VERY FINE. A RARE COMBINATION OF THE 1847 ISSUE AND BOSTON CARRIER DEPARTMENT STAMP TIED ON COVER. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE POST OFFICE GRID AND CARRIER DEPARTMENT RING OF PEARLS CANCELLATIONS SEPARATELY TYING STAMPS, AND THE BOSTON CIRCULAR DATESTAMP TYING BOTH TOGETHER.
Illustrated in Chronicle 104 (p. 249). Ex Hart and Boker.
FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED COMBINATION OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE AND HONOUR'S CITY POST FOUR-LINE CARRIER DEPARTMENT STAMP.
The original cover from which this front remains was prepaid 10c for the over-300 miles rate from Charleston to Philadelphia. The Honour's 2c stamp paid for carrier delivery to the post office, but in this case it was brought directly to the route agent on board the Wilmington & Raleigh Railroad, who applied the "Propeller" cancel and circular datestamp.
John H. Honour, Superintendent of the Charleston Penny Post, advertised the commencement of carrier service in the Charleston Mercury on May 9, 1849. The earliest recorded Honour's cover is postmarked May 24, 1849. The 10c 1847 is known used with the earliest Honour's carrier stamps (two recorded), but this is the only recorded combination with the 1850-51 four-line typeset stamp. Three additional covers are known with the 5c 1847 and 4LB7 or 4LB8a stamps.
The addressee, Powers & Weightman, were renown for their manufacture of medicinal and other chemicals. The company was the first to introduce quinine to the United States.
Illustrated in Chronicle 104 (p. 250). Signed by Ashbrook and Perry (who notes "combination possible"). Ex Hart and Boker. With 1973 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A SUPERB TIED COMBINATION OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE AND NEW YORK CITY CARRIER DEPARTMENT STAMP.
A review of Meyersburg's census of 1847/6LB9 covers and our own records produced about 15 examples of this combination, but only a few are as clearly tied as the cover offered here.
With 1994 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED COVERS WITH THE PHILADELPHIA "LP" INITIALS CARRIER STAMP (7LB1) USED IN COMBINATION WITH THE 1847 ISSUE.
A total of 12 to 15 covers with Scott 7LB1 are reported in the Lyons census (The Penny Post, July 2006), but a few of the listed covers have stamps that did not originate. There are only three 7LB1 covers with 1847 Issue stamps, each with a single 5c.
Ex Dick, Gibson and Boker.
VERY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED COVERS WITH THE PHILADELPHIA VERMILION STAMP (7LB8) USED IN COMBINATION WITH THE 1847 ISSUE.
A total of 20 to 22 covers with Scott 7LB8 are reported in the Lyons census (The Penny Post, July 2006), but several covers he lists have stamps that did not originate, and one of his 1847 combination entries ("w/ #1a 4-3-51") duplicates another entry ("3-8-51") due to his misreading of the postmark date. The true number of 7LB8 covers is probably closer to 15, and there are only three 7LB8 covers with 1847 Issue stamps, each with a single 5c. The other two were sold in our auction of the David Golden collection, one of which is also addressed to Griswold & Claiborne and has a notation indicating carrier service.
Illustrated in Chronicle 104 (p. 248). Signed Ashbrook. Ex Caspary (acquired from H. F. Colman in 1926 for $350), Hart and Boker.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE COVER CARRIED TO THE RAILROAD ROUTE AGENT BY BLOOD'S AND CANCELLED ON ARRIVAL AT NEW YORK CITY BEFORE CONTINUING NORTH TO BOSTON.
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB QUALITY EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE USED WITH THE BLOOD'S CIRCULAR HANDSTAMP FOR DELIVERY TO THE POST OFFICE.
Signed Ashbrook. Ex Boker
VERY FINE. A RARE COMBINATION OF THE 1847 ISSUE AND D.O. BLOOD & CO. LOCAL POST STAMP ON A COVER CARRIED BY RAILROAD TO NEW YORK CITY AND CANCELLED THERE BEFORE CONTINUING NORTH TO ALBANY. VERY FEW EXAMPLES OF 1847/LOCAL COMBINATIONS ARE TIED IN THIS MANNER.
Ex Moody, Garrett and Boker. With 1979 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE COMBINATION OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE AND D.O. BLOOD & COMPANY LOCAL POST STAMP ON A COVER CARRIED BY RAILROAD TO NEW YORK CITY AND CANCELLED THERE BEFORE CONTINUING NORTH TO PORTLAND, MAINE. VERY FEW EXAMPLES OF 1847/LOCAL COMBINATIONS ARE TIED IN THIS MANNER.
Ex Grunin, Ishikawa, Garrett and Boker
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE AND BLOOD'S STAMP ON A RAILROAD COVER FROM PHILADELPHIA TO NEW HAMPSHIRE, WHICH WAS CANCELLED EN ROUTE AT NEW YORK CITY.
Ex Gibson, Kapiloff and Hackmey. Weill insignia on back. With 1974 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED COMBINATION OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH BOUTON'S SECOND ISSUE, SCOTT 18L2. THE "ROUGH AND READY" DESIGN WAS CREATED DURING ZACHARY TAYLOR'S CAMPAIGN OF 1848 AND IS ESSENTIALLY A PRO-WHIG STATEMENT BY JOHN R. BOUTON.
The "Rough and Ready" stamp, with a portrait of then-presidential candidate Zachary Taylor, was issued by Bouton at a time when the first U.S. regular issue stamps were only one year old. Bouton's mixture of politics and postage put him far ahead of his time. Only five 1847 Issue and 18L2 combination are recorded. This is the only 10c in the group.
Ex Hall and Hackmey. With 2000 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL 1847 ISSUE AND BOYD'S LOCAL POST COMBINATION TIED TOGETHER BY THE NEW YORK & PHILADELPHIA RAILROAD ROUTE AGENT'S DATESTAMP.
The Meyersburg census lists 33 covers with the 1847 Issue and Boyd's Eagle & Globe stamps (Scott 20L4 and 20L7). Only four have the New York & Philadelphia Railroad marking.
Ex Gibson and Boker.
VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED COMBINATION OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH THE EAGLE CITY POST ISSUE "SAWTOOTH" ADHESIVE. A MAGNIFICENT POSTAL HISTORY RARITY.
There are only two recorded 1847 Issue covers with Eagle City Post adhesives (Meyersburg census, Chronicle 156, November 1992, and confirmed in Alexander 1847 Census). The earlier is this March 3, 1849, cover with the "Sawtooth" adhesive (Scott 61L2). The second is a July 25, 1850, cover to Providence R.I. with the small Red adhesive (Scott 61L3). No examples were offered in the Knapp, Gibson, Caspary, Rohloff or other major sales we reviewed.
Illustrated in Chronicle 156 (p. 242). Ex Brown (bought from Kelleher in 1936), Klein and Goldberg.
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 1847 ISSUE AND LOCAL POST COMBINATION, ESPECIALLY WITH BOTH STAMPS TIED BY A HANDSTAMPED MARKING.
The Messenkope stamps remained in use after Joseph E. Dunham purchased the Union Square Post Office in 1850. This March 4 date is either 1850 or 1851. We know of a few 1847/Messenkope combination covers, but only two have the stamps tied by a handstamped marking. Edward Lasell, professor of chemistry at Williams, founded Lassell College in 1851.
Illustrated in Chronicle 156 (p. 243). Ex Matthies, Wenk and Boker. With 1978 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED 1847 ISSUE COVERS WITH THE RARE G. A. MILLS LOCAL POST STAMP. AN OUTSTANDING 1847/LOCAL COMBINATION COVER FROM THE WELL-KNOWN ABBOTT CORRESPONDENCE.
In his article on Halls & Mills and G. A. Mills (The Penny Post, October 2006), Larry Lyons records 13 possible genuine covers with the G. A. Mills 109L1 stamp, plus seven stamps off cover or on piece. Four covers have 1847 Issue stamps, but one dated October 9, 1847, has a "decline opinion" P.F. certificate. The 1847 frankings on the remaining three covers comprise two 5c and one 10c. The 10c cover is addressed to Rev. Samuel P. Abbott, and this 5c cover is addressed to his sister, Sallucia. The Abbotts were a prominent family of educators.
Ex C. E. Chapman, H. T. Richardson and Boker.
FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED 1847 ISSUE COVERS WITH THE STRINGER & MORTON'S CITY DESPATCH STAMP. THIS IS THE ONLY COVER WITH THE BALTIMORE RAILROAD MARKING.
Stringer & Morton's City Despatch operated for only three months from October 1850 through January 1851. The stamps are stylistically identical to the Blood's stamps (Scott 15L12, 15L13 and 15L17).
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB QUALITY 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE COVER CARRIED TO THE MAILS BY SWARTS' CHATHAM SQUARE LOCAL POST.
Although the Meyersburg census records 14 covers with the 5c 1847 Issue and various handstamped Swarts markings, only two 10c 1847 covers with the Swarts handstamp are listed (Chronicle 156, p. 244). This cover is a third example, and it is by far the finest.
Signed Ashbrook. Ex Caspary, Hart and Boker.