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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Prince

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1662
ogbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1662, PrincePrince's Letter Dispatch, Portland Me., (unstated value) Black (122L1), Prince's Letter Dispatch, Portland Me., (unstated value) Black (122L1)Prince's Letter Dispatch, Portland Me., (unstated value) Black (122L1). Complete sheet of 40, dry original gum, few creases and small edge tears, otherwise Very Fine, handstamps at top right and bottom left

550
325
1663
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1663, PrincePrince's Letter Dispatch, Portland Me., (unstated value) Black (122L1), Prince's Letter Dispatch, Portland Me., (unstated value) Black (122L1)Prince's Letter Dispatch, Portland Me., (unstated value) Black (122L1). Large margins all around, ms. cancel, used with 3c Rose (65), both stamps tied by "Boston Mass. Sep. 11" circular datestamp and quartered cork on cover to Albany N.Y., 1865 receipt docketing, sealed tear in 3c stamp, backflap removed

ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL INDEPENDENT MAIL USAGES FROM THE ONLY STEAMBOAT CARRIER TO ISSUE STAMPS.

Prince's Letter Dispatch was established by J. H. Prince of Portland Me. and carried mail by steamboat to Boston, which is probably why it continued to function without government interference as late as 1869. The pictorial stamps used by Prince were engraved and printed by Lowell & Brett of Boston (Lowell's imprint appears below the steamboat vignette). Although an abundant supply of unused stamps reached philatelic hands, genuinely used stamps are extremely rare, and only eleven covers are recorded by Larry Lyons (Penny Post, October 2002; one or two of the listings are questionable covers). This is one of the earliest of the recorded covers (an Aug. 1864 cancel on an off-cover stamp is known). Some of the later usages are known with a blue oval company handstamp.

Ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1451, realized $7,500 hammer). With 1982 P.F. certificate

8,000
6,000
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1664
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1664, PrincePublic Letter Office, San Francisco, 15c Blue on 3c Pink entire (125LU2a on U58), Public Letter Office, San Francisco, 15c Blue on 3c Pink entire (125LU2a on U58)Public Letter Office, San Francisco, 15c Blue on 3c Pink entire (125LU2a on U58). Unused, small flap fault, Very Fine, scarce

700
600
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1665
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1665, PrincePublic Letter Office, San Francisco, 15c Blue on 2c Black entire (125LU3 on U54), Public Letter Office, San Francisco, 15c Blue on 2c Black entire (125LU3 on U54)Public Letter Office, San Francisco, 15c Blue on 2c Black entire (125LU3 on U54). Local street address, reduced into printed frank, otherwise Fine, extremely rare used example of this San Francisco local

5,000
4,000
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