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Sale 1223 — U.S. Postal History and U.S. Gold Coins

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 4-5 June, 2020

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Category — Free Franks and Autographs

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
8001
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Sale Number 1223, Lot Number 8001, Free Franks and AutographsMartin Van Buren, Martin Van BurenMartin Van Buren. Autograph free frank "Free M. Van Buren" as ex-president on cover addressed in his hand to Albany N.Y., neat "Kinderhook N.Y. Dec. 18" circular datestamp with "FREE" handstamp, few small toned spots, Very Fine, Van Buren bought a 36-room mansion at Kinderhook while president but did not move there until after his defeat in 1841 by William Henry Harrison, he died there in 1862

E. 200-300
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8002
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Sale Number 1223, Lot Number 8002, Free Franks and AutographsJames Buchanan, James BuchananJames Buchanan. Free frank "Free James Buchanan" on folded cover to Newark N.J., red "Lancaster Pa. Aug. 4" circular datestamp with matching "Free" handstamp, Very Fine, most likely sent when Buchanan was serving as a United States Senator, ex Dr. Robertson, with 2015 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
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8003
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Sale Number 1223, Lot Number 8003, Free Franks and AutographsAbraham Lincoln, Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln. Folded letter addressed to Lincoln as President datelined “Amsterdam August 30, 1861”, written by Francis William Nix who details his 27 years of military service in Europe and asks for the opportunity to volunteer in the war against slavery, red Amsterdam and London transits, New York 21c debit marking, “Franco” framed handstamp and manuscript “Paid”, slightly worn file folds, still Very Fine, interesting letter, ex Vogel

E. 300-400
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8004
 
Sale Number 1223, Lot Number 8004, Free Franks and AutographsPresidential Widows' Free Franks, Presidential Widows' Free FranksPresidential Widows' Free Franks. Three items, Edith Bolling Wilson free frank on mourning envelope, with matching printed enclosure acknowledging sympathy for the death of President Wilson (d. Feb. 3), Very Fine, her franking privilege took effect on Mar. 4 and this was used only eight days later, Mary Lord Harrison free frank on cover with her imprint on back to Indianapolis Ind., Lucretia K. Garfield free frank on mourning cover to Philadelphia, Very Fine group

E. 150-200
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8005
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Sale Number 1223, Lot Number 8005, Free Franks and AutographsTenche Cox, Tenche CoxTenche Cox. Member of Continental Congress (1787-88), Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (1789-92), free frank "Tenche Coxe" as first commissioner of Internal Revenue on folded cover to John Henry in Baltimore, brown "FREE" and bishop's mark, Jan. 22, 1794 docketing on back, light file folds, Very Fine

E. 100-150
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8006
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Sale Number 1223, Lot Number 8006, Free Franks and AutographsJoseph Habersham, Joseph HabershamJoseph Habersham. Postmaster General during the Washington, Adams and Jefferson administrations, free frank "Free Jos. Habersham" on folded cover to Smithfield N.C., red "FREE" handstamp, Philadelphia postmark, some wear, still Very Fine

E. 50-75
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8007
 
Simon Lake. Mechanical engineer and naval architect, incl. 1p ALS on Lake Torpedo Boat Co. letterhead dated Sep. 12, 1901 writing to a Mr. G. B. Wheeler, applying for the position of bookkeeper, also 1915 signed check, another signed check from 1934 with his manuscript "The Lake Submarine Salvage Co." above signature, also with Lake Torpedo Boat Co. stock certificate from 1920, last item is postcard with view of one of his submarines, Very Fine, an excellent holding from one of the fathers of the modern submarine

E. 100-150
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8008
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Sale Number 1223, Lot Number 8008, Free Franks and AutographsHenry Cabot Lodge, Henry Cabot LodgeHenry Cabot Lodge. Senator from Massachusetts, signature at bottom of TLS on U.S. Senate stationery, dated March 29, 1895, marked "Personal", contents strongly condemn government action against two Japanese students who were tortured, cover with 5c Chocolate (255) tied by machine cancel and sent to England where forwarded to Naples, Italy, Very Fine

E. 100-150
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8009
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Sale Number 1223, Lot Number 8009, Free Franks and AutographsJohn Patterson, John PattersonJohn Patterson. Nicknamed "Honest John", U.S. Senator from South Carolina and businessman, joined Union forces at start of the war, free frank " John Patterson U.S.S." on "Our Country and its Defenders" Patriotic cover to Dublin N.H., minor soiling, Very Fine

E. 75-100
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8010
 
Sale Number 1223, Lot Number 8010, Free Franks and AutographsWilliam Seward, William SewardWilliam Seward. 1pp ALS on Department of State stationery dated July 18, 1866, contents concerning Act of July 1866 establishing Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, with Department of State cover with "W. C. Hunter C.C." handstamp, Very Fine

E. 100-150
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8011
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Sale Number 1223, Lot Number 8011, Free Franks and AutographsCharles A. Wickliffe, Charles A. WickliffeCharles A. Wickliffe. U.S. Representative from Kentucky, Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, 14th Governor of Kentucky, Postmaster General under President Tyler, free frank "P. of Dept. C. A. Wickliffe P.M. U.S." on 1842 folded cover to Paris, France, "6" decimes due handstamp, red French transit, Very Fine

E. 100-150
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8012
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Free Frank Collection. Covering several areas, few from Executive and State Dept, incl. secretarial letter on Executive Mansion stationery (with cover, no frank), Census Office, Patent Office, Treasury Dept. group of three incl. one franked by Tench Coxe (First Comm. of Internal Revenue), A. J. Dallas and Oliver Wolcott; Post Office Dept group of two; Legislative group of eleven, incl. A. Tattom and E. Everett, territorial delegates Chaffee (Col. Terr.), Cass (Michigan Terr. unsigned) and R. K. Call (Florida Terr.), several other Senatorial and Congressional; couple free franks to Europe; finally an inspection report from Fort Brown Tex. related to items needed due to the abolishment of free franking privilege, minor faults, overall Fine and interesting collection, all ex Dr. Robertson

E. 200-300
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