Sale 1242 — The Gordon Eubanks Collection: United States 1851 to 1856 Imperforate Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-13 October, 2021

Category — Three-Cent: Carriers and Locals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
230
c
Sale 1242, Lot 230, Three-Cent: Carriers and LocalsU.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB18). Rectangular margins just into handstamp, grid cancel (off top edge--not tied), used with 3c Dull Red, Type I (11), margins all around, slightly oxidized, tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Aug. 4" (1856) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to New York City street address, file folds including one thru carrier stamp, effectively tying it to the cover

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE PHILADELPHIA U.S.P.O. DESPATCH CARRIER STAMP ON THE IMPRINT SHEET MARGIN OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE, SCOTT 7LB18.

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. Several specialists in United States carrier issues have speculated that the U.S.P.O. handstamped adhesives (7LB14, 7LB16 and 7LB18)--used when other printed carrier stamps were available--were prepared by one or more carriers and affixed by them to show receipt of the carrier fee when paid by coin.

Ex Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate

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