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Sale 1237 — American Free Franks and Historical Documents

Sale Date — Tuesday, 22 June, 2021

Category — Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James Buchanan

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
54
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 54, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Free frank "Free Andrew Jackson" on folded cover addressed in his hand to Mrs. Rachel Jackson at Hermitage near Nashville, minor soiling, some splitting along folds, Very Fine and attractive example of this free frank, unusual with no postal markings and very rare addressed to his wife

E. 1,000-1,500
2,100
55
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 55, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Free frank "Free Andrew Jackson" on folded cover addressed in his hand to the Navy Agent in New York, red "City of Washington Jan. 2" circular datestamp with matching "FREE" handstamp, fresh and Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
2,100
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56
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 56, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Free frank "Free Andrew Jackson" on folded cover to a merchant in Philadelphia, red "City of Washington Dec. 15" circular datestamp, some slight wrinkling, Very Fine example of this distinctive free frank

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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57
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 57, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Free frank "Free Andrew Jackson" on part of folded letter to Eliza Hamilton in New York, red "City of Washington Oct. 5" circular datestamp with matching "FREE" handstamp, missing bottom and left flaps, Fine, ex Stevens

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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58
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 58, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Free frank "Free Andrew Jackson" on folded cover addressed in his hand to Amos Kendall in Washington D.C., blue "Nashville Te. Sep. 12" circular datestamp, blue manuscript "f" indicating free, pencil 1839 yeardate would indicate post-presidency, minor wear, Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
950
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59
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 59, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Free frank "Free Andrew Jackson" on folded cover to Frankfort Ky., blue "Nashville Te. Feb. 22" circular datestamp, blue manuscript "f" denotes free, pencil note on back reads "Hermitage Feb. 20, 1844", few toned spots, Fine

E. 750-1,000
700
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60
 
Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 60, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Signature "Andrew Jackson" as President on Bank of the Metropolis check dated June 6, 1835, payable for the amount of $17, cut cancel, Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
2,000
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61
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 61, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Folded cover addressed to "The Honorable A. Jackson, President of the U. States Washington", red "Richd. Va. Mar. 9" circular datestamp with matching "FREE" handstamp, with 2pp ALS by Robert Mayo datelined "Richmond March 8th 1829", asking for a position in the new administration, docketed in Jackson's hand on back "Robert Mayo desiring the situation of Librarian to Congress D.C.", some slight toning, Very Fine use sent just a few days after Jackson assumed office on March 4, 1829, Mayo was a vocal supporter of Jackson and edited the Jackson Democrat newspaper during the 1828 election year, in 1830 he secured a position in the Treasury Department, ex Faiman, with 1977 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
1,100
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62
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 62, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananMartin Van Buren, Martin Van BurenMartin Van Buren. Two free franks, both "Free M. Van Buren", one as President on cover addressed in his hand to Moses Hayes in Providence R.I., Feb. 10, 1841 docketing at left, "Washington City D.C. Feb. 10" circular datestamp with matching "FREE" handstamp, second on folded cover to New York with red "Kinderhook N.Y. Feb. 27" circular datestamp, Very Fine

Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 62, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananMartin Van Buren, Martin Van Buren
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E. 400-500
1,300
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63
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 63, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananMartin Van Buren, Martin Van BurenMartin Van Buren. Seven covers and one piece, each with free frank "Free M. Van Buren", two used from Washington D.C., one with no postal markings, others from Kinderhook N.Y., some faults, overall a Fine-Very Fine group

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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64
 
Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 64, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananWilliam Henry Harrison, William Henry HarrisonWilliam Henry Harrison. Signature as Major General of the Kentucky Militia on back of document dated Aug. 20, 1812 authorizing payment for provisions, document split along horizontal fold, still Very Fine, according to Wikipedia, the outbreak of war with the British in 1812 led to continued conflict with Indians in the Northwest, Harrison briefly served as a major general in the Kentucky militia until the government commissioned him on September 17 to command the Army of the Northwest, ex Matz and with his small green handstamp

Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 64, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananWilliam Henry Harrison, William Henry Harrison
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E. 750-1,000
950
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65
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 65, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananWilliam Henry Harrison, William Henry HarrisonWilliam Henry Harrison. Free frank "Free W.H. Harrison" on undated folded cover to Philadelphia, expertly sealed tear at top affects franking but is unobtrusive, Very Fine, probably franked as Senator, only two are confirmed used when he was president, ex Dr. Robertson

E. 1,500-2,000
1,400
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66
 
Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 66, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananWilliam Henry Harrison, William Henry HarrisonWilliam Henry Harrison. Autograph free frank "Free W. H. Harrison" as U.S. Senator on folded cover addressed in his hand to Benjamin Harrison, his brother, at Berkley Va., bold red "WASHN CITY DEC 14" circular datestamp and matching "FREE" handstamp, no year date, but these markings indicate 1828, folds at edges with extensive splitting (can be easily rejoined), handsome appearance and a very rare frank, ex Grunin

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
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67
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 67, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananWilliam Henry Harrison, William Henry HarrisonWilliam Henry Harrison. Folded letter addressed to "Genl. Wm. H. Harrison, President of the United States, Washington City", datelined "Cincinnati Feby. 25th 1841", docketing in Harrison's hand indicates recommendation for position of lieutenant, small tape stain at top, otherwise Very Fine, unusual use, Harrison was inaugurated March 4, 1841, he caught a cold at his inauguration ceremony, contracted pneumonia, and died on April 4, 1841, exactly one month after assuming office, earning the distinction of first president to die in office, this was sent after the election and before he took the oath of office but was still addressed to him as president

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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68
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 68, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananJohn Tyler, John TylerJohn Tyler. Free frank "John Tyler Ex. Dept." on folded cover to Brock Haven Pa., red "Washington D.C. May 30" circular datestamp with matching "FREE" handstamp, some slight soiling, still Fine

E. 200-300
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69
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 69, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananJohn Tyler, John TylerJohn Tyler. Free frank "J. Tyler" on mourning cover to Alexander Gardiner in New York, red "Washington City D.C. Jan. 12" circular datestamp with "FREE" handstamp, red "U.S. City Despatch Post Jan. 13 4 O'Clock" circular datestamp, "FREE" in ornate frame handstamp, intact black wax seal with "J T" initials, few expertly mended edge tears, Very Fine, scarce free frank use with the U.S. City Despatch Post

E. 400-500
1,300
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70
 
Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 70, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananJohn Tyler, John TylerJohn Tyler. Free frank "J. Tyler" on blue cover front only to purser of the U.S. Navy at Annapolis Md., blue "Richmond Va. Dec. 23" circular datestamp with matching "FREE" handstamp, slight wear, document tape on back along top edge, still Very Fine

E. 300-400
350
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71
 
Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 71, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananJohn Tyler, John TylerJohn Tyler. 1pp ALS as ex-President "John Tyler" datelined "Sherwood Forest Feb. 5, 1855", expresses regret for not being able to deliver a lecture, Very Fine, ex Matz and with his small green owner's handstamp

E. 400-500
550
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72
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 72, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananJames K. Polk, James K. PolkJames K. Polk. Bold free frank "Free J.K. Polk" as President on cover apparently addressed in his hand to "The Hon. Ralph J. Ingersoll, U.S. Minister, St. Petersburgh, Russia", red "OT/4 JY 4/1848" London transit backstamp, Aachen transit, red manuscript "6" for 6p due G.B., "18" for 18sgr due applied in Aachen as restatement of total British postage to Russia by Prussian Mails of 1sh9p (21p), small "69" on back for total postage due of 69 Russian kopecks, intact red wax seal on back, expertly restored

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. PROBABLY A UNIQUE USE OF POLK'S PRESIDENTIAL FREE FRANK ON A TRANSATLANTIC COVER TO RUSSIA.

President Polk's signature was probably used to authenticate the use of a consular diplomatic pouch to England, where it was put into the mails and charged foreign postage. Ex Dr. Robertson

E. 2,000-3,000
7,000
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73
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 73, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. Free frank "On Service, Z. Taylor Maj., 3rd Infy." on folded cover to attorney general's office in Detroit, slight toning, Very Fine, no postal markings but Taylor held this position from May 17, 1816 thru April 20, 1819

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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74
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 74, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. Signature "Z. Taylor Comdg." on document reading "Return for extra whiskey for Men on extra duty and Prisoners on Fatigue at Fort Crawford M.S. June 30, 1833, No. of men 7, No of days 1 No of gills 7", affixed to another piece of paper, Very Fine, Fort Crawford was located in Prairie du Chien, construction began in 1829 under the command of Taylor and was completed around 1832 in time for the Black Hawk War, Jefferson Davis also served at this fort and would later elope with Taylor's daughter as the future president disapproved of his daughter marrying an army officer

E. 500-750
500
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75
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 75, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. Free frank "Free Z. Taylor" on cover to Mobile Ala., red "Free Washington D.C. Jun. 11" circular datestamp, some slight toning around edges, small piece of scotch tape on back, otherwise Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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76
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 76, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. Bold free frank "Z. Taylor" on small cover addressed to his sister Eliza Taylor in Washington D.C. and forwarded to Annapolis Md., the forwarding address in Taylor's hand, red "Washington D.C. Feb. 1 Free" circular datestamp, manuscript at bottom left "Politeness of Mrs. King" in hand of original addressee, some toning and wear, the signature is Very Fine, unusual usage, probably carried outside of the mails to Washington and forwarded using the free frank

E. 750-1,000
1,200
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77
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 77, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananMillard Fillmore, Millard FillmoreMillard Fillmore. Four covers each with free frank, including "Free M. Fillmore", "Free M. Fillmore M.C.", "M. Fillmore M.C." and "M. Fillmore", one legal-size and reduced, slight edgewear, Very Fine group showing four versions of his free frank

Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 77, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananMillard Fillmore, Millard Fillmore
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 77, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananMillard Fillmore, Millard Fillmore
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 77, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananMillard Fillmore, Millard Fillmore
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E. 500-750
850
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78
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 78, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananFranklin Pierce, Franklin PierceFranklin Pierce. Three free franks, each "Free Franklin Pierce", two on oversize covers, one on folded letter apparently in his hand (unsigned, dated 1839), one with uneven edge at top affecting free frank, overall Fine-Very Fine

Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 78, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananFranklin Pierce, Franklin Pierce
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 78, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananFranklin Pierce, Franklin Pierce
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E. 400-500
850
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79
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 79, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananJames Buchanan, James BuchananJames Buchanan. Free frank "Free James Buchanan" as ex-President on cover to James Buchanan Henry in New York, neat "Lancaster Pa. Oct. 1, 1861" double-circle datestamp, Very Fine use sent to Buchanan's nephew whom he adopted and who served as the first Secretary to the President

E. 300-400
1,200
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80
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 80, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananJames Buchanan, James BuchananJames Buchanan. Free frank "Free James Buchanan" as ex-President on cover to Horatio King in Washington D.C., neat "Lancaster Pa. Jan. 28" (1862) double-circle datestamp, Dec. 10 1861 docketing at left, Very Fine

E. 300-400
325
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81
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 81, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananJames Buchanan, James BuchananJames Buchanan. Free frank "Free James Buchanan" on folded cover addressed in his hand to Meadville Penn., red "Lancaster Pa. Apr. ?" circular datestamp with matching "FREE" handstamp, Very Fine

E. 300-400
225
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82
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 82, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananJames Buchanan, James BuchananJames Buchanan. Free frank "Free James Buchanan" on folded cover addressed in his hand to Daniel Moore in Philadelphia, red "Washington City D.C. Mar. 2" circular datestamp with matching "FREE" handstamp, few edge tears and some soiling, still Very Fine

E. 300-400
225
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83
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 83, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananJames Buchanan, James BuchananJames Buchanan. Free frank "Free James Buchanan" on folded cover to Stokes L. Roberts in Harrisburg Pa., small edge tears, Very Fine

E. 300-400
225
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84
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 84, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananJames Buchanan, James BuchananJames Buchanan. Free frank "Free James Buchanan" on folded cover addressed in his hand to William Hollenstein in Kutztown Penn., minor soiling, Very Fine

E. 400-500
225
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85
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 85, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananJames Buchanan, James BuchananJames Buchanan. Free frank "Free James Buchanan" on three covers, one with 1858 circular datestamp so used as President, one used from Lancaster Pa., last used from Washington D.C., overall Fine-Very Fine

Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 85, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananJames Buchanan, James Buchanan
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 85, Presidential Free Franks: Andrew Jackson thru James BuchananJames Buchanan, James Buchanan
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E. 750-1,000
850
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