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United States Postal History continued...

State Postmarks - Alaska to Colorado continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
761     65 image(Colorado) Fort Sedgwick, Col., Jun 27. Clear cds with manuscript day, on cover to Waterbury, Ct. franked with 1861, 3¢ rose (s.e. at right) tied by matching target, Very Fine.
Scott No. 65; Estimate $150 - 200.

Fort Sedgwick was established to protect the inhabitants of old Julesburgh against Indian raids. A hardship post, many of its buildings were nothing more than sod huts. The post office operated from 1866 to 1869 only.
(Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
State Postmarks - Dakota Territory to New Jersey
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
762       image(Dakota Territory) Ft. Abe Lincoln. Partial strike of cds with matching target cancel on 3¢ green (158), faulty, to Eby, Indiana, return address of "P Andrews, Fort A Lincoln D.T., Fine and rare Dakota Territory fort.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
763       image(Dakota Territory) Fort Randall, Dak. Apr 05. Clear strike of double-circle datestamp ties 3¢ rose (65) on yellow cover to Wayland Mich.; reduced at left, Very Fine and scarce Dakota Territory Fort use.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
764       image(Florida) Key West, Florida, May 17. Full clear red oval date stamp with matching "25" rate handstamp alongside (type IIIA) on 1842 folded letter to Washington City, D.C., fresh and Very Fine, approximately 3-5 usages of this territorial rate handstamp known.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $700.00
Will close during Public Auction
765       image(Indian Territory) Rev. Abel Bingham Correspondence, 1822-34. Six folded letters to Rev. Abel Bingham, a Baptist Missionary to the Indians; first 1822 letter to "the Chief (John Littlebeau) of the Tonawanda (N.Y.) Reservation and Mr. Bingham the teacher of the school in that place…all the Chiefs here advise Mr. Bingham" to continue teaching at the reservation and advise the Indians to cooperate, 2nd & 3rd letters (1826 & 1828) datelined "Carey, Mich. Ter. 100 miles N.W. of Fort Wayne, Ind.", latter with manuscript Fort Wayne, Ind. postmark, very interesting letters tell of journey from N.Y., work at Mission, shipwreck, Indian treaties, urge Bingham to come to the proposed Mission & Indian school at Sault de St. Marie, 4th 1832 letter with red "Mackinac" cds and headed "Grand Traverse Bay" to Sault Ste. Marie with writer complaining that local Missionary is more interested in farming than teaching Indians, last two letters (1833 & 1834) personal & humorous in nature, one headed "Fort Brady, M.T."; all but first going through the mails, an interesting chronicle of early Missionary work.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000. (Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $525.00
Will close during Public Auction
766       image(Kansas) Doniphan, K.T. Nov 15. Double-strike of 36mm cds ties 3¢ dull red (26) on 1859 orange buff cover to Memphis, Mo., original Nov. 14th 1859 datelined letter from Wilson M. Hudnall concerning a land grant issue; reduced slightly at right, F.-V.F. and scarce Kansas Territory use.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $140.00
Will close during Public Auction
767       image(Kansas) Pawnee Fork K.T. "Jun 4". Bold strike of unusual double-circle datestamp with manuscript date, matching ms. squiggle cancels 3¢ dull red (26) on orange cover to Columbia Pa.; reduced at right, and Extremely Fine strike.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

THE FINER OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS PAWNEE FORK, KANSAS TERRITORIAL POSTMARK. (Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $1,050.00
Will close during Public Auction
768       image(Maryland) Pleasant Grove Md. Aleg'y Co. Aug 23, Free Post Office Stamps Made Here. Clear but light strike of red double-circle datestamp and free frank "E.N. Zevely, P.M." on folded letter to Salem N.C., Very Fine, a lovely example of one the most celebrated 19th century fancy postmarks, signed Bartels.
Estimate; $600 - 800. (Image1)
Est. $600-800
SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
769       image(Massachusetts) "Nantucket 7 Mo 10th 1776". Quaker-date dateline on folded letter sent privately from shipping merchant Christopher Starbuck endorsed "p Saml Starbuck" to Nicholas Brown at Providence R.I., letter concerns purchase of vessels and cargo of fresh fish, mention William Rotch, scion of the important Nantucket and later New Bedford shipping and whaling enterprise; some toning and edge splitting, Fine and scarce early Nantucket letter sent during the Revolutionary War.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

One of William Rotch's vessels, the "Bedford", was involved in the 1775 Boston Tea Party. The addressee, Nicholas Brown, was himself a member of a prominent Providence merchant shipping firm, who during the Revolution relocated to Nantucket following the British blockade of the Rhode Island coast. The Island of Nantucket was neutral during the Revolutionary War. Once safely on the island, he joined forces with Christopher Starbuck in a joint venture.
(Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $200.00
Will close during Public Auction
770       image(Massachusetts) Williamstown Mas. / June "17." . Two-line postmark with manuscript day and matching "12½" cent rating on circa 1820s folded letter datelined "Williams College" to Hebron Conn., endorsed "Via Hartford" at lower left; minor bottom left edge stain, F.-V.F. and unlisted version of this straightline postmark.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction
771       image(Michigan) "Green Bay M. Ty., 21. Septr 1831". Manuscript postmark with matching "25" rating on folded letter to Philadelphia Pa., long letter, Very Fine and scarce Michigan Territory use.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $280.00
Will close during Public Auction
772       image(Nevada, Battle Mountain) "BM 10/14/73" (Lander). Manuscript postmark with matching squiggle tying 3¢ green (147) on orange cover to Sacramento City, Cal., original letter "Battle Mountain, Oct 14th 1873" accompanies; some opening tears, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $150 - 200.

This post office moved from Argenta officially in February of 1864, but operated out of Battle Mountain as early as 1870.
(Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $170.00
Will close during Public Auction
773       image(New Hampshire) Portsmouth / June 17. Clear strike of two-line postmark on 1787 folded letter datelined "Biddeford June 16. 1789" free to the Honorable Goerge Thatcher, Member of Congress, New York, some interesting political content "…I can easily conceive the difficulty that naturally attends the management of the different Departments necessary for the completion of a national Government, especially where different powers, accustomed to different modes, are to be formed into a general system. I am pleased to hear that the duty on Molasssas is reduced, but more so to find the drawback on manufactured Rum exported taken off - for I do verily believe that there is not a greater avenue to smuggling possible to be admitted into a revenue system then that of drawbacks…" and also mentions of a 15-year-old drowning, Very Fine and early statehood cover.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction
774       image(New Jersey) Middletown Point, Monmouth Co., N.J., Nov. "18". Sharp strike of county cds with matching sharp "Paid" and "V" rating handstamps on 1847 light gray cover to Freehold N.J., Very Fine and choice strike.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction
State Postmarks - New Mexico (Albuquerque to Fort Staunton)
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
775       imageAlbuquerque, N.M., 1860 Feb 14. Cds on orange cover bearing pen cancelled 3¢ dull red (26) to Philadelphia Pa.; small edge flaws, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $280.00
Will close during Public Auction
776       imageAlbuquerque, N.M., Jul 27. New Mexico Territory cds with matching target tying 3¢ rose (65), s.e. at right, on cover addressed to Brev. Lt. Col. Geo. M. McGill, Asst. Surg. U.S.A., Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, red endorsement "P.M. please return this to Albuquerque, N.M. as Dr. Mc Gill is dead.", and returned with "Fort Leavenworth, Kas, Aug 14" cds, Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

Brevet Colonel George M. McGill, surgeon, was born at Hannah Furnace, Centre Co., Pa., Apr. 20, 1838. He served during the Civil War and later at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He received the brevet rank of Colonel in the United States army for faithful services during an outbreak of cholera near Fort Harker, Kansas, and died of the disease en route to New Mexico.
(Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
777       imageAlbuquerque, N.M., May 25. Territorial cds with matching four-ring target cancels on 2¢ black (73) horizontal strip of three, center stamp showing slight double transfer at lower right, separation nick in bottom of left stamp, tied through perfs on 1867 cover to Deerfield, Mass., original 1867 enclosure from Ephraim Williams Jr. with interesting content regarding Kit Carson "…General Carson returned to Fort Garland, Colorado, three weeks ago, he has been appointed Indian Agent, which I think he will accept when he is mustered out of his regiment; he is now Lt. Col. of a Battalion of New Mexico Vols. + Bat. Brig Genl. Vols.: I send you his photograph and autograph…", unfortunately no longer with photo, F.-V.F., F.-V.F. and very rare multiple franking, ex-Fosdyke.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

A RARE 2¢ BLACK JACK USE FROM NEW MEXICO TERRITORY.

Ephraim Williams Jr. was a soldier in Major Bidwell's Company "K" part of the group known as the New Mexico Volunteers. The Company was stationed in Albuquerque during a period of extreme violence and unrest among the Apache and Comanche Indian tribes on the Great Plains.
(Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $1,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
778       image"Chama Abril 23. de 1849." . Datelined folded letter from Diego Salazar with manuscript "6" reales due rating to Tore Ramon at Begas (Las Vegas), personal letter to his god-father; soiling and creasing, Fine and rare early Mexican letter.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction
779       imageCimarron, New Mexico, Oct 31, 1868. Bold strike of double-circle datestamp with manuscript "Paid 3¢" rating on orange cover to Trinidad, Colorado Territory, original enclosed letter datelined "Cimarron New Mexico Nov. 1st 1868" from L.B. Maxwell enclosing a promissory note from Reynolds Paymaster of the Stage Company; some staining, F.-V.F. and exceedingly rare use from Cimarron.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
780       image"Doña Ana NM Nov. 17th". Manuscript New Mexico Territory postmark (Type 1) and matching pen strokes on 3¢ claret (11A), right guideline margin copy, tiny tear, on circa 1854 cover to Ellisburgh N.Y.; very light edgewear, Very Fine, ex-Jarrett, Longfellow and Birkinbine.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

ONE OF ONLY 3 RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE DOÑA ANA MANUSCRIPT TYPE 1 POSTMARK.

The town of Dona Ana had a post office in operation for a short period of time from March 1854 to fall of 1855. The main purpose was to handle military mail from the area of southern New Mexico. The western part of this large county extending into Arizona was acquired when the Gadsden Purchase was completed on December 30, 1853 for the payment ten million dollars. This large area of land in southern New Mexico and Arizona allowed for future railroad construction to the coast.

The postal records for 1855 show that this small office reported only $2.18 in postage sales for the year.
(Image1)
Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction

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