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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Carnes

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1462
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1462, CarnesCarnes & Co. City Letter & Package Express Essay, Carnes & Co. City Letter & Package Express EssayCarnes & Co. City Letter & Package Express Essay. Business card in red embossed on white glazed, with logo at left, and address and proprietors names at bottom, logo with pencil frame and "5" in all four corners, and "City Letter Express" lightly obliterated by pen, card with light soiling at edges and faint diagonal crease, pencil on back, Very Fine, this is the only recorded sketch of Carnes' second stamp design -- the first design, used to produce Scott No. 35L1, is the same design as the original illustration on the business card; the second design, used to produce Scott Nos. 35L2-35L8, is virtually identical to the amended design on the card

E. 750-1,000
750
1463
ogbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1463, CarnesCarnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1), Carnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1)Carnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1). Complete sheet of 12 with wide margins all around, original gum, h.r., a few Mint N.H., few creases incl. horizontal at center affects two stamps, otherwise Very Fine, scarce complete sheet, this is the first we have offered in any of the Carriers and Locals auctions we have held in over ten years, with 1997 P.F. certificate

2,200
1,500
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1464
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1464, CarnesCarnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1), Carnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1)Carnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1). Full to large margins, tied by black "Paid" handstamp on large cover addressed in blue to 267 Washington Street South in San Francisco, bold matching "CARNES' EXPRESS/SAN FRANCISCO" straightline handstamp at center, blue ms. instructions in corner "send by Carnes Carier", cover with light vertical folds not affecting stamp

A MAJOR LOCAL POST RARITY, REPRESENTING THE PROPER USAGE OF THE CARNES CITY LETTER EXPRESS STAMP DURING CARNES'S OWNERSHIP. ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST SPECTACULAR OF ALL AMERICAN LOCAL POST COVERS.

The local-post scene in San Francisco during the 1863-67 period is confusing to reconstruct, due to the similarity of names among competing posts and the changes in ownership, with one selling out to the other. All of this must be reconstructed from dated material and city directories. According to information gleaned by Ernest A. Wiltsee from contemporary sources, the Carnes City Letter Express was started in 1865 by George A. Carnes, a former postal clerk. Very early on, Carnes issued the Grizzly Bear stamps with his name. During the first year, Carnes also acquired the San Francisco Letter Express and changed the post's name to Carnes San Francisco Letter Express. Whether Carnes or William E. Loomis bought out Gahagan & Howe's City Express has been debated, but in late 1866, Carnes and his partner sold out to Loomis. From 1867 on, we find the Carnes stamps and San Francisco Letter Express Horse & Rider marking used by Loomis. Eventually Loomis altered the Grizzly Bear printing plate by removing the Carnes name and printed his own stamps (Scott 98L1). This is the only Carnes cover known to us that was clearly carried by the original Carnes service, for which it was created.

With 1994 P.F. certificate.

17,500
12,000
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1465
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1465, CarnesCarnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1), Carnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1)Carnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1). Large margins all around, blue Frey's oval cancel, Extremely Fine, the nominal $100.00 Scott value does not begin to reflect the rarity of a genuinely cancelled Carnes stamp, especially with the Frey oval (ca. 1864-65), undercatalogued in Scott at $300.00

E. 500-750
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1466
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1466, CarnesCarnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1), Carnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1)Carnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1). Large to huge margins, cancelled by blue "Paid" in frame, diagonal crease at lower right, otherwise Extremely Fine

300
200
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1467
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1467, CarnesCarnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, 10c Rose, Blue "X" Overprint (35L2), Carnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, 10c Rose, Blue "X" Overprint (35L2)Carnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, 10c Rose, Blue "X" Overprint (35L2). Unused (no gum), large to huge margins, Extremely Fine

300
350
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1468
ngbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1468, CarnesCarnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, 5c Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (35L7a), Carnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, 5c Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (35L7a)Carnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, 5c Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (35L7a). Complete sheet of 18 containing three tete-beche pairs, unused (no gum), creases affecting 35L7a pairs, otherwise Extremely Fine, ex Golden

1,950
500
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