Sale 933 — United States and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 April, 2007

Category — Stampless Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
11
c
Sale 933, Lot 11, Stampless CoversRevolutionary War Letter. Folded letter datelined "Camps on Winterhill, Aug. 15, 1775" and addressed to Pembrooke Va., some interesting contents incl. "the troops sent out vesels to buy provisions to the Est they came to the people and told them that they wanted to trade with them they refused to trade with them then they threatnd to fire the town next morning they told them they would consider next morn they took and borded their ship took 39 Ragulars 10 torys...they pursued seven days when he found he was likd to be taken he runs away and left the Ragulars...", some splitting along folds and wear, still Fine, scarce

E. 300-400
275
12
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Sale 933, Lot 12, Stampless CoversSan Francisco Cal. Apr. 12, 1859. Well-struck circular datestamp with "Drop 1ct." in circle handstamp on locally addressed cover, fresh and Extremely Fine, rare usage

E. 150-200
200
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13
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Sale 933, Lot 13, Stampless CoversSt. Genevieve Up Louisiana March 11. Light strike of oval handstamp with day in ms. on 1810 folded letter to St. Louis, ms. "10" rating for distance over 40 but under 90 miles, Very Fine, scarce, only two covers are reported with this marking, ASCC value $1,200.00

E. 750-1,000
850
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14
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Sale 933, Lot 14, Stampless CoversClarksville Tenn. Oct. 31. Well-struck circular datestamp with day in ms. on 1837 folded letter to Richmond Va., ms. "By Express Mail 75" rating, horizontal file fold, Very Fine, scarce origin for express mail

E. 200-300
375
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15
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Sale 933, Lot 15, Stampless CoversThetford Vt. Apl. 4th. Ms. postmark inside clear strike of brown oval on 1822 folded cover to Boston, ms. at top indicates sent by the Postmaster and so sent free, vertical file fold well away from marking, Very Fine

E. 200-300
325
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16
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1836-39 Express Mail Rates. Two folded letters to New York City, each with blue New Orleans circular datestamp and matching "Paid", ms. "Express Mail" endorsements, 75c and $1.50 rates, Very Fine examples of the single and double rates for expedited service

E. 100-150
60
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17
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Harnden & Co. Five folded letters with Harnden markings incl. Boston office red oval to London (Dec. 1844) and Ireland (Jul. 1841) and another from Tampico to London via New Orleans and Boston (Feb. 1845), Liverpool framed handstamp from Boston to France (Oct. 1848 and Jan. 1850), usual transit markings, Very Fine

E. 400-500
250
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18
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Hotel Forwarder Handstamps. Nine covers with handstamped markings, incl. Hayes & Treadwell/Franklin House (New York City), D. Mixer/Charleston Hotel (with No. 11), Western Hotel (Buffalo, two with red octagon), Carlton House (New York City, saw-tooth circle), Merchant's Hotel (Phila.), United States Hotel (Phila.), City Hotel (Providence R.I.) and Western Hotel (New York City), minor wear or faults, generally clear strikes on Fine-Very Fine covers

E. 500-750
600
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19
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Suffolk County N.Y. Postal History. Approximately 60 cover from 19th Century, wide range of towns, markings and frankings, few on exhibit pages, overall Fine-Very Fine

E. 200-300
1,200
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20
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U.S. Express Mail. Five covers, 1836 and 1837 folded letters with blue Mobile Ala. datestamps and "Express Mail" endorsements (75c and $1.50 rates), two 1844 folded letters with "U.S. Express Mail" circular datestamp in red and an 1846 folded letter with "U.S. Express Mail Albany" circular datestamp in red, Very Fine

E. 200-300
120
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21
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Stampless Covers. The "Big Horn" collection, comprising approximately 400 carefully-chosen stampless covers across a wide range of states, lots of unusual rate markings and fancy town datestamps incl. Hartford Conn. negative monogram (the presence of a black datestamp and magenta datestamp with seal gives this the appearance of a postmaster's provisional), "St. Augustine Fl. T.", "Tallahassee Flo." oval, "Boston" straightline, "New-York" clamshell, "Detroit Mic. T." oval, "Newport Rhode Island" green oval, "Portsmouth N.H." green oval with War Rate, Wheeling Va. "Paid 3" with rays, "Morningville P.O. Westchester Co N.Y" boxed handstamp, Huntsville Ala. 5c coin, several Philadelphia "R" handstamps, a few Canadian and cross-border, some with corner cards, a few Independent Mails, the "ordinary" town datestamps are usually red or blue and very clearly struck, not too many manuscript postmarks, generally Very Fine, the product of years spent acquiring covers from postal history sales in the 1970's and 80's, almost all in the $20 to $75 price range, some cost $100+ years ago, worth careful examination and an aggressive bid

E. 4,000-5,000
6,750
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22
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Stampless Covers. Approximately 50, variety of markings, incl. couple foreign and several Confederate States, mixed condition, mostly Fine-Very Fine

E. 300-400
375
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23
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Stampless Covers. 18 covers, range of markings incl. Huntsville Ala. "10" with stars, one Dead Letter Office, one with blue "U.S. Consulate Malaga" handstamp, few other interesting, most Fine-Very Fine

E. 300-400
275
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