Lot 30: James K. Polk Free Frank
6th February 2019
Uncommon hand-addressed and free-franked mailing envelope, 5.5 x 3, addressed in Polk's hand to "Mr. Fielding Lucas, Baltimore, Maryland," and franked in the upper right, "Free, J. K. Polk." Postmarked at Washington, March 23, [no year]. Archivally encapsulated in Mylar, mounted, matted, and framed with a gilt-edged porcelain ‘Oval Office Collection’ portrait by Christian Bell Porcelain and nameplate to an overall size of 11.75 x 14.75. In fine condition, with light soiling along the central vertical fold, and scratching to the top of the frame. Fielding Lucas, Jr., was a successful Baltimore cartographer, artist, and map publisher whose maps and atlases were considered to be among the finest produced in America during the first half of the 19th century.
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