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FILTER: All Sale Dates thru 2023/01/01, Catalogue = 136L1, Symbol IN ("COVER")
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2020-12-15
U.S. & Hawaii Stamps & Postal History
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 947, Carriers and Local PostsSwarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1), Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1). Ample to large margins, tied by red "Paid" cancel, matching faint "Post Office, Swarts, Chatham Square" oval handstamp, another different style of "Paid" on folded letter dated May 16 (no year, ca. 1849) to local street address, complaining about a "Nuisance constantly running from your privy into my basement" (use your imagination), file folds, Very Fine, ex German Sale, Brown and Hall

E. 300-400
400
United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2015-06-25
The Benjamin Franklin Bailar Collection: A Study of the First PMG
c
Sale Number 1105, Lot Number 2514, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large to huge margins, rich color, used with Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1), Stone 1, large even margins, intense jet-black impression on beautiful rich green paper, cancelled by clear strike of red "Paid" straightline (small version without line beneath), both stamps tied by red square grid cancel, matching "New-York Jun. 12" (1849) circular datestamp, red "Post Office, Swarts, Chatham Square" oval handstamp on fresh folded cover to Burlington N.J., sender's notation "Paid", Swarts' red oval promotional backstamp "Letters for New York City, Direct To Chatham Square Post Office", immaculate condition

EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE COMBINATION OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE AND SWARTS' CITY DISPATCH STAMP ON GREEN GLAZED PAPER. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL 1847 ISSUE AND LOCAL POST COMBINATION COVERS WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.

Aaron Swarts was employed by the Post Office Department at Chatham Square in 1845 and 1846. On January 5, 1847, the Chatham Square branch was discontinued, leaving area residents and businesses without a convenient nearby post office. Swarts saw his opportunity and on January 15 announced the opening of his local post at 6 Chatham Square, advertising it as the Branch Post Office, although there was no official connection at all to the government post office. Swarts' City Dispatch Post was one of the most successful of the many private posts in New York City in the 1840's and 1850's. (source: Perry, The Chatham Square Post Office).

No later than January 15, 1849, Swarts bought another major local post operated by John Bouton. The exact date of the buyout is unknown, but there is one cover dated January 15, 1849, with Swarts' "Paid" cancel applied to Bouton's stamp (ex Hall, Siegel Sale 830, lot 762), followed by another dated January 29, 1849, with the "Swarts" overprint on Bouton's stamp (Hall sale, lot 763). Therefore, the change in ownership certainly occurred days, if not weeks, prior to January 15, 1849.

After using up the Swarts-overprinted Bouton stamps between January and April 1849, Swarts adopted the Zachary Taylor "Rough and Ready" design used by Bouton, which was originally inspired by Taylor's successful 1848 presidential campaign. The early impressions from Swarts' first lithographic stone (Stone 1) are very sharp, as this example demonstrates. Later Stone 1 printings are less clear, and Stone 2 printings can be differentiated from Stone 1 by the presence of the "horn" (line of color) to the left of Taylor's forehead. The first printing was made from Stone 1 in Black on Green surface-coated paper (136L1) and in Black on Bluish Gray paper without surface coating (136L7). Covers with either 136L1 or 136L7 are scarce, and only some of them can be reliably year-dated (in particular, covers from the Pierpont Mallory & Co. correspondence). The early Bluish Gray 136L7 covers are clustered between July 23 and August 30, 1849. One Green 136L1 is known tied on a folded letter dated May 16 (ex Hall, Siegel Sale 830, lot 766), but there is no year date; it is more likely 1849 than 1850, based on the stamp's sharp early impression and Swarts markings. Three Green 136L1 and 5c 1847 combination covers are dated June 8 (1849 folded letter), June 12 (1849 folded letter) and again on June 12 (the cover offered here, without year-dated content). These are followed by a September 25, 1849, year-dated letter with 136L1 and a few later or undated uses. It is likely that the earliest printing from Stone 1 was made on Green surface-coated paper, represented by the stamps on the May/June 1849 covers.

Two of the 136L1 and 1847 combination covers are addressed to Sarah Platt in New London, Connecticut. Ashbrook, in his Special Service, claimed that the June 8 cover to Platt had stamps that did not originate, but he was unaware of the June 12 cover to Platt (ex Baker). All three of the 136L1 and 1847 combination covers were written up by Jerome S. Wagshal (Chronicle 169, February 1996), who corrected the misidentification of the Swarts stamps (accurately identifying them as 136L1, Stone 1) and raised doubt about Ashbrook's analysis.

Ex Emerson (Kelleher sale, Oct. 19, 1937, realized $345), Brigham and Kuphal. With 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 20,000-30,000
55,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2008-12-03
The Alan Geisler Collection of Carriers and Locals
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1252, Local and Private Posts (Swarts)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1), Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1). Large even margins, uncancelled, on part-printed folded notice from Oct. 1849 to local street address, red "Post Office, Chatham Square, Swarts" oval handstamp, stamp barely affected by faint horizontal file fold, Very Fine, ex Middendorf, Scott Retail $300.00

E. 150-200
225
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2006-11-15
The Edgar Kuphal Collection of U.S. Carriers and Locals
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1686, SwartsSwarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1), Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1). Stone 1, large even margins, intense jet-black impression on beautiful rich green paper, cancelled by clear strike of red "Paid" straightline (small version without line beneath), used with 5c Red Brown (1), large to huge margins, rich color, both stamps tied by red square grid, matching "New-York Jun. 12" (1849) circular datestamp, red "Post Office, Swarts, Chatham Square" oval handstamp on fresh folded cover to Burlington N.J., sender's notation "Paid", Swarts' red oval promotional backstamp "Letters for New York City, Direct To Chatham Square Post Office", immaculate condition

EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE COMBINATION OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE AND SWARTS' CITY DISPATCH STAMP ON GREEN GLAZED PAPER. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL 1847 ISSUE AND LOCAL POST COMBINATION COVERS WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.

Aaron Swarts was employed by the Post Office Department at Chatham Square in 1845 and 1846. On January 5, 1847, the Chatham Square branch was discontinued, leaving area residents and businesses without a convenient nearby post office. Swarts saw his opportunity and on January 15 announced the opening of his local post at 6 Chatham Square, advertising it as the Branch Post Office, although there was no official connection at all to the government post office. Swarts' City Dispatch Post was one of the most successful of the many private posts in New York City in the 1840's and 1850's. (source: Perry, The Chatham Square Post Office).

No later than January 15, 1849, Swarts bought another major local post operated by John Bouton. The exact date of the buyout is unknown, but there is one cover dated January 15, 1849, with Swarts' "Paid" cancel applied to Bouton's stamp (ex Hall, Siegel Sale 830, lot 762), followed by another dated January 29, 1849, with the "Swarts" overprint on Bouton's stamp (Hall sale, lot 763). Therefore, the change in ownership certainly occurred days, if not weeks, prior to January 15, 1849.

After using up the Swarts-overprinted Bouton stamps between January and April 1849, Swarts adopted the Zachary Taylor "Rough and Ready" design used by Bouton, which was originally inspired by Taylor's successful 1848 presidential campaign. The early impressions from Swarts' first lithographic stone (Stone 1) are very sharp, as this example demonstrates. Later Stone 1 printings are less clear, and Stone 2 printings can be differentiated from Stone 1 by the presence of the "horn" (line of color) to the left of Taylor's forehead. The first printing was made from Stone 1 in Black on Green surface-coated paper (136L1) and in Black on Bluish Gray paper without surface coating (136L7). Covers with either 136L1 or 136L7 are scarce, and only some of them can be reliably year-dated (in particular, covers from the Pierpont Mallory & Co. correspondence). The early Bluish Gray 136L7 covers are clustered between July 23 and August 30, 1849. One Green 136L1 is known tied on a folded letter dated May 16 (ex Hall, Siegel Sale 830, lot 766), but there is no year date; it is more likely 1849 than 1850, based on the stamp's sharp early impression and Swarts markings. Three Green 136L1 and 5c 1847 combination covers are dated June 8 (1849 folded letter), June 12 (1849 folded letter) and again on June 12 (the cover offered here, without year-dated content). These are followed by a September 25, 1849, year-dated letter with 136L1 and a few later or undated usages. It is likely that the earliest printing from Stone 1 was made on Green surface-coated paper, represented by the stamps on the May/June 1849 covers.

Two of the 136L1 and 1847 combination covers are addressed to Sarah Platt in New London, Connecticut. Ashbrook, in his Special Service, claimed that the June 8 cover to Platt had stamps that did not originate, but he was unaware of the June 12 cover to Platt (ex Baker). All three of the 136L1 and 1847 combination covers were written up by Jerome S. Wagshal (Chronicle No. 169, February 1996), who corrected the misidentification of the Swarts stamps (accurately identifying them as 136L1, Stone 1) and raised doubt about Ashbrook's analysis.

Ex Emerson (Kelleher sale, Oct. 19, 1937, realized $345) and Brigham.

E. 15,000-20,000
40,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2006-11-15
The Edgar Kuphal Collection of U.S. Carriers and Locals
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1687, SwartsSwarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1), Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1). Stone 1, large margins, tied by red "Paid" handstamp (with line beneath), used with 3c Orange Brown (10), ample margins to slightly in, rich color, tied by "New York & Phil. R.R. Mar. 28" (ca. 1852) route agent's circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Philadelphia, horizontal filing crease thru both stamps has been pressed out, Very Fine appearance, the Swarts stamp is tied and the filing crease affects both stamps, March 1852 usage is a late use of the Green 136L1, this is the unique basis of the Scott listing, ex Piller

450
500
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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
c
Sale Number 830, Lot Number 766, Swarts City Dispatch Post (New York NY)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1), Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1). Ample to large margins, tied by red "Paid" cancel, matching faint "Post Office, Swarts, Chatham Square" oval handstamp, another different style of "Paid" on folded letter dated May 16 (no year, ca. 1849) to local street address, complaining about a "Nuisance constantly running from your privy into my basement" (use your imagination), file folds, Very Fine, ex German Sale and Brown

E. 300-400
450
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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
c
Sale Number 817, Lot Number 1505, Swarts City Dispatch Post (New York NY) (Part II)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1), Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Light Green Glazed (136L1). Large margins including left sheet margin, red "Paid" cancel (not tied), matching "Post Office, Swarts, Chatham Square" oval handstamp on ca. 1849 folded cover to local street address, small spindle hole at center, Very Fine, ex Abt

E. 300-400
250
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
1993-03-25
The Stanley M. Piller 1851-57 Three Cent Collection
c
Sale Number 748, Lot Number 379, 3c 1851-57 Issue - Used With Local PostsSwarts Dispatch, N.Y., 2c Black on Light Green (136L1), Swarts Dispatch, N.Y., 2c Black on Light Green (136L1)Swarts Dispatch, N.Y., 2c Black on Light Green (136L1). Four margins, tied by red underlined "Paid" hs, used with 3c Orange Brown (10), margins to touched, tied by "New York & Phila. R.R. Mar. 28" cds on blue folded cover to Philadelphia, horizontal file crease thru stamps, nearly invisible, Very Fine appearance, a lovely combination, the Swarts depiction of candidate Zachary Taylor (used originally on the Bouton's stamp) gives the president a truly maniacal expression

E. 150-200
210
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