Lot 515New York, N.Y., 1845, 5¢ black on bluish, position 34, large margins except touched at top left, cancelled by blue manuscript and tied by red "New-York, 5 cts., 5 Aug" cds on gray folded letter to Providence R.I., matching "Paid" in arc handstamp, fresh and Very Fine.
Scott No. 9X1 $600.
Lot 516Providence, R.I., 1846, 5¢ gray black, four clear to large margins, center surface scuffing, cancelled by manuscript "V" cancel on blue folded letter with red "Providence, Sep 12" and matching "Paid" and "5" rating handstamp to East Cambridge Mass., a Very Fine use, Slater Census #7, ex-Makepeace; with 2017 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 10X1 $6,500.
This cover was part of "The Booth Find" that produced Slater covers Nos. 7 and 8. They were found among the papers of Dr. C. Booth papers in an old trunk in April 1926. Slater was shown the covers by Philip H. Ward Jr. at the New York 1926 International Stamp Exhibition. He made an offer of $300 for the two, but there were sold to another collector, Franklin Allen of Greenfield Mass.
Lot 5171847, 5¢ red brown, three large margins, clear to just in at right, tied by red circular grid cancel, matching "Springfield Ms. Aug 27" cds on light blue folded letter to New London Conn., red "- Paid - / Western Bank" two-line handstamp at top right, clean and Very Fine use with the Western Bank handstamp, ex-Wagshall; with 2010 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 1 Estimate $400 - 600.
Pictured in Alexander census on page 263 with the following caption, "This handstamp, ~PAID~/WESTERN BANK was probably not designed as an advertisement for the bank. Instead, it was meant to keep a messenger honest. When a bank employee was sent with the mail and cash to pay the postage, this mark alerted the postal clerk that the mail was to be prepaid. Some messengers are known to have pocketed the money, sending the mail collect.".
Lot 5181847, 5¢ red brown, large margins to just touched at top left, tied by red "5" numeral handstamp and blue "Baltimore Md., Apr 23" cds on greenish folded cover to Philadelphia Pa., clear strike of small Philadelphia "R" handstamp; 5¢ with light horizontal crease from file fold, Very Fine appearance and scarce Philadelphia "R" registry use; with 2010 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 1 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 5191847, 5¢ red brown, left sheet margin single, strong color, huge margins to close at bottom, tied by red quare grid and matching "New York, May 3" cds on folded cover to Philadelphia Pa.; horizontal file fold, Very Fine; with 1985 and 2010 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 1 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 5201847, 5¢ orange brown, full to large margins, each cancelled by dark blue circular grids, matching "Hopkinsville Ky. Apr 24" cds on gray folded letter to New Orleans La., Very Fine and scarce use of orange brown pair; with 2010 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 1b $2,000 as used pair.
Lot 5211847, 10¢ black, rich color, tied by red square grid handstamp on 1849 folded letter to Buffalo, N.Y., matching "New - York, May 27" cds, with additional "Swarts, Chatham Square Post Office" oval handstamp and matching "Letters For N. York City, Direct To, Chatham Square Post Office" oval directive handstamp on reverse, red straight line "Paid" above stamp, Very Fine; with 2017 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 2 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot 5221847, 10¢ black, large margins to barely touched at upper right, tied by red cork cancel and matching "Goshen N.Y. Jul 6" cds, additional "Paid" handstamp adjacent and cds at left on 1849 blue folded letter to St. Paul, Minnesota Territory, F.-V.F. and unique 10¢ usage from Goshen, Census 5735, ex-Hart; with 2012 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 2 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Alexander Wilkin, to whom the cover is addressed, came to St. Paul, following his service as a captain in the Mexican war, in 1849. At various times he was engaged in a law practice and at one time was the U.S. Marshall for Minnesota. In 1851 to 1853 he was secretary of the territory and in 1855 he went to the Crimea to study the Crimean War. In 1861 he organized the first company of the First Minnesota regiment and in 1862 he became the colonel of the Ninth Minnesota in the Civil War. Wilkin was killed in the battle of Tupelo, Mississippi on July 14, 1864. Wilkin County was named for Alexander Wilkin.