EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF TEN RECORDED COVERS WITH JENKINS' CAMDEN DISPATCH LITHOGRAPHED STAMP (89L1).
An overview of the post and different stamp printings is provided in the description of lot 1273 in our Golden sale (www.siegelauctions.com/1999/817/yf817209.htm#222). Our records and information kindly provided by John P. Halstead contain ten complete covers bearing 89L1 (either Halstead Type 3 or 4). The lithographed stamp was printed by Wagner and McGuigan, a Philadelphia firm, in June 1854 and January 1857. The ten covers are as follows: 1) Ty. 4, two diagonal pen lines, not tied, with 3c 1851 on cover to James Shaw, Philadelphia, Sloane file, pictured in an article by Eugene Klein; 2) Ty. 3, tied by two diagonal crayon lines (red?) on cover to Hudson Sheeve, Engineer at W. Jersey Ferry, ex Ferrary; 3) Ty. 4, tied by two diagonal red crayon lines on cover to P. L. Vorhees, N. Camden, ex Caspary, Middendorf; 4) Ty. 4, tied by wavy pen line on cover to Judge Carpenter, Trenton N.J., with Camden Jan. 18 datestamp and "5" rate (1855 or 1857, year?), ex Abt, Golden (where it realized $7,500 hammer); 5) Ty. 3 on cover to Joshua J. Benson, private collection; 6) Ty. 4, tied by crayon (red?) on cover to John Gardiner, private collection; 7) Ty. 4, tied by ms. lines on large Valentine cover to Miss Amy W. Brooks, the cover offered here; 8) Ty. 4, ms. cancel, on cover to Eleanore H. Davis, Schwartz collection; 9) Ty. 3, uncancelled on Girard House (Phila.) corner cover to "Proprietor of Jenkin's Despatch", ex J. W. Brown collection; and 10) Ty. 3, tied by ms. on cover to Joseph Frain, reported to Halstead by Gordon Stimmell. In addition, we record another 89L1 Ty. 3 tied by wavy pencil line on part cover to Hudson Sheeve, dated Jan. 1, 1855, ex Caspary. The Type 4 lithographs are attributed by Halstead (Penny Post, Jan. 1991) to the January 1857 printing.
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB STAMP ON FRESH COVER. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE TEN RECORDED JENKINS' 89L1 COVERS.
A listing of the ten covers appears in the description for the previous lot. This cover is No. 6 in our census.
A VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF JENKINS' CAMDEN DISPATCH 89L1 ON COVER. THIS IS THE SCARCER TYPE 3 PRINTING.
Of the ten covers in our Golden census, only four have Type 3 stamps. This cover is No. 5 in our census.
VERY FINE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE JENKINS' CAMDEN DISPATCH TYPESET STAMP, OF WHICH TWO ARE POSITIVELY KNOWN ON COVERS. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL LOCAL ISSUES.
As noted in the overview provided in lot 1273 in our Golden sale catalogue, the typeset stamp is not known on a dated cover that allows us to place it in the sequence of Jenkins' issues. As a typeset stamp, it would appear to be the first issue in 1853, prior to production from the Scattergood & Telfer woodcut. However, its "One Cent" denomination suggests that it might have come at the end, after the February 1861 announcement of a rate reduction from 2c to 1c. The stamp's rarity as a short-lived issue is explainable in either circumstance.
We record four examples as follows: 1) uncancelled, on cover to Geo. Billmeyer, ex Golden (sold after the auction); 2) tied by pen line on cover to Franklin S. Hovey, Philadelphia, the cover offered here; 3) reported used on cover from Philadelphia to Lancaster, Halstead article (Penny Post, Jan. 1991), and 4) pen cancel, ex Ferrary, Caspary, Middendorf.