Auction 22

Postal History


U.S. Postal History


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Lot 1

1793, folded letter from Boston to New York, a lovely early usage, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
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Lot 2

1795, folded letter from Boston to Hartford; some light stains, nearly Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
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Lot 3

1798, folded letter from Boston to New York, note the Franklin mark, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
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Lot 4

1799, folded letter from Baltimore to Plymouth Mass., straight line postmark with manuscript 20 in upper right of folded letter to Plymouth, MA; manuscript June 23 1799 on reverse, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $60 - 80.
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Lot 5

1799, folded letter from New York to Shelburne Nova Scotia, HALIFAX SHIP LRE handstamp on front with manuscript 5½ and via New York on cover to Halifax, Dec 14 99 transit stamp on reverse, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
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$180
Lot 6

1800, folded letter from Boston to Marblehead, a bit stained but still a nice early usage, Fine.
Estimate $30 - 40.
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Lot 7

1801-47, 9 folded letters with SHIP markings, and other interesting postal manuscripts and handstamps, a lovely group all imaged on the website, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
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$120
Lot 8

1804, folded letter from Newburg, Mass. to New Hampshire, manuscript PAID in upper left via Boston and Amherst New Hampshire to Hanover, NH, with handstamp PAID + manuscript 12½ at upper right, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $30 - 40.
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Lot 9

1807, folded letter to the Secretary of War in Washington, D.C., from Fort Independence, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $40 - 60.
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$30
Lot 10

1813, folded letter from New Bedford Mass. to Sandwich, with manuscript 8 in upper right and c.d.s in red in upper left, Fine.
Estimate $30 - 40.
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Lot 11

1824-45, 9 covers with manuscript rate marks, variety of town postmarks, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $60 - 80.
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Lot 12

1825, folded letter from Newburgh NY to Albany, with manuscript 12½ in upper right and red c.d.s. at left; contents detail payments made, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $30 - 40.
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Lot 13

1827, folded letter from Boston to Salem, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $30 - 40.
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Lot 14

1828, folded letter from Philadelphia to Carlisle, contents regarding a lawsuit and correspondence is sent back and forth until 1834, Fine.
Estimate $30 - 40.
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Lot 15

1828, folded letter from Albany NY to Ogdensburgh, from the New York Secretary of State to Cleark of St. Lawrence Co Ogdensburgh regarding pamphlets to distribute; manuscript 18 and handstamp paid in upper right, matching red Albany c.d.s. at left; manuscript Secretary of State of March 8, 1828 on reverse, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $30 - 40.
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Lot 16

1828, folded letter from Boston to Newport, R.I., matching red handstamp PAID and c.d.s BOSTON MS Dec 11, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $30 - 40.
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Lot 17

1831-32, 3 folded letters with SHIP and QUARANTINE h.s. and Boston c.d.s, 1831 (1)-1832 (2), Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $60 - 80.
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$130
Lot 18

1832-50, 7 folded letters with FREE handstamps, with various c.d.s.'s and manuscripts, all imaged on the website, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $60 - 80.
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Realized
$55
Lot 19

1835, folded letter from Hartford CT to St. Johnsbury, VT, with manuscript 18 in upper right; light c.d.s to the left, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $30 - 40.
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Lot 20

1836, folded letter from Southampton, Mass. to South Hartley, manuscript 18 3/4 in the upper right, Southampton and 25 in upper left. Contents inside dated Southampton April 22, 1836, letter is from two brothers written in sections to another brother Harvey Lyman, the father, the mother and a wife, at the end the letter he mentions a disorder like measles but says doctors say it is scarlet fever likely on board the ship, nearly Fine.
Estimate $30 - 40.
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Lot 21

1837, folded letter from Albany NY to Fall River, Mass., red manuscript 18 at right and Albany c.d.s at left, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $30 - 40.
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Lot 22

1838, folded letter from Washington, D.C. to Hartford, CT, manuscript 18 in upper right and red c.d.s. in upper left; manuscript Thomas P Jones Washington Oct. 29 1838 on reverse, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $30 - 40.
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Lot 23

1841, folded letter from Gardiner ME to Boston, MA, manuscript 18 in upper right and c.d.s in upper left.
Estimate $30 - 40.
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Lot 24

1847, 3 folded letters with Roman letter paid markings, 2 with neat Roman numeral V (paid 5) handstamp and 1 with X (paid 10) handstamp, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $40 - 60.
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Lot 25

1850's, 4 folded letters with PAID handstamps and Boston c.d.s., all imaged on the website, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $50 - 75.
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Lot 26

1850, folded letter concerning a prison, interesting blue folded letter to Canaan, N.H. between two brothers…G. Patch writes as an employee of the East Cambridge Prison in Massachusetts on July 4, 1850…"small pox is thick in the city, professor Douglas will be hung, the prisoners were given lemonade and roast stuffed pig and then allow to play ball in the prison yard" as celebration for independence day, Fine to Very Fine, remarkable contents.
Estimate $60 - 80

It was crusader Dorthea Dix who petitioned states to move funding from prisons such as these and assist the mentally ill in better facilities. Often times criminals and mentally ill were crammed in inhumane facilities during the mid to late 1800's.

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$65
Lot 27

1854, folded letter from Cuba to Boston with STEAMSHIP 10, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $30 - 40.
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