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Sale 97: The Westpex Sale

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State Postmarks - New York to Virginia

Lots 837-846 Lot 847

Lot 837    

1752 (Oct. 3) New York, N.Y. "NY 4dwt", manuscript postmark on folded letter datelined "New York August. 3d. 1752" from John Hanser to Capt. William Fisher at Boston, Mass., endorsed "p Post" at bottom left; sealed cover tears, Fine and early use, ASCC $1,500+, ex-Hahn.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Realized: $525

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Lot 838    

Albany * Dec * 21, straightline and matching "Free" rating handstamp on 1795 folded letter to Representative Henry Glen, Philadelphia Pa., fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $110

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Lot 839    

Kingston N.Y. "May 20", stencil circular postmark with ms. date and matching bold fancy "Paid" stencil handstamp with ms. "12½" cent rating to New York N.Y., Very Fine and attractive stencil postmark and rating.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $270

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Lot 840    

(New York) New-York, May 18, remarkably clear strike of red "clamshell" datestamp and manuscript "12½" rating on 1798 folded cover to Suffield Conn., docketing on back extends to address panel, slightly worn file fold, still Extremely Fine and choice, ex-Hahn.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

The New York "Clamshell" marking is much scarcer in red and seldom clearly struck. According to Siegel, Cal Hahn noted this was the "3rd best red strike recorded" and he surely was in a position to know.

Realized: $240

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Lot 841    

New-York nov 11, sharp strike of straightline with manuscript "1.8" rating on 1789 folded letter to Philadelphia Pa., manuscript "9d" local currency rating, content includes "…I have made the enquiry you request of Mr. Brown and am informed by a Member of Congress that he left this City soon after the adjournment…", fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $160

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Lot 842    

(Oregon Route) Fort Laramie, O.R. "June 15", discernible cds strike with manuscript date on buff cover bearing 3¢ dull red (11A) large margins except touched at bottom, tied by minor wrinkling, cancelled by unusual six-section grid cancel to Mount Vernon, Ohio, original letter datelined "Fort Laramie, May 28th 1852" from an Ohioan on his way to California opening "We arrived at the Fort about an hour since. All well and in good spirits we are now 636 miles from St. Joe we have had first rate weather and no accidents and will probably be in the South Pass in about 10 days we have traveled from Fort Kearney to this place in about 13 days and have had some of those storms that are generally great dread of immigrants on the Platt River…" and goes on to describe trip in detail, Very Fine and rare.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED FORT LARAMIE, OREGON ROUTE STAMPED USES.

A Post Office at Fort Laramie on the Oregon Route or Oregon Trail across the plains was established in 1850. The Post Office was located in unorganized territory but attached to Oregon Territory for administrative purposes and was the last Post Office on the Oregon Trail going west.

The two recorded Fort Laramie, O.R. stamped uses:
1. 1852 Jun. 15, Fort Laramie to Auburn, Illinois with 3¢ #11A sheet margin single (Ref. Chronicle 75, p. 152)
2. 1852 Jun. 15, Fort Laramie to Mount Vernon, Ohio with 3¢ #11A, cover offered here.

Realized: $2,900

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Lot 843    

(South Carolina) "Chas Town Febry 20 1757", dateline on folded letter and endorsed "p The Industry, Capt. Cowan } Q.D.C." at lower left, carried by private ship to Great Britain, manuscript "5" pence rating, Very Fine, ex-Karrer.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $150

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Lot 844    

(South Carolina) Bluffton, So. Ca., group of three stampless covers comprising 1848 with bold large "V" rating; 1848 with small negative "V" rating and 1849 with "Paid" and small negative "X" rating, Very Fine trio.
Estimate    $100 - 150.

Realized: $190

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Lot 845    

(South Carolina) Charleston S.C. "Penny Post", group of 3 covers to Charleston endorsed to care of "Penny Post" including red "Sumterville S.C., Sep 6" cds on embossed lady's cover bearing #11A; two Middleton correspondence uses with "Georgetown S.C." cds on U10 and second ties faulty 3¢ #26, F.-V.F. and scarce trio.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Reference: Sumterville and Georgetown U10 uses illustrated in "South Carolina Postal History and Illustrated Catalog of Postmarks 1760-1860" by Teal and Stets, p. 132, figs. 1 and 2.

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Realized: $180

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Lot 846    

(Texas) "El Paso Texas May 19/55", manuscript postmark and matching manuscript ties 3¢ dull red (11A) on blue folded letter datelined "Franklin, Texas May 17, 1855" to Philadelphia Pa., endorsed "via St. Fe & Independence" at bottom left, some interesting content "…by the St Antonio Mail we forwarded you a Draft draw upon Genl. Jessup Washington City D.C. for Five Thousand Dollars…Redeferred to a lott of Bullion on hand here and in Limpias which we expect to forward but which may not go forward until our Mr. Adams gold into Mo. in consequence of heavy charges for carry. That would attend the forwarding to San Antonia at the Port on the Gulf and at No. Orleans.", Very Fine and interesting routing via Santa Fe, ex-Kramer.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Realized: $400

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