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Sale 67: The Westpex Sale

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State Postmarks - Florida Postmarks

Lots 1318-1327 Lots 1328-1337 Lots 1338-1347 Lots 1348-1349

Lot 1318    

"Chattahoochee Octr 11-36", manuscript postmark with matching "25" cent rating on folded letter to West Point N.Y., excellent contents from a soldier on his way to join his company fighting in the Seminole Wars, detailed descriptions of troop movements, of the conditions of military installations, of the use of Creek Indians against the Seminole, and the loose morals of Indian women, immaculate and Extremely Fine, a beautiful and early example, ex-Rosen, Jarrett.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Realized: $1,000

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Lot 1319    

Chattahoochee Flo., "Augst 13", red orange circular postmark with manuscript date (type V) and matching "18¾" rating on folded letter datelined "Apalachicola Arsenal, Chattahoochee Florida 1843" to Maj. G. Wright, Fort Brooke, Tampa E.F., endorsed "via Savannah & Pilatkia" and "On Service", letter from a surgeon who writes that a corporal of the guard had "the audacity to request my wife to meet him clandestinely the next night", the "scoundrel was confined" and he wants another guard "who has proper notions of morality and propriety sent in his place" etc., interesting letter; file folds, Very Fine and scarce.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Lot 1320    

"Fernandina, Octr. 6th", manuscript two-line postmark with matching "25" cent rating on 1826 folded letter to Governor William P. Duval, Tallahassee, Florida, election content with letter signed by Domingo Acosta, the first postmaster at this post office; light tone spot, Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

THE EARLIEST OF ONLY SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE FERNANDINA TYPE I POSTMARK.

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Lot 1321    

Key-West, Florida, Sep 15, remarkable strike of red oval postmark with matching bold "Paid" handstamp and manuscript "25" cent rating on 1832 folded letter to James D. Westcott, Sec. of the Territory of Florida, Tallahassee M.F., legal contents, Extremely Fine with superb handstamp markings, ex-Meroni, Jarrett.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Realized: $1,000

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Lot 1322    

Key-West, Florida, Dec 15, remarkable bold strike and matching "Free" rating handstamp on clean 1832 folded letter to Major General Thos. Jesup, Quartermaster General, Washington D.C., endorsed "On Service" at top left, letter requesting supplies mentions that ships from New Orleans seldom stop at Key West while vessels from the North to the Gulf of Mexico pass close to the Key; small internal cover tear, Very Fine and attractive.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Lot 1323    

Lipona, Jeff., Florida "June 2nd", bold strike of rimless circular datestamp with manuscript date and matching "Free" rating on 1830 folded letter from Col. James Gadsden to Andrew Jackson, President U.S., Washington, the Autographed Letter Signed James Gadsden addressed "Dear General" and datelined "Wasiapa 1 June 1830" relative to appointment of Cadet Gadsden, flap with President Jackson's notation "Letter from Col. James Gadsden of Florida, Referred to the Navy Department"; reinforced fold splitting sealing letter closed, clean and Very Fine, ex-Meroni.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.

AN EXCEPTIONAL HISTORICAL LETTER FROM JAMES GADSDEN TO PRESIDENT ANDREW JACKSON. ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE RIMLESS LIPONA POST MARK.

Lipona was located 10 miles from Tallahassee on the mail route to Micanopy and was the site of a 10,000 acre plantation of Prince Achille Murate, exiled son of the King of Naples and a nephew of Napoleon Boneparte. Murat became known as Col. Murat after his marriage to a daughter of Virginian Col. B. Willis. Lipona is an anagram of Naples. The post office was established May 8th 1828 and operated until December 16, 1847.

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Lot 1324    

Magnolia Fla / April* 8., two-line postmark with "Free, E. Simms, P.M." free frank on 1834 folded letter to La Prarie, Lower Canada, red "Montreal, Apr 28" cds and "4½" pence due rating, red "La Prarie, "Apl 28" rimless postmark with ms. date and matching "forwd." rating at lower left; stain spot at top, otherwise Very Fine, One of only two recorded free frank usages with this Magnolia postmark., ex-Meroni.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Lot 1325    

Magnolia Fla / Sep* 2., remarkably bold and clear strike of two-line postmark with matching "Free" rating handstamp and manuscript "Free, E. Simms, P.M." free frank on 1834 folded letter to La Prarie, Lower Canada, indistinct strike of red "Montreal, Sep 20" cds and "4½" pence due rating, red "La Prarie, '25 Sept' " rimless postmark with manuscript. date and matching "forwd." rating at lower left; overall toning and edge flaws, Fine, One of only two recorded free frank usages with this Magnolia postmark.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Realized: $750

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Lot 1326    

"Mandarin East Florida, May 6. 1835", manuscript postmark (type III) with red manuscript "Free" rating on folded cover to John Easton, Governor of Florida, Tallahassee; fold toning, Fine, ex-Meroni.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE MANDARIN TYPE III MANUSCRIPT POSTMARK.

Realized: $750

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Lot 1327    

Marianna Fl. T. "May 3", complete clear strike of cds with manuscript dating and matching "25" cent rating on pretty green 1838 folded letter to New York N.Y., horticulture contents, Extremely Fine and choice.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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