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

American Letter Mail Company: Small Eagle Issue continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
12 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Large to huge margins, tied by manuscript "X" cancel, red "Forwarded by American Mail Co. from No. 101 Chestnut St. Philada. Oct. 14" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Philadelphia, handstamped on arrival, 1844 docketing, file fold, Very Fine, ex Hall, with 2003 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $225.00
Will close during Public Auction
13 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Large margins, cancelled by red "Paid" handstamp and manuscript line, red "Forwarded by American Mail Co. from No. 101 Chestnut Steet, Philadelphia" circular handstamp on folded cover from New York City to Philadelphia, handstamped on arrival, docketed with Aug. 8, 1844 origin date, file folds, half-inch tear at top center sealed with hinge, still Very Fine, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $110.00
Will close during Public Auction
14 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Large margins, bright paper, cancelled by manuscript "C", red "Forwarded by American Mail Co. from No. 109 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia" circular handstamp on Aug. 24, 1844 folded letter to New Haven, Conn., light file folds, Extremely Fine, very scarce use of Small Eagle on a cover to Connecticut, ALMCo. maintained offices in six towns including New Haven, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $225.00
Will close during Public Auction
15 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., 5c Black, Thick Paper (5L1). First printing, full to large margins, usual gum stains, creased by file fold, red brush-stroke cancel, used on January 26, 1844, folded cover from Baltimore to New York City, pencil "91 John" street address for delivery, receipt docketing confirms departure and arrival dates, an exhibitable and rare cover, American Letter Mail service started north from Baltimore on January 25, 1844, and this is the earliest of five recorded covers from Baltimore (Bowman census, Independent Mails book, this cover illustrated), ex Kelly (illustrated in his CCP series, Vol. 50, No. 2, p. 90), also ex Golden (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction
16 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., 5c Black, Thick Paper (5L1). First printing, three large margins, touched at right, usual gum toning, tied by vivid red Field of Stars cancel on March 4, 1844 folded letter from Baltimore to New York City, clearly datelined "Baltimore March 4, 1844", blue manuscript docketing touches stamp, file fold, still Fine and rare, only five American Letter Mail covers from Baltimore are recorded (Bowman census, Independent Mails book), the stamp on this cover was cancelled by the red Field of Stars cancel on arrival in New York, ex Golden (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
17 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Ample margins to clear at top left, uncancelled, clear strike of "FORWARDED BY/AMERICAN MAIL CO./GARDINER, ME." three-line handstamp on lengthy Aug. 6, 1844 folded letter from Phineas Pratt in Gardiner Me. to Moses Emery in Saco Me., manuscript pencil "2" for local delivery, central file fold does not touch the adhesive or handstamp

VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY SMALL EAGLE ISSUE ON COVER WITH THE RARE GARDINER, MAINE, HANDSTAMP.

There are three recorded examples of the rare American Letter Mail Co. Gardiner handstamp used with an adhesive stamp (all 5L1 Small Eagle), as follows in order of date: 1) July 26, 1844, from A. N. Gardiner to George Burgiss in Hartford Conn., Siegel Sale 1101, lot 560; 2) Aug. 6, 1844, from Phineas Pratt in Gardiner Me. to Moses Emery in Saco Me., the cover offered here; 3) Aug. 25, 1844 from Gardiner to Adam Crosby in Belfast Me.

We also record a stampless cover with the Gardiner handstamp, dated Aug. 20, 1844, ex Hahn (Siegel Sale 950, lot 2578). The cover offered here was found among the papers of the recipient, Saco Me. attorney Moses Emery. Phineas Pratt and Emery were business associates involved in lumbering, logging and land speculation. Allegedly they suffered severe losses attempting to sell shingles and lumber in San Francisco during the gold rush.

Ex Stimmell. With 2015 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
18 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Large margins, cancelled by red "Paid" handstamp (impression ties thru paper), used on folded letter datelined Philadelphia, July 18, 1844, to Albany N.Y., red "Forwarded by Pomeroy & Cos. Express from Albany" circular handstamp, slight diagonal wrinkles in lettersheet, Very Fine, the only recorded example of an American Letter Mail Co. cover handstamped by Pomeroy & Co. for delivery in Albany, ALMCo. advertised that it had an office in Albany, so it is unclear why Pomeroy would have been involved in delivering this letter, (see also lot 156), ex Peltz and Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
19 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Horizontal pair, full to large margins, tied by one of two strikes of large "PAID" handstamp of Pomeroy's Letter Express, repeated at right, both strikes in a dirty red ink, used in combination with Letter Express (Wells), 10c Black on Pink Glazed, Horizontal Bisect Used as 5c (96L3a), bottom half of stamp with part of design cut into, tied across the cut by manuscript "\" on folded cover to Detroit Mich., of unknown origin (possibly Philadelphia) with pencil docketing "Sept 14th, 1844", the pair has minor gum toning and the bisect is slightly oxidized (as are most examples of this rare stamp), a few period-ink splatters at left

THE ONLY RECORDED CONJUNCTIVE USE OF AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY STAMPS AND A WELLS' LETTER EXPRESS BISECT.

The pair of American Letter Mail Co. 5c Small Eagle stamps pays the 10c rate to Detroit. ALMCo.'s agent turned the letter over to Pomeroy or Wells in Albany. The Letter Express 10c Black on Pink bisected stamp (worth 5c) represents half of the original postage paid to ALMCo., and it was probably applied as an accounting device to credit Letter Express for money received from ALMCo. The two red "Paid" handstamps (Pomeroy's device) were applied in Albany.

Illustrated in Independent Mails book. Signed by Costales and with a copy of letter from Richard Schwartz (Feb. 9, 1996), describing this as one of three known combinations of American Letter Mail Co. and Letter Express stamps. With 1996 P.F. certificate. Ex Kuphal (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $9,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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