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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: Pomeroy`s Letter Express

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
615
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 615, Independent Mails: Pomeroy`s Letter ExpressPomeroy's & Co's. Express, Pomeroy's & Co's. ExpressPomeroy's & Co's. Express. Two stampless covers, first perfect clear strike of red "Forwarded by Pomeroy & Co's. Express, From Buffalo." handstamp, blue manuscript "By Pomeroy & Cos Express" and "Paid" on June 28, 1842 folded letter to Albany, file folds including one with small split and other slight toning which touches the handstamp at left, otherwise Extremely Fine strike, the earliest recorded example of this Pomeroy Buffalo handstamp, second cover with clear strike of red rimless "Pomeroy & Co. Express, Paid" circular handstamp on Jan. 16, 1844 folded letter to Albany, tear at top and part of one inside panel removed, Very Fine strike and very scarce

E. 750-1,000
850
616
og
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 616, Independent Mails: Pomeroy`s Letter ExpressPomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Greenish Yellow (117L1), Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Greenish Yellow (117L1)Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Greenish Yellow (117L1). Two strips of three rejoined to form the original block of six, Positions 5-7 and 9-11 on the plate of 40, large margins to full at left, bright color, few flaws including bottom strip with horizontal crease which causes a couple small paper breaks, top left stamp tiny thin spot

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULAR RARITY OF INDEPENDENT MAILS AND CLASSIC UNITED STATES PHILATELY. THIS RECONSTRUCTED BLOCK OF SIX CONTAINS THE LARGEST RECORDED UNUSED MULTIPLES OF THE POMEROY'S LETTER EXPRESS 1844 5-CENT BLACK ON GREENISH YELLOW.

In all of our auctions dating back to 1993 and Rarities sales since 1964, we have not offered even a single unused example of the Pomeroy 5c on Yellow surface colored paper (117L1). Unlike the common unused stamps on thick wove and thin bond, which are remainders, there were no supplies of this first issue left to collectors. As a personal note (SRT), for 20 years we searched in vain for the whereabouts of this multiple. We had no idea it was on the original George B. Sloane reference collection page in Gordon Stimmell's possession.

Ex Sloane

E. 4,000-5,000
3,750
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617
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 617, Independent Mails: Pomeroy`s Letter ExpressPomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Greenish Yellow (117L1), Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Greenish Yellow (117L1)Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Greenish Yellow (117L1). Large margins to clear at lower right, magnificent fresh color without any oxidation that often affects this issue, manuscript "X" cancel, used on Jul. 25, 1844 folded letter from Auburn N.Y. to New York City street address, Very Fine stamp and cover

E. 500-750
300
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618
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 618, Independent Mails: Pomeroy`s Letter ExpressPomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Dark Yellow (117L1), Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Dark Yellow (117L1)Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Dark Yellow (117L1). Ample even margins, cancelled by red "Paid" handstamp with matching "POMEROY'S MAIL" straightline, red "Boyd's City Express Post, Aug. 17 9 O'C" octagonal datestamp on 1844 folded letter from Auburn N.Y. to New York City address, some toning and edge staining which is more pronounced on back, Very Fine conjunctive use carried by Pomeroy's from Auburn to New York City then by Boyd's to recipient, also a rare example with the Pomeroy's straightline, the company ceased service in late September 1844

E. 500-750
400
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619
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 619, Independent Mails: Pomeroy`s Letter ExpressPomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Dark Yellow (117L1), Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Dark Yellow (117L1)Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Dark Yellow (117L1). Large to clear margins, creased by file fold, tied by pen cancel, red "Boyd's City Express Post, Sep. 26 9 O'C" octagonal datestamp on 1844 folded letter from Geneva N.Y. to New York City address, slight toning along one file fold, Very Fine appearing and very late conjunctive use carried by Pomeroy's from to New York City then by Boyd's to recipient, the company ceased service in late September 1844

E. 400-500
425
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620
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 620, Independent Mails: Pomeroy`s Letter ExpressPomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Dark Yellow (117L1), Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Dark Yellow (117L1)Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Dark Yellow (117L1). Horizontal pair, large to huge margins, slight oxidation, cancelled by red "Cd.", on folded letter from Buffalo to Albany, contents a sworn statement dated July 18, 1844, file folds including one which slightly creases left stamp, minor toning on central fold, very few pairs on any type of paper are known used on cover, this is the only used pair of the 117L1 stamp located with Power Search, either on or off cover

E. 1,000-1,500
500
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621
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 621, Independent Mails: Pomeroy`s Letter ExpressPomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Dark Yellow (117L1), Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Dark Yellow (117L1)Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Dark Yellow (117L1). Two singles, cancelled by blue manuscript initials on folded letter to New York City street address, docketed Jul. 23, 1844, dateline portion of letter torn off, stamps with small flaws including diagonal crease and tear in right stamp and small corner creases on left stamp, slight overall soiling, appears Fine, a scarce double-rate use, with 2013 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
200
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622
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 622, Independent Mails: Pomeroy`s Letter ExpressPomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Greenish Yellow (117L1), Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Greenish Yellow (117L1)Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Greenish Yellow (117L1). Four singles affixed overlapping, the left stamp a replacement for one that fell off in the long-ago past, the other three originated, each cancelled by red "Cd." which ties through the paper on Jul. 10, 1844 folded letter from New York City to Canandaigua N.Y., manuscript "4 Paid" with initials confirming the quadruple-rate, file folds slightly crease two stamps, Very Fine appearance, despite the single replacement stamp, this is a striking and very rare use

E. 500-750
250
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623
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 623, Independent Mails: Pomeroy`s Letter ExpressPomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Blue on Thin Bond (117L3), Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Blue on Thin Bond (117L3)Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Blue on Thin Bond (117L3). Horizontal pair, large to huge margins, left stamp creased by file fold, manuscript cancels on Jul. 27, 1844 folded letter from Lockport N.Y. to Boston, conjunctive use with red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. Albany" handstamp, some slight waterstaining around left stamp

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION OF A PAIR OF POMEROY STAMPS AND CONJUNCTIVE USE WITH HALE & COMPANY FOR SERVICE BETWEEN ALBANY AND BOSTON.

This letter was carried by Pomeroy from Lockport to Albany, then by Hale & Co. to Boston. The stamps paid the Pomeroy 5c and Hale 5c rates. Any on-cover use of a pair of a Pomeroy stamp is rare. We record six pairs of Pomeroy's Blue stamp on covers. A very similar cover to this one realized $4,000 hammer in our 1999 sale of the Golden collection

E. 1,500-2,000
1,400
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624
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 624, Independent Mails: Pomeroy`s Letter ExpressPomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Thin Bond (117L4), Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Thin Bond (117L4)Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Thin Bond (117L4). Large margins including portion of adjoining stamp at right, red "Cd." handstamp cancel on Aug. 15, 1844 folded letter from Albany to Fonda N.Y., soiling and heavy filing crease thru stamp which also has a scuff, appears Fine

E. 200-300
110
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625
 
Important Collection of Pomeroy's Letter Express. The Sloane collection with additions and notes by Gordon Stimmell, mounted or housed in a single album, wide range of stamp material and research with articles, reprints of notes and letters, etc., begins with photographs of George Eltweed Pomeroy and Henry Wells, a few large-format square "Pomeroy & Cos. Express" labels depicting locomotive, a fabricated "large die proof" (cut to shape stamp), then a wide array of stamps with originals and reprints on range of papers with surface-colored, thick wove, thin bond and some on the scarce pelure, complete sheets of Black on bond, numerous copies of Blue on bond, a margin strip of three of Blue on pelure paper (rare), partial platings, numerous remainder sheets in different colors on medium fibrous paper, also three covers including Nos. 117L1 (on part of cover) and 117L4, a fascinating collection worth careful review

E. 4,000-5,000
3,500
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