861 with "New Orleans La. Jul. 28 '64" double-circle datestamp on cover to the assistant surgeon aboard the "U.S. Bark J.L. Davis Tampa Bay East Gulf," stamp oxidized, still Very Fine, other two are stampless from East Gulf Blockading Squadron sent North, overall Very Fine group

E. 750-1,000
850
2190
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2190, Union Forces in FloridaFernandina Fla., Union Occupation, Fernandina Fla., Union OccupationFernandina Fla., Union Occupation. Two covers, first 3c Rose (65) tied by "Fernandina Fla. July 21st 1863" Union-occupation manuscript postmark on buff cover to East North Yarmouth Maine, reduced at left, stamp with corner crease and small tear at left, Very Fine appearance, second with "Fernandina Fla. Aug. 29." blue occupation double-circle datestamp with matching target and "FREE" in small oval handstamp on cover to Baltimore Md., small tears at top, Very Fine appearance, Fernandina was occupied on Mar. 4, 1862, but a Union-occupation post office was not established until April 27, 1863 and it was months later that a postmarking device was provided, Union-occupation mail from Fernandina is scarce

E. 500-750
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2191
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2191, Union Forces in Florida3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Cancelled by grid with bold strike of "Fort Jefferson Fla. Dec. 14" Union-occupation circular datestamp on buff cover to East Washington N.H., "Sixteenth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers" illustrated corner card depicting a U.S. flagged ship and sailors, small tear at left and minor corner wear, still Very Fine, Fort Jefferson, located 68 miles west of Key West, remained in Union control throughout the war, a Union post office was established on October 28, 1861, the only known postmark used at Fort Jefferson is this slightly oval circular datestamp and is seen in black, blue, and red ink

E. 400-500
450
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2192
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2192, Union Forces in Florida3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Tied by "Paid" in circle with "Fort Jefferson Fla. Dec. 14" Union-occupation circular datestamp on red and blue "Our Union and our Laws we must maintain!" Patriotic cover depicting the American flag and a Union soldier stepping on a Confederate flag, addressed to Manchester N.H., G.W. Cottrell imprint, minor cover corner crease and faint edge soiling, slight reduction at left does not affect the design, Very Fine, a wonderful use of a Union Patriotic from occupied Fort Jefferson, which was located west of Key West and remained in Union control throughout the war, a Union post office was established on October 28, 1861, the only known postmark used at Fort Jefferson is this slightly oval circular datestamp and is seen in black, blue, and red ink

E. 500-750
500
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2193
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2193, Union Forces in FloridaFort Jefferson Fla. Union Occupation, Fort Jefferson Fla. Union OccupationFort Jefferson Fla. Union Occupation. Balance of three covers, first 3c No. 65 with bold strike of "Fort Jefferson Fla. Dec. 14" Union-occupation circular datestamp on cover to Harrisville N.H., "Sixteenth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers" illustrated corner card depicting U.S. flags, muskets and cannon, slightly reduced at left but design is essentially complete, stamp with couple tiny perf flaws, Very Fine appearance, second No. 65 with red "Fort Jefferson Fla. Jan. 4" occupation circular datestamp on cover to New Haven N.Y., reduced at right clear of the stamp, slight edge soiling, Very Fine, last No. 65 with blackish-blue "Fort Jefferson Fla. Sept. 27" occupation circular datestamp on cover to Pulaski N.Y., slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, Fort Jefferson remained in Union control throughout the war, a Union post office was established on October 28, 1861

E. 750-1,000
750
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2194
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2194, Union Forces in Florida3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Tied by "Fort Pickens Fla. Dec. 27" (1861) Union-occupation circular datestamp on red and blue Union Patriotic cover depicting a solider with the American flag, addressed to Locke N.Y., S.C. Rickards & Co. imprint, Very Fine, Fort Pickens, located on Santa Rosa Island in Pensacola Bay, remained in Union control throughout the war, it served as a base for the East Gulf Blockade of Pensacola and the Warrington ship yards, a Union post office was established on May 30, 1861 and continued until June 9, 1862, when it was absorbed by the Union-occupation Pensacola post office.

E. 500-750
800
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2195
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2195, Union Forces in FloridaFort Pickens Fla., Union Occupation, Fort Pickens Fla., Union OccupationFort Pickens Fla., Union Occupation. Five covers from or to Fort Pickens, incl. No. 26 with manuscript "Fort Pickens Fla. July 24, 61" Union occupation postmark on narrow cover to Schenectady N.Y., Very Fine and early cover from Fort Pickens, mailed before the post office obtained a datestamp (the only recorded example), three others with 3c 1857 or 1861 Issue and on on a 3c entire, finally an all-over Patriotic cover from Fort Pickens to N.J., overall toning, appears Fine, Fort Pickens, located on Santa Rosa Island in Pensacola Bay, remained in Union control throughout the war, it served as a base for the East Gulf Blockade of Pensacola and the Warrington ship yards, a Union post office was established on May 30, 1861 and continued until June 9, 1862, when it was absorbed by the Union occupation Pensacola post office

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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2196
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2196, Union Forces in Florida3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). "X" pen cancel and manuscript "Jacksonville Fla. April 10, 1864" Union-occupation postmark on United States Signal Corps illustrated corner card cover to Lockport N.Y., stamp with couple small edge flaws, small reduction at right barely into address, still Fine and scarce, Jacksonville changed hands several times during the Civil War, the final Union occupation began on Feb. 7, 1864, and led to the establishment of a post office, mail was initially carried by military courier to Port Royal where it entered the U.S. mails, by April, when this cover was sent, Jacksonville manuscript and then datestamp devices came into use, this is the earliest of three recorded manuscript occupation postmarks

E. 500-750
325
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2197
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2197, Union Forces in Florida3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Bright color, tied by "Jacksonville Fla. Apr. 23 1864" Union-occupation typeset arc datestamp, second strike to right on cover to Meredith N.Y., original letter enclosure datelined "Camp Near Jacksonville April 21", slightly reduced at right, small light stained spots, Very Fine appearance and rare, Jacksonville changed hands several times during the Civil War, the final Union occupation began on Feb. 7, 1864, and led to the establishment of a post office -- by late April, when this cover was sent, Jacksonville datestamp devices came into use, the first was this crude typeset arc, this is one of only four recorded examples (dated between Apr. 20-25, 1864)

E. 500-750
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2198
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2198, Union Forces in Florida3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Small perf flaws at right from placement at edge, tied by small "Jacksonville Fla. Feb. 12" (1866) circular datestamp with red manuscript "Cedar Keys Fla. Feb. 11 1866" origination at left on buff cover to North Georgetown O., manuscript soldier's endorsement with "U.S.C.T." (U.S. Colored Troops), edge soiling, Fine appearing and scarce Reconstruction use from Cedar Keys, carried on the Florida Railroad to Jacksonville where it entered the mails

E. 200-300
130
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2199
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2199, Union Forces in FloridaJacksonville Fla., Union Occupation, Jacksonville Fla., Union OccupationJacksonville Fla., Union Occupation. Two covers, first with No. 65, tied by "Port Royal S.C. Apr. 1, '64" double-circle datestamp on buff cover from Union-occupied Jacksonville Fla. to Doylestown O., docketing on back confirms origination, stamp with couple short perfs and small corner crease, cover with corner nick at bottom right, Fine appearance, second cover with "Jacksonville Fla. May 19 (1864)" occupation double-circle datestamp with "Due 3" in circle on cover to Masonville N.Y., soldier's letter docketing at left allowing the unpaid use, minor soiling, Very Fine, Jacksonville changed hands several times during the Civil War, the final Union occupation began on Feb. 7, 1864, and led to the establishment of a post office, by May the Jacksonville circular datestamp came into use and was employed through the end of the war in May 1865

E. 400-500
300
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2200
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2200, Union Forces in Florida3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Small edge tears, tied by clear strike of "Key West Fla. Apr. 1" Union-occupation circular datestamp on allover "Loyal to the Union State of New Hampshire" Patriotic cover with allegorical female Liberty draped in American flag, ship and sailors, addressed to Otego N.Y., Wm. Ridenburgh N.Y. imprint on back, Very Fine appearance, an outstanding Patriotic design used from Key West, which remained in Union control throughout the war

E. 500-750
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2201
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2201, Union Forces in FloridaKey West Fla., Union Occupation, Key West Fla., Union OccupationKey West Fla., Union Occupation. Three covers, first with Apr. 20 Union-occupation circular datestamp with "DUE 3" straightline on "Union" Patriotic cover with Washington shield, American flags and female Liberty allegorical design, addressed to Allentown Pa., soldier's endorsement at top allowing it be sent postage due, slight wear and small tear, Very Fine appearance and unusual stampless use, second with No. 65 and bold strike of "Key West Fla. Mar. 30" occupation double-circle datestamp on yellow cover to Mercer County N.J., final cover with No. 65 with straddle-pane natural s.e. at left, tied by "Key West Fla. Oct. 3" (1861) occupation double-circle datestamp on cover to Norristown Pa., opened roughly at right affecting lower right corner, small glue stain at left, otherwise Fine, Key West remained in Union hands throughout the war, it initially serviced Ft. Jefferson and the East Gulf Blockade mail

E. 500-750
400
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2202
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2202, Union Forces in Florida2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Tied by two strikes of "Pensacola Fla. Feb. 21, 1865" Union-occupation double-circle datestamp on 1c Blue on Buff Star Die entire (U19) to Davenport Iowa, forwarded to Decatur (or possibly Detroit) with "Davenport Io. Mar. 20, 1865" double-circle datestamp which ties the Black Jack, "Due 3" straightline, "Pensacola Bay 2/18/1865" docketing at top, Very Fine, a rare and possibly unique combination for the 3c rate from Union-occupied Pensacola

E. 500-750
700
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2203
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2203, Union Forces in FloridaPensacola Fla. Sep. 13. (1865), Pensacola Fla. Sep. 13. (1865)Pensacola Fla. Sep. 13. (1865). Circular datestamp and bold "Due 3" straightline on buff cover to post commander at Marianna Fla., manuscript "OB" (official business) at top, the Marianna post office was not re-established until Oct. 2 so this went to Apalachicola (100 miles south of Marianna), where the postmaster wrote "Please send the 3cts due on this letter to this Post Office -- Apalachicola Fla. Sept. 25th E. Keilmansegge P.M.", small reduction at right just nicks the top corner, Very Fine, a fascinating military cover demonstrating the challenges in handling mail in Florida during early Reconstruction

E. 400-500
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2204
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2204, Union Forces in Florida3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Tied by target cancel with "Pensacola Flo. Aug. 6, 1862" Union-occupation double-circle datestamp on purple General McClellan portrait Patriotic cover to Five Corners N.Y., minor edgewear and tiny nicks, slightly reduced at left barely into the design, Very Fine appearance, Pensacola was occupied by Union troops on May 10, 1862 following the Confederate evacuation the evening before, a Union-occupation post office with Sigmund Loeb as postmaster was established on June 9, 1862, and included the transferred post office from Ft. Pickens.

E. 500-750
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2205
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2205, Union Forces in Florida3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Tied by target cancel with "Pensacola Flo. Aug. 6, 1863" Union-occupation double-circle datestamp on American flag and female Liberty Patriotic cover to Pittsford Vt., small corner repair at bottom right, Very Fine, a wonderful Patriotic design used from Pensacola, which was occupied by Union troops on May 10, 1862 following the Confederate evacuation the evening before, a Union-occupation post office with Sigmund Loeb as postmaster was established on June 9, 1862, and included the transferred post office from Ft. Pickens.

E. 500-750
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2206
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2206, Union Forces in FloridaSaint Augustine Fla., Union Occupation, Saint Augustine Fla., Union OccupationSaint Augustine Fla., Union Occupation. Three covers, first with partly clear strike of old "territorial" circular datestamp used as a Union-occupation postmark, manuscript "Due 6" on red 4th N.H. Regiment Patriotic cover depicting American flag, soldier, cannon and ship, addressed to Great Falls N.H., edge faults, appears Fine, second with No. 65 with "Saint Augustine Fla. Oct. 20" (1862) occupation circular datestamp on same regimental design cover, slightly reduced at right not affecting the stamp or address, Very Fine, last with Jan. 24 1865 double-circle occupation datestamp on yellow cover to Stratford Conn., soldier's endorsement at top, Very Fine, Saint Augustine was occupied by Union troops on March 11, 1862, an occupation post office was established on April 4 with Manuel Medicis as postmaster

E. 750-1,000
600
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