Sale 1272 — United States Postal History

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

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Category — Stampless Covers

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Cat./Est. Value
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3001
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Schenectady N.Y., Postal History Collection, 1755-1930. More than 125 covers either from or to Schenectady N.Y., each individually sleeved with typed write-ups, more than 60 are stampless with lots of good early, including seven from 1766 or earlier, six straightline postmarks from 1797-1801, manuscript postmarks from early 1800's, then the full range of circular markings stretching into the 20th Century, many covers are folded letters with content, some of the 19th Century includes 1851-61 issue stamps, plus two 1869 No. 112 on separate Internal Revenue annual tax forms, overall fresh and a Very Fine collection, worth reviewing on our website PDF

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E. 3,000-4,000
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3002
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Sale 1272, Lot 3002, Stampless Covers(Schenectady N.Y. to New York City, 1763) Manuscript "p3" Rate. Folded letter datelined "Schenectady July 11th, 1763" from Thomas Milworth and addressed to Thomas Newton, a merchant on Broad Street in New York City, manuscript "p3" (3 dwt rate under Queen Anne Act), wine-related content thanking the addressee for a pipe of wine sent to Mr. Duncan (first postmaster) and suggests setting up a Madeira wine trade, slight edgewear, Fine and rare, described as the earliest Colonial letter from the Provisional Schenectady Post Office (by Cal Hahn) and as ex Aga Khan, ex Hahn, accompanied by a transcript of the letter

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E. 1,000-1,500
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3003
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Sale 1272, Lot 3003, Stampless Covers(Schenectady N.Y. to New York City, 1763) Manuscript "3" Rate. Folded letter datelined "Schenectady July 30th, 1763" from John Duncan to Thomas Newton (a merchant on Broad Street) in New York City, manuscript "3" (3 dwt rate under Queen Anne Act), wine-related content, some internal splits along folds, Fine and rare early Colonial letter from the Provisional Schenectady Post Office

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E. 750-1,000
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3004
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Sale 1272, Lot 3004, Stampless Covers(New Haven Ct. to New York City, 1769) Manuscript "NH 2" Rate. Folded letter datelined "New Haven March 26th, 1769" from Benjamin Douglas to William Baryard, Esq. in New York City, manuscript "NH" 2 postmark (2dwt for 60-100 miles), reverse with New York "29/MR" Franklin mark, wear at top and some internal faults, Fine

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E. 400-500
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3005
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Sale 1272, Lot 3005, Stampless Covers(New York City to Albany N.Y., 1769) Hudson River Route. "New York November the 21, 1769" dateline on folded letter from John Dodge, addressed "To Mr. Scharmerhorn Living in Schenectady to be left in the Care of Honnis prime Sciper from Albany" (honest prime skipper), some internal splits and soiling, otherwise Fine, ex Hahn, accompanied by transcript of letter related to the delivery of a plow

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E. 300-400
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3006
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Sale 1272, Lot 3006, Stampless Covers(Philadelphia to Groton, Ct., 1777) Congressional Post. Folded cover with "Secret Committee June 20, 1777" docketing on flap and indication of contents relating to a resolution regarding salt, addressed to Thomas Mumford, Esq., Groton Ct., "PHILa June 21." straightline postmark across backflaps, manuscript "4" rating crossed out and re-rate "3.8" (3dwt, 8 gr rate for 200-300 miles), file fold, Fine, Mumford was a prominent Connecticut merchant involved in the Revolutionary War, the Mumford family originated in America as early as 1607

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E. 500-750
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3007
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Sale 1272, Lot 3007, Stampless Covers(Military Express, 1781) "Public Service Jonth Trumbull." Manuscript endorsement with distinctive signature of Jonathan Trumbull, Revolutionary War Governor of Connecticut (1769-84), on folded letter addressed in his hand to Thomas Mumford in Norwich Ct., Trumbull's directive "per Express returning to New London", letter is datelined at Lebanon Ct. on Sep. 29, 1781 (Lebanon was a "War Office" established by Trumbull due to the vulnerability of Hartford and New Haven)--written three weeks after the Battle of Groton Heights, where Mumford's house and stores were set ablaze--interesting content related to procuring supplies, includes mentions of Colonels Mott and McClellan, also expresses thanks for Mumford's congratulations on the release of Governor Trumbull's son, the artist John Trumbull, who was imprisoned in London in retaliation for the hanging of Major John Andre, Very Fine, a wonderful combination of a Jonathan Trumbull free frank and fascinating Revolutionary War content to Thomas Mumford, a prominent Connecticut merchant involved in the War, accompanied by a transcript of the letter and commentary on each aspect of its contents in relation to the situation in the War

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E. 1,500-2,000
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3008
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Sale 1272, Lot 3008, Stampless Covers(Queenston, Canada, to Philadelphia Pa. via Schenectady N.Y., 1797) "SCHEN*MAR*6". Straightline datestamp on folded letter datelined "Queenston February 15th, 1797" to Philadelphia Pa., text of letter mentions writer's plan to use the Montreal Express to send the letter, entered U.S. mails with the Schenectady straightline and manuscript "20" (cents) for 250-350 miles, some slight edge splitting and small tear inside letter, Very Fine, a scarce use and route, the vast majority of cross-border mail at this time traveled the route by way of Lake Champlain, Burlington Vt. and Albany, ex Siskin and Dr. Robertson

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E. 750-1,000
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3009
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Sale 1272, Lot 3009, Stampless Covers(Schenectady N.Y. to East Greenwich R.I., 1800) "Schen 11 August". Manuscript postmark with matching "17" cents rate on folded letter datelined at Union College to East Greenwich R.I., Very Fine, reported to be the earliest known use of the Schenectady manuscript postmark attributed to Joseph Shurtleff, the village's first Postmaster (1793-1810)

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E. 400-500
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3010
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Sale 1272, Lot 3010, Stampless Covers(Agency of the American Post Office at Niagara, Canada, to New York, 1802) "NIAGARA, Oct. 21". Well-struck straightline datestamp with day in manuscript on 1802 folded letter to Schenectady N.Y., manuscript "17" rate for 150-300 miles, fresh and Extremely Fine, ex Jarrett, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Robertson, the Agency of the American Post Office at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, was established in 1797 as a convenience to handle U.S. bound letters on the newly established mail route to Canandaigua, the Agency office forwarded mail on a bi-weekly basis to Fort Niagara in United States territory less than a mile away across the Niagara River

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E. 500-750
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3011
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Sale 1272, Lot 3011, Stampless CoversSCH'DY N.Y. July 16th (1827). Double-circle datestamp with date in manuscript and "Paid 6" rate on folded letter to the Surveyor General at Albany N.Y., Very Fine, reported to be the earliest known use of this postmark

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E. 200-300
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3012
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Sale 1272, Lot 3012, Stampless CoversCINCINNATI, O. FEB. 15. Bold strike of straightline datestamp with manuscript "25" rate on 1831 folded letter to New Ipswich N.H., fresh and Very Fine, this is the only known Cincinnati straightline handstamp, illustrated in ASCC on p. 311

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E. 1,000-1,500
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3013
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Sale 1272, Lot 3013, Stampless CoversForwarded by Zachrisson & Co. New York. Red boxed handstamp on folded letter datelined "New York 1st June 1843 at Bunker's", addressed to a midshipman on the U.S. Frigate United States in the Pacific Squadron, endorsed "Via Panama" and with "Forwarded by Ernest Zachrisson, Panama" handstamp, light vertical file folds, Very Fine, unusual use

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E. 300-400
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