Sale 7

Summer 2016 Sale

U.S. Stamps
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Lot 1
Significant Revolutionary War British Proclamation., This is a 13 March 1778 Proclamation by Britain's King George prohibiting British Seamen from Serving on foreign vessels. It is addressed to "the great numbers of Mariners and Seamen" "our natural-born" subjects and it is particularly addressed indirectly to British Seaman serving in Rebel American ships, as well as French ships.

The issue of prohibiting British subjects from serving on foreign vesseles carried on into the next British / American war.

Large Royal Coat of Arms top centre, impressive item, size 13" x 14" with a partial separation along horizontal file fold. Also includes a slip printed on velum with manuscript endorsement to the Sheriff of the County of Northumberland.
Estimate $750 - 1,000

A wonderfully specific example of the frustration the British had with the very organized and professional American maritime service of naval warships and private commerce. Something to be proud of. Quite good condition.

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Lot 2

18th Century Transatlantic U.S. Way Cover from Cape of Good Hope
Lot 2 will be offered as Lot 279 in this catalogue listed under Cape of Good Hope,
Date-lined "Cape Francis January the 21 1786 Atoorboik at knight" folded stampless letter, museum quality backing with acid free Japanese paper, bearing on front at top right manuscript "P - - - (probably Ports) Way 2" annotated by a post man on receipt, probably at the Portsmouth N.H. docks.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

This cover is extremely significant as it is the earliest known stampless cover from the Dutch Cape, with a postal marking, other than a few "Cleft Stick"" (Hottentot Runner) local covers, and is probably unique as a transatlantic usage, pre-British Occupation. As a side note, Cape Francis was made famous in the iconic surfing movie, "The Endless Summer".
The letter is from Joseph Gerrish, to his wife in Kittery Maine via Portsmouth N.H. It details his trip and stops on the way, and is written the morning after he arrived, because the ship was leaving the next day to go home. Joseph Gerrish (1732-1812) graduated Harvard in 1752, head of his class and was buried on Gerrish Island Maine.

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