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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 June, 2000

Category — Local Posts (Robison to Teese & Co.)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1898
 
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1898, Local Posts (Robison to Teese & Co.)Robison & Co., Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (128L1), Robison & Co., Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (128L1)Robison & Co., Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (128L1). Ample to large margins, cancelled by light blue "Paid" straightline, tiny pinhole

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF OF THE FINEST OF THE SEVEN REPORTED OFF-COVER EXAMPLES OF ROBISON & CO.'S LOCAL-POST STAMP.

Robison & Co. was a relatively small local post in Brooklyn, New York. Elliott Perry located three Robisons in the city directory listings who were in the express business: Cornelius D. Robison at 140 Chambers, 1857-58; Francis Robison at 707 Greenwich, 1857-58; and William Robison at 64 Cedar, 1852-53. It is not known which, if any, of these men was the proprietor.

The most famous example of the Robison & Co. local-post stamp is the one tied on cover to Jas. H. Watson, 231 Henry Street in Brooklyn. The cover was discovered circa 1895 by F. E. Kneeland Jr., a Brooklyn teen-aged boy who found it while searching through a relative's papers. It passed to Ferrary, then to Caspary, and was later to become one of the cornerstones of the Boker collection. Other examples of Robison & Co.'s stamp must have been discovered in the 1860's, because catalogues published in 1864 and 1865 contain listings for a Robison & Co. post.

Our records contain eight examples of 128L1, including seven off cover and the one on cover. Five of the off-cover stamps are known to have small faults. The stamp offered here has a relatively clear strike of the blue "Paid" cancellation ("I" and "D" show).

E. 5,000-7,500
4,000
1899
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1899, Local Posts (Robison to Teese & Co.)Roche's City Dispatch, Roche's City DispatchRoche's City Dispatch. Large red circular handstamp on enameled cover locally-addressed to "Pennock Pusey" and marked with ms. "Paid", ca. 1850, with engraved wedding announcement card enclosed, Very Fine, we estimate that four or five covers bear Roche's large round handstamp, although only two are noted by Gronowski in his July 1995 Penny Post survey

E. 500-750
750
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1900
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1900, Local Posts (Robison to Teese & Co.)Roche's City Dispatch, Roche's City DispatchRoche's City Dispatch. Large red circular handstamp, additional "Roche's Newspaper and Periodical Office" red circular handstamp overstruck by dark blue "Wilmington Del. Sep. 24" circular datestamp with matching "5" rate on brown cover to Gibbon's Tavern Pa., slight wrinkling and edge wear, Fine, extremely rare with the office marking

E. 400-500
350
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1901
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Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1901, Local Posts (Robison to Teese & Co.)Russell 8th Ave. Post Office, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Yellow (130L2), Russell 8th Ave. Post Office, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Yellow (130L2)Russell 8th Ave. Post Office, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Yellow (130L2). Uncancelled, margins cut in and the right side is faulty -- still, a stamp of such rarity, it is worth accepting this example on its own terms -- ex Burrus

E. 400-500
400
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1902
c
San Francisco City Letter Express. Blue oval Horse & Rider handstamp and matching "Paid" in frame on cover used as a paste-up with buff cover addressed to San Francisco, Extremely Fine, very rare usage, ex Haas

E. 400-500
200
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1903
c
San Francisco City Letter Express. Blue oval Horse & Rider handstamp on unaddressed cover, some insect nibbling at bottom and faint toning, otherwise Fine

E. 100-150
50
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1904
ngbl
Squier & Co. City Letter Dispatch, St. Louis Mo., 1c Green, Imperforate (132L1). Positions 65-70/95-100, block of 24 with bottom right corner sheet margin, unused (no gum), top margin slightly in, left side cut in, usual serious faults including creases, thins (breaks thru paper at one spot) and tears, typical condition of the blocks from the only surviving sheet (see Penny Post, Jan. 1992, p. 9) -- a block of 15 in Golden sale realized $3,750 hammer -- with 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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1905
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Squier & Co. City Letter Dispatch, St. Louis Mo., 1c Green, Imperforate (132L1). Block of four, unused (no gum), ample margins to just in, tears along creasing reinforced with hinges, otherwise Fine, scarce

240
150
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1906
 
Squier & Co. City Letter Dispatch, St. Louis Mo., 1c Imperforate and Rouletted Issues (132L1-132L3). Five used stamps, includes No. 132L1 pen cancel, another pen-cancelled on piece with 3c 1857, Nos. 132L2 and 132L3 with Jordan's datestamps, also a 132L2 that appears imperforate, minor faults, still a Fine and scarce group

E. 300-400
300
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1907
c
Post Office/Swarts/Chatham Square. Red oval handstamp (a bit faint) on quadruplicate folded letter sent from New York City Feb. 27, 1849 to Laguna, Mexico, where forwarded to addressee, forwarding notation on back, rectangular and oval town markings, "3" rate, Fine, most unusual -- evidently taken by Swarts to a private mail forwarder, conveyed to Mexico, then placed into mails and removed once again by a private forwarder

E. 300-400
140
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1908
c
Post Office, Swarts, Chatham Square. Red oval handstamp and red "U.S. Express Mail N.Y. N. York Jul. 6" route agent's circular datestamp on 1849 folded letter to Boston, Swarts' "Letters for N. York City..." red oval on back, Very Fine, scarce combination of markings

E. 100-150
75
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1909
c
Swarts Post Office, Chatham Square, Jul. 28. Oval datestamp clearly struck on brown cover to "136 Front St. Post Office Box 306", dropped by Swarts into post office where "New-York 1 Ct. Jul. 28" drop-rated circular datestamp was applied, Very Fine, ex Malcolm

E. 100-150
50
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1910
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1910, Local Posts (Robison to Teese & Co.)(Swarts) Bouton's City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Gray Blue, Dots in Corners (18L2), (Swarts) Bouton's City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Gray Blue, Dots in Corners (18L2)(Swarts) Bouton's City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Gray Blue, Dots in Corners (18L2). Ample to large margins, red "Paid" straightline cancel (not tied), matching "Swarts' Post Office N.Y. Chatham Square" oval on blue folded cover to Rathbun's Hotel, Feb. 28, 1849 docketing, Very Fine, early use after Swarts' buy-out of Bouton's post -- Bouton's stamps were accepted for prepayment, but examples of such usage are very scarce

E. 500-750
650
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1911
c
Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Dark Green Glazed (136L2). Full margins to touched at bottom, uncancelled, used on 1849 folded letter to New Haven Conn., red "N. York & N. Haven R.R. Sep. 25" route agent's circular datestamp and matching "5" handstamp, Very Fine, scarce cover carried by Swarts to the railroad route agent

E. 200-300
100
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1912
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1912, Local Posts (Robison to Teese & Co.)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Red on Wove (136L4), Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Red on Wove (136L4)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Red on Wove (136L4). Large margins incl. top sheet margin, rich color, ms. cancel (not tied), used on June 1850 folded letter to Poughkeepsie N.Y., part strike of red "Hudson Riv. Mail N.Y. Jun. 6" route agent's circular datestamp and matching "5" handstamp, Very Fine, scarce usage

E. 200-300
100
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1913
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1913, Local Posts (Robison to Teese & Co.)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Red on Wove (136L4), Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Red on Wove (136L4)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Red on Wove (136L4). Huge margins, cancelled by Hollow 6-Point Star (not tied), red "New-York 5 Cts. 23 Jan." integral-rate circular datestamp on cover to Saratoga Springs N.Y., Extremely Fine

E. 150-200
75
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1914
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1914, Local Posts (Robison to Teese & Co.)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Red on Blue Wove (136L6), Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Red on Blue Wove (136L6)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Red on Blue Wove (136L6). Large margins to clear at bottom right, tied by star fancy cancel, "New-York 5 cts. Dec. 18" integral-rate circular datestamp on cover to Auburn N.Y., Very Fine

E. 100-150
110
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1915
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1915, Local Posts (Robison to Teese & Co.)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Blue Gray Wove (136L7), Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Blue Gray Wove (136L7)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Blue Gray Wove (136L7). Large to huge margins, uncancelled, used on 1849 folded cover to New Haven Conn., red "New-York 5 cts. 1 Aug." integral-rate circular datestamp, Very Fine

E. 150-200
75
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1916
 
Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Gray Blue Wove, Bouton's, "Swarts" at Top (136L13). Four, one added to a cover, three have faults, generally Fine appearance, accompanied by No. 136L7 uncancelled on cover -- the "Swarts" manuscript overprint wasd the first stamp used by Swarts after taking over Bouton's post (although listed as 136L13 in Scott, it actually predates 136L1)

1,450
250
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1917
ogbl
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1917, Local Posts (Robison to Teese & Co.)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 1c Blue, "For the U.S. Mail" (136L14), Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 1c Blue, "For the U.S. Mail" (136L14)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 1c Blue, "For the U.S. Mail" (136L14). Complete pane of 25, right vertical block of ten separated and rejoined, brownish original gum, some faint toning, otherwise Very Fine, an extremely rare sheet of the original "For the U.S. Mail" stamp, not to be confused with the ubiquitous reprints in a light shade on thin paper (136L14a)

E. 750-1,000
350
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1918
c
Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 1c Blue, "For the U.S. Mail" (136L14). Six stamps on five covers and one piece, includes three used alone, two with 3c 1851, and one with 3c 1851 on piece, a sixth cover with No. 136L3 cancelled by diamond, Fine-Very Fine

E. 400-500
200
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1919
 
Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., Study Collection of Zachary Taylor Issues. Dozens of genuine stamps and additional sheets from reprint stones, together with reference material, some used examples, many are choice, includes No. 136L1, 136L8, sheets from Stone 3 and 4, some have faults, overall a Very Fine collection of this fascinating issue

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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1920
 
Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., Study Collection of Washington and "For the U.S. Mail" Issues. Hundreds of stamps, some which are reprints or remainders, many mounted on pages and annotated along with reference material, lots of used stamps, some on covers, blocks and panes, some have faults, overall Very Fine, an outstanding opportunity for the collector or dealer

E. 750-1,000
1,900
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1921
ngbl
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 1921, Local Posts (Robison to Teese & Co.)Teese & Co. Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue on Bluish (137L1), Teese & Co. Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue on Bluish (137L1)Teese & Co. Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue on Bluish (137L1). Complete sheet of 200 (two panes), includes 20 tete-beche pairs (137L1a), unused (no gum), "Bath" embossed stationer's mark at corner, large margins, a few horizontal creases, minor edge wrinkles

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A REMARKABLE COMPLETE SHEET OF THE TEESE & CO. PENNY POST, CONTAINING 20 TETE-BECHE PAIRS.

Scott value for blocks and 137L1a pairs

5,000
1,000
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1922
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Teese & Co. Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue on Bluish, Tete-Beche Pair (137L1a). Three pairs in an unused block of 22 plus another pair, creases and faint stains, still Fine, scarce

E. 200-300
100
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1923
c
Teese & Co. Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue on Bluish (137L1). Mostly large margins, ms. "X" cancel (not tied), blue "Philadelphia Pa. 5 cts May 30" integral-rate circular datestamp on brown cover to Delhi N.Y., pencil 1853 docketing, minor wear and small tear at top, still Very Fine, scarce Teese & Co. usage, ex Hollowbush

E. 300-400
210
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1924
c
Teese & Co. Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue on Bluish (137L1). Ample margins to touching, pencil cancel (not tied), used on cover to local street address, edge wear and creases, otherwise Fine and scarce, ex Hollowbush

E. 300-400
140
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