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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Towle & Co. theu Walton & Co.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1717
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1717, Towle & Co. theu Walton & Co.Towle & Co. Letter Delivery, 7 State St., 2 Cents, Towle & Co. Letter Delivery, 7 State St., 2 CentsTowle & Co. Letter Delivery, 7 State St., 2 Cents. Red oval handstamp with matching "Paid" handstamp on large Valentine cover to local street address, with original enclosure which is quite elaborate and colorful, some toned spots, Fine

E. 300-400
350
1718
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1718, Towle & Co. theu Walton & Co.Towle's City Post, 7 State St., Towle's City Post, 7 State St.Towle's City Post, 7 State St.. Red oval handstamp with matching "Paid" handstamp on large Valentine cover to Boston, with original elaborate enclosure, some slight toning, Very Fine

E. 200-300
375
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1719
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1719, Towle & Co. theu Walton & Co.Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Dark Green (141L1), Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Dark Green (141L1)Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Dark Green (141L1). Three large margins, just in at top, used with 3c Dull Red (11), margins to in, both stamps tied by "New-York Feb. 13" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Guilford Conn., with dateline still attached with 1854 yeardate,3c light horizontal crease, cover with some slight toning, Very Fine

1,500
600
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1720
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1720, Towle & Co. theu Walton & Co.Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Dark Green (141L1), Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Dark Green (141L1)Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Dark Green (141L1). Large margins incl. part of adjoining stamp at right, tied by well-struck "New-York 5cts. Jan. 4" datestamp on slightly reduced cover front only to Baltimore Md., some edge repairs, vertical file fold affects stamp, part of address crossed out, still Fine, the stamp is scarce with such wide margins

E. 200-300
170
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1721
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1721, Towle & Co. theu Walton & Co.Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Dark Green (141L1), Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Dark Green (141L1)Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Dark Green (141L1). Cut to shape, affixed to small cover to local street address, clear strike of red "Dunham's Union Square Post-Office" oval handstamp, matching "Paid" in arc, Very Fine

E. 300-400
350
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1722
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1722, Towle & Co. theu Walton & Co.Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Light Apple Green (141L2), Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Light Apple Green (141L2)Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Light Apple Green (141L2). Large margins except just touched at top, used with 3c Brownish Carmine (11), three visible margins (overlapped at bottom), tied together by "New-York Jan. 3" circular datestamp on neat cover to Charleston S.C., 1c faintly cancelled by cork, 3c with small toned spot, still Very Fine, a superb and handsome combination, ex Piller

E. 400-500
600
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1723
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1723, Towle & Co. theu Walton & Co.Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Light Apple Green (141L2), Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Light Apple Green (141L2)Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Light Apple Green (141L2). Cut to shape, cancelled by ms. "X", used with 3c Dull Red (11), margins to in, some oxidation, both stamps tied by "New-York Feb. 11" circular datestamp on cover to Cleveland O., fresh and Fine

200
200
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1724
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1724, Towle & Co. theu Walton & Co.Walton & Co.'s City Express, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pink Glazed (142L1), Walton & Co.'s City Express, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pink Glazed (142L1)Walton & Co.'s City Express, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pink Glazed (142L1). Rectangular margins with outer frameline showing all around, ms. line thru "City Express" -- not tied, but toning provides a clear tie thru paper -- used on Mar. 27, 1846 folded letter to Philadelphia street address, red "Brooklyn N-Y. Mar. 27" circular datestamp and matching "Paid/5" handstamp, ms. "Paid" at lower left

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED COVERS WITH WALTON & CO.'S STAMP, OF WHICH THREE HAVE RECTANGULAR MARGINS. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE BROOKYLN LOCAL.

John T. Boyd discontinued his Brooklyn post on June 30, 1845, when the new postal laws made it illegal for private companies to carry mail along postal routes -- in Boyd's case, between Brooklyn and New York City. Elliott Perry suggested that Boyd's Brooklyn agent was Wellington Walton, who is listed in the 1846 city directory as an "express proprietor" at 195 Gold Street in Brooklyn. Walton & Co. City Express covers are dated as early as February 14, 1846 (see Golden lot 1572), leaving a seven-month gap between Boyd's discontinuance and Walton's successor post -- possibly Walton did not start up until the next Valentine season. In early 1847, Walton sold out to Henry Kidder, whose "Kidder's Brooklyn City Express Post" oval handstamp is recorded as early as Mar. 11, 1847 (reference: Calvet M. Hahn, "Brooklyn City Post 1850's").

Our records contain seven Walton & Co. 142L1 covers, including one postmarked at New Haven Conn., Sep. 28, 1846, which almost certainly is not a genuine usage. The covers are listed here in chronological order: 1) cut to shape, tied by "Paid/W.W." on cover to local addressee, name erased, Feb. 16 (1846) oval, with Valentine enclosure to "Emma", ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1570, realized $4,000 hammer); 2) cut to shape, "Paid/W.W." cancel, matching strike with Feb. 18 (1846) oval on cover to Lefroy Ravenhill, Brooklyn, ex Middendorf and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1569, realized $5,500 hammer); 3) rectangular margins, "Paid/W.W." cancel, used on 1846 folded letter to Mr. Ward, Newark N.J., Brooklyn Mar. 21 datestamp and "Paid/5", Costales files, ex Hall (Siegel Sale 830, lot 789, realized $12,500 hammer); 4) rectangular margins, ms. cancel, used on 1846 folded letter to Constant Guillou, Philadelphia, Brooklyn Mar. 27 datestamp and "Paid/5", the cover offered here, ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1568, realized $16,500); 5) octagonal margins, tied by ms. cross strokes on 1846 folded letter to Peter G. Sharp, Kingston N.Y., Brooklyn Mar. 21 datestamp and small "5", ex Worthington; and 6) rectangular margins, oblong handstamped cancel, used on 1846 folded letter to Constant Guillou, Philadelphia, Brooklyn Apr. 27 datestamp and "Paid/5", ex Boker.

Ex Golden. Signed Perry. With 1985 and 1999 P.F. certificates.

15,000
14,500
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