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Sale 980 — U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History and Foreign Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Wednesday-Friday, 9-11 December, 2009

Category — Local and Private Posts

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2984
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Sale Number 980, Lot Number 2984, Local and Private PostsAdams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Pink Glazed Card (1L3), Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Pink Glazed Card (1L3)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Pink Glazed Card (1L3). The so-called "Poker Chip" stamp, rumored to have circulated in California saloons during the Gold Rush era, complete sheet of 40, one stamp (Position 30) shows retouched flaw over bottom right "25", large margins, minor toned specks, otherwise Extremely Fine, an impressive sheet

2,000
700
2985
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Sale Number 980, Lot Number 2985, Local and Private PostsAdams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "Over our California lines only" (1L4), Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "Over our California lines only" (1L4)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "Over our California lines only" (1L4). Unused (no gum), "ICW" initials (Isaiah C. Woods), large margins, Extremely Fine, very rare, ex Golden

750
500
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2986
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 2986, Local and Private PostsAdams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "Over our California lines only" (1L4), Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "Over our California lines only" (1L4)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black, "Over our California lines only" (1L4). "LR" (L. Reed) initials, large margins, uncancelled, affixed to folded letter from Sacramento to San Francisco street address, red "Adams & Co. Sacramento Apr. 10" (1853) double-circle datestamp, offered "as is" on its own merits, Very Fine, ex Meroni and Hall

E. 300-400
650
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2987
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 2987, Local and Private PostsAdams & Co. Express, 50c Black on 6c Green Nesbitt entire (1LU3 var; Unlisted on U14), Adams & Co. Express, 50c Black on 6c Green Nesbitt entire (1LU3 var; Unlisted on U14)Adams & Co. Express, 50c Black on 6c Green Nesbitt entire (1LU3 var; Unlisted on U14). Unused, tiny spot at bottom, Very Fine, these Adams & Co. entires have been discredited by specialists and must now be offered "as is", ex Lichtenstein

E. 500-750
425
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2988
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Sale Number 980, Lot Number 2988, Local and Private PostsAdams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black, Gray (2L3), Adams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black, Gray (2L3)Adams' City Express Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black, Gray (2L3). Just touched to clear margins, two tiny thin spots, still Fine and rare, unpriced in Scott

E. 300-400
250
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2989
c
Blood's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa. 41 covers on exhibit pages, ca. 1846-1858, all but three are stampless, wide range of circular datestamps and handstamps incl. ASCC Types 4-15, several with Blood's colored reminder or instructional labels, various usages with some destinations outside of Philadelphia, also incl. two Blood's entires, few faults but most are Very Fine, an attractive and diverse collection of markings for this popular local post

E. 750-1,000
425
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2990
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 2990, Local and Private PostsD. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L8), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L8)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L8). Margins to just touched, uncancelled, affixed to folded cover with July 27, 1847 docketing on back and sent to Baltimore, blue "Philada. Pa. 5cts. Jul 28" integral-rate circular datestamp, vertical file fold well away from stamp, Very Fine

500
160
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2991
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 2991, Local and Private PostsBlood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10). Large margins to barely in, tied by penstrokes at top on blue folded cover to Montgomery Ala., ms. "10" rate and ms. "R & P Rail(?)" postmark (railroad?), light vertical file fold well away from stamp, Very Fine, scarce usage

1,250
350
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2992
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 2992, Local and Private PostsBlood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on Pale Green (15L11), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on Pale Green (15L11)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on Pale Green (15L11). Cut to shape, margins clear to just in, tied by grid on folded cover to local address, cover with small hole at center, Fine

1,250
160
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2993
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 2993, Local and Private PostsBoyce's City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (19L1), Boyce's City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (19L1)Boyce's City Express Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (19L1). Two large margins, cut in at top and right, just tied by pencil "X" on brown cover to post office box, black "New-York 1 ct. Jan. 8" drop-letter rate datestamp, some edgewear at bottom left

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

4,000
950
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2994
c
Boyd's City Express, New York. Collection of 61 covers and three fronts, nearly all stampless, starting with Boyd's Brooklyn City Express (cover defective), and continuing through numerous oval handstamp types from Ty. 1 through Boyd's Dispatch and Boyd's City Despatch types, range of other markings incl. "Free", "Paid J.T.B." and several New-York circular datestamps, couple with destinations outside of New York City, some faults to be expected but most appear Fine-Very Fine, attractive group from the longest running local post

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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2995
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 2995, Local and Private PostsBoyd's City Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (20L1), Boyd's City Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (20L1)Boyd's City Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (20L1). Full margins all around, red "Free" cancel, matching "Boyd's City/Express Post/Sep 17 3 O'C" rectangular framed datestamp on folded cover to local street address, 1844 docketing on back, stamp with some flaking of paper surface, otherwise Very Fine, rare Boyd's First Issue usage, only 18 covers have been reported by Larry LeBel

4,000
425
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2996
 
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 2996, Local and Private PostsBrady & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (22L1), Brady & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (22L1)Brady & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (22L1). Lightly cancelled, sealed tear and tiny pinholes, light soiling, Very Fine appearance and a rare local stamp, with 1986 P.F. certificate

1,000
190
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2997
c
Broadway Post Office, Harriott's Broadway Post Office, New York. Five stampless covers, three of former and two of latter, incl. scarce example with "Sep 12" date substituted for "418 Broadway" inside the oval handstamp (ex Golden), another early usage (May 28, 1848), one "Harriott's" cover with heavy toning, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

E. 300-400
400
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2998
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Sale Number 980, Lot Number 2998, Local and Private PostsBronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1), Bronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1)Bronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1). No gum, large margins and rich color, Extremely Fine

600
650
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2999
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Sale Number 980, Lot Number 2999, Local and Private PostsBronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1), Bronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1)Bronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1). Disturbed original gum, h.r., large margins, light wrinkling, Extremely Fine

600
450
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3000
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3000, Local and Private PostsBronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1), Bronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1)Bronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1). Large margins, small crease, uncancelled and used with 3c Dull Red Ty. II (11A) on buff cover to New York, 3c stamp with margins clear to cutting, tied by "Chicago Ill. Aug 16" circular datestamp, vertical tear at right does not affect the stamp, parts of backflap missing, otherwise Fine and rare, fewer than a dozen Bronson & Forbes' covers are known and all but two have uncancelled stamps

E. 500-750
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3001
c
Brooklyn City/ 2 CTS/ Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y. Three stampless covers, one without and two with the frame around "2 CTS", one is a fancy embossed valentine, some light toning or edge nicks on each, otherwise Fine

E. 100-200
140
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3002
 
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3002, Local and Private PostsBrowne's Easton Despatch, Easton Pa., 2c Black on Red (30L1), Browne's Easton Despatch, Easton Pa., 2c Black on Red (30L1)Browne's Easton Despatch, Easton Pa., 2c Black on Red (30L1). Ms. cancel, mostly ample margins, heavy thin breaks paper

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.

5,000
950
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3003
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3003, Local and Private PostsCalifornia Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on Buff Entire (34LU11), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on Buff Entire (34LU11)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on Buff Entire (34LU11). To San Francisco addressee with two 3c Dull Red (11), distinctly different shades, tied by "Camptonville Cal. Feb. 14 circular datestamp, minor age toning and wear

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.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,900
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3004
c
G. Carter's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa. Four stampless covers, ca. 1848-1850, three with "G. Carter's Despatch 90 N. Fifth St. Paid" circular handstamp, other with "2 Cts." in lieu of "Paid" (late usage docketed May 7, 1850), one strike of the first type particularly bold on a very early usage cover with sender's docketing Nov. 24, 1848, some toning or staining on two, overall Fine

E. 300-400
300
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3005
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3005, Local and Private PostsG. Carter's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Blue on Buff Entire (36LU1), G. Carter's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Blue on Buff Entire (36LU1)G. Carter's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Blue on Buff Entire (36LU1). Embossed in upper right corner of cover to Philadelphia street address, 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II (11A), small but mostly clear margins, tied by grid and "Baltimore Md. Feb. 18" (ca. 1852) circular datestamp

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.

1,750
1,400
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3006
 
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3006, Local and Private PostsChicago Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Orange Brown (38L1), Chicago Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Orange Brown (38L1)Chicago Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Orange Brown (38L1). Mostly large margins, ms. "X" cancel, a bit toned, couple tiny flaws, otherwise Fine, very scarce

1,250
300
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3007
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Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3007, Local and Private Posts(Greig's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1), (Greig's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1)(Greig's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1). Positions 19-20/25-26, block of four with left sheet margin, original gum, h.r. at top, large to huge margins all around, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine, eight purple backstamps do not show thru

1,900
1,000
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3008
 
City Despatch Post, New York N.Y. Small group comprising No. 40L1 with original gum and pre-printing paper fold, No. 40L2 on cover, No. 40L4 on and off cover, also includes Nos. 40L1 added to a cover and Boyce's 2c (reference item) on July 1852 cover with ms. tie which may or may not originate, faults but a worthwhile group

E. 300-400
350
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3009
 
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3009, Local and Private PostsClark & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (48L1), Clark & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (48L1)Clark & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (48L1). Large margins to clear at upper left, tied on piece by part strike of blue "Brady & Co. City Despatch Post, 97 Duane St." oval handstamp, Fine, Abner S. Brady bought out Clark & Co. in July or August 1857 and issued his own identical letter-box stamps; however, here we have the old Clark & Co. stamps accepted by Brady and cancelled with his unique oval marking -- to the best of our knowledge, this is the first time the Brady cancel on a Clark stamp has been noticed, ex Golden, Scott Retail as used and with no premium for on piece

900
600
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3010
 
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3010, Local and Private PostsDavis's Penny Post, Baltimore Md., (1c) Black on Lilac, "Pennq" for "Penny" (57L1a), Davis's Penny Post, Baltimore Md., (1c) Black on Lilac, "Pennq" for "Penny" (57L1a)Davis's Penny Post, Baltimore Md., (1c) Black on Lilac, "Pennq" for "Penny" (57L1a). Type B (Position 2), cut to shape, red cancel, Fine, there are only fourteen recorded 57L1 stamps, four come from Position 2, which we classify as Type B, in which the "q" character is used instead of "y" (57L1a)

8,250
550
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3011
P
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3011, Local and Private PostsDupuy & Schenck Penny Post, New York N.Y., (1c) Black Salesman's Sample Proof in Black on Wove (60L1P), Dupuy & Schenck Penny Post, New York N.Y., (1c) Black Salesman's Sample Proof in Black on Wove (60L1P)Dupuy & Schenck Penny Post, New York N.Y., (1c) Black Salesman's Sample Proof in Black on Wove (60L1P). A composite proof cut from salesman's sample book, the Dupuy & Schenck stamp included among examples of lathework, numerals and ornamental designs, Very Fine and fascinating piece

E. 500-750
500
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3012
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3012, Local and Private PostsFloyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1), Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1)Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1). Large margins incl. top right corner sheet margins, rich color, tied by clear strike of "Floyd's Penny Post Chicago" double-oval handstamp on cover to the Ogden School principal -- J. Kimball, who took over Floyd's Penny Post in 1862 -- Extremely Fine Gem stamp and cover, ex Malcolm, Jarrett and Lake Shore, with 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,500
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3013
c
Staits Despatch, Eagle City Post, Philadelphia, Pa. 31 stampless covers, wide variety of handstamp types and labels, several better incl. "Eagle City Despatch Post" with illus. eagle, several interesting usages incl. insurance brochure on "Tontine Accumulations", N.Y. and Washington Magnetic Telegraph Office, many others, some with faults but overall Fine-Very Fine with many very attractive

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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3014
c
Hussey's Post, New York, N.Y. 46 stampless covers and one original advertising circular (W.T. Sullivan printer), huge variety of handstamps covering broad range of the available types, several better incl. printed "Special Message Post" horse and rider entire (extensive account book notations and docketing take up nearly every available millimeter on both sides of cover), several others on corner cards, couple advertising circulars, many Fine-Very Fine, outstanding group for the start of a new collection or for expansion of an existing one

E. 1,000-1,500
3,250
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3015
c
Kenyon's Letter Office, New York. Mostly clear strikes of red oval handstamp on four folded letters, to Bridgeport, Louisville, which entered the mail at Baltimore with "Baltimore Md. Jun 28" (1849) circular datestamp and matching "10", other two are to Boston and Franklin (N.H.), both with "U.S. Express Mail N.Y. N. York Aug 30" and "Jun 26" circular datestamps (1849), few heavy file folds but overall nice condition, attractive group with the local and express combinations

E. 200-300
120
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3016
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3016, Local and Private PostsLetter Express (Wells), 10c Black on Pink Glazed (96L3), Letter Express (Wells), 10c Black on Pink Glazed (96L3)Letter Express (Wells), 10c Black on Pink Glazed (96L3). Diamond-shaped margins barely into design at one side, ms. "X" cancel, conjunctive use with Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow (117L1), full even margins, ms. "P" cancel, on folded cover to New York City, docketing indicates July 31, 1844 origin date (from Cleveland based on letter which no longer accompanies), dampstained and split along folds, vertical filing crease thru Pomeroy stamp, rare and presentable mixed franking for conjunctive service, this cover travelled from Cleveland to New York City through Wells & Co. (Cleveland to Buffalo) and Pomeroy (Buffalo to New York City), the full rate (10c by stamps) was paid by the Wells & Co. stamp, and the Pomeroy stamp was affixed by Wells to credit Pomeroy with its half of the postage, illustrated in Allen's Cleveland Postal Markings book, p. 106, ex Skove

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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3017
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3017, Local and Private Posts(Mason) N-Orls. City Express Post La. Feb. 19, (Mason) N-Orls. City Express Post La. Feb. 19(Mason) N-Orls. City Express Post La. Feb. 19. Large red circular datestamp with matching "Paid" straightline on ca. 1851 folded cover to local street address, ms. "Paid St. Louis Hotel M & W" in a different hand than address, dampstained and nibbled along edges and in "Orleans" of address, still very presentable with very clear strikes of these rare markings, ex Abt, Golden and Skinner

E. 500-750
425
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3018
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3018, Local and Private PostsMason's Express, 23 Royal St, Mason's Express, 23 Royal StMason's Express, 23 Royal St. 19mm blue circular handstamp struck twice on cover of July 1850 edition of DeBow's Review to local street address, a bit age toned and faulty around edges, still Fine and exhibitable, extremely rare, ex Skinner

E. 300-400
160
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3019
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3019, Local and Private PostsMearis' City Despatch Post, Baltimore Md., 2c Black on Gray (103L5), Mearis' City Despatch Post, Baltimore Md., 2c Black on Gray (103L5)Mearis' City Despatch Post, Baltimore Md., 2c Black on Gray (103L5). Unlisted Type I, Position 5 in our plating analysis ("City Despatch" in sans-serif type, "M. W. Mearis" in small block letters, floral ornaments -- similar to Kelly Type H), fragment of stamp remaining, initialled "MWM", red "CITY/DESPATCH" two-line handstamp in rectangular ornamental frame on undated front only to local street address, file fold, only four recorded examples of the rectangular "City Despatch" handstamp, this being the only one with the Mearis adhesive, three of the four are listed by Steven M. Roth in his Feb. 1997 Chronicle article on Baltimore locals, ex Abt and Golden

E. 500-750
275
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3020
c
Metropolitan Errand and Carrier Express Company, New York, N.Y. Six stampless covers, ca. 1855-1856, two with the fancy shield datestamp, in green with matching "C.O.D." framed handstamp (smudged strike), and in red with black "Paid" handstamp, another with "Metropolitan P.O. Jan 10" circular datestamp and "Paid W.H. Laws" framed handstamp, final three with either "C.O.D" or "Paid" handstamps, one with small water stain, otherwise Very Fine

E. 300-400
300
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3021
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3021, Local and Private PostsMetropolitan Errand and Carrier Express Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red Orange (107L1), Metropolitan Errand and Carrier Express Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red Orange (107L1)Metropolitan Errand and Carrier Express Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red Orange (107L1). Vertical pair, torn from sheet with very rough margins cutting in at top and lower right, uncancelled, used on yellow cover to local street address, ms. "2 Ct. Topay" (last word unclear but our best guess), Fine, extremely rare, this may be a collect usage with the stamps affixed by carrier as a receipt, ex Abt and Golden

1,000
160
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3022
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3022, Local and Private PostsMetropolitan Errand and Carrier Express Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red Orange (107L1), Metropolitan Errand and Carrier Express Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red Orange (107L1)Metropolitan Errand and Carrier Express Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red Orange (107L1). Cut to shape, tied by boxed "Paid" handstamp, used with 3c Dull Red Ty. II (11A), large margins to touched, tied by "New-York Oct 21" circular datestamp on cover to Buffalo, "Due 3" ms. marking, cover a bit tattered on edges and with small repairs, 3c stamp with tear at bottom, Fine appearance

900
120
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3023
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3023, Local and Private PostsOne Cent Despatch (Wiley), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (112L2), One Cent Despatch (Wiley), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (112L2)One Cent Despatch (Wiley), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (112L2). Large margins to just in, tied by "City Despatch Nov. 29, 1856" circular datestamp on 1856 folded letter to local street address, small "Paid" handstamp, vertical file fold affects adhesive, still Fine, with 1981 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
325
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3024
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3024, Local and Private PostsPomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow (117L1), Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow (117L1)Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Yellow (117L1). Large even margins, slight oxidation as usual, cancelled by strongly impressed red "Cd." cancel (ties thru paper) on folded cover to New York City, Aug. 7, 1844 docketing, one panel removed from lettersheet, Very Fine, with 1982 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
375
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3025
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3025, Local and Private PostsPriest's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Rose Wove (121L4), Priest's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Rose Wove (121L4)Priest's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Rose Wove (121L4). Margins to just in, intense shade, tied by penstroke and used with 3c Dull Red (11), large margins to in, tied by blue "Philadelphia Pa. Nov. 2" circular datestamp on cover to East Boston Mass., Very Fine, the Roth census lists eight covers with 121L4, and we have added one additional cover (ex Golden)

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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3026
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3026, Local and Private PostsPriest's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Rose Wove (121L4), Priest's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Rose Wove (121L4)Priest's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Rose Wove (121L4). Uncancelled as always, large margins to just touched, on large part of folded cover to local address, "Wilder & Spencer Sept. 16, 1851" docketing on back, faint file folds well away from adhesive, Very Fine and rare, the Roth census lists eight covers with 121L4, and we have added one additional cover (ex Golden), with note on back "Genuine and in my opinion used on this cover Robson Lowe"

E. 750-1,000
375
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3027
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3027, Local and Private PostsPriest's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Blue Wove (121L7), Priest's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Blue Wove (121L7)Priest's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Blue Wove (121L7). Large margins to in, intense shade, uncancelled as always, on buff cover to Cain P.O. Pa., blue "Philadelphia Pa. 5cts. Feb. 14" circular datestamp, Very Fine, this cover is among the nine listed in the Roth census, and we can add one additional cover, postmarked Feb. 12 (1852) to Blairsville N.J.

E. 750-1,000
425
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3028
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3028, Local and Private PostsPriest's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Blue Wove (121L7), Priest's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Blue Wove (121L7)Priest's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Blue Wove (121L7). Margins to in, uncancelled as always, used with 3c Dull Red (11), tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 18" circular datestamp on orange cover to Eastern Pa., Fine, this cover is among the nine listed in the Roth census, and we can add one additional cover, postmarked Feb. 12 (1852) to Blairsville N.J.

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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3029
 
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3029, Local and Private PostsReed's City Despatch Post, San Francisco Cal, Reed's City Despatch Post, San Francisco CalReed's City Despatch Post, San Francisco Cal. Printed page from San Francisco 1854 city directory with advertisements for Adams & Co.'s Express and Reed's City Despatch Post, creased, a scarce collateral item, ex Golden

E. 200-300
160
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3030
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3030, Local and Private PostsStringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore Md., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (134L1), Stringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore Md., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (134L1)Stringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore Md., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (134L1). Margins all around, unusually clear impression, uncancelled (as are most known examples) but nicely tied thru lettersheet by gum toning, used on light blue folded cover delivered from Baltimore to Philadelphia street address outside the mails, no government postal markings, docketing on flap "1850 Chester Cty Balto" indicates 1850 year date and Baltimore origin

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.

Ex Brown

E. 1,000-1,500
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3031
c
Swarts' Post Office, Chatham Square, New York, N.Y. 24 stampless covers on exhibit pages, variety of handstamps, incl. Types 2, 3, 6, several covers with multiple strikes, also several "Paid" and "Paid Swarts" handstamps, variety of destinations both local and outside N.Y. City, most are Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
450
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3032
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3032, Local and Private PostsSwarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 1c Red (136L15), Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 1c Red (136L15)Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 1c Red (136L15). Wide margin at bottom, just touched on other sides, used with 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II (11A), margins clear all around, very lightly oxidized, 1c cancelled by blue 5-point star cancel used by Swarts, both stamps tied by "New York Feb. 20" circular datestamp (probably 1852) on small cover to a Miss Frances Lowe in New Brunswick N.J., small skillfully sealed opening tear at upper left does not affect the stamps

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

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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3033
c
Towle's City Post, Boston. Eight stampless covers, each with the red oval "Towle's City Post. 7 State St." handstamp, one with ms. "Towles Express", another a folded letter with instructions to send any further written communication via "Adams & Co Express Office in care of Charles Haskell & it will come free & straight", Fine-Very Fine group

E. 200-300
225
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3034
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Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3034, Local and Private PostsWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c-$4.00 Horse and Rider (143L3-143L5, 143L8, 143L9), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c-$4.00 Horse and Rider (143L3-143L5, 143L8, 143L9)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c-$4.00 Horse and Rider (143L3-143L5, 143L8, 143L9). unused (no gum), large to full margins, Very Fine and choice

620
550
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3036
 
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3036, Local and Private PostsWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7), Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7)Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7). Large margins to just in at bottom, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Sacramento Sep. 14" double-circle datestamp on rebacked 3c Pink entire (U34) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, to Carson City Nevada Terr., 1862 receipt docketing at left, slightly reduced at sides and some expertly repaired edge wear, Fine appearance, very scarce use of the Brown stamp, with 2009 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail $4,500.00 as full cover

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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3037
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3037, Local and Private PostsWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8), Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8)Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Large margins to just in, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Nevada Cty. N. T., Oct. 16" oval datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U34) with printed frank to Sacramento Cal., slightly reduced at left, some wear and soiling, otherwise Fine

4,000
1,600
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3038
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Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3038, Local and Private PostsWells, Fargo & Co., (unstated value) Black, "To Be Dropped in New York Post Office" (143LP1), Wells, Fargo & Co., (unstated value) Black, "To Be Dropped in New York Post Office" (143LP1)Wells, Fargo & Co., (unstated value) Black, "To Be Dropped in New York Post Office" (143LP1). Unused (no gum), three large margins, touched at upper left, tiny thin, Fine appearance, very rare, ex Golden

1,250
375
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3039
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Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3039, Local and Private PostsWesttown School, Westtown Pa., (2c) Gold (145L1-145L2a), Westtown School, Westtown Pa., (2c) Gold (145L1-145L2a)Westtown School, Westtown Pa., (2c) Gold (145L1-145L2a). Ten album pages from the Hollowbush Collection containing 17 unused stamps and 15 covers, incl. Type VII block of four and Type VII tete-beche block of four (ample to large margins, usual creases and bends), also incl. several forgeries, covers with 3c 1851-1861 Issues, variety of destinations, none of the locals are tied as usual, a Very Fine collection of this fascinating and diminutive local adhesive

E. 2,000-3,000
1,000
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3040
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3040, Local and Private PostsWesttown Pa. (2c) Gold (145L2), Westtown Pa. (2c) Gold (145L2)Westtown Pa. (2c) Gold (145L2). Type VI, large margins, used with 3c Rose (65), both stamps tied by "Street Road Pa. Jul. 20" circular datestamp on cover to Trenton N.J., 1866 docketing at left, missing left side flap, Very Fine, exceedingly rare with the Westtown stamp tied, Scott lists this stamp tied on cover with No. 158 at $2,250.00

E. 1,000-1,500
3,250
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3041
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3041, Local and Private PostsW. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1), W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1)W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1). Margins clear to slightly in at left, ms. cancel (not tied), used on folded cover docketed August 28, 1844 from Boston to New York City, red Wyman's handstamp, bit of erosion in address and file fold well clear of the stamp, otherwise Very Fine, an attractive and rare example of the distinctive Wyman's locomotive stamp used on cover, only approximately 18 covers can be counted in our photo records

1,750
950
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3042
 
Balance of Carriers and Locals Collection. Well over 150 stamps and covers plus collateral items, includes some unsolds and returns from the Edgar Kuphal sale (Siegel Sale 925), as well as items of lower value, wide range of companies and material incl. Eagle Carrier, Boyd and Hussey studies, Wells Fargo & Co. Express entires, $4.00 Black and Green Pony Express singles, lots of scarce Local Post stamps and some counterfeits for reference, mixed condition, many attractive and exhibit-worthy items, worth careful examination and an aggressive bid

E. 4,000-5,000
2,700
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3043
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Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3043, Local and Private PostsCarriers and Locals Better Balance, Carriers and Locals Better BalanceCarriers and Locals Better Balance. Fifteen covers, approx. 10 we believe stamps are added, incl. Langton's Humboldt Express 25c Brown (86L1), Wells Fargo & Co. (143L9, 143LP9), Browne & Co. (29L2), California Penny Post Co. (34LU3, top of front cut out and glued over 3c Entire, ex Barkhausen), Hussey's, Adams, Boyd's, Blood's, also several others with stamps that do originate incl., U.S.P.O. Despatch, Hale & Co., American Letter Mail Co., Hussey's, overall a fascinating group worth careful examination

E. 2,000-3,000
1,200
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3044
c
Stampless Locals Odds and Ends. Approx. 10 items, couple circulars, 2c carrier fees, 1848 Boston Parcel Post broadside, interesting "Columbia University" local from 1965, few others

E. 100-150
160
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3045
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 3045, Local and Private PostsLocals and Private Posts Balance, Locals and Private Posts BalanceLocals and Private Posts Balance. Eight covers, adhesives incl. Metropolitan P.O. Express, American Letter Mail Co., Swart's, few others, mixed condition, few Fine-Very Fine

E. 300-400
150
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3046
c
Carriers and Locals Covers. 14, incl. five with No. 15L13, LO2 used with 3c, 87L67, others are Blood's with several different issues incl. 15L8, overall Fine-Very Fine

E. 500-750
350
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3047
 
Carriers and Locals Accumulation. Three-ring binder of stock pages containing mostly reprints and a few genuine covers, wide range of companies, an interesting group

E. 300-400
800
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