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Sale 1005 — The New Amsterdam Collection of City Despatch Post

Sale Date — Wednesday, 2 March, 2011

Category — 1847 Cummings & Wrights Post Office City Despatch

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
264
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 264, 1847 Cummings & Wrights Post Office City DespatchCummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3), Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3). Large margins to just in, cancelled by "Free" in frame, second strike to right of stamp, used on folded letter to local street address, red "P.O. City Despatch Post Mar. 25, 4 O'Clock" circular datestamp, stamp with surface rubs

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS SHOWING USE OF THE CUMMINGS' CITY POST STAMP IN CONJUNCTION WITH POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH MARKINGS, WHICH OCCURRED AFTER CUMMINGS AND WRIGHT TOOK OVER THE CITY DESPATCH FROM ABRAHAM MEAD.

Abraham B. Mead operated the "Post Office City Despatch" only briefly after buying it from the New York carrier department on November 30, 1846. A "P.O. City Despatch" receipt dated May 15, 1847, is signed by "Cummings & Wright, Proprietors", so we know for certain that Alfred H. Cummings and Robert Wright bought out Mead by that date. The cover offered here, with the Cummings' City Post stamp used with Post Office City Despatch markings dated in March 1847, is evidence that Cummings and Wright took over by then.

Ex Geisler. With 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,200
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