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Sale 95: Gems of Philately

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Philadelphia Independent Mails

Lots 4010-4019 Lots 4020-4029 Lots 4030-4031

Lot 4010    

Forwarded by, American Mail Co., from No. 109 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia., red circular handstamp on fresh folded letter datelined "Phil. Aug 29, 44" to New York, with matching straight line "Paid" handstamp at right, handed over for local delivery with clear red "Boyd's City Express Post, Sep 1, 9 O'C" boxed date stamp, Very Fine, a rare American Mail Co. independent mail and Boyd's local city post conjunctive usage, ex-Hollowbush & Schwartz; with 2011 P.F. certificate.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

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Lot 4011    

American Letter Mail Co., 1844, 5¢ black, thin paper (2nd printing), ample to large margins, deep color, manuscript "X" cancel and bold red "Paid" straight line handstamp (impression ties through to cover) on folded letter,sheet to Philadelphia, with matching "Forwarded by, American Letter Mail Co., from No. 109 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia" circular handstamp; slight cover edge soiling at top, Very Fine, a choice strike of this Philadelphia handstamp used for only a short time in 1844; with 1998 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 5L1    Estimate $500 - 750.

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Lot 4012    

American Letter Mail Co., 1844, 5¢ black, thin paper (2nd printing), clear to large margins, tied by bold red Oval of Stars cancel on folded letter datelined "Philad: March 8, 1844" to New York, Very Fine, a choice usage of this fancy star cancellation applied upon arrival in New York; with 1997 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 5L1    Estimate $300 - 400.

Realized: $240

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Lot 4013    

American Letter Mail Co., 1844, black on gray, horizontal pair, margins huge to just shaving frameline at top left, small scissor cut between stamps at top, canceled and tied by manuscript dashes on folded letter sheet docketed "New York, 14th Nov., 1844" to Philadelphia, with red "Forwarded by, American Mail Co., Nov. 15, from No. 101 Chestnut St., Philada." circular date stamp alongside, Very Fine, a rare double rate usage of the Large Eagle issue; with 2007 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 5L2    Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

Realized: $800

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Lot 4014    

American Letter Mail Co., 1844, black on gray, three singles, margins large to just in, manuscript "X" cancels on folded letter sheet with "Pr Mail, Philada" on inner flap, to New York with red "Forwarded by the American Letter Mail Company, Office, 56 Wall St., N.Y." oval handstamp applied upon arrival; left and center stamp with small flaws, Very Fine appearance; with 1991 & 2010 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 5L2    Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

ONE OF FIVE RECORDED TRIPLE USAGES OF THE AMERICAN LETTER MAIL CO. LARGE EAGLE ISSUE ON COVER.

Realized: $800

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Lot 4015    

Forwarded by, American Mail Co., from No. 109 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, bold red circular handstamp on folded letter datelined "New York, Augt 23rd, 1844" to Philadelphia, with manuscript "collect, 37½ cents" rating most likely for six single rate letters at the unpaid 6¼¢ rate; sealed bottom left corner tear slightly affecting handstamp, otherwise Very Fine, this being one of two known Independent Mail Co. usage bearing the sextuple 37½¢ rating; with 2011 P.F. certificate.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Lot 4016    

American Letter Mail Co., 1844, black on gray, large margins, canceled by manuscript X on folded Swiftsure Transportation Line illustrated bill of lading depicting steamboat pulling barge, datelined "Philadelphia, Oct 15, 1844" to Troy, N.Y., red "Forwarded by, American Mail Co., Oct 15, from No. 101 Chestnut St. Philada." circular date stamp; vertical file fold affecting stamp, F.-V.F., the only recorded American Letter Mail Co. delivery to Troy, N.Y. without conjunctive assistance; with 2001 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 5L2    Estimate $200 - 300.

Realized: $280

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Lot 4017    

American Letter Mail Co., 1844, black on gray, margins large to just shaving frameline at top, canceled by sharp bold red "Paid" straight line handstamp on folded letter datelined "New York, Aug 10, 1844" to Philadelphia; file fold through stamp, otherwise Very Fine, a rare usage of the large eagle issue canceled by the rare "Paid" handstamp upon arrival; with 2001 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 5L2    Estimate $150 - 200.

Realized: $325

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Lot 4018    

American Letter Mail Co., 1844, black on gray, margins large to in at left, canceled by bold manuscript "CC" initials of Calvin Case a carrier for the Philadelphia office, on folded letter datelined "New York, May 17, 1845" to Philadelphia, with red "Forwarded by, American Mail Co., from No. 101 Chestnut St., Philada." receiving handstamp; some splitting in central file fold, F.-V.F., the only recorded on cover example of the manuscript "CC" carrier initials; with 2000 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 5L2    Estimate $100 - 150.

Complete Images.

Realized: $375

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Lot 4019    

American Letter Mail Co., 1844, blue on gray, margins large to into outer frameline at top, canceled by manuscript "E.H.B." agent initials on folded letter datelined "Philada, 26th Augt, 1844" to New York, with red "Forwarded By, American Mail Co., From No. 109 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia" circular handstamp and matching straight line "Paid" handstamp; with tiny stain removed from stamp and cover, otherwise Very Fine, ex-Caspary; with 1997 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 5L3    Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.

THE EARLIEST ON COVER USAGE OF THE 1844 AMERICAN LETTER MAIL CO. BLUE ON GRAY LARGE EAGLE ISSUE - WITH ONLY TWELVE COVER RECORDED.

All surviving on cover examples of the blue Large Eagle originate from Philadelphia. All but two used during the late spring of 1845, just prior to the termination of the Independent Mails.

Realized: $1,900

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