Sale 1146 — U.S. and Confederate States Postal History
Sale Date — Thursday, 15 December, 2016
Category — Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, Massachusetts
FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE COLONIAL POSTMARK OF HOBBS HOLE VIRGINIA. ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES.
The Siskin collection (Bennett sale) had an Apr. 24, 1767 cover postmarked at Hobbs Hole, which was described as the only recorded example. This cover becomes the second and earliest recorded example. The post office at Hobbs Hole was in existence for only seven years during the Colonial period. According to Wikipedia, "In 1682 a local man, Jacob Hobbs, established a trading post in the now extinct Rappahannock County (in the vicinity of present-day Tappahannock). This area became known as 'Hobbs Hole'. The town comprised 50 acres divided into half-acre squares. The port was established at Hobbs Hole and called "New Plymouth", later changed back to the Indian name Tappahannock