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Sale 1193 — The Alfredo Frohlich Collection: The Evolution of Postal Systems in Panama 1777-1881

Sale Date — Tuesday, 4 December, 2018

Category — Forwarding & Route Agents

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1581
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Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1581, Forwarding & Route AgentsFORWARDING AGENTS, 1852-1872 Forwarding Agents in Aspinwall (Colon), Chagres and Panama, FORWARDING AGENTS, 1852-1872 Forwarding Agents in Aspinwall (Colon), Chagres and PanamaFORWARDING AGENTS, 1852-1872 Forwarding Agents in Aspinwall (Colon), Chagres and Panama. Seventeen covers with different forwarding agent handstamps, each individually selected for the quality of the strike, eight from Aspinwall (Colon) incl. E&H Abrahams & Co., Jose A. Cespedes, T.R. Cowan, J.B. Donalisio, Geo. W. Fletcher, C.J. Fox, W.P. Maal and West India & Pacific Steamship, one from Chagres (T.R. Cowan), and eight from Panama incl. Corwine Brothers, De Sabla (used with Well's Fargo), F. Gogorza, Hourquet Poylo & Co. (used with Great Britain 1sh), Jimenez Hermanos and two Hurtado Hermanos, a few with double forwarding marks and most to either New York, San Francisco or London, couple to Bogota

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE STRIKES. A REMARKABLE GROUP OF FORWARDING AGENTS IN PANAMA - EACH WITH CHOICE STRIKES - OFFERED INTACT ON TEN PAGES FROM ALFREDO FROHLICH'S AWARD-WINNING EXHIBIT.

Prior to the establishment of the Universal Postal Union, forwarding agents played a vital role in the movement of mail from one country to another. The importance of these agents in Panama grew exponentially in the mid-1800s, due to Panama's location as a major crossing between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as well as the westward expansion of the United States.

While the strikes here are not all inclusive of the known agents, this does comprise many of the better strikes in exceptional quality. According to Rowe, most of these are Rarity 3, with a few Rarity 4.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
1582
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1582, Forwarding & Route AgentsFORWARDING AGENTS, "Forwarded by A.M. Hinckley & Co. Express, Panama", FORWARDING AGENTS, "Forwarded by A.M. Hinckley & Co. Express, Panama"FORWARDING AGENTS, "Forwarded by A.M. Hinckley & Co. Express, Panama". Excellent strike on 1854 folded printed circular datelined in Havana, Cuba regarding cigar and tobacco prices, addressed to San Francisco Cal., blue Havana forwarding handstamp, horizontal file fold thru handstamp, still Very Fine, rare forwarding mark which has a "Rarity Factor" 5 in Rowe

E. 500-750
300
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1583
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Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1583, Forwarding & Route AgentsFORWARDING AGENTS, "Freeman & Co.'s Express, Panama, Cova & Co. Agents", FORWARDING AGENTS, "Freeman & Co.'s Express, Panama, Cova & Co. Agents"FORWARDING AGENTS, "Freeman & Co.'s Express, Panama, Cova & Co. Agents". Bold strike of red oval handstamp on 1856 folded partly printed notice to San Francisco, Very Fine and scarce, fewer than ten examples are recorded, "Rarity Factor" 5 in Rowe

E. 300-400
180
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1584
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Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1584, Forwarding & Route AgentsFORWARDING AGENTS, "Star Office Panama", FORWARDING AGENTS, "Star Office Panama"FORWARDING AGENTS, "Star Office Panama". Fancy red illustrated oval handstamp showing star with rays on blue folded letter datelined "David, Decr. 5th, 1852" and addressed to Philadelphia Pa., New York "Steam Ship 20 ct" in circle handstamp for rate over 2,500 miles, small stains and light file fold thru handstamp, Very Fine and attractive forwarding agent cachet, ex Feldman

E. 500-750
1,000
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1585
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Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1585, Forwarding & Route AgentsPANAMA, 1850 Panama N.Y, PANAMA, 1850 Panama N.YPANAMA, 1850 Panama N.Y. Bold strike of Panama route agent's circular datestamp dated Jun. 23 with "N.Y." in error (was supposed to read "N.G." for New Granada) on folded letter to New York, datelined in Panama Jun. 20 with original contents regarding coinage and gold, inside fold with "Smith & Lewis" forwarding handstamp, rated "30" for American packet from Panama, minor file fold thru postmark, still Very Fine and rare, only twelve covers are recorded with this error handstamp from four different dates (used from Jun. 10 to Jul. 21, 1850), this is the second earliest date, this postmark is attributed to Amos B. Corwine who was at the U.S. Consul's office in Panama, ex Campbell

E. 1,000-1,500
700
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1586
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Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1586, Forwarding & Route AgentsPANAMA, 1850 Panama N.Y, PANAMA, 1850 Panama N.YPANAMA, 1850 Panama N.Y. Clear strike of Panama route agent's circular datestamp dated Jun. 10 with "N.Y." in error (was supposed to read "N.G." for New Granada) on cover to Senecaville O., "30" handstamp for American packet rate from Panama, some edge flaws and minor repairs, otherwise Fine and rare, only twelve covers are recorded with this error handstamp from four different dates (used from Jun. 10 to Jul. 21, 1850), this is the earliest recorded date, this postmark is attributed to Amos B. Corwine who was at the U.S. Consul's office in Panama, ex Jessup and Feldman

E. 500-750
450
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1587
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Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1587, Forwarding & Route AgentsPANAMA, 1850s "PANAMA", PANAMA, 1850s "PANAMA"PANAMA, 1850s "PANAMA". Bold red straightline handstamp on petite cover to New York, "30" handstamp for American Packet rate from Panama, cover with small tear at top just extending into marking, Very Fine strikes, this postmark is attributed to Amos B. Corwine who was at the U.S. Consul's office in Panama, it was in use for a short period of time from 1850-1851

E. 400-500
500
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