A VERY FINE, COLORFUL AND REMARKABLY FRESH COVER. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FOURTEEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST RED 15L1 STAMP. A WONDERFUL "PRIMITIVE" AMONG PHILATELIC RARITIES.
A census of Philadelphia Despatch 15L2 stamps may be found in Sale 830, page 167, or at our website: www.siegelauctions.com/2000/830/y83082.htm.
Ex Schwartz and Gordon N. John. With 1983 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST CIRCULAR BLACK STAMP.
The Philadelphia Despatch Post is documented in an advertisement in the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Dec. 8, 1842) and in an expanded version with some differences (see Sale 825, p. 293, or go to www.siegelauctions.com/enc/carriers/robertson.jpg for an image of the revised ad). In the later ad, the stamps are priced at 3c individually, 31c per dozen and $2 per hundred. Valuable-letter registration for 6-1/4c and a 6c rate on letters beyond two miles are quoted (no examples of either special service are known). The firm's address is 93 Chesnut Street, not 83 South Second Street as in the earlier advertisement.
The five recorded examples of the Black circular stamps 15L2, which was actually the first issued, are as follows in chronological order: 1) 1842 folded letter (docketed "1842" on back, must be December) to Treasurer American Sunday School Union, ex Caspary (lot 561), Hollowbush, Schwartz, Gordon N. John (Siegel Sale 868, lot 2046, realized $29,000 hammer); 2) Jan. 13, 1843 folded letter to Rev. George Boyd, stamp cancelled by red "T"-shaped handstamp, red "Paid" and "Phila. Despatch Post 10 A.M." timestamp (on flap), ex Hall (Siegel Sale 830, lot 428, realized $10,500 hammer); 3) Mar. 20 (1843) folded letter to N. R. Potts, stamp cancelled by dots in small circle, red "Phila. Despatch Post 3 P.M." timestamp (ms. "20" below time) and "Paid", ex Hall (Siegel Sale 830, lot 427, realized $22,000 hammer); 4) Apr. 20, 1843 folded letter to Shrack & Co., stamp cancelled by small red outline "3", no timestamp or postmark, ex Gibson, Middendorf, the cover offered here (Siegel Sale 927, lot 1058, realized $9,000 hammer), and 5) May 19, 1843 folded letter to Booth, stamp cancelled by large red "3", red "Phila. Despatch Post 10 A.M." timestamp, discovery example (1889), ex Caspary, Boker.
Ex Gibson and Middendorf. This is the stamp illustrated in the Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue. With 1997 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $15,000.00
VERY FINE. A RARE TIED EXAMPLE OF THE ROBERTSON & CO. STRIDING MESSENGER STAMP ON COVER. ISSUED IN 1843, THIS IS THE WORLD'S FIRST PICTORIAL STAMP.
The first Striding Messenger issue (15L3) is very scarce on cover, and only a few tied examples are known.
Scott Retail $5,000.00