VERY FINE. THE FINEST OF THE FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE JEFFERSON MARKET STAMP ON PINK PAPER. AN OUTSTANDING NEW YORK CITY LOCAL ISSUE.
The Jefferson Market P.O. was not officially connected to the New York Post Office, but used the "Post Office" designation in its name, much like Swarts and other contemporaries. The post is believed to have been operated by Godfrey Schmidt, who was listed in the 1850-51 city directory as Godfrey Smith at 6 Greenwich Avenue (source: Elliott Perry). In addition to the stamps issued by the Jefferson Market P.O., a stampless cover was reported by Thomas C. Mazza in The Penny Post (Jan. 1995). The stampless folded letter is addressed to Sing Sing N.Y. and bears a clear strike of a large Eagle-type frame containing "Jefferson Market Post Office/BY G. SCHMIDT & CO." in two lines. It also has a red New York Jun. 30 datestamp, and the letter is year-dated 1850. This 88L2 cover is clearly postmarked Apr. 15 (1851), which establishes at least a ten-month existence for the post, corresponding to the city directory listing for Godfrey Schmidt (Smith).
Our records contain four examples of 88L1 (Pink paper), all uncancelled off cover, and five of 88L2 (Blue paper), used on separate covers. We list all of the 88L1's here: 1) unused, surface cracks, the stamp offered here, ex Caspary, Boker, Lilly, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1271, realized $7,500 hammer); 2) unused, surface cracks, ex Abt, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1272, realized $3,750 hammer); 3) unused, surface cracks, ex Caspary (on cover, did not originate), Middendorf (on piece); and 4) unused, creases, surface cracks, Siegel Sale 824, lot 412, realized $2,100 hammer.
Ex Caspary, Boker, Lilly and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED BLOCK OF THE JENKINS' CAMDEN DISPATCH STAMP.
An overview of the post and different stamp printings is provided in the description of lot 1273 (the block offered here) in our Golden sale (www.siegelauctions.com/1999/817/yf817209.htm#222). This block and the single come from the Type 4 printing.
Ex Green, Hollowbush, Boker and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1273, realized $8,000 hammer).
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF ELEVEN RECORDED COVERS WITH JENKINS' CAMDEN DISPATCH LITHOGRAPHED STAMP (89L1). ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE AS A TO-THE-MAILS USAGE.
An overview of the post and different stamp printings is provided in the description of lot 1273 in our Golden sale (www.siegelauctions.com/1999/817/yf817209.htm#222). Our records and information kindly provided by John P. Halstead contain eleven complete covers bearing 89L1 (either Halstead Type 3 or 4). The lithographed stamp was printed by Wagner and McGuigan, a Philadelphia firm, in June 1854 and January 1857. The Type 4 lithographs are attributed by Halstead (Penny Post, Jan. 1991) to the January 1857 printing.
Ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1276, realized $7,500 hammer). With 1999 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO GENUINE COVERS BEARING THE JENKINS' CAMDEN DISPATCH ON YELLOW PAPER (89L2) AND ONE OF THREE COVERS BEARING THE 1853 TYPOGRAPHED ISSUE. A GREAT RARITY IN SUPERB CONDITION.
An overview of Jenkins' Camden Dispatch and the different stamp printings is provided in our Golden sale catalogue (lot 1273) and at our website: www.siegelauctions.com/1999/817/yf817209.htm#222. The typographed stamps and envelopes were produced from the 1853 Scattergood & Telfer woodcut engraving. Our records and information kindly provided by John P. Halstead contain the following typographed examples: Yellow Paper (Type 2, Scott 89L2): 1) tied by wavy pen line on cover to A. Browning, Camden, the cover offered here, ex Caspary, Middendorf, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1277, realized $11,000 hammer); 2) tied by blue wavy pen line on Jan. 1, 1854 folded letter to Hudson Sheeve, ex Caspary, Hall, D.K. Collection (Siegel Sale 862, lot 84, realized $5,500 hammer); 3) ms. cancel, affixed to a cover to Cuba, but did not originate, Sloane files; 4) off-cover stamp, pen cancel, Johnstone files (Penny Post, Jan. 1991); 5) off-cover stamp, numeral "2" cancel, Springer collection; 6) off cover, part original gum, ex Schwartz, 2000 Rarities sale (realized $2,600 hammer); and White Paper (Type 2, unlisted in Scott): 7) tied by red ms., used with 3c 1851 on small embossed envelope to Mrs. L. E. Scott, 20 Mile Stand, O., 3c tied by Camden Sep. 6? datestamp (1854?), sold in Robson Lowe Mar. 1, 1973 sale where photographed in color (white paper) and described as white paper. We have listed all seven examples of the typographed stamp in our records, but it should be noted that this cover with a typograph on Yellow paper is one of two complete covers with a stamp that meets the Scott definition of 89L2.
Ex Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE STAMP. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE JOHNSON & CO. CITY DESPATCH POST STAMP. ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST ELUSIVE STAMPS IN THE WORLD.
The two recorded examples of the Johnson & Co. City Despatch Post stamp -- the only evidence of this Baltimore post's existence -- are dated January 25 and February 19, 1848. According to Elliott Perry, Ezekiel C. Johnson operated the post for a few months in 1848. He was appointed a government letter carrier on November 3, 1841, and reappointed on July 14, 1849. There may be a connection between Johnson & Co. and Mearis' City Despatch Post. A March 22, 1847, announcement in The Sun states that the City Despatch Post (possibly the one started by Mearis) has been acquired by Wm. H. Hahn from R. Wilton. It is possible that Johnson & Co. was the successor.
The stamps printed for Johnson & Co. are similar to the Mearis stamps. Although the paper is catalogued as lavender, it looks more like bluish-gray. The other recorded example is on a cover to a local addressee; the stamp is also uncancelled.
Illustrated in Steven M. Roth's article on Baltimore local posts (Chronicle, Feb. 1997). Ex Chapman, Caspary and Hall (Siegel Sale 830, lot 700, realized $23,000 hammer). The stamp remains unpriced in Scott.