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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Eagle City Post

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1506
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1506, Eagle City Post"Eagle" City Post at Adams Express, 80 Chestnut St, "Eagle" City Post at Adams Express, 80 Chestnut St"Eagle" City Post at Adams Express, 80 Chestnut St. Red circle with matching "2" rate handstamp on West Phila. Rail Road Co. printed meeting notice, 1846 docketing, splits along folds and small tear, otherwise Fine

E. 100-150
110
1507
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1507, Eagle City Post"Eagle" City Post at Adams Express, 80 Chestnut St, "Eagle" City Post at Adams Express, 80 Chestnut St"Eagle" City Post at Adams Express, 80 Chestnut St. Red circle with matching "Paid" handstamp on folded meeting notice to local street address, Eagle City Post yellow advertising label, Very Fine

E. 100-150
160
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1508
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1508, Eagle City PostEagle City Post & Mag. Telegraph Messengers Dep't./3/Adams' Express/80 Chestnut St. And at The Mag. Teleg. Offices, Eagle City Post & Mag. Telegraph Messengers Dep't./3/Adams' Express/80 Chestnut St. And at The Mag. Teleg. OfficesEagle City Post & Mag. Telegraph Messengers Dep't./3/Adams' Express/80 Chestnut St. And at The Mag. Teleg. Offices. Large integral-rate circular handstamp on 8-1/4 in. x 5-1/2 in. illustrated Valentine cover to local street address, Very Fine

E. 200-300
200
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1509
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1509, Eagle City PostEagle City Post & Mag. Telegraph Messengers Dep't., Paid, Adams' Express, 80 Chestnut St. And at The Mag. Teleg. Offices, Eagle City Post & Mag. Telegraph Messengers Dep't., Paid, Adams' Express, 80 Chestnut St. And at The Mag. Teleg. OfficesEagle City Post & Mag. Telegraph Messengers Dep't., Paid, Adams' Express, 80 Chestnut St. And at The Mag. Teleg. Offices. Large red double-circle handstamp and buff advertising label on green folded cover to local street address, Very Fine, ex Gibson

E. 100-150
170
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1510
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1510, Eagle City PostEagle City Post, Philadelphia, Eagle City Post, PhiladelphiaEagle City Post, Philadelphia. Large double-circle 3c rate handstamp clearly struck on two small covers to local street addresses, one with embossed edges (missing backflap), other with address details added in pencil and bold pen at top (some erosion in letters), a third cover with double-circle and separate "2" rate handstamp, Fine

E. 150-200
120
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1511
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1511, Eagle City PostEagle Post at Adams' Exp'ss 2, Eagle Post at Adams' Exp'ss 2Eagle Post at Adams' Exp'ss 2. Integral-rate circular handstamp on Pennsylvania Rail Road Co. Jul. 10, 1849 printed notice to local street address, Very Fine

E. 100-150
120
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1512
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1512, Eagle City PostSpecl. Messgr. from Eagle Post, 80 Chestnut St, Specl. Messgr. from Eagle Post, 80 Chestnut StSpecl. Messgr. from Eagle Post, 80 Chestnut St. Red circle handstamp on folded cover to Commissioner of Patents in Washington D.C., ms. "Free" and blue "Philada. Pa. 5 Jul. 11" integral-rate circular datestamp, Extremely Fine

E. 150-200
130
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1513
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1513, Eagle City PostSpecl. Messgr. from Eagle Post, 80 Chestnut St, Specl. Messgr. from Eagle Post, 80 Chestnut StSpecl. Messgr. from Eagle Post, 80 Chestnut St. Red circular handstamp and large "Paid" handstamp on Penn. Rail Road Co. notice for a meeting on Mar. 26, 1850, Very Fine

E. 100-150
110
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1514
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1514, Eagle City PostSpecl. Messgr. from Eagle Post, 80 Chestnut St, Specl. Messgr. from Eagle Post, 80 Chestnut StSpecl. Messgr. from Eagle Post, 80 Chestnut St. Red circular handstamp and red "Stait's Despatch, 18 So. 3d St. Paid" double-line circle on brown cover to local street address, red Pennsylvania Railroad seal on flap, minor wrinkles, Very Fine

E. 200-300
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1515
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1515, Eagle City PostStait's Despatch Post/2/Adams Exp'ss/48 S. 3d St, Stait's Despatch Post/2/Adams Exp'ss/48 S. 3d StStait's Despatch Post/2/Adams Exp'ss/48 S. 3d St. Red integral-rate handstamp boldly struck on embossed Valentine cover to local street address, original Valentine enclosure tied to cover by blind embossing from Stait's handstamp, Extremely Fine

E. 300-400
550
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1516
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1516, Eagle City PostStait's Despatch Post/2/Adams Exp'ss/48 S. 3d St, Stait's Despatch Post/2/Adams Exp'ss/48 S. 3d StStait's Despatch Post/2/Adams Exp'ss/48 S. 3d St. Red integral-rate handstamp clearly struck on folded cover to local Philadelphia address (letter was from Mount Holly, dated Feb. 14, 1851, no longer with cover), Very Fine

E. 100-150
130
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1517
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1517, Eagle City PostStait's Despatch Post/at/Adams' Exp'ss/Paid/48 S. 3d st, Stait's Despatch Post/at/Adams' Exp'ss/Paid/48 S. 3d stStait's Despatch Post/at/Adams' Exp'ss/Paid/48 S. 3d st. Red circular handstamp on small insurance company notice for a meeting on Jan. 26, 1850, Very Fine

E. 100-150
100
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1518
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1518, Eagle City PostStait's Despatch, 48 So. 3rd St. Paid, Stait's Despatch, 48 So. 3rd St. PaidStait's Despatch, 48 So. 3rd St. Paid. Red double-line circle boldly struck on Phila. Board of Trade meeting notice to local street address, Extremely Fine

E. 100-150
150
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1519
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1519, Eagle City PostStait & Co, Stait & CoStait & Co. Yellow advertising label and red "3" handstamp on front cover of Hunt's Merchant's Magazine and Commercial Review, Feb. 1849, to local street address, worn and creased but very presentable as an exhibit item

E. 150-200
300
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1520
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1520, Eagle City PostEagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Pelure (61L1), Eagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Pelure (61L1)Eagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Pelure (61L1). Original gum, small h.r., bold impression of "EAGLE POST, 80 CHESNUT STREET" with circular rim terminating within the margins of the stamp, suggesting a part strike, top edge slightly ragged (described as "defective at top" on certificate)

ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS LOCAL POST STAMP AND THE ONLY STAMP KNOWN UNUSED. RARER THAN THE UNITED STATES ALEXANDRIA PROVISIONAL, THE BERMUDA PEROT PROVISIONAL, THE HAWAIIAN TWO-CENT MISSIONARY AND THE MAURITIUS POST OFFICE STAMPS.

Between the July 1845 commencement of William B. Stait's Eagle City Despatch Post and sometime before October 1, 1846, the post's advertised address was 85 Chestnut Street, which appears in the handstamped markings used during the first fifteen months. Beginning no later than October 1, 1846, the address changed to 80 Chestnut Street, where the allied Adams' office was located. The title was also changed to "Eagle City Post" at this point and was further shortened to "Eagle Post" (the title on this stamp) as early as March 1849. Beginning July 1850, the name change to Stait's Despatch is reflected in markings on covers. In September 1848 Stait expanded to a second office at 48 South 3rd Street (source: Gordon Stimmell, The Penny Post, Apr. 1991).

The 61L1 stamp is listed in Scott as the first Eagle City Post adhesive, but Scott's 1847 issue date is probably incorrect. The cogwheel stamp (61L2) is recorded used as early as October 1, 1846. Logically, the handstamped adhesive with the new 80 Chestnut Street address would have been issued before the printed stamps -- the presence of Stait's initials on two of the stamps indicates a sort of provisional issue. The shortened title ("Eagle Post") and absence of any reference to Adams' Express in the 61L1 stamp are more typical of the early 1849 period, but the abbreviated wording probably owes itself to space limitations in the marking. Curiously, both the handstamped adhesive and the printed stamp (61L2) show the misspelling "Chesnut".

Only four examples of 61L1 are recorded: 1) cut-square stamp initialled "WS", uncancelled, used on folded cover (reported 1847) to Emily S. Townsend, 101 Arch St., ex Caspary, Boker; 2) cut-square stamp, initialled "WS", on piece, ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1031, realized $8,000 hammer); 3) irregular margins, unused (no initials), the stamp offered here, Siegel Sale 797, lot 1899, realized $12,500 hammer; and 4) cut to shape (no initials), affixed to cover with Norristown Pa. datestamp, addressed to local street address, ex Needham, Gibson, Middendorf. The lower right portion of the stamp shows very faint small printed letters -- an "N" appears most clearly just below the "T" of "Street". There is also a small loop of manuscript in the same area.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

14,000
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1521
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1521, Eagle City PostEagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black, Tete-Beche Pair (61L2a), Eagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black, Tete-Beche Pair (61L2a)Eagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black, Tete-Beche Pair (61L2a). Arrangement of unused (no gum) stamps comprising vertical pair (Ty. A/B), horizontal strip of three including tete-beche position at center (Ty. B-A-B) and horizontal strip of five (all Ty. A), plus two singles (A, B), affixed to a sheet of backing paper, slight creases in pair, two stamps in strip of five are lightly stained at bottom

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR ASSEMBLY OF EXTREMELY RARE MULTIPLES, INCLUDING A STRIP OF FIVE AND TETE-BECHE STRIP OF THREE.

Although "reconstructed" as a block of twelve, these are disconnected multiples that may or may not reflect relative positions in the sheet.

Ex Hunter, Hollowbush, Boker and Golden.

E. 2,000-3,000
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1522
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1522, Eagle City PostEagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (61L2), Eagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (61L2)Eagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (61L2). Large margins to just touched, ms. cancel, used on brown cover to local street address, horizontal creases, one thru stamp, otherwise Fine

1,000
190
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1523
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1523, Eagle City PostEagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Red on Bluish (61L3), Eagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Red on Bluish (61L3)Eagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Red on Bluish (61L3). Large margins to just touched at top, uncancelled on July 21, 1851 folded letter to local street address, Very Fine and scarce stamp, probably did not originate on this letter

E. 100-150
90
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1524
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1524, Eagle City PostEagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue on Bluish (61L4), Eagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue on Bluish (61L4)Eagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue on Bluish (61L4). Large margins to cut in, ms. cancel, affixed to printed meeting notice to local street address, red "Stait's Despatch Post at Adams' Exp'ss, Paid, 48 S. 3d St." circular handstamp, faults under stamp but ink stain seems to tie it to this cover, Fine and "as is"

E. 100-150
275
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