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Sale 811 — 1999 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 May, 1999

Category — Local Posts

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 8, Local PostsCalifornia Penny Post Co., 2c Blue (34L1), California Penny Post Co., 2c Blue (34L1)California Penny Post Co., 2c Blue (34L1). Large margins except small area at right where close, tied by ms. "X" cancel on brown cover to San Francisco, blue "Wells Fargo & Co. Express Marysville" oval for conjunctive service from Marysville into San Francisco, about one inch of right side of cover is restored

VERY FINE STAMP AND ATTRACTIVE-APPEARING COVER. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT CALIFORNIA PENNY POST COMPANY STAMP ON COVER. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF LOCAL POSTS.

Ex C. E. Chapman (handstamp at lower left), Caspary and Kramer

E. 10,000-15,000
18,000
9
ng
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 9, Local PostsMenant & Co. Express Post, New Orleans La., 2c Dark Red (104L1), Menant & Co. Express Post, New Orleans La., 2c Dark Red (104L1)Menant & Co. Express Post, New Orleans La., 2c Dark Red (104L1). Unused (no gum), large margins all around, light vertical crease

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE MENANT & CO. LOCAL POST STAMP. A GREAT PHILATELIC RARITY.

The Scott Catalogue contains a footnote to No. 104L1 that reads "Only one genuine example is known. It has a Philatelic Foundation certificate." The stamp offered here also has a certificate, and it is the second of two stamps certified genuine by the Philatelic Foundation. There is a total of four in our records (all unused): 1) ex Souren, illustrated in The Great Mail (p. 133); 2) ex Middendorf (faults incl. hole at top right); 3) ex Caspary (thins) and 4) the stamp offered here, which is a recent discovery.

According to The Great Mail, Menant & Co.'s Express Post commenced operations in 1853 at 21 Conti Street and were still in business as late as 1856, although at a different address, 118 Exchange Place, near the post office.

With 1998 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $3,500.00

E. 7,500-10,000
22,000
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10°
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 10, Local PostsSwarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (1c) Red (136L9), Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (1c) Red (136L9)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (1c) Red (136L9). Mostly large margins, small 4-bar grid cancel, tied by "N. York Br. Pkt. 23 Jul. 26" circular datestamp with integral debit on folded letter to Frankfurt, Germany, appropriate transit and rate markings, lettersheet with hand-colored Magnus lithograph of New York Crystal Palace Exhibition Fairgrounds, dated July 18, 1854, written in German

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND UNIQUE USE OF THE RARE MAGNUS CRYSTAL PALACE LETTERSHEET WITH STAMP OF SWARTS' LOCAL POST, WHICH BROUGHT THE LETTER TO THE POST OFFICE FOR ITS TRANSATLANTIC JOURNEY TO GERMANY. REMARKABLE FROM MANY PERSPECTIVES.

Only a few used examples of this Magnus lettersheet are known. Use of the Swarts stamp on transatlantic mail is also very rare. The combination of elements here is extraordinary by any measure.

E. 12,000-15,000
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