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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Menant thru Messenkope

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1616
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1616, Menant thru MessenkopeMenant & Co. Express Post, New Orleans La., 2c Dark Red (104L1), Menant & Co. Express Post, New Orleans La., 2c Dark Red (104L1)Menant & Co. Express Post, New Orleans La., 2c Dark Red (104L1). Unused (no gum), large margins all around, light vertical crease

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE MENANT & CO. LOCAL POST STAMP. A GREAT PHILATELIC RARITY.

According to The Great Mail, Menant & Co.'s Express Post commenced operations in 1853 at 21 Conti Street and were still in business as late as 1856, although at a different address, 118 Exchange Place, near the post office.

The four examples of 104L1 in our records (all unused) are: 1) ex Souren, illustrated in The Great Mail (p. 133), ex Hall and Sale 878 (realized $5,500); 2) ex Middendorf (faults incl. hole at top right); 3) ex Caspary (thins) and 4) the stamp offered here, a recent discovery, offered in Sale 811 (realized $22,000).

With 1998 P.F. certificate.

15,000
7,500
1617
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1617, Menant thru MessenkopeMercantile Library Association, New York N.Y., 5c Black on Maroon (105L1), Mercantile Library Association, New York N.Y., 5c Black on Maroon (105L1)Mercantile Library Association, New York N.Y., 5c Black on Maroon (105L1). Original gum, h.r., full margins, deep rich color, tiny imperfections, Fine appearance, ex Golden

250
250
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1618
og
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1618, Menant thru MessenkopeMercantile Library Association, New York N.Y., 5c Black on Yellow (105L2), Mercantile Library Association, New York N.Y., 5c Black on Yellow (105L2)Mercantile Library Association, New York N.Y., 5c Black on Yellow (105L2). Original gum and with delivery check still attached at right, the delivery check with thin spot, appears Very Fine

350
1,000
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1619
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1619, Menant thru MessenkopeMercantile Library Association, New York N.Y., 5c Black on Yellow (105L2), Mercantile Library Association, New York N.Y., 5c Black on Yellow (105L2)Mercantile Library Association, New York N.Y., 5c Black on Yellow (105L2). On inside of 2c Black on Buff, Die 4, wrapper (W55) which has printed library address and printed notice on inside, in at bottom and some scrapes at left, still a Fine usage, ex Meyersburg

E. 300-400
400
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1620
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1620, Menant thru MessenkopeMercantile Library Association, New York N.Y., 5c Blue (105L3), Mercantile Library Association, New York N.Y., 5c Blue (105L3)Mercantile Library Association, New York N.Y., 5c Blue (105L3). Unused (no gum), margins to in, small fault at top left is barely visible, appears Fine, scarce

350
200
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1621
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1621, Menant thru MessenkopeMercantile Library Association, New York N.Y., 5c Blue (105L3), Mercantile Library Association, New York N.Y., 5c Blue (105L3)Mercantile Library Association, New York N.Y., 5c Blue (105L3). Margins to just touched, blue 1871 circular datestamp and ms. cancels, small corner crease at bottom left, appears Fine

500
250
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1622
og
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1622, Menant thru MessenkopeMessenkope's Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Green Glazed (106L1), Messenkope's Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Green Glazed (106L1)Messenkope's Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Green Glazed (106L1). Vertical strip of three, original gum, ample margins to slightly in, creases mostly in margins, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, very scarce multiple

400
400
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1623
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1623, Menant thru MessenkopeMessenkope's Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Green Glazed (106L1), Messenkope's Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Green Glazed (106L1)Messenkope's Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Green Glazed (106L1). Two (one has pre-use crease), placed at top right and left corners of small white lady's envelope with local street address, each stamp tied by red "Paid" in arc cancel applied by New York City post office

EXTREMELY FINE AND HANDSOME USAGE. ONLY THREE OR FOUR COVERS ARE KNOWN WITH TWO MESSENKOPE'S STAMPS PAYING THE 2-CENT RATE. THIS IS ONE OF TWO CANCELLED BY THE "PAID" IN ARC.

With 1994 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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1624
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1624, Menant thru Messenkope5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Full to mostly large margins, tied by bold red square grid on gray cover with Messenkope's Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Green Glazed (106L1), tied by bold ms. "X", red "New-York Feb. 20" circular datestamp, 1c with tiny surface scrapes and cracked glaze

A FINE AND RARE 1847 ISSUE AND LOCAL POST COMBINATION, ESPECIALLY WITH THE MESSENKOPE'S STAMP TIED.

Ex Stollnitz

2,750
1,600
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1625
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1625, Menant thru MessenkopeMessenkope's Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Green Glazed (106L1), Messenkope's Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Green Glazed (106L1)Messenkope's Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Green Glazed (106L1). Full margins, used with 3c Orange Brown (10), large margins to touched, tied together by "New-York Dec. 1" circular datestamp on neat white oblong cover to Albany, 1c soiled, 3c pre-print paper fold, otherwise Very Fine, choice appearance, very rare used with the 3c Orange Brown

1,250
500
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