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Sale 846 — 2002 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 18 May, 2002

Category — Carriers Stamps

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2403
c
Sale Number 846, Lot Number 2403, Carriers StampsU.S. Penny Post, St. Louis Mo., 2c Blue (8LB3), U.S. Penny Post, St. Louis Mo., 2c Blue (8LB3)U.S. Penny Post, St. Louis Mo., 2c Blue (8LB3). Huge top margin with dividing line and trace of adjoining stamp, large margin at right and clear at left, slightly in at bottom, cancelled by ms. "X", perfectly struck "Paid" straightline on 10-1/4 x 8-1/4 inch gilt-and-lace decorated Valentine cover to "Mrs. Scoot, Sixth Street above Morgan Street next door to No. 170, St. Louis, Moissori", with original Valentine enclosure, elaborately embellished with gilt and enamel decoration, sender's love poem to "Mrs. Scoott" dated "Feb 13/57", with the exception of a small missing piece of lace at the upper right of cover, both the cover and enclosure are in excellent condition

EXTREMELY FINE. THE MOST SPECTACULAR OF THE FOUR RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE ST. LOUIS 2-CENT BLUE CARRIER (8LB2), OF WHICH ONLY FIVE EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN IN TOTAL. A REMARKABLE STAMP, ISSUED CIRCA 1857 AND MODELED UPON THE ONE-CENT 1851-57 FRANKLIN STAMP AND THE 1852 3-CENT SILVER COIN.

Elliott Perry theorized that the design of this stamp was a cross between the 1851 1c stamp (ornamental border) and the 1852 3c silver coin known as a "fish-scale", which had the shield in six-point star design (see Pat Paragraphs, reprint, pp. 263-264). The concept was "something between" 1c and 3c. Our records contain just five examples of 8LB2: 1) "1 ct" cancel, off cover, ex Golden, Siegel Sale 817, lot 425; 2) tied by "1 ct" in frame on cover to Edwin Harrison, ex Middendorf; 3) used on large Valentine cover to Mrs. Scoot, dated Feb. 13, 1857, ms. "X" cancel (not tied) and "Paid" straightline, ex Bulger, the cover offered here; 4) tied by "1 ct" in frame on cover to Miss St. Denis, the cover offered in lot 2404; and 5) cut to oval shape, tied by "Paid" in arc on large Valentine cover to Mrs. Scoot, Sloane photo.

Ex Bulger. Scott Retail for off-cover 8LB3 is $22,500.00

E. 30,000-40,000
32,500
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