Sale 908 — Western Expresses, Carriers, Locals & Independent Mails

Sale Date — Friday, 17 March, 2006

Category — Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4565
c
Sale 908, Lot 4565, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Adams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Buff (2L2). Large margins to just barely in lower left frameline, uncancelled but gum tones lettersheet beneath, tiny tear at bottom from separation, used on folded cover to Nassau, Baden, via Bremen, addressed in old German to "An Adolf Schafer, Ministerialrath in Wiesbaden, Herzogthum, Nassau, Deutschland", bold "New York 24 Jun. 14" debit datestamp for unpaid sea postage, red "9/AMERICA/UBER BREMEN" two-line transit handstamp, red "10-1/3" (gutegroschen) Bremen debit handstamp, German transit charges of "13/45" in red pen and "1f1" due in red crayon (1 florin 1 kreuzer, equal to 61 kreuzer), "D1 3 7" letter carrier backstamp, pencil notation indicates origin date was Jun. 12, 1851, which corresponds to the transit markings on this cover

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND SPECTACULAR COVER. PROBABLY NO MORE THAN A HALF-DOZEN EXAMPLES OF THE ADAMS 2-CENT ON BUFF EXIST. THIS IS BELIEVED TO BE THE ONLY BUFF STAMP SURVIVING ON A COVER TO A EUROPEAN COUNTRY.

We have located four or five covers bearing the Adams' City Express Post 2c on Buff stamp. Among our photographs is an image of a damaged cover to Germany, with the Buff stamp tied by a "New-York Jan. 20" circular datestamp, but this stamp was removed from the cover, its margins were trimmed, and it is now an off-cover stamp (ex Hall, lot 407). There is also a cover bearing the 2c on Gray (2L4), addressed to Baden via Le Havre with a New York Oct. 11 (1851) datestamp, from which the stamp has been torn out and replaced. The cover offered here is by far the finer of the two Adams' City Express Post covers to a foreign country -- it is also the only one bearing the Buff stamp.

This cover was carried on the Ocean Line's Washington, departing New York on June 14, 1851, arriving at Bremen on June 29. For an explanation of the rates and markings associated with U.S.-Bremen treaty mail, please refer to an article by James Van Der Linden in the Chronicle (Feb. 1986). We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Richard F. Winter and James Van der Linden in deciphering the old German writing and transit markings on this cover.

Ex Hall and D.K. Collection. With 2001 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $10,000.00.

E. 7,500-10,000
7,500
4566
c
Sale 908, Lot 4566, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Adams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Gray (2L4). Irregular margins, large on two sides, into bottom left corner, ms. "X" cancel, tied by black "New-York 5 cts Apr. 12" circular datestamp on buff cover to Willsborough N.Y., blue "Williamsburg N.Y. Apr. 15" circular datestamp, ms. "Missent & ford.", slight creasing and wear around edges

FINE. AN ASTONISHING COVER, ON WHICH THE RARE CITY EXPRESS POST STAMP WITH "ADAMS" DELETED IS TIED BY THE POST OFFICE DATESTAMP.

Of the few covers known with the Adams 2L4 stamp, this is believed to be the only one with the stamp actually tied by a cancellation of any type. In this instance, the New York 5c unpaid rate datestamp was struck over the local stamp.

Ex Needham and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
5,750
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4567
c
Sale 908, Lot 4567, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Adams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Blue (Unlisted in Scott). Position 83 (on stone of 100), large margins, ms. "X" cancel, lifted to show tying effects of cancel bleed-thru, used on brown cover addressed in blue to Amity N.Y., red "New-York Paid 5 cts. Apr. 11" integral-rate circular datestamp, black ms. "Paid" applied by post, ms. "Missent & ford", stamp slightly creased and stained

VERY FINE COVER. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED GENUINELY USED EXAMPLE OF THE ADAMS' CITY EXPRESS 2-CENT BLUE, PROVING THAT STAMPS FROM THE PRINTING STONE OF 100 SUBJECTS WERE ACTUALLY CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND NOT REPRINTS. CURRENTLY UNLISTED IN SCOT, BUT DESTINED TO BECOME THE UNIQUE USED EXAMPLE OF A MAJOR LISTING.

This cover was discovered by Elliott Perry and held by Richard Schwartz until he sold his collection (this cover was sold by private treaty). It is accompanied by articles published during the lengthy P.F. review process, a cover from the same correspondence and other documentation.

With 2005 P.F. certificate.

E. 5,000-7,500
8,000
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4568
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Sale 908, Lot 4568, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)American Express Co., New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green (4L1). Uncancelled, margins mostly clear of ornaments, certificate spells out all of the typical flaws of this rarity (slight creases, thin spots, small tears and surface scrapes)

FINE FOR THIS ISSUE. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL LOCAL POST STAMPS -- ONLY FOUR GENUINE EXAMPLES ARE REPORTED TO EXIST.

Researchers have argued over the origins of this post, but the best evidence available indicates that it was run briefly in 1856 as American Express Co. (no relation to the well-known firm by the name name) by proprietors Smith and the Dobson brothers. The name was changed to Smith's City Express Post after the Dobsons departed. (Reference: "Smith's City Express Post and the American Express Company", John D. Bowman, The Penny Post, July 2002.)

Illustrated in the Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue. With 1998 P.F. certificate

9,000
0
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4569
 
Sale 908, Lot 4569, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Smith's City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green (Unlisted in Scott). Unused (no gum), margins mostly clear of ornaments, certificate notes typical flaws (small thin spots, small creases and small scrapes in glazing)

FINE FOR THIS RARITY. ONE OF TWO RECORDED GENUINE EXAMPLES OF THE SMITH'S CITY EXPRESS POST STAMP IN PRIVATE HANDS.

Evidence indicates that the American Express Co. local post (no relation to the well-known firm by the name name), which was started in New York City by Smith and the Dobson brothers, was re-named Smith's City Express Post after the Dobsons departed, probably sometime in 1856. Calvet M. Hahn explored the question of which Mr. Smith ran the local post in the Collectors Club Philatelist (March-April 1994). The American Express Company and Smith's City Express Post stamps were discussed in an article by John D., Bowman in The Penny Post (July 2002). Only two privately-held examples of the Smith's stamp are reported: the one offered here and another uncancelled stamp, ex Richardson. Two others are held in the Tapling Collection at the British Library.

With 2005 P.F. certificate stating "Unlisted Smith's City Express Post adhesive, succeeding Scott 4L1, the American Express Co. adhesive."

E. 10,000-15,000
0
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4570
c
Sale 908, Lot 4570, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago Ill. Purple illustrated handstamp on multicolored South End Pavilion souvenir card, no date (ca. 1883), Very Fine

E. 100-150
300
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4571
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Sale 908, Lot 4571, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago, Ill., Black, Horizontal Pair Imperforate Vertically (3L2a). Mint N.H. error pair in right selvage horizontal strip of three, left stamp lightly hinged, additional column of perfs in the right margin, fresh and Very Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
230
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4572
c
Sale 908, Lot 4572, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Barker's City Post, 10 Court Sq. Red oval handstamp on Jun. 28, 1853 folded letter to local street address, Very Fine, choice and early strike of this Boston local post marking

E. 300-400
300
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4573
c
Sale 908, Lot 4573, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Barker's City Post, 10 Court Sq. Double-circle handstamp and "Paid" on "Gutta Percha Pipe" printed circular to local street address, Very Fine, ex Emerson

E. 200-300
125
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4574
c
Sale 908, Lot 4574, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Barker's City Post, 10 Court Sq. Double-circle handstamp and "Paid" on cover to local street address, Very Fine, ex Middendorf

E. 150-200
115
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4575
c
Sale 908, Lot 4575, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Barker's City Post, 10 Court Sq. Two folded covers, 1854 with oval and "Paid, 1856 printed circular with double-circle handstamp, Very Fine

E. 200-300
325
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4576
c
Sale 908, Lot 4576, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)(Barnard's) City Letter Delivery, 2 Cents. Red double-line circle handstamp on Sep. 28, 1846 folded letter to local street address, Very Fine and scarce

E. 200-300
350
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4577
c
Sale 908, Lot 4577, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)(Barnard's) City Letter Delivery, 2 Cents. Red double-line circle handstamp on hand-colored folded Valentine to local street address, stained, still attractive and scarce usage

E. 150-200
75
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4578
c
Sale 908, Lot 4578, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)(Barr's) "Manhattan Express Post 1 ct Paid". Manuscript postmark on small printed Asbury Society meeting notice dated Oct. 3, 1845, addressed in blue with pencil street address added (probably by post), Very Fine, this is the only recorded example of the manuscript Manhattan Express Post marking, presumably the same company operated by William V. Barr

E. 500-750
750
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4579
c
Sale 908, Lot 4579, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Manhattan Express/W V/Barr/C. Small red circular handstamp, mostly clear strike on small folded letter to local street address, bleached spots, Fine, Barr sold out to John R. Bouton -- only four examples of Barr's handstamp are recorded (with or without rate)

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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4580
c
Sale 908, Lot 4580, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Manhattan Express/W V/Barr/C. Small red circular handstamp, light but clear strike on folded Valentine poem to local street address, toned spots, Fine, Barr sold out to John R. Bouton -- only four examples of Barr's handstamp are recorded (with or without rate)

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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4581
c
Sale 908, Lot 4581, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)E. N. Barry Despatch Post, New York N.Y. Red "E. N. Barry's Despatch Post" in large circle struck five times in open spaces of 8 x 10 in. silver Valentine cover with original enclosure, a lovely lace Valentine with silver and gold decorations, multicolored enamel floral wreath and verse, four of the five strikes are clear, the cover is toned and somewhat brittle with age, but these conditions could easily be treated by a paper restorer

ONE OF TWO COVERS KNOWN WITH THE RED BARRY'S DESPATCH POST MARKING.

E. N. Barry is noted by Elliott Perry (One Hundred Years Ago, p. 63) as a "postman" in 1852. Contemporary source information and actual covers related to Barry are rare. Three covers are reported: a black strike on a torn cover (ex Hollowbush) and another red strike on a Valentine (Sloane records).

Ex Golden

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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4582
og
Sale 908, Lot 4582, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Bentley's Dispatch, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Gold (10L1). Original gum, large margins, sharp impression on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE AND BY FAR THE FINEST OF THE THREE RECORDED BENTLEY'S DISPATCH 10L1 STAMPS.

The 10L1 and 10L2 stamps were issued by Henry Bentley, who operated the Madison Square Post Office (formerly Cornwell's), circa 1857-59. It is believed that sometime in 1859, Bentley sold out to Benjamin Lockwood, who had acquired the Broadway Post Office (ca. 1853-54) and Swarts City Dispatch Post (ca. 1856). Lockwood's business declined during this period, and the operation was closed by 1860 (reference: Perry-Hall, The Chatham Square Post Office, A.P.S. handbook).

Both Bentley's stamps are extremely rare. Our records of 10L1 contain three examples: 1) pen-cancelled, ex Kelly, Boker, Golden (realized $8,000); 2) uncancelled, repaired, ex Needham, Boker, Golden (realized $4,750); and 3) original gum, the stamp offered here, discovered in 2001, ex D.K. Collection

Ex D.K. Collection. With 2001 P.F. certificate.

9,000
7,500
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4583
ng
Sale 908, Lot 4583, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Bentley's Dispatch, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Gold (10L2). Horizontal pair, unused (no gum), huge margins all around, left stamp faint vertical crease, slight thins clear of left stamp

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE AMONG THE SEVEN RECORDED BENTLEY'S 10L2 STAMPS, OF WHICH SIX ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

Our records contain seven examples of the Bentley's 10L2 stamp: 1) top sheet margin, cancelled "Paid", ex Lowe, Golden (realized $8,500); 2) cancelled "Paid" and pen stroke, slight thin spot, ex Boker, Golden (realized $3,000); 3) four margins, cancelled "Paid" (from S.E. to N.W.), small flaws, ex Schwartz; 4) uncancelled (?), Tapling collection, British Library; 5) uncancelled, thin spot, P.F. records; and 6-7) horizontal pair, unused, ex Schwartz, the pair offered here.

This pair shows two impressions from the same typeset position, which is identical to every other known example. It is evident that the Bentley 10L2 sheets were produced from a single-subject form repeated multiple times.

Ex Schwartz. With 2003 P.F. certificate.

10,000
8,000
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4584
 
Sale 908, Lot 4584, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Bentley's Dispatch, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Gold (10L2). Clear to ample margins except touched at upper right corner, faint "Paid" cancel and pen stroke, small thin spot

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTRAORDINARILY RARE STAMP. ONLY FIVE OF THE SIX KNOWN EXAMPLES ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

Ex Kane, Boker, Richardson and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate

7,500
2,900
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4585
c
Sale 908, Lot 4585, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Bentley's Madison Square P.M. Aug. 4. Double-circle datestamp with "Paid" straightline (previously used by Swarts) perfectly struck on cover to local street address, a second strike without date on small narrow local cover, Very Fine, scarce, former ex Malcolm

E. 150-200
235
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4586
c
Sale 908, Lot 4586, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Phila. Despatch Post 3 P.M. Red circular timestamp with matching "3" handstamp struck at right on Apr. 11, 1843 folded letter to local street address, clear strike and Very Fine, extremely scarce

E. 300-400
170
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4587
c
Sale 908, Lot 4587, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Phila. Despatch Post 10 A.M. Red circular timestamp with matching "Paid" handstamp perfectly struck Jun. 15, 1843 folded letter to local street address, unusually sharp strike of datestamp, Extremely Fine and scarce

E. 300-400
260
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4588
c
Sale 908, Lot 4588, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Phila. Despatch Post - A.M. Red circular timestamp with matching "3" handstamp struck on 1843 folded cover to local street address, clear strike and Very Fine, extremely scarce

E. 200-300
210
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4589
c
Sale 908, Lot 4589, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Phila. Despatch Post. Mostly clear strike of red circular timestamp with matching outline "3" handstamp on folded cover to local addressee, Sep. 2, 1844 docketing, cleaned, Very Fine appearance

E. 150-200
100
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4590
c
Sale 908, Lot 4590, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Phila. Despatch Post - P.M. Light strike of red circular timestamp with matching outline "3" handstamp struck on Oct. 20, 1843 folded legal notice to local street address, Fine

E. 100-150
75
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4591
c
Sale 908, Lot 4591, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red (15L1). Octagonal margins just barely into circle in two places, bright white paper, cancelled by clear strike of large red "3" cancel (not tied), used on undated folded cover to A. D. Bache at local street address, red "Phila. Despatch Post -- P.M." circular timestamp, P.F. opines that stamp has been lifted and replaced but we are not convinced this is true

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE OF THE FIFTEEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST RED 15L1 STAMP.

A census of Philadelphia Despatch 15L1 and 15L2 stamps may be found in Sale 830, page 167, or at our website: www.siegelauctions.com/2000/830/y83082.htm.

Ex Hollowbush, Schwartz and D.K. Collection. With 2003 P.F. certificate.

12,500
6,500
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4592
c
Sale 908, Lot 4592, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)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" outline numeral handstamp, used on folded letter with Sep. 18, 1843 Quaker date, addressed to Dr. William Blanding, 5th and Willow Street, interesting contents regarding numismatics -- Blanding was a chemist who manufactured ancient coins as a hobby (two recipes for gold lacquer are attached) -- red "Phila. Despatch Post P.M." circular datestamp, stamp has two negligible creases and faint glue smear

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: www.siegelauctions.com/2000/830/y83082.htm.

12,500
5,000
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4593
c
Sale 908, Lot 4593, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Blood's Despatch 28 So. Sixth. Clearly struck handstamp on cover to Secretary of the Treasury in Washington D.C., blue "Philada. Pa. Nov. 16" circular datestamp and matching framed "Free" handstamp, minor edgewear, Very Fine, ex Knapp

E. 200-300
260
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4594
c
Sale 908, Lot 4594, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Blood's Despatch Special Messenger. Double-line circular handstamp clearly struck on yellow cover to local street address, sender's directive "deliver speedily", Aug. 29, 1859 enclosure, Extremely Fine, scarce Blood's marking, ex Hollowbush

E. 200-300
350
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4595
c
Sale 908, Lot 4595, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Blood's Despatch Special Messenger. Double-line circular handstamp clearly struck on 8 x 10 in. green and bronze Valentine cover to local street address, top flap removed, minor faults, still Very Fine strike of this scarce marking and overall a spectacular usage

E. 200-300
260
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4596
c
Sale 908, Lot 4596, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Blood's Despatch Special Messenger. Dotted circle handstamp on Dec. 12, 1856 folded letter to local street address, marking struck over fold, Very Fine, rare, ex Gibson

E. 150-200
150
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4597
 
Sale 908, Lot 4597, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L5, 15L6). One of former and two of latter, full to large margins, light cancels, No. 15L5 with thins, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

650
400
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4598
c
Sale 908, Lot 4598, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L5). Full to large margins, tiny margin tear, small black cross cancel, used with black on yellow rectangular Blood's advertising label ("When a paid Stamp is on a Letter sent by Blood's City Despatch, no other charge it made for its delivery") on small blue folded letter dated Nov. 11, 1847, trivial tape stains in bottom corners, according to P.F. the stamp has been lifted and moved to upright orientation -- we doubt it -- in our opinion a Very Fine example of the famous Striding Messenger stamp, ex Meyersburg, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
220
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4599
og
Sale 908, Lot 4599, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L6). Original gum, large margins except clear in two places at right, intense shade and impression, Very Fine, original-gum examples of the Striding Messenger 15L6 issue are extremely rare, ex Schwartz, with 2004 P.F. certificate, unpriced in Scott as unused

E. 500-750
500
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4600
c
Sale 908, Lot 4600, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L6). Cut close all around, light but legible strike of "Blood's Despatch 2 Cts." double-circle handstamp, not tied and apparently applied to stamp prior to use, used on 1847 folded letter to New York City, blue "Philada. Pa. 5 cts. Dec. 29" integral-rate datestamp, Fine, although one's initial instinct would be to consider this untied stamp as not original to the cover, the use of the Blood's "2 Cts." handstamp is extremely unusual and may have been used at this time to indicate the value of the stamp when sold, the Dec. 1847 date of use is appropriate, and we see nothing to indicate the stamp was added, probably a very rare genuine Blood's usage -- offered "as is" to the specialists who will recognize the possibilities

E. 300-400
230
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4601
c
Sale 908, Lot 4601, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L7). Cut to shape, red "Paid" cancel, blue "Philadelphia Pa. 5 May 14" integral-rate circular datestamp on 1846 folded letter to Princeton N.J., 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, ex Meyersburg, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
270
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4602
c
Sale 908, Lot 4602, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L8). Full margins to just in, cancelled by pen, blue "Philadelphia Pa. Jan. 19" circular datestamp on folded letter to West Chester Pa., adhesive with some staining (mostly from gum), otherwise Fine, with 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
200
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4603
c
Sale 908, Lot 4603, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L7, 15L8). Former with margins to in and partly cut to shape, tied by blue "Philadelphia Pa. Jun. 22" and matching "10" on 1846 folded letter to Milton Hill, Mass., some toning shows thru from wax seal, Fine, latter cut to shape, tied by blue "Philada. Pa. 5cts Oct. 14" integral-rate circular datestamp on folded cover to Germantown Pa., Very Fine, nice matching pair of tied usages with 5c and 10c rates

2,050
250
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4604
c
Sale 908, Lot 4604, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L9). Huge margins all around, tied by blue "Philda Pa. 5 cts. Jun. 3" integral-rate circular datestamp on undated folded letter to Hancock Md., probably 1848, file fold, stamp has small tear in bottom margin and faint natural gum toning, still Extremely Fine, this issue was usually left uncancelled is rarely seen tied by a marking -- this is one of the finest tied examples extant -- ex Emerson, Hall and D.K. Collection, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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4605
c
Sale 908, Lot 4605, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10). Three huge margins, barely in at top, deep shade, uncancelled as usual, used on undated folded letter to New York City street address, blue "Philada. Pa. 5 cts. Nov. 14" (ca. 1848) integral-rate circular datestamp, Very Fine, the bicolored "For the Post Office" issue is very scarce and somewhat underrated, it was usually left uncancelled and covers are rare, ex Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
450
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4606
c
Sale 908, Lot 4606, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on Pale Green (15L11). Large to huge margins, cancelled by 5-bar grid, impression ties thru paper, used on folded letter to Elizabethtown N.J., blue "Philada. Pa. 5 cts Aug. 13" (1848) integral-rate circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, extremely scarce use of the oval Bird & Letter stamp, ex Hollowbush, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
700
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4607
c
Sale 908, Lot 4607, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (15L12). Ample margins to just touching, tied by small 4-bar grid cancel on folded cover to local street address, side panels removed, fresh and Very Fine, the "Paid" stamp is the rarest of the small Blood's issues, this tied example is extraordinary, ex Mason and Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
425
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4608
c
Sale 908, Lot 4608, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (15L12). Full margins, tied by 4-bar grid cancel on Nov. 6, 1848 folded letter to local street address, P.F. opines that stamp has been lifted and replaced (inaccurately), in our opinion Extremely Fine, the "Paid" stamp is the rarest of the small Blood's issues, this tied example is very unusual, ex Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
260
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4609
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Sale 908, Lot 4609, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13). Complete pane of 24, unused (no gum), huge bottom sheet margin, large all around, brilliant coppery impression, light crease in bottom margin, small surface scrape affects two stamps, few tiny margin tears

EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT COMPLETE PANE OF THE SMALL BRONZE "ONE CENT" STAMP. PROBABLY NO MORE THAN FOUR OR FIVE PANES EXIST.

Ex Hunter, Caspary, Lilly, Lowe and Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate.

E. 1,500-2,000
0
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4610
c
Sale 908, Lot 4610, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13). Acid tied, "Free Jas. R. Church MC" congressional free frank on cover to Washington D.C., blue "Philada. Rail Road Jan. 1" route agent's circular datestamp and matching "Free" handstamp, some edgewear, Very Fine, scarce usage

E. 150-200
150
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4611
c
Sale 908, Lot 4611, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Ample margins to just touching, acid cancel, used with 3c Dull Red (11), large margins all around incl. part of adjoining stamp left left, both stamps tied together by "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 24" circular datestamp on bright buff cover addressed in blue to Port Jervis N.Y., Blood's circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, with 1998 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
325
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4612
c
Sale 908, Lot 4612, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Acid tied on green Merchants' Hotel all-over advertising cover to local address, light strike of Blood's datestamp, barely reduced, Very Fine

E. 150-200
75
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4613
c
Sale 908, Lot 4613, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Mostly clear to ample margins, tied by acid cancel, used with 3c Rose (65), tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Nov. 26, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Princeton N.J., blurry Blood's datestamp, Very Fine, late usage -- Blood's closed on Jan. 11, 1862 -- ex Gibson and Schwartz

E. 100-150
60
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4614
 
Sale 908, Lot 4614, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue & Pink on Bluish (15L15). Complete pane of 25, seven stamps show period after "Blood's", original gum, eight stamps Mint N.H., large margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB COMPLETE PANE OF THE BICOLORED BLOOD'S PENNY POST STAMP. VERY FEW PANES REMAIN INTACT.

Ex Lilly, Boker, Chapin and Golden. With 1973 and 2000 P.F. certificates.

1,250
1,500
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4615
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Sale 908, Lot 4615, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18). Top sheet margin block of of twelve with full "Draper, Welsh & Co. Phila." imprint, unused (no gum), large margins to barely into frameline at lower left, Extremely Fine, very rare imprint multiple of this distinctive local post issue

E. 2,000-3,000
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4616
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Sale 908, Lot 4616, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Blood's Penny Post (Kochersperger), Philadelphia, (1c) Black (15L18). Ample margins to slightly in, cancelled by red "1" in oval, Blood's circular datestamp, "Philadelphia Pa. Feb. 1, 1859" octagonal datestamp and "Free" in circle handstamp on small cover to Shobola Pa., initials "DM" but no clear indication of why this was free of postage, with original enclosure, part of backflap removed, Very Fine, extremely rare conjunctive use of local post stamps and "free" marking, with 1998 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
280
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4617
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Sale 908, Lot 4617, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)D. O. Blood & Co., 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

VERY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE EARLIEST BLOOD'S EMBOSSED ENTIRE, ISSUED SOMETIME IN LATE 1848 AND EARLY 1849. ONLY TWO ARE KNOWN ON BUFF ENTIRES.

The Blood's albino-embossed entires were the first envelopes issued by Blood's. Only two postmarked entires are recorded, both on buff and addressed to Master Leighton Coleman (the other was sold in our Sale 846 (lot 2408). The one recorded white entire is offered in the following lot.

Ex Schwartz.

4,500
4,500
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4618
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Sale 908, Lot 4618, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Albino Embossed Stamp on White entire (15LU1). Embossing with 28 South 6th Street address at upper right of white entire addressed "To My Friend" with a note on flap, corner torn off and restored

ONE OF THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE EARLIEST BLOOD'S EMBOSSED ENTIRE, ISSUED SOMETIME IN LATE 1848 AND EARLY 1849. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED WHITE ENTIRE.

The Blood's albino-embossed entires were the first envelopes issued by Blood's. Only two postmarked entires are recorded, both on buff and addressed to Master Leighton Coleman (one is offered in the previous lot, and the other was sold in our Sale 846, lot 2408).

Ex Mason and Hollowbush. Unpriced in Scott.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,350
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4619
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Sale 908, Lot 4619, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Red on White Entire (15LU7). Bold "Blood's Despatch, Feb. 13, 10-1/2 A.M. 1856" circular datestamp on small entire to local address, Extremely Fine, used during Valentine season

E. 100-150
210
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4620
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Sale 908, Lot 4620, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Bouton's Manhattan Express. Deep red oval handstamp clearly struck with ms. "J.R.B." (John R. Bouton) initials and black "Paid"" straightline handstamp on brown cover to local street address, pencil "Paid 2" shows faintly at top left, slight wear, Very Fine, extremely rare and possibly unique with Bouton's initials and "Paid" handstamp

E. 500-750
950
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4621
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Sale 908, Lot 4621, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Bouton's Manhattan Express. Blood red oval handstamp perfectly struck on May 23, 1847 folded letter from Cohoes to local street address, file fold thru handstamp but not affecting it, Extremely Fine, remarkably choice strike of this very scarce Bouton's marking

E. 300-400
425
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4622
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Sale 908, Lot 4622, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Bouton's Manhattan Express. Blood red oval handstamp clearly struck on small narrow cover to local street address, pencil "Paid 2" rate, Very Fine, choice strike of this rare marking

E. 300-400
200
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4623
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Sale 908, Lot 4623, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Bouton's City Dispatch Post. Red oval handstamp and "N" handstamp on undated blue folded letter to local street address, Very Fine, only two or three examples of Bouton's "N" handstamp are known (one was in our Golden sale), ex Dunsmoor

E. 150-200
80
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4624
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Sale 908, Lot 4624, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Bouton's City Dispatch Post. Oval handstamp on two folded letters to local street addresses, one dated Oct. 2 (1847) with dark red bold strike, other dated Apr. 29, 1848 with red strike and "Paid/Bouton" handstamp, Hahn notes indicate former is the earliest recorded example of Bouton's City Dispatch Post, Very Fine

E. 200-300
200
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4625
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Sale 908, Lot 4625, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Bouton's City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Gray Blue, Dots in Corners (18L2). Ample margins, small tear at bottom, red "Paid" cancel, affixed to small cover to local street address (does not originate), red "Bouton's Manhattan Express" oval handstamp, Fine, the estimate reflects the two separated

E. 400-500
190
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4625A
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Sale 908, Lot 4625A, Local Posts (Adams thru Bouton)Bouton's Manhattan Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Pink (17L1). Unused (no gum), three large margins, clear at left, vertical crease at right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY SEVEN OR EIGHT REPORTED EXAMPLES OF BOUTON'S MANHATTAN EXPRESS STAMP.

The Manhattan Express was operated by William V. Barr as early as October 1845 until sometime soon after Valentine's Day 1847, when Barr sold out to John R. Bouton. The first stamp issued under Bouton's ownership is the 2c on Pink (17L1). Approximately seven or eight examples are known, uncancelled, some of which are used on covers.

4,000
2,700
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