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Sale 1230 — U.S. and Hawaii Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 15-18 December, 2020

Category — Colonial and 18th Century

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
968
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 968, Colonial and 18th CenturyBoston to Rotterdam, Holland, February 11, 1693, Boston to Rotterdam, Holland, February 11, 1693Boston to Rotterdam, Holland, February 11, 1693. Folded letter datelined "Boston 11 February 1692/3" from merchant John Borland to Mr. Andrew Russell, a prominent merchant in Rotterdam, "These" in address indicates hope of safe delivery, docketing on flap reads "London 13 June 1693 forwarded by your humble servant", manuscript "ff" (prepaid), red crayon "XI" for 11 stuivers due (8 for London to Amsterdam, 3 to Rotterdam), some overall soiling, Very Fine, scarce early Colonial transatlantic letter

E. 1,000-1,500
500
969
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 969, Colonial and 18th Century(London, England to Boston, Aug, (London, England to Boston, Aug(London, England to Boston, Aug. 8, 1708) "B Sh 4d". Manuscript rate (Boston Ship) on incoming folded letter datelined "London Augt. 8th 1708" addressed to Mr. Edward Watts at "Winnisimit near Boston In New England", contents from Elizabeth Bellingham complaining recipient hasn't sent her any money per their agreement and threatening to invoke her power of attorney, letter ends "I am your injured friend", somewhat ragged along right edge of letter slightly affecting contents but not affecting address panel in any way

VERY FINE. REPORTED TO BE THE EARLIEST EXAMPLE OF A BOSTON SHIP LETTER MARKING. A PHENOMENAL AND IMPORTANT EARLY COLONIAL ARTIFACT.

Winnissimit, meaning "good spring nearby" in the local language, is today known as Chelsea, Massachusetts. There is a Bellingham Square in Chelsea, and no doubt the sender of this letter was a member of that prominent family. The recipient, Edward Watts, was born in 1667 in Somerset, England and married Rebecca Smith in London in 1690. Based on the contents, he must have arrived in New England not long before this was sent. He passed away in 1714.

Purchased by the consignor in an October 1996 Christie's auction where described as from a new find.

Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 969, Colonial and 18th Century(London, England to Boston, Aug, (London, England to Boston, Aug
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E. 5,000-7,500
18,500
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970
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 970, Colonial and 18th Century, "Woodstock (Conn.) Dec. 22, 1729". Dateline on small folded letter from John Chandler and Joseph Wright to the Justices of the Inferior Court at Bristol R.I., carried outside the mails so no postal markings or rate, Very Fine and rare early Connecticut Colonial cover, which predates the Connecticut postal system, accompanied by history of the writers and the town

E. 300-400
325
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971
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 971, Colonial and 18th Century(New York N.Y, (New York N.Y(New York N.Y., 1743) "NY Sh: 3dwt: 16gr". Manuscript ship-letter postmark and rate (3dwt plus 16gr ship fee) on folded cover from England to John Reynell in Philadelphia, sender's directive "p. the Britania Via New York", receipt docketing "From Elias Bland, recd. Nov. 9, 1743 Via N. York", minor toning along folds, otherwise Very Fine, ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania

E. 400-500
250
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972
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 972, Colonial and 18th Century(Boston to Newport R.I, (Boston to Newport R.I(Boston to Newport R.I., June 16, 1746) "Bo 1/2" Massachusetts Old Tenor. Manuscript postmark and rate on 1744 folded letter to Newport, R.I., Very Fine, the use of Massachusetts Old Tenor currency beginning in 1690 was due to the scarcity of British shillings and pence, it was initially valued at a 25% discount to British currency but continued to lose value through 1754, during the period this letter was sent (1735-48), British postage was converted using an inflation factor of 3.5x, which in this case equates to 1sh2p in local currency (4p British for up to 60 miles x 3.5 = 14p, or 1sh2p),

E. 300-400
170
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973
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 973, Colonial and 18th Century(Boston to Newport R.I, (Boston to Newport R.I(Boston to Newport R.I., June 9, 1755) "Bo dwt 4.16". Manuscript postmark and 4dwt 16gr rate on small folded letter datelined June 9, 1755 to Newport R.I., Very Fine, shortly after the beginning of the administrations of Benjamin Franklin and William Hunter as Deputy Postmasters General in 1753, they instructed postmasters to rate all letters in pennyweights and grains of coined silver, in an attempt to eliminate confusion from the use of different currencies in different colonies, Franklin also published rates for letters sent from Boston to various towns, this 1755 letter is an early example of the official "currency of account" use of pennyweights and grains

E. 200-300
160
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974
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 974, Colonial and 18th Century(New York N.Y, (New York N.Y(New York N.Y., 1755) "NY 3dwt: 16grs". Manuscript postmark and rate (3dwt plus 16gr ship fee) on folded cover to John Reynell in Philadelphia, carried by private ship, "p. favour of Capt. Ball" routing, receipt docketing "Rece'd 1st of 8th mo: 1755 from David Fogo via New York", light toning along folds, still Very Fine, David Fogo was a fellow merchant and probably sent this letter from Jamaica or Antigua, ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania

E. 200-300
130
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975
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 975, Colonial and 18th Century(New York N.Y, (New York N.Y(New York N.Y., 1755) "NY 3dwt 16gr". Manuscript postmark and rate (3dwt plus 16gr ship fee) on folded cover to John Reynell in Philadelphia, "1/7d" due in local currency (3dwt16gr=11p x 1.67 inflation factor=19p, or 1sh7p without carrier fee), sender's directive "pr favour of Jno. [Scot?]", receipt docketing "From William Pickering, rece'd 11 mon 15th 1755 Via New York", Very Fine, exact origin unknown but probably from England, ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania

E. 300-400
200
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976
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 976, Colonial and 18th Century(New York N.Y., 1756) "NEW/YORK", (New York N.Y., 1756) "NEW/YORK"(New York N.Y., 1756) "NEW/YORK". Incredibly bold heavily-inked two-line handstamp and manuscript "3 dwt" rate on folded cover to John Reynell in Philadelphia, receipt docketing "From Jane Hoskins, rece'd 20th of 9th mon. 1756 P Post", Extremely Fine, origin not certain but Google search on Jane Hoskins located a citation that she was a Quaker living in New England in 1756, this is a very early use of the "NEW/YORK" two-line handstamp, ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania

E. 750-1,000
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977
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 977, Colonial and 18th Century(Falmouth-New York Packet, 1756) "NEW/YORK", (Falmouth-New York Packet, 1756) "NEW/YORK"(Falmouth-New York Packet, 1756) "NEW/YORK". Perfect bold strike of brownish-black two-line handstamp, red manuscript "P1N" prepaid 1sh packet rate, manuscript "3dwt" rate (N.Y. to Phila.) on folded cover from England to John Reynell in Philadelphia, "13/MA" (Mar. 13) Bishop's mark on back, sender's directive "Pr The Packet", receipt docketing "From Elias Bland, Rec'd 26 of 6 mo: 1756 Via New York", wear confined to back

EXTREMELY FINE. A PHENOMENAL STRIKE OF THE "NEW YORK" MARKING ON A VERY EARLY FALMOUTH-NEW YORK PACKET COVER.

Falmouth's location as a packet station was advantageous, as Britain was often at war and its remote location in Cornwall helped get mail past enemy naval vessels and privateers. According to Horowicz-Lowe (p. 13): "On 15th November 1755, the British Post Office dispatched the first regular mail packet from Falmouth to New York. From this time there were two packets sailing monthly to and from New York, and this service continued right through to the Revolutionary period with few interruptions." This was likely carried on the fourth sailing from Falmouth, on the Harriot, which departed April 29, 1856 and arrived in New York on June 14.

Ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania

E. 2,000-3,000
1,000
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978
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 978, Colonial and 18th Century, (Falmouth-New York Packet, 1756) "NY 3.16dwt". Manuscript postmark with "16" grain ship fee incorrectly applied to this packet letter, crossed out and correctly rated 3dwt (N.Y. to Phila.), red manuscript "P1N" prepaid 1sh packet rate on folded cover from England to John Reynell in Philadelphia, "1/3d" due in local currency (3dwt=9p x 1.67 inflation factor=15p, or 1sh3p without carrier fee), "15/NO" (Nov. 15) Bishop's mark on back, sender's directive "P the Pacquet", receipt docketing "From George & Robert Udny, rece'd, 10th of 2nd mo 1756 Via New York", slightly toned file fold

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS WAS CARRIED ON THE FIRST SAILING OF THE FALMOUTH PACKET TO NEW YORK. A GREAT RARITY.

The first sailing of the Falmouth-New York packet service was the Earl of Halifax which departed Falmouth December 13, 1755 and arrived in New York February 3, 1756. The receipt docketing of February 10, 1756 fits with the sailing information.

Ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania

E. 1,500-2,000
5,500
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979
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 979, Colonial and 18th Century(Falmouth-New York Packet, 1757) "NEW/YORK", (Falmouth-New York Packet, 1757) "NEW/YORK"(Falmouth-New York Packet, 1757) "NEW/YORK". Red two-line handstamp, red manuscript "P1N" prepaid 1sh packet rate, manuscript "3dwt" rate (N.Y. to Phila.) on folded cover from England to John Reynell in Philadelphia, "1/3d" due in local currency (3dwt=9p x 1.67 inflation factor=15p, or 1sh3p without carrier fee), "11/DE" (Dec. 11) Bishop's mark on back, sender's directive "Pr The Packet", receipt docketing "From Elias Bland, rece'd, 11 of 2nd mon: 1757. P the Packet", small piece out of top flap, slight wear along folds, still Very Fine, ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania

E. 300-400
225
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980
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 980, Colonial and 18th Century(New York N.Y., 1757) "NEW/YORK", (New York N.Y., 1757) "NEW/YORK"(New York N.Y., 1757) "NEW/YORK". Brownish-black two-line handstamp and red manuscript "6 dwt" double rate on folded cover to John Reynell in Philadelphia, "2/6" due in local currency (6dwt=18p x 1.67 inflation factor=30sh, or 2sh6p without carrier fee), receipt docketing "From Henry Tucker reced 4 mon: 21st 1757 from N. York", fresh and Very Fine, ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania

E. 300-400
225
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981
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 981, Colonial and 18th Century(New York N.Y., ca. 1771) "NEW/YORK", (New York N.Y., ca. 1771) "NEW/YORK"(New York N.Y., ca. 1771) "NEW/YORK". Two-line handstamp and "22/IY" (Jul. 22) Franklin mark clearly struck on back of folded cover from England to John Reynell in Philadelphia, carried by private ship, "p. Capt. Davis via New york QDC" routing, red "Sh 4.16" rate (4dwt double rate plus 16gr ship fee), Very Fine, ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania

E. 300-400
170
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982
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 982, Colonial and 18th Century(Baltimore Md., ca. 1774) "BALTIMORE", (Baltimore Md., ca. 1774) "BALTIMORE"(Baltimore Md., ca. 1774) "BALTIMORE". Straightline handstamp and separate "MAR: 21" datestamp clearly struck on backflap of folded cover to Joseph Pemberton in Philadelphia, manuscript "2.16" rate (2dwt 16gr), "1/4" due in local currency (2dwt16gr=8p x 1.67 inflation factor=14p plus 2p carrier fee, or 1sh4p), no docketing or yeardate (ca. 1774), soiled, still Fine, a very scarce Baltimore straightline associated with Goddard's Constitutional Post (ASCC Vol. 3 value $1,500), ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania

E. 500-750
250
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983
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 983, Colonial and 18th Century(New York N.Y., 1775) "N YORK JU: 6", (New York N.Y., 1775) "N YORK JU: 6"(New York N.Y., 1775) "N YORK JU: 6". Red straightline datestamp on back of folded cover to James & Drinker, manuscript "N6" Congressional Post rate and red manuscript "1/-" due in local currency (6p x 1.67 inflation factor=10p plus 2p carrier fee, or 1sh), receipt docketing "New York 28th June 1775 from Benja. Booth", Very Fine, Siskin reported four examples of Congressional rates (per Resolution of July 26, 1775), ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania

E. 1,500-2,000
1,400
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984
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 984, Colonial and 18th CenturyNew York to Oxford, England, via Falmouth-New York Packet, 1777, American Blockade Run, New York to Oxford, England, via Falmouth-New York Packet, 1777, American Blockade RunNew York to Oxford, England, via Falmouth-New York Packet, 1777, American Blockade Run. Folded letter datelined New York Mar. 12, 1777, from Captain John Montresor to Reverend Doctor Miles Cooper, Queens College, London, manuscript “1N” packet rate, carried by Falmouth-New York Packet Earl of Sandwich on July 17, arriving Falmouth August 21, bold “25/AV” (Aug. 25) Bishop’s receiving mark on flap, forwarded to Oxford with manuscript “3” due, “6/NO” (Nov. 6) Bishop’s receiving mark

VERY FINE BLOCKADE-RUN LETTER FROM A CAPTAIN IN THE BRITISH OCCUPATION FORCE AT NEW YORK, SENT BY PACKET TO ENGLAND THROUGH THE AMERICAN PRIVATEER BLOCKADE.

Captain Montresor was a British military engineer and cartographer. He served in the 48th Regiment of Foot in North America from 1754 to 1779, including in the French and Indian War. The recipient of his letter, Myles Cooper, served as president of King’s College (Columbia University) in New York from 1763-75 and was a fierce loyalist. He was apparently difficult to locate as it took more time for the letter to get from London to Oxford (2.5 months) than it did to cross the Atlantic.

Accompanied by transcript of letter and background information on Montresor and Cooper. Ex Walske

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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