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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 (Griegs thru Cressman)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1154
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1154, Local and Private Posts (Griegs thru Cressman)(Greig's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1), (Greig's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1)(Greig's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1). Large margins, tied by red "Free" in frame on embossed Valentine cover to local addressee, with original enclosure, stamp has faint gum toning

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR VALENTINE COVER WITH GREIG'S CITY DESPATCH POST STAMP TIED. THIS IS THE FIRST ADHESIVE STAMP ISSUED IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE.

Ex Caspary and Middendorf. Scott Retail $2,500.00 without premium for Valentine usage

E. 1,500-2,000
1,900
1155
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1155, Local and Private Posts (Griegs thru Cressman)(Greig's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1), (Greig's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1)(Greig's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1). Large to full margins, cancelled by red "Free" in frame, matching "City Despatch Post N.Y. 16 Mar. 1 O'Clock" Ty. II double-line circular datestamp on 1842 folded printed notice to local addressee, fresh and Very Fine, ex Col. Green

E. 500-750
950
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1156
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1156, Local and Private Posts (Griegs thru Cressman)(Mead's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2), (Mead's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2)(Mead's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2). Large margins to full, tied by red "Free" octagonal handstamp on 1847 folded cover to local addressee, red "City Despatch Post P.O. Jan. 11 9 O'Clock" circular datestamp, stamp with usual minor flaws, Very Fine, scarce Mead's usage before post was taken over by Cummings and Wright, ex Caspary, Scott Retail $600.00

E. 400-500
800
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1157
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1157, Local and Private Posts (Griegs thru Cressman)(Cole's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" (40L4), (Cole's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" (40L4)(Cole's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" (40L4). Cancelled by "Free" in frame (used previously by Greig) on 1848 folded cover to Boston, overlapping red New York (Feb. 5) and City Despatch circular datestamps, stamp with some usual flaws, otherwise Very Fine, the earliest "CC" stamps are found on Green paper (EDU is Jan. 27, 1848)

E. 500-750
500
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1158
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1158, Local and Private Posts (Griegs thru Cressman)(Cole's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" (40L6), (Cole's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" (40L6)(Cole's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" (40L6). Large to huge margins, slightly oxidized (much less than usual), tied by 4-bar rectangular grid, red "New-York 5 cts. 7 Mar." integral-rate circular datestamp on 1849 folded letter to New Haven Conn., Extremely Fine, ex Hall, Scott Retail $1,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
2,700
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1159
 
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1159, Local and Private Posts (Griegs thru Cressman)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Buff Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L8), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Buff Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L8)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Buff Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L8). Position 11, repaired, affixed to folded letter and "tied" by fake four-bar grid cancel, genuine red "P.O. City Despatch Post Jan. 6, 1 O'Clock" circular datestamp and matching "Paid" handstamps (the presence of a time slug in datestamp indicates use by Mead or Cummings & Wright), the stamp is extremely rare with approximately 15 examples recorded on or off cover, signed Sloane, ex Hollowbush

E. 1,000-1,500
950
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1160
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1160, Local and Private Posts (Griegs thru Cressman)City Dispatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (41L1), City Dispatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (41L1)City Dispatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (41L1). Large margins to clear, tied by dots in circle handstamp on buff cover to local street address, Very Fine, Scott Retail $500.00

E. 200-300
275
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1161
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1161, Local and Private Posts (Griegs thru Cressman)City Mail Co., New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Grayish (46L1), City Mail Co., New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Grayish (46L1)City Mail Co., New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Grayish (46L1). Huge margins all around, appears to be a top left corner position, horizontal crease, uncancelled, used on May 15, 1845 folded letter to New York City Postmaster Robert H. Morris, red "Overton & Co.'s City Mail, Office, 7 Broad Street" oval handstamp, red crayon "0", the letter is a recommendation to appoint someone as a clerk in the post office

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY THREE GENUINE COVERS BEARING THE CITY MAIL COMPANY STAMP ARE RECORDED -- ONLY SIX EXAMPLES OF 46L1 ARE KNOWN ON OR OFF COVER.

The City Mail Company was the successor to the New York office of Overton & Company, a letter-and-package express and foreign-mail forwarding agency founded by Richard Carleton Overton prior to July 3, 1844. The change in name was announced in the February 15, 1845, edition of the New York Daily Express and soon after the company's address changed from 3 Broad Street to 7 Broad Street. The handstamp on this cover shows the modified "3" appearing as a "7", reflecting the move.

Overton & Co. issued stamps in 1844 for use on inter-city letters (Scott 113L1); these are recorded on covers from Jul. 29, 1844 (see Hall sale, lot 370), through Jun. 30, 1845, the day before the independent mail firms were forced out of business by the July 1845 postal laws. The City Mail Co. issued its own stamps for use on city-delivery letters at 2c each. It is thought that these stamps were issued after the February 1845 announcement of the new City Mail Company. The ex-Caspary folded letter dated Jun. 18, 1844, is an improbable 46L1 usage, inasmuch as it predates both the issue date and documented formation of Overton & Company.

Three covers in the proper time period are recorded with 46L1: 1) uncancelled on May 15, 1845 folded letter to Robert H. Morris, red "Overton & Co. City Mail Office 7 [modified] Broad St." oval, ex Golden and Gordon N. John, the cover offered here; 2) cancelled by red "Paid" (not tied, creased) on Sep. 15, 1845 folded letter to Cornelius W. Lawrence, red framed "City Mail Co. Office 6 Wall Street", ex Boker; and 3) repaired stamp cancelled by red "Paid" (not tied) on Oct. 15 (1845) folded letter to Mr. Mathews, red framed "City Mail Co. Office 6 Wall Street", ex Hunter, Worthington, Mason, Richardson, Golden (realized $7,500). Including the two stamps added to covers (ex-Caspary and ex-Hall), the ex-Ferrary stamp (defective, off cover) and the three genuine covers listed above, we count a total of six examples of 46L1.

Signed Sloane. Ex Golden and Gordon N. John. With 1999 P.F. certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
7,000
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1162
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1162, Local and Private Posts (Griegs thru Cressman)Clark & Hall's Penny Post, St. Louis Mo., 1c Black on Pink (49L1), Clark & Hall's Penny Post, St. Louis Mo., 1c Black on Pink (49L1)Clark & Hall's Penny Post, St. Louis Mo., 1c Black on Pink (49L1). Ample to clear margins, uncancelled, used on cover to Miss Emily W. Smith, Setauket, Long Island N.Y., red "St. Louis Mo. 10 Feb. 27" integral-rate circular datestamp, docketed "Feb. 25, 1851, T. H. Sanford", small tear at upper left corner clear of stamp, which is sound, some waterstains around edges -- typical of this small correspondence

A VERY FINE CLARK & HALL PENNY POST STAMP GENUINELY USED ON COVER. ONLY FIVE EXAMPLES OF THIS STAMP ARE RECORDED, EACH USED ON COVER. ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF AMERICAN LOCAL POSTS.

William J. Clark and Charles F. Hall advertised the opening of their "City Express and Penny Post" in the Feb. 13, 1851, edition of The Missouri Republican. Clark and Hall timed their opening to capture a share of the lucrative Valentine market. The first announcement noted that stamps were available for one cent each.

The five covers with 49L1 are recorded as follows (all 1851 dates): 1) uncancelled, red Feb. 27 datestamp, to Emily Smith, Long Island N.Y., the cover offered here, ex Ferrary, Lilly, Hall and Kuphal; 2) uncancelled, red Apr. 23 datestamp, to Emily Smith (as above), ex Boker; 3) uncancelled, red May 29 datestamp, to Emily Smith (as above), ex Boker, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 980, realized $15,000 hammer); 4) uncancelled, red Jul. 20 datestamp, to Emily Smith (as above), ex Boker; and 5) cancelled by three ms. X's on Valentine cover to Eliza Pettus, local street address, Feb. 14, 1851 enclosure, discovered in 1924 by Morris Pettus (last sold Siegel Sale 878, lot 564, realized $10,000 hammer). No stamps off cover are known.

This cover was discovered by the family of T. H. Sanford and sold to C. H. Mekeel in September 1904. A copy of the original affidavit (in our files) accompanies the lot. In 1966 at a presentation before the Royal Philatelic Society of London, John R. Boker Jr. referred to this cover (ex Ferrary), stating that it had been "institutionalized" and "lost to collectors." He was evidently unaware that Lilly owned the cover. The Halls acquired it in the 1967 Lilly sale held by this firm.

Ex Ferrary, Lilly, Hall and Kuphal. Scott Retail $19,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
5,250
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1163
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1163, Local and Private Posts (Griegs thru Cressman)Cornwell's Madison Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Red (52L2), Cornwell's Madison Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Red (52L2)Cornwell's Madison Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Red (52L2). Large top margin, clear at bottom and sides just touched or in, slight crease, cork cancel, tied by oval "Madison Square Post Office" handstamp with "Cornwall's" deleted, "Paid/Swarts" framed handstamp on blue cover with Macy's embossed return card on flap, vertical folds in cover clear of stamp

FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS WITH THE SCARCE CORNWELL'S STAMP TIED. ONLY THIS COVER SHOWS THE OVAL MARKING WITH "CORNWALL'S" (SPELLING ERROR) DELETED, USED UNDER BENTLEY'S OWNERSHIP.

Daniel H. Cornwell established his Madison Square Post Office at 945 Broadway as early as May 1856 (May 28 use of Cornwell's oval is recorded), but sold out to Henry H. Bentley in August of the same year (as advertised). Covers showing Cornwell's markings or stamps are extremely rare, and the presence of Swarts markings on several of them indicates an arrangement between the two posts. The stamps come on white (52L2) or bluish paper (52L1), and it appears that this paper is bluish, but to be consistent with the Scott Catalogue, we list it as the white 52L2. This example is unusual not only for the tied stamp (two such tied examples are recorded), but the oval handstamp shows removal of Cornwell's name (mis-spelled "Cornwall's" in the device). The other tied usage, ex Caspary and Boker, has the name in the oval.

Ex Abt, Golden and Kuphal. Scott Retail $10,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
6,250
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1164
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1164, Local and Private Posts (Griegs thru Cressman)Cressman & Co.'s Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (53L1), Cressman & Co.'s Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (53L1)Cressman & Co.'s Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (53L1). Large margins to just in, tied by ms. at bottom left on folded printed notice to local street address, stamp with faint vertical crease, Fine appearance, with 1973 P.F. certificate

E. 150-200
375
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