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Sale 965 — The Alan Geisler Collection of Carriers and Locals

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 December, 2008

Category — Charleston, South Carolina

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1017
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1017, Charleston, South CarolinaHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish Pelure (4LB5), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish Pelure (4LB5)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish Pelure (4LB5). Full even margins, red crayon "X" cancel, used on blue folded cover to Philadelphia Pa., red "Charleston S.C. Jun. 15/10" integral-rate circular datestamp, file folds clear of stamp, receipt docketing with 1850 year date

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ON-COVER EXAMPLE OF THE RARE HONOUR'S CITY POST STAMP ON BLUISH PELURE PAPER.

The "Honour's/City Post/2 Cents" typeset stamps were the first of the small rectangular issues after the oval first issue. They are found on yellow and bluish pelure paper. Both are extremely rare. The Lyons census (The Penny Post, October 2007) lists ten 4LB5 covers.

Ex Caspary and Middendorf

E. 2,000-3,000
2,700
1018
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1018, Charleston, South CarolinaHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Yellow (4LB7), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Yellow (4LB7)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Yellow (4LB7). Three huge margins, touched along ornaments at left, uncancelled, red "Charleston S.C. Mar. 5/10" integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded cover to New York City, receipt docketing with 1850 year date

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE HONOUR'S 4LB7 STAMP USED ON COVER.

The "Honour's/City Post/2 Cents" typeset stamps were the first of the small rectangular issues after the oval first issue. They are found on yellow and bluish pelure paper. The Lyons census (The Penny Post, October 2007) lists 14 covers with 4LB7.

Ex Worthington, Caspary, Middendorf and Kuphal. With 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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1019
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1019, Charleston, South CarolinaHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8). Large to huge margins with ornaments of adjoining stamp showing at bottom, slightly in at left, ms. cancel, used on Aug. 1, 1853 folded printed notice to local addressee, Very Fine

E. 200-300
160
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1020
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1020, Charleston, South CarolinaHonour's Penny Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish (4LB11), Honour's Penny Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish (4LB11)Honour's Penny Post, Charleston S.C., (2c) Black on Bluish (4LB11). Ample to large margins, tied by ms. cancel on 3c Red Nesbitt (U10) entire to Savannah Ga., blue "Charleston S.C. Paid 7 Sep." (ca. 1855) circular datestamp, vertical crease at center, piece of backflap missing

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED NESBITT ENTIRES WITH THE RARE HONOUR'S "PENNY POST" STAMP.

The Lyons census (The Penny Post, October 2007) lists 19 4LB11 covers, including two 3c Nesbitt entires.

Ex Caspary and Hall. With 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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1021
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1021, Charleston, South CarolinaHonour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB13), Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB13)Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB13). Large margins to just clear in places, tied by tail of ms. "2", used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), tied by "Charleston S.C. May 19, 1858" circular datestamp on small cover to Maysville S.C., the carrier stamp with a small scissor cut in the left margin

VERY FINE. ONLY TWELVE GENUINE COVERS ARE RECORDED WITH THE BORDER-OF-LINKS STAMP ISSUED BY HONOUR'S POST IN 1857-58. ONLY FIVE COVERS ARE KNOWN TO US WITH 4LB13 TIED IN COMBINATION WITH THE 3-CENT 1851-57 ISSUE.

The border-of-links carrier stamp issued by Honour in late 1857 is extremely scarce. Evidence of 4LB13's rarity is the small number of examples contained in the Caspary, Boker, Hessel and Golden collections. Larry Lyons records twelve 4LB13 covers (The Penny Post, October 2007), but only five covers in our records have 3c 1851-57 stamps and the 4LB13 tied.

Ex Hessel and Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $4,000.00

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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1022
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1022, Charleston, South Carolina(Honour's) City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black (4LB3), (Honour's) City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black (4LB3)(Honour's) City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black (4LB3). Three large margins, touched at top, ms. "H" cancel, used with 3c Orange Red, Ty. II (11A), large margins, ms. cancel, gum stains around edges, both stamps tied by blue "Charleston S.C. Paid Apr. 2" (ca. 1854) circular datestamp on small cover to Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y., faint toning

VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED COVERS WITH A COMBINATION OF THE CHARLESTON "CITY POST" CARRIER STAMP AND 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE.

Larry Lyons records only nine full covers with 4LB3 (The Penny Post, October 2007). Only three of these are used in combination with a 3c stamp (all No. 11's). There are two other fronts with this combination.

Ex Lichtenstein and Golden. Signed Bloch. With 1968 Friedl certificate. Scott Retail $4,500.00

E. 3,000-4,000
2,600
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1023
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1023, Charleston, South CarolinaKingman's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB14), Kingman's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB14)Kingman's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB14). Large margins all around, tied by ms. cancel, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), tied by "Charleston S.C. Mar. 5" circular datestamp on small cover to Abbeville S.C.

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE TIED EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE KINGMAN'S CARRIER STAMP USED ON COVER WITH THE 3-CENT 1857 ISSUE.

Eliab J. Kingman was Dr. John H. Honour's brother-in-law and served as the first assistant in Honour's Penny Post from its inception in 1849. It is reported that sometime in 1851, Kingman received his own appointment as a government carrier and divided the city's routes with Dr. Honour. According to the Faber account (Pat Paragraphs, 1981 Reprint, pp. 247-248), Kingman retired in March 1858 and was replaced by Joseph G. Martin, a relative to the Honour family through marriage. The Scott listings for the two Kingman's stamps are out of chronological sequence. The four-line type, 4LB15, preceded the three-line type, 4LB14, by at least three or four years. The format of 4LB14 matches the stamps printed for Martin, Steinmeyer and Beckman in 1858, 1859 and 1860, and it is probable that the same setting was used with the names changed as required. Kingman is reported to have retired in March 1858; based on dated examples, the 4LB14 stamp was probably issued in mid-1856 and not used after March 1858. Genuine covers are found in this time period.

Ex Meyersburg. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $6,000.00

E. 4,000-5,000
5,250
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