VERY FINE STAMP ON A SPECTACULAR TRIPLE-FORWARDED COVER FRONT. ONLY SEVEN COVERS BEARING THE FRAZER & COMPANY EAGLE STAMP ON GREEN ARE REPORTED.
Robert B. Meyersburg reported six covers with Frazer & Co.'s Green stamp (Penny Post, Aug. 1992), including three local usages and three covers delivered to the post office (postage unpaid). A seventh cover was recently located and added to the count (Siegel Sale 908, lot 4875). It is uncertain whether Meyersburg's census included this front.
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL VALENTINE COVER AND ONE OF ONLY SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE FRAZER & CO. YELLOW STAMP.
Hiram Frazer Sr. was appointed to the Cincinnati carrier department on October 17, 1837, and served continuously until October 23, 1845. After resigning, Frazer and his son, Hiram Jr., established a publication depot and the City Despatch Post. Elliott Perry attributed the "& Co." to a partnership with Joseph Haskell (Feb. 15, 1959, letter to Eugene Costales). The "& Co." that appears on the Eagle issue was deleted by hand, and the title of the post appears as "Frazer's City Express Post" on the subsequent Horse & Rider issue. In 1846 Hiram Jr. joined the army during the Mexican War, but was killed in 1847. On February 3, 1848, Hiram Sr. was reappointed a U.S. letter carrier, serving until June 5, 1849. He subsequently operated a penny post until 1853, when he entered the insurance business. Although Frazer's name is listed for a third appointment in August 1849, there is no evidence he actually served. The chronology of Frazer's involvement with the City Despatch Post and his second appointment as a letter carrier is significant, because any Frazer cover dated within the period of his carrier status -- Feb. 3, 1848, to Jun. 5, 1849 -- is a government-carrier usage, not a local-post usage. (Reference: Robert B. Meyersburg, "Frazer & Company City Despatch/Express Post", Penny Post, Aug. 1992, and "Some New Semi-Official Carrier Stamps", Chronicle, Aug. 1987).
Robert B. Meyersburg reported three Yellow 69L4 covers in his article on Frazer & Co. in The Penny Post (August 1992), including two to the-mails and one local usage. Our records (including the Levi records and Schwartz files) contain just five examples on or off cover, as follows: 1) Nov. 3, 1848 cover with 10c 1847, to NYC, ex Meyersburg (Siegel Sale 791, lot 152); 2) Undated Valentine cover to George Burgess, the cover offered here; 3) Uncancelled on Dec. 30, 1848 cover to NYC, ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1074); 4) Pen cancel and red Cincinnati cds, ex Hall (Siegel Sale 830, lot 637); 5) Pen cancelled, affixed to cover, did not originate, ex Caspary; and 6) Original gum, ex Caspary. Covers listed as 1 and 3 correspond to Meyersburg to-the-mails usages, and this Valentine is probably the local usage he reported.
Ex Chapman and Middendorf.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY TIED EXAMPLE OF THE FRAZER & CO. 2-CENT ON GRAYISH PAPER AMONG THE FOUR REPORTED COVERS.
Robert B. Meyersburg reported four covers with the Grayish 69L5, including two incoming covers that were readdressed and forwarded, one local usage and one unpaid to-the-mails (presumably the cover offered here). We have a similar accounting of covers, and, among them only this cover has the stamp tied by a marking.
Ex Chapman. Signed Sloane. Unlisted on cover in Scott (this will become the "Tied on cover" listing).