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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Bronson & Forbes

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1424
og
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1424, Bronson & ForbesBronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1), Bronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1)Bronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1). Original gum, h.r., large margins, rich color, horizontal gum creases, some slight soiling, otherwise Very Fine, scarce

600
450
1425
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1425, Bronson & ForbesBronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1), Bronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1)Bronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1). Enormous margins all around, cancelled by clear strike of "Bronson & Fobes City Express Post Dec. 19 10 AM" company circular datestamp, additional strikes partly showing around perimeter, the stamp is also cancelled by part of the "Chicago Ill." 1857 year-dated circular datestamp, which evidently was struck on an overlapping 3c 1851-57 stamp

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE BRONSON & FORBES STAMP EXTANT, AND ONE OF ONLY TWO KNOWN CANCELLED COPIES.

With the exception of one cover, the examples on covers are uncancelled, and are mostly cut to shape.

Ex Caspary.

1,500
2,100
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1426
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1426, Bronson & ForbesBronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1), Bronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1)Bronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1). Margins rectangular but slightly into oval, used with 3c Dull Red (11), mostly large margins, slightly in at top, both stamps tied by "Chicago Ill. May 3" circular datestamp on small cover to Iowa City

VERY FINE. THE BRONSON & FORBES' LOCAL STAMP IS EXTREMELY SCARCE ON COVER. THIS IS THE ONLY KNOWN INTACT COVER WITH THE STAMP TIED BY A POSTMARK. AN OUTSTANDING AND VERY UNDERRATED RARITY.

W. H. Bronson and G. F. Forbes operated their local post in Chicago from mid-1856 through early 1857, based on the most reliable evidence. A March 1855 cover is recorded, but its early date and the absence of dated examples from the following fourteen months make it doubtful that the stamp originated or that the date was reported accurately. The post probably closed in 1857. The Chicago city directories support this date span.

Fewer than a dozen Bronson & Forbes' covers are known, and all but two have uncancelled stamps. Of the two tied examples, only this cover has the 3c stamp still in place. The ex-Middendorf cover has a blank space where the 3c stamp was originally affixed but later removed; the local is still tied in its place. A piece is recorded with the stamp tied in combination with a 3c 1851, ex Caspary.

Ex Hennan (his note on back indicates purchased from Elliott Perry in 1930) and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 809, realized $9,000 hammer).

10,000
12,500
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1427
ngbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1427, Bronson & ForbesBrooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (28L1, 28L1a), Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (28L1, 28L1a)Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (28L1, 28L1a). Sheet comprising two panes in tete-beche format, unused (no gum), color slightly rubbed at top, otherwise Very Fine, ex Golden, Scott value as blocks, singles and tete-beche pairs

1,600
400
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1428
ngbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1428, Bronson & ForbesBrooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Green (28L2, 28L2a), Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Green (28L2, 28L2a)Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Green (28L2, 28L2a). Sheet comprising two panes in tete-beche format, unused (no gum), Extremely Fine, ex Golden, Scott value as blocks, singles and tete-beche pairs

1,585
475
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1429
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1429, Bronson & ForbesBrooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (28L1), Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (28L1)Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (28L1). Ample to large margins, in at top, pencil cancel, "Boyd's City Express Post" oval handstamp and "Paid" in oval on cover to New York City street address, reduced at right but pencil "Paid 2" still shows, Fine, ex Chapman and Golden

E. 150-200
300
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1430
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1430, Bronson & ForbesBrooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Green (28L2), Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Green (28L2)Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Green (28L2). Large margins to just touching, pencil cancel, used with 3c Rose (65), both stamps tied by large segmented cork with "Brooklyn N.Y. Apr. 18, 1864" double-circle datestamp on cover to Peekskill N.Y., Very Fine, ex Golden

1,250
600
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1431
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1431, Bronson & ForbesBrooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Crimson (28L3), Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Crimson (28L3)Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Crimson (28L3). Large margins to clear, rich color, tied by small handstamp on oversize yellow cover to Brooklyn street address, light strike of red oval handstamp and matching "Paid" handstamp, cover tears and some reinforcing along edges, still Very Fine, ex Knapp

400
0
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1432
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1432, Bronson & ForbesBrooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pink (28L4), Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pink (28L4)Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pink (28L4). Margins all around, small faults, tied by black ring cancel, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26) tied by "New-York May 4, 1859" circular datestamp on cover to Easton Pa., small tear at top, otherwise Fine, scarce, ex Piller, this combination not listed in Scott (tied with No. 65 priced at $1,750.00)

E. 500-750
600
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1433
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1433, Bronson & ForbesBrooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Blue (28L5), Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Blue (28L5)Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Blue (28L5). Four margins, close at left, black cancel, used with 3c Dull Red (11), four margins, tied together by "Brooklyn N-Y Oct. 22" circular datestamp on turned mourning cover (originally addressed to a woman in Kingston N.Y., the sender apparently changed his or her mind, refolded the envelope and readdressed it), 3c with tiny toned spot, otherwise Very Fine, interesting usage, ex Piller

500
425
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1434
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1434, Bronson & ForbesBrooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Dark Blue (28L5), Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Dark Blue (28L5)Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Dark Blue (28L5). Large margins, cancelled by handstamp on cover to South Brooklyn, red "Brooklyn City Express Post, 2CT" oval handstamp with matching "Paid", some soiling, still Very Fine, with 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
300
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