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
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.
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).
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
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.