VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE BROWN & MCGILL BLACK CARRIER STAMP USED WITH REGULAR STAMPS ON COVER (BOTH UNCANCELLED).
Our census contains 13 examples of 5LB3, including 10 uncancelled stamps, some (or all) of which were removed from pieces of covers, all dated in 1858. Two of the uncancelled stamps remain on their original covers with a 3c 1857 tied by the Louisville datestamp: the Apr. 13 cover offered here and a cover postmarked Aug. 14, 1858, each with P.F. certificate. This cover comes from the well-known Gail correspondence, from which a number of the genuine Brown & McGill carrier covers originate. A third cover with 5LB3 is missing the 3c 1857 stamp (it recently reappeared in a Rumsey sale after 70 years in hiding).
Ex Chapman. With 1981 and 2002 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST STRIDING MESSENGER STAMP ON COVER.
Ex Ackerman, Hall and Gordon N. John. With 2004 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE RARE BLOOD'S FIRST ISSUE WITH MANUSCRIPT CONTROL MARK.
Ex Hollowbush, Schwartz and Gordon N. John.
A FINE AND UNUSUALLY BRILLIANT EXAMPLE OF THE RARE CITY DISPATCH POST STAMP.
Ex Golden. Signed Perry and illustrated in his 100 Years Ago series. Illustrated in Patton book. With 2000 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE FEW TIED EXAMPLES OF THE RARE CUMMINGS' CITY POST STAMP ON GREEN PAPER, WHICH IS EXTREMELY RARE ON COVER.
Ex German Sale, Mason, Ackerman and Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF CUMMINGS' "LETTER & HEART" STAMP ON YELLOW PAPER.
The Cummings' "Letter & Heart" stamp was printed on three different papers -- Rose, Green and Yellow -- and although Yellow is the most common of the three, it is still quite scarce properly used on cover.
Ex Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND VERY RARE USAGE OF THE CUMMINGS' CITY POST "LETTER & HEART" STAMP.
Ex Ferrary, Middendorf and Kuphal. With 1991 P.F. Certificate
VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE NINE RECORDED FULL COVERS WITH THE RARE STAMP ISSUED BY JONES' CITY EXPRESS OF BROOKLYN, NEW YORK.
It has been written that Jones' City Express existed from late 1844 through early 1845 (Patton book), but dated covers are known only as early as Jan. 29, 1845, and as late as Nov. 4, 1845. It is supposed that the proprietor was George G. Jones, based on the 1844 Brooklyn directory, listing him as an engraver with residence at Clinton Avenue and Jamaica Road. George G. Jones is listed in later directories as manager of the Metropolitan Errand and Carrier Express Company in New York City (source: Abt notes). Conjunctive usages indicate that Jones linked with Boyd's in Manhattan for local city delivery and with American Letter Mail Co. and Hale & Co. for inter-city service (prior to July 1, 1845).
Our updated records contain nine covers and two fronts (or pieces) with the 91L1 stamp: 1) uncancelled, used on Feb. 17, 1845 folded letter to John Jay, New York City, red Boyd's oval, ex Caspary, Boker, Lilly, Golden, Gordon N. John, the cover offered here; 2) uncancelled, used on cover to Junins L. Taylor, local addressee, "Paid" straightline, ex Caspary; 3) cut to shape, used with American Letter Mail Co. 5L2 cut to shape (tied), on folded cover to Counsellor Gieloeu (spelling?), Philadelphia, red Am. Letter Mail oval (NYC) and circle (Phila.) handstamps, ex Patton (Robson Lowe sale, Mar. 1, 1973, lot 1604); 4) uncancelled, manuscript "Paid" on cover to J.D. & C.S. Pratt, East Chatham, N.Y., ex Boker; 5) uncancelled on Aug. 10, 1845 folded letter to Wm. Danforth, Hartford Conn., red Brooklyn datestamp and "5" rate, Siegel 1995 Rarities sale; 6) described as "Uncancelled on cover pmk. Boyd's Brooklyn City Express. Creased from letter fold and rubbed on face. Rare.", Siegel Sale 164, lot 759, no photo; 7) uncancelled on turned folded cover to Jno. W. Mitchell, New York City, red Brooklyn datestamp and "5" rate, ex Golden; 8) part of stamp (torn) on front only to Isaac Wendell, Philadelphia, with red American Letter Mail Co. (Phila.) circle and framed Collect handstamp, ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1283, unsold); 9) tied by Hale & Co. oval with Collect box on large piece, Siegel Sale 358, lot 1004; 10) uncancelled on embossed Valentine cover to Miss Jane Case, Siegel Sale 841, lot 1629; and 11) uncancelled on 1845 folded letter to Constant Guilleau, Phila., red Brooklyn Nov. 4 datestamp, "Paid" and "5", Gronowski collection.
In terms of condition and the added feature of conjunctive usage with Boyd's, in our opinion the cover offered here is one of the three finest. Approximately six or seven off-cover 91L1 stamps are known.
Signed Sloane. Ex Caspary, Boker, Lilly, Golden and Gordon N. John. With 1999 P.F. certificate.