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Sale 925 — The Edgar Kuphal Collection of U.S. Carriers and Locals

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Adams

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1270
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1270, AdamsAdams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Buff (2L2), Adams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Buff (2L2)Adams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Buff (2L2). Large margins all around, cancelled by swirling lines in pencil -- lightened to enhance appearance, but the impression appears thru stamp and inside of cover -- used on lady's small embossed cover to East Boston Mass., red "New-York 5 cts Apr. 22" integral-rate circular datestamp, stamp has small scissors cut in right margin, cover reduced at right into postmark, bottom edge split along embossing at right

VERY FINE STAMP AND AN EXTREMELY RARE COVER. PROBABLY NO MORE THAN A HALF-DOZEN EXAMPLES OF THE ADAMS 2-CENT ON BUFF EXIST. THIS IS BELIEVED TO BE THE ONLY CANCELLED STAMP ON COVER.

We have located four or five covers bearing the Adams 2L2 stamp, of which only this example is cancelled.

Ex German Sale and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 436, realized $9,000 hammer). With 1999 P.F. certificate

10,000
6,000
1271
og
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1271, AdamsAdams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Buff (2L2), Adams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Buff (2L2)Adams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Buff (2L2). Original gum, mostly large to huge margins except just clear at upper right, fine impression on fresh paper

VERY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THIS EXTREMELY RARE STAMP.

A survey of auction catalogues produced no more than a half-dozen examples of this stamp, including four or five covers bearing uncancelled stamps. We could locate no other original-gum copy of 2L2.

Illustrated in Patton book (p. 7). Ex Lilly and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 435, realized $4,500 hammer). With 1998 P.F. certificate.

5,000
3,000
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1272
og
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1272, AdamsAdams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black, Gray (2L3), Adams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black, Gray (2L3)Adams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black, Gray (2L3). Just touched to clear margins, two tiny thin spots, still Fine and rare, unpriced in Scott

E. 500-750
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1273
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1273, AdamsAllen's City Dispatch, Chicago, (unstated value) Red on Yellow (3L3), Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago, (unstated value) Red on Yellow (3L3)Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago, (unstated value) Red on Yellow (3L3). Tied by violet eagle cancel with matching oval "Allen's City Dispatch, 125 Clark Street. Feb. 3, 1883" datestamp on local cover with red illustration of manufacturing plant, Very Fine, one of the scarcest of the 1880's local issues, Scott Retail $800.00 on ordinary cover

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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1274
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1274, AdamsAmerican Express Co., New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green (4L1), American Express Co., New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green (4L1)American Express Co., New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green (4L1). Uncancelled, margins mostly clear of ornaments, slightly creased with minor surface disturbances, mounted on paper with notation "Ferrary Sale June 18/24"

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL LOCAL POST STAMPS -- FIVE GENUINE EXAMPLES ARE REPORTED TO EXIST.

Researchers have argued over the origins of this post, but the best evidence available indicates that it was run briefly in 1856 as American Express Co. (no relation to the well-known firm by the name name) by proprietors Smith and Dobson, and was changed to Smith's City Express Post after Dobson departed. Several excellent forgeries of this stamp exist (the example in the Golden sale is evidently one of the forgeries). An article by William W. Sammis (Penny Post, April 2005) reports a fifth genuine copy of 4L1.

Ex Ferrary and Schwartz (Siegel Sale 824, lot 380, realized $8,000 hammer)

9,000
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