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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Cornwell

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1490
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1490, CornwellCornwell's Madison Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Red (52L2), Cornwell's Madison Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Red (52L2)Cornwell's Madison Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Red (52L2). Large top margin, clear at bottom and sides just touched or in, slight crease, cork cancel, tied by oval "Madison Square Post Office" handstamp with "Cornwall's" deleted, "Paid/Swarts" framed handstamp on blue cover with Macy's embossed return card on flap, vertical folds in cover clear of stamp

FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS WITH THE SCARCE CORNWELL'S STAMP TIED. ONLY THIS COVER SHOWS THE OVAL MARKING WITH "CORNWALL'S" (SPELLING ERROR) DELETED, USED UNDER BENTLEY'S OWNERSHIP.

Daniel H. Cornwell established his Madison Square Post Office at 945 Broadway as early as May 1856 (May 28 use of Cornwell's oval is recorded), but sold out to Henry H. Bentley in August of the same year (as advertised). Covers showing Cornwell's markings or stamps are extremely rare, and the presence of Swarts markings on several of them indicates an arrangement between the two posts. The stamps come on white (52L2) or bluish paper (52L1), and it appears that this paper is bluish, but to be consistent with the Scott Catalogue, we list it as the white 52L2. This example is unusual not only for the tied stamp (two such tied examples are recorded), but the oval handstamp shows removal of Cornwell's name (mis-spelled "Cornwall's" in the device). The other tied usage, ex Caspary and Boker, has the name in the oval.

Ex Abt and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 991, realized $9,000 hammer)

10,000
0
1491
og
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1491, CornwellCornwell's Madison Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Red on Blue (52L1), Cornwell's Madison Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Red on Blue (52L1)Cornwell's Madison Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Red on Blue (52L1). Original gum, large margins, rich color, small thin spot, Extremely Fine appearance, very scarce, ex Golden

600
1,300
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1492
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1492, CornwellCressman & Co.'s Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (53L1), Cressman & Co.'s Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (53L1)Cressman & Co.'s Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (53L1). Large margins, tied by pen stroke that cuts into paper on embossed Valentine cover locally addressed, etiquette label on back, Very Fine, only eight covers with the rare Cressman & Co. stamp are recorded, only two of these are Valentine usages (both Miss L. Kelly or Kealy - see Steven Roth census in Penny Post, August 1992), ex Hollowbush and Roth

E. 750-1,000
550
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1493
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1493, CornwellCrosby's City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Carmine (54L1), Crosby's City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Carmine (54L1)Crosby's City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Carmine (54L1). Large margins, tied by "Crosby's City Post, New York, 19 William St." double oval handstamp on bright buff cover with American Musical and Book Agency advertising card, to local street address, Extremely Fine, one of the finest of the seven covers reported by Larry Lyons (The Penny Post, January 2006), with 1995 P.F. certificate

400
1,500
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1494
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1494, CornwellCrosby's City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Carmine (54L1), Crosby's City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Carmine (54L1)Crosby's City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Carmine (54L1). Large to huge margins incl. sheet margin at bottom, tied by partly struck Crosby's oval datestamp on window ventilator manufacturer's illustrated advertising cover to local street address, slightly reduced at top and faint soiling, otherwise Very Fine, Lyons reports seven covers (The Penny Post, January 2006)

400
1,700
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1494A
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1494A, CornwellCummings' Express, 2 Cts, Cummings' Express, 2 CtsCummings' Express, 2 Cts. Red oval handstamp with locomotive, much better strike than usual, matching boxed "Paid A.H.C." handstamp on large illustrated Valentine cover to local address, minor edgewear, Very Fine strike of this scarce locomotive marking

E. 500-750
800
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1495
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1495, CornwellCummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Rose Glazed (55L1), Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Rose Glazed (55L1)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Rose Glazed (55L1). Framelines show on all four sides, ms. cancel with splashes of ink tying stamp, red oval "Cumming's Express 2 Ct." locomotive handstamp and red "New-York 5 cts. 14 Nov." integral-rate circular datestamp on 1846 folded letter to Catskill N.Y.

VERY FINE. THE CUMMINGS' "LETTER & HEART" STAMP ON ROSE PAPER IS FAR RARER THAN THE GREEN OR YELLOW -- PROBABLY NO MORE THAN FOUR OR FIVE GENUINE COVERS EXIST.

Alfred H. Cummings operated Cummings' City Post as early as December 1845 (earliest reported cover) through 1847. Alfred H. Cummings and Robert Wright joined to take over the City Despatch Post Office from Abraham Mead by March 1847. The distinctive stamps picturing Cupid (55L4-55L5) and a letter sealed by a heart (55L1-55L3) tie the post's activities to the Valentine season. All are very scarce, but the Rose 55L1 is the rarest of the Cummings "Letter & Heart" series -- Caspary had only one; Middendorf the same. The Rose covers we have located have November 1846 dates. At a later date, the "Cummings" name was erased from the plate, as evidenced by the one recorded 55L8 stamp (ex Ferrary, Caspary and Boker).

Ex Chapman, Hollowbush and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1004, realized $5,250 hammer). With 1999 P.F. certificate.

5,750
4,000
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1496
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1496, CornwellCummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3), Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3). Large margins to touched, uncancelled, used illustrated Valentine cover to local street address, red boxed "Paid A.H.C." below adhesive, indistinct strike of matching locomotive handstamp

A VERY FINE VALENTINE USAGE OF THE CUMMINGS' "LETTER & HEART" STAMP.

The design of this stamp -- a folded letter sealed with a heart -- and Cummings' Cupid stamp (Scott 55L4-55L5) clearly identify his post with the delivery of Valentine letters. This example is one of the finest recorded Valentine usages of the Cummings Letter & Heart stamp.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,200
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1497
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1497, CornwellCummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3), Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3). Large margins, cancelled by red "Free" in box, used on 1847 folded letter to Woodbridge, N. J., red "New York 5cts Apr 28" integral-rate circular datestamp, impression of handstamp shows thru lettersheet, effectively tying it, cover with minor soiling

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND VERY RARE USAGE OF THE CUMMINGS' CITY POST "LETTER & HEART" STAMP.

Ex Ferrary and Middendorf. With 1991 P.F. Certificate

E. 2,500-3,500
2,100
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1498
ng
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1498, CornwellCummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed (55L7), Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed (55L7)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed (55L7). Unused (no gum), full margins all around, bright color, accompanying certificate notes crease, which is really a slight wrinkle in the surface enamel, there are two very slight thin spots

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY FIVE EXAMPLES OF THE CUMMINGS' CITY POST OVAL STAMP ARE RECORDED.

Our records contain five examples of 55L7: 1) unused, slight crease and thin spots, the stamp offered here, ex Richardson, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1013, realized $7,500); 2) unused, crease, thins, ex Boker, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1014, realized $7,500); 3) repaired, affixed to a cover, ex Middendorf; 4) unused, right sheet margin, horizontal crease, ex Burrus and Hall (Siegel Sale 830, lot 600, realized $2,500); and 5) faint pre-use crease, used on Nov. 1846 folded notice to Rev. D. Terry with locomotive handstamp struck twice, ex Chapman, Caspary, Lilly, Richardson, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1012).

Ex Richardson and Golden. With 1963 P.F. certificate.

8,250
4,000
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