Lot 91767 (Jan. 31) New York N.Y. to Schenectady N.Y., datelined folded letter with two-line "New / York" postmark and matching "31 IA" Franklin mark on reverse, manuscript "1/6d" rating, endorsed "pr. Post", some fold splitting, F.-V.F.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 101767 (Sep. 30) Philadelphia Pa. to New York N.Y., datelined folded letter with red "PHILA / DELPHIA" two-line postmark on reverse and red manuscript "2" dwt rating, "30 SE" Franklin mark on reverse, New York "10d:" rating in sterling, endorsed "to be deliver'd directly" at bottom left; edge and fold splitting needing reinforcement, Extremely Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A CHOICE STRIKE OF THE RED TWO-LINE PHILADELPHIA COLONIAL HANDSTAMP POSTMARK.
Lot 11Talbot C House, July 3, bold strike of origin straight line date stamp on reverse of c. 1775 folded letter sheet addressed to York Town, Pa., rated "N8" and light "6/1N2" and "1/8" on front, reverse with additional "PHILA. JULY 13" transit straight line date stamp; some reinforced edge splitting and left sideflap missing, Very Fine.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE TALBOT COURT HOUSE COLONIAL POSTMARK, AND AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE USE IN COMBINATION WITH THE SCARCE PHILADELPHIA STRAIGHTLINE.
Talbot Court House is an old Colonial town dating back to the early Federal period. Quakerism began to impact the town in the late 1600s when the Third Haven Meeting House, circa 1682-1684, was constructed. The House stands today as the oldest religious building still in use in the United States and the earliest dated building in Maryland. It received its name through an Act of the Assembly of the Province of Maryland dated November 4, 1710 entitled "An Act for the Building of a Court House for Talbot County, at Armstrong's Old Field near Pitt's Bridge" founded the town. The Court House was constructed and served the Maryland General Court and later became known as the "Capitol of the Eastern Shore". A. Pitt's Bridge crossed a stream forming the headwaters of the Tred Avon or Third Haven River. An act of legislation in 1788, renamed the town and county seat as Easton. Steamboats started plying the waters of Tred Avon River around 1816 and utilized Easton Point until their demise in 1932.
Lot 121815 British Naval Vessel "Near New Orleans" to London, England via Portsmouth, entire datelined "HMS Asia Jany 27th 1815 Near New Orleans" from Royal Marines Capt. John R. Mascall who had participated at the ill fated British attack on New Orleans on the January 8th. This was 2 weeks after the Treaty of Ghent had been signed and therefore an unnecessary battle. Britain lost 2,000 soldiers including the two Generals leading the attack against a total US loss of 14. entered British mails with "Ship Letter, Portsmouth" with manuscript "1/2" 1s2d inland due rating for 6d ship letter fee plus 8d to London, addressed to the Government Paymasters at Hatton Garden, London; horizontal file fold, Very Fine.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
A portion of the letter reads: "I have the pleasure to acquaint you of my safety after the attack on the City of New Orleans, the particulars and disaster I shall not to presume to enumerate, the public accounts will sufficiently evince the event.".
Lot 131835 (Jan. 21) "U.S.S. Grampus", Curacao, West Indies to Washington D.C. via Philadelphia, folded letter with "U.S. Schr Grampus, Curacao, January 21st, 1835" dateline, entered mails with red "Phila, Feb 21" octagon datestamp and matching full strike of red Full Rigged Ship octagon handstamp with manuscript "12½" rating crossed out and correctly rated "14½" (12½ postage + 2¢ ship fee), Extremely Fine.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF THE PHILADELPHIA ILLUSTRATED FULL RIGGED SHIP MARKING ON A INCOMING LETTER FROM CURACAO.
Lot 14Windsor Locks, Ct., Dec 10, full bold detailed strike of first type fancy illustrated Steamboat in Lock postmark in red with month in type (Duffney type Ia), on 1840 folded letter to Springfield, Mass., manuscript C.H. Dexter Free postmaster free frank, with letter in postmaster's hand, an Extremely Fine gem, one of nine known examples of this first type Windsor Locks illustrated postmark with month in type.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN STRIKES OF THE FIRST TYPE WINDSOR LOCKS FANCY ILLUSTRATED STEAMBOAT IN LOCK POSTMARK.
Alfred Smith, president of the Enfield Falls Canal Company, proposed to change the name of Pine Meadow to Windsor Locks. The Windsor Locks Post Office was opened in 1833 and was located in a store near a grist mill owned by Charles Haskell Dexter. He eventually was appointed first postmaster.