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Sale 925 — The Edgar Kuphal Collection of U.S. Carriers and Locals

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Hale & Co.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1021
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1021, Hale & Co.Forwarded from/Hale's For. Let. Office/Corner of Wall and Water Streets/New York, Forwarded from/Hale's For. Let. Office/Corner of Wall and Water Streets/New YorkForwarded from/Hale's For. Let. Office/Corner of Wall and Water Streets/New York. Four-line red handstamp on back of folded cover to London, England, "Liverpool.Ship Letter" handstamp and red Feb. 22, 1839 receiving datestamp on back, ms. "4/9" rate, routing "p. Columbus", Very Fine example of this marking from Hale's foreign-mail forwarding service

E. 200-300
200
1022
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1022, Hale & Co.Hale & Co., (5c) Light Blue on Pelure (75L1a), Hale & Co., (5c) Light Blue on Pelure (75L1a)Hale & Co., (5c) Light Blue on Pelure (75L1a). Ample to large margins incl. top sheet margin, light shade on very thin pelure paper, ms. "P" cancel, tied by line of address on light blue folded cover to New York City, lightly struck red Hale & Co. Philadelphia oval handstamp, Dec. 1844 docketing on back, stamp has faint gum toning, otherwise Very Fine, ex "German" sale

E. 200-300
300
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1023
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1023, Hale & Co.Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5), Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5)Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Cut to shape, bright shade, tied by red "Paid" cancel, matching "Forwarded by Hale & Co. May 21 Boston" scarce dated oval on blue 1845 folded cover to New York City, Very Fine, with 1992 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
425
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1024
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1024, Hale & Co.Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5), Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5)Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Two cut-to-shape singles, affixed at opposite ends, cancelled or tied by red "Paid", matching "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Boston" oval handstamp on Apr. 9, 1845 folded letter to New York City, file fold passes under left edge of one stamp causing only a slight bend, Very Fine, a beautiful double-rate usage

E. 400-500
450
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1025
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1025, Hale & Co.Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5), Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5)Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Positions 1-2, horizontal pair from Third State of plate with plate damage on Position 1, beautiful bright shade, large margins to just touched, tied by two strikes of vivid red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Corner of Wall and Water Streets, New York" oval handstamp on blue Apr. 18, 1845 folded letter to Philadelphia, Very Fine, a lovely double-rate cover, by this time the 75L5 stamps were usually cut into singles, rare as a pair, ex Emerson (realized $59 in the 1939 sale!), with 1974 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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1026
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1026, Hale & Co.Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5), Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5)Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Three cut-to-shape singles from Third State of plate with plate damage at edges, each tied by red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. Great Eastern Mail" oval handstamp on folded cover to Howland & Aspinwall in New York City, red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Boston" oval origination handstamp, sender's ms. "Hale Co. 3" notation for triple rate, Very Fine, Hale & Co. triple-rate frankings are extremely rare, this cover demonstrates how Hale stamps were typically cut apart into singles for use

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100
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1027
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1027, Hale & Co.Hale & Co., (6c) Red, Ms. "23 State" Overprint (75L2 var), Hale & Co., (6c) Red, Ms. "23 State" Overprint (75L2 var)Hale & Co., (6c) Red, Ms. "23 State" Overprint (75L2 var). Position 2, octagonal design cut to shape, tiny tear, tied by ms. cross strokes (in style of the precancel that was applied with ruler at Portsmouth) on bluish folded cover to Boston, docketing on flap dated Mar. 26, 1845 (pencil notation by discoverer that the origin was Worcester), ms. "Late for Tuesday" applied by Hale agent, small cover tear at top center

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE HALE & CO. RED STAMP WITH MANUSCRIPT OVERPRINT SHOWING CHANGE OF ADDRESS. A SIGNIFICANT INDEPENDENT MAILS RARITY.

The change-of-address overprints -- handstamped and handwritten -- were implemented after Hale moved its Boston office from 13 Court Street to 23 State Street in April 1844 (this date according to Robson Lowe). March 14, 1844, is the earliest recorded date of use for any Hale stamp (Blue Type I, 75L1, in the Gutman collection). No later than June 1, after the move to 23 State Street, the stereotype plate was modified by deleting the old address, leaving the second line at center blank. Our records (corroborated by Michael Gutman) contain a total of 12 Red stamps with either type of manuscript address change (see Hall catalogue, Siegel Sale 830, lot 257 for classification) -- 3 of Type B ("23 State St.") and 9 of Type D (line thru address) -- including seven covers. One cover bears both Types B and D (Portsmouth, Jan. 16, 1845), which was the subject of a an article by Dr. Hubert C. Skinner (Chronicle, No. 166, May 1995). This cover bearing the Type B overprint has a pencil indicating the origin was Worcester on Mar. 26, 1845. There is also an off-cover Type B example (ex Golden).

With 1973 P.F. certificate

4,000
4,000
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1028
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1028, Hale & Co.Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, "23 State St." Blue Manuscript Overprint (75L5 var), Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, "23 State St." Blue Manuscript Overprint (75L5 var)Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, "23 State St." Blue Manuscript Overprint (75L5 var). Full square margins, tied by red framed Boston office handstamp on Aug. 7, 1844 folded letter addressed in blue from Boston to New York City

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF TWO KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE "23 STATE ST." MANUSCRIPT CHANGE-OF-ADDRESS OVERPRINT ON THE HALE & COMPANY BLUE STAMP.

A June 5, 1844, cover is recorded with the Blue Type II stamp (75L5, address omitted) and magenta manuscript "23 State St." overprint applied at Boston (Robson Lowe sale, Oct. 26, 1973, lot 2016). The other recorded "23 State St." manuscript overprint (in blue) on 75L5 is the stamp on the cover offered here, dated August 9, 1844, out of Boston.

Ex Judd and Jarrett

E. 4,000-5,000
6,500
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