Contact Siegel
6 West 48th Street
9th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Contact by phone:
New York: (212) 753-6421
Dallas: (214) 754-5991

Sale 965 — The Alan Geisler Collection of Carriers and Locals

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 December, 2008

Category — Local and Private Posts (Floyds thru Grafflins)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1183
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1183, Local and Private Posts (Floyds thru Grafflins)Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1), Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1)Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1). Large margins, tied by neat strike of "Floyd's Chicago Penny Post" oval handstamp on cover to local street address, cover with trivial staining and small piece out at top left, Very Fine, Scott Retail $1,000.00

E. 500-750
400
1184
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1184, Local and Private Posts (Floyds thru Grafflins)Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Green (68L3), Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Green (68L3)Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Green (68L3). Large margins, tied by "Floyd's Chicago Penny Post" handstamp on 3c Pink entire (U35) to Atlanta Ga., cancelled by target and "Chicago Ill. Nov. 3, 1862" double-circle datestamp, slightly reduced where opened a bit roughly at right, faint vertical file fold at center, the Floyd's with light corner margin crease at top left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. NO MORE THAN A DOZEN EXAMPLES OF FLOYD'S GREEN STAMP ARE KNOWN TO US. THIS IS THE FINER OF THE TWO KNOWN COVERS.

John R. Floyd advertised the start of his Penny Post in July 1860. In June 1861, after the outbreak of the Civil War, Floyd sold the firm to Charles W. Mappa, but continued to assist in managing the post for several months before leaving for war in January 1862. Mappa in turn sold out to Kimball & Waterman in May 1862, and the post continued at least until November 1862 and then closed.

The Brown and Blue stamps were the first issued, and the Blue continued to be issued from 1860 through 1862. The Green stamps are known used only in October and November 1862, thus they appear to be the last printing, probably by Kimball & Waterman before the post was closed. The Blue is the most common, and the Brown is extremely scarce. The Green is by far the rarest, with only two recorded covers, six or seven used stamps off cover, and three unused stamps (two with original gum) known to us.

With 2005 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $27,500.00

E. 15,000-20,000
12,000
Back to Top
1185
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1185, Local and Private Posts (Floyds thru Grafflins)Frazer & Co., Cincinnati O., 2c Black on Green (69L3), Frazer & Co., Cincinnati O., 2c Black on Green (69L3)Frazer & Co., Cincinnati O., 2c Black on Green (69L3). Three full to large margins, outer frameline at right just touched, ms. "2" cancel (not tied), used on small embossed cover addressed in blue print to "Miss Sallie Wilson, S. Side 8th Bet. Vine & Walnut, Near Vine", small etiquette label affixed over backflaps

EXTREMELY FINE. ONLY SEVEN COVERS BEARING THE FRAZER & COMPANY EAGLE STAMP ON GREEN ARE REPORTED -- THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE.

Robert B. Meyersburg reported six covers with Frazer & Co.'s Green stamp (Penny Post, Aug. 1992), including three local usages and three covers delivered to the post office (postage unpaid). A seventh cover was recently located and added to the count (Siegel Sale 908, lot 4875). The only 69L3 stamp tied to the cover by a handstamp realized $10,000 hammer in our Golden sale.

Ex Schenck, Hall and D.K. Collection. With 2001 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $3,500.00.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
Back to Top
1186
 
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1186, Local and Private Posts (Floyds thru Grafflins)Frazer's City Express Post, Cincinnati O., 2c Black on Blue (69L7), Frazer's City Express Post, Cincinnati O., 2c Black on Blue (69L7)Frazer's City Express Post, Cincinnati O., 2c Black on Blue (69L7). Full margins almost all around, just touching at bottom, ms. "X" cancel at lower left, affixed to folded cover addressed in blue to Elyria O., blue "PAID" straightline handstamp, Very Fine and extremely rare stamp, with 2001 P.F. certificate stating the stamp is genuine but did not originate, Scott Retail $3,500.00 as an off-cover stamp

E. 1,000-1,500
1,800
Back to Top
1187
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1187, Local and Private Posts (Floyds thru Grafflins)Friend's Boarding School, Barnesville O., (1c) Black (151L1), Friend's Boarding School, Barnesville O., (1c) Black (151L1)Friend's Boarding School, Barnesville O., (1c) Black (151L1). Margins to just in, uncancelled as usual, used with 3c Green (158) tied by cork, "Barnesville O. Dec. 3" circular datestamp on cover to Martin's Ferry O., 3c stamp torn, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
200
Back to Top
1188
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1188, Local and Private Posts (Floyds thru Grafflins)Glen Haven Daily Mail, Glen Haven N.Y., 1c Black on Green Glazed (71L3), Glen Haven Daily Mail, Glen Haven N.Y., 1c Black on Green Glazed (71L3)Glen Haven Daily Mail, Glen Haven N.Y., 1c Black on Green Glazed (71L3). "Tied" by corner creasing and used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11) tied by "Homer N.Y. Jun. 18" circular datestamp on cover to Lynn Mass., cover wrinkling affects both stamps, otherwise Fine, with 1973 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
550
Back to Top
1189
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1189, Local and Private Posts (Floyds thru Grafflins)Glen Haven Daily Mail, N.Y., 1c Black on Green Glazed, Ty. IV (71L4), Glen Haven Daily Mail, N.Y., 1c Black on Green Glazed, Ty. IV (71L4)Glen Haven Daily Mail, N.Y., 1c Black on Green Glazed, Ty. IV (71L4). Ornaments in corners, Patton sub-type Ic, large margins, slight surface flaking in enamel, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), both stamps tied by "Scott N.Y. Sep. 16" circular datestamp on small cover to Bonsack's Va., Extremely Fine, rarely found tied in this manner, ex Judd and Sheriff

E. 750-1,000
900
Back to Top
1190
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1190, Local and Private Posts (Floyds thru Grafflins)Gordon's City Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion (72L1), Gordon's City Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion (72L1)Gordon's City Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion (72L1). Large margin at left, full at top and bottom, just touched at right, bright shade, bottom edge has touched-up fault, small sealed tear at top left, uncancelled as usual, used on small cover to local street address, red "New York Hotel J. B. Monnot" oval hotel forwarder's handstamp, red "New-York 2 cts. Sep. 11" drop-rate circular datestamp, red wax seal

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE GORDON'S CITY EXPRESS VERMILION STAMP. THREE ARE KNOWN ON COVERS.

Ownership of this post is attributed through city directories to Samuel B. Gordon at 302 Rivington Street in New York City. Gordon is listed as a "letter carrier" in 1848-49 and 1849-50, and his name appears in 1850-51 as a "despatch post", all at the same address. The dates of known covers fit into this 1848 to 1850 time frame. (Source: Patton book, p. 177).

The Gordon's stamp on Green paper (glazed or unglazed) is scarce, but the same design on Vermilion glazed paper is a great rarity. Patton stated that he knew of six examples, including three on covers. We have located three covers and one piece: 1) uncancelled, on cover to Daniel Ross, W. 22nd St., with New York Hotel oval and New York 2c drop-rate Sep. 11 datestamp, the cover offered here, ex Caspary, Lilly, Golden and Kuphal; 2) faulty upper left corner, uncancelled, used on cover to C. P. Fasby, P.O. Box 1886, with red New York 2c Oct. 30 drop rate datestamp, ex Earl of Crawford, Needham, Middendorf; 3) uncancelled, small black "Paid" handstamp on Feb. 2, 1849 folded letter to Mess. Sparkman & Truslau, ex Caspary, Hall (Siegel Sale 830, lot 655, realized $10,000 hammer); and 4) tied by red New York datestamp on small piece of lady's embossed cover, ex Hollowbush, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1095, realized $6,250 hammer).

Ex Caspary, Lilly, Golden and Kuphal. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $15,000.00

E. 10,000-15,000
10,500
Back to Top
1191
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1191, Local and Private Posts (Floyds thru Grafflins)Gordon's City Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green (72L2), Gordon's City Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green (72L2)Gordon's City Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green (72L2). Large margins, bright color, tied by red "New-York 5cts. Apr. 19" integral-rate circular datestamp with matching "Paid" arc on folded cover to Middletown Conn., stamp has tiny corner creases, otherwise Extremely Fine, a beautiful tied example, ex German Sale and Hall, Scott Retail $650.00

E. 500-750
850
Back to Top
1192
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1192, Local and Private Posts (Floyds thru Grafflins)Gordon's City Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (72L3), Gordon's City Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (72L3)Gordon's City Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (72L3). Large margins, faint corner crease, affixed to folded cover to Middletown Conn., red "New-York 3cts. 16 Aug." integral-rate circular datestamp, Very Fine, Scott Retail $650.00

E. 300-400
425
Back to Top
1193
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1193, Local and Private Posts (Floyds thru Grafflins)Grafflin's Baltimore Despatch, Baltimore Md., 1c Black (73L1), Grafflin's Baltimore Despatch, Baltimore Md., 1c Black (73L1)Grafflin's Baltimore Despatch, Baltimore Md., 1c Black (73L1). Large margins to just in, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), both stamps tied by blue "Baltimore Md. May 23, 1857" circular datestamp on orange cover to Philadelphia, trivial cover wear

FINE AND RARE TIED COMBINATION OF GRAFFLIN'S STAMP AND THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE.

Ex Caspary and Middendorf. Scott Retail $5,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
Back to Top
Copyright 2020. All rights reserved by Siegel Auction Galleries Inc. Information and images may be used with credit to Siegel Auction Galleries or siegelauctions.com subject to guidelines and restrictions.
Website Terms of Use and Privacy Policy