Sale 1272 — United States Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 14-15 December, 2022

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Category — 1844-45 Independent Mails

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3118
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3118, 1844-45 Independent MailsAmerican Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Huge even margins all around, cancelled by red "Paid" handstamp and tied by file fold which creases the stamp, red "Forwarded by American Letter Mail Co. from No. 109 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia" circular handstamp on Aug. 10, 1844 folded letter with beautiful illustrated train over bridge and boat design, "Adams & Co's American Package Express" headline, to Boston where struck on arrival with red "American Letter Mail Company, Office, No. 12 State Street, Boston" oval handstamp, Very Fine and a most attractive combination of elements

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E. 400-500
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3119
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3119, 1844-45 Independent MailsAmerican Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Large margins, cancelled by red "Paid" handstamp (impression ties thru paper), used on folded letter datelined Philadelphia, July 18, 1844, to Albany N.Y., red "Forwarded by Pomeroy & Cos. Express from Albany" circular handstamp, slight diagonal wrinkles in lettersheet, Very Fine, the only recorded example of an American Letter Mail Co. cover handstamped by Pomeroy & Co. for delivery in Albany, ALMCo. advertised that it had an office in Albany, so it is unclear why Pomeroy would have been involved in delivering this letter, ex Peltz, Schwartz and Dr. Puliafito

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E. 500-750
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3120
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3120, 1844-45 Independent MailsAmerican Letter Mail Co., 5c Black, (5c) Black on Gray (5L1, 5L2). Three items or groups of items, two are covers including 5L1 tied by pen cancel with red "Forwarded by American Letter Mail Co. from No. 109 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia" circular handstamp on part of folded letter addressed to Philadelphia, front and back panels are complete, 5L2 with pen cancel and partly clear strike of company Philadelphia circular datestamp on folded letter to New York, file folds including one thru stamp, finally a set of six trial color reprints of 5L1, overall Fine

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E. 400-500
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3121
og
Sale 1272, Lot 3121, 1844-45 Independent MailsAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Positions 8/12/16/20, vertical strip of four with full bottom right corner sheet margins, original gum (hinged at top and bottom only, the pair at center is Mint N.H.), large margins all around, "ESS" portion of watermark in Position 12 (second stamp from top), faint crease between top two stamps, still Extremely Fine, one of five recorded unused multiples of 5L2 (all with original gum) and one of two examples of the paper mill's watermark (the other is a single, ex Caspary, Lilly, Hall and Dr. Puliafito, with 2001 P.F. certificate

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E. 750-1,000
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3122
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3122, 1844-45 Independent MailsAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Large to huge margins all around, uncancelled but tied by gum toning, used on Sep. 22, 1844 folded letter from Boston to Troy N.Y., small red "PAID." straightline handstamp applied by Wm. Wyman, Very Fine and rare conjuctive use involving Wyman's and American Letter Mail Co. for transportation from Boston to Troy, this cover is comparable to the Wyman-ALMCo.-Pomeroy triple-conjunctive usage from Boston to Buffalo (see Sale 1124, lot 37), which was the subject of an article by Richard Schwartz (The Penny Post, Apr. 1995), however, in this case, only two firms were involved, because the American Letter Mail Co. maintained offices in Albany and Troy, the sender gave the letter to Wyman, whose main office was located in Boston and whose principal route was New York-Boston, because Wyman did not serve Troy, the letter was given to ALMCo. in Boston for transmission to its Troy office via Albany, the stamp prepaid the ALMCo. postage, we can speculate that Wyman, who did nothing but convey the letter to ALMCo. within Boston, probably applied the stamp after collecting 5c from the sender, ex Dr. Puliafito, with 2003 P.F. certificate

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E. 750-1,000
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3123
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3123, 1844-45 Independent MailsHale & Co., 5c Light Blue on Pelure (75L1a). First State Positions 2-4, horizontal strip of three, huge margins including top sheet margin and parts of four adjoining stamps, light pastel shade on very thin pelure paper, cancelled by three strikes of "Collect/6 Cents/for/Boston Office" in wavy-line frame handstamp (impression ties thru paper) on undated folded cover to Howland & Aspinwall, New York City, strip has small faint stain spot and a few insignificant flaws at the edge of the top sheet margin, Extremely Fine, a superb strip of the 5c First Issue on pelure paper used on an attractive cover, Sloane notes on back, ex Souren, Schwartz and Dr. Puliafito

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E. 1,000-1,500
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3124
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3124, 1844-45 Independent MailsHale & Co., 5c Red on Bluish (75L2). Two, each cut to shape, bright color and impression, tied by multiple strikes of red "Hale & Co.'s Mail, Boston, Office 23 State Street" oval handstamp, additional strike at left on folded cover to New York City, inside with Feb. 27, 1845 date, file folds clear of stamps, Very Fine, rare double-rate franking with Hale & Co.'s Red stamp, ex Hall and Dr. Puliafito, with 2001 P.F. certificate

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E. 500-750
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3125
 
Sale 1272, Lot 3125, 1844-45 Independent MailsHale & Co., 5c Red on Bluish, Address Deleted in Manuscript (75L2 var--Gutman Type D overprint). Pen line thru "13 Court St." address, manuscript "P" and "NH" initials of Portsmouth N.H. office, crossed pen lines precancel, neatly cut to shape (mostly clear), rich color, used on cover front only to New York City street address, manuscript "March 26" date (1845), red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Boston" oval handstamp, sealed tear at top well clear of stamp, which is Very Fine, there are 11 recorded examples of this manuscript overprint variety, including 7 on covers (one with Types B and D), this cover-front and 3 off cover--ex Dr. Puliafito, with 2002 P.F. certificate

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E. 200-300
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3126
ogbl
Sale 1272, Lot 3126, 1844-45 Independent MailsHale & Co., 5c Light Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Positions 1-3/6-8/11-13, top left corner margin block of nine from the Third State of the plate (see notes below), original gum, large sheet margins, others ample to just in, creases (one somewhat heavy vertical crease reinforced with hinges), few stained spots, nicked at bottom, Fine appearance, one of four recorded blocks of the Hale & Co. issues, this and the complete sheet come from the Third State of the plate, ex Schwartz and Dr. Puliafito

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E. 500-750
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3127
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3127, 1844-45 Independent MailsHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Two, square margins, large to slightly in, bright shade, tied by one of two strikes of red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Courier & Enquirer Building, New York" oval handstamp on folded cover to Springfield Mass., docketed with Dec. 19, 1844 origin date and notation that a power of attorney document was enclosed (thus the double rate), file fold clear of stamps, Very Fine, ex Schwartz and Dr. Puliafito

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E. 150-200
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3128
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3128, 1844-45 Independent MailsHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Two, each cut to shape and tied by red "Forwarded through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office--Boston" framed handstamp with "13 Court St." deleted on undated folded cover to New York City, from the Howland & Aspinwall correspondence (Boston origin), sender's directive "Hale & Co. Paid", Extremely Fine double-rate franking, ex Hall and Dr. Puliafito, with 2001 P.F. certificate

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E. 150-200
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3129
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3129, 1844-45 Independent MailsHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Neatly cut to shape, cancelled by four criss-crossing strikes of red "Paid" straightline, tied by impression thru paper, matching "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Baltimore" oval handstamp on May 5, 1845 blue folded letter and part-printed sales and expenses report (April 27-May 3, including entry for Hale stamps) to New York City, from the Dr. Brandreth correspondence, Extremely Fine, only 11 Hale & Co. stamped covers from Baltimore are recorded, this is the only one with criss-crossed "Paid" cancels, Sloane's notes on back, ex Hollowbush, Hall and Dr. Puliafito, with 2001 P.F. certificate

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E. 750-1,000
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3130
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3130, 1844-45 Independent MailsForwarded by Hale & Co. from Baltimore. Red oval handstamp struck on front and back of Apr. 28, 1845 folded cover to Philadelphia, matching red "Paid", docketed "William Edwards, 16 South Calvert St. Baltimore MD April 28, 1845" with Hale agent William Edwards' pencil notation on front "Hale's carrier will please get an answer as Early as he can conveniently W.E. Agent", evidently a letter written by Edwards, addressed in blue to the president of the Girard Life Insurance Co. in Philadelphia, probably soliciting business for the new express in Baltimore--Hale & Co. advertised service in Baltimore in April 1845, the whole Hale letter-express operation was closed down on June 30--file folds, Very Fine, a significant cover from this short-lived period of Hale's service in Baltimore, ex Kelly, Golden and Dr. Puliafito

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E. 400-500
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3131
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3131, 1844-45 Independent MailsForwarded by Hale & Co. from Baltimore. Red oval handstamp clearly struck with matching "Paid." handstamp struck over Collect box handstamp on June 2, 1845 folded letter to Philadelphia, split down length of file fold and rejoined (slight staining), Very Fine strikes and rare enough to warrant proper restoration, illustrated in Independent Mails book, ex Kelly, Golden and Dr. Puliafito

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E. 100-150
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3132
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3132, 1844-45 Independent MailsHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Cut to shape with mostly large margins, cancelled by bold manuscript large "R" initial, red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from 37 S. Third Street, Philadelphia" oval handstamp on blue Apr. 14, 1845 folded letter from Philadelphia to New York City street address, Very Fine, ex Schwartz and Dr. Puliafito

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E. 100-150
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3133
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3133, 1844-45 Independent MailsForwarded by Hale & Co. from Middletown. Usual lightly inked strike but fully readable, without any rate marking on Dec. 10, 1844 folded letter addressed in blue to Hartford Conn., file fold, Very Fine, scarce Middletown handstamp and unusual use between Connecticut towns, ex Schwartz and Dr. Puliafito

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E. 100-150
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3134
nh
Sale 1272, Lot 3134, 1844-45 Independent Mails"Jerome Express". Manuscript express marking used in conjunction with Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5), large margins to barely in, small scissors-cut in margin, tied by manuscript "X" cancel, red "Forwarded by Hale & Co.'s Great Eastern Mail" oval on Nov. 23, 1844 folded letter from Bangor Me. to Boston, file fold, Very Fine, Jerome ran routes in Maine and connected with Hale, ex Blake and Hahn

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E. 200-300
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3135
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3135, 1844-45 Independent MailsJerome & Co's/Express/No. 8 Court St.,/Boston. Four lines in wavy-line frame handstamp struck in red on Dec. 31, 1844 folded letter from Newport R.I. to Newburyport Me, manuscript notations "25$", "Take Recpt" and "25c" rate for money enclosure, Very Fine, accompanied by a second folded letter from Charlestown Mass. to Bangor Me., Dec. 24, 1844, with same red handstamp and matching Collect handstamp, sender's notation "Jeromes Express with a package Dec. 27", slightly toned, otherwise Fine, both ex Schwartz and Dr. Puliafito

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E. 150-200
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3136
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3136, 1844-45 Independent MailsHartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1). Position 10, large margins to barely touched at top, manuscript "South" precancel, used on folded letter datelined "Hartford Sept. 19th 1844" to Philadelphia, red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Hartford" oval handstamp, stamp with small sealed tear and faint diagonal crease, slightly oxidized, cover with light file folds, Very Fine appearance, attractive cover with Hartford Mail stamp used with Hale & Co. handstamp, ex Dr. Puliafito, with 2015 P.F. certificate

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E. 1,500-2,000
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3137
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3137, 1844-45 Independent MailsLetter Express (Wells), 10c Black on Pink Glazed (96L3). Horizontal pair, ample margins to barely touched at left, manuscript cancels, file fold thru left stamp ties pair on folded letter to Buffalo N.Y., Sidney Shepard correspondence, datelined "Detroit August 29th, 1844", manuscript "Double" at bottom left, pair has negligible scissors-cuts, Very Fine appearance, extremely rare cover with pair of Wells' Letter Express 10c stamp, ex Petri and Dr. Puliafito, with 2013 P.F. certificate

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E. 1,000-1,500
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3138
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3138, 1844-45 Independent MailsLetter Express (Wells), 10c Black on Scarlet Glazed, Ty. II (96L4). Huge bottom margins, other sides clear to ample, black printing a bit rubbed at top, bright color with mild oxidation, conjunctive use with Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow (117L1), large margins to slightly in at left, each stamp cancelled by manuscript "X" on Oct. 5, 1844 folded letter from the Bank of River Raisin at Monroe Mich. to New York City street address, Dwight Johnson correspondence, horizontal file fold clear of stamps, Very Fine, this cover is illustrated in Gutman Independent Mails book (Wells' Letter Express chapter) and has been accepted as genuine by Elliott Perry and Richard Schwartz, but in recent years some question about the Pomeroy stamp originating has been raised by Larry Lyons in his Penny Post articles, therefore now offered on its own merits, and our estimate is based on the rare 10c Scarlet stamp used alone--ex Perry, Schwartz and Dr. Puliafito

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E. 1,500-2,000
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3139
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3139, 1844-45 Independent MailsOverton & Co., (5c) Black on Greenish (113L1). Large to huge margins, manuscript "X" cancel (bleed-thru effectively ties stamp), faint red "Forwarded by Overton & Co. 3 Broad Street, New York" oval handstamp on folded cover to Providence R.I., docketed "July 29" (1844), Extremely Fine, earliest recorded use of Overton & Co. stamp, ex Ackerman, Hall and Dr. Puliafito, with 2001 P.F. certificate

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E. 1,000-1,500
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3140
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3140, 1844-45 Independent MailsOverton & Co., (5c) Black on Greenish (113L1). Horizontal pair, margins at sides, cut in at top and bottom, each with smudged manuscript "X" cancel, used on Oct. 11, 1844 folded letter from New York City to Detroit Mich., red handstamped "PAID" struck from the device previously used by Pomeroy's Letter Express, right stamp creased from file fold, otherwise Fine, one of three recorded covers with a pair of the Overton & Co. stamp--Overton brought the letter to Albany and Wells' Letter Express carried it to Detroit--illustrated in Gutman Independent Mails book, ex Schwartz and Dr. Puliafito

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E. 1,000-1,500
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3141
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3141, 1844-45 Independent MailsPomeroy's Letter Express, (5c) Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper, Value Incomplete (117L2). Full to large margins, slight traces of oxidation, cancelled by clear red "Cd." (impression ties thru paper) with second strike at right on Aug. 7, 1844 folded letter from Utica N.Y. to New York City street address, stamp has minor pre-use corner crease at bottom right, Very Fine appearance, this stamp comes from one of the positions on the plate with the value "20 for $1" incomplete ("$1" removed), this state of the plate was used only for printing stamps in Black on Yellow paper, the Gutman Independent Mails book reports 21 covers with the Value Incomplete stamp in the Pomeroy census, ex Schwartz and Dr. Puliafito

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E. 500-750
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3142
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3142, 1844-45 Independent MailsPomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper (117L1). Large margins, slight surface oxidation, cancelled by red "Cd." handstamp (impression ties thru paper) on undated folded survey of Wisconsin school system (name, date, number of teachers, superintendent, etc.) to Philadelphia, conjunctive service with American Letter Mail Co., partly clear red "Forwarded by American Mail Company from No. 109 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia" circular handstamp on back, street address added for local delivery, notation on inside indicates this originated in Racine Wis. but that cannot be confirmed, if so it was carried by Wells' Letter Express to Buffalo and then given to Pomeroy for transport to New York City, from there it was carried by American Letter Mail Co. to Philadelphia (no indication of how ALMCo. was paid), minor splits along folds, Very Fine, ex Schwartz and Dr. Puliafito

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E. 400-500
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