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Sale 78: The Westpex Sale

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Postmasters' Provisionals Issues

Lot 1447    

New York, N.Y., 1845, 5¢ black on bluish, without signature, Position 24, margins ample to slightly in at top right, tied by file fold crease and two strokes of black pen, red "New-York, 5 cts., 16 Jul" integral-rate cds with matching "Paid" arc handstamp on gray folded letter datelined "New York July 16, 1845" to Hartford Conn., manuscript "Paid", Fine appearance.
Scott No. 9X1e    Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.

A scarce July 16th 1845 use which is the second earliest date known, fewer than five are recorded from this date. This cover is interesting as the red curved "Paid" handstamp was used to cancel most of the first day July 15th 1845 usages. This second day usage has the stamp cancelled by manuscript even though the "Paid" handstamp is present. It suggests that there was no decided upon approach to cancel the New York provisional stamp at this point.

Realized: $2,700

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