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

Pomeroys Letter Express
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
256   ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, John E. Gavit and Engraving Collateral. Three interesting items: autograph letter signed John E. Gavit, engraver of the Pomeroy stamp, the Albany postmaster's provisional essay and others, dated Aug. 9, 1835; large sheet with Gavit advertisement showing engraved calling cards of presidents and address at 4 Exchange Building, Albany; and a second smaller advertising leaf with beautiful engraving including female figure used on the Pomeroy stamp, minor faults, but all highly exhibitable and ideal for a specialized collection (Image)

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E. $ 150-200

SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
257 og ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Greenish Yellow Surface-Colored Paper (117L1). Two strips of three rejoined to form the original block of six, Positions 5-7 and 9-11 on the plate of 40, large margins to full at left, bright color, few flaws including bottom strip with horizontal crease which causes a couple small paper breaks, top left stamp tiny thin spot

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULAR RARITY OF INDEPENDENT MAILS AND CLASSIC UNITED STATES PHILATELY. THIS RECONSTRUCTED BLOCK OF SIX CONTAINS THE LARGEST RECORDED UNUSED MULTIPLES OF THE POMEROY'S LETTER EXPRESS 1844 5-CENT BLACK ON GREENISH YELLOW.

Prior to the sale of this block in our recent Sale 1101 (Stimmell collection), in all of our auctions dating back to 1993 and Rarities sales since 1964, we had not offered even a single unused example of the Pomeroy 5c on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper (117L1). Unlike the common unused stamps on thick wove and thin bond, which are remainders, there were no supplies of this first issue left to collectors.

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

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E. $ 4,000-5,000

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
258 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper (117L1). Large to huge margins, proof-like impression on brilliant colored paper, cancelled by perfect strike of red "Cd.", impression ties thru paper on July 3, 1844 folded letter from Buffalo to New York City street address, red "Boyd's City Express Post, July 5 9 O'C" framed datestamp, letter states "Pomeroy & Co. are carrying letters now between here & N.Y. for 6c each or 20 stamps for a dollar. It reduces the expense."

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE EARLIEST COVERS SHOWING GENUINE USE OF POMEROY'S LETTER EXPRESS STAMP AND WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST POMEROY COVERS WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED -- PERFECTION..

It appears that Pomeroy's Letter Express introduced stamps immediately upon announcing service on June 26, 1844. The earliest recorded cover is datelined Albany, June 27, 1844 (ex Hollowbush, John A. Fox sale, Jan. 4-5, 1966, lot 1407, illustrated in Independent Mails book), followed by covers dated June 28, July 1 and 3. This July 3rd cover is a first-week use of the new stamps.

Ex Emerson and Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
259 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper (117L1). Full to large margins, beautiful bright shade, tied by smear from red "Cd." cancel, matching "POMEROY'S MAIL" straightline (associated with Albany office) on Jul. 20, 1844 folded letter from Buffalo to New York City street address, Extremely Fine, a superb example of Pomeroy's stamp and the scarce straightline handstamp, one of the finest Pomeroy covers we have encountered, illustrated in Independent Mails book, ex Steinmetz and Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
260 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper (117L1). Large even margins, cancelled by red "Cd." handstamp, bold red "Boyd's City Express Post, Aug. 8 9 O'C" framed datestamp on folded letter in blue manuscript datelined "Whitehall Aug. 5, 1844" to New York City street address, Extremely Fine, desirable example of Pomeroy and Boyd conjunctive service, ex Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
261 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper (117L1). Ample to huge margins, cancelled by red "Cd." handstamp (impression ties thru paper), matching red "POMEROY & CO.'S/EXPRESS" two-line handstamp with parts of circle at sides (probably applied at New York City office) on Jul. 18, 1844 folded letter from Buffalo to New York City, Dwight Johnson correspondence, Very Fine, ex Worthington, Stephen D. Brown, Petri and Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
262 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper (117L1). Position 18L, full to large margins, cancelled by red "Cd." handstamp (impression ties thru paper), matching "POMEROY'S/MAIL" two-line handstamp with "Pomeroy" arched (probably applied at Albany) on Aug. 16,1844 folded letter from Albany to Syracuse N.Y., some wear along folds, otherwise Very Fine, illustrated in Independent Mails book, Sloane's notes on back (including plating), ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
263 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper (117L1). Full to large margins, cancelled by red "Cd." handstamp (impression ties thru paper) on Aug. 6, 1844 blue folded letter from Albany N.Y. to New York City street address, Very Fine, ex C. E. Chapman (handstamp) and Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
264 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper (117L1). Ample to large margins, slight oxidation, tied by manuscript "C" cancel applied by Rochester agent, Daniel Hoyt (operator of Hoyt's Letter Express, see lot 202), on folded letter to Albany datelined Rochester, Aug. 7, 1844, Very Fine, ex Knapp and Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $650.00
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265 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper (117L1). Large even margins, gorgeous shade, manuscript "Rome" cancel, used on folded cover with Rome Jul. 18, 1844 dateline still intact, one interior panel removed, file folds, Very Fine, the only recorded Rome N.Y. cancellation on a Pomeroy's stamp, from the Albany Comptroller correspondence, ex Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $225.00
Will close during Public Auction
266 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, (5c) Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper, Value Incomplete (117L2). Position 5R, large to huge margins, manuscript "WCS" cancel, used on folded letter datelined "Penn Yan Augst. 9, 1844" to New York City, sender's notation "Express" and "Contract", partly readable brownish red "Pomeroy & Co.'s Express" handstamp with parts of circle at sides and matching "Paid" straightline handstamp (both probably applied on arrival in New York City), bold red "Boyd's City Express Post, Aug. 12 9 O'C" framed datestamp, stamp has tiny pinpoints in surface

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE 21 RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE EXTREMELY RARE POMEROY FIRST ISSUE WITH BLANK VALUE TABLET.

This stamp comes from one of the positions on the plate with the value "20 for $1" incomplete ("$1" removed). This state of the plate was used only for printing stamps in Black on Yellow paper. The Independent Mails book reports 21 covers with the Value Incomplete stamp in the Pomeroy census.

Sloane's notes on back (including plate position). Ex Golden. With 2000 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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