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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1208
ogbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1208, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.(Greig) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1), (Greig) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1)(Greig) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1). Top right margin block of four, original gum, large margins other sides, small surface scrape between both designs and two small surface scrapes in the bottom right stamp, penciled note in selvage dated 1897, Very Fine appearance, a desirable position block, with 1995 P.F. certificate

1,900
1,200
1209
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1209, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.(Greig) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1), (Greig) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1)(Greig) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1). Large even margins, tied by full clear strike of red "City Despatch Post N.Y. Feb. 24 1 O'Clock" Ty. I double-line cds on Feb. 23, 1842 folded letter headed "City Despatch Post 46 William St." and addressed to the President of New York Bank of Savings, a letter soliciting business and signed by Alexander M. Greig, Proprietor of the City Despatch Post, with original printed advertisement for the City Despatch Post describing services, listing names of patrons and stations operated by the post, the enclosure is cited in the letter and is original to this cover, minor aging and splits at edges of folds reinforced with archival tape, light toning

ONE OF THE EARLY USAGES OF THE CITY DESPATCH POST STAMP AND A SIGNIFICANT HISTORICAL DOCUMENT SIGNED BY ITS MANAGER, ALEXANDER M. GRIEG

Very few examples of the City Despatch Post printed circular have survived, this being the only one, to our knowledge, that carries a transmittal letter signed by Alexander M. Greig.

Ex Kapiloff. With 1995 P.F. certificate. Last offered in our 1995 Rarities sale, where it realized $8,000 hammer.

E. 5,000-7,500
11,500
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1210
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1210, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.City Despatch Post N.Y. Feb. 15, 9 O'Clock, City Despatch Post N.Y. Feb. 15, 9 O'ClockCity Despatch Post N.Y. Feb. 15, 9 O'Clock. Red Type I double-line circular datestamp (with inverted "N.Y.") on 1842 folded illustrated Valentine to local street address, handwritten love letter, Very Fine, one of the earliest recorded City Despatch Post covers

E. 500-750
650
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1211
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1211, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.(Greig) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green, Red Glazed Paper, Die Reprints (40L1R), (Greig) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green, Red Glazed Paper, Die Reprints (40L1R)(Greig) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green, Red Glazed Paper, Die Reprints (40L1R). Each with large margins, minor creasing and cracks in enamel as usual, otherwise Very Fine, these are footnoted in Scott after 40L1 (value $500.00 each), only four sets reportedly made

1,000
650
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1212
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1212, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.(Greig) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish, Sperati Reproduction (40L1 Sperati), (Greig) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish, Sperati Reproduction (40L1 Sperati)(Greig) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish, Sperati Reproduction (40L1 Sperati). A frighteningly accurate reproduction tied by red "Free" in frame on piece with part of circular datestamp at lower left, also a Sperati "die" proof signed in pencil and with his large handstamp on back, truly the work of a master

E. 400-500
300
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1213
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1213, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (6LB1), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (6LB1)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (6LB1). Position 6 from upper right corner of sheet, tied by two strikes of orange-red "U.S." in frame cancel, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Dec. 2 9 O'Clock" Type I double-line circular datestamp on folded invoice to local street address, trivial ink erosion spots in address, light fold at center

AN EXTREMELY FINE TIED EXAMPLE OF GREIG'S 3-CENT STAMP USED FOR UNITED STATES CITY DESPATCH POST CARRIER SERVICE. ONLY NINETEEN 6LB1 COVERS ARE RECORDED.

In August 1842 the privately-owned City Despatch Post was bought out and re-established as the carrier department of the New York City post office. Stamps sold by Greig for the City Despatch Post remained valid for prepayment of carrier fees and were used months after the buyout. In the period before U.S. City Despatch Post stamps were issued, the use of Greig's stamps has provisional status among collectors. By September 1842 Greig's stamps in public hands were accepted concurrently with the government carrier issues (6LB3 and 6LB5, primarily). The carrier stamp, 6LB1, can be distinguished from 40L1 only when cancelled with the "U.S."-designated cancel or postmark. Such examples are very rare, with nineteen covers contained in the Lyons census, as well as ten off-cover stamps.

Ex Pope and Kapiloff. With copy of 1985 P.F. certificate.

11,500
8,000
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1214
ng
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1214, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Rosy Buff (6LB2), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Rosy Buff (6LB2)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Rosy Buff (6LB2). Vertical line thru "S" of "Despatch" as on Position 7R, unused (no gum), large margins showing two outer framelines, intense impression on bright paper, slight thinning as usually found on the approximately ten known examples, still Extremely Fine

2,500
1,500
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1215
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1215, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3). Positions 4-5R, top sheet margin pair, large unused (no gum), full to large margins, faint crease at upper right

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED UNUSED PAIRS OF THE FIRST STAMP PRINTED AND ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE FOR THE NEW YORK CITY CARRIER DEPARTMENT.

This the only example of Position 4R known to us that shows the sheet margin at top. On this example, there appears to be a double transfer of the upper third of the design.

Ex Caspary, Middendorf and Kapiloff. With 1995 P.F. certificate.

2,250
3,750
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1216
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1216, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d). Unused (no gum), brilliant early Green color, large even margins, Extremely Fine Gem, unused copies of this Dec. 1842 printing on Green paper are extremely rare, ex Kapiloff, with 1994 P.F. certificate

1,000
1,100
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1217
og
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1217, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b). Original gum, huge left sheet margin, others full to large, bright and fresh color with only a tiny rubbed spot in enamel, Extremely Fine, ex Kapiloff

650
225
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1218
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1218, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d). Two horizontal pairs -- originally forming a block from upper left corner of right pane -- and single, all with large margins, trivial flaws and tiny tear at top of single, each stamp cancelled by red "U.S." in frame, middle pair tied by red "Paid" in arc, matching "New-York May 30" (1843) circular datestamp on folded cover to Philadelphia, blue ms. "12-1/2" rate, beneath the stamps is the ms. endorsement "Paid/3 cents for City Dispatch/12-1/2 cents for Philadelphia/Paid", the -1/2c difference between rate paid and franking probably made up in coin or disregarded by carrier

VERY FINE COVER. THIS IS THE FINEST OF THE EIGHT RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE UNITED STATES CITY DESPATCH POST CARRIER STAMP USED TO PREPAY INTER-CITY POSTAGE. AN OUTSTANDING POSTAL HISTORY ARTIFACT.

This cover and seven other similar examples mark the beginning of prepayment of inter-city postage by adhesive stamps in the Western hemisphere. In each case, the United States City Despatch Post stamps prepaid the regular postage and carrier fee for delivery to the New York City post office, where the letters were marked "Paid" in full.

Our records contain eight inter-city covers with full prepayment, including one front and one with a stamp missing (listed chronologically by New York postmark date): 1) May 25 datestamp, 1843 folded letter to Henry Morris, Philadelphia, strip of 3 + pair, ex Caspary, Middendorf, Kapiloff, Siegel 1995 Rarities sale (realized $37,500); 2) May 30 datestamp (1843), folded cover to F. Packard, Philadelphia, 2 pairs + 1, the cover offered here, ex Caspary, Pope, Kapiloff, Siegel 1995 Rarities sale (realized $42,500); 3) Jun. 16 datestamp, 1843 folded letter to Henry Morris, Philadelphia, strip of 4 + 1, ex Caspary, Hall (Siegel Sale 830, lot 144, realized $32,500 hammer), Gordon N. John (Siegel Sale 868, lot 2015, realized $42,500 hammer); 4) Jul. 5 datestamp, 1843 folded letter to Henry Morris, Philadelphia, strip of 5, ex Caspary, Middendorf (1990 private treaty sale at $30,000); 5) Aug. 23 datestamp, 1843 folded letter to Henry Morris, Philadelphia, 4 singles (1 missing), ex Seybold, Hall (Siegel Sale 830); 6) Nov. 1 datestamp, 1843 folded letter to Julia Welling, Pleasant Valley N.Y., 5 singles, badly creased and restored, from a recent find; 7) Oct. 18 datestamp (1844), folded cover to Dr. Wheeler, Athens N.Y., strip of 3 + 1, ex Caspary, Hall, Gordon N. John (Siegel Sale 868, lot 2015, realized $42,500 hammer); and 8) Jun. 13 (ca. 1845), front only to Lewis Riley, Ridgefield Conn., ex Caspary, Middendorf, Kapiloff, Siegel 1995 Rarities sale. Three of the covers have stamps on Blue paper (6LB5b) from the later printing. The others are Green or Blue Green (1843 printings).

Ex Caspary, Pope and Kapiloff. With 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 30,000-40,000
50,000
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1219
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1219, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d). Large margins, couple scrapes in enamel coating at upper right, tied by red "U.S. City Despatch Post Feb. 13 ? O'Clock" Type II circular datestamp on printed Valentine folded cover to local street address, very unusual decorative design on a lettersheet, Very Fine, ex Boker

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100
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1220
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1220, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5). Large to huge margins, corner crease, cancelled by red "U.S." in frame, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Feb. 14 -- O'Clock" Type II circular datestamp and ms. "1" rate on illustrated Valentine cover to local street address, handsome cherubs and dove design in silver, light overall soiling and wear, still Very Fine, a lovely Valentine usage, with 1978 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
650
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1221
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1221, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d). Large to huge margins, distinctive Moss Green shade, cancelled by red "U.S." in frame, which ties by impression thru paper, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Aug. 9, 1 O'Clock" Type I double-line circular datestamp on 1843 folded letter to local street address, stamp has tiny crack in enamel, still Extremely Fine, scarce use of Green glazed paper stamp, Scott does not price 6LB5d on cover, value as off-cover stamp

900
700
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1222
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1222, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b). Deep Blue shade of 1844-45 printing, three singles, tiny tear in one and small enamel chips, cancelled and tied together by red "U.S." in frame cancels, red "Paid" in arc and matching "New-York Jun. 13" (1845) circular datestamp on cover front only, addressed in blue ms. to Ridgefield Conn., blue ms. "10" rate, stamps accepted as full prepayment or 1c paid in coin, a Fine and very rare usage, one of only eight recorded covers (or fronts) showing use of the U.S. City Despatch Post carrier stamps to prepay inter-city postage, ex Caspary, Middendorf and Kapiloff, with copy of 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
5,250
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1223
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1223, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5). Large margins, attractive light shade, cancelled by red "U.S." in frame, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Feb. 14 -- O'Clock" Type II circular datestamp on folded cover with original Valentine enclosure, decorative floral design with leaf paste-ons, handwritten poem which matches address, fresh and Extremely Fine

E. 300-400
325
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1224
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1224, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5). Large to huge margins, creased and cracked at upper right, tied by red "U.S. City Despatch Post Feb. 18 - O'Clock" Type I circular datestamp on folded letter datelined Saturday Feb. 17 (1844) to local street address, attractive cover and overall Very Fine despite crease in stamp

600
170
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1225
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1225, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b). Large even margins, couple tiny corner creases, tied by double-struck red "U.S." in frame, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Oct. 28, 1 O'Clock" Type II circular datestamp on 1846 folded letter to local street address, light creasing, Very Fine, late usage, the carrier operation closed one month later, with 1995 P.F. certificate

750
325
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1226
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1226, City Despatch, Post New York N.Y.U.S. City Despatch Post Feb. 16 -- O'Clock, U.S. City Despatch Post Feb. 16 -- O'ClockU.S. City Despatch Post Feb. 16 -- O'Clock. Red Type II circular datestamp clearly struck on embossed Valentine cover to local street address, Extremely Fine, a pristine Valentine cover

E. 150-200
190
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