Sale 1146 — U.S. and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 15 December, 2016

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Category — Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, New York

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1083
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Sale 1146, Lot 1083, Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, New York(Albany N.Y. to Rotterdam, Holland, 1677) Private Ship Letter. Folded letter datelined "Albany 26 September 1677", from Robert Livingston to his brother (in-law?) in Rotterdam, Holland, carried privately with notation "p Catilyntie R. Elsant", letter includes statement that he would have sent the letter by Boston to defray cost and to buy goods but the bearer (Catilyntie) would not carry them having to go by England, part of red Livingston wax seal, slight soiling, Very Fine early transatlantic letter from Albany, the writer is most likely Robert Livingston "the Elder" (1654-1728), who was an extremely wealthy New York colonial official, fur trader and the first Lord of the 250 square mile Livingston Manor, see lot 1084 for another Livingston letter to Rottterdam

E. 500-750
425
1084
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Sale 1146, Lot 1084, Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, New York(New York City to Rotterdam, Holland, 1682) Private Ship Letter. Folded letter datelined "N: York in America the 4th of Nov: 1682", from Robert Livingston to his brother (in-law?) in Rotterdam, Holland, carried privately by ship, letter includes statement that writer has received no letters since June 1680 and has come from Albany to adjust accounts, black Livingston wax seal, small tear at top, Very Fine early transatlantic letter from New York, the writer is most likely Robert Livingston "the Elder" (1654-1728), who was an extremely wealthy New York colonial official, fur trader and the first Lord of the 250 square mile Livingston Manor, see lot 1083 for another Livingston letter to Rottterdam

E. 500-750
900
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1085
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Sale 1146, Lot 1085, Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, New York(New York City to Boston, 1685) Northbound Letter. Folded letter datelined "New York Agowst the 14, 1685", addressed to John Danilson "Merchant In Bostown These", soiling and slight wear, Fine and rare early letter from New York to Boston

E. 400-500
1,200
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1086
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Sale 1146, Lot 1086, Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, New York(Albany to Schenectady N.Y., 1708) Westbound Letter. Folded letter datelined "Albany the 25 December 1708" to Schenectady N.Y., written in Dutch-English with a variety of interesting spellings including the address, no postmark but also no "favor" or "compliments" so may have gone by post, minor interior split, Very Fine early Albany westbound letter

E. 500-750
1,500
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1087
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Sale 1146, Lot 1087, Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, New York(Albany N.Y. to New York City, 1746) Manuscript "15d" Rate. Folded letter datelined "Albany 23 January, 1745/6" written in Dutch to Evert and Adrian Bancker in New York City, manuscript "15d" rate at upper right is open to interpretation, Hahn interpreted it as 15dwt rather than 15p (which is not a correct rate), this would be equivalent to 45p, which is 5-times the 9p rate under the Queen Ann Act of 1710-11 (the letter reportedly mentions an enclosure, which could account for a multiple rate), described as the earliest reported rated cover from Albany (CMH), minor soiling and wear, Fine and rare

E. 750-1,000
2,500
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1088
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Sale 1146, Lot 1088, Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, New York(Schenectady N.Y. to New York City, 1763) Manuscript "p3" Rate. Folded letter datelined "Schenectady July 11th, 1763" from Thomas Milworth and addressed to a merchant on Broad Street in New York City, manuscript "p3" (3 dwt rate under Queen Anne Act), wine-related content thanking the addressee for a pipe of wine sent to Mr. Duncan (first postmaster) and suggests setting up a Madeira wine trade, slight edgewear, Fine and rare, described as the earliest Colonial letter from Schenectady (CMH) and as ex Aga Khan

E. 750-1,000
3,250
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1089
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Sale 1146, Lot 1089, Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, New York(New York City to Flushing N.Y., 1765-1774). Four folded letters dated 1765, 1765, 1772 and 1774, addressed to Mrs. Hannah Brown or Mr. Samuel Cornell, privately carried (no postmarks or rates), some interesting content including description of Captain Brown and his men catching a barracuda, "immediately taken sick after eating it, & all three died the next day...", some splitting and edge faults, Fine group

E. 400-500
375
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1090
 
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0
0
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1091
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Sale 1146, Lot 1091, Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, New York(New York N.Y. to Lebanon Pa., 1767) "NEW/YORK". Two-line handstamp struck on back of folded cover docketed Dec. 26, 1767, addressed to Rev. Wheelock in Lebanon (Pa.) with notation "To be delivered to the Rev. Wm. Patten Hartford", manuscript "Ny 2.16/ 4" (4dwt total) rate and "1/8" in local currency due (4dwt=12p x 1.67 inflation factor=20p or 1sh8p), "28/DE" Franklin mark on back, small piece of back missing where seal removed, tiny edge nicks, Fine Parliamentary Post cover

E. 500-750
750
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1092
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Sale 1146, Lot 1092, Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, New York(New York City to Westminster, England, 1769) "American Postage Paid". Circular handstamp on June 27, 1769 docketed folded cover originating in Waterbury Conn. and addressed to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Westminster, England, matching "NEW/YORK" two-line handstamp on bottom flap with "15/IA" (Jan. 15) Franklin mark, manuscript "1N" packet and "2.8 Paid" rates, "3/MR" (Mar. 3) Bishop's receiving mark, vertical file fold

FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND RARE COVER WITH THE "AMERICAN POSTAGE PAID" SHIP-LETTER HANDSTAMP, WHICH WAS RARELY APPLIED TO OUTGOING MAIL FROM THE AMERICAN COLONIES.

This rare marking was missing from the Siskin collection. We have not offered another example since keeping computerized records.

E. 2,000-3,000
3,000
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1093
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Sale 1146, Lot 1093, Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, New York(New York City to Albany N.Y., 1769) Hudson River Route. "New York November the 21, 1769" dateline on folded letter addressed "To Mr. Scharmerhorn Living in Schenectady to be left in the Care of Honnis prime Sciper from Albany" (honest prime skipper), some internal splits and soiling, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
350
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1094
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Sale 1146, Lot 1094, Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, New York(Claverack N.Y., 1770) "post pd. 6". Manuscript 6p sterling rate (possibly "post 6 10d" with local currency stated) on folded letter datelined "Claverack 27th March 1770" to New York City, some minor edgewear, Fine and very rare, described as the only known Colonial letter from Claverack (CMH)

E. 500-750
600
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1095
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Sale 1146, Lot 1095, Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, New York(England to Norfolk Va. via New York City, 1772) "NEW/YORK". Two-line handstamp faintly struck on back of 1772 folded letter from England to Thomas Burke in Norfolk Va. with "Post Paid D" double-circle handstamp and red "Post Paid" in circle applied in London, "3/AV" Bishop's mark and "IY/29" Franklin mark, manuscript "pd 1/6" and "6" rates, couple other markings too faint to make out, toned and with soiling, still appears Fine

E. 300-400
150
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1096
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Sale 1146, Lot 1096, Colonial Postal History: British Parliamentary and Early Colonial, New York(Philadelphia to London via New York, 1775) "AMN. & PAC./POSTAGE". Clear strike on front of April 4, 1775 datelined folded letter from Philadelphia to Jamaica Coffee House, London, light strikes of red Philadelphia and New York straightlines on flap, ms. "To Pay 6d" and "1N6" rates, "4/MA" receiving bishop's mark on flap

VERY FINE. A RARE COLONIAL COVER SENT TO LONDON ON THE EVE OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, WITH MARKINGS OF THREE CITIES INCLUDING THE RARE "AMN. & PAC./POSTAGE" STRAIGHTLINE.

The letter includes an invoice and discusses loading the brig Rachel to Madeira and the great scarcity of money

E. 2,000-3,000
5,250
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