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

Pomeroys Letter Express continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
267 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, (5c) Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper, Value Incomplete (117L2). Position 12R, ample to large margins, cancelled by "Cd.", manuscript "Paid P&Co." next to stamp, used on Aug. 14, 1844 folded letter from Geneva N.Y. to New York City street address, red "Boyd's City Express Post, Aug. 16 9 O'C" framed datestamp, file folds, one passes under stamp but does not affect it (according to certificate -- it is either a stationery fold or the stamp popped up and was not creased)

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.

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

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
268 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, (5c) Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper, Value Incomplete (117L2). Large to huge margins, beautiful bright Lemon Yellow shade, cancelled by perfectly clear red "Cd." (impression ties thru paper) on Jul. 10, 1844 folded letter from New York City to chief clerk of the New York State Bank Department at Albany, stamp has trivial pre-use corner crease at bottom right

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. 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.

Ex Gordon N. John and Geisler. With 2009 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

CLOSED
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269 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, (5c) Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper, Value Incomplete (117L2). Full to large margins, slight traces of oxidation, cancelled by clear red "Cd." (impression ties thru paper) with second strike at right on Aug. 7, 1844 folded letter from Utica N.Y. to New York City street address, stamp has minor pre-use corner crease at bottom right, Very Fine appearance, 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, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

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270 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper (117L1). Ample to large margins, conjunctive use and mixed franking with Hale & Company 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5), Second State Position 1, full to large margins including top left corner sheet margins, both stamps affixed at origin on folded cover (undated and no origin, probably August 1844) to Newburyport Mass., addressed to William T. Marona, in care of Reverend Luther F. Dimmick (Third Religious Society of Newburyport), notation on one panel "Father", red "POMEROY'S MAIL" straightline handstamp (associated with the Albany office), red "Forwarded by Hale & Co from Albany" oval handstamp, Hale stamp cancelled by manuscript "X" and both stamps tied by three strikes of red "Forwarded through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office -- Boston" framed handstamp with "13 Court St." deleted, transported from Boston to Newburyport through H. T. Crofoot's Newburyport Letter Office with partly clear strike of blue "H. T. Crofoot's Newburyport Letter Office" oval handstamp tying Pomeroy's stamp along left margin, slight wear along vertical file fold, Pomeroy stamp has tiny part of bottom left corner scuffed and minute tear in bottom margin (utterly trivial flaws mentioned only for complete accuracy)

EXTREMELY FINE. AN IMPORTANT AND TRULY SPECTACULAR MIXED-FRANKING INDEPENDENT MAIL COVER CARRIED BY THREE DIFFERENT COMPANIES AND STAMPED AT THE ORIGIN POINT WITH POMEROY'S LETTER EXPRESS AND HALE & COMPANY ADHESIVES.

Just as the triple mixed franking on the cover offered in lot 210 demonstrates the cooperation among Independent Mail companies, this cover is a visually striking display of service provided by three different firms involved in transporting mail from western New York to the small New England coastal town of Newburyport, Massachusetts. However, there is a significant aspect to the mixed franking on this cover, which sets it apart from all others. In this case, both companies' adhesive stamps were affixed at the point of origin to prepay the Pomeroy and Hale rates. On other covers, the secondary frankings were applied by one Independent Mail company to credit the next with its share of the original postage, thus a 15c prepayment will have a 10c credit in stamps, and so on. The cover offered here is a true 5c plus 5c mixed franking, which paid for all of the postage, and the positions of the stamps -- Pomeroy to the left toward center and Hale to the right at the edge -- leave no doubt they were affixed at the original point of mailing, not in succession. We know of no other Independent Mail cover that has a mixed franking of this kind: two different companies' stamps paying separate rates and applied at origin.

Our search for information about the location of the sender was unsuccessful. However, the "Father" notation suggests that the sender might have been a resident of Newburyport, which would explain why he had a supply of Hale's stamps to use on letters from western New York.

Regardless of the point of origin, it was carried by Pomeroy's Letter Express to Albany, where it was handed over to Hale & Co. for the eastbound trip to Boston and from there to Newburyport. Hosea T. Crofoot, a bookbinder and expressman, had an agreement with Hale to carry mail between Boston and Newburyport, and presumably he was paid for his services out of the postage Hale received. The earliest Crofoot cover recorded by William Sammis (Independent Mails book) is dated August 10, 1844, and shows conjunctive service with Hale & Co.

Illustrated in the Gutman Hale book (color Figure 189A and page 197) and the Independent Mails book. Ex Perry and Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 15,000-20,000

SOLD for $23,000.00
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271 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow Surface-Colored Paper (117L1). Large margins, slight surface oxidation, cancelled by red "Cd." handstamp (impression ties thru paper) on undated folded survey of Wisconsin school system (name, date, number of teachers, superintendent, etc.) to Philadelphia, conjunctive service with American Letter Mail Co., partly clear red "Forwarded by American Mail Company from No. 109 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia" circular handstamp on back, street address added for local delivery, notation on inside indicates this originated in Racine Wis. but that cannot be confirmed, if so it was carried by Wells' Letter Express to Buffalo and then given to Pomeroy for transport to New York City, from there it was carried by American Letter Mail Co. to Philadelphia (no indication of how ALMCo. was paid), minor splits along folds, Very Fine, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

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272   ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, 5c 1844 Issue (117L2A, 117L2B, 117L2C, 117L3-117L9 and varieties). 29 stamps on an exhibit page with every stamp identified by paper and color, some duplicates to show the face and back of the stamp, this is the classification system created by Scott Trepel which is the basis of the Scott listings (The Penny Post, January 2004), includes the rare Black on Buff thick wove paper (117L2A) which is considered by some to be an actual plate proof impression, 6 stamps on pelure (Blue, Black and Chocolate Brown, 2 of each to show pelure on back, all unused), 11 on thin handmade bond including Blue (2, unused and used), Black (2, unused and used), Lake (2 used), Orange Red (2, unused and used), Chocolate Brown (2, unissued) and an unlisted but evidently genuine Bright Yellow (the only recorded example), also 5 on yellow paper and 6 on medium fibrous paper which are unissued remainders or reprints (all very common), mostly large margins, some minor faults, overall a Very Fine group of stamps that would be very difficult to reassemble, illustrated in the Independent Mails book, Scott Retail for the items listed with prices is $2,645.00, but that does not include 117L2A, any of the stamps on pelure paper or the unlisted Bright Yellow (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $4,000.00
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273 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Thin Bond (117L4). Horizontal pair, huge margins all around, each stamp cancelled by red "Paid" handstamp, tied by impression 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 Aug. 17, 1844 blue folded letter from New York City to Buffalo N.Y., refolded slightly at right

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FEW POMEROY COVERS KNOWN WITH A MULTIPLE OF ANY SIZE. A SUPERB COVER.

The cover offered here travelled from New York City north to Albany, then west to Buffalo via Utica, Syracuse and Rochester. This "Pomeroy's Express" marking -- cut down from its earlier circular version -- is found only on covers to and from New York City. The "Paid" cancel is found on covers originating from or passing through the Albany office.

The largest multiple of any Pomeroy's Letter Express issue on cover is a strip of four of the Black 117L4 printing. We record one other cover with a pair of this printing.

Illustrated in Independent Mails book. Ex Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate stating "genuine usage" (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $6,000.00
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274 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Thin Bond (117L4). Pen-cancelled, completely covered by Boyd's City Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (20L1), large margins, natural printing crease toward top (not noted on certificate), cancelled by red "Free" handstamp on folded letter datelined Lake Champlain, Aug. 24, 1844, to New York City street address, red "Boyd's City Express Post, Aug. 27 3 O'C." framed datestamp, file folds clear of stamps

EXTREMELY FINE. A UNIQUE AND INTRIGUING COVER, SHOWING THE APPLICATION OF BOYD'S LARGE EAGLE & GLOBE FIRST ISSUE STAMP TO CONCEAL THE POMEROY LETTER EXPRESS STAMP ON AN INDEPENDENT MAIL COVER SENT FROM LAKE CHAMPLAIN IN AUGUST 1844.

Yielding to pressure from the government, Pomeroy announced the suspension of its letter-carrying business in early August 1844. However, dated covers prove that Pomeroy continued to carry mail through September. This cover, originating at Lake Champlain on August 24, 1844, was franked with Pomeroy's 5c Black stamp and handed over to Boyd's for delivery within New York City. Boyd's fee was prepaid by the 20L1 stamp, which was carefully affixed over the Pomeroy adhesive, covering the entire stamp. The absence of any "Collect" notation or the "Paid/J.T.B." marking used in this period confirms the prepayment of Pomeroy's and Boyd's charges by stamps. Looking at this cover and considering the circumstances in which it was carried, one is drawn to conclude that the concealment of Pomeroy's involvement was a deliberate attempt on Boyd's part to avoid any problems with the post office.

John R. Boker Jr. made reference to this cover in his presentation to members of The Royal Philatelic Society on March 18, 1965: "This cover, reported in the philatelic Press in the 1870's, 'disappeared' for many years and was acquired by me about twenty years ago from a collection that had long lain dormant. Boyd had an agreement for delivery within the city of New York of letters brought to their office from upstate New York by Pomeroy. It is possible that Boyd had several motives in making his stamp 'large' and that an obligation was raised." (London Philatelist, Vol. 75, No. 881). The 1870s report to which Mr. Boker refers is an account of the first stamp auction in England, held by Sotheby's on March 18, 1872. The highest price in the sale, 155 shillings, was paid for this cover: "This copy was stuck over a Pomeroy stamp (female bust) and was a very desirable acquisition."

Illustrated in Independent Mails book. Ex Boker and Golden. Signed Costales. With 1999 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $3,000.00
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275 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Thin Bond (117L4). Position 4R, full to large margins, cancelled by red "Cd." handstamp impression ties thru paper), red "POMEROY'S MAIL." straightline handstamp, bold red "Boyd's City Express Post, Jul. 23 9 O'C" (1844) framed datestamp and matching "Paid/J.T.B." handstamp on salmon-colored folded letter to New York City street address, stamp has very faint gum toning as often for this issue, still Extremely Fine, desirable example of Pomeroy and Boyd conjunctive service, Sloane's notes (including plating), ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $550.00
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276 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Thin Bond (117L4). Three large margins, touched along right side, cancelled by manuscript "X", red "Boyd's City Express Post, July 15 9 O'C" framed datestamp and matching "Paid/J.T.B." handstamp on folded cover to Dater, Miller & Co. in New York City, street address added for delivery, marked "Paid" in pencil and pen, stamp creased by file fold, otherwise Fine, desirable example of Pomeroy and Boyd conjunctive service, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $275.00
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277 c ImagePomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Thin Bond (117L4). Two singles, each cancelled by manuscript "X", red "Boyd's City Express Post Sep. 7 9 O'C" framed datestamp on Sep. 3, 1844 folded letter to New York City street address, a turned usage that was originally sent by Hale & Company, but it was received as a steamboat letter with 52c postage due, letter explains why it is being returned, file folds, splitting along folds and minor faults, still Fine and presentable (the inside has been scanned for exhibition), undoubtedly a unique Independent Mail item, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction

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