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Sale 1041 — The William H. Gross Collection: 1847 & 1851-56 Issues

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 April, 2013

Category — Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
244
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 244, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to slightly in at lower right, attractive bright shade, tied by red grid cancel, used with Boston Mass., 1c Blue on Pelure (3LB1), large margins, tied by distinct strike of black ring of pearls carrier cancel, both stamps tied by red "Boston 5cts. 18 Mar." integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded letter datelined Mar. 18, 1850, to E. R. Potter, superintendent of schools in Providence R.I., light vertical fold

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.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,750
245
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 245, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large margins to clear at bottom left, cancelled by perfect strike of blue "Propeller" fancy cancel with matching "Wilmington & Raleigh Railroad Jun. 7" route agent's circular datestamp (ca. 1850), used with Honour's City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black on Bluish (4LB8), Position 7, manuscript "X' cancel, large margins to just touching ornaments, on buff cover-front only to Powers & Weightman in Philadelphia, faint strike of "Propeller" cancel to the right of 10c stamp, two vertical folds, one creases 10c stamp, the same stamp also shows thinning when held to light, small mended corner at bottom right of front

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

E. 1,500-2,000
4,750
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246
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 246, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue5c Brown (1), 5c Brown (1)5c Brown (1). Dark shade, three ample to large margins, slightly in at bottom, tied by red square grid cancel, used with U.S. Mail, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Rose (6LB9). large margins, very fresh, tied by red "New-York Feb. 27" (ca. 1850) circular datestamp on elongated cover to Newark N.J.

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

E. 2,000-3,000
1,700
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247
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 247, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Rich color, three full margins, slightly in at left, pre-use corner crease, tied by red square grid cancel, used with U.S. Mail, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Yellow Glazed (6LB10), large margins, trivial wrinkle, pencil cancel, tied by red "New-York Nov. 15" circular datestamp on blue envelope to a Miss Hodges at Female Seminary in Troy N.Y., seal on flap with embossed crest and "Nil Desperandum" ("do not despair"), some edgewear and small scuff spots, still Very Fine, about a dozen 1847/6LB10 combination covers are known, but very few have the carrier stamp tied by a handstamped marking, ex Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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248
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 248, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Large margins to just touched at lower right, dark shade, tied by blue "Philada. Pa. 5 cts. Jul. 18" (ca. 1850) integral-rate circular datestamp, repeated at right tying U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Rose, "L P" (7LB1) on folded cover to Burr, Benedict & Beebe in New York City., carrier stamp uncancelled as always, but the rim of circular datestamp ties top right corner, light vertical file fold

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.

E. 5,000-7,500
5,500
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249
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 249, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Large margins to barely in at lower right and bottom, dark shade, tied by blue "Philada. Pa. 5cts. 8 Mar." (1851) integral-rate circular datestamp, repeated at right on blue folded cover to Griswold & Claiborne in Richmond Va., used with U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black on Vermilion Glazed (7LB8), large margins to just touched, uncancelled as usual, slight toning along file fold at center, receipt docketing with 1851 yeardate

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.

E. 5,000-7,500
3,500
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250
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 250, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Position 45L1, large to huge margins with part of adjoining stamp at right, clear impression, clear strike of "Blood's Despatch 26 So. Sixth 28" double-line circular handstamp on brown cover to Boston street address, 10c tied on arrival at New York City by red square grid, matching "PHILADA. RAIL ROAD" straightline handstamp and "New-York Jan. 11" circular datestamp also tie stamp, small part of backflap removed

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.

Ex Boker

E. 3,000-4,000
4,750
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251
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 251, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Position 71R1, large even margins, sharp impression, tied by blue "Philada. Pa. 10 May 21" integral-rate circular datestamp, bold strike of "Blood's Despatch 26 So. Sixth 28" double-line circular handstamp on 1850 blue folded letter to Pittsburgh Pa., lightly cleaned, small sealed tear at top center

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

E. 2,000-3,000
2,300
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252
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 252, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Ample to large margins, intense shade and impression, tied by two strikes of blue "Philada. Pa. 5cts. Feb. 16" (ca. 1848) circular datestamp, used with D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L9), three huge margins, touched at bottom, uncancelled as usual on cover to Attleborough Pa., notation "Paid 5" at upper right (typical of covers carried by local posts to the mails), envelope with "Old Friends and True Friends" etiquette seal on flap, slight wear and faint stained spots, Very Fine, based on other dated 15L9 covers and the shade/impression of the 5c 1847 stamp, this is almost certainly an 1848 yeardate, an exceedingly rare combination of the "For the Post Office" Blood's stamp and 1847 Issue -- the Meyersburg census records 14 combination 1847 Issue/15L9 covers -- ex Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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253
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 253, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Three large margins, cut in at top and tiny tear at bottom, used with Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10), large margins to slightly in along top where roughly separated, both stamps tied by "PHILADA. RAIL ROAD" straightline handstamp on cover-front only to Pawtucket R.I., slight splitting along file fold at bottom, Fine, a spectacular and rare combination of the Blood's Black & Blue "For the Post Office" stamp and 1847 Issue with both stamps tied by the railroad marking applied at New York City, this is the only tied example among the seven covers known to us with this combination, ex Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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254
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 254, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Three large to huge margins, including part of adjoining stamp at top, ample at bottom, slight gum toning, tied by one of two light strikes of blue "Philada. Pa. 10cts Oct. 2" (ca. 1848) integral-rate circular datestamp, used with Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10), full margins to clear, uncancelled as usual, on buff cover to Margaretta Bullock in Mount Holly N.J., minor edgewear and small tears, wax seal spot at center, small part of backflap removed, Fine, a rare combination of the Blood's Black & Blue "For the Post Office" stamp and 10c 1847 Issue, another cover from this correspondence with a 5c 1847 and 15L10 is recorded (Hart collection), ex Hart and Boker

E. 1,500-2,000
1,200
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255
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 255, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins except at lower right where just barely in, bright shade on strongly blued paper, tied by red square grid cancel, used with Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13), acid cancel, faintly creased, both stamps tied by red "New-York Jul. 18" (ca. 1850) circular datestamp, matching "PHILADA. RAIL ROAD" straightline handstamp on cover to Albany N.Y.

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

E. 1,500-2,000
1,300
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256
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 256, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Ample margins to barely in at upper left, used with Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13), large margins to slightly in, acid cancel, faint crease, both stamps originating on Oct. 21, 1850 folded letter from Philadelphia to New York City street address, 5c stamp tied by New York red "5" in circle handstamp, Very Fine, cancelled on arrival at New York, ex Hart and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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257
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 257, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Three enormous margins, cut in at bottom, bright shade, used with Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13), small margins but frameline shows all around, both stamps originating on lady's small envelope from Philadelphia to New York City street address, Blood's stamp tied by New York red "5" in circle handstamp, 5c tied by matching red square grid cancel, manuscript "Paid", Very Fine, covers with this combination are not rare, but very few are tied on arrival in this fashion, ex Hart and Boker, with 1960 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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258
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 258, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large to huge margins, sharp impression, used with Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13), huge bottom right corner sheet margins, other sides clear to just touched, both stamps tied by red square grid cancel, matching "New-York Aug. 13" (1850) circular datestamp and "PHILADA. RAIL ROAD" straightline handstamp on blue folded cover to Portland Me., receipt docketing on back with 1850 yeardate, the cover has been lightly cleaned

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

E. 5,000-7,500
8,500
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259
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 259, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large margins all around, including right sheet margin, used with D. O. Blood & Co., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13), usual acid tie with some erosion thru stamp, 10c tied by vivid "paint red" "New York 10cts Dec. 7" integral-rate circular datestamp, matching second strike and equally bold "PHILADA. RAIL-ROAD" straightline handstamp on buff cover to Wilton N.H., forwarded to New Market with manuscript "Wilton N.H. Dec. 23" postmark and 1850 year date, Blood's stamp faintly creased, 10c appears to have some lightened stains

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.

E. 7,500-10,000
6,500
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260
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 260, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large margins to slightly in at bottom, tied by red square grid cancel, used with Bouton's City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Gray Blue, Dots in Corners (18L2), three large margins, just clear at right, tied by red "Paid/Bouton" two-line handstamp (struck again at center) and second strike of red square grid, matching "New-York Nov. 9" (1848) circular datestamp on cover front only to Oswego N.Y., pencil 1848 docketing has been erased, creases clear of stamps, slightly trimmed around edges

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

E. 5,000-7,500
4,000
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261
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 261, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Full to large margins, manuscript cancel, used with Boyd's City Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (20L7), large margins to cut in at top, tied by black grid cancel, both stamps tied by red "New York & Phila. R.R. Mar. 29" route agent's circular datestamp on lady's small cover to New Brunswick N.J.

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.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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262
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 262, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to clear, tied by blue "12" in circle handstamp, matching "Philada. Pa. 5 Mar. 3" integral-rate circular datestamp and used with Eagle City Post, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (61L2), Type B with 46 points, tied by manuscript "X", on 1849 blue folded letter to Carlisle Pa., manuscript "Paid 5cts" at top right, minor edgewear and nick at top right corner, both stamps with trivial age and gum stains, faint toning along left edge

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.

E. 15,000-20,000
15,500
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263
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 263, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Three full to large margins, cut in at left, used with Messenkope's Union Square Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Green Glazed (106L1), large margins, trivial vertical crease, both stamps tied by red square grid cancel, matching "New-York Mar. 4" (ca. 1850-51) circular datestamp on cover to Professor Edward Lasell at Williams College in Williamstown Mass.

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

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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264
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 264, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins all around, beautiful dark shade and early impression, tied by neat red square grid cancel, matching "New-York Jan. 27" (1848) circular datestamp, used with G. A. Mills, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Green Glazed (109L1), large to huge margins, bright color, slight creasing and cracking in enamel, uncancelled as usual, on folded letter to Miss Sallucia Abbott in Farmington Me., blue manuscript "Due 5" for distance over 300 miles

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.

E. 4,000-5,000
6,750
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265
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 265, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, large margins all around, trivial corner crease, cancelled by two strikes of blue numeral "5" with matching "Baltimore Railrd. Oct. 21" (1850) route agent's circular datestamp on brown cover to Monson Mass., used with Stringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore Md., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (134L1), usual dark impression, apparently acid tied (toned through envelope paper), receipt docketing, cover slightly toned, some edgewear

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).

Ex Boker

E. 1,500-2,000
6,500
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266
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 266, Carriers and Locals Used with 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large to huge margins, gorgeous sharp early impression, tied by two clear strikes of red square grid cancel, matching "New-York Jan. 19" circular datestamp on 1848 folded letter on Tradesmen's Bank letterhead to Pittsburgh Pa., mostly clear strike of "Swarts' B. Post Office N.Y. Chatham Square" red oval handstamp at lower left, light fold

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.

E. 2,000-3,000
5,500
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