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State Postmarks - Alaska

Lots 592-597

Lot 592    

Alaska Commercial Co., Ounalaska, Jun 17, 1886, blue oval date stamp on reverse of cover to San Francisco, Cal., franked with 1883, 2¢ red brown tied by waffle grid handstamp, bold "Ship" in circle and "U.S. Charge to Collect, 2 Cents", reverse with San Francisco, Cal., Recd., Jul 10, F.D. cds; cover reduced and some faint staining, otherwise Very Fine, a very scarce early Alaska Commercial Co. usage from Ounalaska.
Scott No. 210    Estimate $750 - 1,000.

Realized: $425

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Lot 593    

Alaska Commercial Co., U.S. Mail S.S. Bertha, corner card with red "A.C. Co." flag on cover to Old Town, Maine, franked with 1903, 2¢ carmine (s.e. at bottom) tied by Sitka & Ounalaska R.P.O., East, Jul 16, 1903 duplex postmark; light cover staining, F.-V.F., one of three known examples of this Alaska Commercial Co. steamship "Bertha" stationery.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

The Steamship "Bertha" was an ocean steamer in the fleet of the Alaska Commercial Company. This envelope is not listed or illustrated in Cavagnol.

Realized: $425

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Lot 594    

Alaska Commercial Co., U.S. Mail S.S. Bertha, corner card with red "A.C. Co." flag on cover to Old Town, Maine, franked with cork canceled 2¢ carmine with "Kayak, Alaska, Jul 18 1902" cds alongside; small cover tear at bottom left, Very Fine, one of three known examples of this Alaska Commercial Co. steamship "Bertha" stationery.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

The Steamship "Bertha" was an ocean steamer in the fleet of the Alaska Commercial Company. This envelope is not listed or illustrated in Cavagnol.

Realized: $525

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Lot 595    

Canadian Development Company, Limited., S.S. Canadian, Jul 7, 1900, purple cds tying Canada 1899, 2¢ carmine (77) on cover to Old Town, Maine, reverse with additional 2¢ carmine tied by "Lake Bennett, B.C., Jy 13 00" split-ring cds, additional "Skagway, Alaska, Transit, Jul 13, 1900" cds; light cover toning and edge wear, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

A RARE CANADIAN DEVELOPMENT COMPANY STEAMSHIP "CANADIAN" USE VIA LAKE BENNETT, BRITISH COLUMBIA TO MAINE.

Reverse.

Realized: $2,000

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Lot 596    

Fort Wrangel, Alaska, Nov. 11, 1891, cds on mercantile corner card cover to San Francisco, franked with 1890, 2¢ carmine (corner nick) canceled by light target handstamp, receiving backstamp; small cover tear and light soiling, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 220    Estimate $150 - 200.

Realized: $110

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Lot 597    

Killisnoo, Alaska, 1897 Dec 7, clear strike of type 2 bluish-black cds and matching four-ring target cancel ties 2¢ carmine (279B) on cover to Fall River, Mass., Dec. 20th arrival backstamp; tiny edge tear, Very Fine and scarce small town.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Killisnoo was a fishing town near Sitka, with one of the very earliest post offices in Alaska. The type 2 town cancel was used 1894-1909. The sender was B.F. Brightman who ran the cannery at Killisnoo and was head of the Alaska Oil and Guano Company. He wrote many letters home and eventually traveled the entire coastal state, from Southeast in Killisnoo to Nome.

Realized: $210

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