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Sale 878 — 2004 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 12 June, 2004

Category — Carriers and Locals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
553
E
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 553, Carriers and Locals(1c) Dull Scarlet, Large Die Essay on Greenish Blue Pelure, Franklin Carrier (LO1E -- Unlisted in Scott), (1c) Dull Scarlet, Large Die Essay on Greenish Blue Pelure, Franklin Carrier (LO1E -- Unlisted in Scott)(1c) Dull Scarlet, Large Die Essay on Greenish Blue Pelure, Franklin Carrier (LO1E -- Unlisted in Scott). 62 x 54mm, shows 57 x 50mm die dimensions and traces of additional rosettes at lower right -- these are characteristics of the original die proofs (as opposed to later impressions from the Schernikow die) -- diagonal creases at lower left

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS RED-ON-GREEN PROOF FROM THE ORIGINAL 1851 TOPPAN CARPENTER DIE.

Ex Brazer and Johnstone. With 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
3,600
554
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 554, Carriers and Locals1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2), 1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2)1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2). Large margins, tied by red smudge cancel on cover to Liverpool, England, "Philada. Br. Pkt. 5 Oct. 8" debit datestamp, British "1/-" due handstamp, Oct. 22, 1855 receiving backstamp, some toning not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE EAGLE CARRIER STAMP ON A TRANSATLANTIC COVER, OF WHICH A DOZEN ARE RECORDED -- ONLY FOUR KNOWN TO ENGLAND.

With 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
9,000
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555
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 555, Carriers and Locals1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2), 1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2)1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2). Full to large margins, uncancelled, blue "Cincinnati O. Jan. 15" circular datestamp and matching "30" rate handstamp on mostly complete folded cover to Wurttemberg, Germany, "New York Br. Pkt. Jan. 21" credit datestamp, ms. "45" due, Very Fine, Cincinnati usages of the Eagle Carrier are scarce and Eagle covers to Germany are rare (three recorded), with 2004 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
5,000
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556
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 556, Carriers and LocalsU.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 to huge margins all around, bold orange-red "U.S." in frame cancel -- signifying carrier usage -- fresh and Extremely Fine Gem, one of the finest off-cover examples of the first carrier stamp extant, ex Schwartz, with 1977 P.F. certificate

1,750
2,700
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557
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 557, Carriers and LocalsU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed, Double Impression (6LB5a), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed, Double Impression (6LB5a)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed, Double Impression (6LB5a). Large margins, clear second impression across upper and lower portions of design, red "U.S." in frame cancel, minor scrapes in green coating and faint crease, otherwise Extremely Fine, very rare, ex Schwartz, with 1985 P.F. certificate

1,500
1,000
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558
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 558, Carriers and LocalsU.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Blue on Buff (7LB14), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Blue on Buff (7LB14)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Blue on Buff (7LB14). Pencil layout line at bottom, unusually clear impression, two full margins, slightly in at top and left, slight bend at lower right corner and faint thinning

A FINE-APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THIS EXCEEDINGLY RARE CARRIER STAMP. NO MORE THAN A DOZEN EXAMPLES OF 7LB14 ARE KNOWN TO US.

The Type C31 stamps were ordinarily left uncancelled; this probably was removed from a cover. The pencil line at bottom is a characteristic layout line.

Ex Schwartz

3,000
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559
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 559, Carriers and LocalsPhiladelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Black (15L2), Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Black (15L2)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Black (15L2). Cut to shape clear of circle almost all around, every letter of "Phila. Despatch Post" unusually well-defined, black "Paid" handstamp struck clearly and "R & Co." ms. control, affixed with wax seal, cancelled by red "3" handstamp on large part of folded cover front only to Mr. Shrack & Co. at local address, datelined "Philadelphia 4/20"

VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST CIRCULAR BLACK STAMP.

The Philadelphia Despatch Post is documented in an advertisement in the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Dec. 8, 1842) and in an expanded version with some differences (see Sale 825, p. 293, or go to www.siegelauctions.com/enc/carriers/robertson.jpg for an image of the revised ad). In the later ad, the stamps are priced at 3c individually, 31c per dozen and $2 per hundred. Valuable-letter registration for 6¼c and a 6c rate on letters beyond two miles are quoted (no examples of either special service are known). The firm's address is 93 Chesnut Street, not 83 South Second Street as in the earlier advertisement.

The five recorded examples of the Black circular stamps 15L2, which was actually the first issued, are as follows in chronological order: 1) 1842 folded letter (docketed "1842" on back, must be December) to Treasurer American Sunday School Union, ex Caspary (lot 561), Hollowbush, Schwartz, Siegel Sale 868, lot 2046 (realized $29,000 hammer); 2) Jan. 13, 1843 folded letter to Rev. George Boyd, stamp cancelled by red "T"-shaped handstamp, red "Paid" and "Phila. Despatch Post 10 A.M." timestamp (on flap), ex Hall (realized $10,500 hammer); 3) Mar. 20 (1843) folded letter to N. R. Potts, stamp cancelled by dots in small circle, red "Phila. Despatch Post 3 P.M." timestamp (ms. "20" below time) and "Paid", ex Hall (realized $22,000 hammer); 4) Apr. 20, 1843 folded letter to Shrack & Co., stamp cancelled by small red outline "3", no timestamp or postmark, ex Gibson, Middendorf, the cover offered here; and 5) May 19, 1843 folded letter to Booth, stamp cancelled by large red "3", red "Phila. Despatch Post 10 A.M." timestamp, discovery example (1889), ex Caspary, Boker.

Ex Gibson and Middendorf. With 1997 P.F. certificate.

E. 10,000-15,000
13,000
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560
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 560, Carriers and LocalsBlood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10). Large margins to just touched, tied by blue "Philada. Pa. 5 cts Aug. 24" (ca. 1848) circular datestamp on folded cover to Hancock Md., vertical file fold affects adhesive, otherwise Very Fine, the scarce bicolored "For the Post Office" issue is rarely found tied on cover, unpriced in Scott as tied

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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561
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 561, 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). Large margins on three sides, clear at top, tied on piece by blue "Brady & Co. City Despatch Post, 97 Duane St." oval handstamp, Very Fine and extremely rare example of this local stamp. The original Clark & Co. local post is reported by Sloane to have started in early 1857; it used stamps of the same letter-box design with the "Clark & Co." label. In the summer of 1857, the post was sold to Abner S. Brady, who is known to have had financial trouble maintaining the operation. This information comes from a letter written by Brady, in which he states "I am not making anything yet in the business..." (Aug. 13, 1857 letter quoted by Sloane in Stamps, Mar. 9, 1935). The Brady & Co. post evidently closed sometime after January 6, 1858 (latest cover known).

1,000
900
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562
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 562, Carriers and LocalsBrainard & Co., (5c) Blue (24L2), Brainard & Co., (5c) Blue (24L2)Brainard & Co., (5c) Blue (24L2). Large to huge margins, ms. "B" cancel (Albany), additional pen line cancel, used on piece, Extremely Fine and rare, ex Schwartz, signed Sloane

1,250
900
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563
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 563, Carriers and LocalsCheever & Towle, Boston Mass., 2c Blue (37L1), Cheever & Towle, Boston Mass., 2c Blue (37L1)Cheever & Towle, Boston Mass., 2c Blue (37L1). Square-cut margins, full to large on three sides, barely in at bottom, cancelled by ms. "X", used on Oct. 12, 1848 blue folded letter to local street address, Very Fine, extremely rare -- only 21 covers recorded in Stimmell (see Penny Post, Aug. 1991) and many of these have circular-cut stamps -- ex Schwartz

1,500
1,200
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564
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 564, Carriers and LocalsClark & Hall's Penny Post, St. Louis Mo., 1c Black on Pink (49L1), Clark & Hall's Penny Post, St. Louis Mo., 1c Black on Pink (49L1)Clark & Hall's Penny Post, St. Louis Mo., 1c Black on Pink (49L1). Three large margins, cut in about halfway along top frameline, three "X" cancels in pencil, used on small embossed Valentine cover to "Miss Eliza Pettus, Care of Wm. G. Pettus, St. Louis", with street address at top "St. Charles between 4 & 5th Streets", with original Valentine enclosure -- a love poem on decorative stationery dated "Feby. 14/50=1", cover very slightly waterstained at top

THE EARLIEST AND ONLY RECORDED VALENTINE COVER WITH THE RARE CLARK & HALL PENNY POST STAMP. ONLY FIVE EXAMPLES OF THIS STAMP ARE RECORDED, EACH USED ON COVER. ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF AMERICAN LOCAL POSTS.

William J. Clark and Charles F. Hall advertised the opening of their "City Express and Penny Post" in the Feb. 13, 1851, edition of The Missouri Republican. Clark and Hall timed their opening to capture a share of the lucrative Valentine market. The first announcement noted that stamps were available for one cent each. This cover has special significance as the earliest known usage (possibly a first day of the post) and the only Valentine cover among the five recorded examples.

The five covers with 49L1 are recorded as follows (all 1851 dates): 1) uncancelled, red Feb. 27 datestamp, to Emily Smith, Long Island N.Y., ex Ferrary, Lilly, Hall (realized $17,500); 2) uncancelled, red Apr. 23 datestamp, to Emily Smith (as above), ex Boker; 3) uncancelled, red May 29 datestamp, to Emily Smith (as above), ex Boker, Golden (realized $15,000); 4) uncancelled, red Jul. 20 datestamp, to Emily Smith (as above), ex Boker; and 5) cancelled by three ms. X's on Valentine cover to Eliza Pettus, local street address, Feb. 14, 1851 enclosure, discovered in 1924 by Morris Pettus, the cover offered here. No stamps off cover are known.

This cover was discovered in 1924 among family papers belonging to Morrison Pettus, whose grandfather was William G. Pettus, Secretary of State of Missouri in 1822 when the Grizzly Bears seal of the State was adopted (the basis of the St. Louis "Bears" provisional design). The cover is addressed to Eliza Pettus in care of William G. Pettus. Articles regarding the discovery, including a feature in the New York Times, are included in this lot.

With 2002 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $19,000.00.

E. 10,000-15,000
10,000
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565
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 565, Carriers and LocalsFloyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1), Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1)Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1). Horizontal strip of three, large margins to ample at top, clear strikes of "Floyd's Penny Post" circular sunburst handstamp, the soft paper has two tiny thin specks and a small tear at lower left, still Extremely Fine, the second largest multiple of any Floyd's stamp, ex Schwartz

E. 750-1,000
475
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566
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 566, Carriers and LocalsFloyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Brown (68L2), Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Brown (68L2)Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Brown (68L2). Huge margins all around, rich color, neatly cancelled by Floyd's circular sunburst handstamp, Extremely Fine Gem, very scarce, ex Schwartz

850
750
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567
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 567, Carriers and LocalsFloyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Green (68L3), Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Green (68L3)Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Green (68L3). Large margins all around, rich color, neatly cancelled by "Floyd's Penny Post Chicago" circular handstamp, tiny scrape at bottom mostly beneath cancel, still Extremely Fine, one of the choicest of the five or six cancelled examples known off cover

2,750
1,700
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568
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 568, Carriers and LocalsFloyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Green (68L3), Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Green (68L3)Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Green (68L3). Ample margins to well clear at upper left, lightly cancelled by "Floyd's Penny Post Chicago" circular handstamp, rich color and fresh, minute tear in lower right margin, Very Fine appearance, only five or six cancelled examples known off cover, ex Schwartz

2,750
0
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569
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 569, Carriers and LocalsHanford's Pony Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Orange Yellow (78L1), Hanford's Pony Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Orange Yellow (78L1)Hanford's Pony Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Orange Yellow (78L1). Large even margins, tied by red "New-York 5 cts. 29 Jul." integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Hon. R. J. Walker, Secretary of Treasury, Washington D.C., 1846 docketing on back, file folds clear of stamp, one flap slightly reduced, stamp with faint pre-use vertical crease in right margin clear of design

EXTREMELY FINE. WITHOUT QUESTION THE FINEST TIED EXAMPLE OF THE HANFORD'S PONY EXPRESS LOCAL-POST STAMP.

Ex Malcolm and Jarrett. With 2003 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $1,250.00.

E. 2,000-3,000
4,500
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570
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 570, Carriers and LocalsJenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Fine Impression (89L1), Jenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Fine Impression (89L1)Jenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Fine Impression (89L1). Halstead Type 4, large even margins all around, tied by second of two bold red crayon strokes on blue locally-addressed cover

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB STAMP ON FRESH COVER. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE ELEVEN RECORDED JENKINS' 89L1 COVERS.

An overview of the post and the different stamp printings is provided in our Golden sale (lot 1273) and at our website: www.siegelauctions.com/1999/817/yf817209.htm#222.

Ex Schwartz

3,500
4,750
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571
ng
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 571, Carriers and LocalsMenant & Co. Express Post, New Orleans La., 2c Dark Red (104L1), Menant & Co. Express Post, New Orleans La., 2c Dark Red (104L1)Menant & Co. Express Post, New Orleans La., 2c Dark Red (104L1). Unused (no gum), large margins all around, small thin and light creases, faint soiling

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE MENANT & CO. LOCAL POST STAMP. A GREAT PHILATELIC RARITY.

According to The Great Mail, Menant & Co.'s Express Post commenced operations in 1853 at 21 Conti Street and were still in business as late as 1856, although at a different address, 118 Exchange Place, near the post office. The Scott Catalogue contains a footnote to No. 104L1 that reads "Only four examples are known. Two have Philatelic Foundation certificates." There is a total of four in our records (all unused with faults): 1) the stamp offered here, ex Souren, illustrated in The Great Mail (p. 133); 2) ex Middendorf (faults including hole at top right); 3) ex Caspary (thins) and 4) vertical crease, 1999 Rarities sale (realized $22,000 hammer).

Ex Souren. With 2001 P.F. certificate.

15,000
5,500
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572
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 572, Carriers and LocalsPips Daily Mail, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Buff (116L2), Pips Daily Mail, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Buff (116L2)Pips Daily Mail, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Buff (116L2). Ample margins to just touching, tied on piece by part of "New-York" double-circle datestamp, very minor toning

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF ANY PIPS DAILY MAIL STAMP WITH A CANCELLATION. AN OUTSTANDING LOCAL-POST RARITY.

Very little is known about Pips Daily Mail, but the stamp itself identifies George Abrahams, Stationer, as the proprietor at 86 Hamilton Avenue in South Brooklyn. The stamps come on five varieties of paper, and, although not rare unused, the cancelled example offered here is the only Pips Daily Mail stamp known used. The double-circle datestamp is typical of the style used in New York City in 1862 and 1863, when the post is reported to have operated.

Ex Mason, Ackerman, Perry and Schwartz. Illustrated in Patton book (p. 289).

2,250
2,100
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573
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 573, Carriers and LocalsRobison & Co., Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (128L1), Robison & Co., Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (128L1)Robison & Co., Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (128L1). Ample to large margins, cancelled by light blue "Paid" straightline, tiny pinhole

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF OF THE FINEST OF THE SEVEN REPORTED OFF-COVER EXAMPLES OF ROBISON & CO.'S LOCAL-POST STAMP.

Robison & Co. was a relatively small local post in Brooklyn, New York. Elliott Perry located three Robisons in the city directory listings who were in the express business: Cornelius D. Robison at 140 Chambers, 1857-58; Francis Robison at 707 Greenwich, 1857-58; and William Robison at 64 Cedar, 1852-53. It is not known which, if any, of these men was the proprietor.

The most famous example of the Robison & Co. local-post stamp is the one tied on cover to Jas. H. Watson, 231 Henry Street in Brooklyn. The cover was discovered circa 1895 by F. E. Kneeland Jr., a Brooklyn teen-aged boy who found it while searching through a relative's papers. It passed to Ferrary, then to Caspary, and was later to become one of the cornerstones of the Boker collection. Other examples of Robison & Co.'s stamp must have been discovered in the 1860's, because catalogues published in 1864 and 1865 contain listings for a Robison & Co. post.

Our records contain eight examples of 128L1, including seven off cover and the one on cover. Five of the off-cover stamps are known to have small faults. The stamp offered here has a relatively clear strike of the blue "Paid" cancellation ("I" and "D" show).

4,500
4,500
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574
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 574, Carriers and LocalsUnion Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Rose (141L3), Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Rose (141L3)Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Rose (141L3). Large margins, tied by red Dunham's Union Square P.O. oval handstamp on piece

EXTREMELY FINE. THE ROSE UNION SQUARE POST OFFICE IS EXTREMELY RARE IN USED CONDITION.

No used example of the Rose 141L3 stamp was contained in the Caspary, Boker, Middendorf or Golden collections.

Ex Schwartz. Signed Sloane. With 2000 P.F. certificate

2,000
3,500
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575
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 575, Carriers and LocalsWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1). Large to huge margins incl. part of adjoining stamp at right, tied by blue "Pony Express San Francisco Jun. 19" Running Pony oval datestamp on 10c Green Star Die entire to New York City, approximately half of the front is original, the other portion restored, Fine appearance, very scarce usage, the combination with a Star Die is rare

E. 1,500-2,000
2,400
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576
ngbl
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 576, Carriers and LocalsWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red, Front Hoof Missing (143L3 var), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red, Front Hoof Missing (143L3 var)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red, Front Hoof Missing (143L3 var). Position 9R, top left stamp in block of four, unused (no gum), large to huge margins all around incl. part of two adjoining stamps at bottom, Extremely Fine, only five examples of this remarkable variety are known to us, it must have occurred at a late stage of printing, because Position 9R exists with the front leg complete

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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