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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Bouton

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1368
ng
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1368, BoutonFranklin's City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Green (16L1), Franklin's City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Green (16L1)Franklin's City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Green (16L1). Unused (no gum), ample to large margins, deep impression on brilliant green enamel paper, couple corner creases, tiny pinhole and equally minute tear at lower left

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THE FRANKLIN CITY DESPATCH POST STAMP WITHOUT "BOUTON" IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE -- PROBABLY NO MORE THAN A HALF-DOZEN EXIST.

The origins of the Franklin City Despatch Post are unknown due to insufficient documentation. It probably operated for a year or less before being taken over by John R. Bouton sometime in May-June 1847 (reference: Calvet M. Hahn, "The Manhattan Express Local", Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 65, No. 1). The "Free" stamps used by the Franklin City Despatch were adopted by Bouton, and examples used under his ownership are signed "Bouton". Signed or unsigned, the stamps are extremely rare, with perhaps 4-5 of 16L1 and 6-8 of 16L1a.

Ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 560, realized $6,000 hammer). With 1999 P.F. certificate

7,500
4,000
1369
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1369, BoutonFranklin's City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Green, "Bouton" at Side (16L1a), Franklin's City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Green, "Bouton" at Side (16L1a)Franklin's City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Green, "Bouton" at Side (16L1a). Full to large margins all around, uncancelled, fine impression on bright green enamel paper, slight crease and couple tiny chips in coating, used on large piece with portion of red "New-York 5 cts. 2 Sep." (1847) integral-rate circular datestamp

VERY FINE. THE FRANKLIN CITY DESPATCH STAMP WITH BOUTON'S MANUSCRIPT OVERPRINT IS AN EXTREMELY RARE STAMP, WITH NO MORE THAN EIGHT REPORTED EXAMPLES ON OR OFF COVER.

After taking over the Franklin City Despatch Post sometime in May-June 1847 (reference: Calvet M. Hahn, Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 65, No. 1), Bouton continued to use the "Free" stamps, but applied a manuscript overprint "Bouton's" to the side of each stamp. This example, one of approximately 6 to 8 known, has a note on back from W. P. Brown, a 19th century stamp dealer: "Franklin City Despatch Post surcharged 'Bouton' as found on part of original letter torn in half in 1878 WPB".

Ex Ferrary, Lilly and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 561, realized $6,500 hammer). With 1999 P.F. certificate.

14,000
6,000
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1370
ng
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1370, BoutonBouton'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). Unused (no gum), large margins, small thin spot

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY EIGHT OR NINE EXAMPLES OF BOUTON'S MANHATTAN EXPRESS STAMP ARE REPORTED.

Ex Lilly, Richardson and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 565, realized $1,700).

4,000
1,400
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1371
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1371, BoutonBouton's City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black, Leaves in Corners (18L1), Bouton's City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black, Leaves in Corners (18L1)Bouton's City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black, Leaves in Corners (18L1). Large even margins, tied by red "Paid Bouton" two-line handstamp on 1848 folded letter to New Haven Conn., red "New-York 5cts. 4 Aug." integral-rate circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE FIRST BOUTON "ROUGH AND READY" ISSUE ON COVER. THIS DESIGN WAS CREATED DURING ZACHARY TAYLOR'S CAMPAIGN OF 1848 AND IS ESSENTIALLY A PRO-WHIG STATEMENT BY JOHN R. BOUTON.

Ex Brown. With 1992 P.F. certificate

2,000
11,000
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1372
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1372, Bouton5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins all around, cancelled by ms. "X and tied by red square grid, used with Bouton's City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Gray Blue (18L2), large margins all around incl. sheet margin at bottom, touched at left, uncancelled, on blue 1849 folded cover to Andover Mass., red "New-York Nov. 12" circular datestamp

A VERY FINE AND RARE COMBINATION OF THE 1847 ISSUE AND BOUTON'S "ROUGH AND READY" LOCAL-POST STAMP, INSPIRED BY ZACHARY TAYLOR'S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. THIS IS ONE OF FIVE RECORDED 1847 AND 18L2 COMBINATIONS.

With 1985 Richter and 1989 P.F. certificates.

E. 7,500-10,000
8,500
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1373
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1373, BoutonBouton's City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Gray Blue, Dots in Corners (18L2), Bouton's City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Gray Blue, Dots in Corners (18L2)Bouton's City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Gray Blue, Dots in Corners (18L2). Large margins, tied by red "Paid Bouton" two-line handstamp, "New-York 5cts. 5 Jul. " integral-rate circular datestamp on 1848 folded cover to New Haven Conn., stamp with small tear at right, appears Very Fine, attractive usage

600
800
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1374
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1374, BoutonBouton's City Dispatch Post, Bouton's City Dispatch PostBouton's City Dispatch Post. Clear strike of red oval handstamp on Valentine cover to New York City street address, some slight edgewear, Very Fine

E. 200-300
225
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1375
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1375, BoutonBouton's City Dispatch Post, Bouton's City Dispatch PostBouton's City Dispatch Post. Red oval handstamp, partly clear strike on embossed Valentine cover with original enclosure, decorative Valentine lettersheet with handwritten poem from "Cupidville 1848", Very Fine

E. 400-500
450
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