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H.R. Harmer GPN, Inc. Sale: 3031

United States
Spanish American War Covers

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2091
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image 1898 Adversity Cover to USA, an Arbuckles Ariosa Coffee bag used as an envelope by an artillery man in the Illinois 1st Volunteer Infantry Co at Santiago, unfranked and addressed to Chicago with a New York Aug 3 98 "Opera Glass" cancel and circular "Due 2 Cents" handstamp, 2c Due affixed (torn and top portion missing) and cancelled on arrival, expected condition with some folds, breaks, pieces out, etc. but a ridiculously rare and great showpiece showing the shortage of materials on the line and the resourcefulness of the men in the field during battle (Image)

CV. 250

Opening US$ 325.00
Sold...US$ 325.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:00:40 EST
Sold For 325

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2092
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image Soldiers Letter Sent from Montauk NY, unfranked envelope with "Soldiers Letter" endorsement and countersigned, Montauk Station NY Aug 20 98 duplex cancel, 2c due affixed and tied by NY City cds, ms return address on backflap - "M. Berndt Co. F 71st NY Vols.", cover bit roughly opened at bottom, Fine and scarcernThe Montauk post office was established to facilitate the growing volume of soldier's mail, but it was not a principle office. A post office was established in the area of Montauk, which would become Camp Wikoff, a quarantine site for soldiers returning from Cuba and began operations in August 1898 until the last soldier left on October 28. At one point over 21,000 soldiers were in the camp (257 men died in the camp) and conditions were so bad that President McKinley and Secretary of War Alger visited to boost moralernThe 71st New York was ordered to support the "Rough Riders" at San Juan Hill (they were late) and the Battle of Santiago but suffered their greatest losses from sickness and disease. (Image)

CV. 100

Opening US$ 170.00
Sold...US$ 170.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:01:13 EST
Sold For 170

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2093
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image 1898 China Postal Card to Sailor Aboard USS "Texas" at "Santiago de Cuba", 1c card cancelled by Chunking 28 Sep 98 dater with Shanghai 17 Oct, Yokohama 26 Oct and a partial Washington DC transit cancels, two different "T" due handstamps, backstamped Tacoma Wash Nov 17 and additional indistinguishable cancel, faults including some stamps removed, VG, ratty but incredibly rarernThe Texas was involved in the Battle of Santiago in June 1898 and when this card was posted in September of 1898, her duties would have involved patrolling the eastern US coast with periodic visits to Cuba. (Image)

CV. 200

Opening US$ 275.00
Sold...US$ 275.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:01:53 EST
Sold For 275

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2094
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image "Prisoner's Letter/ Censored and forwarded/ Navy Department/ Bureau of Navigation/ Washington DC," five-line handstamp applied in Washington DC to an envelope addressed to London, US 1898 5c Blue tied by "Mil Sta No 1 Philippine Isls/ San Francisco Cal Oct 20 1898" double circle date stamp, backstamped Singapore OC 31 98, envelope with a unobtrusive tiny tone spot at bottom, Very Fine, extremely rare example of this Navy Department censor handstamp (Image)

CV. 500

Opening US$ 850.00
Sold...US$ 800.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:03:06 EST
Sold For 800

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2095
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Cat No: M.O.B.

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image Main Operating Base (M.O.B.) Letter to Soldier Forwarded and Officially Opened/ Sealed. "busy" PO Dept Chattanooga Tenn Official Business penalty envelope originally addressed to a soldier in Chickamauga Ga thought to be in the New York 2nd Infantry, he was actually in the New Jersey 2nd and the envelope ended up getting forwarded to Jacksonville and Tampa, myriad of auxiliary, Dead Letter Office and postman's markings, official seals overlap at right, cover open three sides for display, typical postal wear, Fine and an eye-catching cover. rnThe Second New Jersey Volunteer Infantry served its entire term of service within Florida, arriving in Jacksonville June 3. (Image)

CV. 200

Opening US$ 200.00
Sold...US$ 200.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:03:29 EST
Sold For 200

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2096
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image "The Soldier's Letter for December 1898", Vol. 1, No.2, published by "Soldier's Letter Pub. Co. Manila", 48 pgs including articles, advertising, illustrations, an editorial, etc. a little aging as expected with the front cover some some corner/ edge wrinkles and bends plus few small breaks, Fine and rare (Image)

CV. 75

Opening US$ 110.00
Sold...US$ 110.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:04:08 EST
Sold For 110

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2097
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image Patriotic Cover from Amaro Camp, YMCA flag cachet for the 31st Mich with "SA Smith Co G/ Camp Amaro Cuba" return address, envelope addressed to Detroit franked with US 2c Carmine tied by blurred cds, ms "Soldiers Letter", backstamped Detroit & Cin RPO Mar 28 1899, envelope opened irregularly and reduced at right, typical bit of edge wrinkling, Fine use from this small camprnThe Michigan 31st shipped out to Cuba on January 25 1899, landing at Cienfuegos and then parceled out to the towns of Santa Clara Province to preserve order and protect property. The regiment performed guard duty until it returned to the United States in April 1899 and was disbanded at Savannah, Georgia in May 1899. While in federal service, 20 men died from sickness in southern camps and hospitals. (Image)

CV. 75

Opening US$ 110.00
Sold...US$ 110.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:04:39 EST
Sold For 110

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2098
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image Cover to US From Sancti Spiritus Barracks, envelope addressed to US franked with Cuba 2c Surcharge tied by Sancti Spiritus Nov 13 1899 duplex with another strike alongside, additional light "Sancti Spiritus Barracks" handstamp, backstamped Peru, Ind., envelope opened top and right (slightly reduced) and with bit of edge wear/ aging, Fine and rare being one of just two known covers with the encampment handstamp. (Image)

CV. 300

Opening US$ 300.00
Sold...US$ 300.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:05:05 EST
Sold For 300

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2099
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image 1900 Cover/ Letter from Midshipman (later Admiral) Edward Kalbfus to his grandaughter in Harrisburg Pa, worn envelope franked with 1899 2c Red pair (214) tied by Mil Sta No 2 Mar 28 duplex, includes the enclosure - a multi-page letter completely in his hand datelined "USS Petrel/ Off Cavite Manila Bay, P.I./ March 25, 1900", Fine overall; an interesting letter describing his arrival on the Petrel declaring it "...the nicest little ship.." and describing his assignment, pride in the US Navy, the sight of Spanish wrecks in Manila Bay, weatrher, etc.rnThe third USS Petrel (PG-2) was a 4th rate gunboat in the US Navy during the Spanish-American War. In April 1898, Petrel became part of George Dewey's fleet in the campaign against Manila.rnAdmiral Edward Kalbfus (1877-1954) was a four-star admiral in the US Navy and was commander of the Battle Force of the US Fleet from 1938-39, also serving as President of the Naval War College from 1934-36 and 1939-42. He was also one of the three retired line officers to sit on the Pearl Harbor Court of Inquiry. (Image)

CV. 100

Opening US$ 170.00
Sold...US$ 170.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:05:33 EST
Sold For 170

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2100
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image "United States Post Office Military Station No. 1 Cuba," handstamp ties US 2c Carmine to envelope addressed to "Galiano Island British Columbia Canada" and forwarded (handstamp), stamp also tied by a partially struck "JY 28 98" Canadian cds, printed cornercard of "The Inn" hotel in Tampa crossed out (known to be used by soldiers before embarkation to Cuba), three different British Columbia backstamps, roughly opened at top and bit of postal wear, Fine use and one of the finest strikes of the military station cancel known and an unusual "island" to "island" use (Image)

CV. 250

Opening US$ 240.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:06:19 EST
Sold For 0

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2101
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image "United States Post Office Military Station No. 1 Cuba," 2-line handstamp on cover front addressed to Pennsylvania and forwarded to NY, "DUE 2" handstamp, sender's "John Allen Co G/ 12 US Inf" at left edge, some edge wrinkling and tiny breaks at left, Fine and are with an account of the battlernAccompanying letter datelined "In front of Santiago July 4 1898" from the soldier gives his observations on the front. "Friday we were in a hot fight from 6:30 AM till 4:30 PM, when our colours went up over the Spanish fort. The papers will tell you more than I can, I only remind that we are dirty, tired, cranky and mad.". rnPrivate Allen was participating in the Battle of El Caney where over 500 Spanish soldiers and about 80 loyalists held the northwest flank of Santiago against about 6,000 men of the US 2nd Division and around 1,000 Cubans. (Image)

CV. 150

Opening US$ 140.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:06:31 EST
Sold For 0

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2102
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Cat No: Baker O-1

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image "Military Sta No 1 NY/ Cuba" Double Oval, (Baker O-1) ties US 5c Blue (natural se) to envelope addressed to Santiago de Cuba, backstamped Santiago Oct 13 98, some light even aging, Fine and elusive cancel (Image)

CV. 75

Opening US$ 140.00
Sold...US$ 140.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:07:16 EST
Sold For 140

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2103
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image "Mil. Sta. No. 7/ Gibara, Cuba," December 27, 1898 duplex ties US 1898 5c Dark blue to cover (opened and significantly reduced at left) addressed to Habana, cover a light corner bend upper right just affecting stamp, still Very Fine and rare use from this short-lived camp being in operation only between December 1, 1898 and February 28, 1899 when it was merged into the civilian postal system; 5c postage was required as areas in Cuba still controlled by the Spanish were considered "foreign" until the end of 1898 and required the higher rate (Image)

CV. 400

Opening US$ 500.00
Sold...US$ 500.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:08:40 EST
Sold For 500

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2104
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image "Military Station No. 22,/ Bayamo Cuba," 2-line handstamp at upper left corner of envelope addressed to California with signature of acting P.M. H.J. Fox above, 1899 2½c Surcharge tied by lightly struck Mar 2 1899 Station 22 duplex, backstamped Napa Cal Mar 20, cover light wrinkling/ folds affecting stamp, opened bottom and right and some small breaks mostly on the back side, Fine; the earliest recorded cover with signature of acting P.M. Fox (Image)

CV. 75

Opening US$ 375.00
Sold...US$ 375.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:09:49 EST
Sold For 375

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2105
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image "Mil P Sta No 26/ Buena Vista Cuba," duplex cancels (February 6 and February 14) duplex cancels on two covers addressed to USA, each franked with the 2½c surcharge end endorsed as "Soldier's Letter" and with proper officer signature February 6 envelope a YMCA flag patriotic envelope (open 3½ sides) and a 4-page letter datelined "Camp Columbia Havana Cuba Feb 6 1898" accompanies, VG-Fine, the military station office was open from January 5 to February 20, 1899 and served the largest US military installation, Camp Columbia, which was nearby in Marianao (Image)

CV. 75

Opening US$ 120.00
Sold...US$ 120.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:11:34 EST
Sold For 120

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2106
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image "Mil P Sta No 28/ Santa Clara Cuba," March 22, 1899 cancel on an unfranked official adversity envelope from the civilian Governor fashioned from a business form and addressed to Secretary of State and Government in Habana, "Gobierno Civil" double oval handstamp, backstamped "Habana 24 Mar 99," bit roughly opened at top; accompanied by US 2c postal stationery envelope for Cuba with "Ranchuela/ Santa Clara Jul 4 1899" double oval, Fine and scarce (Image)

CV. 75

Opening US$ 250.00
Sold...US$ 250.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:13:33 EST
Sold For 250

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2107
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Cat No: Va.

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image Volunteer Soldier And Volunteer Camps Collection, exhibit collection of approx 41 covers with some accompanied by soldier letters, most neatly arranged and written up on pages, wide array of cancels, auxiliary markings incl postage due, some patriotic designs, illustrated letterheads, etc., from various assembling and staging areas, muster camps, winter camps, embarkation camps, post-war, etc., some of the camp markings/ cc/ handstamps/ addresses include Camp Alger (Va.), Camp Bushnell (Oh), Camp Hastings (Pa, illustrated letterhead), Camp Poland (Oh), Camp Wetherill (SC), Camp Merritt (Cal; problems with typhoid), Camp Barrett (Cal; short-lived camp), Camp George H Thomas (Ga), Camp Springfield (Fla), Camp Gilman (Ga), Camp Fernandina (Fla), etc., also note "Mil. Sta. Sep 30 '98 Lexington KY" duplex, an 1898 letter from a soldier at Camp Gilman (Ga) describing the new "Krag-Jorgensen" repeating rifle, etc., very mixed condition with most of the covers affected by some toning, opening faults, postal wear, etc. but still an overall Fine and fascinating collection (Image)

CV. 500

Opening US$ 575.00
Sold...US$ 600.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:14:29 EST
Sold For 600

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2108
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image Cuba Spanish-American War Period Covers and Cards Assortment, approx 27 covers and 6 postal cards with many on exhibit-pages, most franking US 1898 Surcharge issues incl on postal stationery envelopes and postal cards, nice variety of different cancels, auxiliary markings, official uses, some patriotics, etc., note (in no particular order) Station 28 (Santa Clara) soldier's letter handstamp on patriotic, official use from soldier at Songo encampment, soldier in hospital use of a War Dept penalty envelope (2), Station 1 duplex ties US 1c Trans-Miss + 4c Bureau, few Havana to US patriotic with Chaplain countersigning handstamp, covers with 7th US Cavalry soldier handstamps, "Military Sta Havana" Dec 24 1898 cds ties US 2c Trans-Miss (only known military station mark with name of locality but no station number), 1899 Havana 2-line cancel on registered envelope to Hawaii (stamps missing), etc., also includes few soldier letters, mixed condition with some faults, generally Fine and useful assortment (Image)

CV. 300

Opening US$ 600.00
Sold...US$ 600.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:15:30 EST
Sold For 600


WW I Covers

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2109
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image "U.S.N. Air Forces/ Europe" endorsement on envelope addressed to USA and with "Rec'd From Army/ Bordeaux" Dec 13 1918 machine cancel, "E.J. Fallon" ms cc, Fine use (Image)

CV. 50

Opening US$ 45.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:16:16 EST
Sold For 0

WW II Covers

Sale No: 3031
Lot No: 2110
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Cat No: 17.7.24

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image 1942 Cover Addressed to American POW in Japan, small envelope with typed address "Lieut. John L. Nestor/ % International Red Cross Committee/ Prisoner of War Information Bureau/ Geneve Switzerland" with added "Taken Prisoner by Japan at Guam/ now in prisoners' camp/ Southern Japan/ Zentsuji Camp Shikoku Island", 3c Defense issue tied by La Jolla Cal Apr 9 1942 machine cancel, partial Japanese POW camp dated (17.7.24) censor handstamp on back side, Very Fine and rare early mail to an American POW inside JapanrnLt John Nestor was stationed on the USS "R.L. Barnes" a small Navy oil tanker and served as an oil storage vessel in Guam beginning in April 1920 after service in the Caribbean. During Japanese air attacks on Guam Dec 8, 1941, the oiler was bombed and strafed at her mooring, causing damage topside and starting dangerous leaks. Still afloat when the Japanese invasion force landed on Guam, Robert L. Barnes was abandoned and fell into enemy hands on Dec 10. Lt. Nestor was one of 300 Americans captured and incarcerated at the Zenjitsu POW Camp. He was transferred to the Rokuroshi Camp in June of 1945 and rescued Sep 7 1945. (Image)

CV. 200

Opening US$ 220.00
Sold...US$ 220.00


Closed..Jun-17-2020, 11:16:42 EST
Sold For 220

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