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2014 Rarities of the World

Autographs, Free Franks, Presidential Related, Stampless
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
1001°   ImageJohn Hancock. Signer of Declaration of Independence, delegate from Massachusetts, beautiful flourishing signature as Governor of Massachusetts on document dated June 1784 "and in the Eighth Year of the Independence of the United States of America" appointing George Leonard a judge for probate of wills for Bristol County, with embossed seal of Massachusetts at upper left, split and rejoined along folds

A SPECTACULAR JOHN HANCOCK SIGNATURE ON AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT SIGNED AS GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS. HANCOCK'S DISTINCTIVE SIGNATURE IS THE ULTIMATE EXPRESSION OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE.

John Hancock was one of the wealthiest men in the colonies, and he played a prominent role in Boston during the turbulent times leading up to the American Revolution. He served in the Continental Congress and was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence. His large and prominent signature is the most readable of any on the Declaration. After Independence, he was the first Governor of Massachusetts, serving from 1780 to 1785 until he resigned. This appointment comes from that time period. (Image)

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E. $ 10,000-15,000

SOLD for $12,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1002°   ImageAbraham Lincoln, His Cabinet and Contemporaries. Bound leatherbound volume containing 102 pages with 224 autographs of all major Union figures of the Civil War, first page starts with Abraham Lincoln, which is dated "Washington D.C. January 28, 1862", with "Yours truly" and date also in his hand, others include Hannibal Hamlin (on other side of Lincoln's, dated Jan. 29, 1862), Simon Cameron (Sec. of War), William Seward, Gideon Wells and other key members of the Cabinet, followed by Senators (42 out of 50) including Henry Wilson and Andrew Johnson, then 170 of the 180 members of the House of Representatives including William Wheeler and Schuyler Colfax, most of the signatures at the beginning are on individual pages, others are grouped with three to five per page, binding split and a few loose pages

A RARE AND DESIRABLE BOUND BOOK CONTAINING AUTOGRAPHS OF ALMOST ALL OF THE MAJOR UNION GOVERNMENT FIGURES IN THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE BRANCHES, INCLUDING ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

Based on the dates of office of the members of Congress, this book must have been assembled between December 1861 and February 1862. The date on Lincoln's autograph is the same date that General Order No. 1 was issued, authorizing the advance of Union forces. (Image)

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E. $ 10,000-15,000

SOLD for $9,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1003° c Image3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Huge straddle-pane margin at left with centerline and part of stamp in adjacent pane, tied by "Kent, Housatonic R.R. 21 Aug." (1861) route agent's oval datestamp on cover to Bridgewater Conn. with blue and red "Star of the North, or the Comet of 1861" Lincoln patriotic design, shows Lincoln shooting downwards through the sky with a red, white and blue trail behind him, blue "Entered according to an Act of Congress, in the year 1861, by Samuel C. Upham, 310 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, in the Clerk's Office in the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania", this imprint is on the front in the following lot, missing top flap, vertical file fold does not affect design or stamp, some paper indentations

FINE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THIS LINCOLN DESIGN, COMBINING PATRIOTIC SENTIMENT WITH A CONTEMPORARY REAL-WORLD ASTRONOMICAL EVENT. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE AS A RAILROAD USE AND WITH THE IMPRINT ON BACK.

The rare "Comet of 1861" design is a wonderful combination of patriotic sentiment on the meteoric rise of our nation's 16th President, who had been relatively unknown before the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates, and the real-world "Great Comet" of 1861. The 1861 comet was one of the brightest of the 19th century, visible to the naked eye for approximately three months, from June to August in the Northern Hemisphere, and by telescope for many months after. As such it was categorized as a "Great Comet", which generally means appearing once or less a decade. On the Fourth of July 1861, a soldier from the Second Wisconsin wrote about the comet, We have been visited for a week past by a very large comet which at full day appears very bright and transparent; late at night the tail stretched nearly to the Zenith while the star was near the horizon." (http://civilwarwisconsin.com/campfire-stories/46-great-comet-of-1861.html). Popular media used the comet as a symbol for events then unfolding, especially the impending Civil War. It appears in several political cartoons of the period, but we believe none are as beautiful or apropos as the Lincoln design on this cover.

Ex Walcott and Myers (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $5,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
1004° c Image3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Tied by "Washington D.C. Aug. (date?)" (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Centreville Mich. with blue and red "Star of the North, or the Comet of 1861" Lincoln patriotic design, shows Lincoln shooting upwards through the sky with a red, white and blue trail behind him, Upham imprint below, slightly reduced at right affecting stamp, some other slight edgewear and stains

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THIS LINCOLN DESIGN, COMBINING PATRIOTIC SENTIMENT WITH A CONTEMPORARY REAL-WORLD ASTRONOMICAL EVENT.

The rare "Comet of 1861" design is a wonderful combination of patriotic sentiment on the meteoric rise of our nation's 16th President, who had been relatively unknown before the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates, and the real-world "Great Comet" of 1861. The 1861 comet was one of the brightest of the 19th century, visible to the naked eye for approximately three months, from June to August in the Northern Hemisphere, and by telescope for many months after. As such it was categorized as a "Great Comet", which generally means appearing once or less a decade. On the Fourth of July 1861, a soldier from the Second Wisconsin wrote about the comet, We have been visited for a week past by a very large comet which at full day appears very bright and transparent; late at night the tail stretched nearly to the Zenith while the star was near the horizon." (http://civilwarwisconsin.com/campfire-stories/46-great-comet-of-1861.html). Popular media used the comet as a symbol for events then unfolding, especially the impending Civil War. It appears in several political cartoons of the period, but we believe none are as beautiful or apropos as the Lincoln design on this cover.

Ex Myers (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1005° c ImageZachary Taylor. Free frank "Z. Taylor" as President on cover to "Messrs. Gould Kendall & Lincoln, Publishers, Boston Mass.", the "Free" and address are in the hand of his secretary and soon-to-be-in-law Lt. Col. Bliss, red "Free Washington D.C. Mar. 4" (1850) circular datestamp, missing most of top flap but with intact red wax seal with "WWSB" initials, Very Fine, this must have been used in 1850 as Taylor assumed office March 5, 1849 and passed away July 9, 1850 (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1006° c ImageCalvin Coolidge. Autograph signature "Calvin Coolidge" on "The White House, Official Business" legal-size official penalty envelope to Mr. William T. Marshall at the Hotel Willard in Washington D.C., bold "Washington D.C. May 15 11AM 1928" duplex cancel, envelope with some slight buckling

VERY FINE. A RARE CALVIN COOLIDGE FRANKING SIGNATURE AS PRESIDENT, AND POSSIBLY THE FINEST KNOWN.

Free franking privileges were no longer necessary for presidents after Ulysses Grant changed the system. Penalty envelopes took their place, and presidents were given the free franking privilege for life after they left office. On the day this was sent, Coolidge spent the morning at the White House and then went to the Old State House in Annapolis to witness a reenactment of George Washington's resignation of his command of the Continental Armies on the 150th anniversary of the event. (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1007° c ImageDavid Crockett. Frontiersman, Congressman from Tennessee, killed at the Battle of the Alamo, free frank "Free D. Crockett" on folded cover addressed in Crockett's hand to Henry Farnam in Concord N.H., red "City of Washington Feb. 11" circular datestamp and matching "Free" handstamp, expert restoration does not affect frank or markings

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE CONGRESSIONAL FREE FRANK BY DAVY CROCKETT, THE LEGENDARY AMERICAN FRONTIERSMAN AND TEXAS WAR HERO WHO WAS KILLED IN THE BATTLE OF THE ALAMO.

David "Davy" Crockett (1786-1836) represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, served in the Texas Revolution, and died at the Battle of the Alamo. This legendary American's signature is extremely scarce in any form and of the greatest rarity as a free frank.

Ex Dr. Robertson. (Image)

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E. $ 10,000-15,000

SOLD for $19,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1008   ImageAn Act to Establish the Post Office and Post Roads within the United States, 1794. Eleven-page printed document bound by string from the Third Congress of the United States, first three pages list specific roads to be used, subsequent sections provide for a Postmaster General and his responsibilities and powers, including stipulation that no ship arriving at a U.S. port can unload cargo until after the mails have been delivered to the postmaster, the document also establishes rates for the 2c ship fee, newspaper rate, also exempts postmasters from military duty, printed "Approved-May the eighth 1794 Go. Washington, President of the United States", few light folds but really in a remarkable state of preservation

VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 1794 ACT TO PERMANENTLY ESTABLISH A POST OFFICE IN THE UNITED STATES.

In 1794, with passage of the act documented here, Congress permanently established the United States post office. Prior to this act, the postmaster had to go before each Congress to gain authorization to continue the service. Original printings of this historic postal legislation are exceedingly scarce, and of the greatest interest to postal history collectors. (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $3,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
1009 c ImageSTILLWATER. N.Y. Incredibly bold stencil straightline marking with manuscript "August 12th 1830" date, manuscript "Free" and Postmaster George Palmer's free frank on folded letter addressed in his hand to Balston Spa N.Y., vertical file fold at left does not affect marking, expertly cleaned and restored along folds including one thru marking, Very Fine appearance, a rare stencil marking, from the Calvet M. Hahn collection (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
1010 c Image"Saved from the Wreck of the Steamship Stella, April 2 '65". Red manuscript endorsement with postmaster's signature on red and blue George Washington and Flag Patriotic cover with sender's notation "(Co)me and be drafted...can't see it" (probably a draft evader), originated in Peru and addressed to Union Me., red "Paid at Callao" crown-circle handstamp, "A Callao FE 27 65" British P.O. backstamp, "Forwarded by Crosby & Co. Ship Chandlers and Ship Agents, Callao, Peru" oval handstamp, Panama transit (Mar. 6), "Steamship 10" in circle applied at New York, red crayon "6", waterstained and stamp floated off during wreck, still intact and highly exhibitable

A REMARKABLE AND UNDOUBTEDLY UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF A CIVIL WAR PATRIOTIC COVER USED FROM OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES AND SAVED FROM A MARITIME DISASTER.

Our search for information on the Stella was unsuccessful, but clearly this is an extremely rare salvaged-mail cover and undoubtedly unique as a Civil War Patriotic use.

Ex LeBow (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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