VERY FINE. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TEESE & CO. COVERS KNOWN. ONLY SIX RECORDED WITH THE STAMP TIED BY A CANCELLATION.
Steven M. Roth records twelve covers, including six tied examples, in his Oct. 1993 Penny Post article. We have located an additional cover to Baltimore with the 137L1 and 3c 1851 tied by a Philadelphia Jul. 21 datestamp. However, Roth's list includes a Fox-fake tied cover (ex Malcolm, Siegel Sale 417, lot 1903), which must be removed from the record, leaving six genuinely tied covers.
With 2001 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE STAMP ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER. ONLY FOUR YELLOW THIRD AVENUE POST COVERS ARE KNOWN TO US. A GREAT RARITY
The origin of the Third Avenue Post Office was reported in 1872 by W. Dudley Atlee in Vol. X of the Stamp Collectors Magazine, and Atlee's account was quoted in Charles H. Coster's article in the August 1874 American Journal of Philately. It reads, in part: "According to Mrs. S. Allan Taylor, this post was established in 1855 or 1856, by one S. Rothenheim, carrier for Boyd's post. The stamps he made himself, with a handstamp of either brass or metal. He afterwards gummed and trimmed them carefully, and put them up in pill boxes for sale, on the principle that they got lost and destroyed better that way, and more were the sooner asked for. Street letter boxes being generally kept at groceries, the usual place for the stamps was the till or cash drawer, where they got greatly tossed about, and being separate, small and gummed, they were easily destroyed..." Dated covers corroborate the existence of the post in 1855 and 1856. Elliott Perry located four city directory listings for S. Rothenheim (Simon and Simeon), including a letter carrier named Simeon residing at 121 W. 28th Street in 1855, but none in proximity to Third Avenue. A more detailed summary of this information will be found in the Patton book (p. 241).
Ex Chapman, Lilly and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $3,000.00
EXTREMELY FINE AND FRESH. ONE OF TWO RECORDED WALTON & CO. 142L1 VALENTINE COVERS. EXTRAORDINARY QUALITY FOR A LOCAL STAMP OF SUCH GREAT RARITY.
John T. Boyd discontinued his Brooklyn post on June 30, 1845, when the new postal laws made it illegal for private companies to carry mail along postal routes -- in Boyd's case, between Brooklyn and New York City. Elliott Perry suggested that Boyd's Brooklyn agent was Wellington Walton, who is listed in the 1846 city directory as an "express proprietor" at 195 Gold Street in Brooklyn. Walton & Co. City Express covers are dated as early as February 14, 1846 (see Golden collection, Siegel Sale 817, lot 1572), leaving a seven-month gap between Boyd's discontinuance and Walton's successor post -- possibly Walton did not start up until the next Valentine season. In early 1847, Walton sold out to Henry Kidder, whose "Kidder's Brooklyn City Express Post" oval handstamp is recorded as early as Mar. 11, 1847 (reference: Calvet M. Hahn, "Brooklyn City Post 1850's").
Our records contain seven Walton & Co. 142L1 covers, including one postmarked at New Haven Conn., Sep. 28, 1846, which almost certainly is not a genuine usage. The covers are listed here in chronological order: 1) cut to shape, tied by "Paid/W.W." on cover to local addressee, name erased, Feb. 16 (1846) oval, with Valentine enclosure to "Emma", ex Golden (realized $4,000 hammer); 2) cut to shape, "Paid/W.W." cancel, matching strike with Feb. 18 (1846) oval on Valentine cover to Lefroy Ravenhill, Brooklyn, the cover offered here, ex Middendorf, Golden (realized $5,500 hammer); 3) rectangular margins, "Paid/W.W." cancel, used on 1846 folded letter to Mr. Ward, Newark N.J., Brooklyn Mar. 21 datestamp and "Paid/5"; 4) rectangular margins, ms. cancel, used on 1846 folded letter to Constant Guillou, Philadelphia, Brooklyn Mar. 27 datestamp and "Paid/5", ex Golden and Kuphal (realized $14,500 hammer); 5) octagonal margins, tied by ms. cross strokes on 1846 folded letter to Peter G. Sharp, Kingston N.Y., Brooklyn Mar. 21 datestamp and small "5", ex Worthington; and 6) rectangular margins, oblong handstamped cancel, used on 1846 folded letter to Constant Guillou, Philadelphia, Brooklyn Apr. 27 datestamp and "Paid/5", ex Boker.
Ex Middendorf and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $6,000.00