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FILTER: All Sale Dates thru 2023/01/01, Catalogue = 129L1, Symbol IN ("COVER")
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Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 1789, Local Posts cont: City Dispatch thru Whittelsey`s, Group LotsRoche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1), Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1)Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1). Cut to oval shape impinging on frameline, slight crease and three tiny pinholes, uncancelled, used on 1849 folded letter to Beverly Va., greenish blue "Wilmington Del. Nov. 20" circular datestamp and matching "5" rate handstamp, vertical file fold, minor toning

FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ROCHE'S CITY DISPATCH STAMP. ONLY THIRTEEN EXAMPLES RECORDED, INCLUDING SIX ON COVERS TO WHICH THEY BELONG.

Wilmington city directory and post-office employment records for James L. Roche are provided by Elliott Perry in Pat Paragraphs (reprint, pp. 459-460). This information is also included with a census of 129L1 stamps and covers by Stephen Gronowski in the July 1995 Penny Post. Roche is linked to the Wilmington post office as far back as 1833 by a signed postage receipt. For much of the time between 1845 and 1858 he was a clerk in the post office. He left in 1849 following Zachary Taylor's election, but returned in 1852. During his hiatus from official postal duties, Roche ran a newspaper and periodical room advertised as "one door from the post office" and started the City Dispatch. The six recorded genuine Roche covers are dated from the third-quarter 1849 through the end of 1850. Roche died in 1859.

The Gronowski 1995 census with updated information contains six genuine covers, three of which have rectangular-cut stamps. There are approximately seven off-cover stamps (including two added to covers).

Ex Kuphal and Geisler. With 1997 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $3,500.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2008-12-03
The Alan Geisler Collection of Carriers and Locals
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Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1243, Local and Private Posts (Prices thru Roche)Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1), Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1)Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1). Cut to oval shape impinging on frameline, slight crease and three tiny pinholes, uncancelled, used on 1849 folded letter to Beverly Va., greenish blue "Wilmington Del. Nov. 20" circular datestamp and matching "5" rate handstamp, vertical file fold, minor toning

FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ROCHE'S CITY DISPATCH STAMP. ONLY THIRTEEN EXAMPLES RECORDED, INCLUDING SIX ON COVERS TO WHICH THEY BELONG.

Wilmington city directory and post-office employment records for James L. Roche are provided by Elliott Perry in Pat Paragraphs (reprint, pp. 459-460). This information is also included with a census of 129L1 stamps and covers by Stephen Gronowski in the July 1995 Penny Post. Roche is linked to the Wilmington post office as far back as 1833 by a signed postage receipt. For much of the time between 1845 and 1858 he was a clerk in the post office. He left in 1849 following Zachary Taylor's election, but returned in 1852. During his hiatus from official postal duties, Roche ran a newspaper and periodical room advertised as "one door from the post office" and started the City Dispatch. The six recorded genuine Roche covers are dated from the third-quarter 1849 through the end of 1850. Roche died in 1859.

The Gronowski 1995 census with updated information contains six genuine covers, three of which have rectangular-cut stamps. There are approximately seven off-cover stamps (including two added to covers).

Ex Kuphal. With 1997 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $3,500.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,200
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United States
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Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2006-11-15
The Edgar Kuphal Collection of U.S. Carriers and Locals
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1671, Robison & Co. thru RussellRoche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1), Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1)Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1). Cut to oval shape impinging on frameline, slight crease and three tiny pinholes, uncancelled, used on 1849 folded letter to Beverly Va., greenish blue "Wilmington Del. Nov. 20" cds and matching "5" rate hs, vertical file fold, minor toning

FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ROCHE'S CITY DISPATCH STAMP. ONLY THIRTEEN EXAMPLES RECORDED, INCLUDING SIX ON COVERS TO WHICH THEY BELONG.

Wilmington city directory and post-office employment records for James L. Roche are provided by Elliott Perry in Pat Paragraphs (reprint, pp. 459-460). This information is also included with a census of 129L1 stamps and covers by Stephen Gronowski in the July 1995 Penny Post. Roche is linked to the Wilmington post office as far back as 1833 by a signed postage receipt. For much of the time between 1845 and 1858 he was a clerk in the post office. He left in 1849 following Zachary Taylor's election, but returned in 1852. During his hiatus from official postal duties, Roche ran a newspaper and periodical room advertised as "one door from the post office" and started the City Dispatch. The six recorded genuine Roche covers are dated from the third-quarter 1849 through the end of 1850. Roche died in 1859.

The Gronowski 1995 census with updated information contains six genuine covers, three of which have rectangular-cut stamps. There are approximately seven off-cover stamps (including two added to covers).

With 1997 P.F. certificate

3,500
2,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2003-05-31
The D.K. Collection of U.S. Carriers & Locals
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Sale Number 862, Lot Number 94, Metropolitan Post Office thru RussellRoche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1), Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1)Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1). Rectangular margins, large on three sides, clear at left, vertical crease, uncancelled, used on folded cover to Geo. W. Metz on Market Street in Philadelphia, perfectly clear strike of red "Roche's City Despatch" large circular handstamp, greenish-blue "Wilmington Del. May 10" circular datestamp and matching "5" unpaid rate handstamp

VERY FINE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED GENUINE COVERS BEARING THE RARE ROCHE'S CITY DISPATCH STAMP -- ONLY THREE COVERS HAVE STAMPS WITH RECTANGULAR MARGINS.

Wilmington city directory and post-office employment records for James L. Roche are provided by Elliott Perry in Pat Paragraphs (reprint, pp. 459-460). This information is also included with a census of 129L1 stamps and covers by Stephen Gronowski in the July 1995 Penny Post. Roche is linked to the Wilmington post office as far back as 1833 by a signed postage receipt. For much of the time between 1845 and 1858 he was a clerk in the post office. He left in 1849 following Zachary Taylor's election, but returned in 1852. During his hiatus from official postal duties, Roche ran a newspaper and periodical room advertised as "one door from the post office" and started the City Dispatch. The six recorded genuine Roche covers are dated from the third-quarter 1849 through the end of 1850. Roche died in 1859.

The Gronowski 1995 census with updated information contains six genuine covers, three of which have rectangular-cut stamps. There are approximately seven off-cover stamps (including two added to covers).

Ex Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $8,250.00.

E. 3,000-4,000
5,250
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2000-11-13
The Hall Collection of Carriers, Locals & Western Expresses
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Sale Number 830, Lot Number 750, Roches City Dispatch (Wilmington DE)Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1), Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1)Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1). Rectangular margins, large on two sides, clear at top, slightly in at left, corner margin crease, uncancelled, used on Dec. 4, 1849 folded letter to Alexander Purvis on South Street in Philadelphia, faint strike of greenish-blue "Wilmington Del. Dec. 5" circular datestamp and matching "5" unpaid rate handstamp, faint toning at top

VERY FINE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED GENUINE COVERS BEARING THE RARE ROCHE'S CITY DISPATCH STAMP -- ONLY THREE COVERS HAVE STAMPS WITH RECTANGULAR MARGINS.

Wilmington city directory and post-office employment records for James L. Roche are provided by Elliott Perry in Pat Paragraphs (reprint, pp. 459-460). This information is also included with a census of 129L1 stamps and covers by Stephen Gronowski in the July 1995 Penny Post. Roche is linked to the Wilmington post office as far back as 1833 by a signed postage receipt. For much of the time between 1845 and 1858 he was a clerk in the post office. He left in 1849 following Zachary Taylor's election, but returned in 1852. During his hiatus from official postal duties, Roche ran a newspaper and periodical room advertised as "one door from the post office" and started the City Dispatch. All recorded genuine Roche covers are dated from the third-quarter 1849 through the end of 1850. Roche died in 1859.

Gronowski recorded four off-cover stamps and nine covers in his 1995 census, including three covers he did not think were genuine and one cover noted as "Unknown". We agree that one cover (Gronowski's No. 7) postmarked at New York has a 129L1 added to it. There was a problem in year-dating this December 5th cover to Alexander Purvis (Gronowski's No. 3, ex Worthington, Caspary and Lilly) but the date can now be established firmly as 1849, which puts this usage in the correct time period. The cover noted as "Unknown" in Gronowski's census (No. 8) may be a duplicate listing of the cover to John Labom on South Front Street in Philadelphia (his No. 6), which has a Roche stamp cancelled "X" in pen but no other markings. The Labom cover is the third 129L1 cover Gronowski expressed doubts about, and the usage is indeed implausible unless Roche carried mail to Philadelphia, a highly unlikely (and illegal) scenario for a former (and future) postal employee. Taking the two questionable covers out and restoring the Purvis cover (offered here) to the census, we are left with six accepted covers, including three with rectangular-cut stamps (two to the same addressee) and three cut-to-shape stamps. We refer to Gronowski's census for details and photos of these covers. In addition, there are four off-cover stamps in the Gronowski census, plus a cut-to-shape off-cover stamp offered as lot 1462 in the Golden sale and the two stamps on questionable covers, for a total of seven off-cover 129L1's.

Ex Worthington, Caspary and Lilly.

E. 4,000-5,000
0
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
1999-11-15
The David Golden Collection of U.S. Carriers and Locals
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Sale Number 817, Lot Number 1460, Roches City Dispatch (Wilmington DE)Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1), Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1)Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1). Rectangular margins, large on three sides, clear at left, vertical crease, uncancelled, used on folded cover to Geo. W. Metz on Market Street in Philadelphia, perfectly clear strike of red "Roche's City Despatch" large circular handstamp, greenish-blue "Wilmington Del. May 10" circular datestamp and matching "5" unpaid rate handstamp

VERY FINE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED GENUINE COVERS BEARING THE RARE ROCHE'S CITY DISPATCH STAMP -- ONLY TWO ACCEPTED COVERS HAVE STAMPS WITH RECTANGULAR MARGINS. AN IMPORTANT ARTIFACT OF THIS SHORT-LIVED WILMINGTON LOCAL POST.

Wilmington city directory and post-office employment records for James L. Roche are provided by Elliott Perry in Pat Paragraphs (reprint, pp. 459-460). This information is also included with a census of 129L1 stamps and covers by Stephen Gronowski in the July 1995 Penny Post. Roche is linked to the Wilmington post office as far back as 1833 by a signed postage receipt. For much of the time between 1845 and 1858 he was a clerk in the post office. He left in 1849 following Zachary Taylor's election, but returned in 1852. During his hiatus from official postal duties, Roche ran a newspaper and periodical room advertised as "one door from the post office" and started the City Dispatch. All recorded genuine Roche covers are dated from the third-quarter 1849 through the end of 1850. Roche died in 1859.

Gronowski recorded four off-cover stamps and nine covers in his 1995 census, including three covers he did not think were genuine and one cover noted as "Unknown". We agree that one cover (Gronowski's No. 7) postmarked at New York has a 129L1 added to it. There is a discrepancy in year-dating the December 5th cover to Alexander Purvis in Philadelphia with an uncancelled rectangular-cut stamp (Gronowski's No. 3, ex Worthington, Caspary and Lilly). Sloane's notes and the Lilly sale catalogue give the date of the Purvis letter as 1846, but the Caspary catalogue specifically states "1849." If it is 1846, then the stamp cannot belong on the Purvis cover; however, if 1849, then there is no date problem with the usage. The cover noted as "Unknown" in Gronowski's census (No. 8) may be a duplicate listing of the cover to John Labom on South Front Street in Philadelphia (his No. 6), which has a Roche stamp cancelled "X" in pen but no other markings. The Labom cover is the third 129L1 cover Gronowski expressed doubts about, and the usage is indeed implausible unless Roche carried mail to Philadelphia, a highly unlikely (and illegal) scenario for a former (and future) postal employee. Taking the three questionable covers and one "Unknown" listing out of the census, we are left with five accepted covers, including two with rectangular-cut stamps (to the same addressee) and three cut-to-shape stamps. We refer to Gronowski's census for details and photos of these covers. In addition, there are four off-cover stamps in the Gronowski census, plus a cut-to-shape off-cover stamp offered as lot 1462 in this sale and the three stamps on questionable covers, for a total of eight off-cover 129L1's.

Signed Sloane ("Original and in my opinion used on this cover"). Ex Malcolm and Richardson.

E. 7,500-10,000
7,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
1999-11-15
The David Golden Collection of U.S. Carriers and Locals
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Sale Number 817, Lot Number 1461, Roches City Dispatch (Wilmington DE)Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1), Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1)Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1). Neatly cut to oval shape with margins all around, uncancelled as always, used on small cover to Boston street address, blue "Wilmington Del. Oct. 16" circular datestamp (1849-50) and matching large "10" due handstamp, pencil "Box" at left

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE CHOICEST OF THE FIVE RECORDED GENUINE COVERS BEARING ROCHE'S CITY DISPATCH STAMP.

As noted in the description of lot 1461, the 129L1 census published by Stephen Gronowski in the July 1995 Penny Post lists nine covers, including three questionable usages and one "Unknown" entry that appears to be a duplicate listing. Of the five genuine 129L1 covers, three have cut-to-shape stamps. This is probably the finest of the five covers, in terms of quality.

Noted and illustrated by Elliott Perry in Pat Paragraphs (reprint, pp. 459-460).

E. 7,500-10,000
0
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
1998-05-09
1998 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 800, Lot Number 378, Carriers and LocalsRoche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1), Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1)Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1). Cut to oval shape impinging on frameline, slight crease and three tiny pinholes, uncancelled, used on 1849 folded letter to Beverly Va., greenish blue "Wilmington Del. Nov. 20" cds and matching "5" rate hs, vertical file fold, minor toning

FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ROCHE'S CITY DISPATCH STAMP. ONLY THIRTEEN EXAMPLES RECORDED, INCLUDING SIX ON COVERS TO WHICH THEY BELONG.

A recent census by Stephen L. Gronowski, published in The Penny Post (Vol 5, No. 3, July 1995), lists four off-cover Roche's stamps and nine covers (this is believed to be number 8). Of the nine covers, three have stamps which appear to have been added.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
10,000
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