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Sale 853 — U.S. Postal History & Foreign

Sale Date — Thursday, 19 December, 2002

Category — Carrier Department Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2500
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2500, Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1), Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1)Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1). Type 3, left sheet margin, other sides large to just touching at top, tied by black grid on Mar. 3, 1853 folded letter to local addressee, Very Fine and choice, ex Hall

E. 300-400
170
2501
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2501, Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1), Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1)Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1). Position 2, huge corner sheet margins, other sides large, tied by bold grid cancel on blue folded cover to local addressee, wrinkles at top, repaired tear and small hole at top well clear of stamp, Extremely Fine stamp and attractive cover

E. 300-400
150
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2502
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2502, Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1), Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1)Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1). Type 9, huge margins including bottom sheet margin, bright color, tied by large ms. "X" on buff cover to local address, two vertical folds clear of stamp, otherwise Extremely Fine, ex Kelly, Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
0
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2503
 
Baltimore Md., 1850-56 Issues (1LB1-1LB3, 1LB6-1LB7). Six incl. 1LB1 on and off cover, 1LB2 cut to shape, 1LB3 uncancelled, 1LB6 blue cancel and 1LB7 uncancelled, faults, Fine, still an attractive group

E. 200-300
125
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2504
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2504, Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB3), Baltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB3)Baltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB3). Type 7, huge margins including left sheet margin, tied by pen strokes on blue cover to local street address, bookseller's handstamped corner card, Extremely Fine, a remarkably choice cover, ex Waterhouse and Hall

E. 200-300
290
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2505
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2505, Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB3), Baltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB3)Baltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB3). Large margins to slightly in, tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Jan. 11" circular datestamp on cover to local street address, some disturbance around stamp indicating removal and reaffixing, otherwise Very Fine, rarely found tied in this manner

1,000
150
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2506
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2506, Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Green (1LB4), Baltimore Md., 1c Green (1LB4)Baltimore Md., 1c Green (1LB4). Type 3, huge margins including left sheet margin, cancelled by pencil on lady's embossed cover to "Mr. Barret" with carrier's pencil street notation "Eutaw" at lower left, with matching embossed letter enclosure, a lady's acceptance of Mr. Barret's invitation

EXTREMELY FINE STAMP AND IMMACULATE COVER. THE BALTIMORE GREEN CARRIER STAMP IS AMONG THE RAREST OF SEMI-OFFICIAL ISSUES.

Ex Hall and acquired by them in the Harmer, Rooke Oct. 26, 1949 sale.

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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2507
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2507, Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7)Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7). Ample to clear margins, used with 3c Dull Red (26), both stamps tied by "Baltimore Md. Jun. 23, 1859" circular datestamp on small cover to Charlottesville Va., mended backflap faults, otherwise Fine, ex Judd

E. 100-150
170
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2508
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2508, Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB6), Baltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB6)Baltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB6). Ample margins to just touching, tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Mar. 2" circular datestamp on buff cover to Commissioner of Pensions in Washington D.C., free of regular postage but carrier fee was required and paid, horizontal fold clear of stamp, Very Fine

400
325
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2509
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2509, Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1857 Horse & Rider Issue (1LB8-1LB9), Baltimore Md., 1857 Horse & Rider Issue (1LB8-1LB9)Baltimore Md., 1857 Horse & Rider Issue (1LB8-1LB9). Five covers, incl. 1LB8 and 1LB9 tied with 3c 1857 on separate covers, 1LB9 with ms. "F" carrier initial (Fusselbaugh) also tied with 3c 1857, 1LB8a and 1LB8b varieties on separate covers (former tied with 3c 1857), minor faults, Fine-Very Fine, desirable group

E. 500-750
375
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2510
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2510, Carrier Department IssuesPaid/Carrier/1/Cent, Paid/Carrier/1/CentPaid/Carrier/1/Cent. Blue circular handstamp on cover to local street address, St. Thalberg's Concert embossed card on flap and printed circular enclosure announcing free concert, considerably toned, but a clear and Very Fine strike of this rare marking, ex Golden

E. 150-200
140
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2511
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2511, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, Ty. II, 3c Brownish Carmine (7, 11), 1c Blue, Ty. II, 3c Brownish Carmine (7, 11)1c Blue, Ty. II, 3c Brownish Carmine (7, 11). 1c Plate 2, mostly ample margins, 3c large margins to touching, tied by grid cancels, "Baltimore Md. Aug. 30" circular datestamp on 1852 blue folded letter to New York, Very Fine, extremely rare use of the 1c 1851 to prepay carrier fee on an outbound letter, illustrated in Kelly series (CCP, Vol. 51, No. 4, p. 212), ex Hessel and Golden

E. 400-500
450
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2512
c
Baltimore Md. Four covers incl. stampless from N.Y.C. with blue "2" oval for delivery, 3c 1851 on lady's cover from Berlin Md. with "1" in circle for delivery, 1c & 3c 1861 combination and four 1c 1861's, minor faults, generally Fine-Very Fine appearance

E. 150-200
170
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2513
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2513, Carrier Department IssuesBoston Mass., 1c Blue on Pelure (3LB1), Boston Mass., 1c Blue on Pelure (3LB1)Boston Mass., 1c Blue on Pelure (3LB1). Large margins to slightly in at top, usual brownish gum toning, tied by red "Boston 5 cts. 3 Oct." integral-rate circular datestamp on blue 1849 folded letter to Gardiner Me., Very Fine, choice tied usage of Boston's first carrier stamp

275
0
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2514
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2514, Carrier Department IssuesBoston Mass., 1c Blue on Pelure (3LB1), Boston Mass., 1c Blue on Pelure (3LB1)Boston Mass., 1c Blue on Pelure (3LB1). Large margins to just touched, brown gum toning, tied by clear strike of "Boston 5 cts. 12 Jul." integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded cover to New York, file crease thru stamp, but not disfiguring, Very Fine appearance, ex Forster, Middendorf and Golden

275
150
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2515
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2515, Carrier Department IssuesBoston Mass., 1c Blue on Pelure (3LB1), Boston Mass., 1c Blue on Pelure (3LB1)Boston Mass., 1c Blue on Pelure (3LB1). Large margins to cut in along top, usual brownish gum toning, tied by ring cancel, used with 5c Red Brown (1), large margins to clear, tied by black grid and red "Boston 5 cts. 14 Sep." integral-rate circular datestamp on blue 1850 folded letter to Windsor Vt., two file folds, one thru carrier stamp, otherwise Fine, scarce tied combination with 1847 Issue

E. 1,000-1,500
600
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2516
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2516, Carrier Department IssuesBoston Mass., 1c Blue (3LB2), Boston Mass., 1c Blue (3LB2)Boston Mass., 1c Blue (3LB2). Full to large margins, tied by red ring of pearls cancel on folded Mass. College of Pharmacy notice to local street address, Extremely Fine, ex Middendorf

220
140
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2517
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2517, Carrier Department IssuesBoston Mass., 1c Blue (3LB2), Boston Mass., 1c Blue (3LB2)Boston Mass., 1c Blue (3LB2). Large margins to barely in, tied by red "Boston 3 cts. 13 Sep." integral-rate circular datestamp, used with 3c Dull Red (11), tied by large "Paid" grid on cover to South Wardwick Vt., pencil "Missent from" and red "South Woodstock Vt." circular datestamp, 3c has small tear and crease, otherwise Fine, unusual usage, ex Golden

E. 150-200
160
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2518
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2518, Carrier Department IssuesBoston Mass., 1c Dark Blue (3LB2), Boston Mass., 1c Dark Blue (3LB2)Boston Mass., 1c Dark Blue (3LB2). Two huge margins, other sides ample, used with 3c Dull Red (11), ample margins to touching, carrier tied by diamond of diamonds, 3c tied by large "Paid" grid, red "Boston 3 cts. 25 Dec." integral-rate circular datestamp on orange cover to Newburyport Mass., Very Fine

325
160
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2519
c
Boston Mass. Nine items incl. 3LB1 off cover and four others on covers (two uncancelled), one of which was gummed on face in error and affixed with printing showing thru back in mirror image, 3LB2 off cover and three others tied on covers (one reduced), minor faults, still a Fine and desirable group of Boston's carrier issues

E. 400-500
600
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2520
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2520, Carrier Department IssuesPenny Post Paid, Penny Post PaidPenny Post Paid. Blue grid in circle handstamp with bold "Boston Ms. Paid Jun. 19, 1860" circular datestamp on cover to local street address, slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, blue is the scarcest of the colors used with this marking, ex Golden

E. 200-300
200
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2521
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2521, Carrier Department IssuesPenny Post Paid, Penny Post PaidPenny Post Paid. Red grid in circle handstamp clearly struck, red "Boston Dec. 4" circular datestamp and "Paid" on buff cover to local addressee, carrier to the post office for general delivery, Very Fine and extremely scarce usage

E. 150-200
100
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2522
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2522, Carrier Department IssuesPenny Post Paid, Penny Post PaidPenny Post Paid. Red grid in circle handstamp on small cover to South Boston street address, Very Fine, an unusually clear strike of this very scarce Boston carrier marking

E. 150-200
100
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2523
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2523, Carrier Department IssuesPenny Post Paid, Penny Post PaidPenny Post Paid. Black grid in circle clearly struck on Aug. 1854 folded notice to local street address, Extremely Fine and scarce, ex Middendorf

E. 150-200
425
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2524
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2524, Carrier Department IssuesSoldiers Letter, 24th Regt. Mass. Vol., N.E.G, Soldiers Letter, 24th Regt. Mass. Vol., N.E.GSoldiers Letter, 24th Regt. Mass. Vol., N.E.G. Circular handstamp and "Due 3" on cover to Boston street address, pencil "4 cents" indicating 1c extra for carrier delivery, Very Fine, extremely scarce cover showing combination of soldier's due rate and carrier charge

E. 150-200
230
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2525
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2525, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Pair and single (small pre-use tear), tied by "Paid" in circle and red "Boston Ms. Oct. 4, 1860" circular datestamp on cover to Newburyport Mass., "Due 1 cent" straightline handstamp for carrier fee -- very scarce combination of stamps and marking -- Very Fine, signed Ashbrook and discussed in 1946 Stamp Specialist (p. 97)

E. 200-300
350
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2526
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2526, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (24, 26), 1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (24, 26)1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (24, 26). Tied by "Paid" in oval cancels, red "Boston Mass. Aug. 3" double-circle datestamp on green and brown illustrated verse corner card cover to Mason Centre N.H., barely reduced at right, Very Fine

E. 200-300
220
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2527
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2527, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (24, 26), 1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (24, 26)1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (24, 26). Tied by large "Paid" grids, neat strike of "Boston Mass. Jul 8" double-circle datestamp on red and blue Ellsworth Patriotic cover to Hollis N.H., barely reduced at right, 3c stamp small tear at top right, otherwise Very Fine

E. 200-300
170
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2528
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2528, Carrier Department Issues3c Dull Red, 10c Green, Ty. V (26, 35), 3c Dull Red, 10c Green, Ty. V (26, 35)3c Dull Red, 10c Green, Ty. V (26, 35). 3c pair, 10c guideline straddle margin at left, tied by "Paid" grids, red "Boston Oct. 11 Paid 12" credit datestamp on blue 1859 folded cover to Paris, France, clearly struck Oct. 25 transit, receiving backstamp, Very Fine, the 1c overpayment of 15c U.S-France treaty rate was presumably for carrier service in Boston

E. 400-500
280
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2529
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2529, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65), 1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65)1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65). 1c wide straddle pane margin, 3c perfs trimmed at right, tied together by "Paid" in oval, red "Boston Mass. Apr. 16" double-circle datestamp on red and blue "Illustrated History of 'The Stars and Stripes'" patriotic cover to Portsmouth N.H., vertical bend at center, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, attractive carrier/patriotic usage, ex Meyersburg

E. 400-500
900
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2530
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2530, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, 3c Rose Pink (63, 64a), 1c Blue, 3c Rose Pink (63, 64a)1c Blue, 3c Rose Pink (63, 64a). Both have gum toning around perfs, each tied by "Paid" in oval, red "Boston Mass. Sep. 10" double-circle datestamp on red and blue Globe & Flag patriotic cover to Kennebunkport Me., 1861 year date on back, Very Fine patriotic/carrier usage, ex Walcott and Blake

E. 150-200
250
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2531
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2531, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, 10c Green (63, 68), 1c Blue, 10c Green (63, 68)1c Blue, 10c Green (63, 68). Slight crease and tiny perf faults from placement near edge, tied by "Paid" grid, red "Boston Mass. Aug. 30" double-circle datestamp on cover to San Francisco, bold "10" due handstamp, blue crayon box number, reduced -1/2 in. at left, Fine, unusual carrier usage

E. 100-150
260
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2532
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2532, Carrier Department IssuesBoston -- Attempted Prepayment, Boston -- Attempted PrepaymentBoston -- Attempted Prepayment. Two covers to Boston street addresses, each with 1c & 3c 1861, Waltham and Holyoke Mass. datestamps, Very Fine, neither originating town had appointed carriers, thus these are attempted prepayments of Boston carrier delivery fee

E. 100-150
160
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2533
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2533, Carrier Department IssuesBoston Mass, Boston MassBoston Mass. 23 covers and one printed notice, almost all with 1c & 3c combinations incl. 1851's, 1857's and 1861's, one stampless Valentine marked "Paid" with "for Delivery" in pencil, a few 4x 1c covers and "Due 1 cent", some have faults, still Fine, a highly exhibitable and scarce group of Boston carrier covers

E. 750-1,000
850
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2534
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2534, Carrier Department IssuesBrooklyn N.Y, Brooklyn N.YBrooklyn N.Y. Three covers showing different carrier usage, 1c & 3c 1857, 3c and "Due 1 Cent", and 1c & 3c 1861, clear Brooklyn markings, few trivial flaws, still Very Fine, scarce group

E. 150-200
230
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2535
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2535, Carrier Department Issues1c Dark Blue, 3c Rose (63b, 65), 1c Dark Blue, 3c Rose (63b, 65)1c Dark Blue, 3c Rose (63b, 65). 1c perfectly centered and deep rich color, both tied by large grids, "Brooklyn N.Y. Apr. 3, 1862" double-circle datestamp on small cover to New York City street address with red and blue engraved Flag patriotic design, Extremely Fine, engraved patriotics are scarce, ex Haas, with 1966 P.F. certificate (1c as No. 63)

E. 200-300
575
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2536
 
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2536, Carrier Department Issues(Honour's) City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black (4LB3), (Honour's) City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black (4LB3)(Honour's) City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black (4LB3). Large margins, tied by brownish "Paid" straightline, used with 3c Dull Red (11), ample margins to clear, tied by blue "Charleston S.C. Paid Nov. 22" (ca. 1854) circular datestamp on blue front only to New York City street address, couple pieces of tape at sides, Very Fine, only three or four 4LB3 covers/fronts are known with the "Paid" cancel, ex Hind and Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,350
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2537
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2537, Carrier Department IssuesHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8). Ample to large margins, bold ms. "M" cancel, used on brown cover to local addressee, neatly docketed, few brown spots around edges, still Very Fine, accompanied by Honour's ad clipped from newspaper

E. 300-400
200
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2538
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2538, Carrier Department IssuesHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish (4LB11), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish (4LB11)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish (4LB11). Three full margins, touched at bottom, ms. "2" cancel, "tied" by light stain on brown cover to Hampstead in North Charleston, ms. "Pd. Bellinger" which is a most unusual marking for Honour's carrier service, Fine, with 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
900
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2539
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2539, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (24, 25), 1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (24, 25)1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (24, 25). Tied by "Charleston S.C. Paid Apr. 25, 1859" circular datestamp on folded letter from Charleston merchant to South Santee S.C., Very Fine, this is clearly not a way letter -- Mr. Johnstone regards it as one piece of evidence indicating a 1c carrier fee to the post office payable with regular stamps

E. 150-200
210
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2540
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2540, Carrier Department Issues"Penny Post will please deliver", "Penny Post will please deliver""Penny Post will please deliver". Sender's instructions on blue folded cover to Charleston street address, 3c Orange Brown (10), ample margins to slightly in, tied by red "Paid 3" in circle, matching "Bethlehem Ct. Sept. 2" (1851) circular datestamp, Very Fine, attractive and scarce incoming carrier usage

E. 150-200
270
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2541
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2541, Carrier Department IssuesCharleston S.C, Charleston S.CCharleston S.C. Five covers to Charleston with "Penny Post" endorsements, incl. 1c & 3c prepaid way combinations with dated "Penny Post" ms. markings evidently applied by carrier, others with 3c 1857 and endorsed by senders, minor faults, Fine and scarce

E. 200-300
220
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2542
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2542, Carrier Department Issues, Confederate Period "Penny Post" 10c Blue, Paterson (2) tied by "Pocotaligo S.C. 22 Sep." circular datestamp on cover to Charleston, sender's instructions "Care of Penny Post", docketed 1862, with original enclosure, stamp damaged from opening, nonetheless a significant and extremely rare artifact of the carrier operation in Charleston during the Civil War, ex Meyersburg

E. 300-400
150
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2543
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2543, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (24, 26), 1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (24, 26)1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (24, 26). Tied by grids, red "Charlestown Ms. Sep. 10, 1860" circular datestamp on bright buff cover to New York City street address, reduced at right, still Very Fine, one of three recorded carrier covers from Charlestown (carried by Joseph Bryant, according to Mr. Johnstone)

E. 200-300
210
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2544
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2544, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65), 1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65)1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65). 1c wide straddle margin, tied by grids, red "Charlestown Ms. Apr. 25, 1862" double-circle datestamp on cover to Boston, couple small opening tears at right, otherwise Very Fine, one of three recorded carrier covers from Charlestown (carried by Joseph Bryant, according to Mr. Johnstone)

E. 200-300
350
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2545
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2545, Carrier Department Issues5c Brown (76), 5c Brown (76)5c Brown (76). Dark shade, tied by segmented grid and "Richmond Va. Jun. 4" (ca. 1865) circular datestamp on blue cover to Chelsea Mass., sender's instructions "Penny Post deliver", Very Fine, unusual usage, the 5c stamp possibly intended to prepay collection and delivery fees in Richmond and Chelsea

E. 200-300
260
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2546
 
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2546, Carrier Department IssuesWilliams' City Post, Cincinnati O., 2c Brown (9LB1), Williams' City Post, Cincinnati O., 2c Brown (9LB1)Williams' City Post, Cincinnati O., 2c Brown (9LB1). Full to large margins, cancellation not evident but stained and thinned, a very rare Carrier Department stamp

3,000
800
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2547
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2547, Carrier Department IssuesWilliams' City Post, Cincinnati O., 2c Brown (9LB1), Williams' City Post, Cincinnati O., 2c Brown (9LB1)Williams' City Post, Cincinnati O., 2c Brown (9LB1). Large margins all around, lightly-inked red cancel ("Paid"?) with impression tying thru paper, additional ms. "X" cancel, used on small cover to Susie M. Merrill, 8th St. below Carr

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE RARE WILLIAMS' CITY POST CARRIER STAMP.

Beginning in late October 1854, C. C. Williams was appointed as superintendent of Cincinnati's carrier department, which had functioned sporadically since 1837 (in fact, there was no carrier service from October 1845 to February 1848). The earliest advertisements for Williams' City Post specified carrier fees for city delivery (2c) or delivery to the mails (1c). The announcements specifically required that carrier fees be prepaid with carrier stamps; that is, the official Eagle Carrier (LO1) or semi-official Williams' City Post (9LB1) stamps issued for this purpose. Research by Elliott Perry establishes that Williams left the carrier department and joined the post office as a clerk on April 1, 1855. However, the 9LB1 stamp remained in use, as evidenced by two genuine covers dated in May 1855 and June 1855.

The Williams 9LB1 stamp is extremely rare, with one unused pair and perhaps seven or eight singles known off cover (or added to covers). Our census of covers, revised since the Golden sale, contains just six that are now believed to be genuine: 1) 1854 docketing, tied by blue "City Post" in circle as found on Browne & Co. local post covers, to 112 Clinton St., ex Knapp; 2) May 29, 1855 (contents), tied by red square target, to 294 Plum St., ex Caspary, Middendorf; 3) Jun. 18 blue circular datestamp, 1855 content, tied by red square target, with 1c 1851 on printed circular to NYC, ex Meyersburg; 4) 1855?, tied by ms. lines, to Maj. Schley, no street designation, the cover offered in Golden sale, which the P.F. rejected but we still believe is genuine; 5) No date, ms. "X" cancel (not tied), to Susie M. Merrill, 8th St. below Carr, Costales photo files (same correspondence as the cover offered here); and 6) No date, red cancel ("Paid"?) and ms. "X", to Susie M. Merrill, 8th St. below Carr, the cover offered here (same correspondence as No. 5).

Ex Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
9,500
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2548
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2548, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65), 1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65)1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65). Tied by grids, 3c also tied by "Cleveland O. Apr. 8" double-circle datestamp on cover to Ravenna O., 3c short perfs at top, otherwise Fine, very scarce carrier usage from Cleveland

E. 150-200
220
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2549
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2549, Carrier Department IssuesBrown & McGill's U.S.P.O. Despatch, Louisville Ky., (2c) Blue (5LB2), Brown & McGill's U.S.P.O. Despatch, Louisville Ky., (2c) Blue (5LB2)Brown & McGill's U.S.P.O. Despatch, Louisville Ky., (2c) Blue (5LB2). Large margins, "tied" by fold which causes some splitting of the stamp, used with 3c Dull Red (26), s.e. at left, tied by blue grid, matching "Louisville Ky. Aug. 12, 1860" circular datestamp on legal-size cover to Smithland Ky., docketing at left, slightly reduced at right, Fine appearance, scarce usage, Scott Retail for this combination with the carrier tied by handstamp is $5,000.00

E. 500-750
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2550
 
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2550, Carrier Department IssuesLouisville Ky, Louisville KyLouisville Ky. Wharton's No. 5LB1 with original gum, Brown & McGill's 5LB2 unused and uncancelled on cover, Fine-Very Fine

E. 400-500
350
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2551
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2551, Carrier Department IssuesLowell Mass, Lowell MassLowell Mass. Three 3c 1857-61 covers to Lowell with distinctive black star carrier handstamp, reportedly used to alert carrier to absence of street address (all recorded covers fit this pattern), minor faults, Fine and scarce group

E. 200-300
300
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2552
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2552, Carrier Department IssuesNewburyport Mass, Newburyport MassNewburyport Mass. Ms. "2 cts Paid" on cover to Ocean House hotel in Newburyport, 3c Dull Red (26) tied by "New-York May 28" circular datestamp, 1859 docketing, Extremely Fine, Benjamin Ordway was the carrier in Newburyport in 1859, the "2 cts Paid" notation may have been applied by the hotel clerk to collect reimbursement from the addressee -- to date this is the only recorded Newburyport carrier usage

E. 200-300
150
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2553
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2553, Carrier Department IssuesNew Orleans La, New Orleans LaNew Orleans La. Six covers to or from New Orleans incl. five with 3c 1851, different markings or usages incl. snow-shovel datestamps in green and blue, "CAR.2" oval, large circular datestamp, minor faults, otherwise Fine, desirable group

E. 500-750
950
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2554
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2554, Carrier Department IssuesNew-York Penny Post, New-York Penny PostNew-York Penny Post. Double-line circular datestamps in red and black on folded letter and large part cover, respectively, latter with addressee's name erased, otherwise Fine, scarce

E. 150-200
80
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2555
 
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2555, Carrier Department IssuesU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (6LB1), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (6LB1)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (6LB1). Large margins, lightly struck orange-red "U.S." in frame, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Aug. 24, 1 O'Clock" Type I double-line circular datestamp on cover front only to local street address, light stains and creases, still Fine, only fifteen 6LB1 covers are recorded, this is an extremely early usage only eight days after carrier operations began, with 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,050
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2556
ng
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2556, Carrier Department IssuesU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3). Unused (no gum), large margins, small scissors-cut in margin at right, faint vertical crease, otherwise Very Fine, ex Middendorf

500
200
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2557
 
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2557, Carrier Department IssuesU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3). Position 23R, large margins, tied by red "U.S. City Despatch Post Feb. 16, -- O'Clock" Type I double-line circular datestamp on piece, Extremely Fine, ex Caspary and Hall

500
400
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2558
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2558, Carrier Department IssuesU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3). Full even margins, cancelled by orange-red "U.S." in frame, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Sep. 5, -- O'Clock" Type I double-line circular datestamp on 1842 folded letter from Syracuse N.Y. to New York City street address, magenta ms. "1", Very Fine, very early use of the first stamp printed and issued under U.S. authority, initialled by Perry, ex Middendorf

750
500
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2559
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2559, Carrier Department IssuesU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d). Large margins, tied by red "U.S. City Despatch Post Apr. 3, 1 O'Clock" Type I double-line circular datestamp on 1843 folded letter to local street address, Extremely Fine, a superb stamp and cover, the early printing on Glazed Paper (in Green) is scarce, especially tied by the datestamp

E. 750-1,000
625
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2560
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2560, Carrier Department IssuesU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5). Large margins, tied by perfectly struck "U.S. City Despatch Post Feb. 14, 9 O'Clock" Type I double-line circular datestamp on 1844 folded letter with handwritten Valentine's Day poem to local address, Extremely Fine stamp and cover

E. 750-1,000
700
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2561
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2561, Carrier Department IssuesU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b). Large margins, affixed over red "Paid" arc and tied by two strikes of "U.S." in frame, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Aug 8, 3 O'Clock" Type II circular datestamp on folded cover (notice without content) to local street address, pencil "3" rate, 1845 docketing on back, Extremely Fine, unusual use of Post Office Dept.'s "Paid" handstamp on mail handled by U.S. City Despatch

E. 300-400
210
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2562
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2562, Carrier Department IssuesU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y, U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.YU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y. Twelve items incl. June 1842 stampless with Greig's Type I datestamp, No. 40L1 and reprint die proof from cracked die, 1850 banknote with Washington and Hephaestus vignettes, Nos. 6LB5 on two covers (one used to Albany), 6LB5b and 6LB5d off cover, four stampless with U.S. City Despatch datestamp (one with Howard's Hotel oval, another with 2c drop-rate datestamp), minor faults, otherwise Fine-Very Fine group

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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2563
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2563, Carrier Department IssuesU.S. Mail, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Buff Glazed (6LB11), U.S. Mail, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Buff Glazed (6LB11)U.S. Mail, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Buff Glazed (6LB11). Three large margins, clear at right, tied by red "New-York 5 cts 13 Mar." integral-rate circular datestamp on buff cover to Boston, Very Fine, scarce tied in this manner

E. 150-200
170
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2564
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2564, Carrier Department IssuesU.S. Mail, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Yellow Glazed (6LB10), U.S. Mail, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Yellow Glazed (6LB10)U.S. Mail, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Yellow Glazed (6LB10). Three large margins, slightly in at left, tied by pencil and red "New York 5cts Sep. 6" (1850) integral-rate circular datestamp on folded cover to Washington D.C. patent office, side panels removed, Very Fine and scarce

E. 150-200
75
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2565
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2565, Carrier Department IssuesU.S. Mail, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Rose, Buff (6LB9-6LB10), U.S. Mail, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Rose, Buff (6LB9-6LB10)U.S. Mail, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Rose, Buff (6LB9-6LB10). Two of each, former off cover and tied on front, latter off and on cover, small faults, otherwise Fine

E. 200-300
120
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2566
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2566, Carrier Department IssuesNew York/U.S. City Mail, New York/U.S. City MailNew York/U.S. City Mail. Clear strike in red with matching "Paid" straightline on blue Nov. 6, 1849 folded letter to local street address, fresh and Very Fine, very scarce markings

E. 150-200
180
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2567
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2567, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, Ty. II, 3c Dull Red (7, 26), 1c Blue, Ty. II, 3c Dull Red (7, 26)1c Blue, Ty. II, 3c Dull Red (7, 26). 1c Plate 1 Early, both stamps tied by "New-York Aug. 11, 1860" duplex circular datestamp and grid on insurance agent's gray lithographed cover to Hillsdale N.Y., inside with printed text message, small piece of backflap missing, still Very Fine, attractive carrier cover and late use of 1c Plate 1 Early

E. 300-400
375
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2568
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2568, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Dark shade, tied by red "Paid/U.S. Mail/City Delivery/1/Jul. 2" double-circle carrier datestamp on blue Jun. 18, 1858 folded letter from Mexico to Lanman & Kemp in New York City, merchant's blue oval handstamp states "Mexico" as origin, Very Fine, scarce carrier handling of bootlegged letter

E. 300-400
600
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2569
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2569, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (24, 26), 1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (24, 26)1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (24, 26). 1c rounded corner, 3c stained, tied by "New-York Apr. 30" duplex datestamp and grid on red and blue Liberty and Flag patriotic cover to Windsor Vt., embossed Francis & Loutrel stationer's imprint, ms. missent marking, with 1861 enclosure, Very Fine cover, an outstanding exhibition item

E. 400-500
400
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2570
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2570, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue (63), 1c Blue (63)1c Blue (63). Horizontal strip of four, tied by circle of V's and "New-York Mar. 27, 1863" double-circle datestamp on yellow metalware corner card cover to Mason Centre N.H., with original enclosure, Very Fine and choice, attractive usage

E. 200-300
425
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2571
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2571, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65), 1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65)1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65). Tied by circle of wedges, "New-York ? 9" circular datestamp on red and blue "The War For the Union" Patriotic cover cover to East Newfield Mass., Very Fine and choice carrier usage

E. 200-300
100
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2572
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2572, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65), 1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65)1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65). Tied by bold segmented grid and "New-York 1863 Jun. 29" double-circle datestamp on cover to Rhinebeck N.Y., fresh and Extremely Fine, one of the latest recorded covers with this carrier-fee combination (1c fee abolished June 30, 1863)

E. 100-150
300
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2573
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2573, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, 10c Green (63, 68), 1c Blue, 10c Green (63, 68)1c Blue, 10c Green (63, 68). Each ties by ""New-York 1862 15 Oct." patent duplex datestamp and knife-cut grid on small cover to San Francisco, 1c pulled perf and small tear at right, otherwise Very Fine, scarce carrier/transcontinental rate usage with patent cancel

E. 150-200
525
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2574
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2574, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, 5c Brown, 10c Green (63, 68, 76), 1c Blue, 5c Brown, 10c Green (63, 68, 76)1c Blue, 5c Brown, 10c Green (63, 68, 76). 10c perfs in, tied by grids, red "New York Paid 12 Apr. 14" credit datestamp and red French transit also tie stamps on small cover to Paris, France, red framed "PD", 1863 receiving backstamps, small mended tear at upper right beneath stamp, otherwise Very Fine, scarce combination for carrier/transatlantic usage

E. 300-400
230
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2575
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2575, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, 24c Red Lilac (63, 70), 1c Blue, 24c Red Lilac (63, 70)1c Blue, 24c Red Lilac (63, 70). Each with perfs in, tied by grids and red "New-York Am. Pkt. 3 Jun. 6" credit datestamp on small blue 1863 cover to Caledon, Ireland, Fine and scarce carrier/transatlantic rate combination

E. 300-400
350
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2576
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2576, Carrier Department Issues3c + 1c Red & Blue on Buff Star Die entire (U29), 3c + 1c Red & Blue on Buff Star Die entire (U29)3c + 1c Red & Blue on Buff Star Die entire (U29). Cancelled by "New-York ? 29, 1863" duplex and used to Plymouth N.H., minor backflap fault, otherwise Very Fine and choice carrier usage

E. 150-200
240
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2577
c
New York City. 33 items, covers except for one piece, a few stampless, wide range of frankings for carrier fee incl. 1c 1851's, 1857's, 1861's, Star Die entires, each selected for unusual usage incl. 1c & 10c transcontinental and cross-border to Canada, Norton patent cancel, unusual combinations, minor faults, overall Fine-Very Fine, an excellent nucleus for further study

E. 1,000-1,500
6,000
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2578
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2578, Carrier Department IssuesU.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose, "L S" (7LB4), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose, "L S" (7LB4)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose, "L S" (7LB4). Complete bottom frameline and part of top, uncancelled, used on folded letter datelined "Cheltenham May 15th 1849" to New York City, blue "Philada. Pa. May 17/5" integral-rate circular datestamp, letter mentions trips to "town" (thus the two-day delay in posting), small waterstain effectively ties stamp to cover

VERY FINE. ONE OF FIVE REPORTED COVERS WITH THE "LS" PHILADELPHIA CARRIER STAMP.

This May 17 postmark on a clearly-dated 1849 letter is an appropriately early use of the "LS" stamp. The Philadelphia carrier service was reorganized in February 1849, and stamps were issued at that time.

Ex Hollowbush

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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2579
 
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2579, Carrier Department IssuesU.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose (7LB6), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose (7LB6)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose (7LB6). Large top margin, frameline at right, uncancelled, used on front only to Newtown Pa., blue "Philada. Pa. 5 cts. Jan. 19" integral-rate circular datestamp, faint stains, Fine stamp (only 10 reported covers), ex Caspary and Hall

E. 300-400
150
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2580
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2580, Carrier Department IssuesU.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Blue Glazed (7LB7), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Blue Glazed (7LB7)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Blue Glazed (7LB7). Large bottom margin, framelines at top and right, corner crease with usual slightly rubbed surface coloring, uncancelled, used on 1850 blue folded letter to Alexandria Va., lightly struck blue "Philada. Pa. 5 cts. Jul. 6" integral-rate circular datestamp, minor staining along top, otherwise Fine, scarce (17 reported covers), ex Caspary and Hall

E. 750-1,000
475
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2581
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2581, Carrier Department IssuesU.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Vermilion Glazed (7LB8), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Vermilion Glazed (7LB8)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Vermilion Glazed (7LB8). Large top margin, trace of frameline at right, slightly creased at corner, uncancelled, used on 1850 folded letter to Cross Roads Pa., partly readable strike of blue "Philada. Pa. 5 cts. Feb. 11" integral-rate circular datestamp, a bit toned and spotted, otherwise Fine, very scarce (14 reported covers), ex Green, Gibson and Golden

E. 750-1,000
475
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2582
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2582, Carrier Department IssuesU.S.P.O. Philadelphia Pa., 1c Gold on Black Glazed (7LB11), U.S.P.O. Philadelphia Pa., 1c Gold on Black Glazed (7LB11)U.S.P.O. Philadelphia Pa., 1c Gold on Black Glazed (7LB11). Ample to large margins, cancelled by clear strike of red star, which ties by impression thru paper on folded notice to local street address, Oct. 20, 1851 receipt docketing, stamp has faint diagonal crease at upper left, still Extremely Fine, this Gold on Black was used between April 1851 and October 1851 -- this example, a late usage, has the red star cancel, which came into us in October (10/16 earliest recorded usage in lot 2591) -- ex Meyersburg

E. 400-500
325
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2583
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2583, Carrier Department IssuesU.S.P.O. Philadelphia Pa., 1c Gold on Black Glazed (7LB11), U.S.P.O. Philadelphia Pa., 1c Gold on Black Glazed (7LB11)U.S.P.O. Philadelphia Pa., 1c Gold on Black Glazed (7LB11). Large even margins, tied by large pencil "X" cancel on fresh buff cover to local street address, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate stating "it is a genuine stamp but decline opinion as to whether it originated on this cover"

E. 100-150
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2584
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2584, Carrier Department IssuesU.S.P.O. Philadelphia Pa., 1c Gold on Black Glazed (7LB11), U.S.P.O. Philadelphia Pa., 1c Gold on Black Glazed (7LB11)U.S.P.O. Philadelphia Pa., 1c Gold on Black Glazed (7LB11). Large margins, uncancelled, used on Aug. 29, 1851 folded letter to local street address, unusual notation at top "From No. 136 North 3 St Up Stairs", Very Fine, used in the appropriate period prior to introduction of red star cancel, with 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 150-200
140
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2585
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2585, Carrier Department IssuesU.S.P.O. Philadelphia Pa., 1c Blue (7LB12), U.S.P.O. Philadelphia Pa., 1c Blue (7LB12)U.S.P.O. Philadelphia Pa., 1c Blue (7LB12). Large margins to touched at top, bold red star cancel (not tied), used on folded cover to local street address, some bleed-thru from writing inside, Very Fine, scarce carrier usage, with 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
300
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2586
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2586, Carrier Department IssuesU.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent, U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One CentU.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent. Type C31 oval in red with matching "Paid" straightline on Jul. 1855 folded notice to local street address, file folds, still Fine and very rare, ex Worthington and Schwartz

E. 200-300
125
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2587
og
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2587, Carrier Department IssuesU.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent, U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One CentU.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent. Bold red double-oval handstamp on green folded notice to local street address dated Aug. 23, 1852, minor splits along folds, Extremely Fine, ex Golden

E. 200-300
220
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2588
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2588, Carrier Department IssuesU.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent, U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One CentU.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent. Mostly clear red double-oval handstamp on buff cover to local street address, bold red "Paid", Very Fine, ex Schwartz, with 1976 P.F. certificate

E. 150-200
150
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2589
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2589, Carrier Department IssuesPhiladelphia Red Star Handstamp, Philadelphia Red Star HandstampPhiladelphia Red Star Handstamp. Three covers with clear strikes, two have blue "Philadelphia Pa. 5 cts" integral-rate circular datestamp, one with 3c Dull Red (11) tied by blue circular datestamp, Very Fine group

E. 150-200
220
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2590
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2590, Carrier Department IssuesPhiladelphia Pa. Aug. 20, Philadelphia Pa. Aug. 20Philadelphia Pa. Aug. 20. Blue circular datestamp and matching "Free" in frame handstamp on cover to postmaster of Falmouth Va., red star carrier handstamp, faint stains and edge wear, otherwise Very Fine, unusual combination of carrier fee (indicated by star) and postmaster's free-mail privilege

E. 100-150
280
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2591
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2591, Carrier Department Issues3c Orange Brown (10), 3c Orange Brown (10)3c Orange Brown (10). Ample margins except touched at top right, tied by blue "Philadelphia Pa. Oct. 16" circular datestamp, red star carrier handstamp on blue cover to Princeton N.J., 1851 docketing on back, Very Fine, this is the earliest recorded use of the red star according to Mr. Johnstone, ex Gibson

E. 150-200
400
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2592
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2592, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, Ty. IV, 3c Dull Red (9, 11), 1c Blue, Ty. IV, 3c Dull Red (9, 11)1c Blue, Ty. IV, 3c Dull Red (9, 11). 1c recut once at top and once at bottom, 1c tied by grid, 3c tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Jun. 13" circular datestamp on cover to St. Paul Minn., 1857 docketing at left, Very Fine and choice, in 1856, the supply of Eagle Carriers in Philadelphia was exhausted, and for the first time, 1c regular postage stamps were used for the carrier fee, thus requiring a new accounting procedure -- in this period we find rare examples of 1c 1851's used for the carrier fee, as well as use of the black grid or U.S.P.O. oval to cancel the stamp prepaying the carrier fee

E. 400-500
400
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2593
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2593, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, Ty. IV, 3c Dull Red (9, 11), 1c Blue, Ty. IV, 3c Dull Red (9, 11)1c Blue, Ty. IV, 3c Dull Red (9, 11). 1c huge margins incl. portion of adjoining stamp above, 3c large margins to slightly in, 1c cancelled by grid (a carrier marking), both stamps tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Jun. 4" (1856) circular datestamp on cover to New York City street address, waterstain around stamps indicates possible removal and replacement, otherwise Very Fine, rare use of the 1c 1851 stamp to pay carrier fee in Philadelphia after supply of the Eagle stamp was exhausted in 1856

E. 400-500
400
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2594
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2594, Carrier Department Issues3c Dull Red (11), 3c Dull Red (11)3c Dull Red (11). Ample margins to barely in, tied by blue "Philadelphia Pa." circular datestamp (ca. 1852-53) on buff cover to local street address, blue "1" in octagon for carrier fee due from addressee, ms. note on back "The wrong stamp -- J. C. Montgomery Asst. P.M." -- the significance of this notation is that at this time (prior to 1856) Philadelphia's carrier department sold its own carrier stamps and the money received went into the carrier fund; therefore, a regular-postage stamp (for which the post office received payment) could not be used to prepay the carrier fee, because the two departments had separate accounts without any facility for handling a letter such as this -- a Fine and fascinating artifact of Philadelphia's carrier era

E. 300-400
425
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2595
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2595, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, Ty. IIIa, 3c Dull Red (22, 26), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa, 3c Dull Red (22, 26)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa, 3c Dull Red (22, 26). Tied by grids, "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 14, 1861" octagonal datestamp on buff cover to Howard Pa. with blue cameo hotel corner card, tear in backflap, Very Fine

E. 300-400
375
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2596
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2596, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65), 1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65)1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65). 1c choice centering with wide margins, 3c s.e. at left, both stamps tied by bold "Philadelphia Pa. Jun. 12, 1863" duplex on cover to Baltimore Md., neat U.S. Penny Post backstamp, Very Fine and choice, late usage

E. 200-300
0
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2597
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2597, Carrier Department IssuesBlood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Large margins to just touched at top, acid cancel, lightly struck Blood's Dec. 27 datestamp on buff cover to a post office box, undeliverable by Blood thus given to carrier department, "U.S.P.O. Despatch Phila. Dec. 27 5 PM" octagonal datestamp and "Due 1 Ct." straightline, refolded, Fine and unusual usage

E. 150-200
180
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2598
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2598, Carrier Department IssuesPhiladelphia, "Due 1 Cent" Notice of Procedure, Philadelphia, "Due 1 Cent" Notice of ProcedurePhiladelphia, "Due 1 Cent" Notice of Procedure. Folded notice to Athens Me., stating "A Letter, bearing your address, is detained in this Office for non-payment of Postage. It will be sent to you upon enclosing to me, without delay, ONE one cent Postage Stamp, and PRE-PAYING your note of reply. Please return this Circular. Respectfully, yours, N. B. BROWNE, Post Master.", postmarked Nov. 22, 1860 and "P.O. Business Free" in frame, Very Fine, this procedure was followed when a letter for the post office was dropped in a carrier box without prepayment of the 1c carrier fee, according to Mr. Johnstone, this is a recent discovery

E. 150-200
80
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2599
c
Philadelphia Pa. 25 covers (a few fronts only), range of interesting usages incl. No. 7LB12 (cut out and replaced), 1c and 2c due, U.S.P.O. Despatch ovals, 5c ship letter plus 1c, 1c 1857 demonetized usage with 3c 1861, minor faults, most are Fine-Very Fine appearance, a desirable group of highly exhibitable Philadelphia carrier covers

E. 750-1,000
1,050
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2600
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2600, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (24, 26), 1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (24, 26)1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (24, 26). Tied together by grid, "Portland Me. Paid Oct. 1" circular datestamp on cover to Boston street address, part of backflap removed, Very Fine, Portland had carrier service, this may be a prepaid usage to the mails or an attempt to prepay Boston's carrier fee

E. 150-200
110
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2601
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2601, Carrier Department Issues3c Rose, 5c Red Brown (65, 75), 3c Rose, 5c Red Brown (65, 75)3c Rose, 5c Red Brown (65, 75). 3c pair, choice centering, 5c perfs in, tied by "Portland Me. Aug. 21, 1862" double-circle datestamp on cover to Sherbrook, Canada, "U.States" in arc also tied 3c, receiving backstamp, Very Fine, 1c overpayment of 10c rate possibly prepays carrier fee in Portland

E. 200-300
200
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2602
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2602, Carrier Department IssuesPoughkeepsie N.Y, Poughkeepsie N.YPoughkeepsie N.Y. Two 1860 covers to same addressee, 3c 1857's tied by Jersey City N.J. double-circle datestamps, black and red "O" carrier handstamps, as with the Lowell star it is believed that this marking was used to alert the Poughkeepsie carrier (John Keech, at this time) to absence of street address, one cover has minor toned spots, otherwise Very Fine

E. 100-150
105
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2603
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2603, Carrier Department IssuesSt. Louis "1 ct" in Frame, "2" in Circle, St. Louis "1 ct" in Frame, "2" in CircleSt. Louis "1 ct" in Frame, "2" in Circle. Black 1c handstamp on local cover, red 2c handstamp on folded May 1851 notice, Very Fine and scarce

E. 150-200
475
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2604
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2604, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65), 1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65)1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65). 1c corner crease, both tied by "Washington D.C. May 12, 1863" circular datestamps on red and blue State of Michigan patriotic cover to Albany N.Y., slightly reduced at right, Very Fine cover, one of four recorded Washington D.C. carrier covers with 1c & 3c regular postage, an outstanding usage

E. 400-500
525
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2605
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2605, Carrier Department Issues1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65), 1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65)1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65). Both stamps faulty, tied by target and large "Washington City D.C. Dec. 6, 186-" circular datestamp on cover to New York City street address, Fine cover, one of four recorded Washington D.C. carrier covers with 1c & 3c regular postage

E. 200-300
240
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2606
 
Balance of the Donald B. Johnstone Carrier Collection. Three-ring binder with stockpages containing dozens of items, many better incl. Franklin Reprints, Shernikow proofs, Eagle stamps unused and used, Perf 12 Reprints, department stamps from Baltimore, Boston and Louisville, a variety of 1c & 3c combination covers (several with retail prices of $100 or more), condition slightly mixed, many Fine or better, a fascinating group assembled by an astute philatelist

E. 2,000-3,000
4,750
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2607
 
Reference Collection. A couple of hundred stamps, mostly forgeries but some genuine mixed in with stampless covers, worth careful examination

E. 300-400
1,050
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2607A
 
Carrier Reference Notes. Robert Meyersburg's reference library on carriers incl. notebooks and copies of Perry files and photos, must be carefully examined

E. 500-750
0
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