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

American Letter Mail Company: Large Eagle Issue
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
20 P ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., Large Eagle Vignette Proof and Collateral (related to 5L2). Black proof impression of Large Eagle vignette on card, accompanied by Hartford Exchange Bank $2.00 note signed and dated 1859 with same vignette and imprint of W. L. Ormsby, New York, orange security design and Ormsby imprint on back, Very Fine, the perfect pair for exhibition, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $225.00
Will close during Public Auction
21   ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Two, one with ample margins to cut in at bottom, manuscript cancelled "J. Gray Agent", other with large margins, very ornate blue manuscript "TBS" initials and black pen line cancel, corner crease, Fine-Very Fine appearance, Large Eagle stamps with agents' names or initials are very scarce, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
22 ogbl ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Block of twelve, Positions 5-8/9-12/13-16, small part original gum, mostly full to large margins, just barely in at bottom left, vertical and horizontal creases are hardly noticeable, a few toned spots

VERY FINE. THE LARGEST RECORDED BLOCK OF THE AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY LARGE EAGLE STAMP -- FIVE BLOCKS AND A STRIP OF FOUR ARE THE ONLY KNOWN MULTIPLES. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEMS IN THE FIELD OF INDEPENDENT MAILS.

The Large Eagle stamp, issued in Blue and Black, was probably printed soon after Lysander Spooner left American Letter Mail Company in July 1844. It is reasonably scarce on cover, and multiples in any form are very rare. We record the following five blocks and one strip of four:

1) Pos. 5-8/9-12/13-16, block of twelve, part original gum, ex Worthington, Needham, Hollowbush, Golden and Gordon N. John, the block offered here

2) Pos. 1-2/5-6, original gum, part of rejoined block of eight with No. 3 in this list, lot 23 in this sale

3) Pos. 3-4/7-8, original gum, part of rejoined block of eight with No. 2 in this list, lot 23 in this sale

4) Pos. 1-2/5-6 and pair Pos. 9-10, rejoined block of six, lot 24 in this sale

5) Pos. 15-16/19-20, ex Lilly, Schwartz, Gordon N. John

6) Pos. 8/12/16/20, vertical strip of four with "ESS" watermark, ex Hall, lot 25 in this sale

Ex Worthington, Needham (exhibited at The Collectors Club, Feb. 18, 1925, reported in CCP Apr. 1925), Golden and Gordon N. John. With 2004 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 10,000-15,000

SOLD for $6,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
23 ogbl ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Positions 1-4/5-8 in two blocks of four rejoined at center, original gum, large margins, extraordinarily fresh, sharp impression, couple slight natural production creases at left and slight diagonal bend ending in a small crease at right, these trivial flaws are practically invisible without very close examination

EXTREMELY FINE. TWO OF THE FIVE RECORDED BLOCKS OF FOUR OF THE AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY LARGE EAGLE ISSUE, FORMING A REMARKABLE BLOCK OF EIGHT AS ORIGINALLY PRINTED.

Unlike the Small Eagle stamp, there were no unused Large Eagle stamps among the remainders in Lysander Spooner's estate. The two blocks that have been reunited in this multiple of eight represent 40% of the surviving blocks. We record a block of 12 (largest known multiple, see lot 22), four blocks of 4 (two in this lot and one in a rejoined block of six offered in lot 24) and a vertical strip of 4 (see lot 25).

Ex Schwartz. (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
24 ogbl ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Positions 1-2/5-6, top left corner margin block of four with horizontal pair (Positions 9-10) that came from the same original sheet, now rejoined with hinges, original gum, block has large margins all around including top left sheet margins, pair has large margins to slightly in and sheet margin at left

FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE. THE FINEST OF FIVE RECORDED BLOCKS OF THE AMERICAN LETTER MAIL LARGE EAGLE ISSUE.

Unlike the Small Eagle stamp, there were no unused Large Eagle stamps among the remainders in Lysander Spooner's estate. We record a block of 12 (largest known multiple, see lot 22), four blocks of 4 (the block offered here and two in rejoined block of eight offered in lot 23) and a vertical strip of 4 (see lot 25).This corner-margin block in sound original-gum condition is the finest of the five blocks. It was reunited with the pair from Positions 9-10 after the Hall sale.

Ex Hall. Block with 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
25 og ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Positions 8/12/16/20, vertical strip of four with full bottom right corner sheet margins, original gum (hinged at top and bottom only, the pair at center is Mint N.H.), large margins all around, "ESS" portion of watermark in Position 12 (second stamp from top), faint crease between top two stamps

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED UNUSED MULTIPLES (ALL WITH ORIGINAL GUM) OF THE AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY LARGE EAGLE ISSUE. THIS IS ONE OF TWO KNOWN AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY STAMPS WITH THE PAPER MILL'S WATERMARK.

Unlike the Small Eagle stamp, there were no unused Large Eagle stamps among the remainders in Lysander Spooner's estate. We record a block of 12 (largest known multiple, see lot 22), four blocks of 4 (see lots 23 and 24) and this vertical strip of 4. This strip and one recorded single are the only examples of the paper mill's watermark.

Ex Caspary, Lilly and Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
26 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Positions 14-16, horizontal strip of three, mostly large margins, in at right, each stamp cancelled by clear strike of red "Paid" handstamp, matching "American Letter Mail Company, Office, No. 12 State Street, Boston" oval handstamp on folded letter datelined "pr Amn. Letter mail Cy. New York, 5th Novr. 1844" to Boston, handstamped on arrival, neatly docketed, horizontal fold thru strip has been carefully pressed out and is now virtually invisible

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED USED MULTIPLE OF THE AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY LARGE EAGLE ISSUE ON OR OFF COVER. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING ARTIFACTS OF THE INDEPENDENT MAIL ERA.

Used pairs of the Large Eagle issue are extremely rare, and the only used multiple larger than a pair is this strip of three. It is also one of the few triple-rate Large Eagle covers extant.

Ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $5,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
27 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Vertical pair, ample margins to just touching, one stamp cancelled "#" in manuscript, used on printed notice dated Jan. 1, 1845 from Boston to Howland & Aspinwall in New York City, red "Forwarded by American Letter Mail Company, Office, 56 Wall St., N.Y." handstamp, Very Fine, the double rate was probably due to heavy contents mailed with this printed notice, ex Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
28 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Two, ample to large margins, cancelled by pen lines, used on blue folded cover to New York City, additional street address for delivery, docketing indicates origin at Philadelphia on Feb. 14, 1845, vertical file fold thru one stamp, otherwise Fine, scarce double-rate use, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
29 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Position 10, three large margins, ample at bottom, cancelled by bold bluish-black manuscript "Boston" on Dec. 19, 1844 blue folded letter to New York City, red "Forwarded by the American Letter Mail Company, Office, 56 Wall St., N.Y." oval handstamp applied on arrival, light fold passes under bottom of stamp, faint toned spot on stamp is barely detectable but noted on certificate, still Very Fine, this is the only recorded example of the manuscript "Boston" cancel on an American Letter Mail Co. cover, ex Frajola, with 2000 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
30 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Full to large margins, cancelled by manuscript "C", used on Aug. 26, 1844 folded letter from Philadelphia to Boston, red "Forwarded by American Mail Co. from No. 109 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia" circle and "American Letter Mail Company, Office, No. 12 State Street, Boston" oval handstamps applied at origin and on arrival, pencil "2 cts" for delivery to street address, file fold, Extremely Fine, a perfect Large Eagle cover with markings of sending and receiving offices, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction

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