Sale 1090 — United States, Possessions and Confederate States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday-Friday, 17-19 December, 2014

Category — Colonial Period

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1987
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Sale 1090, Lot 1987, Colonial Period(New York N.Y., 1728) "5d". Manuscript rate notation at top right of folded letter datelined "Curacao 22 Sept 1728" and addressed to "D. S. David Abeel, Coopman" in New York City, sender's directive "Pr Capt. Burrows", letter written in Dutch, red wax seal mostly intact, letter concerning flour shipment mentions Bleeker and Capt. Burrows Eden, some wear and splits along folds, still Very Fine, an early colonial letter originating in Curacao and apparently rated 5d postage due on arrival in New York, all of the names in this letter belong to prominent Dutch families in Colonial New York and New Jersey

E. 750-1,000
2,100
1988
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Sale 1090, Lot 1988, Colonial Period(To Boston, 1731) "P 9d". Manuscript postmark of unknown origin on small folded letter dated March 3, 1731 to William Greenleaf in Boston, signed (possibly "John Proy") but our attempt to trace writer and origin failed, Very Fine, extremely scarce early Colonial marking and 9 pence rate, listed as applicable to mail between Boston and Connecticut or Maine

E. 500-750
3,000
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1989
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Sale 1090, Lot 1989, Colonial Period(Worcester Mass.) 1746 Order from Commander of Worcester County Militia. Small folded letter from Col. John Chandler at Worcester Mass. to Capt. Nathaniel Green at Leicester with "On His Majt. Service" endorsement, dated July 15, 1746, ordering Capt. Green "to Impress two able bodied Effective men well armed out of the Company under your Command and send them to myself at Worcester...", slightly toned, Very Fine, a rare military letter from British colonial militia in America during the Anglo-French War of 1744-46, when the French planned to invade Great Britain and the colonists in America also feared invasion, those fears became a reality ten years later during the French and Indian War, ex Alexander

E. 500-750
400
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1990
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Sale 1090, Lot 1990, Colonial Period(French and Indian War) 1759 Military Letter to Major General Jeffery Amherst. Folded letter datelined "Camp at Lake George 9th July 1759" from David Wooster to Major General Amherst stating "I apprehend that I am wrong'd respecting my Rank" and presenting a list of officer commissions dating from 1741 to 1759, asking that "equal Justice will be done" in correcting the Roster of Duty, Very Fine, delivered within the British camp at Lake George, a very scarce French and Indian War military letter to Lord Amherst, commander in chief of British forces in America, at the height of his military exploits, just prior to his capture of Fort Ticonderoga

E. 750-1,000
3,500
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1991
 
Sale 1090, Lot 1991, Colonial Period(French and Indian War) Account of Expenses, September 1758-June 1760. Submitted by Lieut. James Campbell and approved/signed by Edward Whitmore, lengthy list of expenses for sundry goods and services, Very Fine, interesting military collateral item from the French and Indian War

E. 400-500
0
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1992
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Sale 1090, Lot 1992, Colonial Period(Greenwich Conn., 1761) "Greenwich 11th Jany. 1761". Dateline on folded letter from Eliphalet Peck to his son James "at Flushing on Long Island to be Forward by Mr. Franklin p New York", interesting manuscript notation on back "This was left upon my Table by an unknown Hand, Andrw. Adams", refolded to hide some edge faults, slight staining, still presentable, a very unusual Colonial period use from Connecticut to Long Island

E. 300-400
600
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1993
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Sale 1090, Lot 1993, Colonial Period(Lyme to Norwich Conn., 1765) "WN 1 dwt 8 gr" Red manuscript postmark with 1dwt 8gr (4p) rate, matching "6d" additional fee for private conveyance up the Thames River to Norwich, total 10p charge re-stated as "1/" in local currency on folded letter from Lyme to Norwich dated Dec. 16, 1765, Very Fine, rare use in Colonial Connecticut showing fee charged to convey mail to Norwich, which had no formal Royal Post service, see John Olenkiewicz article in The Connecticut Postal History Society Journal (August 1994) for information about the private posts to and from Norwich

E. 1,000-1,500
9,500
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1994
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Sale 1090, Lot 1994, Colonial Period(Annapolis Md., 1761) "Ann 4dwt 16". Manuscript postmark with 4dwt 16gr ship-letter rate on Sep. 6, 1761 folded letter from Madeira to Thomas Newton in New York City, manuscript "2/" due in local currency, slight wear and splitting along folds, lightly cleaned, Very Fine, scarce British Colonial port-of-entry marking, the letter concerns various business matters but also mentions "Slaves in great demand", ex Haas

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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1995
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Sale 1090, Lot 1995, Colonial PeriodBOSTON. Clear strike of large straightline handstamp in magenta with matching "24/MA" (Mar. 24, ca. 1769) Franklin mark on back of folded cover to Newport R.I., manuscript "2 Dwt" rate, part of back panels removed and faint waterstain, still Very Fine, nice strike of the Boston straightline during British Parliamentary Post period, ex Carson

E. 300-400
200
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1996
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Sale 1090, Lot 1996, Colonial Period(Elizabeth Town N.J., 1763) "Elis dwt 1-8". Manuscript postmark and 1dwt 8gr rate for distance to 60 miles on May 7, 1763 folded letter from Norfolk Va. to New York City, slightly toned, otherwise Very Fine, nice bold example of this scarce British Colonial postal marking from Elizabeth Town, New Jersey, carried outside the mails from Norfolk and posted at Elizabeth Town as an ordinary letter

E. 1,000-1,500
5,000
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1997
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Sale 1090, Lot 1997, Colonial Period(Albany N.Y., 1764) "3 dwt". Manuscript rate on folded letter datelined "Albany 9th January 1764" from Peter Hansen to Thomas Newton in New York City regarding difficulty selling wine consigned by Newton, Very Fine, reported by Cal Hahn to be the latest use of Queen Anne rates from Albany (but we cannot verify this claim)

E. 200-300
450
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1998
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Sale 1090, Lot 1998, Colonial PeriodALBANY. Large straightline handstamp struck on back with large bold "PAID" in double-line circle handstamp on front of Jan. 23, 1773 folded letter to New York City, manuscript "2.16" 2dwt 16gr rate, slightly worn file fold, faint stain, otherwise Very Fine, a very scarce Colonial period Albany straightline and "Paid" marking, not to be confused with the later Confederation period markings from Albany

E. 1,000-1,500
8,000
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1999
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Sale 1090, Lot 1999, Colonial Period(Kinderhook N.Y., 1767) "Way 2". Manuscript "way" postmark and 2 dwt (6p) 60-100 mile rate without way fee on folded letter datelined "Kinderhook January 21st 1767" to Hendrick Remsen in New York City, sender's directive "this with care", Very Fine, Cal Hahn notes this as the earliest postal use from Kinderhook and also the earliest "way" use (before he became aware of much earlier "way" covers)

E. 500-750
950
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2000
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Sale 1090, Lot 2000, Colonial Period(Mohawk Indian Castle Church, 1775) "N. YORK MAY 3". Red straightline handstamp on folded cover to Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Westminster, England, docketing indicates this was written on April 20, 1775, by Colin McLeland at Mohawk Indian Castle where he became schoolmaster in 1769, manuscript "1N" packet rate, directive in another hand "pr packett", "12/IV" (Jun. 12) Bishop's mark on back on arrival, some wear and minor faults, slightly dampstained, still Fine, a rare 1775 use from Mohawk Indian Castle, which lies approximately 200 miles north of New York City, to England via British transatlantic packet -- Cal Hahn believed this had to have been carried by express from Mohawk Castle

E. 500-750
650
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2001
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Sale 1090, Lot 2001, Colonial Period(New York-Falmouth Packet, 1759) "NEW/YORK". Two-line handstamp clearly struck in brownish-black on folded cover addressed to the secretary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts in London, England, manuscript "1N" shilling packet charge, "18/MA" Bishop's receiving mark on back, docketing indicates 1759 mailing date, slightly toned along vertical file fold, otherwise Very Fine, ex Hollowbush

E. 500-750
300
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2002
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Sale 1090, Lot 2002, Colonial Period(New York-Falmouth Packet, 1771) "NEW/YORK". Two-line handstamp on folded cover from Ireland to Samuel and Robert Purviance of Baltimore, well-struck "LARNE" straightline handstamp, docketing indicates sender was Samuel Montgomery and letter date was Dec. 13, 1771, side flap with "15/IA" (Jan. 15, 1772) and "23/IA" (Jan. 23) Bishop's marks, "24/AP" Franklin mark indicating arrival date in New York, several rate markings incl. "4" crossed out, "In all 1N10" and "10.16", slight toning along vertical file fold, still Very Fine, a very rare Colonial transatlantic cover from Ireland

E. 300-400
0
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2003
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Sale 1090, Lot 2003, Colonial PeriodNEW/YORK. Two-line handstamp and "6/SE" Franklin mark on back of folded cover from unknown European origin to Newport R.I., sender's ship-name directive "per Capt. Henry", manuscript "Sh 7.8" rate (7dwt 8gr) including 1sh packet rate and 10p rate for 300 miles, faint dampstains, otherwise Fine, ex Glassco

E. 300-400
200
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2004
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Sale 1090, Lot 2004, Colonial Period1774, Reading Pa. to London, England, via Philadelphia and Falmouth-New York Packet. Folded cover docketed with March 26, 1774 origin date from Rev. Murray at Reading Pa., addressed to the secretary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts in London, England, lightly inked but clearly struck red "PHILA/DELPHIA" two-line handstamp and matching "5/AP" Franklin mark on back, black "NEW-YORK" straightline handstamp and unbclear Franklin mark also on back, carried by Falmouth-New York packet, red manuscript "To pay 6d" for inland postage, "28/MA" (May 28) brownish-black London Bishop's mark applied on arrival, mostly readable strike of "IND. AND PACT./POSTAGE" two-line handstamp and manuscript "1N6" (1sh6p) rate, Very Fine, an extremely rare transatlantic letter with two different American colonial post office markings and the rare "Inland and Packet Postage" handstamp

E. 2,000-3,000
2,200
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2005
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Sale 1090, Lot 2005, Colonial Period(New York N.Y., 1775) "N YORK DE: 13". Red straightline datestamp on back of folded letter to Henry Drinker, manuscript "N6" rate attributed by some to the Congressional Post, red manuscript "1/-" due in local currency (6p x 1.67 inflation factor=10p plus 2p carrier fee, or 1sh), receipt docketing "New York 13th December 1775 from Benja. Booth", lightly soiled and some splits along folds, otherwise Fine, some (including Cal Hahn) consider the "N6" indicative of Goddard's Congressional Post, while others (including Kingsley) consider the use of this style of red New York straightline to indicate British Parliamentary Post handling

E. 750-1,000
2,200
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2006
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Sale 1090, Lot 2006, Colonial Period(London to Virginia, 1775) "NORFOLK/MAY:8". Perfect strike of two-line datestamp on back of folded letter dated February 18, 1775, from C. Griffin in London, England, to Burgess Ball (later Colonel) in Lancaster County, Virginia, sender's directive "Favor Capt. Peterson", carried as a private ship letter to Norfolk where it entered the mails, manuscript "Sh 6" rate applied at Norfolk, brownish "WMS.BURG" Williamsburg Va. straightline handstamp also struck on back, splits along folds, toned

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING COLONIAL TRANSATLANTIC LETTER RECEIVED IN VIRGINIA AT THE BEGINNING OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR. THE PRESENCE OF THE RARE NORFOLK AND WILLIAMSBURG POSTMARKS ON THE SAME COVER IS EXTRAORDINARY.

This letter is addressed to Burgess Ball (1749-1800), a landowner in Lancaster County, Virginia. The Ball estate, located near Fredericksburg, was known as "Travellers' Rest." At the start of the war, Ball was a volunteer aide-de-camp on the staff of his life-long friend and correspondent, General George Washington. Seeking an active battlefield role, Ball entered the Continental Army in February 1776 as a captain and rose to the rank of colonel. He was present at several of the war's most significant battles.

This letter was written from London as events in America were unfolding. The writer states "The Inhabitants of New England are declared Rebels -- a few days ago there was a joint address carried to the King from the Lords & Commons to Enforce the Laws against them. The King in his answer has thanked them for their affection & spirit and is determined to maintain the supremacy.”

This letter reached Norfolk and Williamsburg shortly after the "Gunpowder Incident," in which Williamsburg Royal governor Lord Dunsmore seized gunpowder from the magazine in Williamsburg, provoking a confrontation with the local militia under the command of Patrick Henry.

E. 5,000-7,500
8,000
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