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Sale 830 — The Hall Collection of Carriers, Locals & Western Expresses

Sale Date — Monday, 13 November, 2000

Category — Walton & Co.s City Express (Brooklyn NY)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
789
c
Sale Number 830, Lot Number 789, Walton & Co.s City Express (Brooklyn NY)Walton & Co.'s City Express, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pink Glazed (142L1), Walton & Co.'s City Express, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pink Glazed (142L1)Walton & Co.'s City Express, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pink Glazed (142L1). Rectangular margins with outer frameline showing on three sides, cancelled by "Paid/W.W." two-line handstamp, impression ties stamp thru paper, used on Mar. 20, 1846 folded letter to Newark N.J. street address, red "Brooklyn N-Y. Mar. 21" circular datestamp and matching "Paid/5" handstamp, ms. "Paid 5 +" at upper left

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED COVERS WITH WALTON & CO.'S STAMP, OF WHICH THREE HAVE RECTANGULAR MARGINS. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE BROOKYLN LOCAL.

John T. Boyd discontinued his Brooklyn post on June 30, 1845, when the new postal laws made it illegal for private companies to carry mail along postal routes -- in Boyd's case, between Brooklyn and New York City. Elliott Perry suggested that Boyd's Brooklyn agent was Wellington Walton, who is listed in the 1846 city directory as an "express proprietor" at 195 Gold Street in Brooklyn. Walton & Co. City Express covers are dated as early as February 14, 1846 (see Golden sale, lot 1572), leaving a seven-month gap between Boyd's discontinuance and Walton's successor post -- possibly Walton did not start up until the next Valentine season. In early 1847, Walton sold out to Henry Kidder, whose "Kidder's Brooklyn City Express Post" oval handstamp is recorded as early as Mar. 11, 1847 (reference: Calvet M. Hahn, "Brooklyn City Post 1850's").

Our records contain seven Walton & Co. 142L1 covers, including one postmarked at New Haven Conn., Sep. 28, 1846, which almost certainly is not a genuine usage. The covers are listed here in chronological order: 1) cut to shape, tied by "Paid/W.W." on cover to local addressee, name erased, Feb. 16 (1846) oval, with Valentine enclosure to "Emma", ex Golden (realized $4,000 hammer); 2) cut to shape, "Paid/W.W." cancel, matching strike with Feb. 18 (1846) oval on cover to Lefroy Ravenhill, Brooklyn, ex Middendorf, Golden (realized $5,500 hammer); 3) rectangular margins, "Paid/W.W." cancel, used on 1846 folded letter to Mr. Ward, Newark N.J., Brooklyn Mar. 21 datestamp and "Paid/5", the cover offered here; 4) rectangular margins, ms. cancel, used on 1846 folded letter to Constant Guillou, Philadelphia, Brooklyn Mar. 27 datestamp and "Paid/5", ex Golden (realized $16,500 hammer); 5) octagonal margins, tied by ms. cross strokes on 1846 folded letter to Peter G. Sharp, Kingston N.Y., Brooklyn Mar. 21 datestamp and small "5", ex Worthington; and 6) rectangular margins, oblong handstamped cancel, used on 1846 folded letter to Constant Guillou, Philadelphia, Brooklyn Apr. 27 datestamp and "Paid/5", ex Boker.

E. 7,500-10,000
12,500
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