Sale 1136 — The Peter Sharrer Collection of United States Postal Markings

Sale Date — Wednesday, 5 October, 2016

Category — Fancy and Illustrated Town Markings

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1002
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Sale 1136, Lot 1002, Fancy and Illustrated Town MarkingsCANANDAIGUA, June 12. Absolutely perfect "proof-like" strike of this marking with floral spray at bottom, on 1803 folded letter to Hartford Conn., sender is Oliver Phelps (of Phelps Gorham Purchase fame) who asks recipient to endorse his $4,000 note and pledges a note signed by both himself and Gorham, Extremely Fine strike which is illustrated on page 238 of the American Stampless Cover Catalog, ex Jarrett and Hahn, a history of the Phelps-Gorham purchase can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phelps_and_Gorham_Purchase

E. 1,000-1,500
3,500
1003
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1003, Fancy and Illustrated Town MarkingsLambertville N.J. Sep. 3. Intense dark black strike of town circle handstamp with negative lettering -- every detail perfectly clear -- with manuscript date and matching "10" rate on Sep. 2, 1839 folded letter to Rahway N.J., Extremely Fine, believed to be the finest of the few known examples of this distinctive New Jersey town marking

E. 1,500-2,000
5,750
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1004
nh
Sale 1136, Lot 1004, Fancy and Illustrated Town MarkingsLittle Rock Ark. 1831/Mar. 10. Perfect strike of fancy Shield in semi-circle datestamp showing every detail of the design, manuscript "(Double) Paid 50" rate on folded letter from the secretary of the Little Rock Sunday School to the secretary of the American Sunday School Union in Philadelphia, Extremely Fine, a magnificent strike of this fancy town marking

E. 1,500-2,000
4,750
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1005
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Sale 1136, Lot 1005, Fancy and Illustrated Town MarkingsWINDSOR-LOCKS CT. Type I with scrolls under "CT" and "KS", beautiful detailed strike in red with manuscript "Nov. 21" date and "12-1/2" rate on 1837 folded letter to New York, matching perfect strike of "Paid" in scroll

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST STRIKES OF THE ELABORATE WINDSOR LOCKS POSTAL MARKING WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.

Windsor Locks is named for a set of canal locks that opened in 1829. Windsor Locks is situated just south of the first large falls in the Connecticut River, the Enfield Falls, which is the northernmost point that seagoing vessels can reach on the Connecticut River before transferring to smaller ships. The post office used two different pictorial handstamps showing the steamer in locks. The example offered here is the first type (see Duffney census at http://www.ctpostalhistory.com/CtPP/Postal_Markings_files/W-L2013LR.pdf ). Richard B. Graham wrote that the Windsor Locks "Boat-in-Canal" pictorial postmark is “possibly the most distinctive early handstamp of them all."

Ex Jarrett, Houser and Kramer

E. 7,500-10,000
8,000
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1006
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Sale 1136, Lot 1006, Fancy and Illustrated Town MarkingsWINDSOR-LOCKS CT. Type II with different font and other design differences, perfect and remarkably detailed strike of red pictorial handstamp with "Apl 8" date in manuscript and "6" rate on 1844 folded letter to North Granby Conn.

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST STRIKE OF THE PICTORIAL WINDSOR LOCKS HANDSTAMP WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED. A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN POSTAL ART.

Windsor Locks is named for a set of canal locks that opened in 1829. Windsor Locks is situated just south of the first large falls in the Connecticut River, the Enfield Falls, which is the northernmost point that seagoing vessels can reach on the Connecticut River before transferring to smaller ships. The post office used two different pictorial handstamps showing the steamer in locks. The example offered here is the second type, which is much scarcer than the first (more than 2:1 ratio, according to Duffney census at http://www.ctpostalhistory.com/CtPP/Postal_Markings_files/W-L2013LR.pdf ). Richard B. Graham wrote that the Windsor Locks "Boat-in-Canal" pictorial postmark is “possibly the most distinctive early handstamp of them all."

Ex Haas, Risvold and Dr. Robertson

E. 5,000-7,500
5,750
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1007
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Sale 1136, Lot 1007, Fancy and Illustrated Town Markings"NEWARK VALLEY. NY." Kissing Doves. Single straightline with "Feb. 24" blue manuscript date surrounded by ornate floral frame with entwined hearts and two kissing doves, blue manuscript "10" rate on 1844 folded letter to Binghamton N.Y. addressed and written in blue, turned use of lettersheet with other side addressed to Troy, red "Binghamton N.Y. Feb. 27" circular datestamp and ms. "10", message inside indicates letter was forwarded, light fold at top

EXTREMELY FINE. THE FINEST STRIKE OF THIS BEAUTIFUL AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE ROMANCE-INSPIRED POSTAL MARKING. CONSIDERED BY MANY TO BE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HANDSTAMPED MARKINGS APPLIED TO 19TH CENTURY MAIL.

Illustrated in American Stampless Cover Catalog and Chronicle (No. 220, p. 321). Ex Mayer, Dunsmoor, Moskow and Jarrett.

E. 10,000-15,000
22,000
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1008
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Sale 1136, Lot 1008, Fancy and Illustrated Town MarkingsHECKTOWN/JULY 20/PENNA. Well-struck brown handstamp with "20" date in manuscript, matching "Paid" in octagon and "5" in double circle handstamps on 1846 blue folded letter to a doctor at the Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane at Philadelphia, neatly docketed, accompanied by a similar but different datestamp dated Apr. 24 with manuscript "12-1/2" rate on 1843 folded letter addressed in blue to New York City, small arithmetic notation, both Extremely Fine, very rare markings and a lovely matched pair

E. 750-1,000
1,700
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1009
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Sale 1136, Lot 1009, Fancy and Illustrated Town MarkingsDOVER MILLS [Va.] J. 24. Large blue handstamp with date in manuscript clearly struck on light green 1847 folded cover to Richmond Va., blue manuscript "5" rate, additional manuscript "1" for carrier fee in Richmond, some minor wear, Very Fine strike, possibly the only example of this unusual marking extant, ex Knapp, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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1010
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Sale 1136, Lot 1010, Fancy and Illustrated Town MarkingsAaronsburg Pa. Feb. 1. Boldly struck ornate blue datestamp with matching "Paid 3" handstamp on 1854 folded letter to Philadelphia, Extremely Fine, one of three examples of this marking that came to light in 2003 (Sale 860 -- this was lot 705, which realized $2,600 hammer), the style is extraordinary and this strike is perfect

E. 1,000-1,500
2,500
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1011
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Sale 1136, Lot 1011, Fancy and Illustrated Town MarkingsBurkesville Ky. Feb. 6. Brownish-black town marking in stencil circle with rim of dots and manuscript date and "Paid 25" rate on 1831 folded letter to Richmond Va., Extremely Fine, believed to be the only known example of this Kentucky stencil marking, ex Knapp, Haas (his source notation indicates it was bought from Seymour Kaplan in 1978 for $765) and Jarrett

E. 1,500-2,000
4,750
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1012
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Sale 1136, Lot 1012, Fancy and Illustrated Town MarkingsDeersville Ohio. Bold blue town marking without date in stencil circle with rim of dots and dashes with matching "PAID" and "3" stencil rate markings ("Paid" in frame of dots and dashes) on Jan. 13, 1852 folded letter to Cadiz O., Extremely Fine, extraordinarily beautiful example of this stencil marking, the Deersville stencil circle is known on several covers dated during the late 1840s, but the "Paid 3" stencil rate (post-July 1, 1851) is extremely rare, this is almost certainly the finest known of all known Deersville covers

E. 1,000-1,500
3,500
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