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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 (Brady thru Browns)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1133
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1133, Local and Private Posts (Brady thru Browns)Brady & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (22L1), Brady & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (22L1)Brady & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (22L1). Ample margins to just touching frameline, tied by blue "Paid" in rectangular frame, matching "Brady & Co. City Despatch Post, 97 Duane St." oval handstamp on brown cover to C. Matthews, editor of The New Yorker, receipt docketing dated Jan. 6, 1858, slightly toned, expertly restored at bottom right where corner was torn off, also restored at top right and backflap

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LATEST OF THE FOUR RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE RARE BRADY & CO. LOCAL STAMP.

The original Clark & Co. local post is reported by Sloane to have started in early 1857; it used stamps of the same letter-box design with the "Clark & Co." label. In the summer of 1857, the post was sold to Abner S. Brady, who is known to have had financial trouble maintaining the operation. This information comes from a letter written by Brady, in which he states "I am not making anything yet in the business..." (Aug. 13, 1857 letter quoted by Sloane in Stamps, Mar. 9, 1935). The Brady & Co. post evidently closed sometime after January 6, 1858 (latest cover known).

Our records contain four Brady & Co. covers: 1) tied by company oval, to Lizzie Richard, 52 4th Ave., ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 775, realized $20,000 hammer); 2) tied by "Paid", to A. Dickinson, 5 Wall St., ex Worthington, Caspary, illustrated in Patton; 3) tied by "Paid", to C. Mathews (sic), 107 Fulton St., docketed Nov. 3, 1857, ex Boker; and 4) tied by "Paid", to C. Matthews, 107 Fulton St., docketed Jan. 6, 1858, ex Abt and Golden, the cover offered here.

Ex Abt and Golden (pre-restoration). With 2006 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $22,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
1134
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1134, Local and Private Posts (Brady thru Browns)Brigg's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Rose (25L1), Brigg's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Rose (25L1)Brigg's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Rose (25L1). Three large margins, slightly in at left, ms. "X" cancel (not tied), used on blue folded cover to Wm. H. Newbold in Philadelphia, blue "5" in circle handstamped rate marking applied by Philadelphia post office, ms. "Paid" in sender's hand, docketed "G. S. Robbins & Son, Nov. 11, 1849"

A FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS EXTREMELY RARE STAMP, OF WHICH SEVEN EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED.

This Brigg's usage is enigmatic. There is no street address for Wm. H. Newbold, but the sender did mark the letter "Paid", and the Brigg's stamp is cancelled (but not tied). The docketing identifies the sender as George S. Robbins & Son, a well-known New York City firm. The cover entered the Philadelphia post office and was rated "5" with their distinctive blue handstamp. If the stamp originated on this cover and Brigg's was involved, it must have been carried outside the mails to Philadelphia and given to Brigg's for delivery -- without a street address, the cover was dropped at the post office. Refusing to accept it as a drop letter, Philadelphia rated it 5c due. The alternate explanation is that the cover came into Philadelphia by railroad and was never handled by Brigg's, which would of course make the stamp superfluous to the cover. Because of the possibility that this genuine 25L1 stamp has been added to the cover, it is offered on its own merits.

Ex Souren, Gibson, Boker and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate affirming the genuineness of the stamp but declining opinion as to whether it originated on this cover

E. 4,000-5,000
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1135
 
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1135, Local and Private Posts (Brady thru Browns)Broadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (26L1), Broadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (26L1)Broadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (26L1). Ample to large margins except touched at right, uncancelled, some colored-in scrapes in surface at left, affixed to Mar. 24, 1849 folded letter with "Harriott's Broadway Post Office. Cor. Canal St. New-York" oval handstamp and "Paid" to local street address, the Broadway Post Office stamps were used beginning in 1852 -- there are two recorded genuine 26L1 covers and they do not have the early large oval handstamp (see Stimmell Penny Post article, Jul. 1995, where this cover is listed and described as "unusually early") -- still an extremely rare stamp, of which some very clever counterfeits exist (Caspary had a counterfeit on cover), ex Sloane and Golden, offered as a genuine off-cover stamp with Scott Retail of $1,000.00 uncancelled

E. 750-1,000
550
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1136
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1136, Local and Private Posts (Brady thru Browns)Broadway 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). Cut to shape and tied by "Paid Swarts" boxed handstamp, second strike at right, on orange cover to local street address, bold "Swart's Post Office, Chatham Square, Aug. 25" oval handstamp, some slight wear, Fine, an interesting use of the Broadway Post Office stamp for service by Swarts, ex Col. Green, Scott Retail $1,500.00

E. 400-500
900
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1137
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1137, Local and Private Posts (Brady thru Browns)Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (28L1), Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (28L1)Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (28L1). Large margins, cancelled by "Paid" handstamp on cover to local street address, red "Brooklyn City Express Post 2cts." oval handstamp and matching "Paid", cover tear at top, otherwise Very Fine, Scott Retail as tied on cover $400.00

E. 150-200
60
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1138
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1138, Local and Private Posts (Brady thru Browns)Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Crimson (28L3), Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Crimson (28L3)Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Crimson (28L3). Large margins, cancelled by handstamp and used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), tied by "New-York ? 11" circular datestamp on cover to Springfield Mass., cover with some wear incl. scuff at left, still Very Fine and unusual usage, with 1987 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
425
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1139
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1139, Local and Private Posts (Brady thru Browns)Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pink (28L4), Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pink (28L4)Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pink (28L4). Top sheet margin, large at bottom and just touching at sides, tied by circle cancel, red "Brooklyn City Express Post" oval handstamp and matching "Paid" straightline on cover to local street address, faint gum toning around stamp, Very Fine, ex Golden, Scott Retail $550.00

E. 400-500
325
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1140
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1140, Local and Private Posts (Brady thru Browns)Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Dark Blue (28L5), Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Dark Blue (28L5)Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Dark Blue (28L5). Cancelled by ms and used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), tied by "Brooklyn N.Y. Jun. 30" circular datestamp on cover to Bremo Buff Va., Very Fine

E. 200-300
130
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1141
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1141, Local and Private Posts (Brady thru Browns)Browne & Co.'s City Post Office, Cincinnati, 1c Black (29L1), Browne & Co.'s City Post Office, Cincinnati, 1c Black (29L1)Browne & Co.'s City Post Office, Cincinnati, 1c Black (29L1). Ample to large margins, very small tear at bottom, tied by black "City Post" in circle handstamp on buff cover to local street address, few minor wrinkles

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE BROWNE & CO. ONE-CENT STAMP TIED ON A LOCALLY-ADDRESSED COVER.

Although Lyons records 33 1c Browne & Co. covers, the 1c is much rarer used alone on a local Cincinnati cover versus to-the-mails outbound usage. Lyons records only three such covers, plus one local cover with three uncancelled 1c stamps (The Penny Post, July 2004).

E. 1,500-2,000
2,200
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1142
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1142, Local and Private Posts (Brady thru Browns)Brown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Bright Red (31L1), Brown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Bright Red (31L1)Brown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Bright Red (31L1). Rich color, tied by well-struck "Brown's Despatch Paid" handstamp on blue cover to local street address, with Brown's label at top left, fresh and Very Fine, the Brown's 31L1 stamp is extremely rare on cover (two reported), Scott Retail $1,500.00

E. 1,000-1,500
2,600
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1143
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1143, Local and Private Posts (Brady thru Browns)Brown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Yellow (31L2), Brown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Yellow (31L2)Brown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Yellow (31L2). Bright color, uncancelled, on large part of cover to local street address, Brown's label at top left, Very Fine, Scott Retail $1,000.00 for a full cover

E. 200-300
160
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1144
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1144, Local and Private Posts (Brady thru Browns)Brown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Violet (31L4), Brown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Violet (31L4)Brown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Violet (31L4). Intense shade and impression, tied by "Brown's Despatch Paid" handstamp on orange cover to local street address, Brown's label at top left, fresh and Very Fine, the Brown's 31L4 stamp is extremely rare on cover (two reported), Scott Retail $1,500.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,900
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1145
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1145, Local and Private Posts (Brady thru Browns)Brown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Vermilion (31L5), Brown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Vermilion (31L5)Brown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Vermilion (31L5). Bright shade, tied by well-struck "Brown's Despatch Paid" handstamp on cover to local street address, Brown's label at top left, fresh and Very Fine, Scott Retail $500.00

E. 400-500
375
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