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Sale 1101 — United States Carriers and Locals, Featuring the Gordon Stimmell Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 23 June, 2015

Category — Local Posts: Barker (Libby) thru Bicycle Mail Route

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
631
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 631, Local Posts: Barker (Libby) thru Bicycle Mail RouteLibby & Co's City Post, Barker's City Post, Libby & Co's City Post, Barker's City PostLibby & Co's City Post, Barker's City Post. Four covers, first "Libby & Co's/City Post/10 Court Square" red three-line handstamp, matching "Paid" on 1852 folded letter addressed to "Proprietor of the Boston Museum, Boston", some staining around edges, appears Fine, three Barker's covers, two with double-circle handstamp, one "Gutta Percha Pipe" printed circular to local street address, Very Fine, ex Emerson and Hahn, the other on back of 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U9) from Boston to Maine, last red oval handstamp and "Paid" to local address, Fine group, Libby was predecessor to Barker

E. 400-500
375
632
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 632, Local Posts: Barker (Libby) thru Bicycle Mail RouteE. N. Barry Despatch Post, New York N.Y, E. N. Barry Despatch Post, New York N.YE. N. Barry Despatch Post, New York N.Y. Red "E. N. Barry's Despatch Post" in large circle struck five times in open spaces of 8 x 10 in. silver Valentine cover with original enclosure, a lovely lace Valentine with silver and gold decorations, multicolored enamel floral wreath and verse, four of the five strikes are clear, the cover is toned and somewhat brittle with age, but these conditions could easily be treated by a paper restorer, one of two covers known with the red Barry's Despatch marking, E. N. Barry is noted by Elliott Perry (One Hundred Years Ago, p. 63) as a "postman" in 1852; contemporary source information and actual covers related to Barry are rare; three covers are reported: a black strike on a torn cover (ex Hollowbush) and another red strike on a Valentine (Sloane records), ex Golden and Hahn

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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633
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 633, Local Posts: Barker (Libby) thru Bicycle Mail RouteBayonne City Dispatch, Bayonne City N.J., 1c Black (9L1), Bayonne City Dispatch, Bayonne City N.J., 1c Black (9L1)Bayonne City Dispatch, Bayonne City N.J., 1c Black (9L1). Ample to large margins, tied by purple target cancel, matching light strike of "Bayonne City Dispatch Paid, May 12, 1883" three-line handstamp on cover to Bergen Point N.J., Very Fine

750
250
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634
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 634, Local Posts: Barker (Libby) thru Bicycle Mail RouteBayonne City Dispatch, Bayonne City N.J., 1c Black (9L1), Bayonne City Dispatch, Bayonne City N.J., 1c Black (9L1)Bayonne City Dispatch, Bayonne City N.J., 1c Black (9L1). Large margins, small flaw in top right corner, tied by bold strike of purple target cancel, matching "Bayonne City Dispatch Paid, May 12, 1883" three-line handstamp on yellow cover to local recipient, Very Fine appearance

750
250
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635
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 635, Local Posts: Barker (Libby) thru Bicycle Mail RouteBentley's Dispatch, New York N.Y, Bentley's Dispatch, New York N.YBentley's Dispatch, New York N.Y. Two items, first "Bentley's. Madison Square. 9 P.M. Apr. 16" double-circle datestamp boldly struck on cover to Conn., 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), s.e. at left, tied by "New-York Apr. 17" circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, choice to-the-mails example of this very scarce marking, illustrated in Patton (p. 146), ex Jarrett, second item blue-black double-circle handstamp partly struck on City Telegraph cover to local street address, roughly opened tearing away portion of top, second cover placed behind makes it appear complete (second without the Bentley's datestamp), a very rare example of Bentley's post used to convey a telegraph message, ex Golden

E. 400-500
500
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636
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 636, Local Posts: Barker (Libby) thru Bicycle Mail RouteBicycle Mail Route, Cal., 25c Green (12L1), Bicycle Mail Route, Cal., 25c Green (12L1)Bicycle Mail Route, Cal., 25c Green (12L1). Spelling error "San Fransisco", large margins, tied by "Fresno Cal. Jul. 15, 1894" duplex datestamp on E.S. Clark M.D. corner card 2c Columbian entire (U349) to under sheriff of Fresno, backstamped with Jul. 15, 1894 purple "Victor Bicycle Messenger Service." Fresno office datestamp with bicycle illustration, purple Overman Wheel Co. four-line handstamp on front, file fold lightly creases stamp which has some edge toning and a pinhole, Very Fine appearance, this inter-city service was established during the railroad union strike in 1894 by the Fresno agent for Victor bicycles, Arthur C. Banta; service commenced on July 6 and was discontinued on July 18 when the strike ended, only 380 letters were carried during the brief period of operation

2,750
2,100
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637
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 637, Local Posts: Barker (Libby) thru Bicycle Mail RouteBicycle Mail Route, Cal, Bicycle Mail Route, CalBicycle Mail Route, Cal. Unused No. 12LU2, toning on back and light file fold, otherwise Very Fine, also No. 12L1 affixed to Victor Cyclery cover with the "answer" four-line handstamp and illustrated handstamp on back, signed Arthur C. Banta, did not enter mails, Very Fine, used single off-cover, finally group of stamps from the defaced die including block of six, block of four signed by Banta, a 1935 rerun cover and two other Banta memorial covers, Very Fine and interesting group

E. 300-400
225
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