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Sale 965 — The Alan Geisler Collection of Carriers and Locals

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 December, 2008

Category — Local and Private Posts (Adams thru Berford)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1070
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1070, Local and Private Posts (Adams thru Berford)Adams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Gray (2L4), Adams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Gray (2L4)Adams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Gray (2L4). Irregular margins, large on two sides, into bottom left corner, ms. "X" cancel, tied by black "New-York 5 cts Apr. 12" circular datestamp on buff cover to Willsborough N.Y., blue "Williamsburg N.Y. Apr. 15" circular datestamp, ms. "Missent & ford.", slight creasing and wear around edges

FINE. AN ASTONISHING COVER, ON WHICH THE RARE CITY EXPRESS POST STAMP WITH "ADAMS" DELETED IS TIED BY THE POST OFFICE DATESTAMP.

Of the few covers known with the Adams 2L4 stamp, this is believed to be the only one with the stamp actually tied by a cancellation of any type. In this instance, the New York 5c unpaid rate datestamp was struck over the local stamp.

Ex Needham and Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $5,500.00

E. 5,000-7,500
3,750
1071
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1071, Local and Private Posts (Adams thru Berford)Adams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Blue (2L5), Adams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Blue (2L5)Adams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Blue (2L5). Position 83 (on stone of 100), large margins, ms. "X" cancel, lifted to show tying effects of cancel bleed-thru, used on brown cover addressed in blue to Amity N.Y., red "New-York Paid 5 cts. Apr. 11" integral-rate circular datestamp, black ms. "Paid" applied by post, ms. "Missent & ford", stamp slightly creased and stained

VERY FINE COVER. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED GENUINELY USED EXAMPLE OF THE ADAMS' CITY EXPRESS 2-CENT BLUE, PROVING THAT STAMPS FROM THE PRINTING STONE OF 100 SUBJECTS WERE ACTUALLY CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND NOT REPRINTS. THE UNIQUE USED EXAMPLE AND NEWLY LISTED IN SCOTT.

This cover was discovered by Elliott Perry and held by Richard Schwartz until he sold his collection (this cover was sold by private treaty).

With 2005 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott.

E. 7,500-10,000
6,000
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1072
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1072, Local and Private Posts (Adams thru Berford)Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Pink (3L1), Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Pink (3L1)Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Pink (3L1). Tied by purple "Allen's City Dispatch, 125 Clark Street, Dec. 21, 1882" double-line oval datestamp and Eagle fancy cancel on machine tool dealer and manufacturer's advertising cover to local street address, illustration of "seamless tube" on back, Very Fine, with 1994 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail $900.00

E. 750-1,000
700
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1073
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1073, Local and Private Posts (Adams thru Berford)Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black (3L2), Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black (3L2)Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black (3L2). Tied by purple "Allen's City Dispatch, 125 Clark Street, Jan. 11, 1883" double-line oval datestamp and Eagle fancy cancel on cover to local street address, small tear at top edge, Very Fine, the Allen's City Dispatch Black stamp is extremely rare on cover, only three are recorded in census by Eric J. Karell (this cover is illustrated in The Penny Post, April 2002)

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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1074
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1074, Local and Private Posts (Adams thru Berford)Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Red on Yellow (3L3), Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Red on Yellow (3L3)Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Red on Yellow (3L3). Tied by purple "Allen's City Dispatch, 125 Clark Street, Jan. 12, 1883" double-line oval datestamp (Eagle fancy cancel struck off edge) on buff cover to local street address with lumber dealer's corner card, pen lines clear of stamp, Very Fine, with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
800
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1075
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1075, Local and Private Posts (Adams thru Berford)Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Red on Yellow (3L3), Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Red on Yellow (3L3)Allen's City Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Red on Yellow (3L3). Tied by bluish Eagle cancel and matching "Allen's City Dispatch, 125 Clark Street, Feb. 5, 1883" oval datestamp on cover to local street address, reduced -3/4 in. at left, crease and small burned spot clear of stamp, Fine, ex Hall, Scott Retail $800.00

E. 400-500
300
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1076
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1076, Local and Private Posts (Adams thru Berford)Barnard's City Letter Express, Boston Mass., (unstated value) Black on Yellow Glazed (7L1), Barnard's City Letter Express, Boston Mass., (unstated value) Black on Yellow Glazed (7L1)Barnard's City Letter Express, Boston Mass., (unstated value) Black on Yellow Glazed (7L1). Large margins, uncancelled as always, used on Jul. 21, 1845 folded letter from New York City, carried privately to Boston and given to Barnard's for delivery, faint pencil "Due 2 cts." at top left -- stamp probably applied as a receipt -- very slight wear along folds

VERY FINE COVER WITH THE BARNARD'S CITY LETTER EXPRESS POST BLOCK ON YELLOW STAMP. THIS IS THE ONLY ONE OF THE FEWER THAN TEN COVERS REPORTED THAT WE HAVE OFFERED AT AUCTION.

Ex Golden and Kuphal. Signed Sloane. Scott Retail $3,000.00.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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1077
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1077, Local and Private Posts (Adams thru Berford)Barr's Penny Dispatch, Lancaster Pa., (unstated value) Black on Green (8L2), Barr's Penny Dispatch, Lancaster Pa., (unstated value) Black on Green (8L2)Barr's Penny Dispatch, Lancaster Pa., (unstated value) Black on Green (8L2). Ample margins to touched at top, uncancelled, used on buff cover to Waynesboro Pa., red "Lancaster Pa. Nov. 15" circular datestamp and matching "Paid 3" in oval, Very Fine, ex Hollowbush, signed Sloane as genuinely used on cover, with 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
750
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1078
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1078, Local and Private Posts (Adams thru Berford)Bayonne City Dispatch, Bayonne City N.J., 1c Black (9L1), Bayonne City Dispatch, Bayonne City N.J., 1c Black (9L1)Bayonne City Dispatch, Bayonne City N.J., 1c Black (9L1). Large margins to touched at top, tied by purple target, matching "Bayonne City, May 13, 1883, Dispatch Paid" three-line datestamp on cover to La Tourette in Bergen Point N.J., stamp has small corner creases, otherwise Very Fine, attractive and scarce usage, with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
600
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1079
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1079, Local and Private Posts (Adams thru Berford)Berford & Co.'s Express, New York N.Y., 6c Green (11L2), Berford & Co.'s Express, New York N.Y., 6c Green (11L2)Berford & Co.'s Express, New York N.Y., 6c Green (11L2). Large margins to ample at top, tied by ink smear on blue folded letter datelined "Kingston, Jamaica, Monday morning 29 Sepr. 1851" from Richard Hitchins to Henry Hitchins in New York City, address panel headed "Jamaica" and ship designation "p Ohio" at lower left, pencil "66 South St." street address in another hand, probably applied by Berford's New York office, some aging and splits along folds, stamp has sealed tear at left caused by ink erosion

FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THREE CONFIRMED COVERS BEARING THE EXTREMELY RARE BERFORD & COMPANY 6-CENT GREEN.

Richard G. Berford and Loring L. Lombard operated the Berford & Co. letter-carrying business beginning in 1851. Berford & Co.'s Express primarily served the West Coast of North, Central and South America, but also advertised rates to Hawaii, Hong Kong, China and other places. Although their letter and package express business was fairly large, the adhesive stamps for letter mail are rare. During the course of their operation, there were several bitter clashes with the government over their mail route. The company is reported to have been sold in June 1854.

We record the following seven 6c (11L2) stamps, on or off cover: 1) cancelled by colorless impression of handstamp on cover marked "Jamaica", same correspondence as the cover offered here, ex Caspary, Boker; 2) uncancelled off cover, ex Souren; 3) tied by smudge on Sep. 29, 1851 folded letter from Jamaica to N.Y., the cover offered here, ex Worthington, Hyzen and Kuphal; 4) uncancelled on cover to the Mayor of Albany, Siegel Jun. 20, 1944 sale (the status of this cover is uncertain); 5) cut to shape on Aug. 1852 cover to Paita, ex Chapman, Mason, Horner, Golden, D.K. Collection; 6) cut to shape on same Aug. 1852 cover to Paita as No. 5; and 7) creased, uncancelled, on piece (or possibly on cover), Sloane records.

A 10c rate to the British West Indies was listed in the "Table of Postage" in Berford's June 17, 1851, New York Herald advertisement announcing the "New Postage Law". The same ad listed 6c prepaid rates to certain California towns and a 3c prepaid rate to Chagres or Panama. Evidently the cover offered here and a similar cover from the same correspondence (ex Caspary) were prepaid 6c from Kingston, Jamaica. In the advertisement, the stamps (3c, 10c and 25c) are described and various rates are given, effective July 1, 1851. Obviously, Berford's was acting in response to the U.S. government postage reforms of the same date.

According to http://www.pt5dome.com/ships.htm, the S.S. Ohio was a "wooden side-wheeled steamer, built by Bishop and Simonson, New York, for the United States Mail Steamship Company. She was launched in 1848 and entered service from New York to Chagres via Charleston, Savannah, Havana, and New Orleans on September 20, 1849. She was withdrawn from service along with the S.S. Georgia in 1854, and laid up in New York until 1859. She was broken up in 1860." According to Wierenga's U.S. Incoming Steamship Mail 1847-1875, the Ohio departed Kingston, Jamaica, on September 29, 1851, and arrived at New York on October 6. The U.S. Mail Steamship Company steamers stopped at Kingston for coaling, and this letter describes problems in coaling the Ohio on this particular stop.

Ex Worthington, Hyzen and Kuphal. With copy of 1983 P.F. certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
3,500
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1080
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1080, Local and Private Posts (Adams thru Berford)Berford & Co.'s Express, New York N.Y., 10c Violet (11L3), Berford & Co.'s Express, New York N.Y., 10c Violet (11L3)Berford & Co.'s Express, New York N.Y., 10c Violet (11L3). Attractive well-balanced margins just touching or barely into tips of sawtooth points, uncancelled and affixed to buff cover to Gloucester Mass., neat strike of red "Forwarded by Loring Bros. & Co., Valparaiso" oval handstamp, bold "Steamship 10" in circle handstamp

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE BERFORD & CO. 10-CENT STAMP, OF WHICH ONLY A FEW ARE AVAILABLE AS SINGLE STAMPS.

Our records contain a total of seventeen 10c Berford & Co. stamps (11L3), but half of these are represented by one normal pair and three tete-beche pairs (11L3a). There are actually just eight 11L3/11L3a items, including five covers and three off-cover stamps.

Ex Kuphal. With 1994 P.F. certificate declining opinion as to whether the stamp originates on this cover. Scott Retail for uncancelled stamp is $5,000.00 (unpriced on cover).

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
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