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
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