EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FEW KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE HARTFORD MAIL ROUTE STAMP USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH HALE OR ADAMS MARKINGS.
Although our records of Hartford Mail Route covers are somewhat incomplete, sources consulted reveal only four covers showing the Hartford Mail Route stamp used in conjunction with independent mail service provided by Hale or Adams. According to an article by Francis E. Stern (Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 41, No. 3, pp. 109-117), the Hartford Mail Route was operated by two principals, Parsons and Fuller. Parsons also served as superintendent of the Adams Express, and Fuller was the terminal agent for Thompson & Co. express. The Hartford Mail Route linked with Hale and Adams, evidenced by examples showing conjunctive use on mail between cities via Hartford. The manuscript markings on stamps coincide with the direction from Hartford; in this case, "South" to New York City. The use of the Hartford stamp on a Hale cover originating in Worcester is enigmatic, but one explanation is that the sender stamped it while travelling north and gave it to Hale's agent in Worcester.
With 1976 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $11,000.00
FINE APPEARANCE. A VERY RARE COVER BEARING THE WELLS' LETTER EXPRESS 10-CENT STAMP DEPICTING A MARINE CHARGING ASHORE WITH SWORD AND FLAG.
The stamps issued by Wells' Letter Express are remarkable both for the purpose they served and for their distinctive designs. The oval 96L1-96L2 stamps depict the Goddess of Commerce surrounded by bales and barrels with a merchant vessel in the background -- symbols of private enterprise and the robust economic growth of America during the 1840's. The circular 96L3-96L4 stamps depict an American marine charging ashore with sword raised and Union Flag waving, and a naval vessel in the background. This design, chosen for stamps that would be used in the Great Lakes region, has been described as a commemoration of the Battle of Lake Champlain during the War of 1812, which may or may not be accurate.
Ex Gordon N. John.
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE BISECTED USE OF THE LETTER EXPRESS 10-CENT STAMP FOR THE 5-CENT RATE FROM BUFFALO TO NEW YORK.
Signed Robson Lowe. At one time there was a manuscript tie added to this cover, but it was removed.
EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE USE OF THE OVERTON & CO. STAMP ON A VALENTINE COVER FROM ALBANY TO NEW HAVEN VIA NEW YORK CITY.
This is one of the most remarkable Independent Mail usages we have ever encountered. The red "Cd." cancel on the Overton stamp was applied at Albany. This cancelling device was originally used by Pomeroy's Albany office. After Pomeroy discontinued its letter-mail service, Overton inherited the "Cd." and "Paid" devices and used them at their Albany office, which was located in the same building. This letter was carried outside the mails to New York City, where Overton's City Mail Co. local post delivered it to the post office for transmission to New Haven. For an unknown reason, Overton did not use the services of another Independent Mail firm. The 20c rate is puzzling. Perhaps the New York City post office was wise to the letter's origin and charged full postage from Albany to New Haven.
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE EIGHTEEN REPORTED COVERS BEARING THE EXTREMELY RARE POMEROY FIRST ISSUE WITH BLANK VALUE TABLET.
This stamp comes from one of the positions on the plate with the value "20 for $1" incomplete ("$1" removed). This state of the plate was used only for printing stamps in Black on Yellow paper. The rarity of First Issue multiples currently makes it impossible to determine if the Value Incomplete positions co-existed with normal "$1" positions on the same plate.
Ex Gordon N. John. Scott Retail for a cover with stamp tied by ms. is $5,000.00
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE POMEROY'S BLUE STAMP TIED ON COVER.
, Signed Meyersburg. Scott Retail for a cover with stamp not tied is $2,500.00
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE POMEROY LAKE STAMP CANCELLED BY A HANDSTAMP ON COVER. PROBABLY THE FINEST SINGLE FRANKING EXTANT.
Of the 15 or so Pomeroy 5c Lake covers known to us from our records and auction database, this is the only one with a handstamped cancellation instead of manuscript.
Ex Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED MULTIPLES OF THE POMEROY RED 117L5 STAMP ON COVER.
The other recorded multiple is a strip of three on a folded letter from Albany to Norwich N.Y., dated August 16, 1844. It is also the Orange-Red shade.
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE RARE WYMAN'S LOCOMOTIVE STAMP USED ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER FROM THE ROBBINS CORRESPONDENCE.
Approximately 18 covers with Wyman's stamp can be counted in our photo records.
Scott Retail $2,000.00
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE USE OF WYMAN'S STAMP AFTER TAKEOVER BY OVERTON & COMPANY AND ALSO THE ONLY RECORDED DOUBLE-RATE WYMAN FRANKING.
William Wyman established his "cheap postage" letter express on August 1, 1844, with service between New York and Boston. On December 14, 1844, Wyman sold the business to Overton & Co. and announced that his distinctive Locomotive stamps -- the first stamps in the world to depict a train -- could be redeemed or used on mail given to Overton (reference: Richard Schwartz, Opinions). Only two recorded covers show acceptance of Wyman's stamps by Overton: the cover offered here and the one with a single offered in the Golden Collection (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1607).
Signed Costales. With 1987 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for a single on cover with Overton handstamp is $10,000.00