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FRENCH OCCIDENTAL AFRICA - 1952 REGISTERED AIRMAIL COVER WITH IVORY COAST SEAL

Outstanding cover with Registration sticker and Scott Nos 45, 54 (2) and 53 stamps. Most covers have been soaked for the stamps. Complete covers with registration stickers are hard to come by. Ivory coast handstamp seal on both sides (middle left on front; center seal at reverse). Addressed to Director, American Geographical Society, New York City. New York City receiver on back as well. A rare find.

$50.00
PEEKSKILL NEW YORK 1898 COVER WITH 5-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI STAMP (SCOTT 288) - POSTAL-HISTORY PEEKSKILL NEW YORK 1898 COVER WITH 5-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI STAMP (SCOTT 288)

Covers with the 5-cent blue Trans-Miss stamp are few and far between.  Stamp has straight edge on right, double circle cancel. Mailed to King at Arms, London, England.  In blue marking crayon, someone has added Queen Vic Sv at bottom. Queen Victoria was the reigning monarch at the time and perhaps this was sent to her. Additional markings on back. Opened somewhat roughly at left.

$50.00
BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS -- 4 WESTERN UNION TELEGRAMS FROM OVERSEAS SOLDIER. PERFIN STAMPS + CONTENT - WORLD-WAR-II-POSTAL-HISTORY BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS -- 4 WESTERN UNION TELEGRAMS FROM OVERSEAS SOLDIER. PERFIN STAMPS + CONTENT

Super World War II collectible item. Francis E Fitzpatrick sends brief Western Union telegrams home to assure his mother Emma that he is OK and is receiving parcels. Three telegrams are from 1943, and one from 1944. Fitzpatrick participated in landings in Africa, Italy and D-Day at Normandy. One telegram back is blank, two have the gift orders information and one has the Money in a Hurry legend. All stamps with the exception of th 1-cent Freedom have WU perfins. 

$50.00
BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS 1820 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER FROM JOHN & GEORGE PRATT (INDIA WHARF). - POSTAL HISTORY BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS 1820 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER FROM JOHN & GEORGE PRATT (INDIA WHARF).

The Pratts were merchants and among the founders of Boston's trading center--India Wharf. The letter is to John Kyes, of Concord and provides a reference for William Stearns who served on the brig Warbler under Captain Harvey. "who had a good opinion of his character...and found him upright and honest."  Letter is signed by both John and George Pratt, two historic figures in early Boston maritime trade.

India Wharf (1804-ca.1962) in Boston, Massachusetts, flourished in the 19th century, when it was one of the largest commercial wharves in the port. The structure began in 1804 to accommodate international trade at a time when several other improvements to the Boston waterfront occurred, such as the creation of Broad Street and India Street. Funders and organizers of the construction of India Wharf in 1803 on the waterfront near Long Wharf included Francis Cabot Lowell, Uriah Cotting, [Henry?] Jackson (d.1806), James Lloyd Jr., and Harrison Gray Otis. Builders completed the wharf in 1804. Architect Charles Bulfinch designed the building atop the wharf, completed in 1807. The long stone building housed 32 stores.

Merchants operating from India Wharf included China traders Russell and Company (1824); Samuel Austin, Jr.; James Carter; J.T. Coolidge; Samuel Devens; Thomas Dixon; Francis Ellis; Thomas and Edward Motley; Henry Oxnard; John Pratt & Son; Robert B. Storer; Thwing & Perkins.

THE ARISTOCRACY OF BOSTON—1848

PRATT, GEORGE. Son of the late Capt. John Pratt, who followed a successful trade in the Gulf of Mexico, while Spain was at war with England. Retired from sea, and was the first to run regular packets in the New Orleans trade; and after George had had a good training, formed with him, John Pratt & Son—still keeping the New Orleans packet and cotton trade. John bought the large house at the head of Pearl-street, formerly owned by Jonathan Harris, called "Harris's Folly.' George married a daughter of Giles Lodge. Excellent parentage on both sides! His industry and prudence have deserved and secured wealth; and his kind heart and cheerful temper will make him happy.

Letter shows considerable wear where it was worn at the bottom resulting in a large tear that runs up through half the letter.  However, the signatures, the most valuable part of this communication, are intact and historically significant.

 

$50.00
NEW LONDON CONNECTICUT 1847 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER - POSTAL HISTORY NEW LONDON CONNECTICUT 1847 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER WITH FANCY FIVE RATE

Clean stampless folded letter in excellent condition. New London postmark with the fancy FIVE rate mark. Interesting lawyer letter regarding collection of a debt in the amount of $49. Letter was handed to Captain Beal of the Steamer Mayflower to deliver to the addressee since Beal's son was of the assignees in the matter. Letter is signed by A. C. Lippitt, attorney.

The steamer Mayflower; Captain Beal; travelling on the South Shore—Hingham, Cohasset, Weymouth, Plymouth; the places passed by the Mayflower, on her trips to Hingham—South Boston, the Houses of Correction, Industry, and Reformation for Juvenile Offenders; the Hospital and Lunatic Asylum; the Farm School; Deacon Grant; the old race course at Neponset; Squantum, Quincy— the manufacturing establishments in that region; hotels, and private boarding-houses. A. C. Lippitt is Andrew C. Lippitt, of A. C. Lippitt & Sons, admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1839.

$50.00
PRECANCELS -- 3 U.S. AIRMAILS C-1 X 2 AND C-2

Great lot for precancel and airmail collectors. Pre-cancels are Boston, Mass (double strike),  Detroit Michigan, and Federalsburg, Maryland. Catalog is over $100 for the stamps alone.

$55.00
virginia-richmond-confederate-cover-to-mayesville-south-carolina-civil-war VIRGINIA - RICHMOND CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CIVIL WAR COVER TO MAYESVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA COVER WITH #11 STAMP

Cover condition typical. Stamp looks like it was at bottom of sheet and torn by hand around three sides.  However, there are four margins, close only at top right. There is a B. F. Wilson listed as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 7th Regiment South Carolina Cavalry. This is quite possible the cover for a letter he sent back to his wife.

$60.00
MARINE POSTAL HISTORY - BAHAMAS - 1940 SEA FLOOR OFFICIAL WILLIAMSON PHOTOSPHERE COVER BAHAMAS 1940 SEA FLOOR OFFICIAL WILLIAMSON PHOTOSPHERE COVER (2)

This cover has a straight line mark on the back: Bahamas -- Williamson Undersea Expedition

$60.00
NEW YORK TO COGNAC FRANCE 1858 TRANSATLANTIC STEAMSHIP COVER - MARITIME POSTAL HISTORY NEW YORK TO COGNAC FRANCE 1858 TRANSATLANTIC STEAMSHIP COVER

Folded lettersheet in French to Cognac, France February 23, 1858. Paid 15 cents in cash for 15 cents French mail treaty rate and carried on Cunard's "Niagara" from Boston to England. "New Paid York 12" credit, Calais transit and Cognac backstamp. Ex-Pullin.

$60.00
Paris France to England 1854 postal history cover with Scott #18 pair PARIS FRANCE 1854 COVER TO SCARBOROUGH ENGLAND WITH PAIR OF SCOTT #18 STAMPS

Nice array of postal markings on this cover including Scarborough receiver on reverse.  Imperf pair was creased, but seldom found as a pair on cover. Notation at bottom left says: If Mr. Prince has left Scarborough the Post Master is requested to forward this letter to him.

$60.00

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