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

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

Category — Stampless Markings by State

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
985
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 985, Stampless Markings by StateBridgeport, (Ct.) Mar. (1808), Bridgeport, (Ct.) Mar. (1808)Bridgeport, (Ct.) Mar. (1808). Beautifully clear and bold strike of straightline datestamp with day in manuscript, day is ambiguous but based on letter dateline it might be "10", manuscript "10" rate on folded letter to Norwich Conn., interesting lengthy contents from one doctor to another discussing use of mercury (transcription accompanies), Extremely Fine strike of this early Bridgeport marking

E. 300-400
180
986
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 986, Stampless Markings by StateCentral Village CT. June 1 (1847), Central Village CT. June 1 (1847)Central Village CT. June 1 (1847). Perfect strike of diminutive two-line town datestamp, "5" rate handstamp on folded letter to Whitingville Mass., faint file fold thru postmark does not affect it, Extremely Fine strike and rare, noted Connecticut postal history collector and researcher William J. Duffney records only three examples

E. 300-400
200
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987
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 987, Stampless Markings by StateCOLLINSVILLE CONN, COLLINSVILLE CONNCOLLINSVILLE CONN. Clear strike of fancy axe-framed handstamp in red with "12 Dec." (1840) date in manuscript and "6" rate on folded letter to the Collins Co. at Hartford Conn., signed by S. W. Collins, one of the founders of the company, Very Fine strike and extremely rare in red, Duffney records fewer than five struck in red (the normal strike is in black), Collinsville Axe Company, which was the largest integrated axe manufacturer in the world during the mid to late 1800's, was headquartered here, ex Judge Fay

E. 200-300
300
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988
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 988, Stampless Markings by StateGoshen Ct. Dec. 21 (1815), Goshen Ct. Dec. 21 (1815)Goshen Ct. Dec. 21 (1815). Beautifully bold handstamp in black brown (possibly a stencil) on folded letter to Hartford Conn., manuscript "15" War of 1812 surcharge rate (10c for 61-100 miles x 50% surcharge = 15c), interesting contents requesting information about individuals who served in the French and Indian War in 1759 (likely for evidence to support pension or land pension claims), docketing along sides, Very Fine, the earliest documented use of this postal marking

E. 200-300
200
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989
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 989, Stampless Markings by StateGREENWICH Ct. July 10 (1834), GREENWICH Ct. July 10 (1834)GREENWICH Ct. July 10 (1834). Clear strike of diminutive straightline handstamp with date in red manuscript, "6" rate matching the date and "Paid 6" on folded letter to New York, Very Fine, this is the only example of this straightline recorded by noted Connecticut postal history student and researcher William J. Duffney (one other style is known which is also rare)

E. 200-300
160
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990
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 990, Stampless Markings by StateHartford Conn, Hartford ConnHartford Conn. Four stampless covers ranging from 1794 to 1814, each bearing the small "Hartford *" rimless circular datestamp used during this period, including three examples containing the month slug (interesting "A*T" for August) and one with month in manuscript only, fresh covers with Very Fine-Extremely Fines strikes

E. 300-400
275
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991
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 991, Stampless Markings by StateLitchfield Conn, Litchfield ConnLitchfield Conn. Three stampless folded letters from 1802-03, first two with "Litchfield Oct." and "Litchfield April" in arc datestamps with manuscript days, first strike is bold and Extremely Fine, second strike is clear and Very Fine, finally an extremely bold strike of "Litchfield Ct. July 14" double-circle datestamp on 1803 folded letter, overall Extremely Fine trio

E. 300-400
225
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992
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 992, Stampless Markings by StateMiddlebury Ct. Nov. 21 (1848), Middlebury Ct. Nov. 21 (1848)Middlebury Ct. Nov. 21 (1848). Clear strike of fancy oval wreath handstamp in red with date in manuscript, "5" rate on folded letter to Naugatuck Conn., small nick at top edge of cover is inconsequential, Very Fine and extremely rare, the only example recorded by noted Connecticut postal history collector and researcher William J. Duffney

E. 400-500
700
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993
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 993, Stampless Markings by StateNew Haven Ct. Feb. 14, New Haven Ct. Feb. 14New Haven Ct. Feb. 14. Circular datestamp struck in red with matching "5" and "Paid" in fancy ribbon handstamp on gold-bordered Valentine envelope to Southington Conn., elaborate design extends to back, Very Fine

E. 200-300
110
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994
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 994, Stampless Markings by StateSouthington Ct. Apr. 15, Southington Ct. Apr. 15Southington Ct. Apr. 15. Well-struck green circular datestamp with matching boxed "3" and "Paid" handstamps on lady's lace-bordered cover to Bristol Conn., with original 1852-dated enclosure on same stationery, Very Fine, a pretty cover with bright green cancels

E. 150-200
170
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995
 
Watertown Conn., Early Postmark Devices. Metal tin containing several steel postmarking devices with wooden handles, dating from stampless period to 1860's, including three town datestamps with changeable date slugs, different sizes including one in a duplex with cork killer, also "Free" and "Paid" handstamps, type for the months and days contained in smaller metal boxes, a fascinating original group, the stampless period device was most likely made by Benjamin Chambers Co. of Virginia, see website PDF for the three town handstamps

E. 400-500
375
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996
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 996, Stampless Markings by StateWINCHESTER CT. AUG. 29 (1827), WINCHESTER CT. AUG. 29 (1827)WINCHESTER CT. AUG. 29 (1827). Clear strike of 45 x 3mm straightline datestamp in frame with manuscript day on folded letter to Auburn N.Y., manuscript "Paid 18-3/4" for 151-400 miles, Very Fine and rare, this is the listing (and illustrated) example in the ASCC and the the earlier of only two recorded examples of any Winchester straightline recorded by noted Connecticut postal history collector and researcher William J. Duffney

E. 300-400
150
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997
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 997, Stampless Markings by StateWindham Conn, Windham ConnWindham Conn. Three stampless folded letters showing the range of unusual town datestamps used between 1810 and 1828, first is the rare oval from 1810, second is red arc from 1813 and third is black arc from 1828, each with manuscript date, second is a free frank to Revolutionary War veteran and Federalist Congressman Epaphroditus Champion, Very Fine trio

E. 400-500
200
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998
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 998, Stampless Markings by StateWINDSOR LOCKS CT, WINDSOR LOCKS CTWINDSOR LOCKS CT. Type I with scrolls under "CT" and "KS", detailed strike of red pictorial handstamp with Oct. 22 date in manuscript on folded letter datelined "Windsor Locks October 21, 1833" to New Bedford Mass., "12-1/2" rate in manuscript, contents including interesting comment "We have a new Post Office lately established within a few rods of my door by the name Windsor Locks Post Office," some slight soiling

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE PICTORIAL WINDSOR LOCKS HANDSTAMP AND THE EARLIEST RECORDED IN THE DUFFNEY CENSUS. A WONDERFUL ARTIFACT OF 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN POSTAL ART.

Windsor Locks is named for a set of canal locks that opened in 1829. It 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 a 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 , this is the earliest example listed). Richard B. Graham wrote that the Windsor Locks "Boat-in-Canal" pictorial postmark is “possibly the most distinctive early handstamp of them all."

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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999
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 999, Stampless Markings by StateWINDSOR LOCKS CT, WINDSOR LOCKS CTWINDSOR LOCKS CT. Type II with different font and other design differences, clear strike of red pictorial handstamp with May 6 date in manuscript on folded letter datelined "Windsor Locks May 5, '44" to Augusta Maine, "18-3/4" rate in manuscript, toned spot at top edge is inconsequential

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE PICTORIAL WINDSOR LOCKS HANDSTAMP.

Windsor Locks is named for a set of canal locks that opened in 1829. It 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 a 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 ).

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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1000
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1000, Stampless Markings by StateThe William J. Duffney Collection of Connecticut Straightline Postmarks, 1788-1864, The William J. Duffney Collection of Connecticut Straightline Postmarks, 1788-1864The William J. Duffney Collection of Connecticut Straightline Postmarks, 1788-1864. 44 stampless covers plus one bearing No. 65, each with a Connecticut straightline postmark dating from the late 18th Century to 1840's with one from 1867 (bearing No. 65 with a fancy cancel), wonderful range of towns with many scarce, including towns with a few known examples to as little as one known example, the strikes vary in strength with many clear and bold, a few are in red, condition is very strong with just a few of the usual nicks or small tears, Very Fine, an exceptional assemblage from one of the most highly respected collectors and researchers of Connecticut postal history, see website PDF for complete scan

E. 4,000-5,000
2,700
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1001
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1001, Stampless Markings by StateThe William J. Duffney Collection of Connecticut Stampless Covers, 1803-1850, The William J. Duffney Collection of Connecticut Stampless Covers, 1803-1850The William J. Duffney Collection of Connecticut Stampless Covers, 1803-1850. More than 220 covers neatly arranged alphabetically in individual sleeves with brief descriptions, earliest is from 1794 and some from the first decade of the 19th Century, continues to about 1850, absolutely wonderful range of town datestamps from throughout the state, including examples in red, blue, green and brown, stencils, fancy arcs, attached rate, auxiliary markings, July 1, 1851 First Day of 3c rate, red Collinsville axe (fewer than five recorded in red), New Haven pictorial "ship" marking, etc., choice condition nearly throughout, Very Fine, a high quality assemblage from one of the most respected collectors and researchers of Connecticut postal history, many of these covers have retail values close to or in some cases well over $100.00, review recommended

E. 5,000-7,500
4,250
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1002
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The William J. Duffney Collection of Connecticut Manuscript Town Postmarks, 1805-1866. More than 100 nearly all stampless covers, wide range of towns with manuscript postmarks, each cover with brief notes including rankings of scarcity based on reported numbers, somewhat mixed condition but overall Fine-Very Fine, an extensive group from one of the most highly respected collectors and researchers of Connecticut postal history, accompanied by a copy of the Connecticut Manuscript Postmark Project (with EKUs from towns throughout the state)

E. 1,000-1,500
2,800
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1003
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1003, Stampless Markings by StateThe William J. Duffney Collection of Connecticut Postmaster Free Franks, 1800-1869, The William J. Duffney Collection of Connecticut Postmaster Free Franks, 1800-1869The William J. Duffney Collection of Connecticut Postmaster Free Franks, 1800-1869. More than 60 stampless covers, each with a Connecticut postmaster signature free frank and/or "Free" handstamp, largely 1820's-1840's with a few earlier and later, nice range of towns (including a couple outside of Connecticut such as Cleveland Ohio), many with town handstamps including in red, nice condition with just a few of the typical minor flaws, fresh and Very Fine collection from one of the most highly respected collectors and researchers of Connecticut postal history

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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1004
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The William J. Duffney Collection of Connecticut Stamped Covers, 1860s-1890s. More than 200 covers neatly arranged alphabetically in individual sleeves with brief descriptions, the vast majority are from the 1860's-1880's with a couple from the 1857 Issue and a handful into the 20th Century, wonderful range of frankings and towns, many fancy cancels present including on 3c 1861-68 Issue and Bank Notes, lots of corner cards, some illustrated, etc., Very Fine collection from one of the most highly respected collectors and researchers of Connecticut postal history, see website PDF for complete scan

E. 5,000-7,500
3,250
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1005
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1005, Stampless Markings by StateEnfield Mass, Enfield MassEnfield Mass. A wonderful group of four of folded letters with the same "Enfield Mass." town datestamp in fancy scroll, struck in black, blue and red (two), the black as a forwarding marking on letter with faint red Springfield Mass. circular datestamp, the blue and reds each with matching "Free" in scroll handstamp and E. Jones postmaster's frank, Very Fine, it is exceedingly difficult to assemble matched sets of stampless covers such as these, ex Dr. Robertson

E. 500-750
300
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1006
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1006, Stampless Markings by StateCaledonia Mo, Caledonia MoCaledonia Mo. Exceptionally bold strike of unusual large rimless handstamp with magenta manuscript "March 2, 1832" date and matching "25" rate on folded letter to Greenville Va., minor edgewear, scarce and Extremely Fine strike

E. 300-400
150
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1007
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1007, Stampless Markings by StateSt. Charles Mo, St. Charles MoSt. Charles Mo. Beautifully clear strike of fancy negative handstamp in red, with manuscript "Apr. 7" (1823) date on folded letter to Elizabeth Mo., manuscript "12-1/2" rate, Very Fine strike of this rare and desirable early fancy town marking, the 1997 ASCC (with very outdated values) prices this at $600.00

E. 500-750
950
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1008
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1008, Stampless Markings by StateEarly St. Louis Collection, 1807-1820's, Early St. Louis Collection, 1807-1820'sEarly St. Louis Collection, 1807-1820's. Approximately 30 items from the Sandford M. Arnold collection, mounted on exhibit pages with brief write-ups, mostly covers and also some letters, earliest items are territorial, including 1807, 1812 and 1813 covers with manuscript "St. Louis" postmarks, 1813 postmaster free frank, 1815 manuscript "St. Loies" (sic) postmark, 1814 free frank from Missouri Territory delegate to the U.S. Congress Rufus Easton, many "ST. LOUIS/(date)" two-line datestamps from territorial period in a few different styles including a use in 1815 described on exhibit page as the earliest known use, a few items from 1820s statehood period and a couple later into 1850s-60s, Very Fine and interesting group, see website PDF for a complete scan

E. 2,000-3,000
4,750
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1009
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1009, Stampless Markings by StateCanandaigua, May 30 (1804), Canandaigua, May 30 (1804)Canandaigua, May 30 (1804). Bold strike of fancy circular datestamp with floral spray at bottom, day and "Paid 40" rate in manuscript on folded letter from Z. Seymour to Ephraim Root in Hartford Conn., neatly docketed, Very Fine strike of this scarce early fancy town datestamp, ex Hahn, with 2014 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
250
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1010
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1010, Stampless Markings by StateNew York Stampless Better Covers, New York Stampless Better CoversNew York Stampless Better Covers. Approximately 33 covers from the Daniel J. Ryterband collection, wonderful range of better postmarks including many straightlines, some in color, highlights include straightlines for Ballston Springs (in red), Cincinnatus (in red), Galway, Genoa, LaSalle (in red), Salem (in red), Sloatsburg, Utica (in red), Schuylerville (three, in two different styles), Verona, Tripes Hill, Fairfield (in magenta), other better include stencil from Ritchfield, printed postmark in blue from Croton Mills, also a group of five from Cooperstown with one straightline and a group of seven from Saratoga Springs, plus a few others, condition is very choice with clear strikes and fresh covers, Very Fine-Extremely Fine group -- most of which were offered as individual lots previously, eight P.F. certificates accompany, see website PDF for complete scan

E. 3,000-4,000
3,500
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1011
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1011, Stampless Markings by StateGranville Ohio May 25 (1833), Granville Ohio May 25 (1833)Granville Ohio May 25 (1833). Superb strike of double oval datestamp with manuscript date and postmaster's free frank on folded letter to Nassau Street in New York, Extremely Fine

E. 150-200
150
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1012
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1012, Stampless Markings by StateHECKTOWN/JULY/PENN'A, HECKTOWN/JULY/PENN'AHECKTOWN/JULY/PENN'A. Three-line datestamp without day in unusual octagonal frame on 1845 folded letter to Wycoming County Pa., manuscript "5" rate, Very Fine strike and scarce

E. 300-400
450
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1013
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1013, Stampless Markings by StateYork Pa. Nov. 12, York Pa. Nov. 12York Pa. Nov. 12. Clear strike of town datestamp in red with name in ribbon above seated female allegorical figure and with date below, matching "PAID" with pointing hand and manuscript "12" rate on 1827 folded letter to Harrisburg Pa., Very Fine strike of this scarce and popular fancy stampless marking

E. 300-400
475
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