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Sale 1101 — United States Carriers and Locals, Featuring the Gordon Stimmell Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 23 June, 2015

Category — Independent Mails: Hartford Mail Route

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
601
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 601, Independent Mails: Hartford Mail RouteHartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1), Hartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1)Hartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1). Position 10, large margins to barely touched at top, manuscript "South" precancel, red "Forwarded Hale & Co., Hartford" oval handstamp on folded letter datelined "Hartford Sept. 19th 1844" to Philadelphia, stamp with sealed tear, cover with light file folds not affecting stamp

VERY FINE APPEARING SOUTHBOUND HARTFORD MAIL ROUTE COVER.

According to published research by Francis E. Stern (Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 41, No. 3), the Hartford Mail stamps were prepared by E. W. Parsons and a partner named Fuller. Parsons was a Hartford bookseller who later became the New England superintendent for Adams Express Company and then a prominent figure in the Hartford insurance business. Mr. Fuller was an agent for Thompson & Co.'s express in Springfield Mass. The apparent function of the Parsons-Fuller Hartford Mail was to carry mail between Hartford and other cities. They also linked with other inter-city expresses that served the region, such as Adams and Hale. The approximately 50 surviving covers indicate that the Hartford Mail did not deliver mail between correspondents within the city. The operation commenced in 1844 -- the earliest known cover dates from August 1844 -- and it appears to have discontinued service on June 30, 1845, the latest recorded date and the point when inter-city letter expresses were outlawed.

?Scott Retail $11,000.00

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
602
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 602, Independent Mails: Hartford Mail RouteHartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1), Hartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1)Hartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1). Position 11, ample margins at bottom and right, just into framelines at top and left, manuscript "South" precancel, creased from file fold, used on 1844 folded cover to Jessop & Sons in New York, manuscript "Paid" at top right

FINE APPEARING STAMP ON AN ATTRACTIVE SOUTHBOUND COVER CARRIED BY THE HARTFORD MAIL ROUTE.

According to published research by Francis E. Stern (Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 41, No. 3), the Hartford Mail stamps were prepared by E. W. Parsons and a partner named Fuller. Parsons was a Hartford bookseller who later became the New England superintendent for Adams Express Company and then a prominent figure in the Hartford insurance business. Mr. Fuller was an agent for Thompson & Co.'s express in Springfield Mass. The apparent function of the Parsons-Fuller Hartford Mail was to carry mail between Hartford and other cities. They also linked with other inter-city expresses that served the region, such as Adams and Hale. The approximately 50 surviving covers indicate that the Hartford Mail did not deliver mail between correspondents within the city. The operation commenced in 1844 -- the earliest known cover dates from August 1844 -- and it appears to have discontinued service on June 30, 1845, the latest recorded date and the point when inter-city letter expresses were outlawed.

?Scott Retail $11,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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603
 
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 603, Independent Mails: Hartford Mail RouteHartford Conn. Mail Route, (10c) Black on Pink Glazed (80L3), Hartford Conn. Mail Route, (10c) Black on Pink Glazed (80L3)Hartford Conn. Mail Route, (10c) Black on Pink Glazed (80L3). Large bottom margin, other sides clear to just in, manuscript "East" may be original but has been enhanced at some point and has become blurry, added to a folded letter with partly clear strike of red "Hale & Co's Mail Worcester" handstamp, an acceptable example of this major Independent Mails rarity, Scott Retail as off-cover stamp

3,500
400
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604
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 604, Independent Mails: Hartford Mail RouteJ. W. Lawrence's Letter Offices, 8 Court St. Boston, 1 John St. Lowell, J. W. Lawrence's Letter Offices, 8 Court St. Boston, 1 John St. LowellJ. W. Lawrence's Letter Offices, 8 Court St. Boston, 1 John St. Lowell. Red rectangular framed handstamp on Aug. 27, 1844 folded letter from New York City to Lowell Mass., conjunctive use with red "Wm. Wyman's Letter Offices, 8 Court St. Boston, 3 Wall St., N. York" framed handstamp, pencil "NY 6" rate, faint toning, otherwise Very Fine, rare example of Lawrence and Wyman conjunctive use, ex Hahn

E. 400-500
300
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