Sale 800 — 1998 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 9 May, 1998

Category — Carriers and Locals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
374
c
Sale 800, Lot 374, Carriers and LocalsAmerican Letter Mail Co., 5c Black, Thin Paper (5L1). Full margins all around, tied by ms. "C", red "Forwarded/By/American/Mail Co./From/No. 109 Chestnut Street/Philadelphia" circular handstamp and matching "Paid" straightline on folded cover to New York City, receipt docketing indicates Philadelphia Sep. 5, 1844 origin, stamp has small sealed scissors-cut at upper right, otherwise Very Fine, a choice and exceedingly rare usage of the small Eagle stamp - the circular handstamp and "Paid" were used briefly in August-September 1844

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
375
c
Sale 800, Lot 375, Carriers and LocalsBentley's. Madison Square/1/P.M./Jun/21. Perfectly struck double-circle local post handstamp on small cover to Philadelphia, 3c Dull Red (26), well-centered and wide margins, tied by double-struck "New-York Jun. 21" cds, Extremely Fine Gem, one of the rarest New York City local post markings

E. 2,000-2,500
2,100
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376
c
Sale 800, Lot 376, Carriers and LocalsPhiladelphia Despatch Post, (3c) Black, Without Shading in Background, Initialed "R & Co." (15L3). Large margins to slightly in at top, corner crease, cancelled by red outline "3", matching faint "Phila. Despatch Post P.M." cds on Oct. 13, 1843 folded letter locally addressed, minor aging and splits along folds

FINE. THIS IS THE RAREST OF THE STRIDING MESSENGER STAMPS, ISSUED BY THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST, PREDECESSOR TO D. O. BLOOD. BETWEEN SEVEN AND NINE COVERS ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.

The "R & Co." Striding Messenger stamps without any backgorund shading lines are extremely rare. There were only three Scott 15L3 covers in the Caspary collection, including the unique double impression. This stamp shows an extremely worn impression with the buildings at left and right almost completely missing.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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377
 
Sale 800, Lot 377, Carriers and LocalsPhiladelphia Despatch Post, (3c) Black, Shading in Background, Initialed "R & Co." (15L3 var). Large margins to slightly in at top and lower left, cancelled by red outline "3", matching "Phila. Despatch Post 10 A.M." cds on locally addressed cover front only

FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE "R & CO." INITIALS ON THE STRIDING MESSENGER STAMP WITH BACKGROUND SHADING LINES.

Although the Scott Catalogue defines 15L3 as "without shading in background", specialists are familiar with examples of Striding Messenger stamps with background shading (Scott 15L4) initialled "R & Co." and obviously issued by the Philadelphia Despatch Post. This example shows use of the stamp with the "Phila. Despatch Post" circular timestamp.

E. 1,000-1,500
1,350
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377A
 
Sale 800, Lot 377A, Carriers and LocalsRobison & Co., Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (128L1). Three large margins, in at right, crisp impression, accompanying P.F. certificate notes "unused...slight discoloration at top" which is actually the watery blue cancellation known to have been used by Robison & Co.

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE. ONLY SIX EXAMPLES RECORDED, INCLUDING THE FAMOUS CASPARY COVER. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL NEW YORK LOCAL POST STAMPS.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
4,250
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378
c
Sale 800, Lot 378, Carriers and LocalsRoche's City Dispatch, Wilmington Del., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (129L1). Cut to oval shape impinging on frameline, slight crease and three tiny pinholes, uncancelled, used on 1849 folded letter to Beverly Va., greenish blue "Wilmington Del. Nov. 20" cds and matching "5" rate hs, vertical file fold, minor toning

FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ROCHE'S CITY DISPATCH STAMP. ONLY THIRTEEN EXAMPLES RECORDED, INCLUDING SIX ON COVERS TO WHICH THEY BELONG.

A recent census by Stephen L. Gronowski, published in The Penny Post (Vol 5, No. 3, July 1995), lists four off-cover Roche's stamps and nine covers (this is believed to be number 8). Of the nine covers, three have stamps which appear to have been added.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
10,000
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379
c
Sale 800, Lot 379, Carriers and LocalsBrainard & Co., New York-Albany-Troy, (5c) Black (24L1). Three large margins, in at left, tied by ms. stroke on undated folded cover to New York City, probably originating at Troy N.Y., circa 1844-45

FINE AND FRESH COVER. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF INDEPENDENT MAILS. PROBABLY FEWER THAN TEN EXAMPLES OF THE BRAINARD STAMP, BLACK OR BLUE, EXIST ON COVERS.

In his comprehensive article, "The Brainard Independent Mail Companies" (Collectors Club Philatelist, May-June 1984), Calvet M. Hahn records six covers with Brainard adhesive stamps and conjectures that the Black stamp was probably used from Troy, New York. With 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
4,500
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380
c
Sale 800, Lot 380, Carriers and LocalsSwarts' City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 1c Red (136L15). Three large margins, just touched at left, used with 3c Brownish Carmine (11), large margin at left, touched or slightly in on other sides, very lightly oxidized, 1c tied by blue 5-point star cancel used by Swarts, both stamps tied by "New York Feb. 14" Valentine's Day cds (with three slugs between month and day - probably 1852) on small cover to a Miss Frances Lowe in New Brunswick N.J., small skillfully sealed opening tear at upper right, lightened stain spot at lower left

VERY FINE. PROBABLY FEWER THAN A HALF-DOZEN COVERS EXIST WITH THE SWARTS "FOR THE MAILS" STAMP IN RED. AN OUTSTANDING LOCAL AND 1851 ISSUE COMBINATION.

The Red "For the Mails" stamps were issued by Swarts in 1851 when the 1c rate was introduced. The Red stamps are far rarer than the Blue stamps of the same design, which followed sometime later.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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381
c
Sale 800, Lot 381, Carriers and LocalsWells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Three ample margins, frameline just shaved at top, tied by "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express Aurora" blue oval handstamp on 3c Pink entire with black printed frank to San Francisco, from the Crittenden correspondence, Very Fine

E. 2,500-3,500
3,750
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382
c
Sale 800, Lot 382, Carriers and LocalsWells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Three full margins, clear at right, tied by "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express Aurora" blue oval handstamp on 3c Pink entire with black printed frank to San Francisco, from the Crittenden correspondence, Very Fine

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