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United States Postal History continued...

State Postmarks - New Mexico (Santa Fe to Tucson & Balance) continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
821       imageSanta Fe, N.M. (Robbed Mail). 1855 orange buff cover with partial "Santa Fe, Sep 25" cds originally tying 10¢ green adhesive, mail was robbed enroute between Independence Mo. to St. Louis on the Hall contract route, letter opened roughly and partially submerged in the Marie River causing stamp loss, manuscript "Robbed Mail" across top by Jefferson City Mo. postmaster; expected faults, Fine.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

A REMARKABLE "ROBBED MAIL" USE ON THE HALL CONTRACT ROUTE FROM SANTE FE, NEW MEXICO TERRITORY.

On Wednesday night, the 24th, the Western mail was robbed at Lisletown, on the Osage river, ten miles from Jefferson City. The bag containing the New Mexico mail was cut and numbers of letter packages broken open. Next day the mail was found in the Marie River, close by. One Charles S. Gilbert, formerly stage-driver, was arrested on suspicion. (from the Daily National Intelligencer of November 2, 1855).
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Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
822       imageSanta Fe, N.M., May 27. Type 6 cds on 1861 light buff cover bearing 3¢ dull red (26) canceled by matching circular grid cancel to Bristol R.I., docketed "Charles H. Alden, Santa Fe, May 26th 1861" at left, Very Fine, ex-Chase.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

The type 6 postmark that was in use over a long period of time February 1853 to as late as 1863.
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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction
823       imageSanta Fe N. Mex. Jul. 30. Bold cds applied as forwarding postmark on incoming 1866 overland mail cover with "Enfield N.H. Jul 11" origin cds and bearing 3¢ rose (65) canceled by matching "Paid" straightline cancel to Lt. Wheeler, Fort Union New Mexico, and forwarded to Fort Selden upon arrival, original contents enclosed, Very Fine.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
824       imageSanta Fe, N.M. Group of 6 territorial usages, each with different cds style comprising "Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 1" cds and "10" rating handstamp, "Santa Fe N.M., 1 Jan" cds and matching "10" in circle rating handstamp Official Business to Washington D.C., "Santa Fe N.M. '3 Paid' 1 Oct" integral-rate cds to Brooklyn N.Y., and #26 tied by "Santa Fe, N. Mex, Jun 24" balloon cds on 1861 cover to Bristol R.I.; "Santa Fe, N.M. Dec 17" cds on 3¢ #U10 Nesbitt entire to Palestine, Texas; and "Santa Fe, N.Mex. Jun 3" cds with fancy circle of Vs ties 3¢ #94 on all-over green Z. Staab & Brother Merchants shaded ad cover; some faults, F.-V.F. and scarce group.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
825       image"Socorro NM, Sep 11". Manuscript New Mexico Territory postmark with matching pen strokes cancel 3¢ dull red (26) on 1861 folded letter to Penn Yan, N.Y.; 3¢ flaws, edge flaws and splitting, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

Interesting letter describes much about life in the small town of Socorro during the early days of the Civil War. The great small pox epidemic in town, and the on going movement of Federal troops from Fort Craig to El Paso reads: "…The mail has just arrived & brought me your letter Aug 8th with Stillmans and Genettes. I am so glad to hear from you & it is a pleasure to see the mail arrive & pass on unmolested for it assures us that Uncle seems dominion here is not yet at an end…We are all well for which blessing we have great reason to be thankful to our heavenly father. Small pox is raging now in Socorro but our children have all been vaccinated, two deaths have occurred very near us, one a child of one our nearest neighbor's children are running the streets completely covered with it & no more attention is paid to it that any common sickness. In Alimilla 10 miles north about 30 children have died with it. I got you vaccine matter and think I will have the children vaccinated again…"
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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction
826 ()      image(Spanish American War) 1853 (Jul. 1, Nov. 6) New York, N.Y. to Hon. James Gadsden, Mexico City, Mexico via New Orleans and Vera Cruz. Two cover fronts, each with partial "New-York, 10cts., Paid" attached rate exchange cds and Vera Cruz arrival postmark with "4" due rating handstamps, Very Fine pair.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

In 1853, Gadsden was appointed by the U.S. Government as the new American minister to Mexico, with instructions to purchase more land from Mexico for the prospective railroad route across southernmost New Mexico and Arizona, and to clear up the possibility of disputes over the location of the boundary between the two countries.
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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $725.00
Will close during Public Auction
827       imageTaos. 1825 folded cover from Taos, New Mexico to Santa Fe with manuscript "del Al del ind de Taus" (from the Alcalde-Mayor of Taos) to Governor D. Antonio Narbona, endorsed "S.N." at top for "Servicio National" paid public messenger, 1825 notation on reverse which is consistent with Antonio Narbona being Governor during this time, Fine and rare early Mexican use.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

ONE OF ONLY A FEW USAGES FROM THE EARLY MEXICAN PERIOD OF NEW MEXICO, THIS BEING THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE FROM EARLY TAOS.

The Martinez Hacienda is one of many Taos museums now. This usage is from the Mexican period (1821-1846). Several other similar items in this find bore the year notations. D.S. Martinez was the Alcalde of Taos in 1825.

This cover was illustrated in color on page 236 of the the article that appeared in American Philatelist, March, 2001 by Leo J. Harris and Floyd Risvold entitled "Spanish Colonial Mails."
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Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
828       image(Taos) Fernandez de Taos, N.Mex. Dec 20. Cds with matching cork cancels tie 3¢ green (147) strip of five on 1872 cover to Bordeaux, France, red "New York 'Paid 6' Jan 6" credit exchange cds, carried by NGL Line Main from New York Jan. 6th to Southampton arriving Jan. 16th, red London Paid (1.17.72) transit cds and oval "PD" handstamp, Calais (1.18) transit, Bordeaux (1.19) arrival backstamp, Very Fine, ex-Noel, Walske.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $180.00
Will close during Public Auction
829       image(Spanish New Mexico) Tomé "Octe. 13". Red straightline with manuscript date and matching ms. "4" rating on 1845 letter from Albuquerque to Chihuhahua, datelined "Alburqeqe Agosto 5, 1845" with letter in Spanish, address and letter in Spanish, ex-Kramer.
Estimate; $5,000 - 7,500.

ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED USES OF THE SPANISH NEW MEXICO ALBUQUERQUE "TOMÉ" STRAIGHTLINE.

In August 1845, the area of New Mexico was claimed for the United States by General S. W. Kearny. The only two post offices were Albuquerque (Tomé) and Santa Fe. This cover is the basis of the American Stampless Cover Catalog listing.

Letter concerns receipt of "tornaguia" (return of a receipt issued by the custom-house, showing that the goods have arrived at their destination) and regarding the charge of Otero discussed previously.
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Est. $5,000-7,500
SOLD for $6,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
830       image"Tubac A.T. Dec 9". Manuscript Arizona Territory postmark applied by Postmaster Thomas M. Yerkes with matching "X" cancel on 3¢ rose (65), small flaws, on yellow cover to Gertrude Cranston, Lima, N.Y., endorsed "Via Santa Fe" at left (Route 17203 to Prescott, then Santa Fe) up the Santa Fe trail; reduced slightly at left, fresh and Very Fine use, ex-Risvold.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

The Tubac Post Office was established on February 21, 1859 while then in Dona Ana County, New Mexico Territory. It became part of the Arizona Territory on February 24th, 1863. Tubac was an Indian village and was first garrisoned by the Spanish as early as 1752 with a fine Mission Church being built in those early years. During the history of Tubac four national flags Spain - Mexico - Confederate States and United States have flown over this small but important town. The area today has become one of Arizona's more important artist colonies.
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Est. $400-600
SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
831       imageTubac and Tucson, N.M. Four covers from the Jones correspondence to Columbus, Ohio, each with a 1¢ 1857 intact but 5¢ 1857 peeled off, two with "Tubac, N.M." manuscript postmark dated May 19th and May 27th 1859, former is the earliest known Tubas postmark use; and two with partial "Tucson N.M." cds dated Apr. 24th and Apr. 30th 1859, Fine and tragic early territorial group.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
832       image"Tubac, N.M. Nov. 24". Manuscript postmark with matching pen strokes canceling 3¢ dull red (26) on 1859 yellow cover endorsed "Via OM to St. Louis" to Cincinnati, Ohio, receipt docketing "H. C. Grosevenor, Nov. 20 - 1859" at left, carried by Lathrop's Buckboard Mail to Tucson and then by Butterfield stage; edge faults, Fine, ex-Birkinbine.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

Cover was sent by the mine operator H. C. Grosvenor in Tubac who was latter killed by Apaches in 1861.
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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $625.00
Will close during Public Auction
833       image"Tucson NM, May 15." . Manuscript postmark by Mark Aldrich on buff cover addressed to General James W. Denver as Commissioner of Indian Affairs (April-June 1857) in Washington, D.C., carried by military express to Santa Fe, instead of entering the regular mails there, it was carried in a military pouch to Washington, D.C., Very Fine, ex-Birkinbine.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

THIS IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED UNITED STATES POSTMARK FROM ARIZONA.

Mark Aldrich was a wealthy Arizona merchant who facilitated the mails even before he was officially appointed postmaster. Before Aldrich settled in the West, he lived in Illinois. He was one of five tried and acquitted in the murder of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith in 1844. After becoming very wealthy as a merchant, he became Tucson's unofficial first mayor and served as the postmaster (he was officially appointed November 11, 1857).
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Est. $2,000-3,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
834       imageTucson, N.M., May 21. New Mexico Territory cds on 3¢ red on buff (U10) entire to Williamsburg Va. with "Via St. Louis & Southern Overland Mail" endorsement for Butterfield Overland Mail; flap faulty, otherwise Very Fine, ex-Risvold.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

A RARE TUCSON, MEXICO TERRITORY USE CARRIED ON THE BUTTERFIELD OVERLAND MAIL ROUTE.

Tucson was a time-table station with westbound mails due on Tuesdays and Fridays and the eastbound mails on Wednesdays and Saturdays. May 21st was a Saturday.
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Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $2,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
835       imageTucson, N.M., Jan. 19. Bold New Mexico Territory cds ties 3¢ dull red (26) on circa 1861 yellow cover to Brunswick, Maine, manuscript "Via Overland mail to St. Louis" endorsement for the Butterfield Overland Mail route; bit of flap missing and repaired edge tear, Extremely Fine appearance.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

A RARE TUCSON, MEXICO TERRITORY USE CARRIED ON THE BUTTERFIELD OVERLAND MAIL ROUTE.

The post office was established in 1857. On February 24th 1862 became part of the Arizona Territory.
(Image1)
Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $2,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
836       imageNew Mexico Territory, 1858-1860s. Balance of 6 items comprising 1858 Santa Fe N.M. to France with 10¢ #32-33-32 strip of three; 1860s Santa Fe NM on 3¢ pink #U35 buff entire to St. Louis Mo.; 1860 c. Fernando de Taos N.M. with 3¢ #26 to Pendleton S.C.; 1864 September 5th Santa Fe N.M. letter from John S. Snyder to his wife Annie; 1863 Columbus Ohio Coal & Coke Dealer cameo cover to Tubac, N.M.; and 1862 (Apr. 21) Denver City, Colorado Terr. to Fort Union N.M. endorsed "Care of Capt Cook Co. F"; some faults, F.-V.F. and interesting New Mexico Territorial balance.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction
State Postmarks - New York to Virginia
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
837       image1752 (Oct. 3) New York, N.Y. "NY 4dwt". Manuscript postmark on folded letter datelined "New York August. 3d. 1752" from John Hanser to Capt. William Fisher at Boston, Mass., endorsed "p Post" at bottom left; sealed cover tears, Fine and early use, ASCC $1,500+, ex-Hahn.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)
Est. $400-600
SOLD for $525.00
Will close during Public Auction
838       imageAlbany * Dec * 21. Straightline and matching "Free" rating handstamp on 1795 folded letter to Representative Henry Glen, Philadelphia Pa., fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $110.00
Will close during Public Auction
839       imageKingston N.Y. "May 20". Stencil circular postmark with ms. date and matching bold fancy "Paid" stencil handstamp with ms. "12½" cent rating to New York N.Y., Very Fine and attractive stencil postmark and rating.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $270.00
Will close during Public Auction
840       image(New York) New-York, May 18. Remarkably clear strike of red "clamshell" datestamp and manuscript "12½" rating on 1798 folded cover to Suffield Conn., docketing on back extends to address panel, slightly worn file fold, still Extremely Fine and choice, ex-Hahn.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

The New York "Clamshell" marking is much scarcer in red and seldom clearly struck. According to Siegel, Cal Hahn noted this was the "3rd best red strike recorded" and he surely was in a position to know.
(Image1)
Est. $400-600
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction

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