Sale 908 — Western Expresses, Carriers, Locals & Independent Mails

Sale Date — Friday, 17 March, 2006

Category — 1844-45 Independent Mails

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4527
c
Sale 908, Lot 4527, 1844-45 Independent MailsForwarded by American Mail Co. Nov. 28 from No. 101 Chestnut St. Philada. Red circular handstamp and "Paid" straightline on blue folded letter of introduction for H. Allen Taylor, datelined "Baltimore Nov. 19, 1844", intended to be hand-carried to Philadelphia by Mr. Taylor, who was unable to meet with addressee and added a note in blue "Circumstances prevent my having the pleasure of delivering this letter to you in person. I have therefore taken this mode of offering my services...", street address also added in blue, Extremely Fine, it is uncertain whether this was carried from Baltimore to Philadelphia by Mr. Taylor or by American Letter Mail Co. -- regular ALMCo. service south of Philadelphia ended in March 1844 -- in either case, it is a very unusual use of this firm's services

E. 300-400
200
4528
c
Sale 908, Lot 4528, 1844-45 Independent MailsAmerican Letter Mail Co. Red oval handstamp of New York office with boxed Collect handstamp, red "Forwarded by American Mail Co. from No. 101 Chestnut St. Philada." circular handstamp on June 18, 1845 folded letter to Philadelphia, Very Fine, scarce combination of markings used within two weeks of the end of the Independent Mails, with 1998 P.F. certificate

E. 150-200
135
Back to Top
4529
c
Sale 908, Lot 4529, 1844-45 Independent MailsForwarded by American Mail Co. from No. 101 Chestnut St. Philada. Red circular handstamp and "Collect 6 Cents for New York office" box handstamp on folded cover to Astor House hotel in New York City, then forwarded back to Philadelphia by government mails, red "New-York Apr. 19" circular datestamp, blue ms. "12-1/2" rate, small stain from wax seal on back, otherwise Very Fine, scarce and interesting usage showing contrast in rates between Independent Mails and U.S. Post Office for the exact same trip

E. 300-400
260
Back to Top
4530
c
Sale 908, Lot 4530, 1844-45 Independent MailsAmerican Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Large margins to clear, tied by red handstamp on folded cover to New York, March 30, 1844 docketing on back, vertical file folds well clear of stamp, Very Fine

850
325
Back to Top
4531
c
Sale 908, Lot 4531, 1844-45 Independent MailsAmerican Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Full to large margins, tied by brush cancel on Mar. 22, 1844 folded letter from Boston to Philadelphia street address, Very Fine, not pretty but typical of ALMCo. usage prior to the introduction of handstamps

E. 150-200
120
Back to Top
4532
c
Sale 908, Lot 4532, 1844-45 Independent MailsAmerican Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Position 4, three large margins, touched at bottom, ms. cancel, used on Aug. 6, 1844 folded letter from New York City to Boston street address, Very Fine, ex Gordon N. John

E. 200-300
140
Back to Top
4533
 
Sale 908, Lot 4533, 1844-45 Independent MailsAmerican Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Horizontal pair, torn from sheet with mostly large margins except at sides where slightly scraping design, two strikes of vivid red "Paid" cancel (impressions tie thru paper) on cover front only to Boston, matching "Forwarded by/American Mail Company/Office 12 State Street, Boston" three-line handstamp -- this marking was used from June to August 1844 -- fold barely affects pair, Very Fine appearance, only six Small Eagle pairs are recorded on covers, including this front

E. 500-750
350
Back to Top
4534
ogbl
Sale 908, Lot 4534, 1844-45 Independent MailsAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Positions 15-16/19-20, block of four with bottom right corner sheet margins, original gum, creases between stamps and faint diagonal crease at left, tiny pinhole at center and faint toning

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED BLOCKS OF THE AMERICAN LETTER MAIL LARGE EAGLE ISSUE.

Ex Lilly, Schwartz and Gordon N. John Collection. With 2004 P.F. certificate

4,000
1,600
Back to Top
4535
c
Sale 908, Lot 4535, 1844-45 Independent MailsAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Large margins to clear of outer frameline at top, uncancelled, used on Jun. 4, 1845 folded letter from Philadelphia to Hopkins & Weston in New York City, red American Letter Mail Co. New York oval handstamp and matching "Paid" straightline, slight wear along folds, otherwise Very Fine, late use of the Large Eagle stamp

E. 500-750
200
Back to Top
4536
c
Sale 908, Lot 4536, 1844-45 Independent MailsAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Large to huge margins, beautiful impression on bright fresh paper, ms. "EHB" cancel, red American Letter Mail Co. New York oval handstamp and matching "Paid" on Apr. 1, 1845 folded printed advertising circular for Magic Strop, addressed in blue to Worcester Mass., vertical file fold, Extremely Fine, a superb on-cover example of this Independent Mail issue

E. 500-750
450
Back to Top
4537
c
Sale 908, Lot 4537, 1844-45 Independent MailsAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Large margins to clear at right, sealed tear at lower left, ms. "X" cancel, used on undated folded cover addressed in blue to Howland & Aspinwall in New York City, red American Letter Mail Co. New York oval handstamp, Very Fine appearance

E. 400-500
270
Back to Top
4538
c
Sale 908, Lot 4538, 1844-45 Independent MailsAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Large margins, ms. "X" cancel (tied by smear), red "Forwarded by American Mail Co. Nov. 12 from No. 102 Chestnut St. Philada." circular datestamp on 1844 folded letter to New York City, small tear at top and erosion hole in bleed-thru from contents, otherwise Very Fine, this dated Philadelphia marking is rarely seen on Large Eagle covers

E. 300-400
210
Back to Top
4539
 
Sale 908, Lot 4539, 1844-45 Independent MailsAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Blue on Gray (5L3). Ample margins to barely in at top, ms. "#" cancel, small thin spot at bottom left, small corner crease at bottom right, appears Very Fine, rare, ex Gordon N. John, with 2004 P.F. certificate

1,750
800
Back to Top
4540
c
Sale 908, Lot 4540, 1844-45 Independent MailsForwarded by Brainard & Co. from Troy. Red oval handstamp with matching "6" rate handstamp on folded cover addressed in blue to Philip Schuyler in New York City, red "Boyd's City Express Post, Nov. 18 9 O'C" (1844) oval datestamp, ms. "Collect 6-1/4" and street address notations applied in New York City, slight wear along file fold, Very Fine, Boyd's local service is seen more often on Pomeroy covers (and less often with Hale and American Letter Mail Co.), this is an extremely rare Brainard & Co. conjunctive usage, ex Hollowbush

E. 500-750
1,000
Back to Top
4541
c
Sale 908, Lot 4541, 1844-45 Independent MailsCollect Six Cents for Hale & Co. Red framed handstamp on Mar. 26, 1845 folded letter from New York City to Albany N.Y., red "Boyd's City Express Post, Mar. 26 4 O'C" oval datestamp, sender's routing "pr Express", faint stain and refolded at bottom to hide small tear, Very Fine, rare use of Boyd's local post to deliver letter to Hale & Co. for northbound trip to Albany

E. 400-500
525
Back to Top
4542
c
Sale 908, Lot 4542, 1844-45 Independent MailsCollect Six Cents for Hale & Co. Red framed handstamp on Jan. 13, 1845 folded letter from New York City to Providence R.I., red "Boyd's City Express Post, Jan. 14 2 O'C" oval datestamp, Very Fine, rare use of Boyd's local post to deliver letter to Hale & Co. for northbound trip to Providence

E. 400-500
525
Back to Top
4543
c
Sale 908, Lot 4543, 1844-45 Independent Mails"City Dispatch Aug. 10". Manuscript local delivery postmark probably applied by Kimball (Hale's Agent in Boston) and ms. "6-1/4" re-rating in the same hand over red Hale & Co. Collect box on Aug. 10, 1844 folded letter from Boston to Lockport N.Y., slight wear along file fold, Very Fine, this manuscript marking has an odd non-contemporary look and the usage is perplexing, but Mr. Hahn considered it genuine and so offered on the merits of his opinion

E. 500-750
425
Back to Top
4544
c
Sale 908, Lot 4544, 1844-45 Independent MailsHale & Co., (5c) Light Blue (75L1). Neatly cut to shape, light shade, faint gum toning, tied by bold red Boston Collect box on Mar. 21, 1844 folded letter from Boston to New York City, Very Fine, early Hale & Co. adhesive usage, ex Hall

E. 200-300
350
Back to Top
4545
c
Sale 908, Lot 4545, 1844-45 Independent MailsHale & Co., (5c) Light Blue (75L1). Positions 5/10/15, vertical strip of three, large margins to slightly in, blue ms. "X" cancels, matching ink smears on undated folded cover to New York City street address, from the Howland & Aspinwall correspondence (Boston origin), one side flap removed, stamps printed on very thin paper which has creased slightly from application, middle stamp has trivial toned spots

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE VERTICAL STRIP OF THE HALE FIRST ISSUE USED ON COVER. VERY FEW STRIPS ARE KNOWN ON COVER, AND THIS VERTICAL ARRANGEMENT IS HIGHLY UNUSUAL.

The impressions show a vertical line, which is a printing flaw, not a crease in the paper.

Ex Hall and Gordon N. John. With 2004 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,500
Back to Top
4546
c
Sale 908, Lot 4546, 1844-45 Independent MailsHale & Co., (6c) Blue (75L5). Large margins to slightly in at left, bright color, ms. "Brooklyn N.Y." cancel, used on greenish blue Oct. 24, 1844 folded letter to Belfast Me., conjunctive use with red "Jerome & Co.'s Express, No. 8 Court St. Boston" boxed handstamp, at one point the upper left corner was cut out and mounted with glue, the piece has been hinged in place and the glue has caused two stain spots -- this Brooklyn Hale usage is extremely rare and worthy of restoration

E. 300-400
950
Back to Top
4547
c
Sale 908, Lot 4547, 1844-45 Independent MailsHale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Full margins to just touched, ms. "h" cancel or control mark, tied by red "Paid" straightline, matching "Hale & Co.'s Holliston Mail" small oval handstamp unlike any of the typical Hale office markings, on folded letter to Andover Mass. datelined at Holliston Mass., Jan. 27, 1845, lots of nasty stain spots but this is the unique and recently-discovered example of the Holliston oval, it will clean up nicely with some skillful care, a remarkable item, after years and years of census work and research, Michael Gutman was shown this cover just as he was publishing his definitive work on Hale (someone should buy it and give it to him for all of his hard work)

E. 400-500
625
Back to Top
4548
c
Sale 908, Lot 4548, 1844-45 Independent MailsHale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Third State, Position 1 showing damage to plate, cut to shape, ms. "X" cancel, tied by red "Collect Six Cents for Hale & Co." boxed handstamp on May 9, 1845 folded letter from New York to Wareham Mass. with sender's rotuing "via New Bedford", pencil "6=11" (5c paid plus 6c due), light wear along file fold, Very Fine, unusual in two respects: total postage paid by stamp and collect, and the "via New Bedford" route notation

E. 200-300
625
Back to Top
4549
c
Sale 908, Lot 4549, 1844-45 Independent MailsHale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Position 19, probably Second State, red ms. "S" initial for Salem, cut to shape, uncancelled, "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Salem" oval handstamp on Oct. 2, 1844 folded letter to Boston, file folds, one clear of stamp, other barely creases left side, still Very Fine and scarce, ex Hall

E. 400-500
650
Back to Top
4550
c
Sale 908, Lot 4550, 1844-45 Independent MailsHale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Two, cut to shape, each stamp tied by red "Paid" and lightly struck Boston office oval handstamp on undated blue folded cover to New York City, sender's "Double" notation, Very Fine

E. 300-400
230
Back to Top
4551
 
Sale 908, Lot 4551, 1844-45 Independent MailsHartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1). Margins cut in, ms. "South" precancel, slightly oxidized as usual, thin spot and trivial flaws, rare

2,000
800
Back to Top
4552
 
Sale 908, Lot 4552, 1844-45 Independent MailsLetter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Green Glazed (96L2). Ample margins, deep shade, ms. "X" cancel on piece, small sealed tear at top right, otherwise Very Fine, ex Gordon N. John, with 2004 P.F. certificate (genuine with small tear, but decline opinion on the piece)

500
170
Back to Top
4553
c
Sale 908, Lot 4553, 1844-45 Independent MailsOverton & Co., (5c) Black on Greenish (113L1). Cut to shape, cancelled by clear strike of "Paid" handstamp and tied by ms. "2" on folded cover to New York, red "Overton & Co.'s City Mail Office, 3 Broad Street" oval handstamp, 1844 docketing on back, some minor wear, Fine, scarce as only perhaps 20-25 are known on cover

5,000
1,050
Back to Top
4554
 
Sale 908, Lot 4554, 1844-45 Independent MailsPomeroy's Letter Express, (5c) Black on Yellow, Value Incomplete (117L2). Position 14L, ample to large margins, cancelled by ms. "C", minute tear in bottom right margin

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE POMEROY'S FIRST ISSUE WITH VALUE INCOMPLETE.

This position shows dark scratches in the area where the "$1" was cleared.

With 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,250
Back to Top
4555
ngbl
Sale 908, Lot 4555, 1844-45 Independent MailsPomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Blue, Black on Pelure (117L3 var, 117L4 var). Block of six and two singles of Blue, cross-pane block of four of Black, unused (no gum), Very Fine, the true Pelure paper is distinguished from the other much more common Pomeroy papers by its transparency (the printed image shows thru the back completely), these multiples come from an old-time collection

E. 300-400
425
Back to Top
4556
c
Sale 908, Lot 4556, 1844-45 Independent MailsPomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Thin Bond (117L4). Large margins, tied by penstrokes on 1844 folded letter datelined "Buffalo 27th Sept. 1844" to New York City, red oval "Boyd's City Express Post Oct. 1 9 O'C" handstamp, stamp cut out and reattached, still Fine, very rare use of this type of Boyd's oval datestamp with the Pomeroy stamp, with 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
260
Back to Top
4557
c
Sale 908, Lot 4557, 1844-45 Independent MailsForwarded by A. Roberts & Co.'s Eastern Letter Express. Double-line oval handstamp and ms. "Paid 4" on Sep. 7, 1844 folded letter from Boston to Portsmouth N.H., prepaid at the advertised 4c rate, Very Fine, extremely scarce New England express marking, ex Hall

E. 400-500
525
Back to Top
4558
c
Sale 908, Lot 4558, 1844-45 Independent MailsIndependent Mails. Seven folded covers, incl. 1840 Harnden Boston circular handstamp on ship letter to London, three Hale & Co. (New York and Philadelphia ovals, other from Troy to Springfield Mass. with red Collect handstamp), last three are American Letter Mail Co. incl. 5L1(stained) and two different Philadelphia office handstamps (one scarce type with date), Fine-Very Fine group

E. 400-500
300
Back to Top