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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Stone

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1681
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1681, StoneStone's City Post, New York N.Y, Stone's City Post, New York N.YStone's City Post, New York N.Y. Beautiful clear strike of "Stone's City Post" circular handstamp in red and pencil "2" rate on Valentine cover to Mr. E. T. Cox at 205 Division St. in New York City, lace design on backflaps and etiquette label on back, original lace and decorative Valentine enclosure with handwritten poem dated Feb. 14, 1848, parts of backflaps torn away

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE STONE'S CITY POST HANDSTAMP.

According to a note by George B. Sloane, this post was probably operated by E. Lamb Stone, who served as a clerk in Harnden's New York office (1839), agent in Harnden's Philadelphia office (1840), agent for Thompson & Co. in Albany (1844), and partner with Pullen (1845) and Pullen, Virgil & Co. (1849). The other recorded cover (ex Hahn) realized $6,250 hammer in our Sale 896.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
1682
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1682, StoneStringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore Md., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (134L1), Stringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore Md., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (134L1)Stringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore Md., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (134L1). Margins all around, unusually clear impression, uncancelled (as are most known examples) but nicely tied thru lettersheet by gum toning, used on light blue folded cover delivered from Baltimore to Philadelphia street address outside the mails, no government postal markings, docketing on flap "1850 Chester Cty Balto" indicates 1850 year date and Baltimore origin

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE RARE STRINGER & MORTON STAMP ON A LETTER CARRIED OUTSIDE THE MAILS AND DELIVERED IN ANOTHER CITY, AN ACT PUNISHABLE BY LAW.

Stringer & Morton's City Despatch operated for only three months from October 1850 through January 1851. The stamps are stylistically identical to the Blood's stamps (Scott 15L12, 15L13 and 15L17). Steven Roth records fourteen Stringer & Morton's City Despatch covers with the adhesive stamp (Chronicle 173, pp. 20-21). Three of these are addressed to Philadelphia; the two other covers have Baltimore datestamps and "5" rates for government postage (the local service brought the letters to the post office). This example is remarkable in that the street address and lack of government postal markings or postage strongly suggest that a Stringer & Morton's carrier delivered the letter all the way to Philadelphia, an illegal inter-city letter conveyance. The receipt docketing confirms delivery, and, if the post office had been involved -- even receiving the letter as way mail -- markings would have been made to indicate postage paid or due. In the past there has been speculation that the proprietors, Stringer and Morton, were at one time involved in the local post(s) of another city.

Ex Brown

E. 3,000-4,000
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1683
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1683, StoneStringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore Md., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (134L1), Stringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore Md., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (134L1)Stringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore Md., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (134L1). Slight crease, uncancelled, used on 1850 bill of lading to Buchanan Carroll & Co., New Orleans, blue "Baltimore Md. Nov. 17" circular datestamp and red "10" handstamp, Fine, ex Kelly and Golden

700
350
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1684
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1684, StoneStringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore Md., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (134L1), Stringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore Md., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (134L1)Stringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore Md., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (134L1). Listed only on Black, but this stamp is definitely printed on reddish glazed paper, slight creases, uncancelled, used on blue 1850 folded letter to Philadelphia, blue "Baltimore Md. Nov. 19" circular datestamp and red "5" handstamp, file folds, minor toning, Fine, an intriguing stamp worth further study to determine if indeed the paper is a new color variety, ex Golden

700
250
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1685
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1685, StoneStringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore, (1c) Gold on Black (134L1), Stringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore, (1c) Gold on Black (134L1)Stringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore, (1c) Gold on Black (134L1). Large margins to barely touched, uncancelled on small Nov. 14, 1850 folded letter with local address, proper time period for this rare Stringer & Morton's stamp, Very Fine, this could be ex Caspary

700
400
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