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United States Postal History continued...

INDIAN TERRITORY (Cherokee Nation) continued...
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
1161 c imageTahlequah, Cherokee Nation, a beautiful 1851 entire folded letter to Fayetteville, Ark. of the same correspondence as the previous lot, possessing marvelously well struck and matching red "Tahlequah/Ark/Apl 15" c.d.s. , "Paid" and "5", all handstamped markings, fresh and very fine; a rare early cover with great eye appeal; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
1162 imageCherokee Nation Civil War Treasury Warrant, an extremely rare handwritten warrant designated as "No. 1" and headed "Executive Office Cherokee Nation/Camp Coursier, C.N." (Choctaw Nation), it reads as follows "The Treasurer of the Cherokee Nation will pay to M.V.B. Powell/Five Hundred & Two & 40/100 Dollars and this will be your warrant" dated "September 12th 1864" and signed by "Stand Watie, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation", endorsed on the reverse "Recd payment in full/Sept 30th 1864" and signed by Mr . Powell; two tiny insect holes of no significance and actually in unusually nice condition for a warrant of this period, very fine; Chief Stand Watie was the only Indian given the rank of General in Confederate Army; the funds used for this warrant undoubtedly came out of inducements paid to the Cherokee Nation by the Confederacy for their support; this warrant is the only recorded example in public or private hands signed by Principal Chief Stand Watie; ex-Bleuler (Shull Cr #CHR64-1; rated extremely rare). (Image) Est. $15,000-20,000

SOLD for $10,000.00
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1163 c Indian Territory-Cherokee Nation substantial postal history collection, housed in four large deluxe padded albums with dust cases, this remarkable collection consists of 165 covers that are largely different by town or cancel type, well written up on pages and often including enclosures or other memorabilia that enhances the collection, the Cherokee were the largest of the Five Civilized Tribes and very advanced in their learning and culture, being very literate and having numerous towns and post offices in the large area in the northeast corner of what is today the state of Oklahoma, they were moved to this location from Georgia, Alabama and other southeastern states in the 1830's, this collection starts with eight pre-stamp covers including two 1830's covers from pre-Indian Territory locations of Athens, Ten. (Cherokee Agency East) and Georgia, also an 1832 inbound cover to Fort Gibson, the others have handstamp and ms. postmarks of Indian Territory and include towns of Fort Gibson and Kidron, other early covers from the 1850's-1860's stamp include those towns as well Tahlequah, often these early covers include letters with interesting content about the area and the period, the largest portion of the collection consists of over 125 covers of the early to late Bank Note period, we note a number of interesting frankings, numerous types of cancels and many small towns that were only operational for a very few years, we note a wrapper from Metz and a cover from Patrick, both only two year post offices, the latter getting a name change to Bragg, also two covers of Saunders a four year post office, over 20 later covers of the 1890's, but even these are quite desirable with some illustrated covers, an allover flag Spanish American patriotic cover registered from Turley and a special delivery cover from White Oak, both scarce towns, condition varies as would be expected from this area and time, most are fine-very fine; certainly one of the most significant collections of Cherokee Nation postal history ever offered; ex-Bleuler. Est. $4,000-5,000

SOLD for $16,000.00
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1164 c Indian Territory-Cherokee Nation large cover accumulation of over 350 covers and cards with postmarks of the towns within the Cherokee Nation during the Indian Territory period, plus there are over 50 unposted covers and postcards relating to the Cherokees, some being covers hand carried to well known Cherokees such as the Watie family, various corner cards, telegraph envelopes, etc., posted covers start very early with five stampless entire letters, mostly centering around Fort Gibson including an early 1834 "Fort Gibson" ms. pmk. and an 1840 letter with red "Cantonment Gibson/Ar" red c.d.s., a couple datelined Dwight Mission and Honey Creek (home of Stand Watie) that were posted out of nearby Arkansas towns, plus a few early stamp period covers including a 3c Blue 1869 Pictorial on cover with "Pryors Creek C.N./Nov 17th" ms. pmk., the name of this office was changed to Choteau in October of 1871 making this probably the only cover known of this town in its early period (another P.O. was named Pryor Creek later) over 100 covers and cards are from the Bank Note period of the 1870's-1880's and the rest from that period to statehood in 1907, there is an exceptionally broad range of different towns and types of markings, condition varies with faults to some covers, but many are fine-very fine; certainly a lot that deserves careful examination as many scarce items are present; ex-Bleuler. Est. $4,000-5,000

SOLD for $9,500.00
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INDIAN TERRITORY (Chickasaw Nation)
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
1165 c imageFort Washita, Chickasaw Nation, 1851 cover to Mrs. C. W. Lear in New Orleans of the Lieut. Lear correspondence, bold "Fort Washita/Nov 17th" manuscript postmark and ms. "5" rate marking, includes a lengthy six-page letter from a lady friend at Fort Washita describing the the death of a Gen. Belnap and returning to the fort in a storm, very interesting reading, cover is fresh and attractive, very fine and choice cover of this early Chickasaw Nation fort; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $650.00
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1166 c imageFort Washita, Chickasaw Nation, interesting 1852 entire folded letter datelined (Fort) "Phantom Hill, Texas, Jany 4th 1852" to a Lieut. Lear on leave in New Orleans, marked "Official Business" and posted on the way east with neat ms. "Fort Washita, C.N./19th Jan. 1852" postmark, on arriving in New Orleans boxed "N.O.U.S. City Post/Feb 9" and matching oval "Car(rier) 2" handstamps in green were applied, exceptionally fresh and choice very fine; the military camp at Phantom Hill was one of the many forts on the trail to the west, it appears that Fort Washita was the first opportunity to place letters in the mail on the way east as there are other letters written at Phantom Hill that were handled in this way, with these attractive markings and in this marvelous condition it is wonderful rarity of this Chickasaw Nation post office as well as the postal history of Texas; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $5,500.00
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1167 c imageFort Washita, Chickasaw Nation, 1853 entire folded letter written by John Burke, the postmaster at Fort Washita, to Lieut. Lear in Preston, Texas, attractive ms. "Fort Washita, C.N./12th Mar." pmk., endorsed "Free and signed by the postmaster, letter conveys thanks by postmaster Burke for young peach trees sent to him by Lieut. Lear, very fine and attractive letter; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $900.00
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1168 c imageFort Washita, Chickasaw Nation, attractive brown cover with 3c Dull red (#11; small edge flaws) tied by excellent strike of "Fort Washita/Ark./Jan 2" black c.d.s. (ca 1853-54), this is the larger 33mm cancel, posted to Col. Pitchlynn in Washington, D.C., minor mounting scuffs on reverse, very fine and a choice example of this rare marking of which there are only two or three examples known; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $2,800.00
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1169 c imageFort Washita, Chickasaw Nation, well centered 3c Dull red (#26) tied by "Fort Washita/Ark./? 8" large black c.d.s., marked "Overland Mail/via St. Louis" at top left, posted to Col. Pitchlynn in Washington, D.C., portion of back flap missing and slightly reduced at top, very fine; it is interesting that the Arkansas designation is used on these early markings, especially forts, even though this had not been located within Arkansas for years when this cancel came into use; a rare fort handstamp in early Indian Territory; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $1,100.00
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1170 c imageTishomingo, Chickasaw Nation, 3c Dull red (#26; edge faults at right) with ms. cancel on cover to Gainesville, Texas, bold "Tishomingo C N Aug 18" ms. pmk., the "18" canceling the stamp, minor edge toning to the cover, very fine; while later period covers are known from this town, which existed until statehood, only a couple of examples are recorded from the 1850's-60's as testified by Dr. Chase's note on the reverse "One of two covers seen from this rare early town"; an exceptionally rare cover from the Chickasaw Nation; ex-Chase, Bleuler. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $850.00
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1171 c Indian Territory-Chickasaw Nation mounted postal history collection, written up on pages and containing fourteen posted covers and cards, plus several receipts and permits including a homestead patent assigning land to a member of the tribe, covers are not many in this collection as the Chickasaw lands did not have many early post offices but there are some scarce and early items, we note a #26 tied by a ms. pmk of Tishomingo, this being very early as the post office did not open until 1857 with only a couple of covers known from this early period, also a very attractive "Cherokee Town/Ind. T./Jan 3" (1877) duplex with negative five-point star cancel on 1c Brown postal card (#UX3), this post office was open less than three years from 1874-77, another that bears mentioning is a beautiful strike of "Silver City/Ind. T./Aug 20 1889" c.d.s. with unusual vertical bars cancel, this also is a short-lived post office that was open from 1883-1890, other nice markings include Colbert and Erin Springs, condition varies as is usual in this early period of Indian Territory, but many are fine-very fine and a nice collection; ex-Bleuler. Est. $500-750

SOLD for $2,200.00
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1172 c Indian Territory-Chickasaw Nation sizable cover accumulation of over 175 covers and cards including some of the scarcer earlier towns, we note an 1857 cover with an enclosure datelined "Oil Springs I.T./July 3rd 1857", posted from Pilot Point, Texas, very interesting letter about travelling there and the medicinal benefits of Oil and Sulphur Springs, also an 1859 cover with #26 and ms. "Fort Arbuckle CN/Aug 23rd 1859" pmk., around 20 covers from the Bank Note period including a scarce Arnoldville and an unusual boxed White Bead Hill on a parcel card, plus others, the rest are later period covers and cards of the 1890's to 1907, interestingly these have much greater variety in towns as this is the period that many post offices opened making some quite scarce during the Indian Territory period, we note a Rocky Point and Greenville postmarks that by our records are the only ones recorded to date, in addition to the posted covers there are eighteen picture post cards including some with actual photographs, condition varies but overall most are fine-very fine for this collecting area; well worth careful examination; ex-Bleuler. Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $5,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
INDIAN TERRITORY (Choctaw Nation)
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
1173 c imageAtoka, Choctaw Nation, 3c Rose with ms cancel on cover to Alexander Stephens, former Vice President of the Confederate States of America, in Crawfordville, Georgia, lovely "A-to-ha C.N/April 28th 1868" manuscript postmark at left, very fine; probably the earliest recorded usage from this early Choctaw Nation post office that opened only three months earlier on January 23, 1868; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
1174 c imageBoggy Depot, Choctaw Nation, attractive cover posted to Col. P.P. Pitchlynn, distinguished Choctaw and Principle Chief of the Nation, with 3c Dull red center line single (#26) tied by ms, cancel, neat "Boggy Depot C.N./Dec 21, 59" manuscript postmark at left, fresh and choice very fine; a nice and early marking from this post office; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
1175 c imageBoggy Depot, Choctaw Nation, Confederate States soldier's letter datelined "Near Boggy Depot Choctaw Nation/October the 6th 1864", this soldier was a member of Gen. Gano's Brigade (Texas) and letter is posted with a turned cover received from his father and posted to his father in Galveston, Texas, cover has ms. "Farmersville Tex/Oct 21st/Paid/10" manuscript pmk. with "From J.M. Davis/on duty Co. F/Gano's Brigade" endorsed at bottom left, cover was originally posted to Farmersville with Galveston c.d.s. and a rare "Galveston, Tex/Paid 10" large circular postmaster provisional marking (Scott #98XU3), cover is intact though wrinkled and soiled having done double duty in harsh conditions, fine; the very interesting letter of this soldier is written on the reverse of a Confederate supply form and relates the capture of a huge Union supply train in Indian Territory worth over two million dollars at the Second Battle of Cabin Creek; General Gano at this time was in command of the Texas Cavalry and Brig. Gen. Stand Watie's First Indian Brigade, this famous battle was the most significant success of these units in the war; a fabulously rare Confederate cover and letter, not only for its rare Confederate markings and Indian Territory connection, but for its marvelous historical content; ex-Bleuler. (imagea) (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $2,300.00
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1176 c imageCamp Bell near Johnson's Station, Choctaw Nation, Confederate States soldier's letter datelined "Camp Bell near Johnson's Station/Choctaw Nation Indian Territory/85 Miles North of Texas/June 6th 1864", posted in a buff envelope with10c Blue (#11, top left corner missing prior to affixing) tied by a pen stroke, posted to Crockett in Houston Co. Texas, instructions on envelope read "please send via Dallas and Waco", edge stains to cover at bottom and some edge splits to letter, fine; this letter is written by a soldier in Gano's Brigade deep in Indian Territory to his wife, he describes the poor mail service and various military engagements in the east; an exceptionally interesting postal history letter of the Confederate forces in the Choctaw Nation; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $900.00
Will close during Public Auction
1177 c imageChoctaw Agency, Choctaw Nation, folded cover to Mission House in New York City with attractive "Choctaw Agency/Oct. 18 1847" manuscript postmark with matching "10" rate marking, docketing indicates it is from the Trustees of Spencer Academy, clean and attractive, choice very fine; Spencer Academy was a Presbyterian School in the Choctaw Nation and had its own post office from 1844 to July of 1847 when it was discontinued and mail originating there went through the Choctaw Agency post office, this is significant because it establishes this letter as coming from the Indian Territories as opposed to a post office in Mississippi that had the same name; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $280.00
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1178 c imageChoctaw Agency, Choctaw Nation, 1849 folded letter to Princeton Theological Seminary from one of the instructors at Spencer Academy in the Choctaw Nation, attractive "Choctaw Agency/14 Dec" manuscript postmark with matching "10" rate marking, lengthy and interesting three page letter, couple spots of edge discoloration, very fine and scarce early cover from the Indian Territories; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $270.00
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1179 c imageDoaksville, Choctaw Nation, 1849 entire folded letter from Isaac Folsom, brother of David Folsom, district chief and prominent Choctaw, to Col. Thomas Mckenny at Choctaw Agency, letter is datelined "Mineral Bayou near Fort Washita/Jan. 26th 1849", cover was posted with "Doaksville C N/Feb 16/49" manuscript postmark the "Feb 16" inserted by pencil, matching "5" rate marking at right, marked "missent" with black Fort Smith, Ark. c.d.s. dated Feb 20, contains a most interesting letter by Folsom concerning the history of the Choctaws and there customs in selecting chiefs, mended split cover fold at left, otherwise very fine; an early example of this post office which opened in 1847 and an important historical letter; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $475.00
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1180 c imageDoaksville, Choctaw Nation, lengthy entire folded letter prior to 1851 to Philadelphia, "Doakes ville/Ark./Jul 30" black c.d.s., ms. "10" rate marking at right, contains an interesting letter describing the great flood on the Red river and nearby Kiamichi river, plus an interesting description of a horseback ride to Doaksville, exceptionally clean and very fine; an excellent example of this early handstamp marking of the Choctaw Nation; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction

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