Lot 1520Boston, Mass., 1849-50, 1¢ blue on slate, large margins to touched, tied by diamond grid fancy cancel, used with 10¢ orange brown (10A), margins to shaving frameline, tied by perfect sharp strike of small "Paid" in grid cancel, red "Boston '3' 27 Aug" integral-rate cds on orange buff cover to Mount Vernon N.H., "Ans. Sept. 1" docketing top right, Very Fine and scarce small Boston paid carrier use.
Scott No. 3LB2 $500.
Current Opening Bid: $190
Lot 1521Spaulding's Penny Post (2¢) value omitted coin handstamp, bold strike on folded letter sheet addressed to Buffalo, N.Y., entered mails with red "New York, 10cts, Dec 15" integral rate cds, "Received Dec 16th, 1847" pencil docketing to the right of Spaulding handstamp, Very Fine, signed George Sloane, Very Fine, ex-Needham, Hollowbush, Petri, Hahn; with 2005 P.F. certificate.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF SPAULDING'S PENNY POST COIN HANDSTAMP WITH VALUE REMOVED.
Proprietor of Spaulding's Penny Post, Enos W. Spaulding, raised the posts letter rate on November 15th, 1847 from one to two cents. Three different Spaulding's coin handstamps are known and are all unique. The first bearing the "One Cent" value is undated but obviously was used prior to the rate change. This cover with the value removed was posted approximately one month after the rate change to two cents. A later usage of the coin handstamp in April of 1848 bears a illustrated dove at the center. Shortly thereafter, Spaulding introduced his Striding Messenger handstamp and adhesives.
Current Opening Bid: $3,750
Lot 1522American Letter Mail Co., 1844, 5¢ black, thin paper (2nd printing), position 18, large margins to just touched at lower left, tied by exceptionally clear strike of red Field of Stars fancy cancel on Jan. 21, 1845 folded letter from Boston to New York City with street address for delivery, red "Forwarded by the American Letter Mail Company, New York, N.Y." oval handstamp; bottom edge wear erosion, otherwise Very Fine, an outstanding strike of this early fancy cancellation.
Scott No. 5L1 Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Opening Bid: $675