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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 (Brainard thru Hale)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1046
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1046, 1844-45 Independent Mails (Brainard thru Hale)Brainard & Co., New York-Albany-Troy, 5c Black (24L1), Brainard & Co., New York-Albany-Troy, 5c Black (24L1)Brainard & Co., New York-Albany-Troy, 5c Black (24L1). Three large margins, in at left, tied by ms. stroke on undated folded cover to New York City, probably originating at Troy N.Y., circa 1844-45

A FINE AND FRESH COVER AND ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF INDEPENDENT MAILS. PROBABLY FEWER THAN A DOZEN EXAMPLES OF THE BLACK BRAINARD STAMP EXIST ON COVERS.

With 1990 P.F. certificate. Not listed in Scott as a single tied on cover

E. 2,000-3,000
1,900
1047
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1047, 1844-45 Independent Mails (Brainard thru Hale)Brainard & Co., New York-Albany-Troy, 5c Black (24L1), Brainard & Co., New York-Albany-Troy, 5c Black (24L1)Brainard & Co., New York-Albany-Troy, 5c Black (24L1). Huge square margins, affixed with wafer, ms. "T" cancel (not tied), a remnant of a second stamp affixed to wafer at upper left, used on July 26, 1844 folded letter from Troy to Boston, no Brainard marking, conjunctive red "Forwarded by/American Mail Co./No. 12 State St. Boston" three-line handstamp, postscript to letter mentions use of express mail, ink smears at right, tiny tear in right margin of stamp

VERY FINE STAMP AND PRESENTABLE COVER. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS WITH BRAINARD'S STAMP USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY SERVICE.

Brainard & Co. provided service from Troy, but not to Boston, thus the letter was given to American Letter Mail Co. (transfer point unknown). It is one of two covers known to us which show conjunctive use of a Brainard stamp with American Letter Mail Company.

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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1048
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1048, 1844-45 Independent Mails (Brainard thru Hale)Brainard & Co., New York-Albany-Troy, 5c Blue (24L2), Brainard & Co., New York-Albany-Troy, 5c Blue (24L2)Brainard & Co., New York-Albany-Troy, 5c Blue (24L2). Large margins to in at top, ms. "B" cancel (Albany), used on Mar. 13, 1845 folded letter to New York City street address, some splits in folds, toning ties stamp

VERY FINE. ONE OF FOURTEEN RECORDED COVERS BELIEVED TO BE GENUINE USAGES OF THE BRAINARD & CO. 5-CENT BLUE STAMP.

The Lyons census (The Penny Post, January 2006) reports sixteen covers with the Blue 24L2 stamp, but states that no more than fourteen of these are genuine usages.

Ex Ferrary and Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $4,500.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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1049
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1049, 1844-45 Independent Mails (Brainard thru Hale)Hale & Co., 5c Dark Blue (75L1), Hale & Co., 5c Dark Blue (75L1)Hale & Co., 5c Dark Blue (75L1). Cut to shape, in at spots, tied by red Hale & Co. Boston box handstamp on March 29, 1844 folded letter from Boston to New York, light horizontal file fold well clear of stamp, Very Fine, Scott Retail $200.00

E. 100-150
200
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1050
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1050, 1844-45 Independent Mails (Brainard thru Hale)Hale & Co., 5c Light Blue (75L1), Hale & Co., 5c Light Blue (75L1)Hale & Co., 5c Light Blue (75L1). Vertical pair, large margins to just in incl. part of adjoining stamp at top, cancelled by red "Paid" handstamps on folded cover to New York, fresh and Very Fine, exceptionally choice quality and a very scarce pair on cover

E. 750-1,000
600
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1051
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1051, 1844-45 Independent Mails (Brainard thru Hale)Hale & Co., 5c Red on Bluish (75L2), Hale & Co., 5c Red on Bluish (75L2)Hale & Co., 5c Red on Bluish (75L2). Large margins all around, beautiful intense shade and impression, ms. "AB" (Amos Bates, Hale's agent) control mark, clear "Paid" straightline cancel (impression ties thru paper), pencil "X" cancel just ties corner of stamp, lightly struck "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from New Bedford" oval handstamp on folded letter to Salem Mass., datelined "1st Day" with no other notation, few scattered soiling specks, Extremely Fine, the Red stamp is scarce on cover, ex Gordon N. John

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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1052
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1052, 1844-45 Independent Mails (Brainard thru Hale)Hale & Co., 5c Red on Bluish (75L2), Hale & Co., 5c Red on Bluish (75L2)Hale & Co., 5c Red on Bluish (75L2). Cut to shape, cancelled by two penstrokes on blue folded cover to Providence R.I., red "Collect Six Cents for Hale & Co." boxed handstamp, ms. "12-1/2" double rate, light vertical file fold well away from stamp, Fine, the Collect marking indicates either the stamp did not originate or additional postage was due (our estimate reflects the former)

E. 200-300
250
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1053
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1053, 1844-45 Independent Mails (Brainard thru Hale)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 overlapping singles which show that the ms. "NY" is a control mark applied to the stamps before sale, used on 1844 folded cover from Boston to New York, oval Hale's Boston handstamp, vertical file fold affects (and "ties") one stamp, right stamp with indentation at bottom right, otherwise Fine

E. 200-300
350
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