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Sale 869 — Fall 2003 U.S. Rarities: United States, Confederate States, Historic Flights and Hawaii

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 November, 2003

Category — Carriers and Locals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3309°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3309, Carriers and LocalsBouton's Manhattan Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Pink (17L1), Bouton's Manhattan Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Pink (17L1)Bouton's Manhattan Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Pink (17L1). Large margins, gum stain, uncancelled as usual, used on brown cover to local street address, pencil "WB-- Deliver this without fail this day. Dean" and "Paid Bouton" printed in identical pencil, with Mar. 1, 1848, letter enclosure, couple minor stains in cover

VERY FINE. ONE OF SEVEN OR EIGHT REPORTED EXAMPLES OF BOUTON'S MANHATTAN EXPRESS STAMP. ONLY FOUR COVERS ARE KNOWN.

The Manhattan Express was operated by William V. Barr as early as October 1845 until sometime soon after Valentine's Day 1847, when Barr sold out to John R. Bouton. The first stamp issued under Bouton's ownership is the 2c on Pink (17L1). Approximately seven or eight examples are known, uncancelled, including four used on covers. This is the only one with a P.F. certificate stating genuinely used on cover.

With 2000 P.F. certificate that describes the "Paid Bouton" pencil notation as "non-contemporary" (an opinion with which we vehemently disagree).

E. 2,500-3,500
2,500
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