Sale 797 — U.S. Postal History & Foreign

Sale Date — Friday, 12 December, 1997

Category — Carriers and Locals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1899
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Sale 797, Lot 1899, Carriers and LocalsEagle City Post, Philadelphia, (2c) Black on Pelure (61L1). Original gum, small h.r., bold impression of "EAGLE POST, 80 CHESNUT STREET" with circular rim terminating within the margins of the stamp, suggesting a part strike, top edge slightly ragged (described as "defective at top" on certificate)

ONE OF THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS LOCAL POST STAMP AND THE ONLY STAMP KNOWN UNUSED. RARER THAN THE UNITED STATES ALEXANDRIA PROVISIONAL, THE BERMUDA PEROT PROVISIONAL, THE HAWAIIAN TWO-CENT MISSIONARY AND THE MAURITIUS POST OFFICE STAMPS.

The lower right portion of the stamp shows very faint small printed letters - an "N" appears most clearly just below the "T" of "Street". There is also a small loop of manuscript in the same area.

Although this stamp is listed as the first Eagle City Post adhesive (Scott 61L1, 1847 issue date), so little is known about the actual issue dates of this local post's stamps that it is possible the "cogwheel" stamp came first (Scott 61L2, used beginning in 1846). The shortened "Eagle Post" title on the 61L1 stamp points to an 1848 or 1849 date, but the absence of any reference to Adams Express Co., with which Stait's Eagle City Post was affiliated, is puzzling.

Only two other examples are recorded: a cut-square stamp used on an 1847 folded cover, which was part of the Boker collection; and a cut-circular stamp on a "from the mails" cover, ex Gibson and Middendorf. This stamp with original gum is a miraculous survivor. Perhaps the issue was short-lived, accounting for its rarity, and this stamp found its way out of a small unused or redeemed suppy.

Unlisted with original gum. With 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
12,500