EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED COMPLETE SHEETS OF THE 1842 3-CENT CITY DESPATCH POST STAMP -- THE FIRST ADHESIVE STAMP ISSUED IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. AN IMPORTANT AND WELL-PEDIGREED ARTIFACT OF AMERICAN POSTAL HISTORY.
This sheet was printed from the plate of 42 subjects that produced the first adhesive stamps issued in the Western hemisphere. The same plate was modified in 1846 by changing the denomination from "Three" to "Two" cents (under Abraham Mead's ownership) and again in late 1847 or early 1848 by letter-punching (or etching) the initials "CC" on each subject (under Charles Cole's ownership). No other single plate in American philately is believed to have produced such an unusual variety of stamps over such a long period (see The City Despatch Post 1842-1852 Issues: A Study of America's First and Most Versatile Stamp-Producing Plate, Scott R. Trepel).
Our records show five complete sheets of the City Despatch Post stamp issued by Alexander M. Greig in 1842. These are 1) the sheet offered here, ex Caspary, Lilly, Boker, Klein, Golden and Gordon N. John (Siegel Sale 868, lot 2001, realized $26,000 hammer); 2) ex Middendorf; 3) ex Kapiloff, sold in our 1995 Rarities sale (lot 339, realized $30,000 hammer); 4) ex Norvin Green; and 5) illustrated in Perry's 100 Years Ago, ex Ackerman and Hall (Siegel Sale 830, realized $25,000 hammer).
Ex Caspary, Lilly, Boker, Klein, Golden and Gordon N. John. Scott Retail $27,500.00
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM SHEET-MARGIN BLOCK OF EIGHT OF GREIG'S CITY DESPATCH POST ISSUE -- THE FIRST ADHESIVE STAMP ISSUED IN THE WESTERN HEMISHPERE.
Ex Chapin. With 1970 P.F. certificate (as No. 6LB1)
VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR VALENTINE COVER WITH GREIG'S CITY DESPATCH POST STAMP TIED. THIS IS THE FIRST ADHESIVE STAMP ISSUED IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE.
Ex Caspary, Middendorf and Geisler. With 2009 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $2,500.00 without premium for Valentine usage
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE CITY DESPATCH POST ISSUE ON AN OUTBOUND LETTER. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE USED ON "FREE" MAIL TO A POSTMASTER IN ANOTHER CITY.
This rare cover dates from the two-month period (April-May 1842) when letters carried by the City Despatch Post to the mails for delivery outside the city were cancelled in manuscript and received no local post markings. Very few examples of the City Despatch Post stamp are known on covers to other cities. This example has the added feature of the postmaster's franking privilege.
Ex Caspary and Meroni. With 2005 P.F. certificate