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Sale 950 — U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007

Category — Carriers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2512
P
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2512, Carriers(1c) Franklin Carrier, Large Die Proof on India (LO1P1), (1c) Franklin Carrier, Large Die Proof on India (LO1P1)(1c) Franklin Carrier, Large Die Proof on India (LO1P1). Die sunk on 145 x 216 mm card, minor spot below design, small crease at top left of India paper and tiny thin in card, otherwise Very Fine

800
650
2513
ng
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2513, Carriers(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1), (1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1)(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1). Unused (no gum), small but clear margins, characteristic shade and sharp impression of the original 1851 printing, large area of filled in thinning, Fine, a rare unused example of the Franklin Carrier stamp, with 2007 P.F. certificate

6,000
1,200
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2514
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2514, Carriers1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2), 1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2)1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2). Large margins all around, red star cancel, used with 3c Dull Red (11), large margins, both stamps tied by bold "New York & Phila. R.R. Jun. 11" cds on brown cover to New York City street address, faint stain and toning at sides, razor cut across lower part of cover, not very noticeable, otherwise Fine, extremely rare Eagle Carrier usage with railroad route agent's datestamp tying stamp, ex Meyersburg, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
900
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2515
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2515, CarriersN.O.U.S. City Post, Aug. 14, N.O.U.S. City Post, Aug. 14N.O.U.S. City Post, Aug. 14. Well-struck circular datestamp on inbound cover with blue "Lawrenceburgh Ind. Aug. 8" circular datestamp and matching "Paid 3" in circle, Very Fine

E. 150-200
160
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2516
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2516, CarriersN.O.U.S. City Post, Sep. 11, N.O.U.S. City Post, Sep. 11N.O.U.S. City Post, Sep. 11. Clear strike of snowshovel handstamp struck in green with matching "Car. 2" in oval on small cover to New Orleans, bootlegged from France and entered the mails where "Madison N.J. Sep. 2" circular datestamp applied, "5" due handstamp, Very Fine, scarce usage and most unusual entry point for bootlegged mail

E. 400-500
300
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2517
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2517, CarriersN.O.U.S. City Post, N.O.U.S. City PostN.O.U.S. City Post. Blue snowshovel handstamp with matching "Car. 2" in oval on blue April 1854 folded letter from Bordeaux, France, to New Orleans, neat "Boston Br. Pkt. 5 May 13" debit circular datestamp, various French transits, Very Fine

E. 200-300
475
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2518
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2518, CarriersN.O.U.S. City Post Dec. 3, N.O.U.S. City Post Dec. 3N.O.U.S. City Post Dec. 3. Strike of circular datestamp on 1857 blue folded cover to New Orleans with pair of France 80c Napoleon, separated, tied by "1495" in diamond of dots, red "New York Paid 30 Nov. 26" credit datestamp with ms. "6", ms. "Par Vanderbilt", vertical file fold clear of stamps, Very Fine, scarce usage

E. 300-400
550
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2519
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2519, CarriersU.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One-Cent, U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One-CentU.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One-Cent. Red double-oval handstamp and matching "Paid" on cover to local addressee, Very Fine, ex Gibson and Schwartz, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 150-200
150
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2520
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2520, Carriers1c Blue, Ty. II (20), 1c Blue, Ty. II (20)1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Tied by "U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One-Cent" oval handstamp on cover to P.O. box in Philadelphia, minor edgewear, some slight toning around perf edges from gum, still Very Fine, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
350
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2521
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2521, CarriersU.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose, "L P" (7LB1), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose, "L P" (7LB1)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose, "L P" (7LB1). Two full margins, left and top framelines cut into, uncancelled, used on Nov. 2, 1850 folded letter to street address, lightly struck blue Philadelphia circular datestamp, faint toning and small scuffs around address, Fine and very scarce, ex Gibson and Meyersburg, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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2522
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2522, CarriersU.S. Penny Post, St. Louis Mo., 2c Blue (8LB3), U.S. Penny Post, St. Louis Mo., 2c Blue (8LB3)U.S. Penny Post, St. Louis Mo., 2c Blue (8LB3). Ample to large margins except touched at top, cancelled by "1 ct" in frame, tiny thin spot and small diagonal corner crease

FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY OFF-COVER STAMP AMONG THE FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE ST. LOUIS 2-CENT BLUE CARRIER (8LB3). A REMARKABLE CARRIER STAMP THAT WAS MODELED UPON THE ONE-CENT 1851 FRANKLIN DESIGN AND THE 3-CENT SILVER "TRIME".

Elliott Perry theorized that the design of this stamp was a cross between the 1851 1c stamp (ornamental border) and the 1852 3c silver coin known as a "fish-scale" or "trime", which had the shield in six-point star design (see Pat Paragraphs, reprint, pp. 263-264). The concept was "something between" 1c and 3c. Although previous reports date the stamp and covers to 1857, one of the Valentine covers has an enclosure that appears to have originated with the cover and is clearly dated 1853 (Siegel Sale 920).

Our records contain just five examples of 8LB3: 1) "1 ct" cancel, off cover, the stamp offered here, ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 425, realized $20,000 hammer); 2) tied by "1 ct" in frame on cover to Edwin Harrison, ex Middendorf; 3) used on large Valentine cover to Mrs. Scoot, dated Feb. 13, 1857, ms. "X" cancel (not tied) and "Paid" straightline, ex Bulger, Siegel Sale 846, lot 2403; 4) tied by "1 ct" in frame on cover to Miss St. Denis, Siegel Sale 846, lot 2404; and 5) cut to oval shape, tied by "Paid" in arc on large Valentine cover to Mrs. Scoot, Siegel Sale 920, lot 273.

Ex Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate.

22,500
0
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2523
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2523, CarriersSt. Louis "1 ct" in Frame, St. Louis "1 ct" in FrameSt. Louis "1 ct" in Frame. Perfectly struck handstamp -- the finest we have seen -- on large embossed Valentine cover to Miss Laura Scott at local street address, with beautiful green and white pictorial Valentine enclosure embellished with love poem in sender's hand, cover stained at top left, otherwise Very Fine, a scarce marking on an unusually beautiful Valentine, with 2002 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
550
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