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Sale 869 — Fall 2003 U.S. Rarities: United States, Confederate States, Historic Flights and Hawaii

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 November, 2003

Category — Carriers and Locals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3305
 
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3305, Carriers and Locals1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2), 1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2)1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2). Horizontal pair, ample to large margins, cancelled by clear strike of Cincinnati red squared grid, Very Fine, Cincinnati was the only place where two Eagle carrier stamps were used to pay the 2c intra-city carrier fee, examples of such usage are extremely rare (on or off cover) -- this is reported to be one of two Eagle Carrier pairs with the red squared grid cancel, ex Johnstone

E. 750-1,000
625
3306°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3306, Carriers and Locals(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). Three large margins, touched at top, ms. "H" cancel, used with 3c Orange Red (11), large margins, ms. cancel, gum stains around edges, both stamps tied by blue "Charleston S.C. Paid Apr. 2" (ca. 1854) circular datestamp on small cover to Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y., faint toning

VERY FINE. A VERY RARE TIED COMBINATION OF THE HONOUR'S "CITY POST" CARRIER STAMP AND 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE.

Ex Lichtenstein and Golden. Signed Bloch. With 1968 Friedl certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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3307°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3307, Carriers and LocalsU.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). Ample to large margins, cancelled by red "U.S." in frame (impression ties thru paper), red "New-York Jun. 29" circular datestamp on folded letter to Stockbridge Mass., sender's note at top "Despatch Office June 29th Paid", the postal clerk was careful to cross out "Paid" and rate the letter "12-1/2" due in blue, Very Fine, unusual usage, ex Abt and Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
0
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3308
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3308, Carriers and Locals3c Dull Red (11), 3c Dull Red (11)3c Dull Red (11). Tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Dec. 25" Christmas Day circular datestamp and used with Blood's 1c Bronze on Lilac (15L14), acid tied, on fresh buff illustrated Philadelphia Railroad Map cover to Wilmington Delaware, clear "Blood's Despatch Dec. 25, 1864 6AM" circular datestamp and Wilmington Dec. 25 receiving backstamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a gorgeous illustrated Railroad cover with the Blood's stamp used on Christmas Day

E. 1,000-1,500
1,800
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3309°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3309, Carriers and LocalsBouton's Manhattan Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Pink (17L1), Bouton's Manhattan Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Pink (17L1)Bouton's Manhattan Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Pink (17L1). Large margins, gum stain, uncancelled as usual, used on brown cover to local street address, pencil "WB-- Deliver this without fail this day. Dean" and "Paid Bouton" printed in identical pencil, with Mar. 1, 1848, letter enclosure, couple minor stains in cover

VERY FINE. ONE OF SEVEN OR EIGHT REPORTED EXAMPLES OF BOUTON'S MANHATTAN EXPRESS STAMP. ONLY FOUR COVERS ARE KNOWN.

The Manhattan Express was operated by William V. Barr as early as October 1845 until sometime soon after Valentine's Day 1847, when Barr sold out to John R. Bouton. The first stamp issued under Bouton's ownership is the 2c on Pink (17L1). Approximately seven or eight examples are known, uncancelled, including four used on covers. This is the only one with a P.F. certificate stating genuinely used on cover.

With 2000 P.F. certificate that describes the "Paid Bouton" pencil notation as "non-contemporary" (an opinion with which we vehemently disagree).

E. 2,500-3,500
2,500
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3310
ng
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3310, Carriers and LocalsBouton's Manhattan Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Pink (17L1), Bouton's Manhattan Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Pink (17L1)Bouton's Manhattan Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Pink (17L1). Cut to shape mostly clear of oval, unused (no gum), Fine, a very rare stamp (seven or eight known), signed Sloane, ex Schwartz (where it realized $800 hammer)

900
230
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3311
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Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3311, Carriers and LocalsBrady & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (22L1), Brady & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (22L1)Brady & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (22L1). Unused (no gum), full to large margins, slight crease and tiny scuff at lower left, otherwise Very Fine, very scarce

1,000
400
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3312
 
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3312, Carriers and LocalsBrainard & Co., (5c) Black (24L1), Brainard & Co., (5c) Black (24L1)Brainard & Co., (5c) Black (24L1). Large margins all around, uncancelled, trace of pen described by the P.F. as a faint stain at bottom left and faint thinning at top center, otherwise Extremely Fine, a very rare stamp, with 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
525
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3313°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3313, Carriers and LocalsBrowne & Co.'s City Post Office, Cincinnati O., 2c Black (29L2), Browne & Co.'s City Post Office, Cincinnati O., 2c Black (29L2)Browne & Co.'s City Post Office, Cincinnati O., 2c Black (29L2). Large margins showing parts of adjoining stamps, outer framelines just touched in places, fine impression, tied by red "Browne & Co. City Post. Paid" circular handstamp on lady's small cover to local street address, with polite letter on decorative stationery (no date)

EXTREMELY FINE. A CHARMING EXAMPLE OF THE BROWNE & CO. 2-CENT STAMP ON COVER. VERY SCARCE AND MOST DESIRABLE WITH THE STAMP TIED BY THE COMPANY'S RED HANDSTAMP.

The 1c stamp, 29L1, was designed with the "Brown & Co." spelling error. The correct spelling, Browne (with an "e"), appears on the 2c stamp and the markings used by the post.

Ex Golden

E. 4,000-5,000
4,250
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3314°
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Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3314, Carriers and LocalsBrowne's Easton Despatch, Easton Pa., 2c Black on Red (30L1), Browne's Easton Despatch, Easton Pa., 2c Black on Red (30L1)Browne's Easton Despatch, Easton Pa., 2c Black on Red (30L1). Unused (no gum), three enormous margins, full at top, small faults barely visible on face

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FIVE OR SIX KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE BROWN'S EASTON DESPATCH POST 2-CENT ON VERMILION, SCOTT 30L1.

Of the six 30L1 stamps located in our records, there is some doubt about the genuineness of an uncancelled stamp affixed to a cover, leaving four pen-cancelled stamps and the uncancelled stamp offered here.

With 2001 P.S.E. certificate. Scott Retail $5,000.00 for a pen-cancelled stamp.

E. 2,500-3,500
3,750
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3315°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3315, Carriers and Locals(Coles) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" (40L6), (Coles) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" (40L6)(Coles) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" (40L6). Large margins to just touched at upper right, bold 4-bar grid cancel, "P.O. City Despatch Post Apr. 6 - O'Clock" circular datestamp on brown cover to local streeta address, Very Fine, extremely scarce on cover, Sloane notes on back, with 1999 P.S.E. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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3316°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3316, Carriers and LocalsHale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5), Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5)Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Left sheet margin, other sides large to clear at right, ms. "S" (Salem) control mark, tied by "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Salem" oval handstamp and red framed Hale handstamp, faint Hale & Co. Boston oval on Oct. 16, 1844 folded letter to Utica N.Y., trivial waterstain at center, otherwise Very Fine, Hale probably carried this letter as far west as Albany, then turned it over to Pomeroy or Wells for delivery to Utica

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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3317°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3317, Carriers and LocalsForwarded By Harnden's Express From Boston, Forwarded By Harnden's Express From BostonForwarded By Harnden's Express From Boston. Circular handstamp in black on printed notice of Harnden's relocation to No. 8 Court Street in Boston, with additional and important autograph letter signed by William F. Harnden, announcing commencement of Cunard steam service and Harnden's express from Boston to New York, dated Mar. 23, 1840, and addressed to editor of Courier & Enquirer in New York City, stating "I will receive your English papers from the Steamers and forward them to you at New York by my Express... P.S. The above duty will be free of any charge.", diagonal folds in lettersheet, Very Fine and extremely rare original announcement in Harnden's own hand for the express service tied to Cunard sailings

E. 1,500-2,000
1,700
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3318°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3318, Carriers and LocalsHopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Pink Glazed, Rayed Asterisks (84L1), Hopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Pink Glazed, Rayed Asterisks (84L1)Hopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Pink Glazed, Rayed Asterisks (84L1). Margins all around, uncancelled, "Milford Ms. Apr. 1" circular datestamp with ms. "2" date change tied 3c Brownish Carmine (11), margins mostly clear of design on brown cover to Arcadia N.Y., "The Hopedale Community" printed corner card, age toned and professionally restored, part of backflap missing,

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COVER WITH THE HOPEDALE PENNY POST STAMP AND PRINTED CORNER CARD, CONTAINING A LETTER FROM ONE OF THE ORIGINAL FOUNDERS OF THIS RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY. ONLY NINE COVERS BEARING THE 84L1 STAMP ARE RECORDED.

The Hopedale religious community established its Penny Post in 1849, so that mail could be brought to the nearest post office at Milford on a regular basis -- it is similar in concept to the Glen Haven post -- this was not an illegal service designed to circumvent government mails, but was a supplemental post in the absence of a community post office. The small stamps used to prepay the local charge were never cancelled and usually affixed on back or in the corner opposite the stamp. In a recent Penny Post article, Eric Karell documented 16 Hopedale Penny Post covers, including nine with the 84L1 stamp. Only three of the 16 covers have the Hopedale Community corner card. In the original letter accompanying this cover, the writer, W. Heywood, discusses the reasons for printing "500 envelopes" with the Hopedale Community advertisement.

E. 2,500-3,500
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3319
 
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3319, Carriers and LocalsHopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Yellow Wove (84L3), Hopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Yellow Wove (84L3)Hopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Yellow Wove (84L3). Large margins, uncancelled, still adhering to small piece of backflap, pre-use scissors cut into design at upper right

VERY FINE DESPITE SCISSORS CUT. ONE OF THE MORE ATTRACTIVE CUT-SQUARE EXAMPLES OF THE HOPEDALE PENNY POST'S SMALL CIRCULAR STAMP ON YELLOW. WE DOUBT MORE THAN TEN EXAMPLES OF THIS STAMP ARE IN COLLECTORS' HANDS.

Although we have not kept records on the Hopedale Penny Post stamps, a review of Sloane's notes, the Costales files and significant local-post auction catalogues produced no more than eight different examples of 84L3, about half of which were cut to shape.

Ex Middendorf

2,400
1,050
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3320°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3320, Carriers and LocalsLetter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1), Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1)Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1). Horizontal pair, huge margins, minute tear in extreme right margin, tiny barely visible purple ink speck, ms. "X" cancels, used on folded cover to New York City street address, pencil "2" and "W" for local delivery charge, docketing indicates Detroit origin on Oct. 26, 1844, file folds do not affect pair, Extremely Fine, carried by Letter Express from Detroit to Buffalo and by Pomeroy from Buffalo to New York City, ex Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100
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3321
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3321, Carriers and LocalsMetropolitan Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Blue (108L5), Metropolitan Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Blue (108L5)Metropolitan Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Blue (108L5). Cut to shield shape as always, black cancel (not tied), used with 3c Dull Red (11), mostly full margins slightly in at places, weak strike of "New-York Apr. 20, 1860 Paid" circular datestamp with blue ms. "New York" written over it, on buff cover to Little Falls, Minnesota Territory, P.F. notes light soiling on 3c stamp which is barely visible and does not detract, Very Fine, scarce and unusual usage, ex Mason, Ackerman, and Schwartz, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
525
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3322
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3322, Carriers and LocalsForwarded by Overton & Co. 23-1/2 State Street, Boston, Forwarded by Overton & Co. 23-1/2 State Street, BostonForwarded by Overton & Co. 23-1/2 State Street, Boston. Red oval handstamp and "5" rate on Apr. 18, 1845 folded letter from Manchester, England, to New York City, delivered by Overton to 29 Nassau Street, red "Overton & Co's, City Mail Office, 3 Broad Street" handstamp, ms. "7" rate (5c plus 2c local delivery charge), sender's routing "p Steamer Hibernia" provides obvious evidence of transatlantic voyage, Extremely Fine, this letter was illicitly carried into the U.S. and evaded all regular postal charges thru the use of Overton's Independent Mail route and local post, such letters are extremely scarce

E. 500-750
550
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3323
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3323, Carriers and LocalsOverton & Co., (5c) Black on Greenish (113L1), Overton & Co., (5c) Black on Greenish (113L1)Overton & Co., (5c) Black on Greenish (113L1). Octagonal margins, still large all around, cancelled by Overton's "Paid" straightline, tied by file fold on Feb. 24, 1845 folded letter from Boston to New York City street address, stamp creased, otherwise Very Fine, a rare cover bearing Overton's 5c stamp

2,250
500
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3324°
 
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3324, Carriers and LocalsThird Avenue Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (139L1), Third Avenue Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (139L1)Third Avenue Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (139L1). Cut to oval shape as always, excellent bold impression, margins mostly clear of frameline, used on piece with 3c Dull Red (11), two full margins, other sides slightly in, both stamps tied by "New-York Apr. 15" circular datestamp, piece harshly described by the P.F. as slightly soiled

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE RARE EXAMPLES OF A THIRD AVENUE POST STAMP CANCELLED BY THE NEW YORK DATESTAMP.

These stamps were normally left uncancelled. It is only when the New York datestamp coincidentally struck the local stamp that a tying cancel occurred, as in this case.

Ex Caspary and Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,400
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3325
 
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3325, Carriers and LocalsUnion Despatch, Chicago Ill., 5c Red, Rouletted (unlisted in Scott), Union Despatch, Chicago Ill., 5c Red, Rouletted (unlisted in Scott)Union Despatch, Chicago Ill., 5c Red, Rouletted (unlisted in Scott). Pin-perf roulette on three sides, scissors-trimmed at left, corner crease at bottom right

VERY FINE. THE UNION DESPATCH 5-CENT STAMP IS RECOGNIZED BY SPECIALISTS AS A GENUINE ISSUE OF STILES UNION DESPATCH, CIRCA 1855, IN CHICAGO.

Henry E. Abt included the Union Despatch in his American Philatelist series on Chicago local posts (Jan. 1958). Robson Lowe provided additional information in his Feb. 1987 Chronicle overview of Chicago posts. More recently, Gordon Stimmell illustrated most of the recorded examples in The Penny Post (Jul. 1995). Because of the proliferation of counterfeits of the distinctive Union Despatch Horse stamps, the genuine items have been excluded from the Scott Catalogue, and collectors are generally unappreciative of the stamps' status and rarity. As Abt, Sloane, Lowe, Stimmell and other ranking local-post students have shown, the genuine design has faint vertical lines in the vignette background surrounding the horse's head, and the stamps show all or part of the rouletted perforations. None of the counterfeits have these characteristics. Fewer than ten 5c, one 10c and two 20c are recorded.

According to Abt and Lowe, the likely candidates for proprietors of the Union Despatch are William Stiles and his son, Edmund, who arrived in Chicago in 1854 and opened a "package delivery service" at 139 Lake Street. Edmund's brother also worked at the Union Despatch. The 1855-56 Hall's Chicago Directory lists Stiles Union Despatch at 139 Lake Street. The same firm appears in the 1856-57 Gager's and 1858 Cooke's directories. The firm moved to 24 Dearborn in 1858 and then to 60 South Dearborn in 1859. Sometime during or soon after 1859, the Union Despatch was sold to new owners, as the name "Stiles" does not appear in the 1859-60 Cooke's directory. No contemporary advertisements or other documentation are known to link the stamps with the Stiles Union Despatch.

Ex Schwartz

E. 750-1,000
800
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3326°
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Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3326, Carriers and LocalsWells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, $4.00 Black (143L5), Wells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, $4.00 Black (143L5)Wells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, $4.00 Black (143L5). Vertical block of six with huge bottom left corner sheet margin, unused (no gum), large margins top and right, detailed impression on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS BLOCK OF SIX OF THE $4.00 BLACK PONY EXPRESS ISSUE.

Blocks of four are listed but unpriced in Scott. With 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
5,250
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3327°
og
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3327, Carriers and LocalsWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Horizontal strip of three, enormous margins with huge top left corner sheet margins, original gum, lightly hinged, right stamp with small rust mark from paper clip at bottom left and small toned spots in top margin, two creases in left margin not noted on certificate

EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED CORNER SHEET-MARGIN MULTIPLE OF THE PONY EXPRESS GARTER STAMP. AN OUTSTANDING STRIP.

The Wells, Fargo & Co. $1.00 Blue stamp, known to collectors as the Garter issue, is known used on westbound transcontinental covers carried by the Pony Express. It was printed in New York City by George Nesbitt.

Ex Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 15,000-20,000
16,000
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3328°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3328, Carriers and LocalsWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Full even margins, tied by light blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express Virginia City N.T." oval datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U34) with printed frank to San Francisco, slightly reduced at right and slightly rounded corners, faint toning

EXTREMELY FINE STAMP ON VERY FINE ENTIRE WITH WELLS, FARGO AND CO. PRINTED FRANK. A RARE SOUND FOUR-MARGINED STAMP.

Four-margin stamps are seldom found on Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia Pony Express covers.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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3329
ngbl
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3329, Carriers and LocalsWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Complete sheet of 40 in four panes of ten, unused (no gum), faults incl. two vertical creases and stain at bottom right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY A FEW SHEETS OF THE 25-CENT RED VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS STAMP HAVE SURVIVED. A WONDERFUL EXHIBITION ITEM.

Another complete sheet sold was sold by our firm in the Hall auction and realized $4,250 -- the basis for the current Scott Retail value.

4,500
2,500
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