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Lot 4381
Undenominated "Crowned" George Washington engraving in black, no imprint, but likely American Bank Note Co., possibly for currency, design about 36 x 40 mm die-sunk on glazed card about 6" x 3¾", Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $200
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Lot 4382
1854, receipt for whiskey & tobacco, ½ page receipt for R P Strong for several purchases of whiskey and a tobacco purchase, with five years interest! couple of small holes at folds, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $8
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Lot 4383

1855 (Jan. 15), Whaling letter posted Boston to New Bedford, MA, franked by two 3¢ 1851 imperforate Washingtons (in two distinct shades, the stamp at right heavily truncated at right), tied by barred-circle "PAID" handstamp in black with red "Boston/15/JAN/6 cts" postmark at left; addressed to Isaac Howland Jr. & Co. in New Bedford, offering accounts; horizontal file fold of no consequence, Very Fine, an interesting double rate usage.
Suggested Bid $225
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Lot 4384
ca. 1860s, engraving of seated maiden with "FIVE" banner, most likely intended for a banknote; on India mounted on card; pictures a young woman in ornate seat, surrounded by cherubs and the bounties of the fields; sidewheeler and building rising in the background; slightly foxed but still desirable.
Suggested Bid $90
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Lot 4385
ca. 1862, Engraving, "Ceres/Engraved for the Bank of Montreal", striking design on India die-sunk on heavy card; produced by Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, New York; used at lower right on the Bank of Montreal's 1862 series $1 note; some staining to card well away from vignette, which is completely fresh, very pretty.
Suggested Bid $90
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Lot 4386
1864, "Lincoln Subscription" campaign labels, a 3¢ black on green and a 10¢ black on yellow; the 3¢ with huge margins but a few slight flaws, the 10¢ cut close with a few shallow thins, F.-V.F. appearance.
Suggested Bid $100
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Lot 4387

1872, Boston Market Produce Report, 1¢ (145) tied by quartered cork with Boston MA town cancels, on commission merchants price list for Oct 1872, addressed to Beebe Plain VT; light soiling, F.-V.F. Scott $23 .
Suggested Bid $8
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Lot 4388

c. 1874-75, post card to Rennes, France, 1 1¢ post card, uncancelled, but addressed and with message on the reverse, carried privately. Unusual item, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $8
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Lot 4389
1876 (Oct. 17), Whaling-related letter from Jonathan Bourne to Capt. M.L. Snell of the Bark Adeline Gibbs, a fascinating letter offering a snapshot of the whaling industry; from Jonathan Bourne (1811-89, major whaling investor and namesake of Bourne, MA, on Cape Cod), to Capt. Snell aboard ship at St. Helena; Bourne, the Managing Owner or Agent for the Adeline Gibbs, is none too pleased here, the letter in full reading: "Dear Sir//Your letter of July 28 recd. I am sorry for your poor success thus far. Must wait I suppose for better luck in sperm whaling.//Don't ship Humpback Oil unless at a very low price, very low indeed. It will do to ship sperm Oil if you have any, at a moderate rate of freight.//I think you had better keep the Humpback Oil on board to keep the Bark on her bottom.//I must admonish you to keep your expenses down, as drafts and outfits consume all of the catchings, and there is nothing left for interest and insurance. With the hope that you will do better next cruise//I remain//Yours truly//Jonathan Bourne", Very Fine, in excellent condition, with just two small weakenings at the top cross folds.
Suggested Bid $160
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Lot 4390

1898, Spanish-American War patriotic cover, Spanish-American War patriotic cover from Minnesota to Colwyn Bay, Wales, Aug 2-13, 1898; included is a marvelous letter on a matching patriotic letterhead telling how "American Railways are lighted by electricity" and "…instead of two large oil lamps on back for signals there are two red electric lights"; enclosed is a schedule of the Chicago & North-Western Railway, one of "only three roads with electric lights", F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $90
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Lot 4391

1909 (Sept. 29), Hudson-Fulton Centennial all-over cover, sent to Hoboken, NJ, a lovely front-and-back illustrated cover, franked by 2¢ perforated Hudson-Fulton (#372) tied by Hudson Term. Sta. wavy-line postmark four days after issue; cover pristine, Very Fine, a fun and attractive cover.
Suggested Bid $90
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Lot 4392

1917-18, AEF Van Dam A9000 Instuctional Markings, A920 APO 11 used 10/13/17 on YMCA env. to US, sl. chipping, rare, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $8
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Lot 4393

1917, registered cover from Newburgh to White Plains NY, 1¢ (498), 2¢ (499), 10¢ (510) & 15¢ (514) tied on 1917 registered legal folder by Newburgh NY ovals, addressed to White Plains NY, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $16
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Lot 4394

1938, to Italy, postage due, franked 5¢, Sc. 810, correct letter rate to Italy (1.25 lira); 4.10 lira postage due stamps added ([J29 + J34 (8)]. Why? There are staple holes on the left suggesting that the cover may have been attached to something heavier, or compulsory registration (no appropriate markings), or a post restante fee (but 2.95 lira is too much). A fascinating cover worthy of further study, quite scarce, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Suggested Bid $100
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Lot 4395

1945, WWII airmail cover from APO 920 (Biak Island, Indonesia) to USA, Biak is located within the northwestern part of Papua, in a very interesting geographic area, cover has army examiner signed censor marking at bottom, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $20
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Lot 4396

1948, USS Robert Wilson, cover honoring Juliette Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, with Crosby photo cachet, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $8
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