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Sale 965 — The Alan Geisler Collection of Carriers and Locals

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 December, 2008

Category — 1844-45 Independent Mails (American Letter Mail Co.)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1040
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1040, 1844-45 Independent Mails (American Letter Mail Co.)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black, Thick Paper (5L1), American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black, Thick Paper (5L1)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black, Thick Paper (5L1). Full to large margins, usual brownish gum found on this First Printing on thick paper, tied by red oval of stars cancel on Feb. 21, 1844 folded letter from Boston to New York City, Very Fine, ex Knapp, Scott Retail $800.00

E. 400-500
650
1041
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1041, 1844-45 Independent Mails (American Letter Mail Co.)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black, Thin Paper (5L1), American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black, Thin Paper (5L1)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black, Thin Paper (5L1). Ample margins, tied by red oval of stars cancel on folded cover to New York City street address, docketed May 1 (1844), Very Fine, Scott Retail $800.00

E. 400-500
325
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1042
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1042, 1844-45 Independent Mails (American Letter Mail Co.)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black, Thin Paper (5L1), American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black, Thin Paper (5L1)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black, Thin Paper (5L1). Vertical pair, large to huge margins, tied by ms. cancel, red "American Letter Mail Company, Office, No. 12 State Street, Boston" oval handstamp on folded cover to Boston, originated in New York City and postmarked on arrival, horizontal file fold thru top stamp, some ink bleed-thru, otherwise Very Fine, about a half-dozen pairs of the Small Eagle are known on cover, with 2005 P.F. certificate (does not mention crease thru stamp)

E. 750-1,000
500
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1043
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1043, 1844-45 Independent Mails (American Letter Mail Co.)American Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2), American Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2)American Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Ample margins to slightly in, tied by ms. cancel on Feb. 15, 1845 folded letter from New York to Philadelphia, Fine, Scott Retail $500.00

E. 300-400
275
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1044
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1044, 1844-45 Independent Mails (American Letter Mail Co.)American Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2), American Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2)American Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Three large margins, cut in at top, uncancelled, tied by file fold on Mar. 21, 1845 folded letter on printed letterhead from New York to Hartford Conn., Fine, American Letter Mail Co. covers to Hartford are scarce

E. 200-300
150
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1045
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1045, 1844-45 Independent Mails (American Letter Mail Co.)American Letter Mail Co., (5c) Blue on Gray (5L3), American Letter Mail Co., (5c) Blue on Gray (5L3)American Letter Mail Co., (5c) Blue on Gray (5L3). Cut close all around with parts of inner framelines showing, ms. "X" cancel, used on folded cover to New York, red "Forwarded by the American Mail Co., Office, 56 Wall St., N.Y." oval handstamp applied on arrival (probably originated in Philadelphia), ms. "Paid", docketed with Jan. 15, 1845 origin date, file folds clear of stamp

FINE. ONE OF TWELVE RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE RARE BLUE EAGLE STAMP OF AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY.

This use of the rare Blue Eagle stamp probably occurred shortly before the independent mail firms were effectively abolished by the government. On July 1, 1845, the postage rate for distances under 300 miles was reduced to 5c per half-ounce. By the same Act of Congress, Federal law prohibited the carrying of letters by private companies between cities where the Post Office Department offered inter-city mail service. American Letter Mail Company, which had aroused popular support for cheaper domestic postage, was a catalyst for the 1845 legislation. However, it could no longer sustain its fight with the government over mail routes and closed on June 30, 1845.

The Large Eagle stamp in Blue is recorded on covers dated from August 1844 through June 1845, with about half of the reported covers addressed to Hopkins & Weston in New York. The Blue and Black color scheme for the American Letter Mail Co. Large Eagle stamps, which lack a denomination (unlike their predecessor issue, the Small Eagle), may have been modeled upon Great Britain's 1840 Penny Black and Two-Pence Blue. The Blue stamp was used for the single rate, but its original purpose might have been to pay a double rate.

With 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
3,000
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