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Sale 825 — U.S. Stamps and Covers, Foreign

Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 June, 2000

Category — Local Posts (Philadelphia Despatch Post)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1589
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1589, Local Posts (Philadelphia Despatch Post)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red (15L1), Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red (15L1)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red (15L1). Octagonal margins just slightly into circle, partly clear impression with usual ms. "R & Co" initials, red "Paid" and "3" outline numeral handstamp, used on folded letter with Sep. 18, 1843 Quaker date, addressed to Dr. William Blanding, 5th and Willow Street, interesting contents regarding numismatics -- Blanding was a chemist who manufactured ancient coins as a hobby (two recipes for gold lacquer are attached) -- red "Phila. Despatch Post P.M." circular datestamp, stamp has two negligible creases and faint glue smear

VERY FINE. THIS RECENT DISCOVERY BECOMES THE FIFTEENTH RECORDED COVER BEARING THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST RED STAMP.

Our records of the Philadelphia Despatch Post (Robertson & Co.) Red stamp, Scott 15L1, now contain 15 covers (in chronological order): 1) Feb. 15, 1843 folded letter to Hollingsworth, stamp cancelled by dots in small circle, red "Phila. Despatch Post 10 A.M." timestamp with ms. "16" date, ex Caspary, Golden; 2) Apr. 19, 1843 folded letter to Ludlow, stamp cancelled by large "3" and tied by red Phila. Apr. 20 post office circular datestamp, no timestamp, ex Boker; 3) Jun. 13, 1843, stamp cut square (only one known) and just tied by large red "3" on folded letter to Fritz in Phila., red Phila. Jun. 13 post office circular datestamp, marked "Refused", ex Caspary, Boker; 4) Jun. 20, 1843 folded letter to McNamee, stamp cancelled by large red "3", red "Phila. Despatch Post -- P.M." timestamp, ex Lowe, Golden; 5) Jun. 27, 1843 folded letter to Fabriquettes, stamp cancelled by red circle of V's, red Phila. Jun. 27 post office circular datestamp, no timestamp, ex Ferrary, Caspary, Boker; 6) Jul. 28, 1843 folded letter to Lattin & Hamlin, stamp cancelled by "Paid" (two strikes) and "3" (two strikes), sender's ms. "Paid" notation, no timestamp or postmark, Sloane records; 7) Jul. 28, 1843 folded letter to Burlington N.J., stamp cancelled by small red outline "3", red Phila. Jul. 28 post office circular datestamp and ms. "6" rate, Siegel 1985 Rarities sale; 8) Sep. 18, 1843 folded letter to Dr. Blandine, stamp cancelled by outline "3", red "Phila. Despatch Post -- P.M." timestamp, the cover offered here; 9) Oct. 10, 1843, torn stamp tied by red Phila. post office circular datestamp on folded letter to Mt. Pleasant O., ex Knapp (no photo); 10) Nov. 8, 1843 printed notice to Gilpin, stamp cancelled by small outline "3", red "Phila. Despatch Post -- P.M." timestamp, ex Gibson, Lowe, offered in this sale as lot 493; 11) undated folded cover to Richards, stamp cancelled by large red "3", red "Phila. Despatch Post 3 P.M." timestamp, Christies/Lowe Jun. 18, 1985 sale; 12) undated folded cover to Bache, stamp cancelled by large red "3", red "Phila. Despatch Post -- P.M." timestamp, unattributed photo source; 13) (Feb. 20, 1843?) folded letter to N. R. Pott, ms. "20" in "Phila. Despatch Post 3 P.M." timestamp, stamp cancelled by dots in small circle, "Paid" on cover, date unknown and markings assumed to be in red, unattributed photo source; 14) folded cover/letter (date unknown) to Charles Keen, stamp (assumed 15L1) cancelled by large "3", "Phila. Despatch Post 3 P.M." timestamp (markings assumed red), Tapling collection, British Library; and 15) undated folded cover to Carter & Scattergood, stamp cancelled by small outline "3", red "Phila. Despatch Post -- P.M." timestamp, P.F. records.

The establishment of the Philadelphia Despatch Post is documented in an advertisement in the Philadelphia Public Ledger, Dec. 8, 1842. A larger Robertson & Co. advertisement is illustrated here, which contains information that differs from the smaller Public Ledger ad. Notably, the stamps are priced at 3c individually, 31c per dozen and $2 per hundred. Valuable-letter registration for 6-1/4 cents and a 6c rate on letters beyond two miles are quoted (no examples of either service are known). The firm's address is 93 Chesnut Street, not 83 South Second Street as in the earlier advertisement. Published research by Robson Lowe, Edward T. Harvey, Norman Shachat, Steven M. Roth and Calvet M. Hahn has explored the vexing questions of ownership and transition from the predecessor posts to the successor, D. O. Blood & Co.

E. 7,500-10,000
5,000
1590
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1590, Local Posts (Philadelphia Despatch Post)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish (15L3), Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish (15L3)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish (15L3). Mostly ample margins, bottom left corner clipped by sender to leave address unobscured, red "3" cancel, matching "Phila. Despatch Post" circle faintly struck at left on May 9, 1844 folded letter to local street address, a very rare stamp and cover

E. 200-300
350
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1591
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1591, Local Posts (Philadelphia Despatch Post)Phila. Despatch Post 10 A.M, Phila. Despatch Post 10 A.MPhila. Despatch Post 10 A.M. Red circular timestamp with matching "3" handstamp struck at right on May. 28, 1843 folded letter to local firm, clear strike and Very Fine, extremely scarce

E. 200-300
260
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1592
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1592, Local Posts (Philadelphia Despatch Post)Phila. Despatch Post P.M, Phila. Despatch Post P.MPhila. Despatch Post P.M. Red circular timestamp with matching outline "3" struck at right on Feb. 13, 1844 folded letter from Baltimore Md. to local Philadelphia address, remarkably clear strike and Very Fine

E. 200-300
210
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1593
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1593, Local Posts (Philadelphia Despatch Post)Phila. Despatch Post 10 A.M, Phila. Despatch Post 10 A.MPhila. Despatch Post 10 A.M. Red circular timestamp with matching outline "3" struck at right on Mar. 28, 1844 folded letter to local firm, clear strike and Very Fine, scarce, ex Hollowbush

E. 150-200
70
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