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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1241
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1241, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose, "L P" (7LB1), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose, "L P" (7LB1)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose, "L P" (7LB1). Large margins at bottom and right, uncancelled, used on Aug. 15, 1850 blue folded letter to Winchester Va., faint blue circular datestamp and framed "Paid", notation at upper right "postage 5 / carrier 1 / 6 cents", fresh and Very Fine, rare (12-15 covers reported by Lyons), ex Hessel and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 345, realized $1,900 hammer)

2,000
0
1242
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1242, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose, "H" (7LB3), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose, "H" (7LB3)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose, "H" (7LB3). Margins with full frameline at bottom and mostly complete at top, uncancelled, used with 5c Red Brown (1), large margins to clear at bottom, tied by blue "Philada. Pa. 5 cts. Aug. 22" integral-rate circular datestamp on folded cover to New York City, ms. "Mail Paid", 1850 docketing, Goodhue name crossed out as often, file fold

A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION. ONLY THREE COVERS WITH THE PHILADELPHIA 7LB3 CARRIER STAMP AND 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE ARE RECORDED.

Census information is reported by Larry Lyons in The Penny Post (July 2006). Ex Gibson and Boker. With 1993 Jakubek certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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1243
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1243, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose, "L S" (7LB4), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose, "L S" (7LB4)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose, "L S" (7LB4). Framelines at top and bottom and parts of sides, uncancelled, blue "Philada. Pa. 5 May 1(2)" integral-rate circular datestamp on blue May 12, 1849 folded letter with beautiful illustrated Merchant's Canal Line shipping receipt enclosed, file folds

A VERY FINE AND ATTRACTIVE COVER WITH THE "LS" PHILADELPHIA CARRIER STAMP.

This May 12 postmark on a clearly-dated 1849 letter is an appropriate date of use of the "LS" stamp. The Philadelphia carrier service was reorganized in February 1849, and stamps were issued at that time. Lyons reports 12-15 covers with 7LB4.

3,000
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1244
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1244, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Blue Glazed (7LB7), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Blue Glazed (7LB7)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Blue Glazed (7LB7). Margins with three full framelines, uncancelled, used with 5c Red Brown (1), large margins to just in at bottom, 5c tied by blue grid, matching "Philada. Pa. 5 cts. Feb. 19" (ca. 1850) integral-rate circular datestamp on brown cover to Northumberland Pa., cover age toned and worn but not affecting adhesives, Fine and very rare usage, only three 7LB7 and 1847 Issue combination covers reported in Lyons census

E. 1,500-2,000
3,250
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1245
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1245, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Blue Glazed (7LB7), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Blue Glazed (7LB7)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Blue Glazed (7LB7). Large bottom margin, uncancelled, used on blue folded cover to Alexandria Va., blue "Philada. Pa. 5 cts. May 31" (ca. 1850) integral-rate circular datestamp, stamp has slight rubbed spots along corner creases, otherwise Very Fine, very scarce (17-18 covers reported by Lyons), ex Caspary and Middendorf

1,500
700
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1246
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1246, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Vermilion Glazed (7LB8), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Vermilion Glazed (7LB8)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Vermilion Glazed (7LB8). Bottom right corner position with two full framelines, uncancelled, used on blue folded cover to Burlington N.J., blue "Philada. Pa. 5 cts. Aug. 8" (ca. 1850) integral-rate circular datestamp, fresh and Very Fine, choice example of this very scarce carrier usage (20-22 covers reported by Lyons), ex Caspary and Boker, with 1993 Jakubek certificate

E. 750-1,000
600
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1247
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1247, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Gold on Black Glazed (7LB11), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Gold on Black Glazed (7LB11)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Gold on Black Glazed (7LB11). Large margins, uncancelled, used on blue cover to Princeton N.J., blue "Philadelphia Pa. Aug. 11" circular datestamp and matching "5" rate handstamp, 1851 docketing on back, fresh and Extremely Fine, from the Meredith correspondence

E. 150-200
275
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1248
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1248, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Blue (7LB12), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Blue (7LB12)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Blue (7LB12). Ample to large margins, extraordinary dark shade and intense impression, tied by red star cancel, "Downington Pa." dateless circle handstamp on folded letter datelined "Downington Novr. 11th 1852" to local Philadelphia attorney at 98-1/4 South 4th Street, ms. "Paid", Extremely Fine, this stamp is rarely found tied on cover, the usage from Downington is believed to be unique, ex Gibson, Scott Retail $1,250.00 for this stamp tied on cover

E. 1,000-1,500
2,300
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1249
ng
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1249, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB13), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB13)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB13). Type V, Position 23, unused (no gum), three full margins, in at left, Fine and extremely rare unused example of the Black 7LB13 stamp, ex Middendorf, with 1991 P.F. certificate

750
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1250
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1250, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB13), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB13)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB13). Ample margins to a bit close, tied by red star cancel, used with 3c Dull Red (11), ample margins to cut in, tied by blue "Philadelphia Pa. May 15" circular datestamp on blue folded 1852 stock list to New York City, receipt docketing on back

VERY FINE. APPROXIMATELY TWELVE TO FIFTEEN EXAMPLES OF THE BLACK LITHOGRAPHED CARRIER STAMP ARE REPORTED, AND ONLY THREE ARE KNOWN IN COMBINATION WITH THE 1851 ISSUE. THIS TIED USAGE IS EXTRAORDINARY.

Ex Piller. With 1984 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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1251
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1251, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Blue on Buff (7LB14), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Blue on Buff (7LB14)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Blue on Buff (7LB14). Pencil layout lines at bottom and right, sharp and complete impression with margins all around, affixed to a folded letter but did not originate

AN EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS EXCEEDINGLY RARE CARRIER STAMP. NO MORE THAN A DOZEN EXAMPLES OF 7LB14 ARE KNOWN TO US.

The Type C31 stamps were ordinarily left uncancelled; this probably was removed from a cover. The pencil lines at bottom and right are characteristic layout lines.

Ex Caspary and Middendorf. With 1991 P.F. certificate stating that the stamp is genuine. Scott Retail as an off-cover stamp

3,250
2,100
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1252
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1252, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB18), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB18)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB18). Top and bottom margins scissors-cut with small trace of 1c 1851 side ornaments at bottom, sides torn mostly clear of handstamp, uncancelled, used on 3c Red Nesbitt entire to New York City, "Philadelphia Pa. Feb. 21" (ca. 1856) circular datestamp, vertical fold thru embossed stamp, carrier stamp lifted to remove surrounding gum smears (still "tied" thru cover by brownish gum)

VERY FINE ON-COVER EXAMPLE OF THE PHILADELPHIA U.S.P.O. DESPATCH CARRIER STAMP ON THE SHEET MARGIN OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE.

The Philadelphia carrier stamps printed on the sheet selvage of imperforate 1c 1851 stamps hold a unique position in United States philately. Elsewhere in the world there are very few instances in which sheet selvage was used to produce adhesive stamps -- the Emory Va. Confederate provisional and early stamps of Zanzibar come to mind as other examples. Two handstamps were used to create the Philadelphia carrier stamps: the Eagle oval (Scott type C31), which produced 7LB16, and the large oval (type C32), from which 7LB18 was made. These were probably necessary after supplies of the Eagle Carrier ran out in 1856.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,400
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1253
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1253, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Ample margins to slightly in at top, tied by "U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/OneCent" double-oval handstamp on buff cover to Philadelphia post office box number, stamp evidently precancelled with grid, the grid is firmly struck and stops at the bottom edge of the stamp, indicating it was applied before the stamp was affixed, Very Fine, this is another piece of evidence supporting our theory that the Philadelphia carrier department began using 1c 1851 stamps for carrier fees when supplies of the Eagle Carrier ran out in 1856 (see article on Carriers in The 1851 Issue of United States Stamps: a Sesquicentennial Retrospective, U.S. Philatelic Classics Society); in this case the 1c stamp was obviously precancelled by the carrier department before it was applied, which suggests that at one point the carrier department distributed 1c stamps for prepayment of carrier fees and precancelled them to prevent the stamps from being used for regular postage, to prevent accounting problems for the post office and carrier department, each of which kept its own books -- a fascinating artifact of the period

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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1254
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1254, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent, U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One CentU.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent. Double-oval handstamp boldly struck in red, 3c Dull Red (11), ample margins to slightly in, tied by blue "Philadelphia Pa. Dec. 26" circular datestamp on 1852 folded letter to Huntingdon Pa., Very Fine, a colorful and scarce combination of carrier marking and 3c 1851 Issue

E. 500-750
650
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1255
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1255, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent, U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One CentU.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent. Double-oval handstamp cancels pair of 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26) on large part of folded cover to New York City, "Philadelphia Pa. Aug. 18" double-octagon datestamp, pair tied by docketing and vertical file fold, Fine, very rare, ex Chapman, Emerson, Gibson and Meyersburg

E. 1,000-1,500
0
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1256
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1256, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent, U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One CentU.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent. Double-oval handstamp and red "Paid" handstamp on American Hotel buff corner card cover to local addressee, backflap removed and slight crease, still Very Fine

E. 300-400
425
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1257
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1257, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent, U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One CentU.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent. Double-oval handstamp clearly struck on cover to local street address, Very Fine

E. 200-300
200
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1258
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1258, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent, U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One CentU.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent. Red double-oval handstamp boldly struck on cover to local street address, with original enclosure datelined "Germantown, School Lane, Feb. 5, 1853", Extremely Fine

E. 300-400
275
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1259
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1259, Philadelphia Pa. (U.S.P.O.)U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent, U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One CentU.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent. Red double-oval handstamp on folded printed notice for the American Academy of Music dated Oct. 7, 1853, to local street address, Very Fine

E. 200-300
160
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