VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE TIED COMBINATION OF THE KINGMAN'S THREE-LINE CARRIER STAMP AND 3-CENT 1851 IMPERFORATE ISSUE.
Eliab J. Kingman was Dr. John H. Honour's brother-in-law and served as the first assistant in Honour's Penny Post from its inception in 1849. It is reported that sometime in 1851, Kingman received his own appointment as a government carrier and divided the city's routes with Dr. Honour. According to the Faber account (Pat Paragraphs, 1981 Reprint, pp. 247-248), Kingman retired in March 1858 and was replaced by Joseph G. Martin, a relative to the Honour family through marriage.
The Scott listings for the two Kingman's stamps are out of chronological sequence. The four-line type, 4LB15, preceded the three-line type, 4LB14, by at least three or four years. The format of 4LB14 matches the stamps printed for Martin, Steinmeyer and Beckman in 1858, 1859 and 1860, and it is probable that the same setting was used with the names changed as required. Kingman is reported to have retired in March 1858; based on dated examples, the 4LB14 stamp was probably issued in mid-1856 and not used after March 1858. Genuine covers are found in this time period. Other covers with untied stamps used prior to 1856 are most likely enhancements.
Ex Hessel and Piller
FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY FOUR EXAMPLES OF MARTIN'S CARRIER STAMP ARE RECORDED.
According to Faber's account (Pat Paragraphs, 1981 Reprint, pp. 247-248), Joseph G. Martin took over from E. J. Kingman after Kingman retired in March 1858. Martin served until retirement in 1861, but the extreme rarity of the stamps bearing his name suggests that they were not widely used. They were probably printed in 1858. We record just four stamps, all unused, listed as follows (different types are identified with letters): 1) Type A, tiny thin, ex Caspary, Lilly, Boker, Golden, D.K. Collection; 2) Type B, slight thins, ex Ferrary, Caspary, Hall; 3) Type C, margins cut in, slight faults, the stamp offered here, ex Caspary, Middendorf; and 4) Type D, sound, ex Hessel, Golden, D.K. Collection.
Ex Caspary and Middendorf
FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY FIVE OR SIX EXAMPLES OF THIS STEINMEYER ISSUE ARE RECORDED.
With 1995 P.S.E. certificate