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Sale 1000 — Siegel Sale 1000

Sale Date — Wednesday, 8 December, 2010

Category — Carriers and Locals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1315
c
Sale Number 1000, Lot Number 1315, Carriers and Locals(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1), (1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1)(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1). Large margins to barely in at right, deep rich color and proof-like impression, cancelled by Philadelphia red star, used on December 3, 1851 folded letter datelined in Philadelphia to "Tatham & Brothers, South St. Wharf, Phila.", neat receipt docketing on back, horizontal file fold well clear of adhesive

VERY FINE AND BEAUTIFUL COVER. SEVENTEEN FRANKLIN CARRIER COVERS ARE RECORDED, OF WHICH TEN ARE CANCELLED BY THE PHILADELPHIA RED STAR.

This superb cover shows proper use of the Franklin Carrier stamp in December 1851 to prepay the fee for delivery within city limits by the carrier department. The Morris census of Franklin Carrier covers contains 17 confirmed examples. Included among the 17 covers are 3 from New York (each tied by the red circular datestamp, one of which is in the New York Public Library), one cover from New Orleans, and 13 covers from Philadelphia (3 tied by blue circular datestamp, 9 cancelled by red star but not tied, and one tied by red star).

Ex Seybold and Kuphal. With 2009 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for a cover from Philadelphia $17,500.00

E. 7,500-10,000
0
1316
c
Sale Number 1000, Lot Number 1316, Carriers and LocalsPhiladelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red (15L1), Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red (15L1)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red (15L1). Octagonal margins just barely into circle in two places, bright white paper, cancelled by clear strike of large red "3" cancel (not tied), used on undated folded cover to A. D. Bache at local street address, red "Phila. Despatch Post -- P.M." circular timestamp, P.F. opines that stamp has been lifted and replaced but we are not convinced this is true

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE OF THE FIFTEEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST RED 15L1 STAMP.

Ex Hollowbush, Schwartz and D.K. Collection. With 2003 P.F. certificate.

8,500
5,250
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1317
c
Sale Number 1000, Lot Number 1317, Carriers and Locals(Cole's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" (40L6), (Cole's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" (40L6)(Cole's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" (40L6). Large to huge margins, slightly oxidized (much less than usual), tied by 4-bar rectangular grid, red "New-York 5 cts. 7 Mar." integral-rate circular datestamp on 1849 folded letter to New Haven Conn., Extremely Fine, the Vermilion "CC" stamp is very scarce on cover and even rarer on "to the mails" covers, ex Hall and Geisler

E. 1,000-1,500
2,100
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1318
c
Sale Number 1000, Lot Number 1318, Carriers and LocalsDupuy & Schenck, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Gray (60L2), Dupuy & Schenck, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Gray (60L2)Dupuy & Schenck, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Gray (60L2). Full to large margins, tied by red "Paid" straightline handstamp with matching "Dupuy & Schenck/Penny Post" two-line handstamp on brown cover to local street address, very slightly age toned

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE DUPUY & SCHENCK BEEHIVE STAMP TIED BY A HANDSTAMPED MARKING.

Ex Chapman

E. 1,500-2,000
1,300
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1319
 
Sale Number 1000, Lot Number 1319, Carriers and LocalsRobison & Co., Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (128L1), Robison & Co., Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (128L1)Robison & Co., Brooklyn N.Y., 1c Black on Blue (128L1). Three large margins, in at right, crisp impression, accompanying P.F. certificate notes "unused...slight discoloration at top" which is actually the watery blue cancellation known to have been used by Robison & Co.

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE. ONLY SEVEN OFF-COVER EXAMPLES RECORDED, PLUS THE FAMOUS CASPARY COVER. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL LOCAL POST STAMPS.

Robison & Co. was a relatively small local post in Brooklyn, New York. Elliott Perry located three Robisons in the city directory listings who were in the express business: Cornelius D. Robison at 140 Chambers, 1857-58; Francis Robison at 707 Greenwich, 1857-58; and William Robison at 64 Cedar, 1852-53. It is not known which, if any, of these men was the proprietor.

The most famous example of the Robison & Co. local-post stamp is the one tied on cover to Jas. H. Watson, 231 Henry Street in Brooklyn. The cover was discovered circa 1895 by F. E. Kneeland Jr., a Brooklyn teen-aged boy who found it while searching through a relative's papers. It passed to Ferrary, then to Caspary, and was later to become one of the cornerstones of the Boker collection. Other examples of Robison & Co.'s stamp must have been discovered in the 1860's, because catalogues published in 1864 and 1865 contain listings for a Robison & Co. post.

Our records contain eight examples of 128L1, including seven off cover and the one on cover. Five of the off-cover stamps are known to have small faults.

Ex Kuphal. With 1998 P.F. certificate

4,750
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1320
 
Sale Number 1000, Lot Number 1320, Carriers and LocalsWhittelsey's Express, Chicago Ill., 2c Red (146L1), Whittelsey's Express, Chicago Ill., 2c Red (146L1)Whittelsey's Express, Chicago Ill., 2c Red (146L1). Large to huge margins, this position shows break in cliche at upper right, intense shade and impression, neatly cancelled by blue "Whittelsey's Letter Express" oval

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. UNQUESTIONABLY THE FINEST OF THE FOUR RECORDED USED EXAMPLES. ASTOUNDING CONDITION FOR ANY LOCAL POST STAMP, BUT ESPECIALLY SO FOR THIS EXTREME RARITY.

According to Henry E. Abt's series on Chicago local posts (American Philatelist, Aug. 1957), Whittelsey & Co. started its express in late 1857. The 1857-58 Cooke's directory lists Whittelsey & Co. at 194 Lake Street, but the following year the firm does not appear -- it evidently folded, and the Whittelseys moved West. The proprietors are identified as Edmund A. and Samuel M. Whittelsey, who were first cousins, according to Dr. D. E. F. Easton (Scott's Monthly Journal, May 1956).

Apart from the block of twelve, ex Hall, only a few unused singles are known, as well as six used examples. No covers are known.

Ex Golden and D.K. Collection. With 1999 P.F. certificate

5,500
7,500
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1321
og
Sale Number 1000, Lot Number 1321, Carriers and LocalsWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00-$4.00 Horse & Rider Issues (143L1-143L5), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00-$4.00 Horse & Rider Issues (143L1-143L5)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00-$4.00 Horse & Rider Issues (143L1-143L5). All five Horse & Rider stamps including $2.00 Red and $4.00 Green, First Issue (April 1861) and $1.00 Red, $2.00 Green and $4.00 Black, Second Issue (July 1, 1861), each stamp plated, all but No. 143L4 original gum, large margins, No. 143L2 light stain at top center, No. 143L4 tiny margin thin, overall bright and fresh

EXTREMELY FINE (OR APPEARING) SET OF WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY'S HORSE & RIDER STAMPS ISSUED FOR USE ON THE LEGENDARY PONY EXPRESS. VERY FEW SETS OF THIS HIGH QUALITY COULD BE ASSEMBLED.

The Pony Express was launched in 1860 by the overland freight express firm operated by William H. Russell, Alexander Majors and William B. Waddell. In an attempt to secure the lucrative government mail contract, the Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company announced that it would carry letters between California and the railroad terminus at St. Joseph, Missouri, in less than ten days. The earliest advertisements appeared in January 1860, and the first pony rider left the Alta Telegraph office in San Francisco at 4:00 p.m. on April 3, 1860. The expressman and his bag of mail did not actually ride off toward St. Joseph. He first boarded the steamer New World and traveled up the Sacramento River to Sacramento. From there another horse and rider galloped off on the first leg of the journey. Several riders and horses were used along the arduous journey, and the mail reached St. Joseph ten days later, on April 13. The operation continued until October 1861.

Commencing July 1, 1861, the Pony Express was authorized by Congress to carry mail at the rate of $1.00 per half ounce. An additional fee was charged by Wells, Fargo & Co. to carry mail from San Francisco to the western terminus at Placerville. The contract also stipulated the mandatory U.S. postage charge of 10c per half ounce. Although the Scott Catalogue lists the July 1861 issue Pony Express stamps (143L3-143L6) with other private post issues, we wish to emphasize that these stamps were issued under the terms of a government mail contract; therefore, they have semi-official status.

Although some of the Horse & Rider stamps were remaindered, they are scarce, and the vast majority do not have four margins or original gum. This choice set would be extremely difficult to duplicate.

Each stamp with 2007 P.S.E. certificate

990
1,800
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