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United States 1847 Issue Postal History


Usage by State (Massachusetts)
 
 
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Lot 82
 
1847, 5¢ dark brown (1a), large margins to clear at top, superb impression and striking deep shade, tied by bold manuscript "X" on small white envelope addressed in the hand of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to a sister in Portland, Me., clear "Cambridge Ms. Jul. 4" c.d.s., Very Fine.
Estimate 750 - 1,000

A PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE COVER WITH ITS 4TH OF JULY POSTMARK.

Expertization: 2000 P.F. Certificate.

During the 1847 period, Longfellow taught at Harvard. Seven covers to various addressees are recorded by Alexander.

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Lot 83
 
1847, 10¢ black (2), ample to large margins, tied by clear "Cambridge Ms. Sep. 9" c.d.s. on envelope to Washington, Pa., 1848 enclosure; wax seal stain at center, stamp Very Fine.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500
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Lot 84
 
1847, 5¢ orange brown (1b), large to huge margins including part of adjoining stamp at right, late shade and impression, tied by bold blue grids, matching "Chicopee Ms. 17 Mar./ 5" c.d.s. on 1851 gray folded letter headed "Ames Manufacturing Co.", to Philadelphia, Very Fine, unusual postmark with the integral rate placed in this fashion.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500

ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS FROM CHICOPEE, THE ONLY ONE IN BLUE.
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Lot 85
 
1847, 5¢ dark brown (1a), large to huge margins including right sheet margin, rich color and superb impression, creased before use, cancelled by messy manuscript "X" and tied by additional pen mark, matching "5" on 1848 folded letter to Wareham, Ms. with faint red "Greenfield Ms. Jan. 5" c.d.s. at center; stamp with small tear and creased before use, Fine.
Estimate 300 - 400

Expertization: 1991 P.S.E. Certificate calling this blackish brown.
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Lot 86
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1 var.), full to large margins, remarkably sharp impression and rich color, pen cancelled, on 1848 folded letter to Boston, clear "Haverhill Mass. Aug. 21" c.d.s. and matching "Paid" in a degraded red orange which appears as a distinctive mustard shade,docketing at left, stamp with small wrinkle in margin, Very Fine.
Estimate 400 - 500

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE FROM HAVERHILL.

Expertization: 1999 P.F. Certificate.

Haverhill received no 1847 stamps of either denomination.

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Lot 87
 
1847, 5¢ dark brown (1a), ample margins to clear at top left, fine impression, tied by neat blue grid, matching "Paid" and "Lowell Ms. 5cts 11 Jun." c.d.s. on 1851 folded letter to Gardiner, Maine; stamp with tiny wrinkling near bottom, Fine, scarce late usage.
Estimate 500 - 750

ONE OF FOUR RECORDED 1847 COVERS FROM LOWELL.
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Lot 88
 
1847, 5¢ dark brown (1a), large margins to in at top, deep shade approaching blackish brown, pen cancel and clear blue "5" handstamp, matching "Lynn Mass. Jul. 18" c.d.s. on gray folded cover to Rockville, Ct., manuscript "Paid" at upper right; lettersheet with scattered natural bleach specks and some wrinkling, stamp with small corner crease, Fine appearance.
Estimate 300 - 400

THE ONLY RECORDED COVER FROM LYNN.

Expertization: 1998 P.F. Certificate.

Lynn received no 1847 stamps of either denomination.

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Lot 89
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1), large margins to cut in at TR, tied by red grid on buff envelope to Hollis N.H. with clear "Medfield Ms. Apr. 8" c.d.s. in blue at far left; stamp lifted and put back, Very Good.
Estimate 200 - 300

THE ONLY RECORDED COVER FROM MEDFIELD.

Expertization: 1998 P.F. Certificate.

Medfield received just 200 5¢ and no 10¢ stamps.

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Lot 90
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1 var.), position 90R, ample well balanced margins, deep shade and sharp impression, tied by red grid, matching "Milbury Ms. Dec. 29" c.d.s. neatly struck at left on 1847 lettersheet with tiny toned spot at top edge, otherwise Extremely Fine.
Estimate 750 - 1,000

ONE OF TWO RECORDED 1847 COVERS FROM MILLBURY.

Provenance: Gibson.
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Lot 91
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1 var.), large to huge margins including right sheet margin, clear at BL corner, very attractive late shade and clear impression, canceled by clear strike of greenish blue "5" with matching "New Bedford Ms. Jan. 9" c.d.s. on 1851 folded letter to Wareham, fresh and choice Very Fine.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500

Expertization: 1983 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 92
 
1847, 5¢ dark brown (1a), large margins to clear at left, rich handsome color and superb impression, tied by red "New Bedford Ms. Dec 18" c.d.s. and matching "Paid" on 1848 folded letter and printed notice for co-partnership in San Francisco including purchase of Brig Georgiana, to Wareham, Mass.; stamp with sealed tear at top right, Very Fine appearance.
Estimate 300 - 400
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Lot 93
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1), margins all around, late impression, tied by black 8-bar grid, matching Newton Centre, Ms. Dec. 22 c.d.s. and "Paid" handstamp on ca. 1850 folded cover to Pittsfield, Very Fine and rare.
Estimate 750 - 1,000

THE ONLY RECORDED COVER FROM NEWTON CENTRE.

Newton Centre received no 1847 stamps of either denomination.

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Lot 94
 
1847, 5¢ dark brown (1a), clear to large margins, pen cancelled on 1848 gray folded letter to New York with bold black Northbrookfield Ms. Nov 10 c.d.s. in lower left corner; stamp with light horizontal file crease, Fine.
Estimate 300 - 400

Expertization: 1980 P.F. Certificate ignoring crease.
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Lot 95
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1), large margins to clear bottom right, tied by red grid, matching "Northampton Ms. Nov. 21" c.d.s. on 1849 folded letter to New York, manuscript "paid" at lower let, Very Fine.
Estimate 400 - 500
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Lot 96
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1), large margins to clear at bottom, fine impression, tied by greenish blue grid, matching "Plymouth Mass. Feb. 25" c.d.s. on 1850 folded letter to publishers G. & C. Merriam in Springfield, Ms., mentions shipping books via Rich's Express, 7 State St. Boston, Very Fine and rare.
Estimate 400 - 500

ONE OF TWO RECORDED 1847 COVERS FROM PLYMOUTH.
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Lot 97
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1), margins to slightly in, tied by red "Paid" struck three times on buff envelope to Mt. Vernon, N.H. with matching "Salem Mass. Jun. 10" c.d.s. and large "5", Fine and very scarce.
Estimate 300 - 400

Salem received no 1847 stamps of either denomination.

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Lot 98
 
1847, 5¢ dark brown (1a), ample to large margins, rich color, tied by blue grid, matching bold "Springfield Ms. Apr. 7" c.d.s. on 1848 folded letter to New Haven, toned spot at upper left just affecting stamp, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate 500 - 750

Expertization: 1999 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 99
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1), ample margins to in at left, tied by heavy red grid, matching "Springfield Ms. Nov. 10" c.d.s. on blue envelope to Hartford; stamp with small corner crease at BL, Fine.
Estimate 300 - 400
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Lot 100
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1), large margins to touched top left, fine impression and late shade, tied by red "Paid" and matching "Springfield Ms. 5 Dec. 10" c.d.s. on buff envelope to Hartford, Ct., Fine.
Estimate 300 - 400
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Lot 101
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1), ample margins to clear at bottom right, tied by black grid, red "Boston 5 cts 19 Sep." c.d.s. on 1850 cashier's not with letterhead of Grocers Bank, to Wareham, Mass., manuscript "Missent & Forwd" at lower left, bold red "Waltham Ms. Sep. 20" c.d.s. at upper left, Boston postmark additionally struck out in pen (since this was a post office error and would have been redirected free of charge---the "5" in the postmark may have been confusing), file folds not affecting stamp, Very Fine and unique usage.
Estimate 750 - 1,000
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Lot 102
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1), full to large margins, red cancel, matching "Ware Mas. Aug. 3" c.d.s. on small cover to Augusta, Maine; stamp with tiny tear at top, Fine.
Estimate 300 - 400

THE ONLY RECORDED 1847 COVER FROM WARE.

Expertization: 1999 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 103
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1), large to huge margins including top sheet margin, fine impression, pen cancel and tied by blue "Williamstown Ms. Mar. 10" c.d.s. on 1850 folded letter headed Williams College, stamp with small internal crease, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate 400 - 500

THE ONLY RECORDED 1847 COVER FROM WILLIAMSTOWN.

Williamstown received no 1847 stamps of either denomination.

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Lot 104
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1), ample margins, just tied by red grid, matching "Springfield Ms. Oct. 7" c.d.s. on Free Soil Party printed circular dated 1848, to Hadwick, Mass.; minor edge wear, Very Fine and rare.
Estimate 500 - 750

Expertization: 2000 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 105
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1), ample margins to clear at TR, fine impression, red grid, matching light "Worcester, Ms. Oct. 5" c.d.s. on Printed Free Soil Party Circular supporting Martin Van Buren datelined Boston, Sep. 15, 1848; lettersheet with smll tear at top and bottom, Fine and rare.
Estimate 500 - 750

Expertization: 2000 P.F. Certificate.
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