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

Hale & Company: First Issue Blue (75L1)
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
75 ogbl ImageHale & Co., 5c Light Blue (75L1). First State Positions 1-3/6-8/11-13/16-18, block of twelve comprising first three vertical columns of sheet with huge sheet margins on three sides, right margin large to just touching, original gum, each stamp with magenta manuscript "AB" control initials of Amos Bates, Hale & Company's New Bedford Mass. agent, several vertical creases and one horizontal crease across center, some wrinkles and slight creasing in selvage, toned spots

THE ONLY RECORDED BLOCK OF THE HALE & COMPANY 5-CENT FIRST ISSUE WITH "13 COURT ST." ADDRESS. A SPECTACULAR MULTIPLE THAT WAS INITIALED BY AMOS BATES, THE HALE AGENT AT NEW BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS.

There are three distinct states of the stereotype plate used to print Hale's stamps. In the First State, the "13 Court St." address is included in the design (Scott 75L1 in Blue and 75L2 in Red). The address line was removed from each position on the plate after Hale closed its 13 Court Street office, which gives us the Second State of the plate (Scott 75L5 in Blue only). This occurred sometime in May 1844, and the earliest recorded date of use of a stamp from the modified plate is May 20, 1844. The Third State of the plate resulted from damage to positions in the left and right vertical columns, especially Position 1, which shows a severe dent at upper left.

Unused blocks of Hale's stamps are extremely rare. We record four, all offered in this sale of Dr. Puliafito's collection: 1) 75L1, block of 12 with original gum, ms. "AB" initials (Amos Bates, New Bedford agent), offered here; 2) 75L5, the unique complete sheet, Third State, ex Lilly, Hall, Gordon N. John, offered in lot 109; 3) 75L5, block of fifteen with original gum, Second State Positions 1-3/6-9/11-14/16-19, ex Hall, offered in lot 110; and 4) 75L5, unused block of nine, Third State Positions 1-3/6-8/11-13, ex Schwartz, offered in lot 111.

Until this block emerged from hiding in a 2013 Spink New York auction, not one block of the Hale & Co. First Issue with "13 Court St." address was known. The existence of this block was not even recorded in the published and unpublished references. As recently as 2005, when Michael S. Gutman published his book on Hale & Co., he stated "...no full plate or large multiple of the 75L1 exists..." The only complete sheet of the 5c with address deleted is offered in lot 109, and the few other unused multiples come from the modified plate.

The Hale & Co. agent in New Bedford, Massachusetts, was Amos Bates, whose office was located at 92 Union Street. Bates also ran his own express company under the name Bates & Co. The Hale stamps used from New Bedford are known with the manuscript initials "NB" (New Bedford) and "AB" (Amos Bates). This block of twelve dramatically shows how these initials were applied to each stamp in the sheet before sale. The same use of control initials would be practiced at the New York post office in 1845.

We are unable to provide provenance for this important artifact of the Independent Mail era. Illustrated in Independent Mails book. (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $2,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
76 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue (75L1). First State Positions 17-19, horizontal strip of three, left stamp "Wail" instead of "Wall" variety, large margins to just barely in at top, deep shade and sharp impression, cancelled by three strikes of red "Forwarded through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office 13/Court St., Boston" boxed handstamp, used on July 5, 1844 folded letter and part-printed bill of lading from Boston to New York City

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING TRIPLE-RATE FRANKING PAID BY A CHOICE STRIP OF THE "13 COURT ST." ISSUE WITH THE "WAIL" PLATE VARIETY.

The Hale & Co. stamps were often cut into singles for convenience, making strips of three or larger extremely unusual. This strip contains Position 17, which shows the broken letter in "Wall" that produced the "Wail" variety.

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

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
77 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Light Blue on Pelure (75L1a). First State Positions 2-4, horizontal strip of three, huge margins including top sheet margin and parts of four adjoining stamps, light pastel shade on very thin pelure paper, cancelled by three strikes of "Collect/6 Cents/for/Boston Office" in wavy-line frame handstamp (impression ties thru paper) on undated folded cover to Howland & Aspinwall, New York City, strip has small faint stain spot and a few insignificant flaws at the edge of the top sheet margin

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB STRIP OF THE HALE & COMPANY "13 COURT ST." FIRST ISSUE ON PELURE PAPER, USED ON AN ATTRACTIVE TRIPLE-RATE COVER.

Sloane notes on back. Ex Souren and Schwartz. (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
78 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Light Blue (75L1). First State Positions 1-3, horizontal strip of three with top left corner sheet margins and large margins except where clear at bottom right, bright shade, tied by four strikes of red Boston "Paid" cancel on folded cover to New York City, docketing indicates Salem Mass. origin on Jun. 9 (1844), file fold

EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT SHEET-MARGIN STRIP OF THE FIRST HALE & CO. ISSUE USED ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER.

The Hale stamps were usually cut into singles for convenient use, making multiples scarce and strips of three or larger rare.

Ex "German" sale and Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $6,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
79 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue on Pelure (75L1a). Early printing in deep shade on pelure paper, neatly cut to shape, used on blue folded letter from Paris, France, to Boston, forwarded to New York City by Hale & Co., receipt docketing indicates Paris origin on Feb. 27, 1845, forwarder's notation on back "Recd Boston 18 March 1845 3 PM SCT" (S. C. Thiving), Paris and Liverpool transit datestamps, red framed "PD", red "Ship 6" in ribbon handstamp applied at Boston (paid by Thiving), stamp affixed at upper left and tied by red "Paid" straightline, file folds, one barely affects stamp (not noted on certificate)

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF A HALE STAMP ON A SHIP LETTER ORIGINATING IN EUROPE. ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE INDEPENDENT MAIL COVERS EXTANT.

The letter was directed by the sender to go via "Halifax Steamer of 4th March, via Liverpool, England", but in fact it was sent by another ship. On arrival at Boston, it was marked 6c due for an inbound ship letter. The Boston forwarder, S. C. Thiving, paid the 6c and affixed the Hale stamp for transit to the addressee in New York City.

The Gutman Hale book records three covers from France, two of which have Hale stamps. These are the only covers of foreign origin with Hale adhesives. The letter offered here is the only cover that entered the U.S. as a ship letter with the appropriate 6c charge. The others were carried outside the mails and sent by Hale to their destinations.

Illustrated in Gutman Hale book (page 335). Ex Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate as 75L1 var (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
80 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Light Blue (75L1). Full margins to just touched, sharp impression, cancelled by large manuscript "P" initial, red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from 17 S. Third Street, Philadelphia" oval handstamp on folded cover to New York City, docketed with Nov. 21, 1844 origin date, one side panel missing, lightly soiled along file fold, Very Fine, scarce cancel, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $275.00
Will close during Public Auction
81 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Light Blue (75L1). First State Position 4, two ample to large margins, other sides touching, red Boston "Paid" cancel, matching strike on folded cover to "Box 23 Hales P.O. New York", docketing indicates origin at Salem on Jun. 10 (probably 1844), light soiling, Very Fine, unusual address reference, Hale & Co. kept boxes for their patrons, ex Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 150-200

SOLD for $180.00
Will close during Public Auction
82 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Light Blue (75L1). Neatly cut to shape with margins all around, tied by red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Boston" oval and "Paid" handstamp, second strike of Paid over Collect box on June 6, 1845 folded letter to New York City, Very Fine, ex Golden (Image)

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E. $ 150-200

SOLD for $180.00
Will close during Public Auction
83 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Light Blue on Pelure (75L1a). Neatly cut to shape, beautiful color and impression from early printing on pelure paper, tied by red Collect box with matching "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Cour. & Enq. Building New York" oval handstamp on Aug. 30, 1844 folded letter to Boston, sender's directive "Per Hale & Co. Express", file fold, Very Fine, ex Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate as 75L1 (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $225.00
Will close during Public Auction
84 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue (75L1, 75L1a). Two, each cut to shape and tied by handstamps on separate folded letters: No. 75L1 tied by red Boston "Paid", May 29, 1845 to New York City, late use of the "13 Court St." issue; No. 75L1a tied by red New York oval handstamp, Aug. 10, 1844, to Boston (with 2001 P.F. certificate as 75L1, but it is pelure paper), Very Fine (Image)

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E. $ 150-200

SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
85 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Dark Blue (75L1). Remarkable deep shade and heavy impression, cut to shape, manuscript "N" initial probably applied as a cancel at Providence R.I., perfect pitch-black strike of "WARREN R.I." straightline in diminutive italic type on Sep. 18, 1844 folded letter from Warren to Providence, file folds clear of stamp, stamp has very faint toning and slight wrinkle

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED GENUINE COVER WITH THE HALE & COMPANY WARREN OFFICE STRAIGHTLINE.

Warren lies between Providence R.I. and New Bedford Mass., approximately ten miles southeast of Providence. The "N" initial is probably a cancellation applied by one of Hale's agents in Providence. The unusual straightline handstamp used on this cover is possibly an independent agent's own creation, as it is unlike the standard markings used by Hale's offices. Only one other example is recorded, which is a stamp with two strikes that has been affixed to an 1838 stampless cover.

Illustrated and described in Gutman's Hale book (page 325) and in the Independent Mails book. Ex Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction

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