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Sale 74: The Westpex Auction

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State Postmarks - Florida: Apalachicola to Port Leon

Lots 1010-1019 Lots 1020-1029 Lots 1030-1036

Lot 1030    

Pensacola, / June 24., clear type IIIb straightline postmark with manuscript "Free" and "On Service, Tho. Wright, Pay Master" frank on 1822 folded letter to the Pay Master General, Washington, D.C.; vertical file folds, F.-V.F., one of four recorded examples of the type type IIIb postmark, the earlier of two territorial usages.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Lot 1031    

Pensacola / 9. Sep, type II manuscript postmark and manuscript "25" rate on 1822 folded letter to Philadelphia; some cover splitting and paper tape reinforcement, Fine, the earliest recorded example of the type II manuscript postmark, ex-Meroni, Light.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Interesting content regarding the yellow fever, "We are up to our eyes in the yellow fever, Pensacola the Montpelier of the Gulph for health, is most terribly scourged. Half of the dennizens are dead including Dr. Bronaugh and the other half have fled …we are now 5 miles from town on the sea shore where we will remain until first frost".

This manuscript postmark is believed to have resulted from the temporary relocation of the Pensacola post office during this outbreak of yellow fever.

Realized: $240

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Lot 1032    

Pensacola, Jan. 8 (American Military Government Period), perfectly struck bold two-line postmark with matching "Paid 25" rating on 1822 folded letter to Mary Ann Bradford at Providence R.I., letter mentions: "…I have been introduced to a sister of the celebrated Indian Warrior Weatherford's sister, whom you may recollect delivered himself up to Gen. Jackson during the late war, because his warriors had all been killed"; some fold separations, couple light stains, Very Fine.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

A RARE PENSACOLA STRAIGHTLINE USE DURING THE SHORT AMERICAN MILITARY GOVERNMENT PERIOD.

Realized: $500

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Lot 1033    

Pensacola, Jun 24., sharp strike of two-line postmark and red manuscript "Free" rating on 1822 folded letter to Major C.J. Nourse, Actg. Adjt. Genl., Washington D.C., endorsed "On Service, L. Whiting, Adjt. 4th Art." at top right, letter datelined "Headquarters Pensacola Jun 23 1822"; light file folds, Very Fine.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Lot 1034    

Port Leon, Flo "Dec 2", rimless circular postmark with manuscript date and matching "25" cent rating on folded letter datelined "St. Marks, Novr 27 1842" to Bangor Me., a Very Fine strike of this scarce postmark, ex-Meroni.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Lot 1035    

Port Leon. Fla, Feby "27th.", straightline postmark and matching "Feby" handstamp below with manuscript day and "25" rating on 1841 folded and partly printed letter to New York, bill of lading for cotton shipment; minor fold toning, otherwise Very Fine and scarce.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

Realized: $500

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Lot 1036    

Port Leon, Flo "Nov 3", type III cds with manuscript date and "25" rate on folded legal size wrapper to Tallahassee docketed Nov 10, 1844; lower right corner repair, otherwise Fine, ex-Light.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

The Port Leon post office name was changed to New Port on Jan 18, 1844. That, together with the fact that no type III Port Leon postmarks are recorded after Dec 12, 1842, indicate that the docketing may possibly be incorrect.

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