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Spanish American War

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Lots 2429—2484

Spanish-American War

  • Lot 2429

    (Puerto Rico - Rough Riders) Key West, Fla., Jun 29, 98, cds duplex and purple "Due 2 Cents" straightline on 1898 cover endorsed " Soldier's Letter, James R. Church, Asst. Surgeon, 1st U.S. Vol. Cav'l'y, Before Santiago " to Washington D.C., Jul. 4th machine arrival backstamp and 1¢ postage due pair tied by oval cancel, F.-V.F.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $200 - 300.

    James Robb Church (1866-1923) was a United States Army Assistant Surgeon who received the Medal of Honor for his actions as part of the Rough Riders regiment during the Spanish-American War. He was awarded a Medal of Honor for actions during the Battle of Las Guasimas on June 24, 1898, this letter was sent shortly after his heroics. He also served in World War I, and wrote about the effects of poison gas and his experiences as a wartime doctor.
  • Lot 2430

    First Troop, Philadelphia City Cavalry, U.S. Vol., Camp Arroyo, Porto Rico, printed corner card cover bearing 2¢ rose carmine (279Bc) tied by "Brooklyn N.Y., Aug 20 '98" machine cancel to Philadelphia Pa., Aug. 24th arrival backstamp; small edge tear and wear.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $75 - 100.
  • Lot 2431

    "U.S.S. Puritan now at Ponce, Puerto Rico", pencil endorsement on cover with pencil hand-drawn flag patriotic to Davenport, Iowa, "Brooklyn N.Y., Aug 14, 98" entry cds and "Due" in circle handstamp with pencil "2" cents due, precanceled 2¢ postage due affixed; reduced at right, F.-V.F.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $200 - 300.
  • Lot 2432

    1898 (Aug.) "Ship Letter, U.S.S. Wasp, Aaron Ward, Lieut. Comdg.", manuscript endorsement on cover to New York City, Aug. 16th 1898 machine arrival backstamp with "N.Y., Due 2 cents" circular handstamp and 1¢ postage due pair precanceled by "New York, G" double-ovals; some toning.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $150 - 200.

    The USS Wasp was a steam yacht (Columbia) that was purchased and commissioned by the Navy on April 11, 1898 at New York with Lt. Ward in command. It steamed off Cuba and Puerto Rico until Sept. 8, 1898, and was in several engagements.
  • Lot 2433

    M. Sta. No. 1, Porto Rico, Aug 3 '98 (Playa de Ponce), military station duplex on Spanish American War patriotic cover bearing 2¢ rose pink (279Bc), canceled by cork, addressed to La Moille Ill.; reduced slightly at left, 2¢ slight erosion, F.-V.F.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $1,500 - 2,000.

    AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE FIRST DAY USE FROM THE FIRST MILITARY POSTAL STATION AT PUERTO RICO.

    Military postal service for the Spanish American war was operated by the Railway Mail Service. As early as June 29, 1898, the RMS was instructed to provide three clerks for duty in Puerto Rico. The clerks were assigned to Tampa, Florida until a U.S. base was established on the island. Henry Robinson was designated as Chief Clerk. After waiting for three weeks, the railway postal clerks were ordered to report to Nathan Smith, Postal Agent for Puerto Rico, in Newport News, Virginia no later than July 23. They were to prepare to depart for Puerto Rico immediately. Accompanying the RMS staff were three Post Office Clerks.

    On July 28, Henry Robinson and his staff steamed from Newport News Va. on USS St. Louis to Ponce arriving July 31, 1898, one week after troops had landed. Arrangements had been made for Robinson to set up shop in the Customs House on the dock at Playa de Ponce, two miles from the city of Ponce. With limited furnishings and supplies available. Soldiers were sent to the Spanish post office in Ponce to remove what useful equipment was available for use in the new military post office. At 1 PM on August 3, 1898 Military Station #1 opened as a branch of the Washington, DC post office in Playa de Ponce, Puerto Rico.
  • Lot 2434

    M. Sta. No. 1, Porto Rico, Aug 6 '98, military post office duplex on "On to Havana!" patriotic cover showing Soldier and Flag, endorsed "Soldier Letter" to Allentown Pa., purple "Cap Chas. Spring, co. D, 4 Pa. Vol Inf" endorsement, blue crayon "Due 2¢" rating and 2¢ postage due canceled in same blue crayon, Allentown (8.16) machine arrival backstamp; opened on three sides, small faults and wear, Fine and early use.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $300 - 400.

    This cover was sent only 3 days after the first day of the Military Post Office in San Juan on Aug. 3rd 1898.
  • Lot 2435

    M. Sta. No. 1, Porto Rico, Aug 7 '98, duplex on legal-size War Department Penalty cover with imprint cross out and endorsed "Soldier Letter, Douglas Steele, Assistant Adjutant General, 1st Brig. 1st Div. 1st…" to Peoria Ill., precanceled U.S. 2¢ postage due affixed, forwarded to Summit Mountain N.Y., Aug. 24th arrival backstamp; small edge flaws and wear, F.-V.F. and rare early use.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $300 - 400.
  • Lot 2436

    M. Sta. No. 1, Porto Rico, Aug 9 '98, bold duplex strikes tie U.S. 1¢ green (279) and two 2¢ rose carmine (279B) singles on Boysen Co. corner card cover to New York City, Very Fine strike used in first week of the Military Post.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $200 - 300.
  • Lot 2437

    Military Sta. 1, Porto Rico, Wash. D.C., Sep 10, 98, neat duplex cancels U.S. 2¢ green entire endorsed "Soldiers Letter, Edward L. Pierce, Co. F., 1st U.S.V., Porto Rico" to Syracuse N.Y., letter datelined "Sept 9, 1898, Ponce, Porto Rico" and mentions " …I hear all sorts of rumors about going home but nothing definite. My own opinion is that we will start in about a month. Our Colonel has deserted us and gone home, what for I don't know. They say the doctor ordered him home… ", Very Fine and early use.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $75 - 100.
  • Lot 2438

    Military Sta. 1, Porto Rico. Wash. D.C., Sep 21, 98, duplex cds with "1" barred oval ties 2¢ rose carmine (279Bc) on Army Y.M.C.A. cover endorsed "1st Regt., Co. B., Ky. Volunteers, U.S.A., Camp Nelson, Ponce Rico" to Louisville Ky., Oct. 6th machine arrival backstamp; faulty, Fine appearance.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $50 - 75.
  • Lot 2439

    Military Sta. 1, Porto Rico, Wash. DC, Rec'd, Sep 26 '98, cds backstamp with purple "Due 1Ct." and "Held for Postage" straightlines on 1898 cover from C. Martinez & Co., Humacao, Porto Rico to Ponce mailed with uncanceled Spanish 1m orange brown and with " T " in circle handstamp; U.S. 1¢ green (279) tied by "Military Station 1, Porto Rico, Wash. D.C., Sep 27 '98" duplex; reduced slightly at right, 1¢ slight stain, Very Fine and rare "Held for Postage" use.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $300 - 400.

    The U.S. Military Postal Authorities did not recognize the Spanish stamp prepayment and held the cover for postage.
  • Lot 2440

    Military Sta. 1, Porto Rico Wash. D.C., Oct 16 '98, duplex ties 2¢ red (279B) on 1898 cover to Brooklyn N.Y., flap with "Hop Stewart, U.S. Major, 47th N.Y.I. US Vol, 47th N.Y. Inf., Ponce PR" soldier return address, partial Brooklyn (10.27) arrival backstamp; reduced slightly at right, still Very Fine.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $50 - 75.
  • Lot 2441

    Military Sta. 1, Porto Rico. Wash. D.C., Nov 10 '98, sharp duplex ties 1¢ green (279) strip of four and single, on 1898 green cover to New York City, blue "Gonzalez, Bonnin & Co., Ponce, Pto.-Rico" double-oval, New York (11.18) arrival backstamp; one 1¢ with torn and right faulty from edge placement, F.-V.F. and scarce 1¢ use at the 5¢ rate.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $150 - 200.
  • Lot 2442

    Military Sta. 1, Porto Rico. Wash. D.C., Mar 24 '99, sharp cds duplexed with "1" barred oval ties Porto Rico, 1¢ green (210a) pair and single, and 2¢ reddish carmine (211) , on cover to Sayreville N.J., purple "Postage Due '10' Cents." straightline with blue crayon notation, U.S. 10¢ postage due tied by "Sayreville N.J. Apr 4, 1899", Very Fine and choice postage due use.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $200 - 300.
  • Lot 2443

    Military Sta. 1, Porto Rico. Wash. D.C., Apr 8 '99, bold duplex strike on Hotel Inglaterra cover to Newark N.J. bearing 1¢ yellow green (210) , two singles and strip; some edge wear and light vertical crease, one 1¢ affected from edge placement, flap with patriotic flag sticker seal, Very Fine.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $150 - 200.
  • Lot 2444

    Military Sta. 1, Porto Rico, Wash. D.C., Apr 10, 99, bold duplex strikes tie Porto Rico, 1¢ green (210) and 2¢ red (211) on U.S. 2¢ green entire to Vienna, Austria , Apr. 28th arrival backstamp, Very Fine and scarce destination.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $150 - 200.
  • Lot 2445

    Military Sta. 1, Porto Rico, Wash. D.C., May 17, 99, bold duplex strikes tie Porto Rico, 1¢ green (210a) and 2¢ red (211) on U.S. 2¢ green entire to Pittsburgh Pa., May 31st arrival backstamp; reduced slightly at left, Very Fine.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $75 - 100.
  • Lot 2446

    Military Sta. 1, Porto Rico, Wash. D.C., Jul 7, 99, perfect bold duplex ties Porto Rico, 5¢ blue (212) on cover with purple address handstamps to Frankfurt, Germany , matching Ship "Alemania" handstamp and "Fores Hermanos & Co., Ponce" merchant handstamp, Frankfurt (8.3) arrival backstamp, Extremely Fine and choice.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $100 - 150.
  • Lot 2447

    Military Sta. 1, Porto Rico, Wash. D.C., Jul 22, 99, neat C-1 duplex cancels Porto Rico, 2¢ carmine (U3) entire to Pittsburgh Pa., endorsed "Soldiers Letter, Jonas A. Emery, Capt., 11th Inf." at top left, Very Fine.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $50 - 75.
  • Lot 2448

    Ponce, Porto Rico, Registered, Nov 8, 1899, purple cds on green Bickel cover to Germany bearing Porto Rico, 1¢-10&cent (210-214) , each tied by "Military Sta. 1, Porto Rico, Wash, D.C., Rec'd, Nov 8 '99" cds, New York (11.16) transit backstamp and New York (FX-NY1a) exchange label affixed, Wolfratshausen (11.27) arrival backstamp, Very Fine.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $150 - 200.
  • Lot 2449

    Aguadilla Sta., Porto Rico, Oct 8, 1901, sharp duplex ties U.S. 1¢ green (279) and 2¢ red (279B) pair on blue green Schnabel & Co. corner card cover to London, England; cover tear and left 2¢ stamp flaw, F.-V.F. appearance.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $50 - 75.
  • Lot 2450

    Cabo Rojo (Pto. Rico) 12 Mar 99, sharp blue double-circle Spanish postmark with matching "T" in circle and oval cancel tying two faulty 2¢ Trans-Mississippi (286) singles on buff cover to New York City, reverse with "Mayaguez, Porto Rico, Mil Sta. No. 3, Rec'd, Mar 13, 99" and "Mil. Sta No. 4 W.D.C., San Juan, Porto Rico, Rec'd, Mar 13 '99" transits, sharp "New York F.D., Mar 21" backstamp with matching "T" in Circle and "Collect Postage 2 Cents" handstamps on face, reverse with 2¢ postage due tied by "New York, M.I. & R., 3-22 '99" duplex; cover opened on three sides and faulty, Fine appearance.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $400 - 600.

    A RARE SPANISH CANCEL USE FROM CABO ROJO.

    The earliest recorded Spanish cancel use Cabo Rojo is March 3, 1899, only 6 days prior to this use. The Spanish blue "T" in circle handstamp was a U.S.-requisitioned Spanish telegraph handstamp used to indicate "Taxe" or postage due.
  • Lot 2451

    Camuy Sta, Porto Rico, Rec'd, Apr 11, 1900, transit backstamp on Porto Rico, 2¢ red entire (U3) canceled by "Isabela P.R., Apr 11, 1900" duplex to San Juan, Apr 11th arrival backstamp; small edge flaws, F.-V.F., an unlisted Camuy Station received postmark.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $150 - 200.
  • Lot 2452

    Mil. Sta. No. 5 W.D.C., Coamo, Porto Rico, Mar 27 '99, clear duplex ties 2¢ Trans-Mississippi (286) , corner nicked, on cover with "Act. Assistant Surg. U.S.A." corner card handstamp to Dolgeville N.Y.; reverse with "Military Sta. 1, Porto Rico, Wash.D.C., Rec'd, Mar 27 '99" transit and Dolgeville (4.4) arrival cds, rare and Very Fine strike.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $200 - 300.
  • Lot 2453

    Mil. Sta. No 2 W.D.C., Guayama, Porto Rico, Feb 26 '99, sharp duplex strike with "2" barred oval tying 1¢ green (279) and 2¢ rose pink (279Bc) pair , additionally canceled by cds rim on 1899 Farmacia Bruno corner card cover to New Haven Conn., reverse with partial military transit and New Haven (3.6) machine arrival; bit of edge wear and small tear, right 2¢ creased, a Very Fine strike of this scarce duplex on commercial mail.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $200 - 300.
  • Lot 2454

    Humacao Sta., Porto Rico, Feb 5, 1900, duplex cancels Porto Rico, 2¢ red (U3) entire to Playa de Mayaguez, reverse with San Juan (2.6) transit and Mayaguez (2.7) receiver, Very Fine.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $100 - 150.
  • Lot 2455

    Las Marias P.R., Aug 14, 1902, sharp cds duplex with grid cancel ties U.S. 4¢ orange brown (280b) , used with 6¢ lake (282) canceled by bold "R" framed handstamp, additional strike at bottom left with "No 175/126" registry number, on cover to San Juan, bold "Registered, San Juan, Porto Rico, Aug 15, 1902" backstamp, pink "Aug 18, 1902, Received" framed handstamp.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $150 - 200.
  • Lot 2456

    Manati, Porto-Rico, 16 Mar 99, Spanish provisional cds ties 2¢ rose carmine (279Bc) on 1899 cover endorsed "Soldiers Letter, H.S. Bishop, Capt 5th Cav." to Reading Pa., reverse with Mil. Sta. No 4, W.D.C. San Juan, Porto Rico, Rec'd Mar 26, 99" cds and Reading Apr. 4th machine arrival, flap with "Joseph J. Dalton, Troop K, 5th U.S. Cavalry, Manati, Porto Rico" return address; reduced slightly at right slightly affecting 2¢, F.-V.F., a rare Spanish Provisional use .

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $300 - 400.
  • Lot 2457

    Mil. St. Mayaguez. P.R. Sep 25 '98, RMS duplex ties 5¢ dark blue (281) on 1898 C.J. Monagas, Playa Mayaguez corner card cover with preprinted address to Lanman & Kemp, New York N.Y., reverse with sharp "Military Sta. 1, Porto Rico, Wash. D.C., Rec'd, Sep 26 '98" cds and New York (10.3) arrival cds; tiny edge tear, Very Fine and scarce early RMS use.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $200 - 300.
  • Lot 2458

    Mil. Sta. No 3, Mayaguez, Porto Rico, Mar 13, 99, duplex ties 5¢ dark blue (281) on 1899 Imprenta Fernandez, Mayaguez corner card cover to Lanman and Kemp, New York City, reverse with sharp "Military Sta. 1, Porto Rico, Wash. D.C., Rec'd, Mar 14 '99" cds and New York (3.21) arrival cds, F.-V.F.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $75 - 100.
  • Lot 2459

    Mil. Sta. No 3, Mayaguez, Porto Rico, May 11, 99, duplex ties Porto Rico, 2¢ red (211) on cover to Ponce, bold "Military Sta. 1 Porto Rico, Wash. D.C., Rec'd May 12, 99" arrival backstamp, Very Fine.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $100 - 150.
  • Lot 2460

    Rio Piedras (Pto. Rico) 29 Nov 98, clear strike ties 2¢ Trans-Mississippi (286) on cover to Ponce, Puerto Rico, reverse with "Military Sta. 1, Porto Rico, Wash. D.C., Rec'd, Nov 30 '98" arrival backstamp; reduced a bit at left, otherwise Very Fine and rare use.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $500 - 750.

    THIS IS THE EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF THE RIO PIEDRAS SPANISH PROVISIONAL CDS WITH U.S. STAMP PREPAYMENT.

    Rio Pedras was occupied by U.S. military forces on October 12, 1898. A Spanish Municipal post operated until the Military Post Office was opened on January 1, 1899.
  • Lot 2461

    San German (Pto. Rico) 6 Set 98, dark blue cds with matching bold "T" postage due handstamp on 1898 cover to France , reverse with "Military Sta. 1, Porto Rico, Wash. D.C., Rec'd Sep 7" transit and Aix en Provence (9.27) arrival cds; light cover toning and creases, F.-V.F. and rare Spanish transitional use.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $300 - 400.

    On December 29, 1898, Order 549 authorized unnumbered stations Bayamon, Camuy, Rio Piedras, San German and Vieques. The U.S. Military post office at San German opened January 1, 1899.
  • Lot 2462

    San German Sta., Porto Rico, Aug 4, 99, cds duplex ties Porto Rico, 2¢ red (211) , small flaw, on 1899 Uncle Sam and Cannon patriotic cover to Philadelphia Pa., endorsed "Soldier's Letter, Capt. 5th Cavy." at bottom left, reverse with "Mil. Sta. No. 4 W.D.C., San Juan, Porto Rico, Rec'd, Aug 5 '99" cds and Philadelphia Aug. 16th arrival machine; small bit of flap missing, Very Fine and rare patriotic design used from Puerto Rico.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $150 - 200.
  • Lot 2463

    San German Sta., Porto Rico, Sep 5, 3, bold duplex ties U.S. 1¢ green (300) and 2¢ carmine (301) on 2¢ red entire to Paris, France, bold "Francisco Lagarde" merchant oval at bottom left, San Juan (9.6) transit backstamp, fresh and Extremely Fine use from San German.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $75 - 100.
  • Lot 2464

    Mil. Sta. No 4, W.D.C., San Juan, Porto Rico, Nov 26, 98, sharp duplex strikes tie U.S., 1¢ green (279) and 2¢ red (279B) pair on 1898 on cover to Chicago Ill.; Dec. 12th arrival backstamp, Very Fine.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $75 - 100.
  • Lot 2465

    Mil. Sta. No 4, W.D.C., San Juan, Porto Rico, Jan 3, 99, sharp duplex ties U.S. 5¢ Trans-Mississippi (288) on light buff cover to New York City, purple "Villar y Ca." merchant oval and endorsed per "Caracas" at top left, New York (1.9) arrival backstamp, Very Fine.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $75 - 100.
  • Lot 2466

    Mil. Sta. No 4, W.D.C., San Juan, Porto Rico, Feb 10, 99, two strikes of duplex tie two U.S. 2¢ red (279B) on 1899 cover Washington D.C., bold "T" in circle due handstamp for 1¢ short payment of 5¢ rate, Feb. 18th machine arrival backstamp, Very Fine use short-paid use.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $75 - 100.
  • Lot 2467

    Mil. Sta. No 4, W.D.C., San Juan, Porto Rico, Mar 7, 99, bold duplex ties 2¢ Trans-Mississippi (286) on buff "War Department, Headquarters Department of Porto Rico, Secretary of Fomento" imprint cover to Cincinnati, Ohio; docketing, F.-V.F. use at the 2¢ soldiers rate.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $75 - 100.
  • Lot 2468

    Mil. Sta. No 4, W.D.C., San Juan, Porto Rico, Mar 23, 99, sharp duplex strike of Porto Rico, 10¢ brown (214) on double-weight cover to New York City; minor top right corner tear, otherwise Very Fine and choice use.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $100 - 150.
  • Lot 2469

    Mil. Sta. No 4, W.D.C., San Juan, Porto Rico, Mar 31 '99, duplex ties 2¢ carmine (279B) on 1899 cover to Philadelphia Pa., " T " in circle and "Collect Postage 6 Cents" handstamps, "New York F.D., Apr 16" transit backstamp, Very Fine.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $150 - 200.
  • Lot 2470

    Mil. Sta. No 4, W.D.C., San Juan, Porto Rico, Apr 8 '99, bold duplex strikes tie two 2¢ Trans-Mississippi (285) singles on 1899 cover with purple "U.S.S. Blake, San Juan, Puerto Rico" corner card handstamp to Baltimore Md.; reduced at left.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $100 - 150.
  • Lot 2471

    Mil. Sta. No 4, W.D.C., San Juan, Porto Rico, Apr 8, 99, duplex ties Porto Rico, 5¢ blue (212) on yellow cover with fancy red "Caldas y Ca." merchant handstamp to New York City, endorsed per "San Marcos"; small edge tear, Very Fine.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $50 - 75.
  • Lot 2472

    Mil. Sta. No. 4 W.D.C., San Juan, Porto Rico, Apr 27 '99, military duplex cancels 2¢ green entire with "War Dept. Soldier Letter" and "Major A.A.G., U.S.V., A.J.A., U.S.A., Dept. of Puerto Rico" corner card handstamps to Plattsburgh N.Y., original "Society of the Army of Santiago de Cuba" receipt, reverse with New York (5.12) and Plattsburgh (5.13) arrival cds; cover tear, otherwise Very Fine.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $50 - 75.
  • Lot 2473

    Mil. Sta. No 4, W.D.C., San Juan, Porto Rico, Jun 16, 99, sharp duplex ties Porto Rico, 1¢ green (210) on U.S., 1¢ postal card (UX14) to Elberfeld, Germany , "T" in circle due handstamp and blue crayon "5" centimes due rating, red "Porto" straightline, Jul. 2nd arrival cds, message datelined "Arecibo 15/6. 99", Very Fine.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $150 - 200.
  • Lot 2474

    San Juan, Porto Rico. Registered. Jul 14, 1899, purple cds on cover bearing 2¢ reddish carmine (211) , two pairs, and 5¢ blue (212) pair, each canceled by eight-segment grids, on Protze, Lundt & Co. corner card cover to Basel, Switzerland , New York (7.27) transit backstamp and New York (FX-NY1a) exchange label affixed, Basel (8.7) arrival backstamp; one 2¢ small flaws, Very Fine and scarce registered use to Switzerland.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $200 - 300.
  • Lot 2475

    Mil. Sta. No 4, W.D.C., San Juan, Porto Rico, Jul 22 '99, sharp duplex ties Porto Rico, 2¢ red (211) on Brooklyn Daily Eagle cover endorsed "Soldier Letter" to New York City, Jul. 31st arrival backstamp, Very Fine.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $75 - 100.
  • Lot 2476

    Mil. Sta. No 4, W.D.C., San Juan, Porto Rico, Dec 26 '99, clear duplex on incoming 1899 cover from Austria bearing 10kr gray to San Juan, Puerto Rico, purple " Addressed and forwarded / by / San Juan, Porto Rico " three-line handstamp to Havana, Cuba, additional "Mil. Sta. No. 4 W.D.C. San Juan, Porto Rico, Rec'd, Dec 25, 99" backstamp; reduced at left and edge wear, F.-V.F. and rare military post auxilliary handstamp.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $200 - 300.
  • Lot 2477

    San Juan, P.R., Rec'd, Mar 2, 1900, backstamp on 2¢ pink (U3) entire bearing 1¢ green (210) and 2¢ reddish carmine (211), each canceled by grid duplexed with indistinct Puerto Rico cds to Port de France, Martinique , Apr. 27th arrival backstamp; 1¢ some abrasion, F.-V.F. and exceptionally rare overprint-issue destination.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $150 - 200.
  • Lot 2478

    San Juan, Porto Rico, Dec 3 1900, Registered, purple chamfered postmark on cover with Porto Rico, 2¢ red (211), seven tied by grid cancels on 1900 registered cover to Hungary , New York (12.11) transit backstamp with New York, N.Y. (FX-NY1a) exchange label affixed, Kaposvarott (12.22) transit cds; small flaws, otherwise Very Fine and rare registered use from Porto Rico to Hungary.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $200 - 300.
  • Lot 2479

    San Juan, Porto Rico, Registered, Jul 14, 1903, purple cds on cover to Canada bearing U.S. 2¢ carmine (301) and 10¢ orange brown (283) , each canceled by cork, reverse with purple New York (7.20) transit and Berlin, Ont. (7.22) arrival cds, Very Fine.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $150 - 200.
  • Lot 2480

    San Juan, P.R., oval postmark ties Puerto Rico, 1¢ green (215) on F. Font y Hermano, San Juan, Puerto-Rico corner card cover to Arecibo at the 1¢ printed matter rate, "Arecibos Sta. Porto Rico, Rec'd Dec 9, 1900" backstamp; cover opened on three sides, part of reverse trimmed, small edge tear, two stamp nicks, Fine and scarce printed matter use.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $50 - 75.
  • Lot 2481

    Santurce (Pto. Rico) 16 Ene 99, blue Spanish postmark as receiving handstamp on incoming cover from Great Britain bearing G.B. 2½d violet and blue tied by "New Westminster, DE 22 99" cds with military address to Frank J. Morse, Light Battery C, 7th Reg., Ponce, Porto Rico, reverse with "Mil. Sta. No 4, W.D.C., San Juan, Porto Rico, Rec'd. Jan 13 '99" and "Military Sta. 1 Porto Rico, Wash. DC, Rec'd, Jan 15 '99" Military post transits, original letter accompanies; reduced slightly at right, Very Fine and scarce early Spanish postmark use.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $300 - 400.

    At this time Santurce was operating as a branch of the San Juan office. This receiving strike predates the earliest May 14th 1899 recorded use on U.S. mails by almost five months.
  • Lot 2482

    Utuado (Pto. Rico) 28 Set. 98, Spanish cds on cover endorsed "A soldiers letter, Frank E. Gray, Lieut. Comdy Co A, 6 Mass" at top right to Reading Mass., Oct. 7th arrival backstamp, uncancelled 2¢ postage due affixed; cover tears and nicked at bottom, F.-V.F. appearance, a scarce Spanish cds use .

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $300 - 400.
  • Lot 2483

    Mil. Sta. No 7, W.D.C., Yauco, Porto Rico, Jun 9, 99, clear military duplex ties 5¢ Trans-Mississippi (288) on 1899 buff cover to New York city, blue crayon "T" due marking, bold "Mil. Sta. No 4 W.D.C., San Juan, Porto Rico, Rec'd, Jun 10, 99" transit backstamp, top edge faults, Fine and rare Porto Rico military station.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $300 - 400.
  • Lot 2484

    Mil. Sta. No 7, W.D.C., Yauco, Porto Rico, Dec 10 '99, two duplex strikes tie faulty 1¢ yellow green (210) pair on cover to Ponce, red "J.M. Gatell, Farmaceutico, Yauco, P-R." merchant handstamp, purple "Return to Writer, Ponce, Porto Rico" hand handstamp crossed out, purple "Address supplied and forwarded by Ponce, Porto Rico." three-line handstamp and forwarded to New York City, and again to Fallsburg N.Y., various transits including "Military Sta 1, Porto Rico. Wash. D.c., Dec 18 '99" duplex and New York (12.30) transit, cover faulty, Fine and rare Yauco Military post office use with Ponce auxilliary markings.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $400 - 600.