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Sale 1005 — The New Amsterdam Collection of City Despatch Post

Sale Date — Wednesday, 2 March, 2011

Category — 1846-47 Meads Post Office City Despatch

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
254
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 254, 1846-47 Meads Post Office City Despatch(Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y. -- November 30, 1846, First Day of Operation, (Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y. -- November 30, 1846, First Day of Operation(Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y. -- November 30, 1846, First Day of Operation. Red "P.O. City Despatch Post Nov. 30, 1 O'Clock" circular datestamp on 1846 light blue folded letter to local street address, Very Fine, postmarked on the City Despatch Post's first day of operation under Abraham Mead's ownership, the U.S. City Despatch carrier operation closed down on November 28, 1846, and two days later a former letter carrier, Abraham B. Mead, announced the opening of the "Post Office City Despatch" as a private post, this is the only recorded first day of the post, ex Hollowbush and Hahn

E. 500-750
2,200
255
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 255, 1846-47 Meads Post Office City Despatch(Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2), (Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2)(Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2). Position 19, large to huge margins, brilliant color and early impression from reworked plate, cancelled by neat strike of red "Free" in frame on gray folded cover to local street address, red "P.O. City Despatch Post Dec. 9, 4 O'Clock" (1846) circular datestamp, 1846 year-dated docketing on back, light vertical file fold away from stamp, small cover tears at bottom, otherwise Very Fine, Mead's new 2c stamps from the reworked plate were delivered by Rawdon, Wright & Hatch on Dec. 6, 1846, and the earliest documented use is Dec. 8 (this cover is one day later), with 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
550
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256
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 256, 1846-47 Meads Post Office City Despatch(Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2), (Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2)(Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2). Position 8, full to large margins, couple tiny corner creases, red "Free" in frame cancel, impression ties thru paper, matching "P.O. City Despatch Post Feb. 15 -- O'Clock" circular datestamp on silver and blue decorative Valentine cover to local street address, beautiful design on front and back, sealed with a small label (opened for display)

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLES OF MEAD'S 2-CENT GREEN STAMP ON COVER, USED IN FEBRUARY 1847, THE FIRST VALENTINE SEASON OF MEAD'S POST.

Abraham B. Mead, a New York City postal clerk, took control of the U.S. City Despatch Post carrier operation after it was discontinued. Mead announced the start of his "Post Office City Despatch" on November 30, 1846. Evidence indicates that Mead turned the post over to Alfred H. Cummings and Robert Wright, two New York City local post operators, as early as March 1847. Mead had the old City Despatch Post plate (used by Grieg to print 40L1) modified by changing "Three" to "Two" cents. Stamps were printed by Rawdon, Wright & Hatch on Green and Pink enameled paper.

Ex Kapiloff and Kuphal (Sale 925, lot 1227, realized $5,750 hammer)

E. 3,000-4,000
4,750
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257
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 257, 1846-47 Meads Post Office City Despatch(Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2), (Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2)(Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2). Position 28, huge margins all around, bright early shade and impression from reworked plate, red "Free" in frame cancel, impression ties thru paper, matching "P.O. City Despatch Post Feb. 2, 6 O'Clock" circular datestamp on 1847 folded letter to local street address, Extremely Fine, used during the brief period of Mead's ownership (the post was taken over by Cummings & Wright in March 1847), ex Caspary and Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
550
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258
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 258, 1846-47 Meads Post Office City Despatch(Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2), (Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2)(Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2). Position 22, large margins all around, brilliant color and early impression from reworked plate, cancelled by red "Free" in frame (impression ties thru paper), matching "P.O. City Despatch Post Jan. 29, 4 O'Clock" (1847) circular datestamp on cover to local street address, stamp has corner crease, otherwise Very Fine, used during the brief period of Mead's ownership (the post was taken over by Cummings & Wright in March 1847), with 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
400
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259
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 259, 1846-47 Meads Post Office City Despatch(Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2), (Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2)(Mead's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (40L2). Large margins to a bit irregular but clear at right, brilliant color and early impression from reworked plate, tied by red "Free" in frame cancel, matching "P.O. City Despatch Post Jan. 15, 4 O'Clock" (1847) circular datestamp on small cover to local street address, Fine, used during the brief period of Mead's ownership (the post was taken over by Cummings & Wright in March 1847)

E. 200-300
375
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