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Sale 74: The Westpex Auction

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1847 Issue

Lots 1387-1396 Lots 1397-1399

Lot 1387    

1847, 5¢ red brown, horizontal pair, extra large margins to slightly in, tied by manuscript addressing to Dr. Elisha K. Kane U.S.N., Head Quarters Pueblo, City of Mexico, "or Philadelphia Penna." which ties the 5¢ pair, flap with matching "If Dr. Kane has left Vera Cruz send to Philadelphia Penna.", endorsed "Care of Col. Wilder, or officer in command at Vera Crus." and "pr Steamer, via New Orleans.", Mexico addressing crossed out and forwarded with "Vera Cruz, Mexico April 12" framed postmark and matching "10" due handstamp, pencil "fd" forwarded, Very Fine.
Scott No. 1    Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.

A REMARKABLE 5¢ 1847 ISSUE COVER TO AN OFFICER SERVING IN THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR, RETURNED TO PHILADELPHIA AS HE HAD ALREADY LEFT FOLLOWING THE END OF THE WAR. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED 5¢ 1847 COVER TO MEXICO.

Elisha Kent Kane (1820-1857) was an American explorer, and a medical officer in the United States Navy during the first half of the 19th century. He was a member of two Arctic expeditions to rescue the explorer Sir John Franklin. He was present at the discovery of Franklin's first winter camp, but he did not find out what had happened to the fatal expedition. On September 14, 1843, he became Assistant Surgeon in the Navy. He served in the China Commercial Treaty mission under Caleb Cushing, in the Africa Squadron, and in the United States Marine Corps during the Mexican-American War. One battle that Kane fought in was at Nopalucan on January 6, 1848. At Napolucan, he captured, befriended and saved the life of Mexican General Antonio Gaona and the General's wounded son.

Realized: $17,000

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Lot 1388    

1847, 5¢ red brown, horizontal strip of three, margins ample to just in, small flaws, tied by red grid cancels on cover to Toronto, Canada, matching "Charleston, S.C., Feb 1" origin cds, "Queenstown, U.C., Feb 6, 1851" exchange cds and manuscript "4½" rating smudged and rerated "9" due; cover backflap replaced and exchange marking slightly strengthened, Fine, a rare double rate usage to Canada with U.S. portion partially paid by stamps.
Scott No. 1    Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

Realized: $1,200

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Lot 1389    

1847, 5¢ red brown, preprint paper folds, tied by red circular grid cancel, matching Boston Mass. origin cds on enamel cover to Newburyport Mass.; with 1998 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 1 var.    Estimate $750 - 1,000.

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Lot 1390    

1847, 5¢ red brown, clear to large margins, tied by red Philadelphia "5" in circle handstamp on cover to New York, with additional strike at center, in combination with Blood & Co., 1848 (1¢) bronze on black affixed at right; adhesives with small flaws, F.-V.F.; with 2016 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 1+15L17    Estimate $400 - 600.

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Realized: $725

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Lot 1391    

1847, 5¢ red brown, ample to large margins, tied by manuscript "X" on cover to Laurenceville, Pa., in combination with Boyd's City Express, 1848, 2¢ black on green die cut tied by small grid handstamp, red "New York & Philada R.R., Dec 5" cds; local stamp lifted and placed back with some abrasions, F.-V.F.; with 2016 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 1+20L7    Estimate $400 - 600.

Realized: $400

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Lot 1392    

1847, 5¢ red brown, clear to huge margins, tied by red grid handstamps on 1849 turned cover to Albion, N.Y., reverse with matching "Rochester, N.Y., 5, Apr 13" cds, inside addressed to Rochester with red "Albion, N.Y., Apr 19" cds and matching "V" handstamp, Very Fine.
Scott No. 1    Estimate $250 - 350.

Realized: $240

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Lot 1393    

1847, 5¢ red brown, ample to large margins, tied by grid handstamp on 1851 folded letter to New York, red "Boston, Mass., Jan 4" cds, Very Fine; with 2016 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 1    Estimate $250 - 350.

Realized: $260

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Lot 1394    

1847, 5¢ red brown, clear to huge margins, tied by square grid handstamp and matching "New - York, Mar 25" cds on fresh cover to Baltimore, Md., Very Fine and attractive; with 2016 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 1    Estimate $250 - 350.

Realized: $240

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Lot 1395    

1847, 5¢ red brown, clear to huge margins, tied by red square grid handstamp on bronze floral border Valentine cover to Northcastle, N.Y., matching "New York, Feb 19" cds; light cover soiling and staining, Fine.
Scott No. 1    Estimate $200 - 300.

Realized: $300

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Lot 1396    

1847, 5¢ dark brown, ample to mostly large margins, tied by neat red grid cancel on turned 1847 folded letter to the postmaster in Lodi, N.Y., blue "Buffalo, N.Y., Dec 22" oval postmark, inside addressed back to Buffalo with blue "Lodi, N.Y., Dec 24" cds, matching "Free" handstamp and manuscript "James Mafus P.M." free frank, Very Fine, a scarce turn cover usage; with 2016 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 1a    Estimate $300 - 400.

Realized: $375

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