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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — One Cent Despatch thru Penny Express Co.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1641
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1641, One Cent Despatch thru Penny Express Co.One Cent Despatch (Wiley), Washington D.C., 1c Violet (112L1), One Cent Despatch (Wiley), Washington D.C., 1c Violet (112L1)One Cent Despatch (Wiley), Washington D.C., 1c Violet (112L1). Ample margins to just in at left, tied by "City Despatch Sep. 22 10-1/2 A.M. 1856" circular datestamp, used with 3c Dull Red (11), full margins, oxidized, tied by "Washington D.C. Sep. 22, 1856" circular datestamp on small neat cover to Salem O., Very Fine usage and quite scarce, ex Piller

1,500
950
1642
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1642, One Cent Despatch thru Penny Express Co.One Cent Despatch (Wiley), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (112L2), One Cent Despatch (Wiley), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (112L2)One Cent Despatch (Wiley), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (112L2). Mostly large margins, tied by perfect "City Despatch Oct. 23 4-1/2 P.M. 1856" circular datestamp, used with 3c Dull Red (11), creased by wax wafer adhesive, tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Oct. 24" circular datestamp on cover to naval hospital at Portsmouth Va., cover lightly toned, otherwise Fine, extremely scarce, ex Piller

2,250
1,800
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1643
og
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1643, One Cent Despatch thru Penny Express Co.One Cent Despatch (Wiley), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (112L2), One Cent Despatch (Wiley), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (112L2)One Cent Despatch (Wiley), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (112L2). Type II, original gum, large margins, bright color, faint corner crease, otherwise Extremely Fine, choice example of this scarce stamp, ex Hall

450
400
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1644
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1644, One Cent Despatch thru Penny Express Co.One Cent City Despatch (Wiley), Baltimore Md, One Cent City Despatch (Wiley), Baltimore MdOne Cent City Despatch (Wiley), Baltimore Md. Printed circular by John Wiley, listing delivery times and with principal offices at 17 South Gay St., some toning, Very Fine and rare collateral item

E. 300-400
750
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1645
ogbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1645, One Cent Despatch thru Penny Express Co.Penny Express Co. (Holladay Overland Mail & Express Co.), 5c Black (114L1a), Penny Express Co. (Holladay Overland Mail & Express Co.), 5c Black (114L1a)Penny Express Co. (Holladay Overland Mail & Express Co.), 5c Black (114L1a). Complete sheet of 32, each stamp initialled "HR" by Henry Reed, full sheet margins, original gum, a few faint toned spots, several creases

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED PENNY EXPRESS COMPANY SHEET WITH REED'S INITIALS -- THESE ARE ALL OF THE INITIALLED STAMPS THAT ARE KNOWN.

The "Penny Express" stamps were issued in 1866 by Henry Reed of the Holladay Overland Mail and Express Co., which in 1867 became part of Wells, Fargo & Company. One of the entries from Henry Reed's journal, published by Henry C. Needham in his American Philatelist series (Apr. 1920), makes reference to the stamps: (excerpt from entry datelined Salt Lake City, June 26, 1866) "Charge yourself ten cents for the red stamps instead of twenty cts. as first verbally instructed by me." Although the numeral "5" appears on both the Red and Blue stamps (114L2 and 114L3), as well as the Black, Reed's instructions and advertisements indicate that the standard letter rate was 10c up to a half ounce, and 10c for each additional half-ounce. No used examples of the adhesives are known, and it appears that the printed envelopes were used for Holladay's express, perhaps because the "5" denomination of the stamps caused confusion. Several sheets of Red and Blue stamps, without gum, reached the stamp market. However, only this one sheet of Black stamps with Reed's initials and original gum is known.

Ex Chapman, Middendorf and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1410, realized $6,250 hammer)

7,000
0
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1646
ogbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1646, One Cent Despatch thru Penny Express Co.Penny Express Co. (Holladay Overland Mail & Express Co.), 5c Blue (114L2), Penny Express Co. (Holladay Overland Mail & Express Co.), 5c Blue (114L2)Penny Express Co. (Holladay Overland Mail & Express Co.), 5c Blue (114L2). Complete sheet of 32, unused (without gum as issued), few minor bends, Very Fine, scarce, signed Costales in pencil on back

650
300
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1647
ogbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1647, One Cent Despatch thru Penny Express Co.Penny Express Co. (Holladay Overland Mail & Express Co.), 5c Red (114L3), Penny Express Co. (Holladay Overland Mail & Express Co.), 5c Red (114L3)Penny Express Co. (Holladay Overland Mail & Express Co.), 5c Red (114L3). Complete sheet of 32, unused (without gum as issued), radiant color, fresh and Very Fine

650
0
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