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United States Postal History continued...

State Postmarks - Missouri (Mississippi River) continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1042   image(Mississippi River - Iowa Territory) "Fort Snelling, Febry 5 1845". Manuscript postmark with matching "25" cent rating on folded letter to Lieut. R.W. Foote, 6th U.S. Infantry, Fort Smith Ark., docketed on reverse "Rec'd Mar. 10. 43", letter from Emily Plummer and Capt. husband to her cousin Lieut. R.W. Foote including "…I shall send to Ft Smith trusting to the good management of the Post Office Dept for its reaching you in safety - How do you like the idea of forming the reserve with the 1st next spring at Jefferson Bks? I suppose you will be delighted at leaving Arkansas.", Very Fine.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

Fort Snelling, originally known as Fort Saint Anthony was a military fortification located at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers in the Unorganized Territory. The area was first explored in 1805 by Zebulon Pike, where he acquired 100,000 acres of land leading to development of settlements in 1810.
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Est. $400-600
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
1043   image(Mississippi River - Orleans Territory) New Orleans, Nov 13. Clear complete strike of cds and manuscript "25" cent rating on 1806 folded letter to Baltimore Md., Extremely Fine.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $220.00
Will close during Public Auction
State Postmarks - Missouri (Unorganized Territory)
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1044   image(Unorganized Missouri Territory) "Cant Leavenworth Mo., June 16th". Manuscript postmark with matching "25" rating on folded cover to Major L. Taliafero, U.S. Indian Agent, St. Peters, Upper Mississippi, inside "9th August 1829" receipt docketing, endorsement on flap "If Majr Taliafero is absent from here Mr. Elias. T. Langham will open this letter and oblige & c"; opening tear at right, Very Fine, ex-Alexander.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

THE EARLIEST RECORDED CANTONMENT LEAVENWORTH POSTMARK.

Early in the year 1827, the War Department ordered Col. Henry Leavenworth to follow the Missouri River until he reached the mouth of the Little Platte River, and established a permanent military cantonment on the east bank of the river. Col. Leavenworth explored the area, and determined that the west side (ultimately the Kansas) side of the river was the best site for the construction of the cantonment. Due to its strategic location on what was to become the Oregon Trail, Fort Leavenworth became a key supply station on the westbound route settlers took on their long journey to California, Oregon and Utah.
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Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
1045   image(Unorganized Missouri Territory) "Cant Leavenworth, 14th Oct". Manuscript postmark with matching "18¾" rating on Oct. 14th 1837 folded letter from Col. Stephen Watts Kearny to Capt. Ethan Allen Hitchcock at Jefferson Barracks, interesting letter concerning the relocation of Fort Gibson and recruitment of Indians Kansas to help fight the Seminoles in Florida: "…letter from Genl. Macomb saying that they are appointed by the War. Dept. Commissioners to select a site for a new Post, to remove the troops from Gibson…The 180 Indians, who left this neighborhood for the Florida war are not missed by us. There were however amongst them, some of the very best Warriors we know of, and if properly managed may be made serviceable. I blush for my Country when I think of the invitation they received, to go so far from their Home, to fight our battles." and signed "S.W. Kearny", Very Fine.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)

Est. $500-750
SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
1046   image(Unorganized Missouri Territory) "Cant. Leavenworth, 13 May". Manuscript postmark and matching "Paid 37½" cent due rating on 1831 folded letter to St. Louis Mo., letter enclosed a draft for $34.33 on Messrs John Smith & Brother, payable to your order "…This is to meet a demand on Lt. Warfield for the hire of Capt. Smith's slave Horace, upon Lt. W's leaving Jeff. Barracks, Horace continued with me, and I took the payment for him on myself. Some Short time afterward I called on you, and requested you to present the bill to Mr. Geo. Kennerly, and he would pay it. - Presuming this had been the case, I gave myself no further concern, until from a letter from Lt. Warfield I learnt that it had not been paid. I regret very much that accident should have caused so long a delay" and signed "J.Freeman, Lt 6th Infy", Very Fine, ex-Beals.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $525.00
Will close during Public Auction
1047   image(Unorganized Missouri Territory) "Fort Leavenworth, Dec 17". Manuscript postmark and matching "Free" rating on 1835 folded letter to Territorial Delegate Col. George W. Jones at Washington D.C., Very Fine and choice.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED "FORT LEAVENWORTH" POSTMARKED USAGES IN PRIVATE HANDS PRIOR TO THE POST OFFICE NAME CHANGE IN 1839.

Cantonment Leavenworth was redesignated "Fort Leavenworth" on February 8th 1832 by War Department General Order No. 11; however, the Post Office Department continued the use of the word "Cantonment" until 1839. Consequently, the postmaster was technically required to continue the use of the word "Cantonment" until the POD rule was changed. However, in late 1835 the postmaster at Fort Leavenworth used the Army designation "Fort" in his townmark rather than the Post Office Department "Cantonment." Six examples used that year are known, but only two of these are in private hands. This is one of those two examples, dated December 17th 1835, carried to Washington under the free frank of the Iowa Territorial delegate to Congress, to whom it is addressed.
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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
1048   image(Unorganized Missouri Territory) "Fort Scott Mo., March 30 -". Manuscript postmark ties 3¢ dull red (11A), pre-use tear, on blue 1853 folded letter to New York City, the letter is from a sergeant at the fort and he is asking that newspapers be sent to him there, he is obviously unaware that the garrison will be moved within a month; fold mends, Fine, ex-Alexander.
Estimate; $4,000 - 6,000.

ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED USES FROM FORT SCOTT DURING THE UNORGANIZED TERRITORY TIME PERIOD, THIS BEING THE ONLY STAMPED USE.

Fort Scott was established on May 30, 1842, and built along the Military Road four miles west of the Missouri state line in what is now Kansas. This was considered the Permanent Indian Frontier at the time. It served as an intermediate post on the military road that connected the frontier forts from Fort Snelling in the North to Fort Jessup (Louisiana) in the South. The main duty was enforcing peace between the Osage Indians and settlers on their way west. The post was abandoned on April 22, 1853, but was re-occupied by troops during the Civil War in March 1862.

As was the case with Fort Leavenworth that was also in unorganized territory west of the Missouri state line, Fort Scott used a town mark (manuscript) incorporating the term "Mo." The Post Office Department attached these forts to Missouri on their records for administrative purposes.
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Est. $4,000-6,000
CLOSED
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1049   image(Unorganized Territory West of Mo., now Wyoming) "Fort Laramie, June the 15th 1849". Dateline on gray folded letter from Henry A. Cox to his wife at Fredericktown Mo., carried by military express to Fort Leavenworth, entered mails with "Fort Leavenworth Mo. Jul 31" cds and matching large "5" rating handstamp, upon arrival correctly rated "Under 5" and totaled to "10" cents due for over 300 miles, this was the writer's second letter home since starting on the California trail, "…the very next morning (Sunday morning) about the Break of day as the last Guard came in from herding the cattle they came running into Camp hallowing Buffalo Boys Boys Buffalo-every man, woman and child on the ground was out in less than two minutes and every horseman had his guns pistols and horses in a state of readiness for a chase in less than two. We all set out under considerable excitement each man declaring he would have a Buffalo Scalp before night. About 11 O'clock we all returned when Lo and behold we had killed seven large fine Buf and your humble servant having the honor of murdering one, and so we spent our Sunday…19 miles distant comes a series of Bluff called Scotts Bluffs which has a most magnificent appearance; so we travel along road about 4 miles from the Bluffs it represents an ancient city. in the first place the Bottoms are covered with Blue Grass impregnated with a variety of flowers of rich perfume and beauty and then the sides of the hills are interspersed with Cedar trees which give the dingy and ragged Banks a splendid Contrast. My representation is faint in comparison to those beautiful Bluffs. on top of the highest peak-you can see very distinctly Laramie peaks of the Rocky Mountains distance 100 miles…"; couple small edge flaws and reinforced, Very Fine and early California trail letter.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

Henry A. Cox was one of the earliest emigrants in the first year of the Gold Rush.
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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $1,150.00
Will close during Public Auction
State Postmarks - Missouri (Collections)
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1050   imageIndependence, Mo., Postal History 1831-1860s. Collection of 40 covers mounted on pages and loose, some early letters with interesting content including 1840 blue cds use with content on the presidential election then pitting William Henry Harrison against the incumbent Martin Van Buren referred to as the "Little Dutch Cheat"; 1846 concerning 100 barrels liquor to Sante Fe, 1850 green cds and "Paid X" rating, red cds on #10A embossed lady's cover to Washington D.C., #9 irregular block of three at prepaid 3¢ rate to Smyth Co. Va., etc., also includes Preston Roberts Jr. 25¢ "Mail Contractor" stage fare bank note illustrated with stage coach, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

Independence was laid out in 1827 to serve as the county seat of Jackson County, created by Missouri state legislature the previous year. The Post Office was also established in 1827. For about 20 years, Independence reigned as the Gateway to the West. By 1830, it had replaced Franklin as the eastern terminus of the Sante Fe trail.
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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $725.00
Will close during Public Auction
1051   imageLiberty Mo. Postal History, 1824-1864. Group of 18 covers including one of only two recorded "Clay C.H." ms. Clay Court House usages in private hands; 1831 "Liberty Mo" ms. postmark letter; 1834 and 1837 "Liberty Mo." fancy oval handstamp letters (bold strike with vertical tear); second cds-style struck in red, black and greenish, red Liberty cds use with "Overcharge 6¼" re-rating, two Henry Coleman free franks, #24 strip of three use, and a Clay Seminary corner card oval handstamp on a 10¢ use to Cal., etc.; some faults, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)

Est. $500-750
SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
1052   imageMissouri Territorial and State Balance. Group of 12 covers comprising 1821 St. Louis black territorial cds, 1821 St. Louis red cds with "T" removed, 1824 St. Louis, 1842 St. Louis, 1848 "Arrow Rock", 1830 "Boonville", 1846 Boonville blue cds with "5" and "10" ratings, 1849 Independence green cds, 1827 "City of Jefferson" ms. postmark, 1829 "Jef. Cit. Mo." cds, 1823 "St. Genevieve, Missouri" statehood oval; some faults, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500. (Image1)

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Est. $1,000-1,500
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1053   imageSaint Joseph Mo. Postal History, 1844-1860s. Collection of 62 covers including 1844 "St. Joseph Mo." manuscript. postmark letter, blue "Drop 1ct" in circle use, #7 on printed J. & G.W. Cargill circular, corner card advertising including. New York House cameos in blue and red and three different Saint Joseph Female College, Nebraska Territory map ad, a few Civil War patriotics; some faults, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000. (Image1)

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Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $1,150.00
Will close during Public Auction
1054   imageSt. Louis Mo., Territorial Period, 1805-1821. Collection of 25 territorial covers, plus one inbound use, two letters 1805 and 1806, and some additional related material like a newspaper, illustrations and Mo. bank note, better includes 1814 "St. Louis" ms. postmark letter use mentioning Rufus Eaton being elected territorial delegate to Congress and Indian attacks in the area as part of the War of 1812, 1815 "St. Louis" ms. postmark and "37½" cent war surcharge rating letter use datelined "Franklin Ville Farm", 1815 "ST LOUIS, DEC. 18" two-line postmark and "37½" cent war surcharge letter use from Edward Bates to his brother Frederick mentioning a local St. Louis dispute over where to build the new public buildings in the city, 1816 "ST LOUIS, MAY 17" two-line postmark on "R Easton" free franked letter as Congressional delegate, plus 8 additional "ST LOUIS" two-line postmark usages of varying types, 1819 "St. Louis. Mo. T, Oct 30" black cds eku use struck in black, and 1821 "St. Louis. Mo. T, Mar 2" red cds LKU use (two used same day in collection), etc., F.-V.F.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1055   imageSt. Louis Mo., Statehood Period, 1821-1860s. Group of 45 covers plus a few illustrations, 1824 "St. Louis Mo. T, Aug 4" cds reintroduced on letter from Edward Bates U.S. District Attorney to the Attorney General asking for advice on matter of Spanish land grants in Missouri and Ark., 1827 "S Louis Mo." ms. postmark letter; 1829 letter from Sen. Thomas Hart Benton, 1831 "S Louis Mo" ms. postmark on military letter to Jefferson Barracks; St. Louis Mo. ms. "40" rate to San Francisco, some advertising covers including all-over Henry Pike & Co. whiskey w/#25, 1860s use of #U34 entire with "Saint Louis Mo. Dead" cds, two #24 uses with "1" framed carrier handstamp, and red "2" in circle drop rating cover, etc.; some mixed condition, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)

Est. $500-750
SOLD for $1,150.00
Will close during Public Auction
1056   image(Unorganized Missouri Territory) Fort Leavenworth, 1832-1860s. Collection of over 25 covers mostly mounted on homemade pages, noted includes 1832 "Cant. Leavenworth" ms. postmarked letter, 1837 "Fort Leavenworth" datelined letter signed "S.W. Kearny" to Capt. E.A. Hitchcock at Jefferson Barracks via military courier noting arrival of Steamboat Pirate and enclosing a $600 check; "Fort Leavenworth, July 5/57" ms. postmark on 3¢ Nesbitt entire to Hamilton Va. (one of only 3 recorded late ms. townmarks without state designation), a few Civil War patriotic uses, free frank of Senator Samuel C. Pomeroy on blue Congressional ad cover, and two incoming usages; some mixed condition, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500. (Image1)

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Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $2,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1057   imageWeston Mo. Postal History. Album of over 25 covers, some content letters plus related maps and illustrations, includes manuscript "Weston Mo." use, the first cds's (incl. EKU strike), large "5" and "10" rating handstamps, #11 uses, 1860 transatlantic use to Wurttemburg at 30¢ PCM rate, etc.; some faults, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
State Postmarks - New Mexico
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1058   image"Canoncito N Mx, Nov 24/79" (Sante Fe). Manuscript postmark and cross-hatch canceling 1¢ postal card to Waterbury Conn., Nov., partial arrival cds, message datelined Conocito Nov. 22nd reads "…Arrived here Wednesday after a long and tiresome journey…", Very Fine and unlisted manuscript town postmark, Helbock R9.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
1059   image"Flora Vista N. Mex, Apl 27/79" (San Juan). Manuscript postmark and matching ms. "X" on light blue cover to Albion Iowa; top edge flaws, Fine and unique example of the type 1 postmark, Helbock R8, ex-Welch.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

The Flora Vista post office opened in 1878 and operated until 1883 with two names, then in 1884, the post office changed names to an improved single-name of Floravista.
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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $130.00
Will close during Public Auction
1060   imageKappus, N. Mex., Sep 8, 1910. Type 1 duplex with four-bar killer ties 1¢ Franklin on post card to Grant Mich., picture side with real photo titled "A Western Humane Society" showing cattle branding, Very Fine and choice, this is he earliest of only two recorded examples of this postmark.
Estimate; $150 - 200.

Kappus was a short-lived DPO open from 1910 to 1913.
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Est. $150-200
SOLD for $100.00
Will close during Public Auction
1061   image"San Jose N.M., June 5 1878". Manuscript type 1 postmark on 3¢ green entire to Chester Vt., enclosed letter datelined "San Jose, New Mexico Terr. June 1878" by William Steele to his mother mentions of his travel plans in the territory and where to direct his mail; reduced slightly at right, Very Fine, One of only 3 Recorded Manuscript Type 1 Postmarks. Todsen R8.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction

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