FINE. THE BOYCE'S CITY EXPRESS POST STAMP IS EXTREMELY RARE, WITH PERHAPS EIGHT TO TEN KNOWN ON COVERS AND ANOTHER FOUR OR FIVE OFF COVER.
Very little is known about Boyce's City Express Post. Nothing in the city directories ties any particular Boyce to the post, nor are there advertisements or source material to identify the proprietor. Covers are dated in late 1852 and April 1855.
The stamp on this cover is illustrated in Pat Paragraphs (reprint, p. 367). Ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 574, realized $4,000 hammer). With 1999 P.F. certificate
ONE OF FIVE OR SIX KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE BROWN'S EASTON DESPATCH POST 2-CENT ON VERMILION, SCOTT 30L1.
The Easton Whig newspaper announced the establishment of Browne's Easton Despatch by William J. Browne, located at 4 North Third Street in Easton, on October 7, 1857. The announcement reads, in part: "...letters, notes, circulars, bank notices, invacations of whatever nature etc. Letters etc. may be left at the letter box and prepaid stamps can be obtained at the office at the rate of 2 cents per every distance not over two miles from the Courthouse, either in this state or in New Jersey." A later notice (Feb. 10, 1858) advertised Browne's post in connection with sending Valentines and mentioned service to Easton, South Easton and Philipsburg -- the latter a violation of the laws governing post roads.
Of the six 30L1 stamps located in our records, there is some doubt about the genuineness of an uncancelled stamp affixed to a cover, leaving four pen-cancelled stamps and one uncancelled stamp.
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE ON A CALIFORNIA PENNY POST COMPANY 7-CENT ENTIRE.
The 3c 1851 stamps were necessary to pay the U.S. government rate from Camptonville to San Francisco. In this case the origin is unknown. The 7c Penny Post Co. entire was designed to pay the rates for delivery to the post office (2c) and delivery from the post office in San Francisco (5c). Eight used entires are reported in Lyons census in July 2005 Penny Post.
VERY FINE. ONE OF A HALF-DOZEN KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE CARTER'S DISPATCH ENTIRE.
About a half-dozen examples of the Carter's embossed entire are known, including three addressed to Caleb D. West in Philadelphia with 3c 1851 stamps. A December 1851 usage with the Orange Brown tied by the Philadelphia & Baltimore Railroad datestamp realized $3,000 hammer in our Golden sale. The others are early 1852 usages with Brownish Carmine shades tied by Baltimore datestamps. Carter's post is thought to have ceased operation in 1851, prior to the time these covers were mailed. Even if Carter's post still existed, it is unlikely that the Philadelphia post office would turn mail received from Baltimore or the railroad route agent over to a private local post for street delivery. The best explanation for these late usages of the embossed entire is that they were used simply as envelopes (see Steven M. Roth's article in The Penny Post, November 1992). They are nonetheless rare and desirable, and they are the basis of the Scott listings.
Ex Brown, Caspary, Ward and Hall.
VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE RARE STRINGER & MORTON STAMP ON A LETTER CARRIED OUTSIDE THE MAILS AND DELIVERED IN ANOTHER CITY, AN ACT PUNISHABLE BY LAW.
Stringer & Morton's City Despatch operated for only three months from October 1850 through January 1851. The stamps are stylistically identical to the Blood's stamps (Scott 15L12, 15L13 and 15L17). Steven Roth records fourteen Stringer & Morton's City Despatch covers with the adhesive stamp (Chronicle 173, pp. 20-21). Three of these are addressed to Philadelphia; the two other covers have Baltimore datestamps and "5" rates for government postage (the local service brought the letters to the post office). This example is remarkable in that the street address and lack of government postal markings or postage strongly suggest that a Stringer & Morton's carrier delivered the letter all the way to Philadelphia, an illegal inter-city letter conveyance. The receipt docketing confirms delivery, and, if the post office had been involved -- even receiving the letter as way mail -- markings would have been made to indicate postage paid or due. In the past there has been speculation that the proprietors, Stringer and Morton, were at one time involved in the local post(s) of another city.
VERY FINE. PROBABLY NOT MORE THAN A HALF-DOZEN COVERS EXIST WITH THE SWARTS "FOR THE MAILS" STAMP IN RED. AN OUTSTANDING LOCAL AND 1851 ISSUE COMBINATION.
The Red "For the Mails" stamps were issued by Swarts in 1851 when the 1c rate was introduced. The Red stamps are far rarer than the Blue stamps of the same design, which followed sometime later. Caspary had a small piece and a repaired example on cover, while Middendorf had none at all. We have offered only five different covers in the past 13 years, including an example from the same correspondence in the Geisler collection (Sale 965).
Scott Retail $4,000.00