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Sale 1120 — Outstanding United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 17-18 March, 2016

Category — 1844-45 Independent Mails

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1719
c
Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1719, 1844-45 Independent MailsH. T. Crofoot's Letter Office, Newburyport (Mass.), H. T. Crofoot's Letter Office, Newburyport (Mass.)H. T. Crofoot's Letter Office, Newburyport (Mass.). Red oval handstamp and matching framed "Paid" handstamp on Mar. 15, 1845 folded letter to Boston, missing one page and small hole but interesting content remains including "I commend to your attention (an article) by John Neal called 'Instinct of Childhood', in which a gentleman persuades his child to release her birds from the cage and the child afterwards applies the same arguments to the condition of her father's slaves.", Fine, ex Schwartz

E. 200-300
110
1720
c
Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1720, 1844-45 Independent MailsLivingston, Wells & Pomeroy, Livingston, Wells & PomeroyLivingston, Wells & Pomeroy. Six covers, five are folded letters, most with manuscript express designations representing different examples of various Pomeroy companies including Livingston Wells & Pomeroy, Livingston & Wells, Livingston & Pomeroy, Pomeroy's Express, one each with "Paid" or "Cd." handstamps, one with some staining but overall Very Fine, nice group of covers related to one of the great private express operations, ex Schwartz

E. 400-500
500
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1721
c
Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1721, 1844-45 Independent MailsPomeroy's Letter Express, (5c) Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper, Value Incomplete (117L2), Pomeroy's Letter Express, (5c) Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper, Value Incomplete (117L2)Pomeroy's Letter Express, (5c) Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper, Value Incomplete (117L2). Large even margins all around, beautiful glowing shade, cancelled by red "Cd." on Sep. 24, 1844 folded letter from Buffalo to New York City, stamp with natural pre-printing horizontal paper fold near top, cover file fold clear of stamp

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.

With 2013 P.F. certificate.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
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1722
c
Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1722, 1844-45 Independent MailsPomeroy'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.

Ex Stimmell. With 2015 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
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1723
ogbl
Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1723, 1844-45 Independent MailsPomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Deep Milky Blue on Pelure Paper (117L7), Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Deep Milky Blue on Pelure Paper (117L7)Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Deep Milky Blue on Pelure Paper (117L7). Complete left pane of 20, huge margins, including enormous sheet margins on three sides, beautiful rich color in the distinctive Deep Milky Blue shade, horizontal crease between rows 3 and 4, natural pre-printing paper crease in Positions 13L and 17L, few other faint creases do not detract

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RECENTLY RECORDED PANE OF THE POMEROY'S LETTER EXPRESS STAMP IN DEEP MILKY BLUE ON PELURE PAPER, OF WHICH VERY FEW EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN.

This pane is printed in the distinctive Deep Milky Blue shade on very thin, nearly transparent paper. Prior to the discovery of this pane, only a few examples of Scott 117L7 were known. The Philatelic Foundation has certified this as "onion-skin paper" (an unlisted variety of 117L7), but in our opinion there is no such thing as a Pomeroy stamp on "onion skin paper," and this paper matches the other known examples of Scott 117L7, so we are not really sure why the P.F. felt compelled to create a new unlisted paper variety to describe this pane.

With 2012 P.F. certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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1724
c
Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1724, 1844-45 Independent MailsPomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow, 5c Black on Thin Bond (117L1, 117L4), Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow, 5c Black on Thin Bond (117L1, 117L4)Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow, 5c Black on Thin Bond (117L1, 117L4). Four-margin singles on two separate 1844 folded letters, first with neat red "Cd." cancel to New York City address, second with manuscript "W" cancel and addressed to Albany, lifted and placed back, Very Fine pair of covers, with 2015 P.S.E. and P.F. certificates respectively

E. 750-1,000
450
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1725
 
Important Collection of Pomeroy's Letter Express. The Sloane collection with additions and notes by Gordon Stimmell, contained in an album and a stockbook (most recent owner moved most of the stamps to a stockbook), 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 a couple of covers including 117L4 on a faulty cover with another stamp removed, a fascinating collection worth careful review, scan of the stamp material (less the research) available

E. 3,000-4,000
1,600
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