Sale 1002 — U.S. & C.S.A. Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Monday-Wednesday, 13-15 December, 2010

Category — Carriers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4044
c
Sale 1002, Lot 4044, CarriersU.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB18). Large margins with "Toppan, Carpenter" portion of imprint, handstamped impression incomplete, uncancelled, used on 3c Red Nesbitt entire to Hartford Conn., "Philadelphia Pa. Mar. 23" circular datestamp, small skinned spot in cover next to carrier stamp

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING IMPRINT EXAMPLE OF THE U.S.P.O. CARRIER STAMP ON ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE SHEET SELVAGE.

The Philadelphia carrier stamps printed on the sheet selvage of imperforate 1c 1851 stamps hold a unique position in United States philately. Elsewhere in the world there are very few instances in which sheet selvage was used to produce adhesive stamps -- the Emory Va. Confederate provisional and early stamps of Zanzibar come to mind as other examples. Two handstamps were used to create the Philadelphia carrier stamps: the Eagle oval (Scott type C31), which produced 7LB16, and the large oval (type C32), from which 7LB18 was made. These were probably necessary after supplies of the Eagle Carrier ran out in 1856.

Ex Caspary and Golden.

9,000
3,000