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MICHIGAN continued...
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
1061 c   Fort Gratiot, 1828 folded cover with manuscript Fort Gratiot Mic. TerrySep 3d postmark and postmasters free frank to Detroit, this being the earliest recorded postmark, and
manuscript Fort GratiotMic. TerryNov 9th and postmasters freFort Gratiot, 1828 folded cover with manuscript "Fort Gratiot Mic. Terry/Sep 3d" postmark and postmaster's free frank to Detroit, this being the earliest recorded postmark, and manuscript "Fort Gratiot/Mic. Terry/Nov 9th" and postmaster's free frank on 1834 folded letter with integral address leaf, this being the latest, latter trifle heavy vertical and horizontal folds, former extremely fine.Fort Gratiot was established in 1814 by Captain Charles Gratiot and a detachment of 250 men. It was abandoned by the military in 1819. The Post Office was established as Huron Light House on 1 January, 1826 and changed to Fort Gratiot on 16 December, 1826. George McDougal was the first postmaster. As a military post it was reoccupied about 1829 and then abandoned in 1879. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $825.00
Will close during Public Auction
1062   [Captain Hitchcock writes from Fort Gratiot] Interesting autograph letter signed by Capt. Ethan Allen Hitchcock, who would become one of the most esteemed American soldiers of
the early 19th century, Fort Gratiot, Michigan Territory, October 17,[Captain Hitchcock writes from Fort Gratiot] Interesting autograph letter signed by Capt. Ethan Allen Hitchcock, who would become one of the most esteemed American soldiers of the early 19th century, Fort Gratiot, Michigan Territory, October 17, 1828, entered the mails at Detroit with "Detroit / Mic, T." postmark, October 28, "Ship" handstamp in red and manuscript "27 rate," forwarded to New Haven from Litchfield on Nov. 3 with straightline postmark and "10" cent added rate for total of "37" due. The captain writes his brother Samuel about the bad weather, which prevents him from continuing to Green Bay (Fort Gratiot was on the mouth of the St. Clair River, on Michigan's "thumb"). "We were driven back...in a violent gale of wind after losing an anchor & being exposed for nearly two days to considerable danger. We have the Steam boat Henry Clay...I landed my command, upwards of 200 men, at this old stockade work which has been unoccupied during about nine years... On the (Erie) Canal, the whole route from Albany to Buffalo we did nothing but interrupt their soldiers' drunken fun and smash their whiskey bottles. "My next stopping place will be the Island of Macinac (it is now written & pronounced). It is near the outlet of (Lake) Michigan & there is on the Island, besides Military Post a trading fur compy. establishment (of the American Fur Company) ..."Fort Gratiot had been constructed during the War of 1812. With a choice 1835 Map of Michigan by SA Mitchell. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
MINNESOTA
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
1063   [Minnesota, Books] small group of Books: Tribune's Directory for Minneapolis and St. Anthony, 1871-72. Minneapolis, Tribune Printing Co., 1871. 8vo, original cloth with printed advertising boards. Advertisement printed on page ends. Sketch of St. Anthony and Minneapolis, Minnesota Territory. St. Anthony, William W. Wales, 1857. 12mo, original printed wraps, minor cover and hinge wear. With A Guide for Emigrants to Minnesota. By a Tourist. Saint Paul, Goodrich, Somers & Co., 1857. 12mo, - original printed wraps, exterior soiling and an effaced note. Est. $200-300

SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1064   [Minnesota, Books] another cache of Books: Minnesota and the Far West. L Oliphant. Edinburgh & London, Wm. Blackwood & Sons, 1855. 8vo, leather with marbled boards and banded and gilt spine. With folding map, frontis & 15 engraved full-page & text illustrations. Some light toning and foxing of extremities. The Minnesota Handbook, for 1856-7. NH Parker. Boston, Jewett & Co, 1857. 12mo, original cloth with gilt title and spine. Map detached but present. Paper repairs to tears in map, some minor tearing of front endpaper. The Organization of Minnesota. Thomas Cowperthwaite. Phila, 1850. Folded to 16mo, original morocco cover, gilt title. Owner labels on front pastedown. Minnesota and its Resources. WJ Bond. NY, Redfield, 1853. 12mo, original cloth, gilt spine. Folding map. Owner pen notes on endpapers, closed tear to folding map, minor foxing of extremities. Minnesota Year Book. WG LeDuc. Three issues, 1851-53. 12mo. 1852 with boards, others with printed wraps. 1851 and 1852 spines with later reinforcement. 1851 and 53 with fold-out maps. Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $1,250.00
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1065   [Minnesota, Maps] excellent group including one hand-drawn and three printed Maps, the first a 4to map on oilcloth of the Blue Earth, Maple, Cobb, and Lesueur Rivers and a
large rectangle with townships marked out along its north and east permite[Minnesota, Maps] excellent group including one hand-drawn and three printed Maps, the first a 4to map on oilcloth of the Blue Earth, Maple, Cobb, and Lesueur Rivers and a large rectangle with townships marked out along its north and east permiters. Roughly corresponds to the counties on the central Minnesota/Iowa border. With a choice 1855 map by JH Colton of Minnesota and "Dakotah," also with 1871 geological and political maps of the state, and accompanying maps of the world. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $1,450.00
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1066   [Map of Fort Snelling] amazing hand-drawn Map of A proposed reservation at Fort Snelling by E.K. Smith, USA, March 25, 1838. It shows Fort Snelling, and also, across the
river, FUR COMPANY, noted as Only good landing on the East bank of St.[Map of Fort Snelling] amazing hand-drawn Map of "A proposed reservation at Fort Snelling by E.K. Smith, USA," March 25, 1838. It shows Fort Snelling, and also, across the river, "FUR COMPANY," noted as "Only good landing on the East bank of St. Peter's River (now known as the Minnesota)". Ink on oilcloth, backed with a heavier cloth. 27" x 21". Toning at original folds. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $13,000.00
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1067   [Maps of Fort Snelling] two exceptional hand-drawn Maps, Map of Military Reserve of Fort Snelling...Aug 26, 1852 and Plan of the Military Reserve at Fort Snelling made under
the direction of James W. Abert, the second drawn by George F. Fulle[Maps of Fort Snelling] two exceptional hand-drawn Maps, "Map of Military Reserve of Fort Snelling...Aug 26, 1852" and "Plan of the Military Reserve at Fort Snelling made under the direction of James W. Abert," the second drawn by George F. Fuller. Both are ink on oilcloth with a heavy cloth backing for preservation. The first is 19.5" by 14.75"; the second is in four separate panels each of 14.75" by 19.5". The panels were probably originally joined and split rather cleanly at folds. Smaller map with some loss at edges, image shows smaller map only. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $16,000.00
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1068   [Fort Snelling documents], choice group of documents relating to the historic fort in the Twin Cities area. Includes an accounting of the balance between Messrs. Baker & Dillon, and also of the Sutler's Store at Fort Snelling, with Norman W. Kittson, all for the year 1839. With a letter signed by Land Commissioner John Wilson to Warner Lewis, surveyor general at Dubuque, Iowa, for the reduction of Fort Snelling's military reserve. With a booklet for the first day of a stamp commemorating the sesquicentennial, 1970. Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $5,250.00
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1069 c   [Fort Snelling Collection] - The fabulous Risvold collection of postal and manuscript artifacts offered essentially intact, over 50 items, mostly covers but also many letters and some ancillary material filling an album, starts with folded letter datelined "Ft. St. Anthony, Feby 20th, 1822" written by the forts builder, Josiah Snelling, about one year after the site was selected and building begun and before it was completed, carried privately to the Indian agent Talliaferro at Prairie du Chien, this being the earliest recorded communication from this fort in private hands, followed by a manuscript "Fort Snelling/2nd March 1832" postmark, which is the earliest recorded postmark of what is now the State of Minnesota, then June 14th 1828 autographed and franked letter signed by Zachary Taylor while commanding at Fort Snelling, carried by military express to Prairie du Chien, the Fort Snelling Post Office was now in operation and the Taylor frank constitutes the earliest recorded marking for that office, plus there is another 31st December, 1828 letter signed by Zachary Taylor, then March 1, 1833 manuscript postmark while Unorganized Territory, April 19, 1837 manuscript postmark while Wisconsin Territory, October 12, 1841 manuscript postmark while Iowa Territory, January 31, 1843 manuscript postmark of St. Peters, a trading post of the American Fur Company located directly across from Fort Snelling, manuscript postmarks on June 1845 and November 1846, folded letters by Father Ravoux, manuscript December 3, 1847 postmark as Unorganized Territory during the residual period between the Iowa Territory and the Minnesota Territory, then a study of the Fort Snelling postmarks from 1850 to 1882 including the only recorded example of the first postmark with the designation "Iowa", the collection ends with eight folded covers with Fort Snelling datelines from the 1820's and 1830's with manuscript Prairie du Chien postmarks, some with interesting content, generally fine-very fine; a unique opportunity to acquire this unparalleled historical collection.On August, 24, 1819 Colonel Henry Leavenworth arrived at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers to begin an historic occupation. This strategic geographical site had first been marked for military occupation by Lt. Zebulon M. Pike in 1805 and a treaty with the Sioux had been concluded for its cession to the United States.Leavenworth was replaced by Colonel Josiah Snelling in August of 1820 and on September 10th the cornerstone was laid for Fort St. Anthony at the extreme point of land formed by the confluence of the two rivers. This imposing location gave the fort the appearance of having been carved out of the native limestone upon which it stood. Its name was changed by military orders on January 7, 1825 to Fort Snelling in honor of its builder and commander Josiah Snelling.In the early years of the fort, mail communication was by the expresses of the fur traders and and the military. Otherwise more or less by accidental opportunity in the form of an individual "just going that way." The river was the great natural highway to Prairie du Chien and civilization. In the summer the mail was carried by boats and in the winter by foot along the frozen river trails. A system was arranged whereby the mail carrier from Fort Snelling and the one from Prairie du Chien set out about the same time, meeting at Wabasha's Village, where the mail was exchanged and the couriers returned to their own posts.On May 9, 1828, the first Post Office, in what is now the State of Minnesota, was established at Fort Snelling with the post sutler, Elias T. Laugham, as postmaster. It continued to operate as a post office to June of 1918.From 1819-21 Fort Snelling was in Missouri Territory; from 1821-34 in unorganized territory, 1834-36 in Michigan Territory; 1836-38 Wisconsin Territory; 1838-46 Iowa Territory; 1846-49 unorganized- territory; 1849-58 Minnesota Territory and to the present time in the State of Minnesota. Est. $15,000-20,000

SOLD for $65,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1070 c   Illegal use of cut out 3c Nesbitt indicia, two examples, first with 3c Red on buff (U10) indicia affixed to ladies cover and tied by Little Falls, M.T.Feb 7 Minnesota
Territory datestamp to Camden, Maine, stopped in Chicago where oval Held fIllegal use of cut out 3c Nesbitt indicia, two examples, first with 3c Red on buff (#U10) indicia affixed to ladies cover and tied by "Little Falls, M.T./Feb 7" Minnesota Territory datestamp to Camden, Maine, stopped in Chicago where oval "Held for/Postage" handstamp was applied, apparently until the Little Falls postmaster sent money or the 3c Dull red (#26) which is tied by a Chicago datestamp, before continuing to its destination, the other a 3c Red on white (#U1) indicia affixed to a buff cover to Philadelphia with manuscript "Not Good" and "Saint Louis, Mo./Sep 24" datestamp and "5" due handstamp, very fine and unusual pair. (imagea) (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $1,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
1071 c   [The First postage stamps in Minnesota Territory], Ten Cent Black 1847 Issue (2), four generous to huge margins, tied to buff cover to Jenks & Ogden at Philadelphia by green
Saint Paul, Min. Ter.Feb 12 datestamp and additionally cancelled[The First postage stamps in Minnesota Territory], Ten Cent Black 1847 Issue (#2), four generous to huge margins, tied to buff cover to Jenks & Ogden at Philadelphia by green "Saint Paul, Min. Ter./Feb 12" datestamp and additionally cancelled by manuscript "X", fresh and extremely fine. Post Office records show that on 4 February, 1851 the postmaster at St. Paul received and signed for 200 five cent and 1,200 ten cent stamps of the 1847 issue. Eight days later J. Ridgway Jenks posted this cover. To date it is the only known 1847 issue cover from Minnesota Territory. Accompanied by 1991 PF certificate stating that the datestamp is dark blue, with which opinion we respectfully disagree, illustrated in The United States 1847 Issue: A Cover Census by Thomas J. Alexander on page 283.Accompanied by four additional related covers, the most important being a stampless cover from the same period with clear true green "Saint Paul, Min. Ter./Apr 7" datestamp and matching "5" rate handstamp, also two Jenks correspondence cover to Pennsylvania, one with 3c Orange brown (#10) cancelled by vivid red "PAID" with matching "Saint Paul, Min. Ter./Oct 30" datestamp, most likely an 1851 usage, the other a handsome illustrated Day & Jenks cover with 3c Dull red (#26, crease) tied by "Saint Paul, Min./Aug 7, 1860" postmark, and, lastly a Jenks & Ogden illustrated corner card cover in blue with Blood's Penny Post (1c) Black (#15L18) margins all around, cancelled by "1" in oval and tied by their double circle "Blood's Penny Post/Jan 17/Philada" handstamp, very fine group. (imagea) (imageb) (imagec) (imaged) (Image) Est. $10,000-15,000

SOLD for $47,500.00
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1072 c   Inbound 1847 Issue Cover to Minnesota Territory, July 5 1849 folded letter with integral address leaf addressed to Capt. Alexander Wilkins at St. Paul, Minnesota Territory
franked by 10c Black (2), large margins to just touching frame line at upInbound 1847 Issue Cover to Minnesota Territory, July 5 1849 folded letter with integral address leaf addressed to Capt. Alexander Wilkins at St. Paul, Minnesota Territory franked by 10c Black (#2), large margins to just touching frame line at upper right, tied by red Goshen, N.Y. datestamp, postmark repeated at left and straightline "PAID" handstamp, very fine, the only reported example.Alexander Wilkin, to whom the cover is addressed, came to St. Paul, following his service as a captain in the Mexican war, in 1849. At various times he was engaged in a law practice and at one time was the U.S. Marshall for Minnesota. In 1851 to 1853 he was secretary of the territory and in 1855 he went to the Crimea to study the Crimean War. In 1861 he organized the first company of the First Minnesota regiment and in 1862 he became the colonel of the Ninth Minnesota in the Civil War. Wilkin was killed in the battle of Tupelo, Mississippi on July 14,1864. Wilkin county was named for Alexander Wilkin. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $1,000.00
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1073 c   Saint Paul, Minnesota Territory, pair of covers with matching black and red postmarks and fancy Paid 3 ornamental rate handstamps with three stars, first in black with 24
February datestamp with endorsement from a member of the House of RepreseSaint Paul, Minnesota Territory, pair of covers with matching black and red postmarks and fancy "Paid 3" ornamental rate handstamps with three stars, first in black with 24 February datestamp with endorsement from a member of the House of Representatives to Robin's Nest, Illinois, the other in red on 1852 folded letter with integral address leaf to Alton, Illinois endorsed "Pre-paid", first with harmless paper tape repair over partially missing flap, otherwise a very fine pair. (imagea) (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,250.00
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1074 c   Winona, Minnesota Territory, small cover with original 1857 letter to Honesdale, Pa. with horizontal strip of three 1c Blue, Ty. II (7), mostly huge margins to just touching
at bottom left, tied by Winona, M.T.Jul 11 balloon style datestamp,Winona, Minnesota Territory, small cover with original 1857 letter to Honesdale, Pa. with horizontal strip of three 1c Blue, Ty. II (#7), mostly huge margins to just touching at bottom left, tied by "Winona, M.T./Jul 11" balloon style datestamp, very fine.The Winona Post Office was established as Montezuma on 28 June, 1852 in Wabasha County. The name was changed to Winona on 16 August, 1852 and it became the seat of the newly formed Winona County. The name Winona is after a Dakota woman who was a cousin of Chief Wabashaw. Legend has it that an Indian maiden named Winona threw herself from the precipice known as "Maiden Rock" on Lake Pepin, rather than marry her parents' choice. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $800.00
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1075 c   [Racehorse Dan Patch Collection] of 21 illustrated covers or cards from the first two decades of the 20th century depicting or advertising Dan Patch, the champion harness race
horse, including five multicolored designs, four with allover front an[Racehorse Dan Patch Collection] of 21 illustrated covers or cards from the first two decades of the 20th century depicting or advertising Dan Patch, the champion harness race horse, including five multicolored designs, four with allover front and back advertisements for the International Stock Food Co. of Minneapolis, others with advertisements for horse racing and breeding, one franked by the very scarce 2c Red coil, Ty. I (#449), a couple small faults, mostly fine-very fine.Dan Patch was a pacer, the most famous harness-racing horse in history and never defeated. At the height of his prowess, in the early 1900's, Dan Patch was a household name. His world-record time for one mile of 1 minute, 55 seconds was unequalled for more than 30 years. He has been called the first great sports hero of the 20th century. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1076 c   Minnesota Territory - the incomparable postal history collection a most remarkable assemblage of over 165 covers with handstamped or manuscript town cancels from before Minnesota became a state on 11 May, 1858, including some with better frankings, advertising and accompanied by illustrated letterheads, mostly mounted and written up on album pages in four binders, most are scarce and seldom seen 1850's town cancels such as Sauk Rapids, Central Point, Minneiska, manuscript Silver Creek, manuscript Pine Island, Preston, manuscript and handstamped Marine Mills, two Owatonna, Stillwater tying left margin pair of 12c Black (#17) to England, two Le Sueur, Rochester in red and black, manuscript Little Canada, two different Fairbault, two Concord, Palestine, Osseo, two different Reeds Landing, Mantorville, Mazeppa, manuscript Sunrise City, manuscript and handstamped Cannon River Falls plus manuscript Cannon Falls and Cannon City, Belle Plaine, manuscript Belle Prairie, Saint Cloud, manuscript St. Augusta, Brownsville, Caledonia, Plain View, Pt. Douglass, manuscript and handstamped Mankato, manuscript and handstamped Taylor's Falls, manuscript Red Rock, Sauk Rapids, Saint Nicholas, manuscript Wacoota, manuscript and handstamped Northfield, four Saint Peter, blue rimless St. Marys, manuscript and handstamped Watab, manuscript Ft. Gains, two Fort Ripley, Stockton, Hokah, Excelsior in manuscript, handstamped in arc and circular datestamp. two different Glencoe, two different Monticello, Brantford, manuscript Elm Creek, manuscript High Forest, Oronoco, New Ulm, manuscript and handstamped Elk Horn, manuscript Sha-K'Pay and three handstamped Sha-K'pay, three Traverse des Sioux, manuscript and handstamped Ninninger, ten various Saint Anthony's Falls, manuscript Young America, Wasioja, etc., some usual stamp and cover faults, largely fine-very fine covers and strikes; the largest and most diverse collection of Minnesota Territory covers ever assembled that took Mr. Risvold over 50 years of diligent searching to amass.This collection served as the basis for the book The Minnesota Territory In Postmarks, Letters, And Covers by Floyd E. Risvold that was published by the Collectors Club of Chicago in 1985. Est. $10,000-15,000

SOLD for $22,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1077 c   Minnesota Statehood cover collection, a large holding of well over 200 mostly 19th century covers and cards mounted and written up on album pages and loose, strength in scarce and rare small town cancels far too numerous to mention, plus county type postmarks, many illustrated and advertising covers, "MT" designation in postmarks used after achieving statehood, better frankings, fort cancels, fancy cancels, patriotic covers, registered usages, R.F.D., picture post cards and several correspondences, some usual stamp and cover faults, largely fine-very fine covers and strikes; a treasure trove of material for the Minnesota collector which needs to be viewed to fully appreciate. Est. $3,000-4,000

SOLD for $4,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
MISSISSIPPI
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
1078 c   Fort Adams M.T., 21 Sept, bold manuscript Mississippi Territory postmark and matching 25 rate on 1803 folded letter with integral address leaf to Philadelphia, very fine the
earliest recorded postmark from Fort Adams.Fort Adams was establiFort Adams M.T., 21 Sept, bold manuscript Mississippi Territory postmark and matching "25" rate on 1803 folded letter with integral address leaf to Philadelphia, very fine; the earliest recorded postmark from Fort Adams.Fort Adams was established about 1798 and the Post Office about 1802. It was located at the Loftus Heights, on the east side of the Mississippi River, in the southwest corner of Mississippi Territory. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
1079   Natchez, M.T. postmark and manuscript 25 rate on folded letter of Israel Smith (brother of Jedediah Smith), scarce autograph letter signed to Jedediah Smith in Blanford, MA,
from his brother Israel in Natchez, Mississippi Territory, JanuaryNatchez, M.T. postmark and manuscript "25" rate on folded letter of Israel Smith (brother of Jedediah Smith), scarce autograph letter signed to Jedediah Smith in Blanford, MA, from his brother Israel in Natchez, Mississippi Territory, January 1813. Personal content. Interior with heavy fold wear including one rectangle out but present, cover unaffected. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $210.00
Will close during Public Auction
MISSOURI
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
1080   Map of the State of Missouri and Territory of Arkansas, David Mitchell. Philadelphia, 1835. 16.5 by 20 folds to 16mo in red leather folder with gilt title. Census tipped to
front pastedown, fully hand-tinted, folds reinforced on verso with archMap of the State of Missouri and Territory of Arkansas, David Mitchell. Philadelphia, 1835. 16.5" by 20" folds to 16mo in red leather folder with gilt title. Census tipped to front pastedown, fully hand-tinted, folds reinforced on verso with archival paper, minor spots, a beautiful and colorful map. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction

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