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Sale 1005 — The New Amsterdam Collection of City Despatch Post

Sale Date — Wednesday, 2 March, 2011

Category — 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
268
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 268, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City DespatchColes City Despatch P.O. Jul, Coles City Despatch P.O. JulColes City Despatch P.O. Jul. 1 Red double-circle datestamp and red "New-York 10 cts. 1 Jul." integral-rate circular datestamp on blue 1848 folded letter to Geneva N.Y., Very Fine, ex Hahn

E. 200-300
475
269
og
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 269, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4). Position 12, original gum, large margins, tiny thin spots, slight creases and negligible cracks in enamel

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF ANY OF THE COLE "CC" STAMPS. AN IMPORTANT RARITY PRODUCED FROM THE MODIFIED GREIG PLATE.

Illustrated on the cover of The City Despatch Post 1842-1852 Issues. Ex "German Sale", Caspary, Lilly and Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate. The Scott value of $350.00 for an unused example seems rather modest, considering that only three are known in unused condition (the others do not have original gum).

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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270
ng
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 270, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4). Position undetermined, unused (no gum), full margins, creased across top and minor faults, otherwise Fine, one of three recorded unused examples of the "CC" on Green paper, ex Ferrary, Scott value of $350.00 for an unused example seems rather modest, considering that only three are known in unused condition

E. 400-500
750
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271
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 271, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4). Position 26, cancelled by "Free" in frame (used previously by Greig) on 1848 folded cover to Boston, overlapping red New York (Feb. 5) and City Despatch circular datestamps, stamp with some usual creasing, otherwise Very Fine, the earliest "CC" stamps are found on Green paper (earliest documented use is Jan. 27, 1848), ex Geisler, with 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
550
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272
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 272, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4). Position 9, large margins, slight creasing endemic to the issue, cancelled by black "Free" in frame (impression ties thru paper), also tied by red "New-York 10 cts. 8 Feb." integral-rate circular datestamp on 1848 folded letter to Bath N.Y., red "City Despatch Post P.O. Feb. 8 -- O'Clock" circular datestamp on back, Very Fine, this is an early use of the Cole "CC" issue, ex Boker and Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
800
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273
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 273, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4). Position undetermined, cancelled by pencil swirls and tied by red "New-York 5cts 27 May" integral-rate circular datestamp on blue 1850 folded letter addressed in blue to Providence R.I., stamp has slight creasing and enamel chips endemic to the issue, otherwise Very Fine, this cover dates from the period from April 1849 to June 1850 when the Green "CC" stamp is found cancelled in manuscript and used to the post office (see The City Despatch Post 1842-1852 Issues, pp. 22-23), ex Kapiloff

E. 500-750
500
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274
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 274, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4). Position 8, cancelled by pencil swirls, red "New-York 5cts 31 May" (1850) integral-rate circular datestamp on cover to Newark N.J., stamp has slight creasing and surface faults endemic to the issue, cover has corner nick and two small stains, otherwise Very Fine, this cover dates from the period from April 1849 to June 1850 when the Green "CC" stamp is found cancelled in manuscript and used to the post office (see The City Despatch Post 1842-1852 Issues, pp. 22-23), with 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
300
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275
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 275, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4). Position 5, "Big Pupil" variety, ample to large margins, bright paper, neat manuscript cancel, red "New -York 5 cts. 12 Dec." (1849) integral-rate circular datestamp on small cover to Springfield Mass., Extremely Fine, only two positions on the reworked "CC" plate have the Big Pupil retouch (Positions 5 and 6), during the period from October 1849 until June 1850, the Post Office City Despatch stamps are found only on to-the-mails covers, all cancelled by hand in pen or pencil, ex Kapiloff and Kuphal

E. 750-1,000
5,250
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276
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 276, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L4). Position 6, "Big Pupil" variety, enormous margins, manuscript cancel (not tied), used on small embossed cover to Newark N.J. street address, red "New York 5 cts. Oct. 21" (1849) integral-rate circular datestamp, trivial ink spot, stamp has corner crease and small chip in coating at left (these flaws endemic to the issue), still Extremely Fine, only two positions on the reworked "CC" plate have the Big Pupil retouch (Positions 5 and 6), during the period from October 1849 until June 1850, the Post Office City Despatch stamps are found only on to-the-mails covers, all cancelled by hand in pen or pencil, ex Ackerman, Mason and Hall

E. 750-1,000
750
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277
 
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 277, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "C" at Right Inverted (40L4a), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "C" at Right Inverted (40L4a)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "C" at Right Inverted (40L4a). Position 36 with right "C" in mirror image (so-called "Inverted C"), large margins to touched at upper left, clear impression on bright green paper, neat manuscript cancel clear of "CC" initials, creases causing some cracks in enamel (endemic to this issue)

ONE OF FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH 2-CENT "INVERTED C" PLATE VARIETY ON ANY TYPE OF PAPER. THIS IS THE ONLY CONFIRMED EXAMPLE ON GREEN PAPER. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF LOCAL POSTS.

Only one subject on the plate of 42 (Position 36) shows the so-called "Inverted C" variety, which was caused when a mirror-image letter punch was used to enter the righthand "C". The mirror-image punch left a right-reading engraved letter on the plate, which in turn produced a mirror-image printed letter "C". The Scott Catalogue lists this variety as "C at right inverted", but in fact it is a mirror image of the letter "C". We have photographs of five different examples of Position 36, including three we can positively identify by paper type: Green (40L4a, the stamp offered here), Grayish (40L5a on cover, Mazza collection) and Yellowish Buff (40L8a, the stamp offered in lot 314). Our records contain black-and-white photographs of two other examples, but we cannot identify the paper color (one off cover and another on a cover with 3c 1851 overlapping).

Ex Lilly and Cunliffe. With 2009 P.F. certificate.

3,500
3,500
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278
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 278, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b). Position 25 with lefthand "C" etched into plate by hand (so-called "Sideways C" variety), strong impression (slightly doubled) on vivid Green paper, mostly huge margins including left sheet margin, cancelled by black "Free" in frame and tied by red "New-York 5 cts. 27 Jan." (1848) integral-rate circular datestamp on large part folded letter (front with side flaps) to Newark N.J., file folds

EXTREMELY FINE STAMP AND THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF THE POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH ISSUE WITH COLE'S "CC" INITIALS, PRINTED FROM THE MODIFIED PLATE OF 42. ONE OF SIX RECORDED COVERS WITH THE HAND-ETCHED "SIDEWAYS C" PLATE VARIETY ON GREEN PAPER.

This January 27, 1848, part cover represents the earliest recorded use of any stamp printed from the modified plate with Charles Cole's "CC" initials. Cole probably took over the post from Cummings & Wright in late 1847 and had the plate altered between December 1847 and January 1848. The three earliest "CC" covers are dated January 27 (40L4b), February 5 (40L4) and February 8 (40L4), all 1848 year dates with stamps printed on Green paper. This particular stamp comes from Position 25, one of seven subjects on the plate that have the "Sideways C" variety, which occurred when a failed attempt was made to hand-etch the letter "C" into the plate (Positions 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 19 and 25 show this distinctive variety). There are six recorded covers with the "Sideways C" on Green paper (40L4b).

Ex Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott.

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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279
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 279, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b). Position 25 with lefthand "C" etched into plate by hand (so-called "Sideways C" variety), cancelled by one of three strikes of "Free" in frame in black (one on front, two on back with stamp; the strike on the stamp ties by impression thru paper), red "P.O. City Despatch Post Feb. 14 -- O'Clock" circular datestamp also on back of embossed Valentine cover to local street address, with Valentine enclosure which may have originated, back cut open for display, faults on front, stamp has creases and chipped enamel

A FINE AND EXHIBIT-WORTHY COVER. ONLY SIX EXAMPLES OF THE POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH HAND-ETCHED SIDEWAYS "C" VARIETY ON GREEN PAPER ARE RECORDED ON COVERS. THIS IS THE ONLY KNOWN VALENTINE.

This stamp comes from Position 25, one of seven subjects on the plate that have the "Sideways C" variety, which occurred when a failed attempt was made to hand-etch the letter "C" into the plate (Positions 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 19 and 25 show this distinctive variety). There are six recorded covers with the "Sideways C" on Green paper (40L4b). This is the only Valentine cover.

The black "Free" in frame cancel was applied by Cole during the early stages of his operation of the post after Cummings and Wright. This is the only recorded city-delivery cover showing use of the "CC" stamp with black "Free" cancel (the others are to-the-mails covers; see The City Despatch Post 1842-1852 Issues, page 17, this cover was not known to the author).

Ex Eno and Kuphal. Listed but unpriced in Scott

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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280
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 280, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b). Position 19 with lefthand "C" etched into plate by hand (so-called "Sideways C" variety), large to huge margins including left sheet margin, a few scrapes in colored surface, pencil swirl cancel (impression ties thru paper), red "New York 5 cts 7 Mar." integral-rate circular datestamp on 1850 folded letter to Portchester N.Y.

VERY FINE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED COVERS WITH THE HAND-ETCHED "SIDEWAYS C" PLATE VARIETY ON GREEN PAPER.

This stamp comes from Position 19, one of seven subjects on the plate that have the "Sideways C" variety, which occurred when a failed attempt was made to hand-etch the letter "C" into the plate (Positions 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 19 and 25 show this distinctive variety). There are six recorded covers with the "Sideways C" on Green paper (40L4b).

Ex Caspary and Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott

E. 1,000-1,500
950
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281
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 281, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b). Position 13 with lefthand "C" etched into plate by hand (so-called "Sideways C" variety), ample to large margins, corner creases and small scrapes in surface color, faint pencil cancel (not tied), used on 1849 folded letter to Collinsville Conn., red "New-York 5 cts. 9 Jun." integral-rate circular datestamp

VERY FINE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED COVERS WITH THE HAND-ETCHED "SIDEWAYS C" PLATE VARIETY ON GREEN PAPER.

This stamp comes from Position 13, one of seven subjects on the plate that have the "Sideways C" variety, which occurred when a failed attempt was made to hand-etch the letter "C" into the plate (Positions 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 19 and 25 show this distinctive variety). There are six recorded covers with the "Sideways C" on Green paper (40L4b).

Ex Middendorf and Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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282
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 282, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b). Position 25 with lefthand "C" etched into plate by hand (so-called "Sideways C" variety), large to huge margins including part of left sheet margin, creases and scrapes in surface color, pencil cancel (impression ties thru paper), used on folded letter in Old German datelined "Williamsburgh 16 June 1850" from Brooklyn N.Y. to Germany, writer gives address in letter as "Hermann Wuller in Williamsburgh, Meserole St. No. 121, Adams County, New York, Nordamerika", sender's directive "per Havre", "New-York Jun. 27" (1850) ocean-mail circular datestamp, red "Outre-Mer Le Havre 28 Juil 50" transit datestamp, "Ligne-du-Havre 28 Juil 50" transit backstamp, "E.B. 31 Jul. 50/Cur. IV" Baden railroad backstamp ("Eisenbahn" is German for railroad, "Cur. IV" is the train route number), red and black manuscript due markings applied in German postal system, slight toning along folds

A REMARKABLE USE OF THE POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH "CC" ISSUE ON A PRIVATE SHIP-LETTER COVER TO GERMANY VIA HAVRE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED COVERS WITH THE HAND-ETCHED "SIDEWAYS C" PLATE VARIETY ON GREEN PAPER AND THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF ANY COLE "CC" STAMP ON A TRANSATLANTIC COVER.

This stamp comes from Position 25, one of seven subjects on the plate that have the "Sideways C" variety, which occurred when a failed attempt was made to hand-etch the letter "C" into the plate (Positions 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 19 and 25 show this distinctive variety). There are six recorded covers with the "Sideways C" on Green paper (40L4b).

This cover was carried by private ship from New York (through the post office) to Havre. The U.S. post office did not mark the letter with any postage notations. The postage collected from the addressee in Germany included whatever was owed to France.

With 2000 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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283
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 283, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4b). Position 3 with lefthand "C" etched into plate by hand (so-called "Sideways C" variety), worn impression with barest trace of hand-entered "C" at left -- previously described in Middendorf collection as "C" at Right Only variety (40L4c) and with 1991 P.F. certificate as such -- large margins to slightly in, cancelled by brownish-red "Free" in frame (not tied), matching strike with faint "P.O. City Despatch Post Apr. 30 -- O'Clock" (1850) circular datestamp on large part of folded cover to local street address, stamp and cover have faults, still exhibitable, one of six recorded covers with the Hand-Etched "C" at Left on Green paper, this city-delivery cover shows the revived use of the old "P.O. City Despatch Post" circular datestamp and "Free" during the period in 1849-50 when the "CC" stamps were typically used on covers taken to the post office for regular mail (see The City Despatch Post 1842-1852 Issues, pages 23-24), there are four such covers recorded and they bear a striking similarity to the 40L2 covers from the Cummings & Wright period (with double strike of "Free"), ex Golden, with 1991 P.F. certificate as No 40L4c and 2000 P.F. certificate as No. 40L4b (correct), listed but unpriced in Scott

E. 500-750
550
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284
 
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 284, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "C at Right Only", Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4c), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "C at Right Only", Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4c)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed, "C at Right Only", Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L4c). Position 1 -- this position has the hand-etched "C" at left, but a few examples such as this are weak or worn impressions which appear to be missing the left "C" (the basis of the Scott 40L4c "C at right only" variety) -- cancelled by three bars and affixed to small cover to Philadelphia, red "New-York 20 Feb. 5 cts" integral-rate circular datestamp, "Edouard Bossange/New-York" forwarder's blue backstamp, stamp has creases and small faults, probably did not originate on this cover (not counted in our cover census), still a very rare stamp, listed but unpriced in Scott

E. 500-750
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285
 
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 285, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5). Position 26, large even margins, "Paid" straightline cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE COLE "CC" STAMP ON ANY PAPER TYPE.

Ex Caspary, Middendorf and Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate

500
3,750
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286
 
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 286, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5). Position 27, large even margins, "Paid" straightline cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE COLE "CC" STAMP ON GRAYISH.

Ex Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate

500
2,000
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287
 
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 287, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5). Position 37, ample to huge margins, cancelled by brownish-red "Free" in frame and "City Despatch Post P.O." circular datestamp, faint yellowing caused by red ink (not mentioned on certificate), Very Fine, extremely rare, especially with red datestamp used as a cancel (four 40L4 covers and this one 40L5 stamp are recorded with these brownish-red markings), ex Mason and Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate

500
425
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288
 
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 288, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5). Position 8, full to large margins, cancelled by red "Paid" faint oily bleed from red ink, slight horizontal crease barely visible, still Extremely Fine, rare with a red cancel

500
750
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289
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 289, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5). Position 38, strong impression and slightly doubled, cancelled by "Paid" with second strike and bold "P.O. City Despatch Post Sep. 2 -- O'Clock" (1848) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to local street address

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB STAMP ON A VERY ATTRACTIVE COVER. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH 2-CENT "CC" ISSUE ON COVER.

The use of the black circular datestamp and black "Paid" indicates 1848 usage. Beginning in September 1848, the Post Office City Despatch stopped using the "Paid" handstamp on mail brought to the post office, probably by order of the New York postmaster who may have received complaints about the word "Paid" appearing on letters which had no prepaid U.S. postage. From September 1848 on, only city-delivery covers have the "Paid" handstamp, as this example demonstrates.

Ex Kapiloff and Kuphal. With 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
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290
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 290, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5). Position 42, large even margins, slightly toned from gum, red "Paid" cancel, matching strike and "Cole's City Despatch P.O. Jul. 22" double-circle datestamp on blue printed folded cover to local street address (a circular dated Jun. 12, 1848, from a liquor dealer describing "persecution" by the inspector's office, is no longer with the cover)

VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH 2-CENT "CC" STAMP ON COVER WITH THE RED COLE DOUBLE-CIRCLE DATESTAMP AND "PAID" CANCEL.

Ex Chapman, Caspary, Middendorf and Kuphal. With 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,900
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291
c
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 291, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5). Position 10, full to large margins, cancelled by red "Paid" straightline (not tied), red "New-York 5 cts. 2 Aug." (1848) integral-rate circular datestamp on folded cover (without side flaps) to Yonkers N.Y., sometime after the Waterhouse sale the stamp was lifted to trim margins slightly (not noted on certificate)

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH 2-CENT "CC" ON GRAYISH USED TO PREPAY DELIVERY TO THE POST OFFICE.

Ex Waterhouse. With 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,800
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 292, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides (40L5). Position 30, large margins all around, tied by black "P.O. City Despatch Aug. 26 -- O'Clock" circular datestamp, second strike and "Paid" handstamp at left on 1848 folded letter to Chelsea Mass., blue manuscript stroke thru "Paid" applied by post office, red "New-York 5 cts. 27 Aug." integral-rate circular datestamp, letter describes in detail the writer's journey from New England to New York City, description of Croton water works completed in 1848, etc., presumably the writer was lodging at a hotel that provided City Despatch Post service

EXTREMELY FINE STAMP AND ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN COVERS BEARING THE POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH "CC" ISSUE.

This superb cover is not only one of the finest examples of the 2c "CC" on cover, it also illustrates an interesting aspect of New York City local post mail brought to the post office. The presence of a private post's "Paid" marking on a letter carried to the post office for delivery through the regular mails, which did not have U.S. postage prepaid, must have caused trouble for the post office. One can imagine the New York postmaster receiving complaints from postmasters in receiving offices that the recipients objected to paying postage on a letter marked "Paid". This cover has the "Paid" crossed out in blue pen (blue ink was used at the New York post office). Subsequent covers delivered to the post office by the Post Office City Despatch do not have "Paid" markings (it was used exclusively on city-delivery letters starting in September 1848). We suspect that around this time all local posts in New York City were instructed not to mark post office letters "Paid" unless government postage had been prepaid.

Illustrated in Perry's 100 Years Ago (p. 52). Ex Mason, Duckworth, Boker and Kapiloff

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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 293, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c). Position 4, unused (no gum), small "C" initial between "Two" and "Cents", three huge margins showing surrounding dividing lines, slightly in at right, Fine, only two of the approximately fifteen recorded examples of the 2c with Manuscript "C" Control Mark are unused -- these are almost certainly truly unused, since the Grayish stamps were uniformly cancelled (usually with the "Paid" in black or red)

E. 400-500
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 294, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c). Position 11, large "C" initial at center, large margins, lightly cancelled by "Paid" straightline, small corner crease at top left, Extremely Fine appearance, an extremely rare stamp, approximately fifteen examples of the Manuscript "C" Control Mark are known to us on or off cover (large or small initial), ex Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate

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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 295, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c). Position 21, small "C" initial between "Two" and "Cents", large margins to slightly in at lower left, just tied by "Paid" straightline, red "Coles City Despatch P.O. Mar. 27" (1848) double-circle datestamp and second strike of "Paid" on folded cover to City Hall, slight wear at bottom

VERY FINE. ONE OF NINE RECORDED COVERS WITH THE POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH 2-CENT "CC" STAMP BEARING THE "C" CONTROL MARK. THIS IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF THE COLE DOUBLE-CIRCLE DATESTAMP.

The Manuscript "C" Control Mark was applied exclusively to the 2c "CC" stamps on Grayish paper. The initial comes in two styles: a small simple "C" between the words "Two" and "Cent", and a large cursive "C" at the center of the stamp. We record approximately 15 examples with the Manuscript "C", including two from positions showing the Hand-Etched "C" at Left and one from Position 36, the "Inverted C" at Right plate variety (on cover). The basic 40L5c stamps with the Manuscript "C" Control Mark include eight on covers. This is the only 40L5c cover to a local address, and it is also the earliest example of a Cole's stamp to prepay service to the post office.

Signed Perry. Ex Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate

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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 296, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c). Position 31, small "C" initial between "Two" and "Cents", huge even margins, black "Paid" straightline cancel (not tied), used on small embossed Valentine cover to Syosset, Long Island, N.Y., red "New-York 5 cts. 13 Feb." (1848) integral-rate circular datestamp and "Paid" arc, red crayon "5" at upper left indicating prepayment of postage, long tear in cover at left not immediately noticeable

EXTREMELY FINE GEM STAMP ON A BEAUTIFUL VALENTINE COVER. ONE OF NINE RECORDED COVERS WITH THE POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH 2-CENT "CC" STAMP BEARING THE "C" CONTROL MARK. THE STAMP ITSELF IS ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN.

The Manuscript "C" Control Mark was applied exclusively to the 2c "CC" stamps on Grayish paper. The initial comes in two styles: a small simple "C" between the words "Two" and "Cent", and a large cursive "C" at the center of the stamp. We record approximately 15 examples with the Manuscript "C", including two from positions showing the Hand-Etched "C" at Left and one from Position 36, the "Inverted C" at Right plate variety. The basic 40L5c stamps with the Manuscript "C" Control Mark include eight on covers.

Ex Golden. Signed Sloane. With 2000 P.F. certificate

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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 297, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c). Position 28, small "C" initial between "Two" and "Cents", large margins all around, black "Paid" straightline cancel (not tied), used on Feb. 28, 1848 folded letter to Philadelphia, red "New-York 5 cts. Feb. 29" Leap Year integral-rate circular datestamp, file fold at center, stamp lifted and reaffixed

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF NINE RECORDED COVERS WITH THE POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH 2-CENT "CC" STAMP BEARING THE "C" CONTROL MARK. THE STAMP ITSELF IS ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN.

The Manuscript "C" Control Mark was applied exclusively to the 2c "CC" stamps on Grayish paper. The initial comes in two styles: a small simple "C" between the words "Two" and "Cent", and a large cursive "C" at the center of the stamp. We record approximately 15 examples with the Manuscript "C", including two from positions showing the Hand-Etched "C" at Left and one from Position 36, the "Inverted C" at Right plate variety. The basic 40L5c stamps with the Manuscript "C" Control Mark include eight on covers.

Ex Mason and Schwartz

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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 298, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, "CC" at Sides, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5c). Position 24, small "C" initial between "Two" and "Cents", large margins all around, "Paid" straightline cancel (not tied), faint red "City Despatch Post P.O. Mar. 23 -- O'Clock" circular datestamp at left, red "New-York 5 cts. 23 Mar." integral-rate circular datestamp on 1848 folded letter to Baltimore, someone cut out right corner of letter with stamp, which has been rejoined with paper tape (from the same correspondence as lot 265), minor stains and edge wear, stamp has couple tiny creases and margin tears, Extremely Fine appearance, only nine covers are recorded with the Manuscript "C" Control Mark (eight are the basic 40L5c), ex Worthington and Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail $1,900.00 for 40L5c used off cover

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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 299, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5d), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5d)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left, Manuscript "C" Control Mark (40L5d). Position 2 with lefthand "C" etched into plate by hand (so-called "Sideways C" variety), large "C" initial at center, large margins, bold "Paid" straightline cancel, tiny pinhole at bottom right

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE "SIDEWAYS "C" VARIETY WITH THE MANUSCRIPT 'C" CONTROL MARK.

Seven subjects on the plate of 42 show the hand-etched "C" variety (Positions 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 19, 25), which resulted from a crude attempt to inscribe the letter "C" rather than use a letter punch. These are listed in the Scott Catalogue as "C at left sideways." As a plate variety, it can be found on the four types of paper used for Cole's "CC" issue (Green, Grayish, Vermilion and Yellowish Buff). However, only the Grayish paper stamps are found with the manuscript "C" control initial (two types: large at center and small at bottom). This example shows a combination of the "Sideways C" plate variety and "C" control mark. Only two such stamps are known, both off cover. There are two additional examples of the "Sideways C" variety on Grayish paper without the control mark, both on cover.

Ex German Sale, Caspary and Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $1,900.00

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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 300, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L5b), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L5b)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L5b). Position 13 with lefthand "C" etched into plate by hand (so-called "Sideways C" variety), huge even margins showing dividing lines all around, slightly doubled impression, cancelled by 4-bar grid (impression ties thru paper), red "New-York 5cts. 23 Nov." integral-rate circular datestamp on Nov. 22, 1848 folded letter to New Haven Conn., from the Pierpont Mallory & Co. correspondence

EXTREMELY FINE GEM STAMP AND BEAUTIFUL COVER. THE FINER OF TWO RECORDED COVERS WITH THE HAND-ETCHED "SIDEWAYS C" PLATE VARIETY ON GRAYISH PAPER.

This stamp comes from Position 2, one of seven subjects on the plate that have the "Sideways C" variety, which occurred when a failed attempt was made to hand-etch the letter "C" into the plate (Positions 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 19 and 25 show this distinctive variety). This plate variety can be found on all four different papers, but we record only four examples on Grayish, including two off cover (each with Manuscript "C" Control Mark) and two on covers.

Ex Mason and Schwartz. Listed but unpriced in Scott.

E. 3,000-4,000
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 301, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L5b), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L5b)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Grayish, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L5b). Position 13 with lefthand "C" etched into plate by hand (so-called "Sideways C" variety), large margins except at corners where truncated, uncancelled, used on July 8, 1848 folded letter to Kingston N.Y., orange-red "Cole's City Despatch P.O. Jul. 8" double-circle datestamp, matching "Paid" straightline, pencil and pen "Paid 5", red "New-York 5cts 8 Jul." integral-rate circular datestamp and matching "Paid" in arc, some glue stains surrounding stamp

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS WITH THE HAND-ETCHED "SIDEWAYS C" PLATE VARIETY ON GRAYISH PAPER.

This stamp comes from Position 13, one of seven subjects on the plate that have the "Sideways C" variety, which occurred when a failed attempt was made to hand-etch the letter "C" into the plate (Positions 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 19 and 25 show this distinctive variety). This plate variety can be found on all four different papers, but we record only four examples on Grayish, including two off cover (each with Manuscript "C" Control Mark) and two on covers.

Ex Caspary, Patton (and illustrated in his book on p. 121), Meyersburg and Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott.

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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 302, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6). Position 30, huge margins all around, "Paid" straightline cancel, tiny corner creases at top and bottom right, otherwise Extremely Fine, unusually bright color and light cancel for the Vermillion "CC" stamp, ex Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate

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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 303, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6). Position undetermined, large margins, only slight oxidation (much less than usual), tied by "Paid" straightline, second strike and partly readable "P.O. City Despatch Post Sep. 27 -- O'Clock" circular datestamp on 1848 folded letter to local street address, slight wear along file fold, still Extremely Fine, very scarce, ex Boker and Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
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304
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 304, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6). Position 26, large margins, bright color without oxidation, black cancel (not tied), faint red "P.O. City Despatch Post Oct. 21 -- O'Clock" circular datestamp on folded letter to local street address, datelined "Be(?)port Oct. 15, 1849" and informing addressee that a shipment of empty liquor barrels has been placed on board the schooner Eloise, slight wrinkling, Extremely Fine stamp and attractive cover, ex Caspary, Middendorf and Golden

E. 400-500
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305
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 305, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6). Position 40, large margins to close at bottom left, bright color without oxidation, black cancel (not tied), "P.O. City Despatch Post Oct. 3 -- O'Clock" circular datestamp on Young Bachelors' Society printed circular with letter datelined Oct. 2, 1848, to local street address, slight wrinkling, Extremely Fine stamp and attractive cover, ex Norvin Green, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
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306
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 306, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6). Position 33, large margins to just in, cancelled by "Paid" straightline (rim of device around stamp), second strike and "P.O. City Despatch Post Sep. 25 -- O'Clock" circular datestamp on 1848 folded letter to local addressee, stamp slightly oxidized, otherwise Fine, ex Sheriff

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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 307, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6). Position 26, large margins, bright shade with slight oxidation, "Paid" straightline cancel (impression ties thru paper), second strike and "P.O. City Despatch Post Oct. 4 -- O'Clock" circular datestamp on 1848 blue folded letter to New York City Postmaster Robert H. Morris, regarding two lost letters to Scotland containing money, stamp has two light creases (one caused by file fold), otherwise Extremely Fine, ex Mason, Norvin Green, Middendorf and Golden

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308
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 308, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6). Position 23(?), large margins to just touched at upper right, bold 4-bar grid cancel (late use and well-worn by this point), "P.O. City Despatch Post Apr. 6 -- O'Clock" (1849) circular datestamp on brown cover to local street address, stamp slightly oxidized, Very Fine, between the date of this cover (Apr. 6, 1849) and November 1849 there are no examples of city-delivery covers handled by the Post Office City Despatch -- the recorded covers during the interim period were carried to the post office for regular mail -- Sloane notes on back, with 1999 P.S.E. certificate

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309
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 309, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6). Position 11, large margins, cancelled by manuscript "X" (not tied), red "New York 5cts. 25 Jan." integral-rate circular datestamp struck over "New-York Jan. 25" circular datestamp without rate on 1849 folded letter to Peekskill N.Y., toned file fold clear of stamp, stamp is much brighter and fresh than usual, Very Fine, scarce use of "CC" Vermilion on a letter carried to the post office

E. 500-750
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 310, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L6). Position 32(?), full to large margins, tied by 4-bar grid in black and red "New York 5cts. Mar. 10" (1849) integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded cover to New Haven Conn., file fold clear of stamp, stamp itself slightly oxidized and tiny tear at top, otherwise Very Fine, scarce use of "CC" Vermilion on a letter carried to the post office

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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 311, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L6b), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L6b)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L6b). Position 19 with lefthand "C" etched into plate by hand (so-called "Sideways C" variety), large to huge margins all around, bright color and clear impression showing "Sideways C", cancelled by black "P.O. City Despatch Post Aug. 31 -- O'Clock" (1848) circular datestamp -- earliest date of use of the Vermilion stamp -- faint horizontal crease

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY THREE EXAMPLES OF THE POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH 2-CENT SIDEWAYS "C" VARIETY ARE RECORDED, INCLUDING TWO ON COVERS AND THIS OFF-COVER STAMP.

Seven subjects on the plate of 42 show the hand-etched "C" variety (Positions 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 19, 25), which resulted from a crude attempt to inscribe the letter "C" rather than use a letter punch. These are listed in the Scott Catalogue as "C at left sideways." As a plate variety, it can be found on the four types of paper used for Cole's "CC" issue (Green, Grayish, Vermilion and Yellowish Buff). Of the 16 recorded examples of the "Sideways C" variety in our census (all types of paper), only three are on Vermilion. The other two examples are used on covers.

Ex Schwartz

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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 312, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L6b), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L6b)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Vermilion Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L6b). Position 25 with lefthand "C" etched into plate by hand (so-called "Sideways C" variety), large even margins, cancelled by 4-bar grid (impression ties thru paper), red "New-York 10 cts. 19 Nov." (1848) integral-rate circular datestamp on cover to Farmington Me.

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE RARE POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH VERMILION STAMP WITH HAND-ETCHED SIDEWAYS "C" AT LEFT. A SUPERB STAMP AND COVER.

This stamp comes from Position 25, one of seven subjects on the plate that have the "Sideways C" variety, which occurred when a failed attempt was made to hand-etch the letter "C" into the plate (Positions 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 19 and 25 show this distinctive variety). This plate variety can be found on all four different papers, but we record only three examples on Vermilion, including one off cover and two on covers (this being the finer).

Ex Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate. Scott value $4,500.00 off cover and $4,750.00 on cover (not tied).

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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 313, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellowish Buff Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L8), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellowish Buff Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L8)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellowish Buff Glazed, "CC" at Sides (40L8). Position 39, large even margins, bright color and perfect surface coating, cancelled by ms. "X", used on folded letter datelined New York, Jan. 26, 1852, to Philadelphia street address, black "New-York 5 Cts. Jan. 28" integral-rate circular datestamp, file fold

EXTREMELY FINE. THE FINEST RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE COLE'S POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH STAMP ON YELLOWISH BUFF PAPER, ON OR OFF COVER. ONLY FOUR COMPLETE COVERS ARE KNOWN.

The late period of the City Despatch Post is shrouded in mystery. By late 1851 and early 1852, the plate used to print the "CC" stamps had worn considerably, and impressions on Yellowish Buff paper show this wear. The rarity of the Yellowish Buff stamps -- 15 recorded for 40L8 and varieties -- together with the legitimate dated examples suggests that they were the last issue and a short-lived one.

There are four covers with complete stamps that are generally accepted as genuine Yellowish Buff uses, listed here in chronological order: 1) Sep. 7 (ca. 1851), pencil cancel, used on cover to Sarah B. Woolman, Burlington N.J., red New York 5c datestamp, ex Mason, Middendorf; 2) Jan. 28, 1852 folded letter to Caldwell & Ghrisky, Philadelphia, ms. "X" cancel, black New York 5c datestamp, discovered by a member of the Ghrisky family, ex Knapp, Hall, the cover offered here; 3) Feb. 14 (ca. 1852) cover to Peter Hall, Pomfret Conn., stamp described as repaired at top in 1951 Harmer, Rooke sale, tied by pencil squiggle cancel, black New York 5c datestamp, ex Ferrary, Needham, Boker; and 4) May 17 (ca. 1852) red New York 5c datestamp, ms. cancel, on cover to Mrs. Henry Wasserman, Southport Conn., ex Boker. In addition to these four complete covers, there is also an 1852 cover bearing a fragment of 40L8 over-written by the name "E. N. Barry" (lot 316 in this sale). There are also ten stamps off cover or at one point affixed to covers to which they did not belong.

This cover was acquired by Edward Knapp in the Jan. 21, 1936 sale held by Eugene Klein. A notation indicates that it was found by a member of the Ghirsky family in Philadelphia. The Halls acquired the cover at the 1941 Knapp sale.

Ex Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate. Unlisted on cover in Scott.

E. 10,000-15,000
15,500
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Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 314, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellowish Buff Glazed, "C" at Right Inverted (40L8a), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellowish Buff Glazed, "C" at Right Inverted (40L8a)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellowish Buff Glazed, "C" at Right Inverted (40L8a). Position 36 with right "C" in mirror image (so-called "Inverted C"), three large margins, close to touching at left, pencil "X" cancel and small part of handstamp cancel at top right, tiny hole at top left and small thins at top

ONE OF FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH 2-CENT "INVERTED C" PLATE VARIETY ON ANY TYPE OF PAPER. THIS IS THE ONLY CONFIRMED EXAMPLE ON YELLOWSH BUFF PAPER. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF LOCAL POSTS.

Only one subject on the plate of 42 (Position 36) shows the so-called "Inverted C" variety, which was caused when a mirror-image letter punch was used to enter the righthand "C". The mirror-image punch left a right-reading engraved letter on the plate, which in turn produced a mirror-image printed letter "C". The Scott Catalogue lists this variety as "C at right inverted", but in fact it is a mirror image of the letter "C". We have photographs of five different examples of Position 36, including three we can positively identify by paper type: Green (40L4a, the stamp offered in lot 277), Grayish (40L5a on cover, Mazza collection) and Yellowish Buff (40L8a, the stamp offered here). Our records contain black-and-white photographs of two other examples, but we cannot identify the paper color (one off cover and another on a cover with 3c 1851 overlapping).

Ex Cunliffe. With 1968 and 2009 P.F. certificates. Listed but unpriced in Scott

E. 7,500-10,000
7,500
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315
 
Sale Number 1005, Lot Number 315, 1847-52 Coles Post Office City Despatch(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellowish Buff Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L8b), (Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellowish Buff Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L8b)(Cole's) Post Office City Despatch, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellowish Buff Glazed, Hand-Etched Sideways "C" at Left (40L8b). Position 13 with lefthand "C" etched into plate by hand (so-called "Sideways C" variety), large margins, clear impression, faint pencil cancel, barest trace of small diagonal crease in lower left margin

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS BY FAR THE FINER OF THE TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE SIDEWAYS "C" VARIETY ON BUFF PAPER (SCOTT 40L8b).

Seven subjects on the plate of 42 show the hand-etched "C" variety (Positions 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 19, 25), which resulted from a crude attempt to inscribe the letter "C" rather than use a letter punch. These are listed in the Scott Catalogue as "C at left sideways." As a plate variety, it can be found on the four types of paper used for Cole's "CC" issue (Green, Grayish, Vermilion and Yellowish Buff). Of the 16 recorded examples of the "Sideways C" variety in our census (all types of paper), only two are on Yellowish Buff, the rarest of the paper types. The other known example of 40L8b is defective.

Ex Caspary. With 2000 P.F. certificate

12,000
7,500
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