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State Postmarks - Louisiana to Mississippi

Lots 1355-1364 Lots 1365-1367

Lot 1355    

Nouvelle Orleans 20 Ju 1747, dateline on folded letter to Bordeaux, France, with straight line "De Rochefort" French entry handstamp at upper right, Very Fine, a very rare early usage from New Orleans during the French period.
Estimate    $1,500 - 2,000.

La Nouvelle-Orléans (New Orleans) was founded in Spring of 1718. The French colony was ceded to the Spanish Empire in the 1763 Treaty of Paris.

Realized: $3,500

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Lot 1356    

Nueva Orleans - 21 de Mayo 1803, ship's register folded letter sheet to Bordeaux, with red straight line "Yndias" handstamp and the exceedingly rare "Nueva Orleans" fancy oval wreath handstamp on dispatch, signed by the postmaster of New Orleans "Marín" with accompanying "franco" notation above indicating postage paid, reverse with "Payo 32 rls" following the norm for this postal document, well preserved with all four flaps complete, including the red wax used to close the cover and being one of the characteristics which determined the ship's register to be considered as a sealed postal correspondence, Very Fine, ex-Kouri.
Estimate    $15,000 - 20,000.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE SPANISH "NUEVA ORLEANS" OVAL WREATH POSTMARK IN PRIVATE HANDS.

Louisiana was under Spanish administration as part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain (1762-1802), when it was retroceded to France according to the Third Treaty of San Ildefonso (1800) and the Treaty of Aranjuez (1801). However, Spain agreed to continue administering the territory until November 30th of 1803 when the French took possession of the colony, three weeks before Louisiana Purchase on December 20th. Additional significance of this cover is that it is one of only two ship’s register covers known originating from a colony and sent to a non-Spanish destination (this item had to be submitted to the Spanish consul to Bordeaux, as indicated on front). Additionally this is an exceptional postal usage during the short period of Spanish provisional administration after the official transfer to France.

Realized: $12,000

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Lot 1357    

Nueva - Orleans, 1 Julio en 1813, dateline on folded letter written in Spanish, to Veracruz, Mexico, manuscript "Goletta Proserprina" schooner endorsement at lower left, with "3" reales rate marking for an unpaid single weight maritime letter, matching "Yndias" straight-line handstamp, Very Fine and choice, The "Yndias" handstamp is identical to the type previously used in New Orleans. Since the post office was closed with the end of the Spanish dominion in Louisiana in 1803, this postmark most likely was taken to and used in Havana, ex-Kouri; with 2014 Comex certificate.
Estimate    $3,000 - 4,000.

AN EXTRAORDINARY USAGE OF THE "YNDIAS" HANDSTAMP OF NEW ORLEANS APPLIED OUTSIDE THE CITY.

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Lot 1358    

Nueva Orleans, 21 Junio, 1813, folded letter addressed to Veracruz, Mexico, carried to Havana and entering the mails in Cuba with small red "Indias" straight line handstamp (P.E. 37) and black "3" reales due marking as stipulated by the 1812 tariff for an unpaid single weight letter, Very Fine and choice, only four items are recorded with this small "Indias" Cuban postmark used before 1821 and quite remarkable on mail originating from Louisiana.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.

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Lot 1359    

Nueva - Orleans 1 de Junio de 1813, dateline on folded letter sent to Veracruz, Mexico, charged in Havana with red "3" reales due marking to pay the single maritime rate, Extremely Fine, a rare entire, ex-Kouri; with 2014 Comex certificate.
Estimate    $1,500 - 2,000.

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Lot 1360    

Nueva Orleans, 3 Diciembre de 1815, dateline on folded letter from to Veracruz, Mexico, with Havana two line "Islas De, Barlovento" transit handstamp (P.E. 33), F.-V.F., a Havana marking which was very rarely struck in black and the only so far recorded originating from New Orleans, ex-Kouri; signed Guinovart.
Estimate    $1,500 - 2,000.

Realized: $1,500

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Lot 1361    

New Orleans, 1 de Feirero de 1853, dateline on folded letter to Madrid, Spain, with distinct red "Vigo, 7 Mar, 1853" transit cds, red "Yndias" straight line and matching "5.R" rate handstamps applied upon arrival in Madrid, Very Fine, this extremely rare "Yndias" postmark of Madrid has not been reported in any catalog.
Estimate    $1,500 - 2,000.

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Lot 1362    

(Maryland) Baltimore, straightlines on 1789 & 1790 folded ship letters comprising "Baltimore Jan 24" complete strike of straightline postmark and manuscript "Sh 2 16" rating on folded letter datelined "Bordeaux 3 Novembr. 1789" to Philadelphia Pa., flap with manuscript "Baltimore 23 January. 1790. Received & forwarded… Wm. Taylor" forwarder's endorsement, manuscript "1/4" local currency rating, ex-Jarrett, other with "Baltimore, March. 21" straightline postmark and manuscript "Sh 4.16" rating on folded letter datelined "Rotterdam 28th November 1789" to Philadelphia Pa., manuscript "Recd a forwd Balt. 21 March 1790" forwarder's endorsement on flap, manuscript "2/2" local currency rating, Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $220

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Lot 1363    

(Michigan) Fort Winnebago M.T. "Dec 31", circular postmark with manuscript date and matching "25" rating on blue circa 1834 folded letter to Philadelphia Pa.; horizontal file fold and internal tears, F.-V.F. and rare Michigan Territory fort, ex-Beals.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Realized: $400

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Lot 1364    

(Michigan) Fort Winnebago M.T. "Jany 7", circular postmark with manuscript date and matching "25" rating on 1835 folded letter to Vandalia Ill.; file folded and small edge tear, a Very Fine and rare Michigan Territory fort.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Realized: $190

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