Sale 817 — The David Golden Collection of U.S. Carriers and Locals
Sale Date — Monday, 15 November, 1999
Category — Mearis City Despatch Post (Baltimore MD) (Part II)
ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS BEARING FRAGMENTS OF MEARIS' CITY DESPATCH POST 2-CENT STAMP.
As noted in the description of lot 1335, the ex-Caspary se-tenant pair originally had a fragment of the adjoining stamp below at lower left, which showed part of the "City Despatch" label (the margin was later trimmed to improve the appearance). The fragment showed a serifed typeface used for "City Despatch" and floral corner ornaments, which rule out any of the other 2c types -- we call it Type K. The cover offered here bears the only example of the type, which would probably be given its own Scott number (103L1A) if it was a complete stamp.
Ex Kelly and illustrated in his CCP series (Vol. 50, No. 3, p. 153).
ONE OF TWO RECORDED FRAGMENT USAGES OF MEARIS' CITY DESPATCH POST 2-CENT STAMP.
This front previously had a label adhering to lower left with a Hanford's Penny Post handstamp, which has been removed. There are only four recorded examples of the rectangular "City Despatch" handstamp, this being the only one with the Mearis adhesive. Three of the four are listed by Steven M. Roth in his Feb. 1997 Chronicle article on Baltimore locals.
EXTREMELY FINE. THE FINEST OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF MEARIS' "CITY DESPATCH" FRAMED HANDSTAMP.
This cover is not among the three listed by Steven M. Roth in his Feb. 1997 Chronicle article. Ex Richardson.
VERY FINE. ONLY FOUR EXAMPLES OF MEARIS' "CITY DESPATCH" FRAMED HANDSTAMP ARE RECORDED.
Adding lot 1343 to the three listed by Steven M. Roth in his Feb. 1997 Chronicle article, there is a total of four examples of this marking. However, one is struck on a front only (lot 1338 in this sale).
Ex Kelly and illustrated in his CCP series (Vol. 50, No. 3, p. 156).