Sale 800 — 1998 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Saturday, 9 May, 1998
Category — Carriers and Locals
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.