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Sale 1005 — The New Amsterdam Collection of City Despatch Post

Sale Date — Wednesday, 2 March, 2011

Category — 1842-46 United States City Despatch Post

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
214
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 214, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (6LB1), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (6LB1)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (6LB1). Position 17, three huge margins showing surrounding dividing lines, ample at top, cancelled by orange-red "U.S." in frame cancel, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Aug. 20, 9 O'Clock" (1842) Type I double-line circular datestamp on small folded cover to local addressee (name and address altered in manuscript many years ago), one side panel missing

AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF GREIG'S 3-CENT STAMP USED FOR UNITED STATES CITY DESPATCH POST CARRIER SERVICE. ONLY NINETEEN 6LB1 COVERS/FRONTS ARE RECORDED IN LYONS CENSUS. THIS IS ONE OF FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES DATED PRIOR TO THE SEPTEMBER 1842 FIRST "UNITED STATES CITY DESPATCH POST" ISSUE.

In August 1842 the privately-owned City Despatch Post was bought out and re-established as the carrier department of the New York City Post Office. Stamps sold by Greig for the City Despatch Post remained valid for prepayment of carrier fees and were used months after the buyout. In the period before U.S. City Despatch Post stamps were issued (August 16-31, 1842), the use of Greig's stamps has provisional status among collectors. By September 1842 Greig's stamps in public hands were accepted concurrently with the government carrier issues (6LB3 and 6LB5, primarily). The carrier stamp, 6LB1, can be distinguished from 40L1 only when cancelled with the "U.S."-designated cancel or postmark. Such examples are very rare, with 19 covers contained in the Lyons census, as well as ten off-cover stamps. Of the 19 6LB1 covers recorded by Lyons, only 15 are confirmed as genuine full covers (two are fronts or pieces, one is unconfirmed, and a fourth 6LB1 stamp is on an 1844 cover). There are five pre-Sep. 1 uses in the Lyons census, including one front only.

Lyons Census No. 11 (Penny Post, Oct. 2004). Ex Waterhouse, Middendorf and Kapiloff. With 1991 P.F. certificate

10,000
15,500
215
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 215, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (6LB1), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (6LB1)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (6LB1). Position 6 from upper right corner of sheet, tied by two strikes of orange-red "U.S." in frame cancel, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Dec. 2 9 O'Clock" Type I double-line circular datestamp on folded invoice to local street address, trivial ink erosion spots in address, light fold at center

AN EXTREMELY FINE TIED EXAMPLE OF GREIG'S 3-CENT STAMP USED FOR UNITED STATES CITY DESPATCH POST CARRIER SERVICE. ONLY NINETEEN 6LB1 COVERS/FRONTS ARE RECORDED IN LYONS CENSUS, OF WHICH ONLY SEVEN FULL COVERS HAVE A POSTMARK OR CANCEL TYING THE STAMP.

In August 1842 the privately-owned City Despatch Post was bought out and re-established as the carrier department of the New York City Post Office. Stamps sold by Greig for the City Despatch Post remained valid for prepayment of carrier fees and were used months after the buyout. In the period before U.S. City Despatch Post stamps were issued (August 16-31, 1842), the use of Greig's stamps has provisional status among collectors. By September 1842 Greig's stamps in public hands were accepted concurrently with the government carrier issues (6LB3 and 6LB5, primarily). The carrier stamp, 6LB1, can be distinguished from 40L1 only when cancelled with the "U.S."-designated cancel or postmark. Such examples are very rare, with 19 covers contained in the Lyons census, as well as ten off-cover stamps. Of the 19 6LB1 covers recorded by Lyons, only 15 are confirmed as genuine full covers (two are fronts or pieces, one is unconfirmed, and a fourth 6LB1 stamp is on an 1844 cover). There are eight tied examples, including one large piece and seven covers.

Lyons Census No. 6 (Penny Post, Oct. 2004). Ex Pope, Kapiloff and Kuphal. With copy of 1985 P.F. certificate.

11,500
10,500
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216
ng
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 216, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Rosy Buff Unsurfaced (6LB2), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Rosy Buff Unsurfaced (6LB2)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Rosy Buff Unsurfaced (6LB2). Position 21R, unused (no gum as always), large even margins, without any thins, beautiful impression on bright paper, certificate notes "tiny gum soiling in the margins at top right and bottom left" but this is of absolutely no significance

EXTREMELY FINE. THE FINEST OF THE APPROXIMATELY TEN KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE 3-CENT ON ROSY BUFF PAPER.

We have tracked sales of the Rosy Buff paper for nearly 20 years, and this is the only example of this rare stamp we have encountered that is not thinned.

Ex Ferrary and Hall. "W.H.C." (Colson) backstamp. With 2001 P.F. certificate

2,500
4,500
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217
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 217, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Rosy Buff Unsurfaced (6LB2), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Rosy Buff Unsurfaced (6LB2)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Rosy Buff Unsurfaced (6LB2). Position 19R, unused (no gum as always), large margins to clear, bright shade, small thin spots, Very Fine appearance, approximately ten examples of the 3c on Rosy Buff are known, almost all of which have thins (usually much more severe than the small thin spots in this stamp), with 2006 P.F. certificate

2,500
5,250
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218
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 218, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3). Positions 13-14R, horizontal pair, unused (no gum), full to large margins, tiny scissors cut at top between stamps, faint crease

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED UNUSED PAIRS OF THE FIRST STAMP PRINTED AND ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE FOR THE NEW YORK CITY CARRIER DEPARTMENT.

The other recorded pair of 6LB3 (Pos. 4-5R) was last offered in our sale of the Kuphal collection (Sale 925, lot 1215), where it realized $3,750 hammer. The Scott value was never changed to reflect that sale.

Ex Caspary and Hall. With 2005 P.F. certificate

2,250
4,500
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219
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 219, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3). Unused (no gum), three large margins, ample at bottom, Very Fine, the first issue on unsurfaced Light Blue paper is rare in unused condition, ex Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate

550
1,400
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220
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 220, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3). Unused (no gum), large margins all around, tiny pinhole at upper left is nearly invisible and not noted on accompanying certificate, Extremely Fine appearance, the first issue on unsurfaced Light Blue paper is rare in unused condition, with 1991 P.F. certificate

550
900
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221
 
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 221, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3). Large margins all around, intense impression on bright paper, perfect bold strike of vivid orange-red "U.S." in frame cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb example of the first stamp printed and issued by the United States government (Aug. 1842), ex Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate

500
5,250
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222
 
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 222, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3). Large margins all around, cancelled by clear strike of orange-red "U.S." in frame, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine Gem, a magnificent used example which still retains much of its original gum

500
1,500
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223
 
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 223, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3). Position 25R with major double transfer at bottom, full to large margins, orange-red "U.S." in frame cancel, light horizontal crease at center, small corner creases, appears Very Fine, this is the largest double transfer on the U.S. City Despatch Post 3c plate, examples are rare, ex Schwartz, with 2004 P.F. certificate, unlisted in Scott (value for normal 6LB3 position)

500
750
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224
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 224, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3). Large even margins, tied by orange-red "U.S. City Despatch Post Feb. 15, -- O'Clock" Type I double-line circular datestamp on 1843 folded letter of condolence dated Feb. 14, 1843, to local street address, endorsed "P. Despatch Post"

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST COVERS KNOWN WITH THE UNITED STATES CITY DESPATCH POST FIRST ISSUE. EXAMPLES TIED BY THE CIRCULAR DATESTANMP ARE VERY RARE.

Ex Crocker, Mason, Duckworth and Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $2,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
4,250
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225
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 225, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3). Large even margins including bottom sheet margin, cancelled by orange-red "U.S." in frame and tied by matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Oct. 26, 9 O'Clock" Type I double-line circular datestamp on Oct. 15, 1842 folded printed notice to local street address, vertical file fold clear of stamp

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE UNITED STATES CITY DESPATCH POST FIRST ISSUE TIED BY THE CIRCULAR DATESTAMP ON COVER.

Ex Kapiloff and Golden. With 1984 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $2,000.00

E. 1,500-2,000
3,250
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226
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 226, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3). Large margins all around, tied by three strikes of orange-red "U.S." in frame, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Nov. 5, 9 O'Clock" Type I double-line circular datestamp on 1842 folded letter, an unsigned love poem begging for forgiveness from a Miss Fulton, lightly cleaned, Extremely Fine, Scott Retail $2,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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227
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 227, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3). Large margins, tied by two strikes of red "U.S. in frame, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Nov. 24, 9 O'Clock" Type I double-line circular datestamp on 1842 folded letter to local street address, diagonal fold barely causes slight crease in corner of stamp, otherwise Very Fine, with 1994 A.P.S. certificate (does not mention crease), Scott Retail $2,000.00

E. 500-750
900
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228
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 228, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3). Position 6L, large even margins including part of left sheet margin, orange-red "U.S." in frame cancel, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Sep. 12, 1 O'Clock" Type I double-line circular datestamp on 1842 folded letter to local street address from a merchant stating his intention to declare bankruptcy, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb and early use of the scarce first printing on cover, ex Kapiloff, with 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,900
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229
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 229, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3). Large margins, cancelled by neat strike of orange-red "U.S." in frame, impression ties thru paper, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Dec. 31, 4 O'Clock" Type I double-line circular datestamp on 1842 printed notice to local addressee, slight toning along horizontal file fold away from stamp, still Extremely Fine, a beautiful example of the scarce first issue on cover, with 1993 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
850
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230
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 230, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Light Blue Unsurfaced (6LB3). Three large margins, touched at right, orange-red "U.S." in frame cancel, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Sep. 8, 4 O'Clock" Type I double-line circular datestamp on 1842 folded letter datelined two days earlier at Cooperstown N.Y., evidently hand-carried to N.Y.C. and sent by carrier, Very Fine and scarce early use of the first government printing, ex Kapiloff

E. 500-750
900
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231
 
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 231, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5, shades), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5, shades)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5, shades). Five stamps representing a spectrum of 6LB5 shades on glazed paper including Moss Green (defective), Green, Blue Green and Greenish Blue (these have minor faults), a scarce group

E. 500-750
1,300
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232
 
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 232, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on "Apple Green" Glazed (6LB5d var), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on "Apple Green" Glazed (6LB5d var)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on "Apple Green" Glazed (6LB5d var). Position 6L, distinctive "Apple Green" shade of paper, large margins, red "U.S." in frame cancel, tiny pinhole in bottom center

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SHADE VARIETY OF THE UNITED STATES CITY DESPATCH POST 3-CENT ON "APPLE GREEN" GLAZED PAPER.

Ex Caspary and Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate as 6LB5d "Apple Green"

E. 1,500-2,000
1,900
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233
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 233, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d). Position 2R, large margins including part of top sheet margin, bold orange-red "U.S." in frame cancel, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Aug. 31, 1 O'Clock" Type I double-line circular datestamp on small folded letter (ca. 1843), stamp has negligible corner crease in extreme top right margin, still Extremely Fine and rare use of the early Green Glazed paper, ex White, Knapp and Kapiloff, Scott Retail $900.00 used off cover

E. 500-750
550
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234
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 234, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d). Large margins, extraordinary intense green shade, tied by orange-red "U.S." in frame cancel, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Oct. 26, 9 O'Clock" Type I double-line circular datestamp on small cover (ca. 1843) to local street address, stamp has faint crease at lower left, otherwise Extremely Fine, very few known in this deep shade, Scott Retail $900.00 used off cover

E. 400-500
700
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235
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 235, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d). Large to huge margins, distinctive Moss Green paper shade, cancelled by red "U.S." in frame (impression ties thru paper), red "New-York Mar. 17" circular datestamp and blue ms. "12-1/2" rate on folded letter to Philadelphia street address, datelined "768 Broadway, March 16th Thursday" (1843)

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE UNITED STATES CITY DESPATCH POST 3-CENT GREEN ON INTER-CITY MAIL.

The shade of this stamp paper is a distinctive Moss Green, which was evidently used for an early printing on glazed paper. We have seen very few examples. This use of the early Moss Green on inter-city mail is exceedingly rare.

Ex Schwartz and Gordon N. John. Scott Retail $900.00 used off cover

E. 1,500-2,000
1,900
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236
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 236, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Green Glazed (6LB5d). Distinctive Moss Green shade, large margins, slight creasing and cracks in enamel, tied by red "U.S." in frame cancel and "New-York Mar. 19" circular datestamp on 1844 folded letter to Canton, Illinois, ms. "25" rate unpaid, Very Fine, the Moss Green stamp is very scarce, this example on a letter to Illinois is extremely rare, ex Kapiloff and Gordon N. John, Scott Retail $900.00 used off cover

E. 750-1,000
500
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237
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 237, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5). Full to large margins, bright shade, tied by red "U.S." in frame cancel, red "New-York Aug. 9" circular datestamp on Aug. 8, 1843 folded letter to Newark N.J., blue ms. "6" rate, small tear at top center, stamp has faint creasing along top margin from placement along edge of letter, still Very Fine, scarce use of carrier stamp on letter to a nearby New Jersey post office

E. 300-400
650
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238
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 238, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5). Ample to large margins, cancelled by red "U.S." in frame (impression ties thru paper), red "New-York Jun. 29" circular datestamp on folded letter to Stockbridge Mass., sender's note at top "Despatch Office June 29th Paid", the postal clerk was careful to cross out "Paid" and rate the letter "12-1/2" due in blue, datelined "Saturday morning" (Jun. 29, 1844) and writer mentions sending letter to the "Despatch" office, Very Fine, scarce use on inter-city letter, ex Abt and Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
1,100
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239
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 239, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5). Distinctive intermediate Green/Blue-Green shade, large even margins, left uncancelled by the carrier department and tied by red "New-York Jun. 2" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" arc on 1843 folded letter to Boston, blue ms. "18-3/4" prepaid rate, ms. notation next to stamp "Postage 19", interesting contents re business with China, stamp has a couple minute surface blemishes endemic to the issue

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING COVER SHOWING USE OF THE UNITED STATES CITY DESPATCH POST 3-CENT ON MAIL TO ANOTHER CITY. A WONDERFUL ARTIFACT FROM THE BEGINNINGS OF ADHESIVE STAMP USAGE IN THE UNITED STATES.

This cover is remarkable not only for its quality, but for the fact that inter-city postage was fully prepaid and the stamp is tied by the post office datestamp.

Ex Kapiloff. With 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
6,000
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240
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 240, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5). Ample to large margins, bright and fresh, cancelled by red "U.S." in frame (impression ties thru paper), clear strike of matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Mar. 30, 1 O'Clock" Type II circular datestamp on folded letter originating in Paris, France, and forwarded by carrier within New York City, letter datelined "Paris, February 15th 1844" from Cornelia Ray (nee Prime) to her mother in care of the banking firm of Prime, Ward & King, red "Greene & Co. Paris" and "T. B. Green & C. Havre" oval handstamps on backflap, bold red "Bureau Maritime Havre 16 Fevr. 1844" double-circle datestamp and matching "P.P." (paid to port) framed handstamp, manuscript "6" private ship-letter rate crossed out, forwarding address reads "Lower Office 1/4 P. 9 AM 30 Mar 1844" and "No 18 Bond Street", immaculate condition

EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL AND REMARKABLE FOLDED LETTER SENT FROM PARIS TO NEW YORK VIA HAVRE, THEN FORWARDED TO BOND STREET BY UNITED STATES CITY DESPATCH POST. THIS COVER ONLY RECENTLY CAME TO LIGHT.

Cornelia Ray was a member of the famous Prime family of New York, whose patriarch, Nathaniel, was the head of the preeminent banking firm, Prime, Ward & King. This letter was sent by Cornelia to her mother in February 1844, while she, her husband and their children were staying in Paris. Her letter mentions prior mailings by ships and expresses hope for an early departure of a "steamer." This letter was carried on a private vessel that sailed from Havre to New York. On arrival it was forwarded to 18 Bond Street by the U.S. City Despatch Post carrier at 1:00 p.m. on March 30.

With 2008 A.P.S. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
5,500
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241
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 241, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed (6LB5). Large even margins, bright and fresh, cancelled by red "U.S." in frame (impression ties thru paper), clear strike of matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Mar. 25, 1 O'Clock" Type II circular datestamp on folded letter originating in Paris, France, and forwarded by carrier within New York City, the lettersheet is complete but there must have been an additional internal sheet with dateline, written from Cornelia Ray (nee Prime) to her mother in care of the banking firm of Prime, Ward & King, red "Greene & Co. Paris" oval handstamp on backflap, carried under cover to New York, forwarding address reads "No 18 Bond Street", immaculate condition, stamp has tiny corner crease at top right

EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL AND REMARKABLE FOLDED LETTER SENT UNDER COVER FROM PARIS TO NEW YORK, THEN FORWARDED TO BOND STREET BY UNITED STATES CITY DESPATCH POST. THIS COVER ONLY RECENTLY CAME TO LIGHT.

Cornelia Ray was a member of the famous Prime family of New York, whose patriarch, Nathaniel, was the head of the preeminent banking firm, Prime, Ward & King. This letter was sent by Cornelia to her mother in February 1844, while she, her husband and their children were staying in Paris. This letter was carried under cover on a vessel that sailed from France to New York. On arrival it was forwarded to 18 Bond Street by the U.S. City Despatch Post carrier at 1:00 p.m. on March 25.

With 2008 A.P.S. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 242, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b). Positions 8-10/13-15/18-20/23-25L, block of twelve from the lower right corner of the left pane, original gum, full even margins except touched at lower left, beautiful impression on bright blue paper, four creases causing cracks in paper have been reinforced with hinges, small burn hole at lower right rebacked with paper, faint stain in two stamps at upper left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS REMARKABLE BLOCK OF TWELVE IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE AND ONLY KNOWN BLOCK OF THE UNITED STATES CITY DESPATCH POST CARRIER ISSUE. AN IMPORTANT ARTIFACT OF UNITED STATES PHILATELY.

The United States City Despatch Post goverment carrier issues are extremely rare in multiples, either used or unused. The largest multiples of 6LB3 (unsurfaced Light Blue paper) are two unused pairs. There are a few used strips of the glazed surface-colored shades (Blue Green, Green, Blue) -- a strip of five being the largest -- and in unused condition there is at least one pair, one strip of three and this block of twelve, which is the only block extant. Sometime after Ezra D. Cole acquired this block for Josiah K. Lilly at the 1957 Caspary sale, its margins were trimmed slightly, and a small hole was burned through the paper at lower right.

Ex Hawkins, Caspary, Lilly, Hall and Gordon N. John (realized $21,000 hammer). Scott Retail $23,000.00

E. 20,000-30,000
35,000
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243
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 243, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b). Positions 5/10/15R, vertical strip of three from the upper right corner of right pane, original gum, large margins to cut in at bottom, horizontal creases

THE SECOND LARGEST UNUSED MULTIPLE OF THE UNITED STATES CITY DESPATCH POST CARRIER STAMP.

As noted in the description of the unique block (lot 242), unused multiples of any of the U.S. City Despatch Post government carrier issues are rare. This strip is identical in shade and gum color to the block, and it possibly originated from the upper right corner of the same sheet (the block from the left pane, and the strip from the right pane).

Ex Ackerman, Hall and Gordon N. John. With 2004 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $2,500.00

E. 750-1,000
2,100
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244
 
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 244, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b). Three, one with part original gum and slight creases, other two cancelled by red "U.S." in frame on small pieces, large margins, one on piece has faint scratch in enamel, otherwise Very Fine-Extremely Fine

1,250
550
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245
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 245, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b). Large margins, cancelled by red "U.S." in frame, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Feb. 15, -- O'Clock" Type II circular datestamp on small embossed Valentine cover to local street address, mended along bottom edge, some splits along embossing, otherwise Extremely Fine, illustrated in Perry's 100 Years Ago (p. 36), ex Walcott and Hall

E. 200-300
750
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246
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 246, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b). Large margins, cancelled by red "U.S." in frame, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Jan. 22, 9 O'Clock" Type II circular datestamp on 1845 folded letter to local street address, stamp has tiny corner crease at top left, otherwise Very Fine

E. 200-300
650
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247
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 247, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b). Cancelled by red "U.S." in frame, matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Oct. 21, 4 O'Clock" Type II circular datestamp, used to forward inbound letter from Ohio, faint blue town datestamp, stamp affixed over crossed-out rate, file fold away from stamp, stamp with light corner crease at top right, otherwise Very Fine, with 1985 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail $750.00

E. 300-400
425
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248
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 248, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b). Large margins to just touched, light shade, faults, red "U.S." in frame cancel (probably lifted and moved down), used on 1846 folded letter with local address, sender's endorsement "Paid at the Western Hotel", pencil "3", red "Paid" in arc, red "U.S. City Despatch Post May 7, 4 O'Clock" Type II circular datestamp, slightly toned, still Fine and rare usage, the red "Paid" arc and ms. "3" rate are indicative of cash prepayment, in this case the endorsement supports the theory that the writer was a guest at the hotel, ex Gordon N. John

E. 200-300
350
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249
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 249, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5). Large margins, cancelled by "U.S." in frame on folded cover to Charleston S.C., red "New-York Feb. 17" (1845) circular datestamp, blue manuscript "25" rate, part of back panels removed, otherwise Very Fine, with 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
350
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250
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 250, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b). Full to large margins, tied by "U.S." in frame on folded cover to Charleston S.C., red "New-York Apl. 12" (1845) circular datestamp, blue manuscript "25" rate, stamp has couple tiny breaks in surface coating (endemic to the issue), otherwise Very Fine, with 1992 P.F. certificate as Blue Green

E. 300-400
500
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251
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 251, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b). Large margins, deep shade, red "U.S." in frame cancel struck twice, red "Paid" in arc and manuscript "6" rate on folded cover to Paramus N.J., endorsed "Mail", no U.S. City Despatch Post or New York post office markings other than "U.S." and "Paid", Paramus is less than 25 miles west of New York City, flaps partly cut away, sealed opening tear into address is barely visible, otherwise Fine, unusual to-the-mails use of the U.S. City Despatch Post stamp, ex Kapiloff

E. 400-500
400
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252
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 252, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Blue Glazed (6LB5b). Large margins, cancelled by red "U.S." in frame on cover to Tallahassee Fla., red "New-York 10cts Oct. 16" (1845) integral-rate circular datestamp struck on top of U.S. City Despatch Post circular datestamp, small cover edge tear at top right well away from stamp, stamp with small corner crease at bottom right, otherwise Very Fine and scarce to-the-mails use, the U.S. City Despatch Post stamps are rarely found on covers to other post offices at the July 1845 rates (the carrier operation closed in November 1846), with 1998 P.F. certificate as Blue Green

E. 400-500
400
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253
 
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 253, 1842-46 United States City Despatch PostU.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c on 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed, Red Surcharge (6LB7), U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c on 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed, Red Surcharge (6LB7)U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c on 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed, Red Surcharge (6LB7). Large to huge margins, clear overprint and deep paper shade, vertical crease

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE WORLD'S FIRST GOVERNMENT-ISSUED OVERPRINTED STAMP. A MAJOR RARITY OF TREMENDOUS PHILATELIC SIGNIFICANCE AND APPEAL.

The world's first government-issued, overprinted stamp is the 2c on 3c U.S. City Despatch Post carrier issue, Scott 6LB7. It was overprinted in late 1845 or early 1846 to meet the need for a 2c stamp to prepay the carrier fee after the drop-letter rate was modified on July 1, 1845. Only four stamps are recorded, including three genuinely used on covers.

To understand why it was necessary to revalue U.S. City Despatch Post stamps from 3c to 2c, it is helpful to look at the effects of the July 1, 1845, postal reform (as per the Act of March 3, 1845). As is well-known to most U.S. stamp collectors, the July 1st reforms created the simplified 5c and 10c postage rates and laid the foundation for adhesive stamps to be used in this country. The postmasters' provisionals appeared first, followed in 1847 by the first General Issue (Scott 1 and 2). However, at the same time inter-city rates were lowered, Congress raised the drop-letter rate from 1c to 2c. A drop letter is one brought to a post office that is not transmitted to another post office. Congress raised the drop-letter rate out of fear that the new postage structure would cause a severe decline in postal revenues. By raising the intra-city rate, Congress hoped to offset some of the anticipated losses.

The consequences of this legislation for the U.S. City Despatch Post were immediate and dire. Prior to July 1, 1845, a drop letter could be taken by the carrier to or from the post office for 3c, which included 2c for the carrier department and 1c for the post office (drop postage). Beginning July 1, an extra cent was required for the drop postage, making the total amount equal to 4c. Although other classes of mail were unaffected by the drop-rate increase (including carrier letters that by-passed the main post office), the U.S. City Despatch found itself at a severe disadvantage competing with local posts, who generally charged 2c for a city letter. In the post-July 1 period, not only did Boyd flourish, but many smaller local posts entered the scene, hoping to capture a share of the market for intra-city letter delivery. By November 1846, the U.S. City Despatch Post was closed. Government carrier service would not appear again in New York City until 1849 under Robert Roberts' supervision.

The three recorded 6LB7 covers were mailed during the first eight months of the 2c drop-rate period. The covers are listed chronologically as follows: 1) Jan. 9, 1846 (red "New York 2 cts"), stamp cut in and tied by filing crease, addressee's name crossed out, no carrier markings, ex Ferrary, Hind, Waterhouse and Middendorf; 2) Feb. 14, 1846 (red "New-York 2 cts" and red carrier datestamp), stamp tied by filing crease, to Rev. R. S. Cook, Tract House, ex Hunter, Caspary, Boker, Golden and "D.K." (realized $62,500 hammer); and 3) Mar. 2, 1846 (red carrier datestamp), stamp originally affixed on back over folds and torn in half upon opening, to W. A. Sesley, 213 Fulton St., no other markings, ex Caspary. This off-cover stamp was previously affixed to a cover dated Oct. 29 (1845 or 1846), but did not originate.

The rarity of the 2c on 3c stamp suggests that it was used on a very limited basis, during a period of decline for the U.S. City Despatch Post. By overlaying the "2" overprint on the "2" in the drop-rate datestamp, we have determined that they are identical in size and shape. The overprint was probably made from a modified integral-rate marker and struck by hand on each stamp.

Ex Grunin and Gordon N. John (Sale 868, lot 2045, realized $15,500 hammer). With 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 15,000-20,000
12,000
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