Sale 996 — The Wagshal Collection, Part 3:
3c 1851-57 Issues

Sale Date — Thursday, 21 October, 2010

Category — 3c Dull Red - Carrier & Local Combinations

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3151
c
Sale 996, Lot 3151, 3c Dull Red - Carrier & Local CombinationsU.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB18). Large margins with "& Cincinnati" of imprint at top, tied by the same oval handstamp used to produce the 7LB18 stamp and used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), tied by bold strike of "Philadelphia Pa. Nov. 14" circular datestamp on immaculate cover to Wilmington Del.

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS REMARKABLE CARRIER STAMP. THIS IS ALSO THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE WHICH IS TIED BY THE SAME PHILADELPHIA OVAL CARRIER HANDSTAMP USED TO PRODUCE THE CARRIER STAMP.

The Philadelphia carrier stamps printed on the sheet selvage of imperforate 1c 1851 stamps hold a unique position in United States philately. Elsewhere in the world there are very few instances in which sheet selvage was used to produce adhesive stamps --- the early stamps of Zanzibar from a much later period immediately come to mind. Two handstamps were used to produce the Philadelphia carrier stamps, this being the larger version, which is usually found partly or weakly struck. This example, a bold strike with rectangular margins showing a large part of the imprint, is among the two or three finest known stamps, and the usage on cover is extremely rare, especially tied by the same marking used to produce the carrier stamp.

With 1990 note from Robert B. Meyersburg.

E. 5,000-7,500
13,000