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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Teese & Co. thru Telegraph Despatch

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1708
ogbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1708, Teese & Co. thru Telegraph DespatchTeese & Co. Penny Post, (1c) Blue on Bluish (137L1), Teese & Co. Penny Post, (1c) Blue on Bluish (137L1)Teese & Co. Penny Post, (1c) Blue on Bluish (137L1). Right sheet margin block of twelve, original gum, large margins all around, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1985 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as blocks of four and singles

260
180
1709
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1709, Teese & Co. thru Telegraph DespatchTeese & Co. Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue on Bluish (137L1), Teese & Co. Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue on Bluish (137L1)Teese & Co. Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue on Bluish (137L1). Uncancelled and affixed to a folded cover to Downington Pa., blue "Philadelphia Pa. 5 Dec. 14" integral-rate circular datestamp, Very Fine, offered "as is"

E. 150-200
130
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1710
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1710, Teese & Co. thru Telegraph DespatchTelegraph Despatch P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 2c Black on Yellowish (138L2), Telegraph Despatch P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 2c Black on Yellowish (138L2)Telegraph Despatch P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 2c Black on Yellowish (138L2). Full even margins all around, ms. "X" cancel, negligible unapparent faults not mentioned on certificate, used with 5c Orange Brown (1b), large even margins, rich color and early impression, tied by lightly struck blue Philadelphia circular datestamp on cover to Middletown Conn. and cancelled again on arrival with the Middletown office's distinctive large grid of tiny diamonds, also in blue, sender's notation "Paid", flap tear extends just barely into top edge, scattered toning on cover and touching 5c stamp

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY KNOWN EXAMPLE OF THE TELEGRAPH DESPATCH TWO-CENT STAMP. AN OUTSTANDING PHILADELPHIA LOCAL COVER AND ONE OF THE GREATEST LOCAL POST AND 1847 ISSUE COMBINATION COVERS EXTANT.

In his October 1993 Penny Post article on short-lived Philadelphia locals, Steven M. Roth described the prevailing state of knowledge about the Telegraph Despatch Post: "We have no idea who operated this Post from its office at 61 South 8th Street." Calvet M. Hahn, writing one year later on the T. Walters local (Collectors Club Philatelist, Nov.-Dec. 1994), noted an example of the Walters stamp on a piece with the two-line handstamp "Telegraph C. D. 2 Cts./Office, No. 61 Sth. 8th St." However, neither Roth nor Hahn mentioned that the 61 South 8th Street address -- stated on this unique 138L2 stamp and the two-line handstamp -- is the same address found on Brigg's Despatch 25L1-25L2 stamps. Brigg's and Telegraph Despatch covers are dated in the same period beginning in mid-1848, and the lettering style and printing characteristics (not designs) of both issues are also very similar. These factors could be coincidental -- that is, Brigg's and the Telegraph Despatch might have had separate offices in the same building without any other connection -- but further investigation is warranted, and it may uncover a more definite connection between Brigg's and the Telegraph Despatch (and, possibly, T. Walters).

Our records contain four 1c covers and this unique 2c on cover. This cover was acquired by the owner in our 1992 Rarities sale for $9,500 hammer, before the explosion in interest and prices for Carriers and Locals. The current Scott value is based on this 14-year old realization.

Ex Chapman, Caspary, Lilly and Kapiloff. Weill backstamp. With 1991 P.F. certificate.

10,500
18,500
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