Rare Early Colonial Postmarks on
Stampless Folded Letters

Stampless folded letter with Natchez, Mississippi 1804 postmark, sent to Vincennes, Indiana Territory

The folded letter pictured here is a fine example of a manuscript postmark used on stampless folded letter. The letter bears a manuscript Natchez (Mississippi) 1804 postmark used while Miss. was a territory. It has a free marking, as it was addressed to a postmaster in Vincennes, Indiana Territory (IT).

Stampless Folded Letters with Rare Early Colonial Postmarks

(Please note: This letter has been sold. Please check my Biblio website for stampless folded letters with manuscript postmarks and other rare Colonial hand-stamped postmarks.)

Thank you for visiting my stampless page. I offer a range of stampless markings, including early manuscripts, handcrafted rate markings, transatlantic mail, ship mail, steamboat mail and other unusual stampless markings.

In the 19th and 18th centuries letters were taken to the local post office where a manuscript postmark and rate was applied by the postmaster. Many of the early Colonial postmarks are very rare, and highly sought after by collectors. In the late 18th century a straightline hand stamp was used in major cities, in lieu of a manuscript postmark. As time went on, oval, fancy, arc and various other types of hand-stamped postmarks were used on stampless mail. Many of these postmarks are a form of artwork, and are highly prized by collectors around the world.

My main area of concentration is from the 1740's to 1820, with emphasis on the war periods, and early ship letters to the United States. Please click on the links below to view my postal history offerings, or contact me directly at . Thanks very much for your interest.

Please visit my Biblio store to view my current offerings of stampless folded letters, including manuscript postmarks and other rare Colonial markings:

Stampless folded letters

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If you prefer to buy privately, please email me your want list, and I'll send scans of what is available for sale.

I am a life member of the APS, and a registered dealer member. American Philatelic Society

Thanks for visiting. —Brad Sheff


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