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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Morton

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1637
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1637, MortonMorton's Post, Philadelphia Pa., 2c Black on Grayish (167L1), Morton's Post, Philadelphia Pa., 2c Black on Grayish (167L1)Morton's Post, Philadelphia Pa., 2c Black on Grayish (167L1). Large margins, affixed with red wax wafer on folded letter from William Kennedy, President of New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania Steamboat Company to Merrick & Town, datelined "Port Penn, April 15th, 1846" in Delaware, addressed to Philadelphia in care of "Capt. Boon", who presumably arrived by steamboat and gave the letter to Morton's Post, pencil street address "76 Walnut St. below 4th" probably applied by Morton's, minor splits along interior folds

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE MORTON'S POST STAMP, A SHORT-LIVED PHILADELPHIA POST OF WHICH VERY LITTLE IS KNOWN.

According to Steven M. Roth (Penny Post, Oct. 1993), there is no one named Morton in the city directories who could be positively identified with this post. This cover with the adhesive and a stampless cover (Golden sale, lot 1386) are the only examples of Morton's Post recorded by Roth. Only this cover is dated.

Accompanying the cover is a letter from S. W. Woodhouse Jr. to John J. Klemann, dated Apr. 29, 1930, which states that Woodhouse was the discoverer of the Morton's cover and several other Philadelphia locals among the papers of William Meredith. There is also a note from George Sloane to Frank Hollowbush, which states "Personally I think your cover is alright with the adhesive put on with a wafer."

Ex Caspary, Hollowbush, Middendorf and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1385, realized $12,000). With 1990 P.F. certificate issued before the Scott Catalogue listed this stamp. This is the first time it has been offered as Scott 167L1.

13,000
12,000
1638
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1638, MortonNew York City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (111L1), New York City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (111L1)New York City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (111L1). Ample to large margins with part of adjoining stamp at right, creases and small tear, cancelled by straightline ("Free"?) and tied by red "New-York 10 cts. 17 [month?]" integral-rate circular datestamp on folded cover (part of contents but no year date) to Mount Sterling Ky., some minor soiling

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF A HALF-DOZEN TIED USAGES OF THE NEW YORK CITY EXPRESS POST GREEN STAMP -- THE SO-CALLED "BOYD'S IMPOSTER", BUT OF FAR GREATER RARITY.

Little is known of this post, which issued stamps in Black on Green and Orange on White, found on covers dated from June to September 1847. All of the fifteen or so covers we have seen with 111L1 or 111L2 are addressed to locations outside New York City.

Ex Boker, Patton (illustrated in his book, p. 234) and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1388, realized $3,750 hammer)

4,000
2,600
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1639
ng
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1639, MortonNew York City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (111L1), New York City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (111L1)New York City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (111L1). Uncancelled, cut to shape, split at top rejoined with hinge, still a presentable example of this very rare stamp, ex Golden

400
300
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1640
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1640, MortonNew-York Penny Post Feb. 15, New-York Penny Post Feb. 15New-York Penny Post Feb. 15. Double-line circular datestamp and "Paid" handstamp on 1841 folded Valentine poem to local street address, ms. "1841" below date, divided into two parts for display, splits along folds, Very Fine strike, this local post was the forerunner to Greig's City Despatch, the "Paid" is scarce

E. 300-400
425
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