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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007

Category — Local Posts

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2524
ogbl
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2524, Local PostsAdams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "LR" (L. Reed) Initials in Black (1L2), Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "LR" (L. Reed) Initials in Black (1L2)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "LR" (L. Reed) Initials in Black (1L2). Complete sheet of 40, part original gum, large margins to slightly in, several stamps have slight wrinkles (very trivial)

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING INTACT SHEETS OF THE ADAMS & CO. CALIFORNIA EXPRESS STAMP -- INITIALLED BY L. REED, A PARTNER IN THE ADAMS FIRM. A TRULY REMARKABLE EXHIBITION ITEM.

The California branch of the Eastern express company founded by Alvin Adams was established late in 1849, following the discovery of gold that led to the great Gold Rush. Under the direction of Daniel H. Haskell, the Adams firm prospered as an express company and banking house in California. In 1855, in the midst of a national banking crisis, the firm was dissolved, and its express business was taken over by Freeman & Co. Isaiah C. Woods, whose name appears in the minute copyright inscriptions along the sides of the design, left for Australia after the Adams California branch folded. Haskell's portrait appears on the different Adams stamps, which were used to prepay express charges on letters carried by Adams & Co. Their rarity suggests that they were not issued until soon before the firm collapsed (the copyright is dated 1853).

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
2525
ngbl
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2525, Local PostsAdams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Pink Glazed Card (1L3), Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Pink Glazed Card (1L3)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Pink Glazed Card (1L3). The so-called "Poker Chip" stamp, rumored to have circulated in California saloons during the Gold Rush era, complete sheet of 40, one stamp (Pos. 30) shows retouched flaw over bottom right "25", large margins, minor toned specks, otherwise Extremely Fine, an impressive sheet

2,000
1,400
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2526
ogbl
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2526, Local PostsAdams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Pink Glazed Card (1L3), Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Pink Glazed Card (1L3)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Pink Glazed Card (1L3). The so-called "Poker Chip" stamp, rumored to have circulated in California saloons during the Gold Rush era, complete sheet of 40, one stamp (Pos. 30) shows retouched flaw over bottom right "25", large margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, an impressive sheet, ex Golden, with 1970 P.F. certificate

2,000
1,750
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2527
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2527, Local PostsAdams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 50c Black on Buff Entire (1LU4), Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 50c Black on Buff Entire (1LU4)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 50c Black on Buff Entire (1LU4). Unused 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10), faint horizontal crease thru stamps not noted on certificate

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. FEWER THAN A HALF-DOZEN EXAMPLES OF THIS SURPRINTED FRANK ARE REPORTED TO EXIST ON ANY OF THE NESBITT ENTIRES.

If contemporary, the Adams & Company stamped envelopes -- 25c and 50c values on 3c and 6c Nesbitt entires or cut-outs used as adhesives -- must come from the period from 1854 to the collapse of the firm in March 1855. Their rarity could be attributed to the sudden failure of the Adams firm. However, at least one student of the subject has recently argued that these stamped envelopes and cut-outs were created in the 1890's by the notorious forger Wuesthoff. The controversy has not been resolved.

With 2002 P.S.E. certificate. Scott Retail $15,000.00 for No. 1LU4 is shown in the used column.

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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2528
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2528, Local PostsPhiladelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3), Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3). On stout paper with very faint background lines, large even margins all around, cancelled by red outline "3" handstamp, impression ties stamp thru paper, matching "Phila. Despatch Post P.M." circular timestamp on Jan. 23, 1844 folded letter to local street address, sender's notation on back "Despatch Post From Dr. Ducachet", stamp with tiny corner crease at top left (utterly trivial but gratuitously noted on certificate)

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST STRIDING MESSENGER STAMP USED ON COVER. ISSUED IN 1843, THIS IS THE WORLD'S FIRST PICTORIAL STAMP.

Ex Emerson, Hollowbush, Schwartz and Gordon N. John. With 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
6,750
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2529
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2529, Local PostsPhiladelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3), Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3). Large margins all around incl. part of adjoining stamp at right which clearly demonstrates uneven layout of the plate, tied by ms. "X" and also tied by red "Philadelphia Pa. Jul. 9" circular datestamp on undated folded letter Yardville P.O. N.J., blue ms. "10", trivial edgewear, stamp with small sealed tear at bottom right

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. 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.

Signed "Genuine Robson Lowe". With 2007 .P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
4,500
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2530
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2530, Local PostsBlood's Despatch Paid, Blood's Despatch PaidBlood's Despatch Paid. Double-line circle handstamp on buff cover addressed to "Eastern Penitentiary" with straw goods and hatter's blue cameo corner card, Percival imprint , "1" in octagon drop-rate handstamp and "Philadelphia Pa. 5 Sep. 20" integral-rate datestamp (rate crossed out), Very Fine, a most unusual usage

E. 300-400
1,600
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2531
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2531, Local PostsBlood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (15L12), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (15L12)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (15L12). Ample margins to just touching, tied by pencil "S" and small 4-bar grid cancel on folded cover to local street address, undated and side panels removed, fresh and Very Fine, the "Paid" stamp is the rarest of the small Blood's issues, this tied example is extraordinary, ex Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
400
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2532
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2532, Local PostsBlood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13). Large margins to in, acid cancelled, partial strike of "Blood's Despatch Mar. 31 8 A.M." circular datestamp on brown cover to local street address, with United States Hotel blue cameo corner card with illustration of hotel, some wear, otherwise Fine, scarce advertising usage with the Blood's stamp

E. 300-400
650
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2533
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2533, Local PostsBlood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13). Large margins, tied by blue "Philadelphia Pa. Dec. 23" circular datestamp and also by acid cancel, "Blood's Despatch Dec. 23 9 P.M." datestamp, blue "Philadelphia Pa. 5 cts. Dec. 23" integral-rate circular datestamp on cover to Pottsville Pa., minor toned spots, small piece cut from flaps, otherwise Very Fine, the small Blood's stamps are rarely found tied by the post office datestamp, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
150
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2534
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2534, Local Posts3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11)3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11). Tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Mar. 13" circular datestamp and used with Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), acid tied and with Blood's circular datestamp, on cover to Danville Pa., with saddle and harness maker's blue cameo corner card with illustration of saddle, trunk and harness, some edgewear, Very Fine, attractive usage

E. 300-400
550
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2535
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2535, Local PostsBlood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Acid tied, neat "Blood's Despatch Jan. 21 2P.M." circular datestamp on cover to local street address with dry goods dealer's blue cameo corner card with illustration of building, minor wear, Very Fine, scarce advertising usage with the Blood's stamp

E. 300-400
1,400
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2536
ngbl
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2536, Local PostsBlood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18), Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18)Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18). Top sheet margin block of of twelve with full "Draper, Welsh & Co. Phila." imprint, unused (no gum), large margins to barely into frameline at lower left, light vertical crease at center, tiny pinhole in position 6, still Extremely Fine, very rare imprint multiple of this distinctive local post issue, with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
5,250
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2537
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2537, Local PostsBlood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18), Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18)Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18). Tied by one of two strikes of "Blood's Penny Post, Philada. Nov. 30 12 A.M." double-circle datestamp on cover to local street address with Swain & Abell's blue cameo corner card with illustration of Ledger Building, some toning, otherwise Very Fine, attractive usage

E. 300-400
850
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2538
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2538, Local PostsBlood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Red on White Entire (15LU5), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Red on White Entire (15LU5)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Red on White Entire (15LU5). "Blood's Despatch Mar. 15, 8 A.M." double-line circular datestamp, to local street address, neatly docketed, insignificant toned spot in address, still Very Fine and much scarcer than meager Scott value suggests, ex Hollowbush, with 2007 P.F. certificate

75
100
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2539
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2539, Local PostsBoyd's City Dispatch, New York N.Y., 2c Deep Red on White Laid, Die Ty. L67b (20LU12), Boyd's City Dispatch, New York N.Y., 2c Deep Red on White Laid, Die Ty. L67b (20LU12)Boyd's City Dispatch, New York N.Y., 2c Deep Red on White Laid, Die Ty. L67b (20LU12). Cut square, cancelled by Boyd's circular datestamp, thin spot, Very Fine, scarce, ex Burrus, with 2006 P.F. certificate, accompanied by No. 20LU2 used with toning at bottom (also with 2006 P.F. certificate)

E. 200-300
140
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2540
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2540, Local PostsBoyd's City Dispatch, New York N.Y., 2c Red on Amber, Die Type L67b (20LU13), Boyd's City Dispatch, New York N.Y., 2c Red on Amber, Die Type L67b (20LU13)Boyd's City Dispatch, New York N.Y., 2c Red on Amber, Die Type L67b (20LU13). Cut square, cancelled by Boyd's circular datestamp, Very Fine, scarce, with 2006 P.F. certificate

300
110
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2541
ogbl
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2541, Local PostsBroadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black (26L2), Broadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black (26L2)Broadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black (26L2). Bottom sheet margin block of 25, original gum, a few stamps lightly hinged, others Mint N.H., large margins, two horizontal creases, one ending in tear at right, another diagonal crease at lower left, paper affected by acid toning

THIS IS THE LARGEST SURVIVING MULTIPLE OF THE BROADWAY POST OFFICE STAMP. AN OUTSTANDING EXHIBITION ITEM.

The largest recorded block -- the ex-Jarrett block of 32 -- was divided into eight blocks of four (confirmed by photo). The largest surviving multiple is this block of 25, which was found in a desk during the early 1900's and reported in 1955 by Marie F. Craig, who received the block from her uncle.

Ex Hall. Scott Retail $11,250.00 as blocks of four, pairs and a single

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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2542
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2542, Local PostsBrowne & Co.'s City Post Office, Cincinnati O., 1c Black (29L1), Browne & Co.'s City Post Office, Cincinnati O., 1c Black (29L1)Browne & Co.'s City Post Office, Cincinnati O., 1c Black (29L1). Large margins to in incl. part of adjoining stamp at top, uncancelled, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), margins to in, tied by blue "Cincinnati Oct. 9" circular datestamp on cover to Zanesville O. both stamps with faults incl. 1c with toned spots and tear, appears Fine, scarce and attractive usage of this Cincinnati local post issue, with 2007 P.F. certificate

2,750
850
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2543
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2543, Local PostsCarnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1), Carnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1)Carnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1). Large margins all around, blue Frey's oval cancel, small thin spots, Extremely Fine appearance, the nominal $100.00 Scott value does not begin to reflect the rarity of a genuinely cancelled Carnes stamp, especially with the Frey oval (ca. 1864-65), undercatalogued in Scott at $300.00

E. 500-750
1,600
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2544
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2544, Local PostsCity Dispatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (41L1), City Dispatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (41L1)City Dispatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (41L1). Ample to large margins, tied by circular grid, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 30, 1860" octagonal datestamp on buff cover to Bristol Pa., Very Fine, scarce tied combination, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
750
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2545
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2545, Local PostsClinton's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (161L1), Clinton's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (161L1)Clinton's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (161L1). Two large margins including part of left sheet margin, touched to slightly in at top and right, uncancelled, tiny tear and small thin speck, hinged on original affidavit that reads as follows:

"Phila. Feb. 12th 1900. Personally appeared before me a Magistrate of the City of Philadelphia Mr. Franklin B. Kohlhund who being sworn according to law doth depose and say that the Clinton Penny Post stamp was removed by him from a used cover -- said cover being addressed to Mrs. Blackburn of Phila." [signed and notarized]

FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED GENUINE EXAMPLES OF CLINTON'S PENNY POST STAMP, BOTH OFF COVER.

Nothing definite is known about Clinton's Penny Post of Philadelphia, and the two recorded genuine stamps are the only proof of its existence. In 1894 the Clinton stamp was delisted from the Scott Catalogue when it was believed that this issue was one of a group of bogus posts, but it was restored in 1965 after Elliott Perry conveyed his opinion to Eugene Costales that there were at least two genuine Clinton stamps (and many counterfeits). Perry was not successful in locating among city directories the Clinton responsible for the post. There was a John Clinton listed in the 1841-42 directory as a "letter carrier", but this would be too early for the stamps. He is listed in 1851-52 as an "agent". Memos from Perry also indicate that no relevant Clinton was found in the directories for 1843-47, 1851, 1854 or 1856-59. Stylistically, the Clinton stamp is identical to Priest's Despatch stamps, which are found on covers dated between 1851 and 1855.

Ex Chapman and Hall (Siegel Sale 830, lot 593, realized $20,000 hammer).

22,500
8,000
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2546
og
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2546, Local PostsEagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Pelure (61L1), Eagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Pelure (61L1)Eagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Pelure (61L1). Original gum, small h.r., bold impression of "EAGLE POST, 80 CHESNUT STREET" with circular rim terminating within the margins of the stamp, suggesting a part strike, top edge slightly ragged (described as "defective at top" on certificate)

ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS LOCAL POST STAMP AND THE ONLY STAMP KNOWN UNUSED. RARER THAN THE UNITED STATES ALEXANDRIA PROVISIONAL, THE BERMUDA PEROT PROVISIONAL, THE HAWAIIAN TWO-CENT MISSIONARY AND THE MAURITIUS POST OFFICE STAMPS.

Between the July 1845 commencement of William B. Stait's Eagle City Despatch Post and sometime before October 1, 1846, the post's advertised address was 85 Chestnut Street, which appears in the handstamped markings used during the first fifteen months. Beginning no later than October 1, 1846, the address changed to 80 Chestnut Street, where the allied Adams' office was located. The title was also changed to "Eagle City Post" at this point and was further shortened to "Eagle Post" (the title on this stamp) as early as March 1849. Beginning July 1850, the name change to Stait's Despatch is reflected in markings on covers. In September 1848 Stait expanded to a second office at 48 South 3rd Street (source: Gordon Stimmell, The Penny Post, Apr. 1991).

The 61L1 stamp is listed in Scott as the first Eagle City Post adhesive, but Scott's 1847 issue date is probably incorrect. The cogwheel stamp (61L2) is recorded used as early as October 1, 1846. Logically, the handstamped adhesive with the new 80 Chestnut Street address would have been issued before the printed stamps -- the presence of Stait's initials on two of the stamps indicates a sort of provisional issue. The shortened title ("Eagle Post") and absence of any reference to Adams' Express in the 61L1 stamp are more typical of the early 1849 period, but the abbreviated wording probably owes itself to space limitations in the marking. Curiously, both the handstamped adhesive and the printed stamp (61L2) show the misspelling "Chesnut".

Only four examples of 61L1 are recorded: 1) cut-square stamp initialled "WS", uncancelled, used on folded cover (reported 1847) to Emily S. Townsend, 101 Arch St., ex Caspary, Boker; 2) cut-square stamp, initialled "WS", on piece, ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1031, realized $8,000 hammer); 3) irregular margins, unused (no initials), the stamp offered here, Siegel Sale 797, lot 1899, realized $12,500 hammer; and 4) cut to shape (no initials), affixed to cover with Norristown Pa. datestamp, addressed to local street address, ex Needham, Gibson, Middendorf. The lower right portion of the stamp shows very faint small printed letters -- an "N" appears most clearly just below the "T" of "Street". There is also a small loop of manuscript in the same area.

With 1997 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $14,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
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2547
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2547, Local PostsEagle City Post, Philadelphia, (1c) Blue (61L4), Eagle City Post, Philadelphia, (1c) Blue (61L4)Eagle City Post, Philadelphia, (1c) Blue (61L4). Tied by pencil (and also tied by pin-prick letter seal) on back of folded notice of the Pennsylvania Rail Road Co. for a Board of Directors meeting on Apr. 10, 1851, bold red "Stait's Despatch Post at Adams Exp'ss Paid 48 S. 3d St." circular handstamp, Very Fine, the Blue adhesive stamp is much scarcer on cover than generally appreciated, with 1998 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as tied by handstamp $6,500.00

E. 750-1,000
500
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2548
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2548, Local PostsHussey's Post, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black, Handstamped Wrapper (87LUP1), Hussey's Post, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black, Handstamped Wrapper (87LUP1)Hussey's Post, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black, Handstamped Wrapper (87LUP1). Bold strike with "Free" straightline on Nov. 4, 1856 folded insurance co. notice to local street address, cover small toned spot at right, Extremely Fine, ex Schwartz

E. 500-750
550
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2549
TC
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2549, Local PostsMetropolitan Errand and Carrier Express Co., New York N.Y., 20c Black, Trial Color Plate Proof (107L4TC), Metropolitan Errand and Carrier Express Co., New York N.Y., 20c Black, Trial Color Plate Proof (107L4TC)Metropolitan Errand and Carrier Express Co., New York N.Y., 20c Black, Trial Color Plate Proof (107L4TC). Large margins all around, h.r., fresh and Very Fine, scarce

E. 400-500
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2550
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2550, Local PostsPriest's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Yellow Wove (121L6), Priest's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Yellow Wove (121L6)Priest's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Yellow Wove (121L6). Large margins to just in at top, intense shade on bright paper, uncancelled as usual, used with 3c Dull Red (11), three full margins, in at left, tied by blue "Philadelphia Pa. Sep. ?" circular datestamp on cover to Washington D.C.

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY SIX PRIEST'S 121L6 COVERS ARE RECORDED IN ROTH CENSUS.

The Roth census (Penny Post, January 1994) lists six 121L6 covers, including four in combination with the 3c 1851. With 2007 P.F. certificate

4,500
4,000
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2551
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2551, Local PostsRicketts & Hall, Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (127L1), Ricketts & Hall, Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (127L1)Ricketts & Hall, Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (127L1). Cut to shape as are all but one of the seven known examples, pencil cancel, slightly cut in at lower left and slight thin spots at right

FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF SEVEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE RICKETTS & HALL STAMP, OF WHICH ONLY FOUR HAVE THE NAME AND ADDRESS AROUND THE PERIMETER STILL INTACT. ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER OF AMERICAN LOCAL-POST STAMPS.

Denwood N. Kelly provided an excellent overview of what little is known about Ricketts & Hall in his Collectors Club Philatelist series on Baltimore (Vol. 50, No. 6). Stephen Gronowski updated the census of known examples in The Penny Post (Apr. 1994) and Steven M. Roth included the three recorded covers in his February 1997 Baltimore survey (Chronicle 173). A review of our own records (including the Costales and Sloane notes and P.F. files) produced no additional examples or information, and the following information is drawn from the sources noted.

The stamps and advertisements from The Sun (Feb. 10-11, 1857) give the address of Ricketts & Hall as 4 Rechabite Hall, the location of Cook's Dispatch three years earlier (considered by Kelly to be purely coincidental). Several candidates for the proprietors are found in city directories, but nothing is known that directly links any of them to the post. Kelly speculated that John Ricketts, a printer, and Robert Hall, a tailor, were the best choices, given their proximity to 4 Rechabite Hall. The post started in February 1857 (the year appears on the stamp) and probably did not exist more than a few months. The three recorded 127L1 stamps with the surrounding name and address cut away have led to speculation that the post was sold to a new owner, who removed his predecessor's imprint; this is not an unreasonable theory, but no evidence beyond the stamps has been found to support it. If this occurred, it would have to pre-date the May 15, 1857 cover listed below as number 7, which bears a stamp with the outer circle and label cut away.

The Gronowski census is current with seven recorded examples: 1) cut to shape, pencil cancel, ex Caspary, Middendorf, Gronowski collection; 2) cut to shape, pencil cancel, the stamp offered here, ex Ferrary (?--as reported by Sloane), Needham, Hollowbush, Richardson and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1459, realized $8,000 hammer); 3) outer circle with name and address cut away, uncancelled, ex Burrus; 4) outer circle with name and address cut away, tied by Baltimore blue datestamp (date?) on piece with 3c 1851, 1991 Park Cities net price sale; 5) cut to shape, uncancelled, used on back of Justice of the Peace corner card cover to George C. Whiting, Comm. of Pensions, Washington D.C., 3c 1851 tied by Baltimore Feb. 17, 1857 datestamp on front of cover, ex Lilly, Boker; 6) the only cut square stamp, pencil cancel, used on cover to Master Hammie Kiplinger, local address, Valentine enclosure, illustrated in Kelly article, whereabouts unknown; and 7) outer circle with name and address cut away, uncancelled, used on front only, 3c Red Nesbitt embossed stamp, Baltimore May 15, 1857 datestamp, to George N. Forney, Hanover Pa., discovered in 1909, ex Hollowbush, Lowe. Therefore, there are only four 127L1's with the outer label intact, including two covers and two off-cover stamps (cut to shape except for one stamp on cover).

Illustrated in Kelly CCP series (Vol. 50, No. 6, p. 358). Sloane notes this stamp as possibly coming from the Ferrary and Needham collections. Ex Hollowbush, Richardson and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $9,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
4,000
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2552
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2552, Local PostsRoche's City Dispatch, Roche's City DispatchRoche's City Dispatch. Large red circular handstamp boldly struck on cover to local street address, pencil "pd", Extremely Fine and rare, in this version the "City" was removed from the center

E. 300-400
325
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2553
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2553, Local PostsTeese & Co. Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue on Bluish (137L1), Teese & Co. Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue on Bluish (137L1)Teese & Co. Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue on Bluish (137L1). Uncancelled, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Mar. 16" circular datestamp on cover to Country Line N.C., some edgewear, Fine, ex Gibson, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
275
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2554
 
Carriers and Locals. Sixteen covers, most with adhesives, incl. Nos. 7LB11 (not tied), 15L4 (faulty, not tied), 15L14 with U.S. 12c Black No. 36, 143L9 "tied" by pencil on 3c Wells, Fargo Frank, blue Virginia City N.T oval to San Francisco, off-cover incl. single and pair of the Franklin Carrier Reprint LO3, used 6LB3 with 1984 P.F. certificate, used strip of three of 6LB5, used 20LU27 with 2004 P.S.E. certificate, 40L1 with original gum and 2004 P.F. certificate, and a restrike die proof of 40L1 from the defaced die, mixed condition, useful lot

E. 1,000-1,500
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2555
 
Locals Balance. 71 items on quadrille pages, mixed group of genuine and reprints but better than usual selection, also incl. four Confederate "Provisionals", overall Fine-Very Fine

E. 200-300
325
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2556
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2556, Local PostsCarriers Balance, Carriers BalanceCarriers Balance. Five covers, incl. Nos. 20L15 (philatelic usage), No. 63 tied by "U.S. Penny Mail Phila. Pa." octagonal datestamp used locally, Blood's Despatch handstamp, 20L55, 20L56, Very Fine group

E. 300-400
160
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