Lot 1296Agriculture Dept., 1873, 2¢ yellow, tied by cork cancel on "Department of Agriculture, Official Business" imprint and obsolete free frank parcel label affixed on complete wrapper to Forestville Md., signed by Commissioner Frederick Watts, Very Fine and rare complete wrapper, ex-Markovits, Curtis.
Scott No. O2; $4,000 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
This wrapper was prepaid 2¢ for the double circular rate of 1¢ per 2 oz. This is No. 10 in the Campbell census (Chronicle 194, May 2002) that lists six covers and four wrappers with the 2¢ Agriculture.
Lot 1297Executive Dept., 1873, 3¢ carmine, well centered, tied by segmented cork cancel on "Executive Mansion" imprint cover to Imlaystown, N.J., with "Washington D.C., Jul 11" cds alongside, Very Fine.
Scott No. O12 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 1298Interior Dept., 1873, 3¢ vermilion, tied by cross-roads cancel duplexed with "Philad'a Pa Dec" cds on blue International Exhibition, Smithsonian Institution official business imprint cover to the Commissioner for Orange Free State at the Centennial Exposition, docketed "Ans. Dec 18/76" at bottom left; reduced slightly at left, Fine and scarce imprint design.
Scott No. O17 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 1299Interior Dept., 1873, 6¢ vermilion, tied by "St. Paul & Pacific R.R., Nov 1" duplex on "U.S. Land Office. Gergus Falls, Minns." imprint cover to St. Paul Minn.; reverse with "Carrier, Nov 7" backstamp, Very Fine and scarce railroad post office use.
Scott No. O18 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 1300Interior Dept., 1873, 12¢ vermilion, used with 2¢ vermilion (O16), each tied by matching cork cancel duplexed with "Washington D.C., Apr 23" cds on local rate cover to Hon.John P. C. Shanks, House of Representatives, purple docketing at left; reduced a bit at right, otherwise Very Fine and rare combination paying the septuple local letter rate.
Scott No. O20 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 1301Interior Dept., 1873, 15¢ vermilion, used with 6¢ Interior (O18) on Office of Indian Affairs Lawrence Kan. corner card envelope with preprinted address to U.S. Indian Agent, Sac & Fox Agency, Indian Territory and matching printed endorsement "Via Okmulkee, I.T."; also includes matching second use with 3¢, 12¢ Interior (O17, O20) from Lawrence Kan.; opening faults, Fine pair.
Scott No. O21 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 1302Navy Dept., 1873, 2¢ ultramarine, cancelled by cork duplexed with partial "Washington D.C., Dec 7" cds on Bureau of Navigation official business envelope locally addressed to Hon. A.G. Thurman, Senate, Washington D.C., docketed from "Commodore Ammen, Dec 7/77", Very Fine and choice local use.
Scott No. O36 $500.
Daniel Ammen (1820-1898) was a U.S. naval officer during the American Civil War and the postbellum period, as well as a prolific author. In the Civil War, he commanded the gunboat USS "Seneca" in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron from 1861 to 1862. His bravery was conspicuous in the Battle of Port Royal, November 7, 1861. Later, under Samuel F. Dupont's command, he took part in all the operations on the coasts of Georgia and Florida. In the engagements with Fort McAllister, March 3, 1863, and with Fort Sumter, April 7, 1863, he commanded the monitor USS "Patapsco". In the attacks on Fort Fisher, in December 1864, and January 1865, he was commissioned captain of the USS "Mohican" July 26, 1866.
Lot 1303Post Office Dept., 1873, 1¢ black, strip of three, tied by cork cancels duplexed with "Baltimore Md. Oct 9" cds on 3¢ Post Office (UO2) lemon entire with"Registered Business" imprint to New York N.Y., partial "New-York, Rec'd, Oct 9 79" arrival backstamp; cover opening affects left stamp, otherwise Very Fine and scarce double-rate use uprated with a 1¢ strip of three.
Scott No. O47 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 1304Post Office Dept., 1873, 3¢ black, huge margins with straddle s.e. at left and part of arrow, cancelled by three-ring "2" cancel duplexed with "Washington D.C., Nov 1 1881" duplex on mourning cover with "Post Office Department, Washington. D.C." imprint to Wellsville N.Y., partial Nov. 8th arrival backstamp, Very Fine.
Scott No. O49 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A RARE OFFICIAL POST OFFICE MOURNING COVER, WHICH WAS USED AFTER THE DEATH OF PRESENT GARFIELD.
The Post Office Department use this wide band mourning envelope during the Nation's period of mourning following the death of President James A. Garfield (1831-1881), who was shot by Charles J. Guiteau, a disgruntled office seeker, at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey. He was the second of four Presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
Lot 1305 ()Post Office Dept., 1873, 3¢ black, perfs trimmed at top, used with 2¢ brown (157) and 3¢ green (158), pair and single, all tied and cancelled by matching blue cork cancels on Post Office Department official business cover front to J.N.T. Levick at New York City, matching "Wash'n. D.C., Registered, May 7" cds, registry numbers; purple "5/8/75" docketing, Very Fine and scarce combination use.
Scott No. O49 Estimate $300 - 400.