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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — D. O. Blood & Co.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1293
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1293, D. O. Blood & Co.Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red (15L1), Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red (15L1)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red (15L1). Octagonal margins just slightly into circle, partly clear impression with usual ms. "R & Co" initials, red "Paid" and "3" numeral handstamps struck twice, used on folded letter with July 28, 1843 dateline, addressed to Commerce Street between 4th and 5th Streets, letter discusses bankruptcy proceedings, minor splitting along fold at top

VERY FINE. ONE OF FIFTEEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST RED STAMP. A WONDERFUL "PRIMITIVE" AMONG PHILATELIC RARITIES.

A census of Philadelphia Despatch 15L1 and 15L2 stamps may be found at our website: siegelauctions.com/1999/817/yf81786.htm#98. The cover offered here is No. 6 in the listing.

8,500
0
1294
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1294, D. O. Blood & Co.Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish (15L3), Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish (15L3)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish (15L3). Large margins all around incl. part of adjoining stamp at right which clearly demonstrates uneven layout of the plate, tied by ms. "X" and also tied by red "Philadelphia Pa. Jul. 9" circular datestamp on undated folded letter Yardville P.O. N.J., blue ms. "10", trivial edgewear

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE USE OF THE 1843 PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST "STRIDING MESSENGER" ISSUE -- THE WORLD'S FIRST PICTORIAL STAMP. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE TIED BY THE RED CIRCULAR DATESTAMP.

The Striding Messenger stamp, issued in 1843 by the Philadelphia Despatch Post, is the first pictorial stamp in the world. It depicts a gargantuan letter carrier -- the "City Despatch Post" bag slung over his shoulder -- stepping over the Merchant's Exchange Building, which housed Philadelphia's post office. The image conveys the private posts' superior speed and reliability.

The Striding Messenger stamp superseded the handstamped adhesives issued by the Philadelphia Despatch Post in December 1842. Printings were made by Thomas Sinclair, a local lithographer, on thick coated paper and thinner uncoated paper. The varying quality of impressions indicates that the thick coated paper was not well-suited for lithography. The stamp design did not have a stated denomination, but all used examples have a handstamped "3" cents rate. The "R & Co." manuscript initials were applied to each stamp prior to sale by the proprietor, reputed to be Robertson & Co. When the firm was sold to D. O. Blood & Co. in 1845, the stamps were then marked "DOB & Co." A similar design, incorporating the D. O. Blood & Co. name, was lithographed by Wagner & McGuigan and issued after July 1845.

Signed "Genuine Robson Lowe"

12,500
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1295
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1295, D. O. Blood & Co.Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black, Without Shading in Background, Initialed "R & Co." (15L3), Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black, Without Shading in Background, Initialed "R & Co." (15L3)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black, Without Shading in Background, Initialed "R & Co." (15L3). Large margins to slightly in at top, corner crease, cancelled by red outline "3", matching faint "Phila. Despatch Post P.M." circular datestamp on Oct. 13, 1843 folded letter to local street address, minor aging and splits along folds

FINE. THIS IS THE RAREST OF THE STRIDING MESSENGER STAMPS, ISSUED BY THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST, PREDECESSOR TO D. O. BLOOD. BETWEEN SEVEN AND NINE COVERS ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.

The "R & Co." Striding Messenger stamps without any background shading lines are extremely rare. This stamp shows an extremely worn impression with the buildings at left and right almost completely missing.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,500
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1296
ogbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1296, D. O. Blood & Co.D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L5), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L5)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L5). Pane of twelve -- Group A on the lithographic plate of 72 (see Sale 868, lot 2059) -- severed horizontally into two blocks of six (rejoined with hinges), original gum, large margins, couple small thins and slight wrinkling from gum

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY SEVEN PANES (INCLUDING ONE PART PANE) OF THE BLOOD'S STRIDING MESSENGER STAMP ARE RECORDED.

Our records contain five intact panes, this severed and rejoined pane, and one part-pane of eleven (bottom right stamp cut out). We have determined that there were six different groups of twelve on the lithographic stone. This multiple is an exact duplicate of one of the six arrangements, which we call Group A. D. O. Blood & Co. advertised stamps for sale at the rate of 25c per dozen; therefore, it is logical that sheets were printed with 72 subjects, which could be divided into 6 units of 12 stamps for convenient sale.

Scott retail for intact pane of twelve is $5,500.00

E. 2,500-3,500
3,250
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1297
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1297, D. O. Blood & Co.D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L5), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L5)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L5). Large margins incl. part of adjoining stamps, cancelled by penstroke at left and affixed to Valentine used to local address, with original contents, stamp with tiny scuff at top left, cover with some wear, otherwise Fine, attractive Valentine usage

800
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1298
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1298, D. O. Blood & Co.D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L5), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L5)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L5). Large margins incl. part of adjoining stamps, uncancelled, affixed to folded cover to New York, blue "Philadelphia Pa. Sep. 17" circular datestamp and matching "5" in circle handstamp, 1845 docketing on back, fresh and Very Fine, ex Judd

800
1,000
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1299
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1299, D. O. Blood & Co.D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L6), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L6)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L6). Large margins to full, intense shade, small ms. cross at left, affixed to folded cover to New York, blue "Philadelphia 5 Jun. 30" integral-rate circular datestamp, stamp with some light toning at left from gum which "ties" it to the cover, Very Fine, scarce

1,250
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1300
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1300, D. O. Blood & Co.D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L6), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L6)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L6). Large margins to just in, cancelled by small ms. cross at left and affixed to Dec. 1847 printed circular soliciting donations for The Colored Infant School, orange label affixed upside down "By means of Blood & Co's City Despatch, removal circulars are delivered in quantities, at low rates", stamp with some slight toning, otherwise Very Fine, interesting usage, ex Gibson

1,250
550
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1301
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1301, D. O. Blood & Co.D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L7), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L7)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L7). Cut octagonally, clear margins to just touched, tied by blue "Philadelphia 5 Jul. 1" integral-rate circular datestamp on folded letter to Milford Mass., trivial soiling, Very Fine, this circular type adhesive ("City Despatch Post" at center) is much rarer than is generally perceived -- the three circular types (15L7-15L9) were used on outbound letters carried by Blood's to the post office

1,100
750
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1302
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1302, D. O. Blood & Co.D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L8), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L8)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L8). Margins to just touched, uncancelled, affixed to folded cover with July 27, 1847 docketing on back and sent to Baltimore, blue "Philada. Pa. 5cts. Jul 28" integral-rate circular datestamp, vertical file fold well away from stamp, Very Fine

500
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1303
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1303, D. O. Blood & Co.5c Brown (1), 5c Brown (1)5c Brown (1). Large even margins, deep rich early color, tied by blue "Paid" in oval, matching "Philada. Pa. 5cts Oct. 21" circular datestamp on bluish 1847 folded letter to Baltimore, used with D. O. Blood & Co., (2c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L8), two large margins incl. part of adjoining stamp, in at other sides, uncancelled, file crease thru 5c stamp, still a very attractive and scarce usage, Extremely Fine appearance

E. 1,500-2,000
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1304
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1304, D. O. Blood & Co.5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to in at left, tied by light strike of blue Philadelphia circular datestamp and used with D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L9), large to huge margins incl. part of adjoining stamp at left, "tied" by vertical fold, on folded cover to New Holland Pa., March 22, 1848 docketing on back, ms. "Paid 5" at center, some overall wear, still Fine, exceedingly rare combination usage, this is the first we have offered since keeping computerized records

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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1305
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1305, D. O. Blood & Co.D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L9), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L9)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L9). Large to huge margins incl. sheet margin at left, tied by blue "5" in circle handstamp, matching "New York & Phila. R.R. Dec. 7" circular datestamp on cover to New York City, adhesive with some slight toning and creasing, otherwise Very Fine, attractive and scarce usage

1,500
850
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1306
og
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1306, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10). Original gum, h.r., large margins to clear, deep rich color, faint creases and small toned spot, otherwise Very Fine and scarce

350
375
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1307
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1307, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10). Large margins to barely in, tied by penstrokes at top on blue folded cover to Montgomery Ala., ms. "10" rating and also ms. railroad pmk., light vertical file fold well away from stamp, Very Fine, scarce usage

1,250
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1308
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1308, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10). Large margins to just in, uncancelled and affixed to folded letter to Sandy Spring P.O. Md., blue "Philada. Pa. 5cts. Aug. 4" circular datestamp, cover with some trivial overall toning, Fine

1,000
400
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1309
ng
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1309, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on Pale Green (15L11), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on Pale Green (15L11)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on Pale Green (15L11). Unused (no gum), large to huge margins, faint horizontal crease, thin spot at right, appears Very Fine, signed Sloane

300
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1310
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1310, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on Pale Green (15L11), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on Pale Green (15L11)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on Pale Green (15L11). Large to huge margins incl. part of adjoining stamp at top, cancelled by grid on buff folded cover described on accompanying certificate as a wrapper, to local address, July 1848 docketing at left, small piece of back cut out, Very Fine, with 1990 P.F. certificate

800
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1311
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1311, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on Pale Green (15L11), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on Pale Green (15L11)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on Pale Green (15L11). Cut to shape, margins clear to just in, tied by grid on folded cover to local address, cover with small hole at center, Fine

1,250
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1312
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1312, D. O. Blood & Co.5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins, tied by blue grid, matching "Philada. Pa. 5cts. Sep. 2" circular datestamp and used with Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (15L12), uncancelled, Blood's handstamp at right, on cover to New York, 5c stamp with light creases, appears Very Fine, scarce combination usage

E. 2,000-3,000
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1313
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1313, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (15L12), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (15L12)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (15L12). Large margins to clear, tied by grid on folded cover to local address, with green label "Blood's Despatch - The utility, convenience and economy of this establishment commend it to the attention and patronage of the public; those who avail themselves of its advantages need no other recommendation. Respectfully A. Friend", fresh and Very Fine

500
700
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1314
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1314, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (15L12), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (15L12)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (15L12). Large margins to clear, tied by grid on cover to local address, few edge repairs, appears Very Fine

500
275
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1315
ogbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1315, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13). Complete pane of 24, original gum, full even margins, vivid bronze color

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND CHOICE COMPLETE PANE OF THE SMALL BRONZE "ONE CENT" STAMP, OF WHICH FOUR OR FIVE ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.

Ex Hall. This is only the second complete pane with original gum we have ever offered.

1,250
850
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1316
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1316, D. O. Blood & Co.5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to in at top, tied by red square grid and used with Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black (15L13), slightly overlapping but acid tied, on cover to New York, red "Philada. Railroad" straightline handstamp, trivial overall wear, Very Fine and attractive usage

1,500
1,700
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1317
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1317, D. O. Blood & Co.Earliest Recorded Use of a U.S. Local Adhesive with the 1851 Issue, Earliest Recorded Use of a U.S. Local Adhesive with the 1851 IssueEarliest Recorded Use of a U.S. Local Adhesive with the 1851 Issue. Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Bronze (15L13), acid tied on cover, used with 3c Orange Brown (10), Position 19L1E, usual gum soaks, small internal tear, tied by blue grid, matching "Philadelphia Pa. Jul. 2" (1851) circular datestamp, Very Fine, rare and desirable usage, second day of use of the 3c 1851 and the earliest known local adhesive combination

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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1318
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1318, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13). Vertical strip of four, large margins to just in, acid cancelled on oversize embossed Valentine cover to Bath Hotel, clear strike of "Blood's Despatch Special Messenger" handstamp, with beautiful multicolored enclosure, expertly repaired at bottom of cover, otherwise Fine, scarce multiple usage on a Valentine

E. 300-400
1,000
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1319
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1319, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13). Three, mostly large margins, acid tied on blue folded cover to David B. Stacey in Philadelphia, sender's note "Politeness of Capt. Benja. Rush", pencil street address, ms. Jun. 18, 1850 receipt docketing, Extremely Fine, one of the enigmatic multiple-rate covers, which have yet to be explained by specialists in Blood's, ex Hollowbush, Malcolm and Golden

E. 750-1,000
800
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1320
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1320, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13). Large margins to just in, acid tied on folded letter to Salubria P.O. N.Y., clear strikes of red "New York 10cts Aug. 25" integral-rate circular datestamp and matching "Philada. Railroad" straightline handstamp, Very Fine, attractive usage

E. 150-200
140
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1321
ogbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1321, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Block of 20 (printed in panes of 25), full original gum, large sheet margins showing traces of adjoining pane below, touched at right, different varieties of commas and periods after "Blood's", Very Fine, Scott Retail as blocks of four and singles

217
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1322
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1322, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Large margins to just in, acid tied, used with 10c Green, Ty. II (14), large margins to touched, tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Nov. 3" circular datestamp on cover to San Francisco Cal., Blood's datestamp at center (appears to be 1856), light bend at top affects both stamps, the local with defect at top left, still Very Fine, rare 10c 1855 and local post combination usage to the West Coast

E. 1,500-2,000
1,400
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1323
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1323, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Huge margins to clear, acid tied, used with 3c Dull Red (11), large margins to in, both stamps tied together by "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 25" circular datestamp on mourning cover to Washington D.C., Blood's 1856 backstamp, Very Fine, beautiful cover

375
200
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1324
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1324, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Mostly large margins, well tied by company timestamp, used with 1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (26, three), tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Oct. 16" circular datestamp on 1857 cover to Canada East, minor edge toning, still Very Fine, an exceedingly rare combination and usage, most unusual to find the Blood's local tied by a handstamp and without the acid cancel, ex Jarrett and Piller, with 1975 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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1325
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1325, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Two, large margins to just in, acid tied, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), tied by 12-bar grid, "Philadelphia Pa. Dec. 16" circular datestamp on cover to Rexford Plats N.Y., clear strike of Blood's timestamp at left, cover with central toned spot, 3c stamp torn at left, otherwise Very Fine, attractive and unusual usage with two copies of the Blood's stamp

E. 200-300
225
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1326
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1326, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Large margins to in, acid tied, clear strike of Blood's datestamp at left, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), tied by "Philadelphia Pa. May 10, 1860" octagonal datestamp on railroad map illustrated cover to East Hartford Conn., small expertly sealed tear at center of cover, Very Fine, attractive usage

E. 200-300
425
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1327
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1327, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Full margins to barely touched, acid tied and affixed slightly overlapping with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), tied by grid, "Philadelphia Pa. Jun. 11" octagonal datestamp on yellow Waving Flag and Cannon Patriotic cover with "Shoot the first Man that attempts to pull down the American Flag" slogan, to military address in Baltimore Md., light strike of Blood's handstamp, stamps with few small faults, Very Fine, rare use on a Civil War patriotic

E. 300-400
600
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1328
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1328, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa, Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia PaBlood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Cut in, acid tied, used with two 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Dec. 31, 1860" octagonal datestamp on small blue cover to naval officer on board U.S.S. Richmond at Spezzia, Italy, Blood's timestamp, well-struck "Philadelphia Br. Pkt. Jan. 1" New Year's Day circular datestamp, "GB/1f60c" framed accountancy handstamp, appropriate transits front and back, Very Fine, a charming and rare usage, ex Piller

E. 750-1,000
850
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1329
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1329, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Small margins, framelines show on four sides, acid tied, Blood's timestamp, used with 3c Rose (65), grid cancel, "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 26, 1861" double octagon on red & blue Flag Patriotic cover to Easton Pa., fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
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1330
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1330, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Huge margins to in, acid tied, slightly overlapping and used with 3c Rose Pink (64b), tied by clear strike of "Philadelphia Pa. Oct. 12, 1861" circular datestamp on red and blue True to the Union Patriotic cover to military address at Poolsville Md., Blood's timestamp at right, some slight cover wear, Very Fine, attractive usage

E. 200-300
225
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1331
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1331, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Large margins to just in, acid tied and also tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Jan. 6, 1862" circular datestamp and used with 3c Rose (65), cancelled by grid, on orange cover to Bethlehem Pa., light strike of Blood's datestamp at right, fresh and Very Fine, late usage -- Blood's closed on Jan. 11, 1862

E. 200-300
225
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1332
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1332, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Five singles, placed in each corner and at center and acid tied, on embossed Valentine cover to local street address, well-struck "Blood's Despatch Feb. 11 10-1/2 AM 1856" circular datestamp, with original enclosure, light horizontal file fold at center well away from stamps, Very Fine

E. 500-750
1,000
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1333
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1333, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Two, clear margins to just in, acid tied on embossed Valentine cover to local street address, clear strikes of "Blood's Despatch Special Messenger" circular handstamp and "Blood's Despatch Feb. 14 10-1/2 AM" timestamp, with original enclosure, some toning spots, small cover tear at top left, otherwise Fine

E. 200-300
425
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1334
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1334, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Vertical strip of three and single, margins to in, acid tied on oversize embossed Valentine cover to local street address, "Blood's Despatch Feb. 15 10-1/2 AM" timestamp at bottom right, top stamp in strip with small piece out, still Very Fine, rare and attractive 4c usage on a Valentine, with 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
800
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1335
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1335, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Large margins to just touched, acid cancelled and tied by "Blood's Penny Post Feb. 15 11 AM" double-circle datestamp on embossed Valentine cover to local street address, fresh and Very Fine

E. 150-200
600
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1336
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1336, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue & Pink on Bluish (15L15), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue & Pink on Bluish (15L15)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue & Pink on Bluish (15L15). Large margins to just in, acid tied, used with 1c Blue, Ty. II (7) and three 3c Dull Red (11), margins to in, tied by blue "Philadelphia Pa. Oct. 12" circular datestamps on blue 1853 folded cover to London, Canada West, Blood's timestamp at top left, red "Ud. States Paid 6d" transit handstamp, receiving backstamp, light vertical file folds do not affect stamps, 1c small toned spot, Very Fine, scarce usage, Gibson backstamp

E. 500-750
850
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1337
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1337, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue & Pink on Bluish (15L15), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue & Pink on Bluish (15L15)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue & Pink on Bluish (15L15). Two, large margins to just in, acid tied on blue folded letter to P.O. box at the local post office, one stamp tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Mar. 25" circular datestamp, "1" in octagon, Blood's datestamp at bottom left, Very Fine, scarce usage of the two stamps to a post office box

E. 150-200
400
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1338
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1338, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue & Pink on Bluish (15L15), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue & Pink on Bluish (15L15)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue & Pink on Bluish (15L15). Margins to in, acid cancelled on embossed Valentine cover to local address, with original enclosure, fresh and Very Fine

E. 150-200
650
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1339
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1339, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Black Glazed (15L16), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Black Glazed (15L16)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Black Glazed (15L16). Acid tied, used with 3c Dull Red (11), both tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 24" circular datestamp on 1854 folded cover to New York City, Blood's timestamp at top, vertical file fold well away from stamps, Very Fine

275
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1340
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1340, D. O. Blood & Co.5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to just in, deep rich color, used with Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Bronze on Black (15L17), both stamps tied by separate strikes of red "Philada. Rail Road" straightline handstamp on 1848 folded cover to New York, ms. "Paid", fresh and Very Fine, Scott Retail as acid tied

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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1341
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1341, D. O. Blood & Co.5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Full margins to clear, bright shade, used with Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Bronze on Black (15L17), acid tied and also tied by "Philada. Pa. 5cts. Dec. 3" integral-rate circular datestamp on 1849 folded cover to Huntington Pa., fresh and Very Fine, scarce with the local stamp tied by a circular datestamp

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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1342
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1342, D. O. Blood & Co.10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large margins to clear, used with Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Black Glazed (15L17), full margins, acid tied, 10c tied by bold blue "Philada. Pa. 10 May 9" integral-rate circular datestamps on blue folded cover to Pittsburgh Pa., horizontal file fold well away from stamps

VERY FINE. A RARE COMBINATION COVER WITH THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE AND THE BLOOD'S ONE-CENT BRONZE ON BLACK GLAZED ISSUE.

With 1993 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
5,000
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1343
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1343, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Black Glazed (15L17), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Black Glazed (15L17)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Black Glazed (15L17). Margins to just in, acid tied at top left corner of oversize Valentine cover to local address, with original multicolored enclosure, stamp slightly affected from placement at edge of cover, otherwise Very Fine, a pretty usage

E. 150-200
500
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1344
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1344, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Black Glazed (15L17), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Black Glazed (15L17)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Black Glazed (15L17). Full margins to clear, acid cancelled, on cover to local address, with pink label "The establishment of Blood's Despatch has caused a greater reduction in the delivery of Letters, Parcels &c. , than the invention of the cotton gin caused in the price of muslins. -- Ledger", with original multicolored enclosure which is quite attractive and titled "Tailor and his Patron Bird", fresh and Very Fine

E. 150-200
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1345
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1345, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18), Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18)Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18). Margins to just in, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), both tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Dec. 7, 1860" octagonal datestamp on cover to Falsington Pa., marked "Held for Postage" and "Rec'd/Dec 7" each in framed handstamp, 1c Blue, Ty. V (24) tied by a second Dec. 17 octagonal datestamp, cover slightly aged, otherwise Fine, this cover was deposited in a U.S. mail box and held until the appropriate carrier fee was paid, ex Piller

E. 750-1,000
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1346
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1346, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18), Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18)Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18). Large margins to just in, lightly cancelled, used with 1c Blue, Ty. V (24), tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Oct. 2, 1858" octagonal datestamp on small cover to Mount Holly N.J., Blood's timestamp at bottom left, fresh and Very Fine, scarce usage with the 1c stamp, ex Gibson

E. 200-300
800
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1347
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1347, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18), Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18)Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18). Large margins incl. part of adjoining stamp at left, cancelled by neat strike of red "1" in oval handstamp and used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), cancelled by grid, on yellow cover with printed address in Philadelphia and forwarded to Bloomsburg Pa., Blood's timestamp, "Philadelphia Pa. Jan. 26, 1859" octagonal datestamp, 3c with pre-use crease, minor wear, otherwise Fine, scarce and attractive forwarded usage

350
1,700
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1348
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1348, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18), Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18)Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18). Margins except a bit in at left, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), 1c grid cancel, both tied by large octagonal "Philadelphia Pa. Feb. 20, 1860" octagonal datestamp on insurance co. notice with attractive red cameo corner card, company timestamp at bottom, slight soiling, Very Fine, handsome, ex Piller

E. 400-500
850
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1349
c
Blood's Cover Balance. Six with adhesives, incl. Nos. 15L13 double franking, 15L14 with "1" drop rate, 15L15 and 15L16 acid tied, 15L17 acid tied with ms. "W" Way usage, and 15L18 with red "1" in oval (not tied), Fine group

E. 150-200
225
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1350
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1350, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Albino Embossed Stamp on Buff entire (15LU1A), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Albino Embossed Stamp on Buff entire (15LU1A)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Albino Embossed Stamp on Buff entire (15LU1A). Embossing with 28 South 6th Street address at upper right of buff entire to local street address, "Blood's Despatch 28 So. Sixth" handstamp, minor wrinkling and edgewear, faint wax seal stain

VERY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE FIRST BLOOD'S EMBOSSED BUFF ENTIRE, ISSUED SOMETIME IN LATE 1848 AND EARLY 1849.

The Blood's albino-embossed entires were the first envelopes issued by Blood's. With the emergence of this example, there are now three recorded postmarked buff entires, all addressed to Master Leighton Coleman (the others were sold in our Sale 846, lot 2408, and Sale 908, lot 4617). There is one recorded white entire (15LU1).

4,500
2,900
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1351
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1351, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Red on Buff Entire (15LU9), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Red on Buff Entire (15LU9)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Red on Buff Entire (15LU9). Cancelled by bold strike of "Blood's Despatch Special Messenger" circular handstamp, to local street address, Very Fine, scarce with this marking

E. 300-400
350
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1352
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1352, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Red on Buff Wove, Red on Buff Laid (15LU6A, 15LU9), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Red on Buff Wove, Red on Buff Laid (15LU6A, 15LU9)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Red on Buff Wove, Red on Buff Laid (15LU6A, 15LU9). Two entires, former with 3c Brownish Carmine (11) tied by blue "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 20" circular datestamp, company timestamp, to Indiana Pa., latter with 3c Dull Red, Ty. IIa (26a) tied by grids, "Philadelphia Pa. Nov. 22, 1858" octagonal datestamp to Bridgeton N.J., minor wear or toning, still a Very Fine pair ideally suited for exhibition, ex Piller

E. 200-300
250
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1353
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1353, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Red on 3c Red Nesbitt U9 Entire (15LU7a), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Red on 3c Red Nesbitt U9 Entire (15LU7a)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Red on 3c Red Nesbitt U9 Entire (15LU7a). Blood's cancelled by "Blood's Despatch Nov. 2 2PM 1854" datestamp, 3c cancelled by "Philadelphia Pa. Nov. 2" circular datestamp, to Wilmington Del., receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, attractive usage, ex Barkhausen

350
225
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1354
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1354, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Red on Buff Entire (15LU6A), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Red on Buff Entire (15LU6A)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Red on Buff Entire (15LU6A). Cancelled by "Blood's Despatch Jan. 16 8 AM" circular datestamp to local street address, embossed company handstamp at left, fresh and Very Fine, scarce, very deep shade of paper which could be Brown (15LU6b)

350
180
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1355
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1355, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Red Entires (15LU5/15LU8), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Red Entires (15LU5/15LU8)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Red Entires (15LU5/15LU8). Five, two on White and Buff Laid (15LU5, 15LU6A), three on White and Amber Wove (15LU7, 15LU8), one 15LU8 with printed "Philadelphia Local Express" address that appears to have been used as a paste-up (no markings), others with Blood's timestamps, minor faults, Fine-Very Fine group

800
650
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1356
c
Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Red Entires (15LU1B-15LU4). Each cancelled by grid and used to local address, fresh and Very Fine group

535
325
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1357
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1357, D. O. Blood & Co.City Despatch, D. O. Blood & Co. 2 Cts, City Despatch, D. O. Blood & Co. 2 CtsCity Despatch, D. O. Blood & Co. 2 Cts. Double-circle handstamp in red on lady's small cover to local street address, light soiling, Very Fine, scarce marking in red, ex Hollowbush

E. 150-200
160
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1358
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1358, D. O. Blood & Co.City Despatch, D. O. Blood & Co. 2 Cts, City Despatch, D. O. Blood & Co. 2 CtsCity Despatch, D. O. Blood & Co. 2 Cts. Double-circle handstamp with "Paid" struck over rate on small embossed Valentine cover to local street address, with original hand-written Valentine enclosure, Very Fine, scarce combination of 2c and Paid markings, ex Gibson

E. 150-200
275
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1359
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1359, D. O. Blood & Co.City Despatch, D. O. Blood & Co. 2 Cts, City Despatch, D. O. Blood & Co. 2 CtsCity Despatch, D. O. Blood & Co. 2 Cts. Double-circle handstamp on decorative Valentine cover to local street address, bronze design on front and back, few stain spots, Very Fine

E. 150-200
120
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1360
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1360, D. O. Blood & Co.City Despatch, D. O. Blood & Co. 2 Cts, City Despatch, D. O. Blood & Co. 2 CtsCity Despatch, D. O. Blood & Co. 2 Cts. Double-circle handstamp clearly struck on cover to local address, with beautiful multicolored Valentine enclosure dedicated to the addressee, few trivial toned specks, fresh and Extremely Fine

E. 200-300
200
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1361
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1361, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's Despatch Paid, Blood's Despatch PaidBlood's Despatch Paid. Double-line circle handstamp boldly struck on large blue illustrated Valentine cover to local street address, with Valentine enclosure of a later period, Very Fine

E. 150-200
700
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1362
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1362, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's Despatch Paid, Blood's Despatch PaidBlood's Despatch Paid. Clear strike of handstamp on 1854 College of Physicians of Philadelphia quarterly summary, to local address written at top, Very Fine

E. 150-200
350
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1363
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1363, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's Despatch Sep. 3 8 A.M, Blood's Despatch Sep. 3 8 A.MBlood's Despatch Sep. 3 8 A.M. Double-line circular datestamp clearly struck on 1852 folded cover to Haddersfield, England, bold blue "Philadelphia Pa. Sep. 3" circular datestamp and "24" due rate, "21" debit handstamp and "1/-" due handstamp, Liverpool transit and receiving backstamps, Very Fine, uncommon use of Blood's marking on transatlantic mail, ex Knapp

E. 200-300
350
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1364
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1364, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's Despatch Oct. 11 8 A.M, Blood's Despatch Oct. 11 8 A.MBlood's Despatch Oct. 11 8 A.M. Double-line circular datestamp on blue cameo corner card cover for dealer in oil cloths, carpetings and mattings, to local street address, Extremely Fine

E. 100-150
250
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1365
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1365, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's Despatch Special Messenger, Blood's Despatch Special MessengerBlood's Despatch Special Messenger. Perfect strike of circular handstamp on small cover to local street address with pencil June 18, 1859 date, couple faint soiled spots, Extremely Fine, a lovely example of this scarce special-service marking

E. 300-400
300
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1366
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1366, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's Despatch Special Messenger, Blood's Despatch Special MessengerBlood's Despatch Special Messenger. Well-struck circular handstamp on embossed Valentine cover depicting cherubs, to local Philadelphia address, with original enclosure, cover scuffed at bottom, Very Fine strike, a pretty cover

E. 200-300
650
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1367
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1367, D. O. Blood & Co.Blood's Stampless Markings, Blood's Stampless MarkingsBlood's Stampless Markings. 11 different, a wonderfully diverse group incl. early "2 Ct" double circles, "28 South Sixth" and "28/26 So. Sixth", later "Pre-Paid One-Cent" serrated circles and a few Kochersperger period (one in red with 3c 1857, overstruck by post office grid), also incl. two covers with P.O. drop rate markings, Very Fine group

E. 300-400
1,000
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