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The Jack A. Gordon Collection of the U.S. 2 "Black Jack" Issue




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Lot 525

Andrew Jackson free frank as President, 1829, manuscript "Free Andrew Jackson" on a folded cover postmarked red "WASH.N CITY, JUN 3" and straightline "FREE", addressed in Jackson's hand to "Samuel Swartout Esq, Collector, New York", docketed on reverse"Genl Jackson, 3d June 1829", Very Fine, with a 1978 P.F. certificate.
Estimate $2,000 - 2,500.
Realized $1,800.
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Lot 526

Andrew Jackson free frank as President, ca. 1834, manuscript "Free Andrew Jackson" on a folded cover postmarked red "CITY OF WASHINGTON, APR 15" (only in use 1831-1836) and straightline "FREE", addressed in Jackson's hand to his son, Andrew Jackson, Jr., "Hermitage near Fountain of Health, Davidson County, Tennessee", docketed on reverse"Genl Jackson, 3d June 1829", Very Fine.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000

Included is documentation from the Ladies' Hermitage Association suggesting that the letter may be from 1834 and including a transcript of the original contents if, in fact, this is the same cover. Interestingly, in said letter [again, not present], Jackson rails against his censure by the Senate, noting, "…that it was a corrupt and venal senate that overturned the liberty of Rome before Cezar [sic] reached her gates, and if ever our republic is overthrown, it will be by a venal Senate usurping all power and forming an alliance with a corrupt monied monopoly." Apparently, the more things change…
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Realized $1,400.
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Lot 527
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Andrew Jackson free frank, likely as President, manuscript "Free, Andrew Jackson" on an unpostmarked cover front only addressed in Jackson's hand to "Francis P. Blair Esqr, City of Washington, District of Columbia"; vertical file fold, Very Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

Andrew Preston Blair was Editor-in-Chief of the
Washington Globe, a defacto propaganda instrument for the Democratic Party, and one of Jackson's closest advisors—a member of his so-called "Kitchen Cabinet" .
Realized $800.
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Lot 528
Andrew Jackson & Martin Van Buren signed appointment, 1831, formal document signed by Andrew Jackson as president & Martin Van Buren as Secretary of State, appointing Joshua Baker of Louisiana as Surveyor of the Public Lands, complete and strong signatures; a few flaws at edges.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
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Lot 529
Andrew Jackson signed check, 1834, attractive matted and framed, engraving of President Andrew Jackson by H B Hall, New York, with check drawn on Bank of the Metropolis for $800, boldly signed; cut cancel affects signature.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
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Lot 530
Andrew Jackson portrait on illustrated $5 specimen note, Hackettstown, NJ Bank, portrait is similar to #73 stamp, with train lower left, Liberty & Indian, for Hackettstown Bank, specimen note on India paper, four hole punch at bottom, backstamped "PROPERTY OF AMERICAN BANKNOTE COMPANY", fresh & crisp, Extremely Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
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Lot 531
Andrew Jackson memorial silks, two items, includes memorial silk of Jackson pictured seated with book, "In Memory Of Departed Worth", "Gen. Andrew Jackson" with the hermitage & poem, plus a silk with portrait of Andrew Jackson, image of him leading troops, with "Andrew Jackson", "He has filled the measure of his country's Glory"; fold at upper right on first silk, split in silk at left on second silk, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600.
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