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Sale 1023 — The Harvey Mirsky Collection of the U.S. 1847 Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday, 24 April, 2012

Category — Precursor to 1847 Issue: City Despatch Post

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2014
c
Sale Number 1023, Lot Number 2014, Precursor to 1847 Issue: City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d). Two horizontal pairs -- originally forming a block from upper left corner of right pane -- and single, all with large margins, trivial flaws and tiny tear at top of single, each stamp cancelled by red "U.S." in frame, middle pair tied by red "Paid" in arc, matching "New-York May 30" (1843) circular datestamp on folded cover to Philadelphia, blue manuscript "12-1/2" rate, beneath the stamps is the manuscript endorsement "Paid/3 cents for City Dispatch/12-1/2 cents for Philadelphia/Paid", the -1/2c difference between rate paid and franking probably made up in coin or disregarded by carrier

VERY FINE COVER. THIS IS THE FINEST OF THE EIGHT RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE UNITED STATES CITY DESPATCH POST CARRIER STAMP USED TO PREPAY INTER-CITY POSTAGE. AN OUTSTANDING POSTAL HISTORY ARTIFACT.

This cover and seven other similar examples mark the beginning of prepayment of inter-city postage by adhesive stamps in the Western hemisphere. In each case, the United States City Despatch Post stamps prepaid the regular postage and carrier fee for delivery to the New York City post office, where the letters were marked "Paid" in full.

Our records contain eight inter-city covers with full prepayment, including one front and one with a stamp missing (listed chronologically by New York postmark date):

1) May 25 datestamp, 1843 folded letter to Henry Morris, Philadelphia, strip of 3 and pair, ex Caspary, Middendorf, Kapiloff, Siegel 1995 Rarities sale

2) May 30 datestamp (1843), folded cover to F. Packard, Philadelphia, 2 pairs and single, the cover offered here, ex Caspary, Pope, Kapiloff and Kuphal (Siegel Sale 925)

3) Jun. 16 datestamp, 1843 folded letter to Henry Morris, Philadelphia, strip of 4 and single, ex Caspary, Hall (Siegel Sale 830), Gordon N. John (Siegel Sale 868)

4) Jul. 5 datestamp, 1843 folded letter to Henry Morris, Philadelphia, strip of 5, ex Caspary, Middendorf

5) Aug. 23 datestamp, 1843 folded letter to Henry Morris, Philadelphia, 4 singles (1 missing), ex Seybold, Hall (Siegel Sale 958)

6) Nov. 1 datestamp, 1843 folded letter to Julia Welling, Pleasant Valley N.Y., 5 singles, badly creased and restored, from a recent find (Siegel Sale 958)

7) Oct. 18 datestamp (1844), folded cover to Dr. Wheeler, Athens N.Y., strip of 4 and single, ex Caspary, Hall, Gordon N. John (Siegel Sale 868)

8) Jun. 13 (ca. 1845), front only to Lewis Riley, Ridgefield Conn., three singles, ex Caspary, Middendorf, Kapiloff, Siegel 1995 Rarities sale

Three of the covers have stamps on Blue paper (6LB5b) from the later printing. The others are Green or Blue Green (1843 printings).

Ex Caspary, Pope, Kapiloff and Kuphal. Signed Stanley B. Ashbrook. With 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 30,000-40,000
50,000
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