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Sale 954 — U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 10 April, 2008

Category — Colonial & 18th Century

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3009
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3009, Colonial & 18th Century(Bacon's Rebellion, Virginia 1676), (Bacon's Rebellion, Virginia 1676)(Bacon's Rebellion, Virginia 1676). Folded letter datelined "Whitehall 14 Novr. 1676" from John Maitland to his brother, Charles, Third Earl of Lauderdale, in Scotland, refers to Bacon's Rebellion -- "we have got good news from Virginia of a very hopefull & speedie end of that traitor Bacon's rebellion" -- no postal markings, carried outside the mails in Scotland, Very Fine, Nathaniel Bacon was a plantation owner in Virginia who led a rebellion against the aristocratic colonial government, which grew out of the discontent of back country farmers and conflict with Indian tribes; this is a very early reference to events in Colonial Virginia

E. 500-750
850
3010
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3010, Colonial & 18th Century(Fredericksburg Va., 1755) "from Rappannack River some miles below Fredericksburgh in Virginia", (Fredericksburg Va., 1755) "from Rappannack River some miles below Fredericksburgh in Virginia"(Fredericksburg Va., 1755) "from Rappannack River some miles below Fredericksburgh in Virginia". Folded letter with origin stated in content and datelined "Virginia, Febry 10th 1755" from David Ogilvy to James Smyth in Edinburgh "care of the London Post Office", carried by private ship, ms. "In 10" pence British rate, "2/MA" (Mar. 2) Bishop's mark, letter refers to anticipated action in "an intense war", giving details of impending French and Indian War, minor toning inside letter and small opening nicks along top fold, still Very Fine, a scarce early Virginia Colonial letter regarding the French and Indian War, ex Faulstich

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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3011
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3011, Colonial & 18th Century(Colchester Va., 1774) "Way" and "Colchester 1.8", (Colchester Va., 1774) "Way" and "Colchester 1.8"(Colchester Va., 1774) "Way" and "Colchester 1.8". Ms. postmarks and 1dwt8gr rate on folded letter datelined "Annapolis 30th June 1774" to William Carr in Dumfries Va., minor toning and erosion at bottom, Very Fine, handed to a mail carrier en route from Alexandria to Colchester, where put into the mails, and rated 1dwt8gr (4p) for 1765 rate under 60 miles

E. 500-750
1,500
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3012
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3012, Colonial & 18th Century(Port Royal Va., 1775) "FREDERICKSBURGH/MAR:1", (Port Royal Va., 1775) "FREDERICKSBURGH/MAR:1"(Port Royal Va., 1775) "FREDERICKSBURGH/MAR:1". Straightline handstamp (town and date struck separately) on backflap of folded letter datelined "Port Royal 26th Feby. 1775" from R. Johnston to John Mitchell in Philadelphia, "3.8" rate, red "1/7" due in local currency (3dwt8gr = 10p x 1.67 inflation factor = 17p plus 2p carrier fee, or 1sh7p)

VERY FINE. ATTRACTIVE AND CLEARLY STRUCK EXAMPLE OF THE RARE "FREDERICKBURGH" BRITISH COLONIAL STRAIGHTLINE DURING THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD IN 1775.

In contrast with lot 3013, this cover shows the rate stated in pennyweight and grains. ASCC value $750.00

E. 750-1,000
5,250
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3013
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3013, Colonial & 18th Century(Port Royal Va., 1775) "FREDERICKSBURGH/MAY:31", (Port Royal Va., 1775) "FREDERICKSBURGH/MAY:31"(Port Royal Va., 1775) "FREDERICKSBURGH/MAY:31". Straightline handstamp (town and date struck separately) on backflap of folded letter datelined "Port Royal May 27th 1775" from R. Johnston to John Mitchell on Front Street in Philadelphia, reddish "N10" 10-pence rate, red "1/7" due in local currency (10p x 1.67 inflation factor = 17p plus 2p carrier fee, or 1sh7p)

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL STRIKE OF THE RARE "FREDERICKBURGH" BRITISH COLONIAL STRAIGHTLINE DURING THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD IN 1775.

Although some postal historians have presented this cover as an early Goddard Constitutional Post usage, it is almost certainly a late British Colonial marking and rate. In early 1775 the British General Post Office directed its American post offices to rate letters in pence (thus the "N10"), and the style of this straightline marking was introduced before the creation of opposition posts in the Colonies in rebellion, so the claim that markings of this type were Goddard handstamps is unsupportable. Nonetheless, this is a very rare and desirable cover from the fascinating transitional period of 1774-1775. ASCC value $750.00

E. 1,000-1,500
5,250
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3014
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3014, Colonial & 18th Century(Hampton Roads Va., 1776) British Soldier Writing Home to Scotland, (Hampton Roads Va., 1776) British Soldier Writing Home to Scotland(Hampton Roads Va., 1776) British Soldier Writing Home to Scotland. Folded letter datelined "Hampton Road Febr. 22nd 1776" from F. Kennedy, a British soldier, writing to his father in Glasgow, Scotland, letter mentions Lord Dunmore and predicts "matters will not be settled without hard knocks", partly readable strikes of "SHIP" handstamp and "GREN/OCK" backstamp, soiled and minor edge faults, Fine, mail from British soldiers in Virginia during the Revolutionary War is scarce

E. 400-500
550
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3015
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3015, Colonial & 18th Century(Virginia, 1776) "Virginia, 6 July 1776", (Virginia, 1776) "Virginia, 6 July 1776"(Virginia, 1776) "Virginia, 6 July 1776". Receipt docketing on folded letter written two days after Declaration of Independence from William Shedden to John Patrick in Scotland, sender's routing "p. the Neptune, Capt. Wilson, Q.D.C.", "SHIP" straightline handstamp, interesting content refers to summoning of delegates for Aug. 1, 1776, local resolutions and British tax ("They generally resolve that Great Britain has no right to tax them. That they ought to stop all connexion with Great Britain."), tears, soiling and some minor faults, very historical and desirable, ex Meroni

E. 500-750
800
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3016
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3016, Colonial & 18th Century(Fredericksburg Va., 1777) "Fredbg. 3.8", (Fredericksburg Va., 1777) "Fredbg. 3.8"(Fredericksburg Va., 1777) "Fredbg. 3.8". Manuscript postmark and 3dwt8gr rate on July 1, 1777 folded letter to "The Managers of the United States Lottery Office" in Philadelphia, slightly toned and split along folds, still Very Fine, this is the listing example in ASCC (value $300.00)

E. 300-400
750
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3017
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3017, Colonial & 18th Century(Alexandria Va., 1779) "10" (dwt) Resolution of Apr. 16, 1779 Inflation Rate, (Alexandria Va., 1779) "10" (dwt) Resolution of Apr. 16, 1779 Inflation Rate(Alexandria Va., 1779) "10" (dwt) Resolution of Apr. 16, 1779 Inflation Rate. Ms. "10" rate without any other postal markings on folded letter datelined "Alexandria Novembr. 24th 1779" to Samuel Coates in Philadelphia, light soiling and wear along fold, Very Fine, the 1775 rate was 3dwt8gr, due to inflation the Resolution of 10/17/1777 increased rates by 50%, the Resolution of 4/16/1779 doubled the 1777 rates (the conversion raises 3dwt8gr to 10dwt), examples of the April 1779 inflation rates are rare

E. 400-500
550
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3018
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3018, Colonial & 18th Century(Alexandria Va., 1782) "Way 6.16", (Alexandria Va., 1782) "Way 6.16"(Alexandria Va., 1782) "Way 6.16". Manuscript way rate per Resolution of Oct. 19, 1781, which restored the Sep. 1775 rates effective Jan. 1, 1772, on folded letter datelined "Alexandria January 9th 1782" to Samuel Coates in Philadelphia, minor soiling, Very Fine, scarce

E. 300-400
600
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3019
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3019, Colonial & 18th Century(Petersburg Va., 1785) "Petersburg Way 4", (Petersburg Va., 1785) "Petersburg Way 4"(Petersburg Va., 1785) "Petersburg Way 4". Manuscript way postmark and 4dwt rate on Apr. 6, 1785 folded letter from Petersburg to Baltimore, minor wear and age spots, otherwise Very Fine

E. 300-400
375
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3020
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3020, Colonial & 18th Century(Virginia, 1785) "Robert Carter Esqr., Nominy Hall", (Virginia, 1785) "Robert Carter Esqr., Nominy Hall"(Virginia, 1785) "Robert Carter Esqr., Nominy Hall". Address on privately-carried folded cover with receipt docketing "Phillip Lee 27 Jany. 1785", the addressee was the grandson of Robert "King" Carter, the most prominent proprietor of Colonial Virginia, Very Fine

E. 200-300
110
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3021
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3021, Colonial & 18th Century(Alexandria Va., 1787) England to Virginia via New York Packet, (Alexandria Va., 1787) England to Virginia via New York Packet(Alexandria Va., 1787) England to Virginia via New York Packet. Folded letter datelined "Norwich 3d April 1787" to Alexandria Va., sender's routing "By New York Packet, postpaid to New York", red "SO NORWICH" straightline handstamp, brownish "POST/PAID" in circle handstamp, matching "4/AP" (Apr. 4) Bishop's mark on back, red "P 1N5" prepaid 1s packet rate and 5p internal British postage, "3.8" rate (3dwt8gr) fro New York to Virginia, wear and small tears along folds and file fold, still Fine, ex Faulstich

E. 300-400
300
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3022
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3022, Colonial & 18th Century(Petersburg Va., 1789) Private Ship Letter to Scotland, (Petersburg Va., 1789) Private Ship Letter to Scotland(Petersburg Va., 1789) Private Ship Letter to Scotland. Folded letter datelined "Petersburg in Virginia, 4th Octr. 1789" to Dingwall, Scotland, sender's routing "Ship Isabella, Capt. Currie", brownish "SHIP" handstamp, matching "GREENOCK" straightline backstamp, red Bishop's mark struck off cover, ms. rates, Very Fine

E. 300-400
325
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3023
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3023, Colonial & 18th Century(Rappahannock Forge Va., 1791-92) Covers to Fredericktown Md, (Rappahannock Forge Va., 1791-92) Covers to Fredericktown Md(Rappahannock Forge Va., 1791-92) Covers to Fredericktown Md. Two folded letters datelined at Rappahannock Forge Va. from Abner Vernon to Col. Baker Johnson in Fredericktown Md., each with sender's instructions "Colo. Deakins of George Town is Humbly requested to forward this", each with "Paid" handstamp, first dated Nov. 29, 1791, with "1.8" rate (1dwt 8gr), second dated Aug. 23, 1792, with "15" rate, both have minor edge tear at top, still Very Fine, the "Paid" was probably applied at Fredericksburg Va., the two nicely display 1788 rate in pennyweight and 1792 rate in U.S. cents

E. 400-500
650
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