Sale 862 — The D.K. Collection of U.S. Carriers & Locals

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — 1851 Franklin and Eagle Carrier General Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1
Pbl
Sale 862, Lot 1, 1851 Franklin and Eagle Carrier General Issues(1c) Franklin Carrier, Blue Plate Proof on India, Cracked Plate (LO1P3 var). Positions 5-10/15-20L, block of twelve, lower row showing full length of prominent plate crack in left pane, large to huge margins, small thin at far left clear of cracked-plate positions, tiny corner crease at top right far from design, Extremely Fine, a rare and outstanding exhibition item -- a similar block realized $4,000 in our Golden sale

E. 2,000-3,000
3,250
2
og
Sale 862, Lot 2, 1851 Franklin and Eagle Carrier General Issues(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1). Horizontal pair, original gum, margins slightly in to just clear, fine impression, each stamp with slight crease and small thin spot

VERY GOOD-FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 1851 FRANKLIN CARRIER STAMP WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

The rarity of Franklin Carrier unused multiples has been undermined by the plethora of reprint multiples, including the famous and controversial Slater block, which was finally proven to be a reprint. Perry's records contained only two items: this original-gum pair from the Hollowbush collection and a "defective" unused strip of three sold by George B. Sloane to H. R. Harmer. We have been unable to verify the existence of the strip.

With 2000 P.F. certificate.

Sale 862, Lot 2, 1851 Franklin and Eagle Carrier General Issues
Image 2
12,500
5,750
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3
 
Sale 862, Lot 3, 1851 Franklin and Eagle Carrier General Issues(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1). Two huge margins, other sides touched, beautiful early impression on bright Rose paper, tied by remarkably bold "New-York Dec. 1" (pencil 1852 yeardate on back) circular datestamp on approximately one-quarter of a cover (with part of flaps), part of New York City address shows, tiny natural wrinkles not noted on certificate

A FINE STAMP AND SUPERB STRIKE OF THE BLACK NEW YORK CIRCULAR DATESTAMP. THE FINER OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS MARKING ON A FRANKLIN CARRIER.

In addition to the three recorded Franklin Carrier covers from New York, there are perhaps five to seven stamps off cover with the red New York dateless circle, which was used by the carrier department. There are two recorded examples of the regular circular datestamp on the Franklin Carrier: this piece and an off-cover stamp pictured in the Perry records. An off-cover stamp (ex Hessel) and another on piece (ex Middendorf), each cancelled by the black "New-York 1ct." drop-rate marking, are also recorded.

Ex Golden. With 1957 and 2000 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail $27,500 as a full cover and $8,000 as an off-cover stamp with this circular datestamp.

E. 7,500-10,000
8,500
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4
c
Sale 862, Lot 4, 1851 Franklin and Eagle Carrier General Issues1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2). Ample margins, used with 3c Dull Red (11), large margins to just touched, 3c tied by grid, Eagle Carrier tied by red "Kensignton Pa. May 2" circular datestamp on tiny folded letter datelined "Philadelphia May 2nd 1855" to New York City, letter requests information on sailing vessels to Australia and advises "Pleas direct [reply] to John Johnston Philad Cadwalader St. No. 296 In Care of Samuel Finley, Kinsignton" -- we wonder if the "John Johnston" named in this letter might in fact be John Johnson, who served as a Philadelphia carrier -- edge stains expertly removed and some minor edge improvements, Very Fine appearance, ex Knapp, with 1991 P.S.E. certificate

E. 750-1,000
800
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