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

Brainard & Company
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
54 ngbl ImageBrainard & Co., New York-Albany-Troy, 5c Black (24L1). Unused block of four (no gum), large to huge margins including right sheet margin, sharp impression, a few creases in top pair and tiny stain spot in top right stamp

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE OF EITHER BRAINARD & COMPANY ISSUE. AN EXTRAORDINARY BLOCK, WHICH ONLY CAME TO LIGHT FIVE YEARS AGO.

None of the major collections of Independent Mails contained a multiple of the rare Brainard & Co. stamps, and no record of a multiple can be found in published or unpublished sources. This block of four surfaced in a 2011 Jacques C. Schiff auction and was acquired by Dr. Puliafito. It is the only recorded block of the Brainard Black or Blue stamps, and we know of no other multiples.

With 2011 P.F. certificate. (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $4,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
55 c ImageBrainard & Co., New York-Albany-Troy, 5c Black (24L1). Large margins all around, cancelled by diagonal pen stroke, used on Sep. 16, 1844 folded letter from Troy N.Y. to New York City with street address for delivery, perfect condition

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE RARE BRAINARD & COMPANY 5-CENT BLACK STAMP ON COVER FROM TROY, NEW YORK.

The Brainard & Co. Black stamps were used interchangeably on letters carried on the company's routes between New York City, Albany and Troy. This folded letter from Troy is one of the finest of all Brainard & Co. covers bearing stamps.

Signed Stern. Ex Frajola. With 2000 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
56 c ImageBrainard & Co., New York-Albany-Troy, 5c Black (24L1). Cut octagonally, tied by pen line, red "Forwarded by Brainard & Co. Albany" oval handstamp on folded cover addressed in blue to New York City, pencil street address added for delivery, docketed with July 18, 1844 origin date, no side panels but it appears that is the way it was mailed, Fine, very rare and seldom found tied, ex Knapp and Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
57 c ImageBrainard & Co., New York-Albany-Troy, 5c Blue (24L2). Large margins all around showing trace of adjoining stamp above, cancelled by brownish-violet manuscript "B" initial -- the earlier and more ornate version, presumably applied by Brainard in Albany -- used on July 5, 1844 folded letter from Albany N.Y. to Philadelphia, Cornelius & Co. correspondence, conjunctive service with Hale & Co. or American Letter Mail Co., no markings but Brainard & Co. used other Independent Mail companies to carry letters south of New York City, file fold

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF ANY BRAINARD & COMPANY STAMP. IT IS ALSO A RARE EXAMPLE OF CONJUNCTIVE SERVICE BETWEEN BRAINARD AND ONE OF THE LARGER COMPANIES THAT CARRIED MAIL BETWEEN NEW YORK CITY AND PHILADELPHIA.

This is the earliest date of all recorded Brainard & Co. covers, including stamped covers with 13 of the Black 24L1 and 19 of the Blue 24L2 (Gutman census, Independent Mails book).

The cover offered here bears the Brainard & Co. Blue stamp, cancelled by the "B" in manuscript, of which there are at least two distinct versions. Brainard & Co. provided service from Troy and Albany, but not to Philadelphia, thus the letter was given to Hale & Co. or American Letter Mail Co. (transfer point unknown).

We record four Brainard & Co. 5c Black 24L1 covers from Albany to Cornelius & Co. in Philadelphia, each of which involved conjunctive service between Brainard (Albany to New York City) and Hale (New York City to Philadelphia). The dates are July (docketed "Jul/44"), Sep. 3, Sep. 9 and Nov. 26 (with two Brainard stamps). In three cases, the Brainard stamp paid half of the postage, and the other half (Hale's share) was represented by a "6" due marking and Hale's Collect box. In this case, the Blue stamp pays for Brainard's service, but it is unclear how the additional postage for service beyond New York City was collected, or which company handled the letter.

With 2006 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
58 c ImageBrainard & Co., New York-Albany-Troy, 5c Blue (24L2). Enormous margins including right sheet margin, cancelled by manuscript "F" initial of Hale's Troy agent L. Farwell, used on undated blue folded cover to New York City street address, sender's notation "1/Paid" corroborating use of stamp and Brainard's service

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF ALL RECORDED BRAINARD & COMPANY STAMPED COVERS.

An advertisement placed by Hale & Co. on June 22, 1844, identifies the firm's Albany agent as Brainard & Co. and its Troy agent as L. Farwell with an office at 200 River Street (later changed to 230 River Street). Covers from Troy are known with Brainard stamps initialed "F" (Farwell).

Collector's pencil source notation on back "Barron Sept. 1936". Ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $3,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
59 c ImageBrainard & Co., New York-Albany-Troy, 5c Blue (24L2). Large margins, cancelled by brownish-violet manuscript "B" initial -- the earlier and more ornate version, presumably applied by Brainard in Albany -- faint red "Forwarded by Brainard & Co. from Albany" oval and conjunctive red "American Letter Mail Company, Office, No. 12 State Street, Boston" oval handstamp on Aug. 23, 1844 folded letter from Albany to Boston, pencil "Paid/ALM" (American Letter Mail Co.), file folds clear of stamp

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING COVER BEARING THE RARE BRAINARD BLUE STAMP USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY SERVICE.

This cover bears the Brainard & Co. Blue stamp, cancelled by the "B" in manuscript, of which there are at least two distinct versions. The ornate "B" seen on this stamp is also found on a Blue 24L2 cover dated July 5, 1844, the earliest recorded use of any Brainard & Co. stamp (see lot 57). Other "B" cancels follow on Sep. 5, 1844, and in 1845, all of which are in a simpler style.

The cover offered here is one of only three Brainard & Co. stamped covers in our records showing conjunctive use with the American Letter Mail Company and one of only two with the Blue 24L2 stamp.

Ex Caspary and Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate which opines that the stamp was lifted and replaced, which is utter nonsense. (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
60 c ImageForwarded by Brainard & Co. from Troy. Red oval handstamp with matching "6" handstamp and red "American Letter Mail Company, Office, No. 12 State Street, Boston" oval handstamp on Sep. 6, 1844 folded letter from Troy N.Y. to Boston, worn file fold, otherwise Very Fine, scarce conjunctive use of Brainard & Co. and American Letter Mail Co., ex Golden (Image)

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E. $ 150-200

SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction

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