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Sale 862 — The D.K. Collection of U.S. Carriers & Locals

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — Metropolitan Post Office thru Russell

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
94
c
Sale Number 862, Lot Number 94, Metropolitan Post Office thru RussellRoche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1), Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1)Roche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1). Rectangular margins, large on three sides, clear at left, vertical crease, uncancelled, used on folded cover to Geo. W. Metz on Market Street in Philadelphia, perfectly clear strike of red "Roche's City Despatch" large circular handstamp, greenish-blue "Wilmington Del. May 10" circular datestamp and matching "5" unpaid rate handstamp

VERY FINE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED GENUINE COVERS BEARING THE RARE ROCHE'S CITY DISPATCH STAMP -- ONLY THREE COVERS HAVE STAMPS WITH RECTANGULAR MARGINS.

Wilmington city directory and post-office employment records for James L. Roche are provided by Elliott Perry in Pat Paragraphs (reprint, pp. 459-460). This information is also included with a census of 129L1 stamps and covers by Stephen Gronowski in the July 1995 Penny Post. Roche is linked to the Wilmington post office as far back as 1833 by a signed postage receipt. For much of the time between 1845 and 1858 he was a clerk in the post office. He left in 1849 following Zachary Taylor's election, but returned in 1852. During his hiatus from official postal duties, Roche ran a newspaper and periodical room advertised as "one door from the post office" and started the City Dispatch. The six recorded genuine Roche covers are dated from the third-quarter 1849 through the end of 1850. Roche died in 1859.

The Gronowski 1995 census with updated information contains six genuine covers, three of which have rectangular-cut stamps. There are approximately seven off-cover stamps (including two added to covers).

Ex Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $8,250.00.

E. 3,000-4,000
5,250
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