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United States
U.S. Postal History
Subject
Colonial
2020-06-04
U.S. Postal History and U.S. Gold Coins
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Sale Number 1223, Lot Number 8016, Colonial & Early Stampless(New York-Falmouth Packet, 1771) "NEW/YORK", (New York-Falmouth Packet, 1771) "NEW/YORK"(New York-Falmouth Packet, 1771) "NEW/YORK". Two-line handstamp on folded cover from Ireland to Samuel and Robert Purviance of Baltimore, well-struck "LARNE" straightline handstamp, docketing indicates sender was Samuel Montgomery and letter date was Dec. 13, 1771, side flap with "15/IA" (Jan. 15, 1772) and "23/IA" (Jan. 23) Bishop's marks, "24/AP" Franklin mark indicating arrival date in New York, several rate markings incl. "4" crossed out, "In all 1N10" and "10.16", slight toning along vertical file fold, still Very Fine, a rare Colonial transatlantic cover from Ireland

E. 200-300
110
United States
U.S. Postal History
Subject
Colonial
2019-12-17
United States Postal History and Confederate States
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2106, Stampless Covers(New York to Boston, Dec, (New York to Boston, Dec(New York to Boston, Dec. 25, 1749) "NY 4dwt". Manuscript postmark and rate on folded letter datelined "New York Decem. 25, 1749" and endorsed "P Post" at lower left, some minor splitting along folds, still Very Fine, ex Siskin

E. 750-1,000
300
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United States
U.S. Postal History
Subject
Colonial
2017-06-27
2017 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 8, Congressional Post and Texas(New York City, 1775) "N* YORK*SEP:4", (New York City, 1775) "N* YORK*SEP:4"(New York City, 1775) "N* YORK*SEP:4". Perfect strike of greenish-blue straightline handstamp with large numeral date on flap of small folded letter datelined "Northkingston Aug. 8, 1775" to Henry Barbor in Philadelphia, "Newport" manuscript postmark and "4d 1/8" rate (1dwt 8gr, representing the old Parliamentary Post single rate), some slight soiling and tiny edge nicks, split along a fold not affecting the front or the panel with the New York postmark

EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THE RARE GREENISH-BLUE NEW YORK CONGRESSIONAL POST STRAIGHTLINE. FROM A NEW FIND AND OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME.

The Congressional Post was formed by the resolution of July 26, 1775, appointing Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General of the United States. The distinctive greenish-blue ink was used by the New York post office in 1775 and 1776 after introduction of markings for the newly-created Congressional Post.

A privately maintained census by Steven Walske records fewer than 15 examples of the greenish-blue straightline in private hands. This is a new addition to the census and is also an early use

E. 2,000-3,000
9,500
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United States
U.S. Postal History
Subject
Colonial
2016-12-15
U.S. and Confederate States Postal History
c
Sale Number 1146, Lot Number 1091, Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, New York(New York N.Y. to Lebanon Pa., 1767) "NEW/YORK", (New York N.Y. to Lebanon Pa., 1767) "NEW/YORK"(New York N.Y. to Lebanon Pa., 1767) "NEW/YORK". Two-line handstamp struck on back of folded cover docketed Dec. 26, 1767, addressed to Rev. Wheelock in Lebanon (Pa.) with notation "To be delivered to the Rev. Wm. Patten Hartford", manuscript "Ny 2.16/ 4" (4dwt total) rate and "1/8" in local currency due (4dwt=12p x 1.67 inflation factor=20p or 1sh8p), "28/DE" Franklin mark on back, small piece of back missing where seal removed, tiny edge nicks, Fine Parliamentary Post cover

E. 500-750
750
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United States
U.S. Postal History
Subject
Colonial
2016-12-15
U.S. and Confederate States Postal History
c
Sale Number 1146, Lot Number 1093, Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, New York(New York City to Albany N.Y., 1769) Hudson River Route, (New York City to Albany N.Y., 1769) Hudson River Route(New York City to Albany N.Y., 1769) Hudson River Route. "New York November the 21, 1769" dateline on folded letter addressed "To Mr. Scharmerhorn Living in Schenectady to be left in the Care of Honnis prime Sciper from Albany" (honest prime skipper), some internal splits and soiling, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
350
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United States
U.S. Postal History
Subject
Colonial
2016-12-15
U.S. and Confederate States Postal History
c
Sale Number 1146, Lot Number 1095, Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, New York(England to Norfolk Va. via New York City, 1772) "NEW/YORK", (England to Norfolk Va. via New York City, 1772) "NEW/YORK"(England to Norfolk Va. via New York City, 1772) "NEW/YORK". Two-line handstamp faintly struck on back of 1772 folded letter from England to Thomas Burke in Norfolk Va. with "Post Paid D" double-circle handstamp and red "Post Paid" in circle applied in London, "3/AV" Bishop's mark and "IY/29" Franklin mark, manuscript "pd 1/6" and "6" rates, couple other markings too faint to make out, toned and with soiling, still appears Fine

E. 300-400
150
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United States
U.S. Postal History
Subject
Colonial
2016-12-15
U.S. and Confederate States Postal History
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Sale Number 1146, Lot Number 1121, Colonial Postal History: Revolutionary War, Transitional & Congressional Post(New York City, 1775) "NEW-YORK", (New York City, 1775) "NEW-YORK"(New York City, 1775) "NEW-YORK". Partly clear strikes of red straightline and "Jan. 31" handstamps on flap of Jan. 30, 1775 datelined folded letter to Norwich Conn., red manuscript "2.16" rate (2dwt 16gr), "1/5" in local currency on back, small paper loss from seal removal on back, Very Fine, a scarce red New York straightline on a cover sent a few months before the beginning of the Congressional Post

E. 400-500
800
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United States
U.S. Postal History
Subject
Colonial
2016-12-15
U.S. and Confederate States Postal History
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Sale Number 1146, Lot Number 1122, Colonial Postal History: Revolutionary War, Transitional & Congressional Post(New York City, 1775) "N. YORK JUN:5", (New York City, 1775) "N. YORK JUN:5"(New York City, 1775) "N. YORK JUN:5". Mostly clear strike of red straightline on back of 1775 docketed folded incoming packet cover to Robert Livingston in Philadelphia, manuscript "1N" prepaid packet rate, red "1/10" due in local currency (4dwt), unclear strike of red circular handstamp, some minor toning and edge splits, still Very Fine, sent during the transitional period in New York from the Parliamentary Post to the Congressional Post, this is a Parliamentary Post marking

E. 400-500
225
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United States
U.S. Postal History
Subject
Colonial
2016-12-15
U.S. and Confederate States Postal History
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Sale Number 1146, Lot Number 1123, Colonial Postal History: Revolutionary War, Transitional & Congressional Post(Newburyport Mass. to Philadelphia via Cambridge and New York City, 1775) "N* YORK*AU 24", (Newburyport Mass. to Philadelphia via Cambridge and New York City, 1775) "N* YORK*AU 24"(Newburyport Mass. to Philadelphia via Cambridge and New York City, 1775) "N* YORK*AU 24". Bold strike of greenish-blue straightline handstamp with large numeral date on obverse of folded letter datelined "Newburyport August 11, 1775" and addressed to Reynolds & Coates in Philadelphia, entered mails in Cambridge Mass. with "Camb 1/8" postmark (1dwt 8gr, see below for rate interpretation), transited New York City where straightline applied, letter notes that a ship the American Army depended upon for flour was taken prize by British cruisers off Cape Cod and conveyed to Boston to supply British General Gage, minor soiling and small erosion spot in "24" of straightline

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE GREENISH-BLUE NEW YORK CONGRESSIONAL POST STRAIGHTLINE STRUCK ON THE FRONT OF A COVER FROM NEWBURYPORT TO PHILADELPHIA.

The Congressional Post was formed by the resolution of July 26, 1775, appointing Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General of the United States. The distinctive greenish-blue ink was used by the New York post office in 1775 and 1776 after introduction of markings for the newly-created Congressional Post. Examples are rare and are normally found struck on the back of folded letters. This example, struck on the obverse and with the additional Cambridge postmark is an iconic piece of Revolutionary War postal history.

The "1/8" rate most likely represents the local currency due in Philadelphia. Working backwards with the 1.67 inflation factor (without a 2p carrier fee), this equals 20p inflation currency, 12p or 1/- shilling sterling and 4dwt (pennyweight). 4dwt represents the old Parliamentary Post single rate. Dr. Kingsley surmised that this indicates Massachusetts had by this time abandoned the provincial rating system of the new Congressional Post (and the brief 20% discount) and returned to the Parliamentary Post rate.

Illustrated in color in "United States Classic Covers" special 1986 Ameripex Chronicle issue. Also illustrated in Collectors Club Philatelist (May-June 1991, p. 169)

E. 3,000-4,000
13,000
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United States
U.S. Postal History
Subject
Colonial
2016-12-15
U.S. and Confederate States Postal History
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Sale Number 1146, Lot Number 1124, Colonial Postal History: Revolutionary War, Transitional & Congressional Post(New York City, 1776) "N* YORK*JUNE 13", (New York City, 1776) "N* YORK*JUNE 13"(New York City, 1776) "N* YORK*JUNE 13". Absolutely perfect strike of greenish-blue straightline handstamp with large numeral date on back of folded letter from Joseph Trumbull to Capt. Jeremiah Wadsworth in Hartford Conn., red manuscript "2-16" rate (2dwt 16gr)

EXTREMELY FINE COVER AND STRIKE OF THE RARE GREENISH-BLUE NEW YORK CONGRESSIONAL POST STRAIGHTLINE. ABSOLUTE PERFECTION.

The Congressional Post was formed by the resolution of July 26, 1775, appointing Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General of the United States. The distinctive greenish-blue ink was used by the New York post office in 1775 and 1776 after introduction of markings for the newly-created Congressional Post.

Joseph Trumbull was the son of Governor Jonathan Trumbull and was the first Commissary General of the Continental Army. Wadsworth was a sea captain who supplied the Continental Army. He represented Connecticut in the Continental Congress and later in the U.S. Congress

E. 2,000-3,000
8,000
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