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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 June, 2000

Category — Local Posts (Floyds Penny Post to Guys City Dispatch)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1759
c
Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago. Mostly clear strike of circular handstamp, 3c Rose (65), tied by "St. Louis Mo. Sep. 28" duplex circular datestamp and target on yellow cover to Chicago street address, sender's routing "Floyds Penny Post", note on back indicates the sender was the son of P. R. Spencer, creator of the Spencerian handwriting method, Very Fine, ex Malcolm

E. 300-400
200
1760
 
Sale 825, Lot 1760, Local Posts (Floyds Penny Post to Guys City Dispatch)Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Green (68L3). Ample margins to well clear at upper left, lightly cancelled by "Floyd's Penny Post Chicago" circular handstamp, rich color and fresh, minute tear in lower right margin,

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY TEN EXAMPLES OF FLOYD'S GREEN STAMP ARE KNOWN TO US.

John R. Floyd advertised the start of his Penny Post in July 1860. In June 1861, after the outbreak of the Civil War, Floyd sold the firm to Charles W. Mappa, but continued to assist in managing the post for several months before leaving for war in January 1862. Mappa in turn sold out to Kimball & Waterman in May 1862, and the post continued at least until November 1862 and then closed.

The Brown and Blue stamps were the first issued, and the Blue continued to be issued from 1860 through 1862. The Green stamps are known used only in October and November 1862, thus they appear to be the last printing, probably by Kimball & Waterman before the post was closed. The Blue is the most common, and the Brown is extremely scarce. The Green is by far the rarest, with only two recorded covers, five or six used stamps off cover, and three unused stamps (two with original gum) known to us. (Sources: Abt's American Philatelist series on Chicago local posts and Stimmell's article in The Penny Post, Jan. 1997).

Listed but unpriced in Scott. A used example with tiny flaw realized $2,100 hammer in our 2000 Rarities sale.

1,000
2,100
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1761
 
Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., Study Collection. 12 genuine stamps mounted with reference material (including reprints and forgeries), includes Nos. Blue 68L1 (10, incl. pair) and Brown 68L2 (2, unused and used), minor faults, generally Fine-Very Fine appearance, Scott value $1,900.00

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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1762
c
Friend's Boarding School, Barnesville O., (1c) Black (151L1). Type I, huge margins, uncancelled and affixed to backflap as almost always, 1c Ultramarine (156) paying drop rate, tied by Maltese Cross fancy cancel, "Barnesville O. Jun. 29" circular datestamp on cover to school mate, with Quaker letter enclosed, Very Fine, this local stamp is rarely seen with a 1c stamp

E. 300-400
375
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1763
c
Friend's Boarding School, Barnesville O., (1c) Black (151L1). Type I, full margins, uncancelled and affixed to backflap as almost always, 3c Green (157), minor fault, tied by "Barnesville O. May 12" circular datestamp and cork on cover to Quaker City O., Very Fine

E. 200-300
260
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1764
 
Gahagan & Howe City Express, San Francisco Cal., Study Collection. 14 genuine stamps mounted with reference material, includes Nos. 70L1, 70L2 (2), 70L3 (3 unused, 4 used, strip of 3) and 70L4, minor faults, overall Fine-Very Fine, Scott value $910.00

E. 300-400
750
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1765
 
Sale 825, Lot 1765, Local Posts (Floyds Penny Post to Guys City Dispatch)Glen Haven Daily Mail, Glen Haven N.Y., 1c Black on Green Glazed, Ty. II, IV (71L2, 71L4). Both uncancelled, 71L4 has o.g., usual small faults, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, the 71L2 stamp is rare

650
425
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1766
 
Sale 825, Lot 1766, Local Posts (Floyds Penny Post to Guys City Dispatch)Glen Haven Daily Mail, Glen Haven N.Y., 1c Black on Green (71L4). Huge margins, remarkable paper fold, shows wide blank area across stamp -- opened up and pressed for effect -- pen cancel, Extremely Fine

E. 200-300
325
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1767
c
Sale 825, Lot 1767, Local Posts (Floyds Penny Post to Guys City Dispatch)Gordon's City Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green, Green Glazed (72L2, 72L3). Uncancelled, used on two blue folded covers to the same addressee in Middletown Conn., No. 72L2 has large margins and corner crease, 72L3 has three large margins, in at bottom, red "New-York 5 cts." integral-rate circular datestamps and matching "Paid" arcs, pencil "5", Fine-Very Fine pair

E. 500-750
400
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1768
ogbl
Sale 825, Lot 1768, Local Posts (Floyds Penny Post to Guys City Dispatch)Grafflin's Baltimore Despatch, Baltimore Md., 1c Black (73L1). Block of four, original gum, large margins, Extremely Fine, very few blocks of this scarce stamp are recorded

1,050
1,050
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1769
c
Sale 825, Lot 1769, Local Posts (Floyds Penny Post to Guys City Dispatch)Grafflin's Baltimore Despatch, Baltimore Md., 1c Black (73L1). Three ample to large margins, touching at left, pencil "X" cancel (not tied), on buff cover to local street address, Very Fine, ex Caspary, accompanied by a second genuine stamp added to a cover

E. 400-500
350
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1770
c
Sale 825, Lot 1770, Local Posts (Floyds Penny Post to Guys City Dispatch)Guy's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Pink (74L1). Right sheet margin, two small short perfs, tied by purple "Guy's City Dispatch, 1123 Chestnut St." double-line oval on corner card cover to local street address, negligible brown spots mostly on back, Very Fine and choice, ex Jarrett -- a similar cover realized $750 in our Golden sale

E. 500-750
850
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1771
c
Sale 825, Lot 1771, Local Posts (Floyds Penny Post to Guys City Dispatch)Guy's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Pink (74L1). Two small tears at top, tied by purple "Guy's City Dispatch, 1123 Chestnut St." double-line oval on corner card cover with address label, with original enclosure -- a handsome printed Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite invitation to meeting of the Philadelphia Consistory -- dated Jun. 20, 1879, accompanied by another cover from the same correspondence with Apr. 18, 1878 duplex tying 2c Vermilion (183), the local cover has a small nick at lower left, otherwise Fine, very scarce, a similar cover in the Golden sale realized $750 hammer

E. 400-500
450
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1772
c
Sale 825, Lot 1772, Local Posts (Floyds Penny Post to Guys City Dispatch)Guy's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Pink (74L1). Right sheet margin, corner rounded, tied by purple "Guy's City Dispatch, 1123 Chestnut St." oval on corner card cover to local street address, vertical fold, Very Fine, scarce

E. 200-300
425
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1773
c
Sale 825, Lot 1773, Local Posts (Floyds Penny Post to Guys City Dispatch)Guy's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue (74L2). Well-centered, tiny perf tear at right, tied by purple "Guy's City Dispatch, 1123 Chestnut St." oval handstamp on yellow advertising card with letter delivery locations and times listed around advertisement for Craig, Finley & Co.'s "New Caution Label", the hook at top is still intact, Very Fine, Guy's Dispatch stamps are very scarce on cover and especially rare on a card of this type -- an outstanding exhibition item

E. 750-1,000
1,800
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1774
 
Guy's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Pink, Blue (74L1, 74L2). Collection of 50 stamps plus unused sheet of 74L1, some cancelled, minor faults in some, generally Fine-Very Fine, Scott value $1,000.00+

E. 300-400
625
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