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

Sale Date — Thursday, 10 April, 2008

Category — Stampless Markings

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3024
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3024, Stampless MarkingsCABIN POINT JULY 31, CABIN POINT JULY 31CABIN POINT JULY 31. Mostly clear strike of brownish straightline datestamp and equally clear strike of brownish "PETERSBURG AUGT. 1" straightline datestamp applied in transit on 1794 folded cover to Henry Lee in Richmond Va. while Lee was governor, no postage rates, receipt docketing on flaps, slight wear along folds, Very Fine, ASCC value $300.00

E. 300-400
550
3025
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3025, Stampless MarkingsCABIN POINT NOVB. 30, CABIN POINT NOVB. 30CABIN POINT NOVB. 30. Mostly clear strike of brownish straightline datestamp and ms. "8" rate on folded cover to Richmond Va., 1797 receipt docketing, slightly worn file fold, Very Fine,. ASCC value $300.00

E. 200-300
350
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3026
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3026, Stampless MarkingsCHARLESTOWN VA/July 27, CHARLESTOWN VA/July 27CHARLESTOWN VA/July 27. Two-line datestamp in dotted frame and ms. "Paid 17" rate on folded cover to Richmond Va., refolded at bottom, Very Fine, Charlestown lies in West Virginia, this is the ASCC listing example (value $350.00)

E. 300-400
1,600
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3027
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3027, Stampless MarkingsDUMFRIES, JANU, 112, DUMFRIES, JANU, 112DUMFRIES, JANU, 112. Brownish straightline datestamp and matching "Paid" handstamp with ms. "2" dwt rate on Jan. 12, 1790 folded letter to Philadelphia, worn file fold, part of contents removed, Very Fine, ASCC value $250.00

E. 200-300
275
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3028
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3028, Stampless MarkingsDUMFRIES, DECEM, 13, DUMFRIES, DECEM, 13DUMFRIES, DECEM, 13. Brownish straightline datestamp and ms. "2" dwt rate on Dec. 12, 1790 folded letter to Philadelphia, "1/" due in local currency (2dwt = 6p x 1.67 inflation factor = 10p plus 2p carrier fee, or 1sh), Very Fine, ASCC value $250.00

E. 200-300
325
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3029
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3029, Stampless MarkingsLEESBURG NOV. 13, LEESBURG NOV. 13LEESBURG NOV. 13. Straightline datestamp in black and red "PAID" handstamp with red ms. "20" rate on folded cover to George Clinton, Governor of New York, receipt docketing dated 1792, Very Fine and scarce

E. 200-300
2,000
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3030
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3030, Stampless Markings(New Kent Court House Va.) "N.K. C. House 27 Decr", (New Kent Court House Va.) "N.K. C. House 27 Decr"(New Kent Court House Va.) "N.K. C. House 27 Decr". Manuscript postmark and "25" rate on folded letter in French datelined "Cumberland Town, Virginia, C. Nivos Lun 3d de la Republic francaise une et indivisible", from Pierre Robert De Neufville to the Consul at Boston, 1794 receipt docketing, small hole in letter not affecting cover, Very Fine, unusual

E. 150-200
250
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3031
c
The Tobias Collection of Colonial and 18th Century Virginia Covers. Balance of "working" collection sorted in box, comprising approximately 78 folded letters and covers, most dated 1780's and 90's (a few earlier, none later), wide range of town markings and usages, includes many scarce straightlines, varied rates, some ship mail (incl. privately-carried without postal markings), condition is far above average, minor faults to be expected but most are Fine-Very Fine, an outstanding opportunity to acquire the nucleus of a Virginia stampless cover collection, many of these covers are worth $200-300 each, careful examination is essential and an aggressive bid is recommended

E. 5,000-7,500
15,500
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3032
c
The Tobias Collection Virginia Manuscript Town Markings (and More). Massive collection of covers sorted in boxes, A to Z representation of towns, some stampless, some stamped with 3c 1851s, 1861's and later issues, condition mixed and some duplication to be expected, a treasure trove for the Virginia specialist

E. 5,000-7,500
40,000
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3033
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3033, Stampless MarkingsShawneetown Ill., D.P.O., J. Sickney, Shawneetown Ill., D.P.O., J. SickneyShawneetown Ill., D.P.O., J. Sickney. Red circular datestamp with postmaster's name, ms. "Nov. 9" mdate on forwarded folded letter, "Charlestown Ind. Oct. 9" circular datestamp and ms. "Paid 18-3/4" rate applied at origin, Shawneetown datestamp and "forwarded 18-3/4" due rate for forwarding, slight wear along folds, Very Fine, extremely scarce and unusual marking with Distributing Post Office designation and postmaster's name

E. 400-500
375
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3034
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3034, Stampless MarkingsPortsmouth N.H. Feby. 1 (1815), Portsmouth N.H. Feby. 1 (1815)Portsmouth N.H. Feby. 1 (1815). Dark green oval datestamp and matching "Paid" with ms. "15" applied on the first day of the 1815 War Rate on folded letter to Salem Mass., Extremely Fine, the 50% surcharge was enacted to raise money to finance the War of 1812

E. 300-400
1,100
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3035
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3035, Stampless MarkingsPhiladelphia Full-Rigged Ship, Philadelphia Full-Rigged ShipPhiladelphia Full-Rigged Ship. Clear strike of this pictorial handstamp in red, matching bold "Phila. 14 May" octagonal double-line datestamp on incoming folded ship cover to Washington D.C., dated Apr. 30, 1835, sender's routing "Brig Carroll for Phila.", ms. "14-1/2" rate (12-1/2c plus 2c), file folds, sealed tear at top just into marking, otherwise Very Fine

E. 400-500
400
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3036
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3036, Stampless MarkingsWashington House, 223 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Washington House, 223 Chestnut St., PhiladelphiaWashington House, 223 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Clearly struck hotel forwarder handstamp, "Philadelphia Pa. Nov. 11" blue circular datestamp with matching "Paid" in oval and "10" in circle handstamps on 1845 folded cover to Pittsburgh Pa., faint file fold at bottom, fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
200
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3037
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3037, Stampless MarkingsYork Pa. Feb. 1, York Pa. Feb. 1York Pa. Feb. 1. Red datestamp in female allegorical frame and ms. "6" rate on 1828 folded letter to Columbia Pa., trifle heavy file folds, otherwise Very Fine, mostly clear strike of this scarce and popular fancy stampless marking

E. 400-500
325
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3038
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3038, Stampless MarkingsScran/tonia/Pa/May 28, Scran/tonia/Pa/May 28Scran/tonia/Pa/May 28. Four lines in cross-section of railroad track frame clearly struck in red with matching "Free" handstamp on blue folded letter datelined "Lackawanna Iron Works Pa. May 27, 1850" to postmaster of Blairstown N.J., Extremely Fine, Scrantonia is where the railroad tracks were made

E. 750-1,000
900
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3039
c
Award-Winning Exhibit Collection of Stampless Covers. Exhibited under the title "USA Domestic Rates 1792-1863", comprising 181 covers written up on pages in four three-ring binders, starts with 1796 "SALEM" straightline, includes other straightlines from Hartford, New York, Baltimore, Alexandria, Providence, circles introduced around 1799, some unusual rates incl. way, 1815 War Rates incl. rare "9" in circle on incoming Philadelphia ship letter (6c plus 50%), restored rates, some unusual town markings incl. Lambertville negative circle (stained cover), Augusta "Horn of Plenty", usages begin to diversify around 1820's incl. "Mail Route", "Forwarded", 1836 Express Mail, Hale & Co., "Steam", Martin Van Buren free frank, ship letters, "Rail Road Car" straightline (a gorgeous strike and cover), July 1, 1845 first day followed by nice range of 1845-1863 usages incl. "Housatonic Railroad 5", hotel markings, local posts, trans-continental rates, name-of-boat steamboat packet, a cover to President James K. Polk, Mexican War, and ending with Sanitary Commission stampless soldiers' letters, condition is generally Very Fine, we have removed only a handful of better covers as individual lots, leaving the core study collection intact and ready for expansion by an equally knowledgeable collector/exhibitor (or liquidation by an eBay or mail-order dealer)

E. 5,000-7,500
6,250
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