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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 (Crosby thru Douglas)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1165
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1165, Local and Private Posts (Crosby thru Douglas)Crosby's City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Carmine (54L1), Crosby's City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Carmine (54L1)Crosby's City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Carmine (54L1). Large margins to barely in at bottom, tied by handstamp on illustrated window ventilator corner card to local street address, slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, ex Middendorf, Scott Retail $750.00 on normal cover

E. 500-750
325
1166
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1166, Local and Private Posts (Crosby thru Douglas)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Rose Glazed (55L1), Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Rose Glazed (55L1)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Rose Glazed (55L1). Framelines show on all four sides, ms. cancel with splashes of ink tying stamp, red oval "Cumming's Express 2 Ct." locomotive handstamp and red "New-York 5 cts. 14 Nov." integral-rate circular datestamp on 1846 folded letter to Catskill N.Y.

VERY FINE. THE CUMMINGS' "LETTER & HEART" STAMP ON ROSE PAPER IS FAR RARER THAN THE GREEN OR YELLOW -- PROBABLY NO MORE THAN FOUR OR FIVE GENUINE COVERS EXIST.

Alfred H. Cummings operated Cummings' City Post as early as December 1845 (earliest reported cover) through 1847. Alfred H. Cummings and Robert Wright joined to take over the City Despatch Post Office from Abraham Mead by March 1847. The distinctive stamps picturing Cupid (55L4-55L5) and a letter sealed by a heart (55L1-55L3) tie the post's activities to the Valentine season. All are very scarce, but the Rose 55L1 is the rarest of the Cummings "Letter & Heart" series -- Caspary had only one; Middendorf the same. The Rose covers we have located have November 1846 dates. At a later date, the "Cummings" name was erased from the plate, as evidenced by the one recorded 55L8 stamp (ex Ferrary, Caspary and Boker).

Ex Chapman, Hollowbush, Golden and Kuphal. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $5,750.00

E. 3,000-4,000
2,800
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1167
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1167, Local and Private Posts (Crosby thru Douglas)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (55L2), Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (55L2)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (55L2). Three large margins, touched at top, small piece torn out of top and repaired, ms. cancel (not tied), red "New-York 5 cts. 25 Nov." integral-rate circular datestamp on 1846 folded letter to Philadelphia, Very Fine appearance, a rare stamp on or off cover, ex Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate declining opinion as to whether the stamp originated on this cover

E. 750-1,000
900
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1168
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1168, Local and Private Posts (Crosby thru Douglas)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3), Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3). Cancelled by "Free" in frame, second strike to left of stamp, used on folded letter to local street address, red "City Despatch Post P.O. Mar. 22 4 O'Clock" circular datestamp, stamp with faults, lifted and replaced, cover cleaned

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS SHOWING USE OF THE CUMMINGS' CITY POST STAMP IN CONJUNCTION WITH POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH MARKINGS, WHICH OCCURRED AFTER CUMMINGS AND WRIGHT TOOK OVER THE CITY DESPATCH FROM ABRAHAM MEAD.

Abraham Mead operated the "Post Office City Despatch" only briefly after buying it from the New York carrier department on November 30, 1846. A "P.O. City Despatch" receipt dated May 15, 1847, is signed by "Cummings & Wright, Proprietors", so we know for certain that Alfred H. Cummings and Robert Wright bought out Mead by that date. The two covers offered in this sale with Cummings' City Post stamps used with Post Office City Despatch markings dated in March 1847 are evidence that Cummings and Wright took over by then.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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1169
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1169, Local and Private Posts (Crosby thru Douglas)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3), Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3). Large margins to just in, cancelled by "Free" in frame, second strike to right of stamp, used on folded letter to local street address, red "City Despatch Post P.O. Mar. 25 4 O'Clock" circular datestamp, stamp with surface rubs

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS SHOWING USE OF THE CUMMINGS' CITY POST STAMP IN CONJUNCTION WITH POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH MARKINGS, WHICH OCCURRED AFTER CUMMINGS AND WRIGHT TOOK OVER THE CITY DESPATCH FROM ABRAHAM MEAD.

Abraham Mead operated the "Post Office City Despatch" only briefly after buying it from the New York carrier department on November 30, 1846. A "P.O. City Despatch" receipt dated May 15, 1847, is signed by "Cummings & Wright, Proprietors", so we know for certain that Alfred H. Cummings and Robert Wright bought out Mead by that date. The two covers offered in this sale with Cummings' City Post stamps used with Post Office City Despatch markings dated in March 1847 are evidence that Cummings and Wright took over by then.

Illustrated in The City Despatch Post 1842-1852 Issues, Figure 12.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,200
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1170
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1170, Local and Private Posts (Crosby thru Douglas)Davis's Penny Post, Baltimore Md., (1c) Black on Lilac (57L1), Davis's Penny Post, Baltimore Md., (1c) Black on Lilac (57L1)Davis's Penny Post, Baltimore Md., (1c) Black on Lilac (57L1). Type F (Position 6), ample margins just touching corner ornaments, tied by red "Davis' One Cent Dispatch" circular handstamp on ca. 1856 brown cover to Capt. Wm. W. Virdin at the Western Hotel in Baltimore, blue embossed woodcut corner card of Fountain Hotel, cover has two small sealed edge tears, stamp lightly creased

VERY FINE. THE FINEST AND MOST OUTSTANDING OF THE FOUR RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE RARE DAVIS'S PENNY POST STAMP.

Our records of 14 Davis's Penny Post stamps contain four genuine covers: 1) Ty. F, tied by red handstamp on Fountain Hotel corner card cover to Western Hotel, Baltimore, ex Hollowbush, Malcolm, Golden and D.K. (realized $11,000 hammer in 2003), the cover offered here; 2) Ty. F, with bottom right corner sheet margins, tied by red handstamp on back of cover to Miss Louise Senss (?), Baltimore, ex Caspary, Boker; 3) Ty. A, with top left sheet corner margins, uncancelled on small Valentine cover to Miss Caroline Lamden, ex Hollowbush, Golden; and 4) Type unknown, tied by red handstamp, ex Brown (5c 1847 stamp added to cover at the time -- possibly removed now). In addition to the genuine covers, there are other covers to which genuine Davis stamps have been added (all predate the post's existence). The cover census by Steven M. Roth (Chronicle 173) agrees with our data.

Ex Hollowbush (his partly erased cost code on back), Malcolm, Golden and D.K. Collection. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $11,000.00.

E. 10,000-15,000
11,000
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1171
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1171, Local and Private Posts (Crosby thru Douglas)Douglas' City Despatch, New York N.Y., (1c) Pink, Vermilion (59L1, 59L3), Douglas' City Despatch, New York N.Y., (1c) Pink, Vermilion (59L1, 59L3)Douglas' City Despatch, New York N.Y., (1c) Pink, Vermilion (59L1, 59L3). Tied by purple cancel on separate covers to local street addresses, some edgewear, latter slightly reduced at left, still Very Fine, Scott Retail $625.00

E. 200-300
160
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1172
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1172, Local and Private Posts (Crosby thru Douglas)Douglas' City Despatch, New York N.Y., (2c) Blue (59L2), Douglas' City Despatch, New York N.Y., (2c) Blue (59L2)Douglas' City Despatch, New York N.Y., (2c) Blue (59L2). Tied by purple cancel on druggist's green lithographed advertising cover to local street address, minor opening tear at top, otherwise Very Fine, extremely scarce and attractive cover, ex Joyce, Golden and Kuphal, Scott Retail $500.00

E. 500-750
450
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1173
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1173, Local and Private Posts (Crosby thru Douglas)Douglas' City Despatch, New York N.Y., 1c Orange (59L4), Douglas' City Despatch, New York N.Y., 1c Orange (59L4)Douglas' City Despatch, New York N.Y., 1c Orange (59L4). Vivid color, short perf, tied by purple cancel on grocer's corner card cover to local street address, illustrated advertisement on back, edge faults and slight toning, otherwise Fine, very scarce, ex Golden and Kuphal, Scott Retail $600.00

E. 200-300
160
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