Sale 973 — 2009 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 June, 2009

Category — Local Posts

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
290
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Sale 973, Lot 290, Local PostsLocomotive Express Post, (unstated value) Black (97L1). Clear handstamped strike of illustrated locomotive oval on bright white stamp paper, uncancelled, used on folded letter datelined "New York March 27, 1847" and addressed to Morgan & Lapham in Glens Falls N.Y., red "New York 5cts. Mar. 29" integral-rate circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE LOCOMOTIVE EXPRESS POST ADHESIVE. A GREAT RARITY WITH AN IMPRESSIVE PEDIGREE DATING BACK TO FERRARY.

The unique Locomotive Express Post stamp was first reported in The American Journal of Philately, October 28, 1905, page 377: "The New England Stamp Co. has show us a new local stamp, which, as will be seen by the illustration below, has no value expressed upon it. It is printed on white paper and was issued at Glens Falls, N.Y. Imperforate, no value, black." Obviously, this report erred in stating that the stamp was issued at Glens Falls. It was issued by a post operating within New York City and used on this letter to Glens Falls. For years the Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue erroneously identified this as a Buffalo N.Y. post with an 1854 year date. Research by Pitt Petrie proved this to be incorrect (The Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 32, No. 2). Notes from the Eugene N. Costales files indicate that Elliott Perry and Costales both felt it was "good" (genuine). To date no other example has turned up.

Ex Ferrary (with pencil sale notation along bottom edge of cover), Caspary and Lilly. With 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
15,500