Sale 973 — 2009 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 June, 2009

Category — Carriers` Stamps

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
276
nhbl
Sale 973, Lot 276, Carriers` Stamps1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2). Pane of 100, large margins all around and with "Toppan, Carpenter, Casilier & Co. Bank Note Engravers, Phila. New York Boston & Cincinnati" imprint at bottom, most stamps Mint N.H., usual light natural gum wrinkles

VERY FINE. A RARE PANE OF 100 OF THE ONE-CENT EAGLE CARRIER ISSUE.

Scott Retail as 25 blocks of four

7,500
2,500
277
c
Sale 973, Lot 277, Carriers` StampsU.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose, "L S" (7LB4). Framelines at top and bottom and parts of sides, uncancelled, blue "Philada. Pa. 5 May 1(2)" integral-rate circular datestamp on blue May 12, 1849 folded letter with beautiful illustrated Merchant's Canal Line shipping receipt enclosed, file folds

A VERY FINE AND ATTRACTIVE COVER WITH THE "LS" PHILADELPHIA CARRIER STAMP.

This May 12 postmark on a clearly-dated 1849 letter is an appropriate date of use of the "LS" stamp. The Philadelphia carrier service was reorganized in February 1849, and stamps were issued at that time. Lyons reports 12-15 covers with 7LB4.

3,000
1,000
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278
c
Sale 973, Lot 278, Carriers` StampsU.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Yellow Glazed (7LB9). Large margins to in, uncancelled as usual, used on buff ca. 1849 cover to West River Md., blue "Philada. Pa. 5 cts. May 9" integral-rate circular datestamp, some wear incl. waterstaining, slightly reduced on three sides and with hinges reinforcing splits in top flap

FINE. A RARE STAMP WITH ONLY EIGHT REPORTED EXAMPLES ON COVER.

Ex Caspary.

4,000
950
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279
 
Sale 973, Lot 279, Carriers` StampsU.S. Penny Post, St. Louis Mo., 2c Blue (8LB3). Ample to large margins except touched at top, cancelled by "1 ct" in frame, tiny thin spot and small diagonal corner crease

FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY OFF-COVER STAMP AMONG THE FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE ST. LOUIS 2-CENT BLUE CARRIER (8LB3). A REMARKABLE CARRIER STAMP THAT WAS MODELED UPON THE ONE-CENT 1851 FRANKLIN DESIGN AND THE 3-CENT SILVER "TRIME".

Elliott Perry theorized that the design of this stamp was a cross between the 1851 1c stamp (ornamental border) and the 1852 3c silver coin known as a "fish-scale" or "trime", which had the shield in six-point star design (see Pat Paragraphs, reprint, pp. 263-264). The concept was "something between" 1c and 3c. Although previous reports date the stamp and covers to 1857, one of the Valentine covers has an enclosure that appears to have originated with the cover and is clearly dated 1853 (Siegel Sale 920).

Our records contain just five examples of 8LB3: 1) "1 ct" cancel, off cover, the stamp offered here, ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 425, realized $20,000 hammer); 2) tied by "1 ct" in frame on cover to Edwin Harrison, ex Middendorf; 3) used on large Valentine cover to Mrs. Scoot, dated Feb. 13, 1857, ms. "X" cancel (not tied) and "Paid" straightline, ex Bulger, Siegel Sale 846, lot 2403; 4) tied by "1 ct" in frame on cover to Miss St. Denis, Siegel Sale 846, lot 2404; and 5) cut to oval shape, tied by "Paid" in arc on large Valentine cover to Mrs. Scoot, Siegel Sale 920, lot 273.

Ex Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate.

22,500
5,250
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