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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Mead

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1227
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1227, Mead(Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2), (Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2)(Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2). Position 8, full to large margins, couple tiny corner creases, red "Free" in frame cancel, impression ties thru paper, matching "City Despatch Post P.O. Feb. 15 -- O'Clock" circular datestamp on silver and blue decorative Valentine cover to local street address, beautiful design on front and back, sealed with a small label (opened for display)

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLES OF MEAD'S 2-CENT GREEN STAMP ON COVER, USED IN FEBRUARY 1847, THE FIRST VALENTINE SEASON OF MEAD'S POST.

Abraham B. Mead, a New York City postal clerk, took control of the U.S. City Despatch Post carrier operation after it was discontinued. Mead announced the start of his "Post Office City Despatch" on November 30, 1846. Evidence indicates that Mead turned the post over to Alfred H. Cummings and Robert Wright, two New York City local post operators, as early as March 1847. Mead had the old City Despatch Post plate (used by Grieg to print 40L1) modified by changing "Three" to "Two" cents. Stamps were printed by Rawdon, Wright & Hatch on Green and Pink enameled paper.

Ex Kapiloff (realized $3,500 hammer in our 1992 Rarities sale).

E. 3,000-4,000
5,750
1228
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1228, Mead(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4). Position 5, Big Pupil variety at left, ample to large margins, bright paper, neat ms. cancel, red "New -York 5 cts. 12 Dec." (1849) integral-rate circular datestamp on small cover to Springfield Mass., Extremely Fine, only two positions on the reworked "CC" plate have the Big Pupil retouch (Positions 5 and 6), during the period from October 1849 until June 1850, the Post Office City Despatch stamps are found only on to-the-mails covers, all cancelled by hand in pen or pencil, ex Kapiloff

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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1229
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1229, Mead(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "C" at Left Sideways (40L4b), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "C" at Left Sideways (40L4b)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "C" at Left Sideways (40L4b). Position 25, hand-etched "C" at left, cancelled by one of three strikes of "Free" in frame in black (one on front, two on back with stamp), red "P.O. City Despatch Post Feb. 14 -- O'Clock" circular datestamp also on back of embossed Valentine cover to local street address, with Valentine enclosure which may have originated, back cut open for display, faults on front, stamp has creases and chipped enamel, still Fine and exhibit-worthy, the black "Free" cancel was applied by Cole during the early stages of his operation of the post after Cummings and Wright, all but this example of the "Free" in black on a "CC" stamp are to-the-mails usages (see The City Despatch Post 1842-1852 Issues, page 17, this cover was not known to the author), only seven positions on the reworked "CC" plate have the hand-etched "C" at left (Scott-listed "C at Left Sideways), examples are very rare on or off cover

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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1230
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1230, Mead(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5). Position 38, strong impression and slightly doubled, cancelled by "Paid" with second strike and bold "P.O. City Despatch Post Sep. 2 -- O'Clock" (1848) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to local street address

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB STAMP ON A VERY ATTRACTIVE COVER. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE "CC" ISSUE ON COVER.

The use of the black circular datestamp and black "Paid" indicates 1848 usage. Beginning in September 1848, the Post Office City Despatch stopped using the "Paid" handstamp on mail brought to the post office, probably by order of the New York postmaster who may have received complaints about the word "Paid" appearing on letters which had no prepaid U.S. postage. From September 1848 on, only city-delivery covers have the "Paid" handstamp, as this example demonstrates.

Ex Kapiloff. With 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
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1231
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1231, Mead(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5). Position 42, large even margins, slightly toned from gum, red "Paid" cancel, matching strike and "Cole's City Despatch P.O. Jul. 22" double-circle datestamp on blue printed folded cover to local street address (a circular dated Jun. 12, 1848, from a liquor dealer describing "persecution" by the inspector's office, is no longer with the cover)

VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE "CC" STAMP ON COVER WITH THE RED COLE DOUBLE-CIRCLE DATESTAMP AND "PAID" CANCEL.

Ex Caspary and Middendorf. With 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
3,000
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1232
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1232, Mead(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6). Position 32, large margins, oxidized and slightly creased, cancelled by four-bar rectangular grid, red "New-York 5 cts. 18 Nov." integral-rate circular datestamp on 1848 folded letter to Boston, Very Fine appearance, scarce, ex Kapiloff

E. 500-750
475
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1233
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1233, Mead(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Buff Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L8), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Buff Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L8)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Buff Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L8). Position 11, repaired, affixed to folded letter and "tied" by fake four-bar grid cancel, genuine red "P.O. City Despatch Post Jan. 6, 1 O'Clock" circular datestamp and matching "Paid" handstamps (the presence of a time slug in datestamp indicates use by Mead or Cummings & Wright), the stamp is extremely rare with approximately 15 examples recorded on or off cover, signed Sloane, ex Hollowbush

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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