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FILTER: All Sale Dates thru 2020/01/01, Catalogue = Cummings
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2015-06-23
United States Carriers and Locals
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 715, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckCumming's Express, 2 Cts, Cumming's Express, 2 CtsCumming's Express, 2 Cts. Red oval pictorial handstamp with locomotive, much better strike than usual on Dec. 8, 1846 folded letter to local street address, small tear at top, Very Fine and desirable, only a few examples of this illustrated local-post marking are known, ex Hollowbush and Hahn

E. 500-750
600
United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2015-06-23
United States Carriers and Locals
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 716, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckCummings Express Post, Cummings Express PostCummings Express Post. Clear strike of red oval handstamp on edge embossed small Valentine cover to local address, corner with colored embossed flower, Very Fine, a beautiful cover with a nice example of this handstamp, ex Golden and Hahn, with 2008 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
550
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2015-06-23
United States Carriers and Locals
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 717, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckCummings Express Post, Cummings Express PostCummings Express Post. Red oval handstamp on gold colored ca. 1847 Valentine envelope to local address, elaborate two-sided design with cherub and peacock on front, two hearts connected by Cupid's arrow on backflap, Very Fine, a beautiful design with the Cummings handstamp

E. 500-750
475
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2011-06-21
United States Stamps & Postal History, Foreign
c
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1691, Carriers and LocalsCumming's City Post, New York N.Y, Cumming's City Post, New York N.YCumming's City Post, New York N.Y. Ornate oval Eagle handstamp with "CUMMING'S CITY POST" straightline on folded letter datelined "Newport Aug. 24, 1846" from Newport, Herkimer County N.Y., to New York City street address, clear strike with nearly full detail, slightly fragile along folds with tiny tears at edges, still Very Fine, extremely rare, this is believed to be the best strike of the few known, ex Gregory, Needham, Sloane and Hollowbush

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2011-03-02
The New Amsterdam Collection of City Despatch Post
 
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 260, 1847 Cummings & Wrights Post Office City Despatch(Cummings and Wright) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Manuscript "Cummings & Wright" Overprint (40L2 var), (Cummings and Wright) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Manuscript "Cummings & Wright" Overprint (40L2 var)(Cummings and Wright) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Manuscript "Cummings & Wright" Overprint (40L2 var). Mostly huge margins, ample at top, cancelled by part of red New York integral-rate circular datestamp, bold manuscript overprint, slightly thinned, horizontal crease at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF MEAD'S 2-CENT STAMP WITH THE CUMMINGS & WRIGHT OVERPRINT -- THE ONLY ONE WITH THE NAMES FULLY SPELLED OUT. AN UNLISTED AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUE IN THE SEQUENCE OF OWNERSHIP OF THE CITY DESPATCH POST.

Abraham B. Mead took over the former U.S. City Despatch Post in November 1846 and had stamps printed from the altered plate ("Three" changed to "Two" cents) by Rawdon, Wright & Hatch on Dec. 5-6, 1846. About one year later (probably October-November 1847), Charles Cole acquired the post, and, by January 27, 1848, he issued stamps printed from the Mead plate with "CC" initials engraved or etched into each subject.

The existence of Mead stamps with the Cummings & Wright overprint was for many years the only available evidence suggesting that ownership of the City Despatch Post Office might have changed hands prior to the sale to Cole. Thomas C. Mazza, in his "Cummings' City Post Redux" Collectors Club Philatelist article (Sep.-Oct. 1995), revealed a new and documentary form of evidence: a receipt dated May 15, 1847, from the "P.O. City Despatch" signed "Cummings & Wright, Proprietors". Through the 1847-48 city directory, it has been established that Cummings was Alfred H. Cummings and Wright was Robert Wright, and that the two operated the Post Office City Despatch from 42-1/2 Nassau Street. Covers are known that bear Cummings' City Post stamps in combination with the "P.O. City Despatch Post" and "Free" markings used by Mead, dated as early as March 25, 1847. The overprinted stamps, the Cummings/P.O. City Despatch covers, together with the Mazza receipt discovery, are solid evidence that Cummings and Wright were the successors to Abraham Mead, probably beginning in March 1847 and ending by November 1847.

The Scott Catalogue lists overprinted stamps such as Blood's "D.O.B. & Co." on Philadelphia Despatch Post (15L4), "Bouton" on Franklin City Despatch Post (16L1a) and "Swarts" on Bouton (136L13). The Cummings & Wright overprints should be listed in the Scott Catalogue. The two recorded examples are the off-cover stamp offered here and a cover with the "C&W" manuscript overprint on a Mead 40L2 stamp.

Signed Sloane. Ex Patton and Golden (Sale 817, lot 999, realized $4,000 hammer). With 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
2,500
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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
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1494A, CornwellCummings' Express, 2 Cts, Cummings' Express, 2 CtsCummings' Express, 2 Cts. Red oval handstamp with locomotive, much better strike than usual, matching boxed "Paid A.H.C." handstamp on large illustrated Valentine cover to local address, minor edgewear, Very Fine strike of this scarce locomotive marking

E. 500-750
800
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2006-03-17
Western Expresses, Carriers, Locals & Independent Mails
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Sale Number 908, Lot Number 4843, Local Posts (Bdady thru Whittelsey)Cumming's Express, 2 Cts, Cumming's Express, 2 CtsCumming's Express, 2 Cts. Red oval handstamp with locomotive, much better strike than usual on Dec. 8, 1846 folded letter to local street address, small tear at top, Very Fine, only a few examples of this illustrated local-post marking are known, ex Hollowbush

E. 500-750
800
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2006-03-17
Western Expresses, Carriers, Locals & Independent Mails
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Sale Number 908, Lot Number 4844, Local Posts (Bdady thru Whittelsey)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y, Cummings' City Post, New York N.YCummings' City Post, New York N.Y. Halves of two different covers, one with red "Cummings City Post" Eagle and Stars framed handstamp, other with red "Cummings Express Post" oval, although these are only pieces the strikes are Very Fine and rare

E. 200-300
100
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2005-06-04
2005 Rarities of the World, Part 2
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Sale Number 896, Lot Number 525, Local PostsCumming's City Post, New York N.Y, Cumming's City Post, New York N.YCumming's City Post, New York N.Y. Ornate oval Eagle handstamp with "CUMMING'S CITY POST" straightline on folded letter datelined "Newport Aug. 24, 1846" from Newport, Herkimer County N.Y., to New York City street address, clear strike with nearly full detail, slightly fragile along folds with tiny tears at edges, still Very Fine, extremely rare, this is believed to be the best strike of the few known, ex Gregory, Needham, Sloane and Hollowbush

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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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
 
Sale Number 817, Lot Number 999, Cummings and Wright City Despatch (New York NY)(Cummings and Wright) City Despatch Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Manuscript "Cummings & Wright" Overprint (40L2 var), (Cummings and Wright) City Despatch Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Manuscript "Cummings & Wright" Overprint (40L2 var)(Cummings and Wright) City Despatch Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Manuscript "Cummings & Wright" Overprint (40L2 var). Mostly huge margins, ample at top, red New York circular datestamp, bold manuscript overprint, large but shallow thin, slight crease at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF MEAD'S 2-CENT STAMP WITH THE CUMMINGS & WRIGHT OVERPRINT -- THE ONLY ONE WITH THE NAMES FULLY SPELLED OUT. AN UNLISTED AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUE IN THE SEQUENCE OF OWNERSHIP OF THE CITY DESPATCH POST.

Abraham Mead took over the former U.S. City Despatch Post in December 1846 and had 2c stamps printed by Rawdon, Wright & Hatch on Dec. 6, 1846 (see Penny Post, Jul. 1993). About one year later, sometime soon after December 1847, Charles Coles acquired the post and by February 1847 was issuing stamps from the Mead plate with "CC" initials entered into each subject. Examples of the Mead and Coles stamps will be found in lots 933-951.

The existence of Mead stamps with the Cummings & Wright overprint was for many years the only available evidence suggesting that ownership of the City Despatch Post Office might have changed hands prior to the sale to Coles. Thomas C. Mazza, in his "Cummings' City Post Redux" CCP article (Sep.-Oct. 1995), revealed a new and documentary form of evidence: a receipt dated May 15, 1847, from the "P.O. City Despatch" signed "Cummings & Wright, Proprietors". Through the 1847-48 city directory, it has been established that Cummings was Alfred H. Cummings and Wright was Robert Wright, and that the two operated the City Despatch Post Office office from 42-1/2 Nassau Street. Covers are known that bear Cummings' City Post stamps in combination with the "P.O. City Despatch Post" and "Free" markings used by Mead, dated as early as March 25, 1847. The overprinted stamps, the Cummings/P.O. City Despatch covers, together with the Mazza receipt discovery, are solid evidence that Cummings and Wright were the successors to Abraham Mead, probably beginning in March 1847 and ending by January 1848.

The Scott Catalogue lists overprinted stamps such as Blood's "D.O.B. & Co." on Philadelphia Despatch Post (15L4), "Bouton" on Franklin City Despatch Post (16L1a) and "Swarts" on Bouton (136L13). Therefore, it is reasonable to expect that the Cummings & Wright overprints will find their place in a future Scott Catalogue.

Signed Sloane. Ex Patton.

E. 2,000-3,000
4,000
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