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The Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito Collection of Independent Mails continued...

Hartford Mail Route
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
190   ImageHartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1). Position 3, uncancelled and without precancel, margins clear of frameline almost all around, slight thin and usual traces of oxidation, Very Fine appearance, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
191 og ImageHartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1). Position 10, two ample margins, just barely in to clear on other sides, manuscript "South" applied before use, usual slight oxidation and tiny margin tear at right, still Very Fine, scarce and seldom offered example of the manuscript "South", ex Kuphal, with 2007 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
192   ImageHartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1). Position 6, paper color appears as light buff, large margins showing part of adjoining stamp at left, Extremely Fine, at one time it was thought that the Hartford Mail Route stamps were printed on light buff paper, but the consensus is now is that stamps such as this have been treated or have naturally lost their yellow coloring -- in this case, the glazing is intact -- ex Caspary (offered as light buff) and Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $700.00
Will close during Public Auction
193 c ImageHartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1). Position 3, ample margins all around, unusually bright paper, tied by two strikes of Hale & Company's New York office red "Paid" straightline, third strike at right on Feb. 2 (1845) folded letter from Hartford to Philadelphia street address, sender's endorsement "Single Paid"

EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED HARTFORD MAIL ROUTE COVER WITH THE STAMP CANCELLED AND TIED BY A HANDSTAMPED MARKING. A SPECTACULAR COVER THAT WAS CARRIED IN THE HALE & COMPANY NETWORK FROM HARTFORD TO NEW YORK CITY, WHERE THE RED "PAID" STRAIGHTLINE WAS APPLIED, THEN SOUTH TO PHILADELPHIA.

The Hartford Mail Route stamps were usually pre-cancelled with the words indicating the direction (South, West, East) or location (Hartford). No effort was made to cancel the stamps. One cover is recorded with a manuscript "Paid Jany 30" notation over the stamp, tying it to the cover. A few covers are known with "Paid" handstamps, but none of those strikes are on the stamps. On this cover, the Hale & Company New York office struck the "Paid" handstamp three times, two of which landed on the stamp itself, thus creating the only "tied by handstamp" example of the Hartford Mail Route stamp.

Notation on back "Chicago, Ill., Dr. A. B. Merrill, Sept. 30, 1909 @ 4.00" appears to be a past philatelic sale record. Ex Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 15,000-20,000

SOLD for $25,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
194 c ImageHartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1). Position 2, large margins to clear at upper right, manuscript "South" precancel, used on greenish May 15, 1845 folded letter to Egleston & Bartlett in New York City from Clark, Gill & Co., sender's directive "Hale & Co." and "Paid", just below the "Paid" notation is a faint red "Overton & Co.'s City Mail, Office, 7 Broad Street" oval handstamp, red crayon "166 Worth" street and "2" cents delivery charge, faint overall toning, pressed vertical file fold thru stamp effectively ties it

VERY FINE OVERALL CONDITION. REPORTED TO BE THE ONLY COVER SHOWING CONJUNCTIVE SERVICE BETWEEN THE HARTFORD MAIL ROUTE AND OVERTON & COMPANY'S CITY MAIL LOCAL POST.

The City Mail Company was the successor to the New York office of Overton & Company, a letter-and-package express and foreign-mail forwarding agency founded by Richard Carleton Overton prior to July 3, 1844. The change in name was announced in the February 15, 1845, edition of the New York Daily Express and soon after the company's address changed from 3 Broad Street to 7 Broad Street. The faintly struck handstamp on this cover shows the modified "3" appearing as a "7", reflecting the move.

Sloane's note on back. Ex Mason and Schwartz. (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
195 c ImageHartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1). Positions 1/7, vertical pair from the left of the sheet of twelve, large margins showing framelines except where slightly ragged and into design at upper right, one stamp creased from file fold, faint traces of oxidation, without precancel or cancel, used on June 25, 1845 folded letter from Hartford to Philadelphia street address, sender's endorsement "Paid 2" for two rates, red "Paid" straightline handstamp applied at Hale & Company's New York office, file folds

FINE AND ATTRACTIVE. THE FINER OF TWO RECORDED COVERS WITH A PAIR OF THE HARTFORD MAIL ROUTE STAMP. AN OUTSTANDING INDEPENDENT MAIL COVER.

This cover is a late use of the Hartford Mail Route, just five days before the Independent Mail companies were declared illegal. The "Paid 2" notation at upper left confirms that two rates were paid. The letter was carried in the Hale & Company network from Hartford to New York City, where the "Paid" handstamp was applied, then south to Philadelphia.

One other pair of the Hartford Mail Route stamp is recorded on cover (ex Ferrary, Stern and Conland). It is photographed in Richard C. Frajola's monograph on the subject and in his chapter in the Independent Mails book. The pair is also in vertical format from Positions 1/7, cut into at left and creased across both stamps from a file fold. Each stamp has the manuscript "South" precancel and an additional "Nov 19" cancellation. The pair pays the double rate on an 1844 folded letter from Hartford to Clark & Coleman in New York City.

Ex Boker and Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 15,000-20,000

SOLD for $13,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
196 c ImageHartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1). Position 6, top right corner position on plate of twelve, ample to large margins, uncancelled, small corner crease, used on Jan. 20, 1845 folded letter from Hartford to New York City, Jessop & Sons correspondence, manuscript "Single"

VERY FINE STAMP ON AN ATTRACTIVE SOUTHBOUND COVER CARRIED BY THE HARTFORD MAIL ROUTE. AN EXTREMELY RARE STAMP WITHOUT ANY PRECANCEL OR CANCEL.

Ex Kuphal. With 2007 P.F. certificate (mentions small corner crease and oxidation, which has been removed -- the color is brilliant) (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $3,500.00
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197 c ImageHartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1). Position 9, full to large margins showing frameline of adjoining stamp above, manuscript "Hartford" precancel, cancelled by pen "X", affixed with red wax wafer on folded cover (with part of content) to New York City, docketed as originating in Hartford on Dec. 10, 1844, pencil "2" for local delivery, file fold clear of stamp, some water stains around stamp, presumably from someone trying to lift it before realizing it was affixed with wax

VERY FINE. A VERY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE HARTFORD MAIL STAMP WITH "HARTFORD" MANUSCRIPT OVERPRINT APPLIED BEFORE MAILING.

Ex Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

CLOSED
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198 c ImageHartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1). Position 3, ample margins to just barely in, manuscript "Hartford" precancel, affixed with wax wafer and embossing instrument on folded cover from Hartford to New York City, Goodhue correspondence with last name inked out as usual, manuscript "Paid", docketed with Sep. 9, 1844 origin date, stamp has slighest traces of oxidation

VERY FINE. A SCARCE "HARTFORD" PRECANCEL ON THE HARTFORD MAIL ROUTE STAMP, USED ON A SOUTHBOUND COVER.

Ex Mason, Ackerman and Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
199 c ImageHartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1). Position 3, full to large margins all around showing part of adjoining stamp at right, bright color without any oxidation, manuscript "South" precancel, used on Feb. 27, 1845 folded letter from Hartford to New York City street address, Goddard correspondence, sender's note "Hale's Express paid feb. 27", a few letters of address changed in ink, some paper erosion on back and very slightly worn along file fold, certificate mentions small tear at bottom right of stamp, but we cannot see it

VERY FINE AND ATTRACTIVE SOUTHBOUND COVER CARRIED BY THE HARTFORD MAIL ROUTE.

The relationship between the Hartford Mail Route and Hale & Co. was extremely close; however, to the best of our knowledge, no one has been able to establish whether Hale had an ownership interest. The sender's notation on this cover demonstrates how the public perceived the Hartford Mail Route.

Ex C. E. Chapman with his handstamp struck over "h" of "Joseph" in address; also ex Ackerman and Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
200 c ImageHartford Conn. Mail Route, (5c) Black on Yellow Glazed (80L1). Position 10, large margins to barely touched at top, manuscript "South" precancel, used on folded letter datelined "Hartford Sept. 19th 1844" to Philadelphia, red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Hartford" oval handstamp, stamp with small sealed tear and faint diagonal crease, slightly oxidized, cover with light file folds

VERY FINE APPEARING SOUTHBOUND HARTFORD MAIL ROUTE COVER WITH THE HALE & COMPANY OVAL HANDSTAMP. CARRIED BY HALE FROM NEW YORK CITY TO PHILADELPHIA.

With 2015 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

CLOSED
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