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Sale 1215 — United States Postal History and Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 17-18 December, 2019

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Category — Autographs and Free Franks

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2140
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2140, Autographs and Free FranksAaron Burr, Aaron BurrAaron Burr. Vice President under Jefferson, murderer of Alexander Hamilton in a duel, autograph free frank "A. Burr" on folded cover addressed in his hand to Gilbert Livingston at Poughkeepsie N.Y., light strike of brownish red "WASHN CITY APR 6" circular datestamp and matching "FREE" handstamp, neatly docketed on backflap with 1802 yeardate, Very Fine, ex Grunin

E. 400-500
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2141
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2141, Autographs and Free FranksJohn C. Calhoun, John C. CalhounJohn C. Calhoun. Representative and Senator from South Carolina, defender of the South, slavery and states' rights, Secretary of War under Monroe and Vice President under Adams and Jackson, free frank "Free J. C. Calhoun" on cover with mostly intact wax seal to Francis Wharton in Philadelphia, red "Pendleton S.C. Mar. 25" circular datestamp with matching "FREE" handstamp, Very Fine

E. 200-300
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2142
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2142, Autographs and Free FranksGeorge Clinton, George ClintonGeorge Clinton. Governor of New York, Revolutionary War general, Vice President under Jefferson and Madison, free frank "Free Geo. Clinton" on one-page autograph letter signed as governor, datelined "New York 31st July 1807" to Ezra L'Hommedieu, Long Island, red "New York Aug. 3" circular datestamp and matching "FREE" handstamp, contents relate to land around three river point, fresh and Very Fine, Clinton was the first vice president to die in office

E. 300-400
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2143
 
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2143, Autographs and Free FranksBenjamin Franklin, Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin. Free frank "B Free Franklin" on restored cover front only addressed to "Jno. Lawrence & Wm. Smith Esqrs., Burlington", manuscript "Free" postmark applied at Philadelphia, accompanied by part of lettersheet (contents removed) with docketing "Benj. Franklin, Philada. July 23rd, 1776", cover with faults

A SCARCE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FREE FRANK, WITH ACCOMPANYING DOCKETED INNER LETTERSHEET DATING THIS TO JULY 23, 1776 -- A CRUCIAL MONTH IN AMERICAN HISTORY. FRANKLIN WAS POSTMASTER GENERAL OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS WHEN HE APPLIED THIS FRANKING SIGNATURE.

The content, which was an autograph letter signed by Benjamin Franklin, was removed by the current owner and sold separately. A color copy accompanies.

E. 7,500-10,000
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2144
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2144, Autographs and Free FranksElbridge Gerry, Elbridge GerryElbridge Gerry. Signer of the Declaration of Independence, delegate to the Continental Congresses of 1776-81 and 1782-85 from Massachusetts, a framer of the Constitution, member of Congress, Governor of Massachusetts and Vice President under James Madison, free frank "free E. Gerry" on 1791 folded cover to his wife in Cambridge Mass., neat "N YORK Oct. 20" straightline and matching "FREE" handstamp, vertical file fold does not affect free frank, few small age spots and slight edgewear, Very Fine and scarce free frank, Gerry's political maneuvering inspired the term "gerrymandering", he refused to sign the Constitution as he thought it gave the President too much power

E. 500-750
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2145
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2145, Autographs and Free FranksJohn Hancock, John HancockJohn Hancock. Signer of Declaration of Independence, delegate from Massachusetts, free frank "J Hancock" as President of Second Continental Congress (May 10, 1775 to October 29, 1777) on folded cover addressed in his hand to "The Hon. Council of Safety of the State of Pennsylvania", receipt docketing on flap "From the Presd. of Congress Baltimore February 11, 1777", lightly toned file folds and minor edge nicks

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE JOHN HANCOCK FREE FRANK AS PRESIDENT OF THE SECOND CONTINENTAL CONGRESS, WHICH WAS BRIEFLY CONVENED IN BALTIMORE.

After the retreat of the Continental army through New Jersey, Congress was apprehensive of an attack on Philadelphia and adjourned on December 12 to meet later in Baltimore, from December 20, 1776, to February 27, 1777. This cover was franked and sent during that time period.

E. 4,000-5,000
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2146
 
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2146, Autographs and Free FranksJohn Hancock, John HancockJohn Hancock. Signer of Declaration of Independence, delegate from Massachusetts, free frank "John Hancock" on address panel to Major General Heath at Boston, light file fold and few toned spots not affecting free frank

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS JOHN HANCOCK FREE FRANK.

Heath was named a Major General in the state troops in 1775, and was named a Major General in the Continental Army in August 1776, after participating in the defense of New York.

E. 2,000-3,000
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2147
 
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2147, Autographs and Free Franks(John Hancock), (John Hancock)(John Hancock). Folded cover reported to be signed by the grandfather of the John Hancock, datelined "26 August 1670" in Gloucestershire, addressed to London, "AV/24" bishop's mark, Very Fine and unusual, signed approximately 100 years before his grandson would sign the Declaration of Independence, there is a striking similarity to the signatures

E. 200-300
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2148
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2148, Autographs and Free FranksAdmiral H. E. Kimmel and Capt. Mitsuo Fuchida, Admiral H. E. Kimmel and Capt. Mitsuo FuchidaAdmiral H. E. Kimmel and Capt. Mitsuo Fuchida. Autographs on cover from the 25th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, with 3c and 5c stamps tied by "Pearl City HI Dec. 7 1966" machine cancel, U.N. cachet at left, Fuchida signed in English and Japanese with "Luke 23:34" ("Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."), Very Fine and a scarce historical item, Kimmel was commander-in-chief of the United States Fleet and the U.S. Pacific Fleet at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was removed from command and reduced from four-star to two-star rank after the attack, Mitsuo Fuchida led the first wave of air attacks on Pearl Harbor, after the war he became a Christian evangelist, which explains his Book of Luke quote on this cover

E. 500-750
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2149
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2149, Autographs and Free FranksMarquis de Lafayette, Marquis de LafayetteMarquis de Lafayette. Revolutionary War hero from France, free frank "Lafayette Mg." on folded cover to Brigadier General Weldon at Williamsburg, docketed at left "From Marquis Lafayette 1781"

FRESH AND VERY FINE FREE FRANK FROM MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE.

1781 saw Lafayette start his campaign in Virginia, which would end in the defeat of the British at Yorktown.

E. 3,000-4,000
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2150
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2150, Autographs and Free FranksBenjamin Lincoln, Benjamin LincolnBenjamin Lincoln. Major General in the Continental Army, accepted Cornwallis's sword at Yorktown (Oct. 1781), free frank "B. Lincoln" as the first United States Secretary of War, endorsed "Public Service" at top of folded cover addressed to "Brigadier General McIntosh" in Savannah Ga., "FREE" straightline handstamp, docketed "Gen. Lincoln, 6 Nov. 1783" at right, cover silked with some tears along folds, minor stain

VERY FINE AND RARE FREE FRANK FROM REVOLUTIONARY WAR GENERAL AND FIRST SECRETARY OF WAR BENJAMIN LINCOLN.

The addressee, Lachlan McIntosh, was a Revolutionary War political and military leader. In 1777 he shot dead Declaration of Independence signer Button Gwinnett in a duel.

Ex Dr. Robertson

E. 2,000-3,000
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2151
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2151, Autographs and Free FranksRobert H. Morris, Robert H. MorrisRobert H. Morris. Bold signature "Robt. H. Morris" at bottom of May 1842 letter from Morris as Mayor of New York City to Secretary of the Navy Abel P. Upshur, contents an introduction for Mr. Albert Philips, fresh and Very Fine, Morris served as Mayor from 1841-1843 prior to his appointment as Postmaster of New York, the scarce "RHM" signatures on the 5c New York Postmaster's Provisional (Scott 9X1d) are by Morris, ex Frelinghuysen

E. 750-1,000
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2152
 
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2152, Autographs and Free FranksWinfield Scott, Winfield ScottWinfield Scott. Front panel of cover signed "Free. Winfield Scott, Lieut. Gen'l.", addressed to prominent statesman, U.S. Senator and New York Governor Hamilton Fish at Garrison's Highlands, couple minor edge toning spots, Very Fine

E. 300-400
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2153
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2153, Autographs and Free FranksEdwin Stanton-Related, Edwin Stanton-RelatedEdwin Stanton-Related. Exhibit pages of beautifully mounted items relating to Edwin Stanton (Secretary of War under Lincoln), includes U15 entire used in 1858 from San Francisco and addressed by Edwin Stanton to his wife in Pittsburgh Pa., 50c fractional currency (Friedberg 1376) depicting Stanton, unused U186 entire (ex Barkhausen), U88 unused entire, also with some wonderful collateral items such as photos of George Reay and Randolph Laubenheimer (die engraver), Very Fine and attractive group

E. 400-500
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2154
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2154, Autographs and Free FranksDaniel Webster, Daniel WebsterDaniel Webster. Free frank "Danl Webster U.S. Senate" with red "Boston Mas. May 8" circular datestamp on envelope to New York City, red crayon "f" for "free", staple holes at top do not affect the free frank, Very Fine

E. 300-400
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2155
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2155, Autographs and Free FranksDaniel Webster, Daniel WebsterDaniel Webster. Two covers, first free frank as U.S. Senator “Danl. Webster” on folded cover addressed to Mrs. Washington at Mt. Vernon Va., few minor edge splits or nicks, small stain at left, otherwise Fine, accompanied by a copy of what is believed to be the original letter, datelined at Washington D.C. in June 1832, second cover with free frank "Danl. Webster" on small envelope to Marshfield Mass., blurry strike of Washington D.C. circular datestamp, Very Fine

E. 400-500
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2156
 
Autographs and Ephemera Balance. Carton containing approximately 116 items, including land grant issued by James Buchanan (proxy signature as always), pamphlet signed by Eleanor Roosevelt, group relating to the Wallis family including appointments to various positions, law licenses, warrant for arrest, nice range of stock and bond certificates with various illustrations, few stamps also included as well as several dozen First Flight covers not included in count, few other interesting items, generally Fine-Very Fine, a fascinating group worth review

E. 750-1,000
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2157
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2157, Autographs and Free FranksFree Franks and Autographs Balance, Free Franks and Autographs BalanceFree Franks and Autographs Balance. 17 covers or fronts and two clips, mostly free franks including Edith Bolling Wilson, Howell Cobb, John Breckinridge, front only with Martin Van Buren free frank, also Horace Greely letter of introduction, many others, overall Fine-Very Fine

E. 300-400
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