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

Hale & Company: Street Address Omitted, Covers (75L5)
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
112 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Positions 1/6/11, vertical strip of three with top left corner sheet margins, Second State of plate, two other sides mostly full margins but touching in places, each stamp has magenta manuscript "N" initial control marking applied at Norwich Conn., cancelled by three light strikes of red "Forwarded through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office -- Boston" framed handstamp with "13 Court St." deleted, partly clear "Forwarded by/Hale & Co./from/Norwich, Ct." four-line handstamp in black on undated folded cover to New Bedford Mass., slightly wrinkled and faintly toned, tiny negligible tears in extreme left sheet margin and bottom stamp

EXTREMELY FINE. AN INCALCULABLY RARE VERTICAL STRIP OF 75L5 USED ON A COVER FROM HALE & COMPANY'S NORWICH OFFICE -- A REMARKABLE AND ALMOST CERTAINLY UNIQUE COMBINATION OF PHILATELIC AND POSTAL HISTORY ELEMENTS.

The strip on this cover comes from the Second State of the plate, after the "13 Court St." address was removed, but before the plate was damaged. Although the strip comes from Positions 1/6/11, where the damage occurred, it shows none of the bruising or Position 1 defect, and, therefore, it must be an early printing from the Second State plate.

We can point to five significant components of rarity present in this cover: 1) it bears a strip of three, which is rare; 2) it is a vertical strip of three, which is an even rarer configuration for a Hale multiple, and it comes from the corner of the sheet; 3) it is a strip from the Second State plate, showing the undamaged subjects in Positions 1/6/11; 4) the stamps have the "N" initial (Norwich), which is a very rare form of overprint, presumably for control purposes (it is not a precancel, as it is sometimes called, because the initialed stamps are always cancelled); and 5) the cover has the scarce and distinctive Norwich office handstamp.

Illustrated in Gutman Hale book (color Figure 63 and page 86). Ex Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $3,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
113 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Light Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Positions 17-19, horizontal strip of three, left stamp "Wail" instead of "Wall" variety, used with fourth stamp, Position 9, strip shows mechanical die-cutting but the stamps are unsevered, tied by multiple strikes of red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Courier & Enquirer Building, New York" oval handstamp on folded cover to Boston street address with sender's notation "4 Sheets" (proof that Hale rated letters per sheet at least some of the time), docketed with Jan. 18, 1845 origin date, vertical file fold thru one stamp, a few small sealed tears in strip at joining points, still Fine, a remarkable quadruple-rate cover, the characteristics of this strip and the manner in which it was created are suggestive of private vending machine coils that were created nearly 70 years later, illustrated in Gutman Hale book (page 281), ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
114 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Positions 1-2, horizontal pair from Third State of plate with plate damage on Position 1, beautiful bright shade, rectangular margins, large to just touched, tied by two strikes of vivid red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Courier & Enquirer Building, New York" oval handstamp on blue Apr. 18, 1845 folded letter to Philadelphia, Very Fine, a lovely double-rate cover, the 75L5 stamps were usually cut into singles, rare as a pair, ex Emerson (realized $59 in the 1939 sale!), Knapp and Kuphal, with 1974 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $750.00
Will close during Public Auction
115 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Four singles -- from left to right, Positions 4, 15, 14, 8 -- each with square margins, large to slightly in, manuscript cancels in a different shape on each stamp (we tried unsuccessfully to match them to shorthand), used on Oct. 17, 1844 legal-size folded letter to New Haven Conn., originally enclosed real estate documents, vertical file folds thru two stamps, small tear at bottom, still Very Fine, an extremely rare quadruple-rate franking to Connecticut, illustrated in Gutman Hale book (page 282), ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
116 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Second State of plate, full to large margins, brilliant color, tied by red "Forwarded through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office -- Boston" framed handstamp with "13 Court St." deleted on June 1, 1844 folded letter to New York City, clearly dated with "May" crossed out and corrected to "June", docketing confirms origin date, Extremely Fine, early use of Hale's second issue with the old 13 Court Street address deleted from the plate (a May 20 letter from the same correspondence knocked this cover from its EDU position), illustrated in Gutman Hale book (page 141), with 2003 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction
117 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Light Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Square margins, mostly ample but just slightly in at bottom, tied by red "Forwarded through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office -- Boston" framed handstamp with "13 Court St." deleted on July 1, 1844 part-printed folded bill of lading to New York City, Very Fine, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 150-200

SOLD for $90.00
Will close during Public Auction
118 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Light Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Square margins, ample to slightly in, bright pastel shade, tied by one of two strikes of red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Boston" oval handstamp on Apr. 9, 1845 blue folded letter to New York City, pencil "Hale Express" contemporary directive, lightly soiled file fold, Very Fine, ex Knapp and Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 150-200

SOLD for $80.00
Will close during Public Auction
119 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Deep Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Position 17 "Wail" instead of "Wall" variety, two large margins, others slightly in, tied by "Forwarded through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office -- Boston" framed handstamp with "13 Court St." deleted, "Hale & Co.'s Mail, Boston, Office 23 State Street" oval handstamp on Sep. 24, 1844 folded letter to New York City street address, Very Fine, ex Emerson, Knapp and Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $100.00
Will close during Public Auction
120 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Light Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Square margins, mostly large, slightly in at bottom with small scissors-cut, tied by "Hale & Co.'s Mail, Boston, Office 23 State Street" oval handstamp, second strike at left on Oct. 12, 1844 folded letter from Boston to New York City, sender's directive "pr. Hale", stamp very faintly toned, Very Fine, ex Knapp and Middendorf (Image)

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E. $ 150-200

SOLD for $90.00
Will close during Public Auction
121 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Square margins including left sheet margin, other sides ample to slightly in, cancelled by Collect box handstamp, "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Boston" oval handstamp on Aug. 15, 1844 folded letter and part-printed bill of lading from Boston to New York City, Very Fine (Image)

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E. $ 150-200

SOLD for $90.00
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122 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Enormous margins including sheet margin at bottom, cancelled by red "Forwarded through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office -- Boston" framed handstamp with "13 Court St." deleted on July 13, 1844 folded letter from Boston to New York City, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction

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