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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 (Kingman

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1192
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1192, Charleston, South Carolina (KingmanKingman's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB14), Kingman's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB14)Kingman's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB14). Comma after "Cents" variety, ample margins to just touching ornaments, ms. cancel, used with 3c Dull Red (11), large margins to slightly in, both stamps tied by "Charleston S.C. 3 Paid May 9" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Scuppernong N.C., 1856 docketing on flap

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE TIED COMBINATION OF THE KINGMAN'S THREE-LINE CARRIER STAMP AND 3-CENT 1851 IMPERFORATE ISSUE.

Eliab J. Kingman was Dr. John H. Honour's brother-in-law and served as the first assistant in Honour's Penny Post from its inception in 1849. It is reported that sometime in 1851, Kingman received his own appointment as a government carrier and divided the city's routes with Dr. Honour. According to the Faber account (Pat Paragraphs, 1981 Reprint, pp. 247-248), Kingman retired in March 1858 and was replaced by Joseph G. Martin, a relative to the Honour family through marriage.

The Scott listings for the two Kingman's stamps are out of chronological sequence. The four-line type, 4LB15, preceded the three-line type, 4LB14, by at least three or four years. The format of 4LB14 matches the stamps printed for Martin, Steinmeyer and Beckman in 1858, 1859 and 1860, and it is probable that the same setting was used with the names changed as required. Kingman is reported to have retired in March 1858; based on dated examples, the 4LB14 stamp was probably issued in mid-1856 and not used after March 1858. Genuine covers are found in this time period. Other covers with untied stamps used prior to 1856 are most likely enhancements.

Ex Hessel and Piller

7,500
5,750
1193
ng
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1193, Charleston, South Carolina (KingmanMartin's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB16), Martin's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB16)Martin's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB16). Type C with 13 of the 24 ornaments set incorrectly, unused, margins barely into ornaments, affixed to piece, minor faults

FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY FOUR EXAMPLES OF MARTIN'S CARRIER STAMP ARE RECORDED.

According to Faber's account (Pat Paragraphs, 1981 Reprint, pp. 247-248), Joseph G. Martin took over from E. J. Kingman after Kingman retired in March 1858. Martin served until retirement in 1861, but the extreme rarity of the stamps bearing his name suggests that they were not widely used. They were probably printed in 1858. We record just four stamps, all unused, listed as follows (different types are identified with letters): 1) Type A, tiny thin, ex Caspary, Lilly, Boker, Golden, D.K. Collection; 2) Type B, slight thins, ex Ferrary, Caspary, Hall; 3) Type C, margins cut in, slight faults, the stamp offered here, ex Caspary, Middendorf; and 4) Type D, sound, ex Hessel, Golden, D.K. Collection.

Ex Caspary and Middendorf

8,000
5,250
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1194
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1194, Charleston, South Carolina (KingmanSteinmeyer's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB19), Steinmeyer's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB19)Steinmeyer's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB19). Position 10, unused (no gum), usual gum stains in paper, large margins to touched at bottom, couple tiny thin specks

FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY FIVE OR SIX EXAMPLES OF THIS STEINMEYER ISSUE ARE RECORDED.

With 1995 P.S.E. certificate

4,500
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1195, Charleston, South Carolina (KingmanSteinmeyer's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Pink (4LB20), Steinmeyer's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Pink (4LB20)Steinmeyer's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Pink (4LB20). Unused (no gum), large margins incl. left sheet margin, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1985 P.F. certificate

200
150
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1196
ogbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1196, Charleston, South Carolina (KingmanSteinmeyer's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Pink (4LB20), Steinmeyer's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Pink (4LB20)Steinmeyer's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Pink (4LB20). Complete pane of ten, original gum, usual pinpoint paper flaws, thin spot in bottom pair, Very Fine appearance, rare, ex Golden

2,250
1,300
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1197
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1197, Charleston, South Carolina (KingmanSteinmeyer's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Yellow (4LB21), Steinmeyer's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Yellow (4LB21)Steinmeyer's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Yellow (4LB21). Unused (no gum), ample to large margins, tiny thin spots, Very Fine appearance, with 1985 P.F. certificate

200
120
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1198
ogbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1198, Charleston, South Carolina (KingmanSteinmeyer's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Yellow (4LB21), Steinmeyer's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Yellow (4LB21)Steinmeyer's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Yellow (4LB21). Complete pane of ten, original gum, very slight gum stains, creased at lower left corner, otherwise Very Fine, rare, ex Boker and Golden

2,250
1,200
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