VERY FINE. ONE OF FIFTEEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST RED STAMP. A WONDERFUL "PRIMITIVE" AMONG PHILATELIC RARITIES.
A census of Philadelphia Despatch 15L1 and 15L2 stamps may be found at our website: siegelauctions.com/1999/817/yf81786.htm#98. The cover offered here is No. 6 in the listing.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE USE OF THE 1843 PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST "STRIDING MESSENGER" ISSUE -- THE WORLD'S FIRST PICTORIAL STAMP. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE TIED BY THE RED CIRCULAR DATESTAMP.
The Striding Messenger stamp, issued in 1843 by the Philadelphia Despatch Post, is the first pictorial stamp in the world. It depicts a gargantuan letter carrier -- the "City Despatch Post" bag slung over his shoulder -- stepping over the Merchant's Exchange Building, which housed Philadelphia's post office. The image conveys the private posts' superior speed and reliability.
The Striding Messenger stamp superseded the handstamped adhesives issued by the Philadelphia Despatch Post in December 1842. Printings were made by Thomas Sinclair, a local lithographer, on thick coated paper and thinner uncoated paper. The varying quality of impressions indicates that the thick coated paper was not well-suited for lithography. The stamp design did not have a stated denomination, but all used examples have a handstamped "3" cents rate. The "R & Co." manuscript initials were applied to each stamp prior to sale by the proprietor, reputed to be Robertson & Co. When the firm was sold to D. O. Blood & Co. in 1845, the stamps were then marked "DOB & Co." A similar design, incorporating the D. O. Blood & Co. name, was lithographed by Wagner & McGuigan and issued after July 1845.
Signed "Genuine Robson Lowe"
FINE. THIS IS THE RAREST OF THE STRIDING MESSENGER STAMPS, ISSUED BY THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST, PREDECESSOR TO D. O. BLOOD. BETWEEN SEVEN AND NINE COVERS ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.
The "R & Co." Striding Messenger stamps without any background shading lines are extremely rare. This stamp shows an extremely worn impression with the buildings at left and right almost completely missing.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY SEVEN PANES (INCLUDING ONE PART PANE) OF THE BLOOD'S STRIDING MESSENGER STAMP ARE RECORDED.
Our records contain five intact panes, this severed and rejoined pane, and one part-pane of eleven (bottom right stamp cut out). We have determined that there were six different groups of twelve on the lithographic stone. This multiple is an exact duplicate of one of the six arrangements, which we call Group A. D. O. Blood & Co. advertised stamps for sale at the rate of 25c per dozen; therefore, it is logical that sheets were printed with 72 subjects, which could be divided into 6 units of 12 stamps for convenient sale.
Scott retail for intact pane of twelve is $5,500.00
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND CHOICE COMPLETE PANE OF THE SMALL BRONZE "ONE CENT" STAMP, OF WHICH FOUR OR FIVE ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST.
Ex Hall. This is only the second complete pane with original gum we have ever offered.
VERY FINE. A RARE COMBINATION COVER WITH THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE AND THE BLOOD'S ONE-CENT BRONZE ON BLACK GLAZED ISSUE.
With 1993 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE FIRST BLOOD'S EMBOSSED BUFF ENTIRE, ISSUED SOMETIME IN LATE 1848 AND EARLY 1849.
The Blood's albino-embossed entires were the first envelopes issued by Blood's. With the emergence of this example, there are now three recorded postmarked buff entires, all addressed to Master Leighton Coleman (the others were sold in our Sale 846, lot 2408, and Sale 908, lot 4617). There is one recorded white entire (15LU1).