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

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — D.O. Blood & Co. incl. Philadelphia Despatch Post

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
60
c
Sale 862, Lot 60, D.O. Blood & Co. incl. Philadelphia Despatch PostPhiladelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red (15L1). Octagonal margins just barely into circle in places, bright white paper, affixed with sealing wax, partly clear strike of large red "3" cancel (not tied), used on folded letter to a local blacksmith, dated June 20, 1843, red "Phila. Despatch Post -- P.M." circular timestamp, top panel removed from letter (does not affect appearance)

VERY FINE. ONE OF FOURTEEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST RED 15L1 STAMP. A WONDERFUL "PRIMITIVE" AMONG PHILATELIC RARITIES.

A census of Philadelphia Despatch 15L1 and 15L2 stamps may be found in Sale 830, page 167, or at our website: www.siegelauctions.com/2000/830/y83082.htm.

Ex Golden. Signed Lowe. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $12,500.00.

E. 7,500-10,000
6,500
61
c
Sale 862, Lot 61, D.O. Blood & Co. incl. Philadelphia Despatch PostPhiladelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red (15L1). Octagonal margins just barely into circle in two places, bright white paper, cancelled by clear strike of large red "3" cancel (not tied), used on undated folded cover to A. D. Bache at local street address, red "Phila. Despatch Post -- P.M." circular timestamp

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE OF THE FOURTEEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST RED 15L1 STAMP.

A census of Philadelphia Despatch 15L1 and 15L2 stamps may be found in Sale 830, page 167, or at our website: www.siegelauctions.com/2000/830/y83082.htm.

Ex Hollowbush and Schwartz. Scott Retail $12,500.00.

E. 7,500-10,000
6,000
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62
c
Sale 862, Lot 62, D.O. Blood & Co. incl. Philadelphia Despatch PostPhiladelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3). Large margins to just touched at upper right, early impression on stout paper with very faint background lines, tied by small red outline "3" handstamp, matching faint strike of "Phila. Despatch Post -- A.M." circular datestamp on October 10, 1843 folded letter to N. R. Potts at local street address

EXTREMELY FINE. THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF THE 1843 PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST "STRIDING MESSENGER" ISSUE -- THE WORLD'S FIRST PICTORIAL STAMP.

The Striding Messenger stamp, issued in 1843 by the Philadelphia Despatch Post, is the first pictorial stamp in the world. It depicts a gargantuan letter carrier -- the "City Despatch Post" bag slung over his shoulder -- stepping over the Merchant's Exchange Building, which housed Philadelphia's post office. The image conveys the private posts' superior speed and reliability.

The Striding Messenger stamp superseded the handstamped adhesives issued by the Philadelphia Despatch Post in December 1842. Printings were made by Thomas Sinclair, a local lithgrapher, on thick coated paper and thinner uncoated paper. The varying quality of impressions indicates that the thick coated paper was not well-suited for lithography. The stamp design did not have a stated denomination, but all used examples have a handstamped "3" cents rate. The "R & Co." manuscript initials were applied to each stamp prior to sale by the proprietor, reputed to be Robertson & Co. When the firm was sold to D. O. Blood & Co. in 1845, the stamps were then marked "DOB & Co." A similar design, incorporating the D. O. Blood & Co. name, was lithographed by Wagner & McGuigan and issued after July 1845.

Ex Hollowbush and Schwartz. Scott Retail $10,000.00.

E. 10,000-15,000
21,000
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63
c
Sale 862, Lot 63, D.O. Blood & Co. incl. Philadelphia Despatch PostD. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L9). Huge margins all around, tied by blue "Philda Pa. 5 cts. Jun. 3" integral-rate circular datestamp on undated folded letter to Hancock Md., probably 1848, file fold, stamp has small tear in bottom margin and faint natural gum toning, still Extremely Fine, this issue was usually left uncancelled is rarely seen tied by a marking -- this is one of the finest tied examples extant -- ex Emerson and Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,200
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64
c
Sale 862, Lot 64, D.O. Blood & Co. incl. Philadelphia Despatch PostBlood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on Pale Green (15L11). Large side margins, clear at bottom and touched at top, 4-bar grid cancel, used on lady's small embossed cover to local street address, flap opened out to show Blood's advertising label, Very Fine, this stamp is far scarcer on cover than is generally appreciated, ex Caspary and Schwartz, with 2001 P.F. certificate inexplicably declining opinion

E. 750-1,000
500
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