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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Hill

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1569
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1569, HillHill's Post, Boston Mass., 1c Black on Rose (81L1), Hill's Post, Boston Mass., 1c Black on Rose (81L1)Hill's Post, Boston Mass., 1c Black on Rose (81L1). Three large margins, obviously torn from the upper right corner of the sheet, clean-cut margins at top and right, irregular margins at left and bottom (but only touching circle), tied by red "Boston 5 cts. 15 Dec." integral-rate circular datestamp on 1849 blue folded letter to Providence R.I., file fold thru stamp, reinforced split in natural foldover at right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY TIED EXAMPLE AMONG THE SEVEN RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE RARE HILL'S POST STAMP OF BOSTON.

Hill's Post was operated by Oliver B. Hill. Our records contain seven covers bearing Hill's Post stamp. These are listed here in chronological order (dates refer to Boston circular datestamp): 1) Sep. 5 (1849), uncancelled, to Rev. R. G. Dennis, Grafton Mass., Sloane's records; 2) Sep. 28 (1849), octagonal margins, pen cancelled, to Edson Hill, Manchester N.H., with endorsement initialled "OBH", the cover offered in lot 1177; 3) Oct. 18 (1849), uncancelled, to Samuel Davis Jr. & Co., Cincinnati, ex Chapman, Caspary, Boker and Lilly; 4) Oct. 18 (1849), uncancelled, same sender as last, to Oglesby, Barnetz & Co., Middletown O., ex Ackerman, Emerson, Knapp, Schenck and Hall (Siegel Sale 830, lot 665, realized $3,250 hammer); 5) Dec. 15 (1849), stamp tied by datestamp, to Seth Paddleford & Co., Providence R.I., the cover offered here, ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1176, realized $6,750 hammer); 6) Jan. 31 (1850), uncancelled, to Seth Paddleford & Co., Providence R.I., same correspondence as last, Costales files; and 7) unknown date and correspondence (first name is William), part photo in auction catalogue clipping, Costales file.

The Hill's Post stamp was left uncancelled, with one exception (number 2 above), and it is pure serendipity that the red Boston datestamp ties the corner of the 81L1 adhesive to this cover.

Ex Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate

7,500
4,000
1570
og
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1570, HillA. M. Hinckley's Express Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Bluish (82L1), A. M. Hinckley's Express Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Bluish (82L1)A. M. Hinckley's Express Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Bluish (82L1). Unused (no gum), large margins all around, Extremely Fine, very scarce, with 1981 P.F. certificate

400
600
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1571
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1571, HillHoman's Empire Express, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black on Yellow, "1" for "I" in "Paid" (83L1a), Homan's Empire Express, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black on Yellow, "1" for "I" in "Paid" (83L1a)Homan's Empire Express, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black on Yellow, "1" for "I" in "Paid" (83L1a). Enormous margins all around, beautiful impression, uncancelled as always, used on brown cover front only to Boston, "New-York 5 Cts. May 8" integral-rate circular datestamp, faint stain at lower left actually ties stamp

EXTREMELY FINE. THE FINEST OF THE FOUR RECORDED HOMAN'S EMPIRE EXPRESS 83L1-TYPE STAMPS. THIS IS THE UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF 83L1a, THE "1" FOR "I" IN "PAID" VARIETY.

Only four of the five recorded Homan's Empire Express adhesives belong to the 83L1 family. Of these four, two are normal "Paid" varieties, one is a sans-serif "Paid", and this fourth stamp is the unique 83L1a variety. Typeset stamps are by nature more prone to variation. Typesetters composing a sheet of stamps were sometimes forced to sacrifice uniformity to complete the setting. Fonts or border pieces were interchanged. Even individual characters were used incorrectly, if misread by the typesetter or deliberately substituted for used-up type. Stamps such as the Honour's "Conours" and "Bents" (4LB8c), Davis's "Pennq" Post (57L1a), Moody's "Henny Dispatch" (110L1b) and Hoyts "Lettcr" (85L1) are a few prominent examples of typographical errors among the carrier and local issues.

Signed Costales. Ex Lilly and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1180, realized $7,500 hammer). With 1999 P.F. certificate

8,250
8,500
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1572
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1572, HillHopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Pink Glazed, Rayed Asterisks (84L1), Hopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Pink Glazed, Rayed Asterisks (84L1)Hopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Pink Glazed, Rayed Asterisks (84L1). Huge margins including top sheet margins, uncancelled as usual, used with 3c Brownish Carmine (11), irregular margins cutting well into design, tied by circle of diamonds, "Milford Ms. Mar. 19" circular datestamp on brown cover to Liberty Hill Conn., edges slightly toned and worn, Extremely Fine Hopedale Penny Post stamp and rare cover; the Hopedale religious community established its Penny Post in 1849, so that mail could be brought to the nearest post office at Milford on a regular basis -- it is similar in concept to the Glen Haven post -- this was not an illegal service designed to circumvent government mails, but was a supplemental post in the absence of a community post office -- ex Boker and Golden

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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1573
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1573, HillHopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Yellow Wove (84L3), Hopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Yellow Wove (84L3)Hopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Yellow Wove (84L3). Cut to circular shape clear of frame, uncancelled as usual, affixed in its customary place on backflap of cover to Leicester Mass., part of "Milford Ms. May 11" circular datestamp shows space where 3c 1851 stamp was affixed and removed -- its absence is somewhat irrelevant, considering that the Hopedale stamp is on the back

VERY FINE. PROBABLY FEWER THAN FOUR OR FIVE COVERS EXIST WITH THE HOPEDALE PENNY POST CIRCULAR STAMP ON YELLOW. A MAJOR LOCAL-POST RARITY.

Ex Hollowbush and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1187, realized $2,200 hammer). Unpriced in Scott as on cover.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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1574
ng
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1574, HillHopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Pink Wove (84L4), Hopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Pink Wove (84L4)Hopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Pink Wove (84L4). Vertical pair, unused (no gum), large margins although clipped at corners and defective at top, slight toning as well

THE ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE OF ANY HOPEDALE PENNY POST STAMP -- A GREAT PHILATELIC RARITY.

Only a few examples of the circular stamp on Pink (84L4) are known -- this being the only recorded multiple of this or any Hopedale Penny Post issue.

Ex Boker and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1188, realized $4,250 hammer).

4,500
3,500
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