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

Hale & Company: Street Address Omitted, Covers, cont. (75L5) continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
146 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Neatly cut to shape, magenta manuscript "T" initial applied by Northampton agent A. W. Thayer, cancelled by manuscript "C" on Aug. 27, 1844 folded letter from Northampton to Boston, perfect strike of red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Northampton" oval handstamp, file fold thru stamp, otherwise Very Fine, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 150-200

SOLD for $180.00
Will close during Public Auction
147 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Second State Position 20, neatly cut to shape, rich color, manuscript "P" initial cancel, red "Forwarded by Hale & Co., No. 5 Exchange, Pittsfield, Mass." oval handstamp on Jul. 30, 1844 folded letter from Pittsfield to Boston, usual under-inked strike but very sharp and readable, faint toning

VERY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED COVERS WITH HALE & COMPANY'S PITTSFIELD OFFICE HANDSTAMP, TWO OF WHICH BEAR STAMPS (BOTH 75L5).

Six Hale & Co. covers from Pittsfield are recorded by Gutman, of which only three have the Hale & Co. Pittsfield oval. The cover offered here and one other (Jul. 30, 1844) are stamped, each with 75L5. The third cover with the oval handstamp is stampless (Jul. 29, 1844, ex Hall, Siegel Sale 830, lot 332).

Accompanying this cover is an original newspaper clipping from the Jul. 25, 1844, edition of the Berkshire County Whig, with an advertisement placed by E. P. Little, Hale's agent and owner of a local bookstore.

Illustrated in Gutman Hale book (page 203). Ex Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
148 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Two, different shades and different manuscript "Salem" control markings, left stamp from Position 6 Third State with plate damage at left, right stamp from Position 16 Second State (undamaged plate), each cut to shape and tied by faint strikes of red Collect box handstamp, left stamp also tied by brownish "Hale & Co.'s Mail/Paid at Boston" two-line framed handstamp on folded cover to New York City, Goodhue correspondence with name crossed out, docketing indicates Nov. 30, 1844 origin date, file folds, one barely affects left stamp, Fine, a remarkable and very rare cover that dramatically demonstrates the "Salem" marking was applied to sheets before use -- in this case, by two different persons to two different sheets from two different printings made from two different states of the plate (!) -- Gutman records fewer than ten covers with the "Salem" control marking (on both 75L2 and 75L5), illustrated in his Hale book (color Figure 205 and page 210) and Independent Mails book, ex Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
149 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Two, each neatly cut to shape, both stamps have manuscript "Salem" control marking, "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Salem" oval handstamp applied at origin and stamps tied by "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Boston" oval handstamp applied en route on folded cover to New York City, docketed with Aug. 14, 1844 origin date, Goodhue correspondence with addressee's last name crossed out in pen causing some ink erosion, stained file fold thru one stamp, still Fine and extremely rare, Gutman records fewer than ten covers with the "Salem" control marking (on both 75L2 and 75L5), ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $450.00
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150 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Second State Position 4 with top sheet margin, other sides touching to slightly in, red manuscript "S" initial control marking applied at Salem Mass. before use, cancelled by red "Forwarded through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office -- Boston" framed handstamp with "13 Court St." deleted, used on Jun. 29 folded letter to Boston, faint pencil note "Hale & Co. 23 State St. Mail for Salem closes at 4-1/2 pm", file fold, Very Fine, ex Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $170.00
Will close during Public Auction
151 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Square margins, mostly large including right sheet margin, slightly in at top, bright shade, manuscript "CR" initials control marking (Connecticut River), cancelled by manuscript "X", clear red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Springfield" oval handstamp on folded cover to New York City, docketed with Jul. 22, 1844 origin date, file fold, Very Fine and extremely scarce, ex Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $350.00
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152 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Square margins, ample to large except barely in at bottom, manuscript "W" Worcester control initial, used on Apr. 9, 1845 folded letter to Boston street address, red "Hale & Co's Mail Worcester" oval handstamp, manuscript "Paid" confirms use of stamp, Very Fine, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $160.00
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153 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Neatly cut to shape, cancelled by small crossed pen strokes, used on folded letter datelined Sep. 5, 1844, at Portland Me. and addressed to Boston, small red "PAID." handstamp at upper right and manuscript "2c" for local delivery charge, docketed with wrong letter date "15" instead of Sep. 5, lightly soiled file fold, extraneous ink spots, Very Fine, scarce Portland origin, the source of the "Paid" handstamp is uncertain (possibly a Penny Post marking applied at Boston), ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $350.00
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154 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Square margins, huge on two sides showing parts of adjoining stamps, barely in on other sides, precancelled with crossed ruled lines, tied by pencil on Aug. 14, 1844 folded letter from Frankfort Me. to New York City, sender's "(Paid) 6" notation, conjunctive service with Jerome & Company, clear strike of "Jerome & Co.'s, Express, No. 8 Court St. Boston" in wavy-line frame handstamp in black, overstruck by red "Forwarded by Hale & Co.'s Great Eastern Mail" oval handstamp -- Hale evidently struck out the Jerome marking on letters it received, presumably to downplay the other firm's involvement -- horizontal file fold clear of stamp, Very Fine, Jerome & Co. carried this from Frankfort to Boston, then handed it over to Hale & Co. for the second leg from Boston to New York City, rare use of the precancelled Hale stamp on a conjunctive service cover, Gutman records five Hale covers originating in Frankfort (four with Jerome handstamps), this is the earliest, illustrated in Gutman Hale book (page 109), ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
155 c ImageForwarded by Hale & Co. from New London. Small red oval handstamp, under-inked strike with matching Collect box on Nov. 4, 1844 folded letter to Frankfort Me., conjunctive service with "Jerome & Co.'s Express, No. 8 Court St., Boston" framed handstamp, Very Fine, extremely rare example of the New London office handstamp (Gutman records 10 examples) and the only recorded conjunctive use from this office, Hale carried the letter to Boston, and Jerome carried it to Frankfort, illstrated in Gutman Hale book (page 84), ex Hall (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $375.00
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156 c ImageForwarded by Hale & Co. from Providence. Red oval handstamp clearly struck on undated folded cover to Albany N.Y., delivered by Pomeroy's Letter Express with its Albany office red "POMEROY'S MAIL" straightline handstamp clearly struck, no rates indicated, faint pencil street address added for delivery, Very Fine, an interesting conjunctive usage, Pomeroy evidently delivered mail in Albany for the other Independent Mail companies, an example of similar conjunctive service with American Letter Mail Co. is offered in lot 18, illustrated in Gutman Hale book (page 322), ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction

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