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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Bradway

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1413
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1413, BradwayBradway's Despatch, Millville N.J., (unstated value) Gold on Lilac (21L1), Bradway's Despatch, Millville N.J., (unstated value) Gold on Lilac (21L1)Bradway's Despatch, Millville N.J., (unstated value) Gold on Lilac (21L1). Large margins to ample at left, pen cancel in brownish ink, matching ink used with "Millville N.J. Mar. 27" circular datestamp, which ties 3c Brownish Carmine (11), margins clear to slightly in, on buff cover to Bridgeton N.J., circa 1857, original gum smears around local stamp, most of backflap removed

VERY FINE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE BRADWAY'S DESPATCH STAMP -- ONLY TWO ARE USED IN COMBINATION WITH THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE -- AND NO OTHER EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN. A MAJOR RARITY OF LOCAL POSTS.

Our records contain four examples of the Bradway local: 1) Jan. 15 (ca. 1857), pen cancelled (not tied) with 3c 1851 to Phoenix R.I., ex Caspary, Middendorf; 2) Jan. 17 (1857 letter enclosure), pen cancelled (not tied) on 3c Nesbitt entire to Philadelphia, ex Boker; 3) Mar. 27 (ca. 1857), pen cancelled (not tied), used with 3c 1851 on cover to Bridgeton N.J., the cover offered here, ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 773, realized $10,500 hammer); and 4) uncancelled, "Paid" straightline on small cover to local addressee, ex Ferrary, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 774, realized $8,500 hammer). We are unable to locate any other covers or examples off cover.

Little is known about this local post. Millville is located in Cumberland County in southern New Jersey, about 10 miles east of Bridgeton and 40 miles southeast of Camden and Philadelphia.

Signed Perry, who writes "I had enough confidence in this stamp and cover to pay $320 for he combination." Ex Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate

12,000
8,000
1414
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1414, BradwayBrady & 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). Lightly cancelled, sealed tear and tiny pinholes, light soiling, Very Fine appearance and a rare local stamp, with 1986 P.F. certificate

1,000
0
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1415
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1415, BradwayBrady & Co.'s Penny Post, Chicago Ill., 1c Violet (23L1), Brady & Co.'s Penny Post, Chicago Ill., 1c Violet (23L1)Brady & Co.'s Penny Post, Chicago Ill., 1c Violet (23L1). Margins to just in, light ms. cancel is barely visible, vertical crease and small tear at top, otherwise Fine, unpriced as used in Scott, Scott Retail as unused

650
250
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1416
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1416, BradwayBrigg's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Yellow (25L1), Brigg's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Yellow (25L1)Brigg's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Yellow (25L1). Huge bottom margin showing dividing line and adjoining stamp, clear impression on bright yellow paper, usual small ms. "X" cancel, used on folded letter datelined "Philadelphia, Jun. 6, 1848", to Washington D.C., blue "Philada. Pa. 5 cts. Jun. 7" integral-rate circular datestamp partly torn away with top right corner of address panel, the letter is otherwise sound

VERY FINE STAMP AND A RARE COVER. ONLY NINE BRIGG'S DESPATCH "HAND & ENVELOPE" STAMPS ARE KNOWN ON ANY COLOR OF PAPER -- THIS STAMP ON DISTINCTLY YELLOW PAPER IS ONE OF SEVEN RECORDED 25L1'S ON COVERS.

Patton's history of Brigg's Despatch follows earlier accounts in attributing ownership to George W. Briggs, who Patton states is listed in Philadelphia city directories as a "currier" (mis-spelling for carrier) from 1841 through 1855. Based on surviving stamps and covers, Brigg's started his post in 1848 and probably closed the business in 1850. His office was located at 61 South 8th Street. Blood's office was located at 48 South 3rd Street in 1848 and moved to 28 South 6th Street in 1849. The similarity in design and issue dates between the Brigg's "Hand & Envelope" and Small "Paid" stamps and Blood's "Dove & Envelope" and Small "Paid" stamps suggests that Brigg's was a small copycat post.

Our records of the "Hand & Envelope" issue contain two off-cover stamps (one added to a cover) and seven covers, including the unique example on Blue paper (25L2, ex Golden). The design of the stamp is stylistically identical to Blood's "Dove & Envelope" (15L11), issued about the same time in 1848. Although the Scott Catalogue describes 25L1 paper as "Yellow-Buff", a comparison of the two 25L1 stamps offered in the Golden sale shows that one is on Yellow paper (as is the stamp on the cover offered here) and the other is on Rose paper (Golden lot 786). Other recorded 25L1 stamps are not available for comparison (nor are there any color photographs or accurate descriptions), so it is impossible to say how many are Yellow or Rose, or if other color varieties exists. The 25L1/25L2 examples we record (updated from the Golden sale) are as follows: 1) 25L1, Yellow paper, cut to shape, ms. "X" cancel, on Jul. 26 (1847-48) local folded letter to Wilkins, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 785, realized $10,500 hammer); 2) 25L1, Rose paper, ms. "X", on folded letter with Philadelphia "5" handstamp, docketed Nov. 11, 1849, PFC "decline opinion" as to use, ex Souren, Gibson, Boker, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 786, realized $9,500 hammer); 3) 25L1, Yellow paper, ms. "X" cancel, Jun. 7, 1848 folded letter to Rev. Ward, Washington D.C., part blue Philadelphia datestamp, the cover offered here, ex Caspary, Hall (Siegel Sale 830, lot 508, realized $6,250 hammer); 4) 25L1, ms. "X" cancel, tied by Philadelphia Jun. 29 datestamp on 1848 folded letter to Pennypacker, West Chester Pa., ex Boker; 5) 25L1, ms. "X" cancel, on local cover to Burrows, Costales photo files; 6) 25L1, smudged cancel (pen?), added to a cover to Adele U. Picot, Jul. 18 datestamp, Harmer, Rooke sale, Mar. 6-7, 1951, lot 241, and P.F. records as "did not originate"; 7) cut to shape, pen cancel, faults, Lyons collection; 8) 25L1, Yellow paper, ms. "X" cancels, Jul. 26 (1848) datestamp on folded letter to Mary A. Clark, Norwalk Conn., private collection; and 9) 25L2 on Blue paper, on printed circular to 28 S. Front St., Southwark, blue Philadelphia May 20 (or 30) datestamp, PFC "decline opinion" as to use, ex Caspary, Boker, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 787, realized $7,000).

Ex Caspary and Hall.

11,500
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1417
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1417, BradwayBrigg's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Gold on Black Glazed (25L5), Brigg's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Gold on Black Glazed (25L5)Brigg's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Gold on Black Glazed (25L5). Large margins to just in, cancelled by "Paid" handstamp on folded cover to Mt. Pokens P.O. Pa., bold strike of "Briggs Dispatch" negative circle handstamp on back, blue "Philada. Pa. 5cts. Nov. 9" integral-rate circular datestamp, slight cracking of surface not visible unless held against light

VERY FINE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES -- EITHER ON OR OFF COVER -- OF THE DISTINCTIVE BRIGG'S DESPATCH "PAID" STAMP IN GOLD ON BLACK.

The Brigg's "Paid" stamp is conceptually identical to Blood's "Paid" 15L12 stamp, and the two were issued at approximately the same time, in mid to late 1848. Our records contain five examples of 25L5: 1) penstroke cancel, ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 789, realized $5,500 hammer); 2) acid cancel, ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 790, realized $3,250 hammer); 3) the stamp affixed to a cover offered in the Caspary sale; 4) the stamp in a photo in Sloane's records (no details); and 5) cut-in stamp on Nov. 9, 1848 cover with Brigg's "Paid" circular handstamp on back, the cover offered here, ex Roth.

Ex Roth. Listed but unpriced in Scott.

E. 5,000-7,500
5,000
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1418
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1418, BradwayBriggs Despatch 2, Briggs Despatch 2Briggs Despatch 2. Well-struck negative handstamp on cover to local Philadelphia address, minor cover wrinkling, Very Fine

E. 400-500
500
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1419
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1419, BradwayBriggs Despatch Paid, Briggs Despatch PaidBriggs Despatch Paid. Bold strike of negative handstamp on blue folded cover to local Philadelphia address, vertical file fold affects marking, Very Fine strike

E. 400-500
350
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1420
ogbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1420, BradwayBroadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black (26L2), Broadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black (26L2)Broadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black (26L2). Left sheet margin block of four, original gum, large margins, horizontal crease in top pair and right margin, appears Very Fine, fresh, attractive multiple, with 1992 P.F. certificate

1,750
0
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1421
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1421, BradwayBroadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black (26L2), Broadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black (26L2)Broadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black (26L2). Mostly full margins, slightly in at right, used with 3c Dull Red (11), vertical pair, tied together by "New-York Mar 4" cds on double-rate 1854 folded letter to Constantia N.Y., pair lightly creased, Fine and attractive, a very rare combination, ex Piller

2,750
3,000
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1422
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1422, BradwayBroadway Post-Office City Express 2 Cts, Broadway Post-Office City Express 2 CtsBroadway Post-Office City Express 2 Cts. Oval handstamp with matching "Paid" at center on oversize Valentine cover to local address, with original enclosure which is quite elaborate, few minor toned spots, Very Fine strike and attractive usage

E. 150-200
375
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1423
nh
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1423, BradwayBroadway Post-Office City Express 2 Cts, Broadway Post-Office City Express 2 CtsBroadway Post-Office City Express 2 Cts. Clearly struck oval handstamp in brownish-black on printed Masonic lodge notice dated Feb. 27, 1852, Extremely Fine, very scarce, ex Middendorf

E. 250-350
250
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