Lot 977American Letter Mail Co., 1844, black on gray. Clear to large margins, uncanceled on 1844 folded letter to Springfield, Mass., small red "Paid" company handstamp alongside; stamp with insignificant tiny toned spots, Very Fine; with 2008 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 5L2 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 978Browne & Co.'s City Post Office, 1852-55, 2¢ black. Margins large to shaving frameline at bottom, tied by blue "Browne & Co. City Post, Paid" circular handstamp on locally addressed cover; cover soiling and edge wear and stamp with bottom left corner and right margin added, Fine appearance; with 2010 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 29L2 $5,000.
Lot 979H.T. Crofoot's Newbury Letter Office. Red oval handstamp on 1844 folded letter to New York City, matching boxed "Paid" handstamp, letter datelined "Cambridge Port"; slight cover edge spot at upper left, otherwise Very Fine, very scarce, ex Hollowbush.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 980Friend's Boarding School, 1877 (1¢) black. Type I, large margins, in combination with 1873, 3¢ green on Friends' Boarding School corner card cover to Winona, O., tied by "Barnesville, O., Feb 13" cds and quartered cork cancel, Very Fine, a rare tied usage of the Friend's Boarding School stamp which was normally affixed to the reverse of the envelope and left uncancelled.
Scott No. 151L1+158 $2,400.
Lot 981Hackney & Bolte Penny Post, 1886 (1¢) black on red. Tied by "Atlantic City, N.J., Jun 15, 1886" duplex postmark on 1885, 1¢ postal card to Philadelphia, Pa., receiving postmark at left, Very Fine, a rare usage of this short-lived 20th century private post.
Scott No. 153L1+UX8 Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 982Magic Letter Express, 1865, 5¢ black on brown. Ample to large margins, manuscript "Richmond July 29" postmark, tied by bold "Richmond, Va., Jul 30" cds on cover addressed to "Mr. Ro. King, near Gordonsville Va."; a 1861, 3¢ rose (65) that was affixed over local and tied by the Richmond duplex postmark, is now missing, otherwise Very Fine, the long lost on cover discovery example of the 5¢ Magic Letter Express, one of three recorded examples of this short-lived issue with this being one of only two on cover examples known.
Scott No. 101L3 Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
This Civil War reconstruction era issue was used for approximately two months shortly after the end of the Civil War. It was discovered by a G.M. Bastable and written up in the June 1887 edition of The Quaker City Philatelist (see inset, not included in lot) under the heading "Confederate Locals". it was reported to be found among a large correspondence from Richmond, Va. dating from 1840 to the 1870's.
Lot 983Metropolitan Errand and Carrier Express Co., 1855, 1¢ red orange. Clear to large margins, bright color, tied by boxed "Paid" handstamp with second strike at top of locally addressed ribbon corner card cover, with matching "Metropolitan Errand and Carrier Express Company, Dec 18" fancy shield date stamp; stamp with small tear in margin, otherwise Very Fine, a rare usage in combination with the shield date stamp; with 2010 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 107L1 $600.
Lot 984N.O.U.S. City Post, Apr 1, 8 A.M. Green snow shovel handstamp with matching "Car.2" in oval handstamp on incoming 1852 folded letter from La Reole, France, "New - York, 5cts, Mar 25" entry and "La Reole, 9 Mars, 52" origin cds's, Very Fine, a rare local city delivery marking on letter incoming from France, ex Skinner.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 985One Cent Despatch, 1856, 1¢ violet. Type I, tied by "City Despatch, May 26, 1856" cds with second strike at center of fresh cover to Broad Run Station, Va., in combination with 1851, 3¢ dull red, type I (small corner crease) tied by "Washington, D.C., May 27, 1856" cds; local stamp with light crease and small cut at bottom, Very Fine and attractive appearance; with 2009 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 112L1+11 $1,500.
Lot 986Airmail Postal Card, 1949, 4¢ deep red on buff. Mint, tiny hint of the lightest corner wear, includes normal card for comparison, Very Fine and rare. UPSS No. SA1c $550.
Scott No. UXC1a $600.