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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Charleston, South Carolina (Honour

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1176
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1176, Charleston, South Carolina (HonourHonour's City Express, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Yellow (4LB2), Honour's City Express, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Yellow (4LB2)Honour's City Express, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Yellow (4LB2). Darker shade of paper, cut to shape, slightly impinging on oval frame, cancelled by two faint pen strokes, affixed with red wax wafer to Jun. 26, 1850 folded letter to New York, red "Charleston S.C. Jun. 26/10" integral-rate circular datestamp and matching "Paid" straightline, stamp has trivial wrinkles caused by wafer and a small tear

FINE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE HONOUR'S OVAL STAMP ON YELLOW PAPER, THREE OF WHICH ARE USED ON COVER. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL CARRIER STAMPS.

John H. Honour, Superintendent of the Charleston Penny Post, advertised the commencement of carrier service in the Charleston Mercury on May 9, 1849. The earliest recorded Honour's cover is postmarked May 24, 1849, establishing the oval stamp on Yellow paper (Scott 4LB2) as the likely first issue of the Charleston carrier stamps. The same design on Brown Rose paper (4LB1) is recorded with July and August 1849 dates. The wording and configuration are identical to the contemporary Boyd's Eagle & Globe stamps (without the Eagle vignette).

We record four examples of the oval stamp on Yellow paper: 1) May 24, 1849 cover, ex Chapman, Caspary, Boker, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 206, realized $15,500 hammer); 2) Jul. 18, 1849 cover, used with 10c 1847, ex Caspary, Middendorf; 3) Jun. 26, 1850, the cover offered here, ex Ferrary, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 207, realized $6,500 hammer); and 4) Cut to shape, off cover, uncancelled, ex Lilly.

Ex Ferrary and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott.

E. 5,000-7,500
9,500
1177
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1177, Charleston, South Carolina (HonourHonour's City Express, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Brown Rose (4LB1), Honour's City Express, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Brown Rose (4LB1)Honour's City Express, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Brown Rose (4LB1). Oval frame just touched on three sides, in at top, uncancelled, used on rectangular piece of brown cover with part of red Charleston S.C. circular datestamp at right and ms. "Aug. 6th 1849" date, pinhole thru stamp and piece

FINE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE HONOUR'S 1849 OVAL STAMP ON BROWN-ROSE PAPER, THREE OF WHICH ARE CUT RECTANGULAR.

We record five examples of Scott 4LB1 as follows: 1) cut rectangular, in at top, used on Aug. 16, 1849 cover, ex Hind, Golden, D.K. Collection (Siegel Sale 862, lot 16, realized $15,500 hammer); 2) cut to shape (brighter Pink paper), used with 10c 1847 on Jul. 14, 1849 cover, ex Hessel, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 210, realized $37,500 hammer); 3) cut rectangular, in at top, on piece dated Aug. 19, 1849, the item offered here, ex Worthington, Caspary, Boker, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 208, realized $9,000 hammer), 4) cut to shape, cancelled by red Charleston circular datestamp (June date, no year), minor faults, ex Middendorf; and 5) cut to shape, sealed tear, added to 1851 cover with Jan. 24 datestamp, Siegel Sale 164, ex Hall.

Ex Worthington, Caspary, Boker and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott values are: rectangular-cut stamp unused ($10,000.00 for this stamp, based on the 1999 realization) and cut to-shape used or unused ($4,000.00)

E. 7,500-10,000
6,000
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1178
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1178, Charleston, South Carolina (Honour(Honour's) City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black (4LB3), (Honour's) City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black (4LB3)(Honour's) City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black (4LB3). Ornaments touched or just shaved, small tear at right, ms. cancel (not tied), used with 3c Dull Red (11), large side margins, touched at bottom and in at top, tied by "Charleston S.C. Nov. 22" (ca. 1854) circular datestamp on brown cover to New York with blue hotel cameo corner card, center embossed with "Charleston S.C.", Very Fine cover, rare combination and attractive hotel corner card usage, ex Hessel and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 248, realized $2,300 hammer)

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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1179
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1179, Charleston, South Carolina (HonourHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish Pelure (4LB5), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish Pelure (4LB5)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish Pelure (4LB5). Large top margin, slightly cut in on other sides, tied by red crayon mark, used with 3c Brownish Carmine (11), two large margins, others slightly in, tied by blue "Charleston S.C. Paid Feb. 9" (1852) circular datestamp on buff cover to New York, blue Charleston Hotel return card on flap, Fine and attractive combination, ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 219, realized $3,750 hammer)

E. 2,000-3,000
4,500
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1180
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1180, Charleston, South Carolina (HonourHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish Pelure (4LB5), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish Pelure (4LB5)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish Pelure (4LB5). Huge margins, including bottom sheet margin and what appears to be the right sheet margin, trivial faint corner crease, ms. "X" cancel (not tied), used on brown cover to local street address, previously offered with letter enclosure dated Feb. 7, 1851, slight wear, Extremely Fine, an extraordinary stamp on an attractive cover, ex Caspary, Boker and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 218, realized $3,250 hammer)

E. 2,000-3,000
3,250
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1181
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1181, Charleston, South Carolina (HonourHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Yellow (4LB7), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Yellow (4LB7)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Yellow (4LB7). Full margins, tied by red "Charleston S.C. Oct. 4/5" integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Stateburg S.C., undated but 1849 usage based on postmark type, stamp has tiny scrape at top and light soiling or cancel

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE HONOUR'S 4LB7 STAMP TIED BY THE CHARLESTON DATESTAMP -- ONLY TWO OTHER SIMILARLY-TIED COVERS ARE KNOWN TO US.

The "Honour's/City Post/2 Cents" stamp on Yellow paper was evidently the first of the rectangular typeset stamps that followed the first oval issue. This October 1849 usage (year date based on postmark type) is very early (most others are used in 1850). We are aware of two other covers with this stamp tied by the red datestamp and used alone, one of which sold in our Golden sale for $8,000 hammer.

9,000
2,800
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1182
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1182, Charleston, South Carolina (HonourHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8). Margins all around except touched at bottom left, cancelled by pen strokes, used with 3c Dull Red (11), margins to just in, both stamps tied by blue "Charleston S.C. Paid Mar. 17" circular datestamp on lady's embossed cover to Effingham S.C., minor toning and small ink spot at lower right, Very Fine and rarely found tied in this manner, ex Caspary and Piller

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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1183
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1183, Charleston, South Carolina (HonourHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8). Large margins to touched at left, faint stain or cancel, used with 3c Dull Red (11), large margins to touching, tied by blue "Charleston S.C. Paid Jul. 3" circular datestamp on cover to Philadelphia, Very Fine

E. 400-500
325
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1184
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1184, Charleston, South Carolina (HonourHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8). One full margin, others slightly in, red crayon cancel, two strikes of blue "Charleston S.C. 5 cts. Feb. 17" integral-rate circular datestamp on embossed Valentine cover to a young lady in Camden S.C., with accompanying Valentine (may or may not be original to cover), Very Fine, a beautiful and rare use of the Honour's carrier stamp, MacBride note on back

E. 750-1,000
0
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1185
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1185, Charleston, South Carolina (HonourHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8). Ample margins, pencil cancel, used on embossed Valentine cover to local street address, with Valentine enclosure, toned spots seem to tie the two together, vertical fold in cover, Fine, a lovely and scarce usage

E. 500-750
0
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1186
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1186, Charleston, South Carolina (HonourHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8). Positions 5/7/9, vertical strip of three with huge left sheet margin, slightly in at right, light crease in margin, ms. cancel in pencil, used on large embossed Valentine cover to Miss L. A. Mills on Line Street, with beautiful decorative Valentine enclosure which appears to have originated with the cover, minor edge tears

VERY FINE FOR A COVER OF THIS SIZE AND VARIETY. ONLY THREE VALENTINES BEARING A MULTIPLE OF THE HONOUR'S 4LB8 STAMP ARE RECORDED. AN OUTSTANDING CARRIER USAGE.

The 6c rate was probably a special carrier fee for large Valentines delivered during the season.

With 1976 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,400
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1187
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1187, Charleston, South Carolina (HonourHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Pink Pelure (formerly 4LB10), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Pink Pelure (formerly 4LB10)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Pink Pelure (formerly 4LB10). Additional plate variety Period after "Paid" and wide setting, large margins, pencil cancel, red "Charleston S.C. Jan. 6/10" integral-rate circular datestamp on buff cover addressed in blue to Selma Ala., a bit worn at edges

THE UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF THE HONOUR'S CARRIER STAMP ON PINK PELURE PAPER.

This cover is accompanied by a 1990 P.F. certificate describing the stamp as a genuine example of the de-listed Scott 4LB10. The few known pelure paper stamps are printed from the first setting with wide spacing between stamps and the period after "Paid." Despite the certificate and other experts' acceptance of this unique pink pelure paper variation, Scott carries a footnote stating "believed not to have been issued by the post, but to have been created later and perhaps accidentally." We guarantee this stamp to be on pelure paper (with pink color) without time limit.

Ex C. E. Chapman, Caspary and Middendorf

E. 4,000-5,000
6,250
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1188
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1188, Charleston, South Carolina (HonourHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish (4LB11), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish (4LB11)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish (4LB11). Large margins, ms. "H" initial, bold blue "Charleston S.C. Paid Oct. 17" circular datestamp, red sender's oval handstamp on folded 1851 printed export report to New York City, sender's endorsement "Open printed sheet...Prepaid...Key Box 65", Extremely Fine stamp, this stamp was not issued until the mid-1850's and did not originate on this 1851 circular, ex Caspary and Meyersburg

E. 750-1,000
550
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1189
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1189, Charleston, South Carolina (HonourHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish (4LB13), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish (4LB13)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish (4LB13). Large margins to just in at bottom, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), both stamps tied by "Charleston S.C. Nov. 29, 1858" circular datestamp on small cover to Pittsfield Mass., repaired tear at upper right corner not affecting stamps

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. PROBABLY FEWER THAN A DOZEN GENUINE COVERS EXIST WITH THE BORDER-OF-LINKS STAMP ISSUED BY HONOUR'S POST IN 1857-58. ONLY FIVE COVERS ARE KNOWN TO US WITH 4LB13 TIED IN COMBINATION WITH THE 3-CENT 1851-57 ISSUE.

A survey of auction catalogues and photo files produced only eleven 4LB13 covers, about half of which had no tying cancellation. Five covers in our records have 3c 1851-57 stamps and the 4LB13 tied.

Ex Caspary. With 1993 Jakubek certificate

4,000
2,400
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1190
ng
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1190, Charleston, South Carolina (HonourHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish, Comma after "Paid" (4LB13a), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish, Comma after "Paid" (4LB13a)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish, Comma after "Paid" (4LB13a). Unused (no gum), large even margins, clear impression on bright fresh paper, negligible shallow thin spot at upper right corner, Extremely Fine appearance, very rare, ex Caspary and Middendorf

1,100
650
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1191
ng
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1191, Charleston, South Carolina (HonourHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish, No Period After "Post" (4LB13b), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish, No Period After "Post" (4LB13b)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish, No Period After "Post" (4LB13b). Unused (no gum), large to huge margins incl. left sheet margin, sharp impression, fresh, tiny thin speck, Extremely Fine appearance, very rare, ex Caspary and Middendorf

1,400
850
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