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UNITED STATES POSTAL HISTORY BY STATE

ALASKA
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
1 c   ImageFort Wrangel, Alaska/Nov 17, partially clear datestamp on cover with preprinted address and "U.S. Stmr. Wachusett" endorsement to Philadelphia with 3c Green (#184) tied by target cancel, clear "Fort Orange, Alaska/Nov 17" transit postmark and Philadelphia backstamp, very fine; ex-Risvold. (Image) Est. $200-300

SOLD for $210.00
Will close during Public Auction
2 c   ImageFort Wrangel, Alaska, two covers and a card, first with double circle "Fort Wrangle, Alaska/Jun 13, 1883" Ty. 4 datestamp on 3c Green entire, then "Fort Wrangel, Alaska/Jan 25, 1889" Ty. 5 datestamp on cover with 2c Green (#213), and picture post card of birds-eye view of Fort Wrangle with "Wrangel, Alaska/Sug 18, 1909" Ty. 2 duplex postmark tying 1c Green (#331), first with vertical crease through the indicia and last with a card crease, otherwise fine-very fine; ex-Risvold. (imagea) (Image) Est. $500-750

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
3 c   ImageMetlakatla, Alaska/Jul 23, 1908, bold datestamp on real photo picture post card of Indian village with totem poles with 1c Green (#300, faulty), also blue double circle "Sitka, Alaska/July 24, 1906" Ty. VII postmark on real photo picture post card with view of the town with 1c Green (#300, repaired), and "Sitka, Alaska/Jul 11, 1909" duplex postmark on picture post card of Sitka with 1c Green (#331), fine-very fine; ex-Risvold. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $100.00
Will close during Public Auction
4 c   ImageSitka, Alaska/Aug 8, 1889, clear datestamp on cover to Portland, Maine with 2c Green (#213) tied by target cancel, Portland, Oregon transit and Portland, Maine receiving backstamps, very fine; ex-Risvold. (Image) Est. $150-200

SOLD for $90.00
Will close during Public Auction
5 c   ImageUdakta, Alaska/Aug 21, 1901, clear datestamp on cover to Allegan, Michigan with 2c Red from a booklet pane (#279Bj) tied by target, "Treasury Department" penalty imprint and endorsed as having been carried by the U.S.S. Wyoming, San Francisco transit and Allegan arrival backstamps, very fine; Udakta is located at Dutch harbor on the Island of Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands, the post office was established 24 April, 1899 and discontinued in 1910; ex-Risvold. (Image) Est. $150-200

SOLD for $180.00
Will close during Public Auction
CALIFORNIA
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
6 c   ImageSan Diego March 4, 1845, dateline on folded letter with integral address leaf to Boston, Mass., carried by ship to Mazatlan, Mexico, where it was given to Mott Talbot & Co., with their double oval forwarding agents backstamp, for transmission to Vera Cruz, where it entered the Mexican mails with "Franqueado, Vera Cruz/Abril 14" backstamp, arrived in the U.S. with blue "New Orleans, La./May 6" datestamp, matching "SHIP" handstamp and manuscript "27" rate (2c ship fee and 25c postage), the postage and forwarding charges through Mexico apparently paid in cash, very fine; there is a lengthy letter from Captain Elliot Libbey reporting to the owners of the trading Barque Tasso from San Diego; ex-Risvold. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,350.00
Will close during Public Auction
7 c   ImageU.S. Ship Columbus Harbor of Monterey, Upper California March, 1847, dateline on folded letter with integral address leaf to Canterbury, N.Y., entered the mails with red "New-York/Ship/7 cts/July 21" datestamp, cover stained and with repaired internal splits, very fine content.

Charles Hand reports on the arrival of U.S. Ships of war at Monterey - that the American flag is now the national banner of California - Kearny has defeated the Mexicans at San Pascual on December 6, 1846 and the Californios are selling beef as low as one cent per pound: "Father & Mother You will percieve by the above that we are at the seat of War in this ocean, where we arrived on the 2nd inst after a passage of 52 days from Callao [Peru]...We found on our arrival here the Frigates Independence, and Savannah with the Store Ship Lexington and the Sloop of War Warren arrived about four hours afterwards. - So that at this time March 5th there are 5 Men of War in the Harbor. There are some American troops on the coast and at San Diego 90 miles - northward of us are some 7 or 800 Mormons who count 400 effective men. Colonel Kearney of the 1st U.S. Dragoons is also here having crossed the country and from Santa Fe to this place he had but 100 men. When at Pueblo about 200 miles in the interior he was surrounded by a force of 7 or 800 Mexicans through whom he cut his way and arrived here with the loss of but 18 men. (Battle of San Pascual. After a severe hand-to-hand action the Mexicans left and Kearney called it an American victory although it was a costly one.) The American Flag is now the National Banner of California and if the Government ever gives it up to Mexican misrule, the President who signs the Treaty and the Senators who vote for its ratification should be held in the same estimation, that the memory of the traitor Arnold is - From what we can see from the ship Monterey has not increased much in size since 1840, when I was here in a whaler, but as I thought then I think now it is one of the most beautiful countries in the World.. General Aristas (Mariano) wife is here, and in fact I believe almost the only warrior in the place .. she is reported to have said that her husband need never return unless he can bring a neclace of scalps of the miserable Americanos as some of our enemies style us - When Commodore Stockton first established a form of Government here and took possession of the country a majority of the male inhabitants fled to the interior but the most of them have since returned, and are now living peaceably in the Town. We are now waiting the arrival of the frigate Congress and the Sloops Portsmouth and Cyanne when we are to proceed southward to the reduction of Mazatlan and Accapulco, which latter is represented to be second only to Vera Cruz in its defences. We are at present the Flag Ship of the Squadron and as Commodore Biddle is the oldest Commodore afloat he is Commander in Chief of the United States forces in the Pacific....Troop ships are now on the way to this place, but if any men except Mechanics are to be left I shall Volunteer, if not I shall return here within a year after reaching the United States....I am still employed a School Teacher on board this ship.... Chas L. Hand". (Image)

Est. $5,000-7,500

SOLD for $5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
8 c   ImageFord & Co.'s Express, green handstamp with star at center on 1851 folded letter with integral address leaf to Sacramento, entered the mails with red "San Francisco, Cal./May 8" datestamp and "12½" rate handstamp, picked up at the Sacramento Post Office by Ford and delivered to the doctor as per docket on reverse "Rec'd Saturday June 28th 1851 at Hangtown" with manuscript "1.40" express charge, age spots at top center, otherwise very fine and rare; fewer than five examples are recorded in green of which this is one of the nicer examples; ex-Risvold. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $675.00
Will close during Public Auction
CONNECTICUT
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
9 c   ImageWINDOR CT straight line handstamp on folded letter datelined Windsor, Jan 26, 1843, to New York, ms. "Jan 26" and rated "12½", very fine; 2010 PF certificate. (Image) Est. $200-300

SOLD for $180.00
Will close during Public Auction
ILLINOIS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
10 c   ImageFort Dearborn, 14th Aug 1835, dateline on folded letter with integral address leaf to Maj. Genl. Scott at New York, endorsed "On Service", entered the mails with bold "Chicago, Ills./Aug 15" datestamp and manuscript "25" rate, file fold through datestamp, still extremely fine; in the letter, the commanding officer reports that Captain Joseph Baxley has not returned after an authorized leave of absence of 30 days, following the close of his "trial" and while "awaiting sentence". It could not have been too serious because Baxley resigned on 14 December, 1839, some four years later; ex-Risvold. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
MONTANA
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
11 c   ImageFort Keogh, Montana Territory, mostly bold, blue boxed "Jul 31, 1881" territorial period postmark tying 3c Green (#184) cancelled by fancy matching Indian head, addressed to Delta, N.Y., very fine; ex-Risvold. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $260.00
Will close during Public Auction
NEBRASKA
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
12 c   ImageDeer Creek N.T., 16 Oct (1861), forwarded, manuscript Nebraska Territory postmark and matching "Due 6" on cover from Cleveland, Ohio with 3c Rose (#65, small fault) addressed to Deer Creek and forwarded to Grasshopper Falls, Kansas, arrived with "DUE 3" handstamp, cover with edge tears and nicks, fine; ex-Risvold. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $210.00
Will close during Public Auction

UNITED STATES STAMPS AND POSTAL HISTORY

SPECIAL PROOF LOTS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
13 P 9X1/OX2a Image#9X1/OX2a, Salesman's printer's sample proof books of United States large die proofs, two books, one titled "U.S. Postage Stamps, 1847-1873" containing (in the order in which they appear) #9X1, 1-2, LO1-2, 40, 11 (definitely not the reprint as the color is clearly red not scarlet), 42-47, 63, 65, 76, 68, 78 (unlisted as a large die proof), 71, 72, the rare 73 die 1, 77, OX1, OX2a, OXF1, PR4, PR2, PR3, 112-17, 119, 129, 120-22 and 145-55, the second much thicker volume is titled "United States Postage Stamps, 1873-1879" and contains #4-5, 179 (unpriced as a large die proof), 156-66, 178 (also unpriced as a large die proof), PR24-32, PR16-23, PR9-15, O57-71, O10-14, O25-34, O47-56, O83-93, O72-82, O15-24, O35-45 and O1-9 (in other words the officials complete), the proofs are all hybrid large die proofs on India paper sunk on card with gilt edging and are exceedingly fresh, and the books are handsome leather bound volumes with gilt ornamentation and include both original slipcases, the books with some wear on the spine and the slipcase worn from salesman's use, the proofs themselves all extremely fine; a historical and fascinating item for the proof aficionado; the catalog value of the proofs, excluding the three unlisted items, is $61,810.00. (Image) Est. $15,000-20,000

SOLD for $24,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
14 P   ImageLot of proof set in the original Post Office envelopes, fourteen different sets of card proofs, with 1851 Issue (reprints including #LO1-2), 1869 Pictorials, 1870 Issue (#145-216, E1-2), 1893 Columbians, 1879 Postage Dues, seven of the Official departments (no War), 1865 Newspapers, and the 1875 Newspapers, proofs are all brilliantly fresh and nearly all very fine; most unusual to find so many sets still in the original Post Office envelopes. (Image) $6,500.00

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1847 ISSUES
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
15 P 1Pa Image#1Pa, 5c Red Brown, large die proof on white bond, 28x33mm with cross-hatching, very fine. (Image) $800.00

SOLD for $220.00
Will close during Public Auction
16 Ou 1 Image#1, 5c Red brown, an exceedingly choice used example, with large even margins all around, lovely rich color and a crisp impression, red grid cancel, extremely fine; 2009 PSE certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,300.00). (Image) $525.00

SOLD for $1,150.00
Will close during Public Auction
17 Ou 1 Image#1, 5c Red brown, handsome used single with four large and balanced margins, strong rich color, bright red grid cancel, extremely fine; 2011 PSE certificate (XF 90; SMQ $650.00). (Image) $525.00

SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
18 O 1 Image#1, 5c Red brown, full to large margins all around, fine impression, red grid cancel, choice very fine; 2009 PF certificate. (Image) $525.00

SOLD for $280.00
Will close during Public Auction
19 O 1 Image#1, 5c Red brown, four mostly large margins, rich color and a fine detailed impression, cancelled by a blue boxed Troy and New York Steamboat postmark (S-E #PM-RM6), certificate mentions an internal paper rift at bottom right, very fine; a scarce cancel on the 1847 Issue; 2009 PF certificate. (Image) $875.00

SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction
20 O 1d Image#1d, 5c Brown orange, four large margins, attractive color, black grid cancel, choice very fine; a desirable example of this scarce shade; 2011 PF certificate. (Image) $1,250.00

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction

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