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Sale 1237 — American Free Franks and Historical Documents

Sale Date — Tuesday, 22 June, 2021

Category — Autograph Group Lots

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
172
c
Early Free Franks. Ten items, including George Clinton free frank on part of address sheet to the Governor of Rhode Island, free frank and ALS of Joseph Reed datelined Philadelphia May 20, 1779, free frank and ALS from William Hemsley dated Philadelphia May 25, 1783, free frank and ALS from Tenche Coxe from 1812, free frank with 1pp ALS from Jeremiah Wadsworth from 1794, another free frank with ALS from Wadsworth from 1789, some faults to be expected, overall Fine-Very Fine group

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
173
 
Presidential Autographs and Free Franks. Approximately 30 items, including free franks of Millard Fillmore, John Tyler (2, one a front), Buchanan (soiled), signed letters by Fillmore and Buchanan, TLS from Benjamin Harrison, Taft, Hoover (3), Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, few other interesting such as Hoover's inaugural address pamphlet signed by him, few signed photos, few autopen, overall a Fine-Very Fine group

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
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174
 
Presidential Autographs on Photos. Eleven, five are cuts attached to frames and include Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, Chester A. Arthur, Benjamin Harrison and James A. Garfield, some signed directly on photo and include Calvin Coolidge, Warren G. Harding, William Howard Taft, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan, most of latter group with names of person they were sent to, few small faults mostly limited to corners, a Fine-Very Fine and attractive group

E. 1,000-1,500
2,500
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175
 
Presidential Wives and Widows Related. Approximately 35 items, including free franks from Grace Coolidge (5), Edith Bolling Wilson (1), Frances Cleveland (7), Mary Harrison (7), Bess Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt (4), other items include two TLS from Mamie Eisenhower on White House stationery, signed photos of Mamie Eisenhower, Lady Bird Johnson (2), overall Fine-Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
1,500
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176
c
Free Franks Balance. Approximately 64 folded cover or fronts, several better including John Quincy Adams on cover front only as Secretary of State, John Randolph, Richard Rush (2), Henry Knox (2, on cover fronts), Pickering, Amos Kendall, few Henry Clay, three Jonathan Trumbull (one is a front), Charles Francis Adams, Schuyler Colfax, several other better, some faults to be expected but condition overall is nice, a Fine-Very Fine and diverse group, viewing of the website PDF is highly recommended

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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177
c
Free Franks Balance. Approximately 75 covers, folded covers or cover fronts, several better including George Clinton on front, John Tyler (carried outside of the mails), Millard Fillmore as Vice President, Rufus King, few Hamlin, Colfax, Tallmadge, Horatio Gates, Philip Van Cortlandt, Pinckney, Henry Lee, Stanton, William T. Sherman, James A. Garfield on reduced cover, Seward, some other better, some faults, many Fine-Very Fine, a diverse and fascinating group, viewing of the website PDF is highly recommended

E. 3,000-4,000
3,750
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178
c
Free Franks of Statesmen. Free franks in four mint sheet files, many with ALS, including John Calhoun ALS with free frank, 1842 Rufus King ALS and free frank, Alexander Stephens free frank as member of Congress, Henry Knox free frank on 1793 cover front only, Breckinridge free frank (heavily soiled), Amos Kendall ALS, majority are from 1806-1840s but some nice earlier, several from Speakers of the House, secretaries of Navy, War, Thomas Hart Benton free frank with ALS, Tobias Lear free frank with ALS from 1815, Theodore Sedgwick ALS and free frank from 1798, few with interesting contents, few faults to be expected, overall a Fine-Very Fine and fascinating group

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
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179
c
Free Franks Balance. Approximately 180 free franks, including William Seward, few Winfield Scott, Richard Rush, Amos Kendall, Howell Cobb, Albert Gallatin, few Schuyler Colfax including some on all-over House of Representatives illustrated cover, few Alexander Stephens, Jefferson Davis (on piece), Henry Clay, range of destinations and markings, some faults to be expected, overall Fine-Very Fine and diverse group

E. 1,000-1,500
3,250
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180
c
Free Franks Balance. Approximately 175 items arranged on stock sheets, many with short typed biographies, significant number are from members of Congress, including Calhoun, Daniel Webster (2), wide variety of states represented, some faults to be expected, overall Fine-Very Fine, a fantastic holding, viewing of the website PDF is highly recommended

E. 500-750
2,500
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181
c
Autographs and Free Franks Accumulation. Carton containing a tremendous variety of cacheted First Day covers from 1960s and 1970s signed by random politicians or personalities (we spotted Yitzhak Rabin), dozens of signed photos of congressmen (and women), presidential autopens, few TLS from people such as John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Nelson A. Rockefeller, Hubert Humphrey, a few items make the group worth considering such as Henry W. Longfellow ALS, Lord Shackleton TLS, also includes unaddressed U.S.S. Barbero cacheted cover, some faults to be expected but overall a Fine-Very Fine and extremely diverse group

E. 750-1,000
1,500
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182
c
Treasury Department-Related Free Franks and Documents. Approximately 60 covers and some cuts, including free franks from Albert Gallatin (3), LS by Gallatin, free frank from Seward (2), earliest we saw was free frank of Jno Steele from 1798, Tench Coxe from 1794, Amos Kendall, also nice group of cuts or pieces with signatures of secretaries of the treasury, overall Fine-Very Fine

E. 500-750
1,200
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183
 
Famous Artists Letters and Signatures. Approximately 65 items, including letters signed by Kandinsky, Miro, Manet, Millet, Munch, Matisse, Pissaro, Vlaminck, Bonnard, Cezanne, Corot, Degas, Sisley, Mondrian, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gaugin, Cassatt, Delacroix, Signac, Duchamp, Andrew Wyeth, Ingres, Nolde, Redon, Remington, Rembrandt Peale, Grant Wood, Vollard, other interesting such as Leger's signature on a typed contract for royalties for textile products, handwritten note from Georgia O'Keefe to Nelson Rockefeller accepting an invitation to dinner, typed letter signed by Diego Rivera, typed contract signed by Braque for royalties for textiles, few signed photos or signed post cards depicting art such as those by Warhol or Lichtenstein or Rauschenburg, overall Very Fine, a phenomenal holding of letters and signatures of some of the most famous artists in history

E. 4,000-5,000
35,000
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184
 
House of Rothschild-Related. Approximately 40 items, including LS by Mayer Amshel Rothschild, founder of the House of Rothschild and one of the most influential businessmen of all time, with red wax seal mostly intact, other early include letter from his son, also Salomon Rothschild (founder of Vienna house), LS by Nathan Mayer (founder of the London house), Carl Mayer (founder of Naples house), James de (founder of Paris branch), several other earlier letters, accompanied by typed summary, overall Fine-Very Fine and fascinating group

E. 500-750
3,500
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185
 
British Statesmen. Five items, including cover front only with free frank of William Pitt, free frank of Jeffrey Amherst on cover front to Stephen Hopkins as Governor of Rhode Island and "Commander in chief of said Colony, for the time being", free frank from Marquis of Hastings on cover front to Duke of Wellington in London, free frank of Admiral Howe on cover front only dated Feb. 28, 1798, last is free frank of Jonathan Belcher (Governor of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and New Jersey on folded cover to Portsmouth, some faults, overall an interesting group

E. 400-500
475
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186
c
Autographs Miscellania. Consisting of two distinct groups, one is approximately covers signed by Nobel Prize winners, including Chemistry, Physics, Medicine, Literature (Samuel Beckett), Peace (Philip Noel-Baker, Ralph Bunche), each on cacheted First Day cover apparently unrelated to each signature, overall Very Fine, second group relates to various world leaders and contains about 28 mostly signed photos from 1970s of leaders from Barbados, some African countries etc., overall Fine-Very Fine, a very eclectic group

E. 300-400
550
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