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Sale 1117 — U.S. & Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 17-18 December, 2015

Category — Local Posts: Beesley thru G. Carter

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4310
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4310, Local Posts: Beesley thru G. CarterBeesley's Express Post, Utica N.Y, Beesley's Express Post, Utica N.YBeesley's Express Post, Utica N.Y. Three-line handstamp "G. N. BEESLY'S/EXPRESS POST, /UTICA, N.Y." on cover to a Miss Gridly at the City Hotel in Utica, probably a Valentine mailing, faint toning spots, Very Fine and extremely rare, Hahn recorded only two examples of this marking (the other was in our Golden sale), ex Hahn, with 2015 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
550
4311
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4311, Local Posts: Beesley thru G. CarterBentley's Madison Square/1/P.M./Apr/13, Bentley's Madison Square/1/P.M./Apr/13Bentley's Madison Square/1/P.M./Apr/13. Double-circle datestamp on back of small cover to New Milford Conn., 3c Dull Red (26) tied by "New-York Apr. 13" circular datestamp, Very Fine, ex Golden

E. 150-200
100
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4312
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4312, Local Posts: Beesley thru G. CarterBentley's Madison Square, Bentley's Madison SquareBentley's Madison Square. Double-circle handstamp with "Paid" straightline (previously used by Swarts) on cover to local street address, slight creasing at right, still Very Fine and scarce, ex Golden

E. 200-300
300
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4313
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4313, Local Posts: Beesley thru G. CarterBentley's Dispatch, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Gold (10L2), Bentley's Dispatch, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Gold (10L2)Bentley's Dispatch, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Gold (10L2). Clear to ample margins except touched at upper right corner, faint "Paid" cancel and pen stroke, small thin spot

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTRAORDINARILY RARE STAMP. ONLY FIVE OF THE SIX KNOWN EXAMPLES ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

Ex Kane, Boker, Richardson and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $7,500.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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4314
ng
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4314, Local Posts: Beesley thru G. CarterBlizzard Mail, New York N.Y., 5c Black (163L1), Blizzard Mail, New York N.Y., 5c Black (163L1)Blizzard Mail, New York N.Y., 5c Black (163L1). Original gum as applied to only the four corners, large margins all around on criss-crossed lines watermarked paper, inconsequential diagonal crease

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT STAMP ISSUED BY BLIZZARD MAIL, WHICH CARRIED MAILS FROM NEW JERSEY TO THE NEW YORK POST OFFICE DURING THE GREAT BLIZZARD OF 1888.

An article by Gordon Stimmell in the Penny Post (Jan. 1995) tells the story of W.H. Mitchell's Blizzard Mail issue -- the country's first emergency mail stamp. The stamp was created by Mitchell, a philatelist, for a temporary service to overcome significant mail delivery problems stemming from the Great Blizzard of 1888. The '88 storm was one of the most severe in United States history, with snowdrifts in excess of 50ft in some places. Mitchell posted a notice in front of his Bergen office stating "During the blockade on the railroad, mail, matter, letters only, will be taken direct from Bergen Point to the New York Post Office." The rate charged was 5c and the mode of transportation was by sleigh.

This is only the second example of this rarity we have offered. Illustrated in Scott Catalogue on p. 583

3,750
3,750
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4315
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4315, Local Posts: Beesley thru G. CarterPhiladelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3), Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3). Large even margins all around, affixed to piece, cancelled by neat strike of red "Paid" handstamp, small trace of toning at bottom, Very Fine, lovely example of the world's first pictorial stamp and unusual with the "Paid" cancel

750
700
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4316
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4316, Local Posts: Beesley thru G. CarterPhiladelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3), Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3). Three, each with attractive margins that touch one side, two with red "3" cancels, one with manuscript cancel, some flaws incl. tear on one and thin on another, Fine appearing trio of the first Striding Messenger stamp

2,250
700
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4317
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4317, Local Posts: Beesley thru G. CarterD. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "D.O.B. & Cos." Initials, (2c) Black (15L4-15L6), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "D.O.B. & Cos." Initials, (2c) Black (15L4-15L6)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "D.O.B. & Cos." Initials, (2c) Black (15L4-15L6). One of first, clear initials, margins to touched, uncancelled on blue piece, Fine, four of second, manuscript cancels, two with large margins, some flaws, Fine-Very Fine appearance, one of third, margins to touched at upper right, Fine, an attractive group of Striding Messenger stamps

1,800
1,200
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4318
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4318, Local Posts: Beesley thru G. CarterD. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L9), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L9)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L9). Huge margins incl. part of adjoining stamp at bottom, some slight wrinkling, untied on Quaker dated Mar. 13, 1848 folded letter from Pleasant Valley Pa. to Alexandria Va., blue "Philad. Pa. 5cts. Mar. 16" integral-rate circular datestamp, Very Fine

500
180
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4319
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4319, Local Posts: Beesley thru G. CarterBlood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa, Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia PaBlood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa. Collection of 28 stamped covers, range of Blood's adhesives and seven used with U.S. regular issues incl. one with 5c 1847 Issue (1), tied by Philadelphia circular datestamp (faults, Scott Retail $2,000.00), other six are 3c 1851-57 Issues, the Blood's stamps mostly acid tied with a couple handstamp or filing crease tied, mixed condition with some faults to be found, overall a Fine and worthwhile group

E. 750-1,000
1,500
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4320
 
Boyd's City Express, New York N.Y., Study Collection. On stock pages, more than 200 stamps, unused and used, wide range of issues incl. cut squares, nearly all are originals, mixed condition with flaws to be found but overall an interesting and comprehensive group

E. 500-750
700
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4321
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4321, Local Posts: Beesley thru G. CarterBoyd's City Express, New York N.Y, Boyd's City Express, New York N.YBoyd's City Express, New York N.Y. Collection of more than 50 covers, most stamped and showing a range of Boyd's adhesives and dates, several with a U.S. 3c stamp, each identified as to Scott No., mixed condition with some faulty but many appear Fine

E. 500-750
1,600
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4322
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4322, Local Posts: Beesley thru G. CarterBrady & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (22L1), Brady & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (22L1)Brady & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (22L1). Uncancelled or perhaps very lightly cancelled, margins all around, thinned, Very Fine appearance and rare, ex Schwartz

1,000
500
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4323
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4323, Local Posts: Beesley thru G. CarterBrady & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (22L1), Brady & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (22L1)Brady & Co., New York N.Y., 1c Red on Yellow (22L1). Even margins, lightly cancelled, filled thin, Very Fine appearance and rare

1,000
450
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4324
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Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4324, Local Posts: Beesley thru G. CarterBroadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (26L1), Broadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (26L1)Broadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (26L1). Full margins all around, uncancelled on Jul. 12, 1848 folded letter to Bridgeport Conn., red "New-York 5cts. 13 Jul." circular datestamp, Very Fine and an extremely rare stamp of which some very clever counterfeits exist (Caspary had a counterfeit on cover), see Gordon Stimmell's Penny Post article (Jul. 1995) for a discussion of this post, offered as a genuine off-cover stamp with Scott Retail of $1,000.00 uncancelled

E. 400-500
350
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4325
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4325, Local Posts: Beesley thru G. CarterBronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1), Bronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1)Bronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago Ill., (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1). Two huge margins, ample at left and bottom, cancelled by two strikes of "Paid" straightline, some small thin spots, Very Fine appearance, we have not encountered this cancel on a Bronson & Forbes stamp before

2,000
550
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4326
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Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4326, Local Posts: Beesley thru G. CarterBrowne's Easton Despatch, Easton Pa., 2c Black (30L3), Browne's Easton Despatch, Easton Pa., 2c Black (30L3)Browne's Easton Despatch, Easton Pa., 2c Black (30L3). Positions 2-3, horizontal pair, unused (no gum), huge margins all around, creases, Very Fine appearance, an extremely rare multiple of this local, the engraved stamp with a portrait of Washington, 30L3, was the subject of scholarly study by Larry Lyons (Penny Post, April 2006), in his article, he documents at least 37 examples and reconstructs the original plate layout, in addition to the unique block of six (see Siegel Sale 958, lot 746), there are only three or four pairs known to exist, ex Caspary and Middendorf

1,600
1,400
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4327
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4327, Local Posts: Beesley thru G. CarterG. Carter's Despatch. 90 N. Fifth St. Paid, G. Carter's Despatch. 90 N. Fifth St. PaidG. Carter's Despatch. 90 N. Fifth St. Paid. Small circular handstamp, red "New-York 10cts. 26 Jul." integral-rate circular datestamp with matching "PHILADA. RAIL ROAD" straightline handstamp on buff cover to Lowell Mass., manuscript "P" at top right, small multicolor "Justice" label on back showing Lady Liberty with sword and scales, Very Fine, a nice combination of the Carter's handstamp with the railroad straightline

E. 500-750
600
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