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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.