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Sale 1215 — United States Postal History and Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 17-18 December, 2019

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Category — Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later

Lot
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Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
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2083
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2083, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and laterShip Milo S.G. Bronson Sail*d mar. 27 (1818), Ship Milo S.G. Bronson Sail*d mar. 27 (1818)Ship Milo S.G. Bronson Sail*d mar. 27 (1818). Clear strike of blue dotted double-circle datestamp on 1818 folded letter from Stockholm, Sweden, to Providence R.I., red "Boston Ms. Apr. 25" circular datestamp and matching "SHIP" handstamp, manuscript rates, Very Fine, a scarce marking in exceptionally choice condition, Mar. 27 is the only known date of this particular handstamp, similar handstamps are known used on June 7 and Aug. 16, ex Arthur White

E. 750-1,000
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2084
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2084, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later(Hawaii to Boston via Canton, China, May 20, 1823, Missionary Letter), (Hawaii to Boston via Canton, China, May 20, 1823, Missionary Letter)(Hawaii to Boston via Canton, China, May 20, 1823, Missionary Letter). Folded letter from Levi Chamberlain, datelined "Oahu, May 20th 1823" and addressed to his uncle, Richard Chamberlain, in Boston, carried privately with corresponding sailing dates by the American brig Arab (Capt. Meek, Master), which departed Honolulu May 23, 1823 and sailed to Canton, China, letters from this sailing were then transported to the brig Vancouver for Boston, arriving April 26, 1824, light strike of "Ship 6" banner handstamp struck in Boston for a ship letter addressed to the port of entry, May 5, 1824 receipt docketing -- nearly a year after sending, Very Fine, a scarce early missionary letter from Hawaii, Levi Chamberlain (born 1792) served as a missionary, teacher, and agent for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions' Sandwich Islands Mission from 1822 until his death in 1849 in Honolulu, his journals reside at the Yale University Library (http://discover.odai.yale.edu/ydc/Record/3957617/Description#tabnav)

E. 750-1,000
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2085
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2085, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later(Incoming Foreign Mail via Boston, 1827-32), "QUARANTINE", (Incoming Foreign Mail via Boston, 1827-32), "QUARANTINE"(Incoming Foreign Mail via Boston, 1827-32), "QUARANTINE". Three folded letters addressed to East Coast destinations and routed through Boston, each bears a clear strike of red "QUARANTINE" straightline handstamp and Boston circular datestamp, dates include 1827 from Marseilles, France, 1831 from Matanzas, Cuba and 1832 from Athens, Greece, manuscript rates, Very Fine and fascinating trio, Boston conducted its quarantine activities for incoming mail and goods beginning in 1737 at Rainsford island, in Boston Harbor, by 1832 a boat and permanent structures had been established for quarantine work

E. 750-1,000
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2086
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2086, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later(St. Petersburg, Russia, to Marblehead Mass. via Hamburg, London and Boston, Oct. 1829), (St. Petersburg, Russia, to Marblehead Mass. via Hamburg, London and Boston, Oct. 1829)(St. Petersburg, Russia, to Marblehead Mass. via Hamburg, London and Boston, Oct. 1829). Folded letter datelined at St. Petersburg on Oct. 18 and 30, 1829, manuscript "1/8" (1sh8p) British rate via Hamburg and London, various transit markings including "Memel" (Prussia), entered U.S. mails with red "Boston Ms. Dec. 24" circular datestamp and matching "SHIP" straightline, red pen "8" rate for ship letter sent up to 30 miles with 2c ship fee, Very Fine and colorful use from Russia

E. 300-400
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2087
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2087, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later"1/2 sheet periodical--postage under 100 miles 3/4 cent, over 100 miles 1-1/4 cent, "1/2 sheet periodical--postage under 100 miles 3/4 cent, over 100 miles 1-1/4 cent"1/2 sheet periodical--postage under 100 miles 3/4 cent, over 100 miles 1-1/4 cent." Printed rate instruction at top of printed "Periodical Circular of the American Temperance Society", two sides dated Nov. 1832 and Dec. 4, 1832, red "PAID" straightline handstamp and addressed to Pittsfield Mass., Very Fine and extremely rare, this is one of only two recorded examples of this rate statement used on a periodical pamphlet -- both from the American Temperance Society, Pittsfield is 140 miles from Boston so this presumably was paid at the higher rate, ex Blake

E. 500-750
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2088
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2088, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later(Siam to Philadelphia via Boston, Mar. 21, 1836), (Siam to Philadelphia via Boston, Mar. 21, 1836)(Siam to Philadelphia via Boston, Mar. 21, 1836). Folded letter datelined "Gulf of Siam, March, 21, 1836" and addressed to Philadelphia, ship-name directive U.S.S. Peacock at top, sent via Singapore and entered U.S. mails with red "Boston Ms. Dec. 15" circular datestamp and matching "PAID" straightline, manuscript 39-1/2 cents rate for a double ship letter sent between 150-400 miles, including 2c ship fee, few small edge tears, Very Fine and scarce, one of the earliest known uses from Siam (Thailand)

E. 500-750
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2089
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2089, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later(Boston to New Orleans, Apr. 29, 1837), Express Mail, (Boston to New Orleans, Apr. 29, 1837), Express Mail(Boston to New Orleans, Apr. 29, 1837), Express Mail. Folded letter datelined at Boston on Apr. 29, 1837 and addressed to New Orleans La., red "Boston Ms. Apr. 29" circular datestamp and bold magenta manuscript "75" cents Express Mail rate, also endorsed for Express Mail, Very Fine, while these Express Mail uses are not scarce overall, covers sent from Boston using the service are very elusive, with fewer than 15 examples reported, this 75c example was for a single letter sent more than 400 miles

E. 300-400
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2090
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2090, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later(Boston to New York, Oct. 17, 1839), (Boston to New York, Oct. 17, 1839)(Boston to New York, Oct. 17, 1839). Folded letter datelined at Boston on Oct. 17, 1839 and addressed to New York, the letter explains that a package of letters is attached for the sailing of the Liverpool on Oct. 19, it goes on to give the weight of the letters as 47-3/4 ounces, which is reflected in the manuscript notation at top and the extremely unusual rate of "35.81-1/4" ($35.81-1/4) in the same magenta pen, red "Boston Ms. Oct. 17" circular datestamp, Very Fine and extremely elusive example of this high letter rate, Section 13 of the Act of March 3, 1825 stipulated that "No postmaster shall receive, to be conveyed by the mail, any packet which shall weigh more than three pounds", the sender was no doubt aware of this and kept the contents to just under 48 ounces

E. 750-1,000
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2091
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2091, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later"Boston Ms. One Cent", "Boston Ms. One Cent""Boston Ms. One Cent". Strike of red circular datestamp on drop-rate folded letter datelined Jan. 29, 1839, minor edge nicks, Very Fine, this is the only recorded example of this "Boston One Cent" drop-rate circular datestamp

E. 400-500
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2092
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2092, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later, (Liverpool, England, to New York via Boston, May 16, 1840) Unicorn, First Cunard Line Sailing. Folded printed prices current dated May 15, 1840 and letter written inside datelined "Liverpool, 15th May 1840", endorsed for and carried on the Unicorn -- the maiden voyage of the Cunard Line, departed Liverpool May 16, 1840 and arrived Halifax (May 30) and Boston where struck with red "Boston Ms. Ship Jun. 4" circular datestamp and manuscript "20-3/4" cents rate (between 150-400 miles, including 2c ship fee), ink from letter bleeds through to the front due to the thin paper but this is inconsequential, Very Fine and rare cover carried on the maiden voyage of the Unicorn -- the first Cunard sailing and also the first ship to bring letters bearing adhesive postage stamps to the New World

E. 750-1,000
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2093
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2093, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and laterRail Road Car, Rail Road CarRail Road Car. Bold strike of red straightline handstamp on blue Jan. 23, 1842 datelined folded letter from Clappville Mass. to Boston, manuscript Clappville postmark of Jan. 22, blue pen "10" rate for single letter sent between 30-80 miles, Extremely Fine strike, collector's railroad car illustrated backstamp

E. 300-400
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2094
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2094, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later(Hawaii to Fairhaven Mass, (Hawaii to Fairhaven Mass(Hawaii to Fairhaven Mass. via Boston, 1843) Whaling Ship Gideon Howland at Sea. Folded letter datelined "Ship Gideon Howland April 20th, 1843", addressed to Fair Haven Mass., no postal markings prior to arrival in Boston but the letter states the writer "sailed from Lahaina this morning" so likely went through Hawaii, red "Boston Mass. Dec. 24" circular datestamp and matching "SHIP" straightline, manuscript "24" cents due for distance between 30-80 miles plus 2c ship fee, tear at top, otherwise Very Fine, the log books from the whaler Gideon Howland still exist and are housed at the Boston Public Library and Providence Public Library

E. 400-500
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2095
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2095, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and laterBoston, July 1, 1845, First Day of New 5c and 10c Rates, Boston, July 1, 1845, First Day of New 5c and 10c RatesBoston, July 1, 1845, First Day of New 5c and 10c Rates. Folded printed Suffolk Bank notice dated June 30, 1845, red "Boston Mass. Jul. 1" First Day of New Rates circular datestamp and manuscript "12-1/2" cents rate, overwritten with magenta "5" which corrected the error of applying the now obsolete 1825 rate, addressed to Woodstock Vt., misdirected to Charlestown N.H. where struck with red circular datestamp and manuscript July 3 date, forwarded to its correct destination with a "5" cent forwarding charge, also in error, this was corrected by the receiving postmaster with "overchd 5" notation and with a final correct rate notation of "5" cents, Very Fine, a most unusual 1845 First Day of New Rates cover with two separate errors which were corrected

E. 400-500
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2096
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2096, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later(Liverpool, England, to Boston, Mar, (Liverpool, England, to Boston, Mar(Liverpool, England, to Boston, Mar. 18, 1846) Second and Final Westward Sailing of the Unicorn. Folded prices current and letter with dates from Feb. 27 thru Mar. 18, 1846, Liverpool prices current with with "Per UNICORN Steamer" printed in heading (very unusual) and cover with manuscript ship directive "per Unicorn" at top left, addressed to Silas Pierce & Co. in Boston, red "London Ship Letter Paid 18 MR 1846" crown datestamp, red "Ship 6" handstamp struck at Boston for ship letter addressed to port of entry, Very Fine, this was carried on the second transatlantic voyage of the Unicorn after the end of her service as a contract Cunard steamer, at this point she was privately owned and not under Royal Mail contract, examples of mail carried by the Unicorn during this period are very rare with fewer than ten recorded, ex Arthur White

E. 750-1,000
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2097
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2097, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later1849 Restored Rates, 1849 Restored Rates1849 Restored Rates. Five folded letters between the U.S. and Europe which transited the Atlantic in the first six weeks of 1849, two are covers sent to Boston and Maine on the first westbound sailing under the Restored Rates, one sent to New York via Boston on the last westbound sailing before the new rates took effect, one eastbound cover to France carried on the sole voyage from Boston during the period, finally one eastbound cover to Holland carried on the first of two sailings from New York during the period, Very Fine and interesting small study, the Restored Rate period followed the Retaliatory Rate period between the U.S. and Great Britain, the postal treaty was signed on Dec. 14, 1848, but did not become effective until Feb. 15, 1849, in response the U.S. dropped its Retaliatory Rate beginning on Jan. 4 and the old rates were briefly restored

E. 1,000-1,500
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2098
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2098, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later(Boston to London, Feb. 21, 1849) First Cunard Sailing of Treaty Rate Period, (Boston to London, Feb. 21, 1849) First Cunard Sailing of Treaty Rate Period(Boston to London, Feb. 21, 1849) First Cunard Sailing of Treaty Rate Period. Blue folded letter datelined at Boston on Feb. 15, 1849, addressed to London, carried on the Cunarder Niagara from Boston on Feb. 21 -- the first sailing under the new Treaty Rate in either direction -- arrived Liverpool Mar. 6, red "Paid" and "24" handstamps with manuscript "Paid 24" at top, red "Paid" tombstone-style receiving datestamp of March 7, rate restated "1/-" in manuscript, Very Fine, this is reported to be the earliest recorded example of this Boston "24" handstamp

E. 400-500
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2099
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2099, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later(London, England, to Pontiac Michigan, via Boston, Feb. 24, 1849) First Westbound Cunard Sailing of Treaty Rate Period, (London, England, to Pontiac Michigan, via Boston, Feb. 24, 1849) First Westbound Cunard Sailing of Treaty Rate Period(London, England, to Pontiac Michigan, via Boston, Feb. 24, 1849) First Westbound Cunard Sailing of Treaty Rate Period. Folded letter written in two directions, without dateline and addressed to Pontiac Mich., London and Liverpool datestamps, first unclear date and second dated Feb. 20, carried on the Cunarder America from Liverpool on Feb. 24 -- the first westbound sailing under the new Treaty Rate -- arrived Boston Mar. 8 with red Mar. 10 circular datestamp, "Paid" and "24" handstamps, Very Fine

E. 300-400
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2100
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2100, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later(Boston to San Francisco, May 23, 1849), (Boston to San Francisco, May 23, 1849)(Boston to San Francisco, May 23, 1849). Blue folded letter datelined May 23, 1849 and addressed to San Francisco, red "Boston Mass. May 23" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" handstamp and red crayon "80" cents rate for a letter weighing between -1/2 and 1 ounce, "80" repeated below, ship-name directive "pr. Falcon", slightly heavy file fold, still Very Fine, this is the earliest recorded Boston rate marking to the Pacific

E. 300-400
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2101
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2101, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later(Boston to Nova Scotia, Oct. 7, 1849) "ST JOHN NB/SHIP LETTER", (Boston to Nova Scotia, Oct. 7, 1849) "ST JOHN NB/SHIP LETTER"(Boston to Nova Scotia, Oct. 7, 1849) "ST JOHN NB/SHIP LETTER". Clear strike of two-line handstamp on Oct. 6, 1849 datelined folded letter to Truro, Nova Scotia, red "Boston 7 Oct. 10cts." integral-rate circular datestamp with matching "Paid" handstamp, carried by steamboat, manuscript "1-1/2" pence due in Nova Scotia, Amherst and St. John backstamps, few minor bleaching spots, Very Fine

E. 300-400
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2102
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2102, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and laterEastern R.R. Ms. Feb. 22 (1851), Eastern R.R. Ms. Feb. 22 (1851)Eastern R.R. Ms. Feb. 22 (1851). Bold strike of blue route agent's circular datestamp struck partly off top of buff cover to Greenland N.H., matching "5" handstamp, with foreign and domestic fruit dealer's corner card with illustration of building, original contents, Very Fine, a fresh and attractive cover

E. 200-300
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2103
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2103, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and laterBoston 5cts. 4 Sep, Boston 5cts. 4 SepBoston 5cts. 4 Sep. Well-struck red integral-rate circular datestamp with matching "PAID" handstamp on grayish cover to East Lexington Mass., with "God Hath Made of One Blood All Nations of Men" Anti-Slavery illustrated propaganda design depicting Britannia defending slave at left and imagery of the slave trade at right, imprints of Valentine, Johnstone & Hunter and Ackermann

EXTREMELY FINE ANTI-SLAVERY ILLUSTRATED COVER OF EXTRAORDINARY QUALITY.

This gem cover easily fits the "Jarrett quality" category and is in fact ex Jarrett (and ex Haas)

E. 2,000-3,000
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2104
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2104, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later(Manila, Philippines, to Boston, Nov. 24, 1855), (Manila, Philippines, to Boston, Nov. 24, 1855)(Manila, Philippines, to Boston, Nov. 24, 1855). Folded letter datelined at Manila on Nov. 24, 1855, endorsed "Via Southampton, Hong Kong (Dec. 14) and London (Feb. 20) transit backstamps, transited England on the Cunarder Africa, departing Liverpool Feb. 23, 1856 and arriving New York March 8, large "33" cents due handstamp struck in Boston along with "Boston Br. Pkt. Mar. 10" backstamp, manuscript "28" cents credit, fresh and Very Fine, an early use from the Philippines via Hong Kong and Great Britain, ex Littauer

E. 500-750
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2105
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2105, Early Boston Postal History: 1816 and later(Manila, Philippines, to Boston, Jan. 24, 1861), (Manila, Philippines, to Boston, Jan. 24, 1861)(Manila, Philippines, to Boston, Jan. 24, 1861). Docketed folded cover with partial red "Russell & Sturgis, Manila" oval handstamp, endorsed "Via Marseilles", Hong Kong (Feb. 23) and London (Apr. 13) transit backstamps, "40/Cents" debit handstamp and manuscript "1" British Colonial credit, transited England on the Cunarder Asia, departing Liverpool April 13 and arriving New York April 25, large "45" cents due handstamp struck in Boston along with "Boston Br. Pkt. Apr. 26" backstamp, fresh and Very Fine use from the Philippines via Hong Kong and Great Britain

E. 500-750
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