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
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.
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
FINE AND RARE TIED COMBINATION OF GRAFFLIN'S STAMP AND THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE.
Ex Caspary and Middendorf. Scott Retail $5,000.00