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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: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & Schenck

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
711
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 711, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckCity Dispatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (41L1), City Dispatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (41L1)City Dispatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (41L1). Ample margins to touched, tied by grid in circle handstamp on buff cover to local street address, reduced at left, original letter without dateline (letter toned), Very Fine cover

500
150
712
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 712, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckCity Dispatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (41L1), City Dispatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (41L1)City Dispatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (41L1). Four covers, one tied with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) to New York City, both cover and stamps faulty, other three solo uses, two tied by handstamps, one on an insurance corner card cover, small flaws, appear Fine

E. 300-400
275
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713
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 713, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & Schenck"City Despatch" (Baltimore Md, "City Despatch" (Baltimore Md"City Despatch" (Baltimore Md.) Red rectangular dotted-border handstamp on folded letter to a lady at local address, a love poem signed "A. Friend", some wear and faint bleaching, Fine and scarce handstamp, ex Hahn who notes this is known from 1846-47

E. 200-300
500
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714
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 714, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & Schenck"City Despatch/PM" (Philadelphia Pa.), "City Despatch/PM" (Philadelphia Pa.)"City Despatch/PM" (Philadelphia Pa.). Red handstamp with two bars across circle, bold blood-red strike on folded cover, stain at top, Very Fine strike and rare, fewer than ten are recorded, ex Dr. Morris

E. 300-400
250
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715
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 715, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckCumming's Express, 2 Cts, Cumming's Express, 2 CtsCumming's Express, 2 Cts. Red oval pictorial handstamp with locomotive, much better strike than usual on Dec. 8, 1846 folded letter to local street address, small tear at top, Very Fine and desirable, only a few examples of this illustrated local-post marking are known, ex Hollowbush and Hahn

E. 500-750
600
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716
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 716, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckCummings Express Post, Cummings Express PostCummings Express Post. Clear strike of red oval handstamp on edge embossed small Valentine cover to local address, corner with colored embossed flower, Very Fine, a beautiful cover with a nice example of this handstamp, ex Golden and Hahn, with 2008 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
550
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717
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 717, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckCummings Express Post, Cummings Express PostCummings Express Post. Red oval handstamp on gold colored ca. 1847 Valentine envelope to local address, elaborate two-sided design with cherub and peacock on front, two hearts connected by Cupid's arrow on backflap, Very Fine, a beautiful design with the Cummings handstamp

E. 500-750
475
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718
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 718, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckCummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Rose Glazed (55L1), Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Rose Glazed (55L1)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Rose Glazed (55L1). Framelines show on all four sides, manuscript cancel with splashes of ink tying stamp, red oval "Cumming's Express 2 Ct." locomotive handstamp and red "New-York 5 cts. 14 Nov." integral-rate circular datestamp on 1846 folded letter to Catskill N.Y.

VERY FINE. THE CUMMINGS' "LETTER & HEART" STAMP ON ROSE PAPER IS FAR RARER THAN THE GREEN OR YELLOW -- PROBABLY NO MORE THAN FOUR OR FIVE GENUINE COVERS EXIST.

Alfred H. Cummings operated Cummings' City Post as early as December 1845 (earliest reported cover) through 1847. Alfred H. Cummings and Robert Wright joined to take over the City Despatch Post Office from Abraham Mead by March 1847. The distinctive stamps picturing Cupid (55L4-55L5) and a letter sealed by a heart (55L1-55L3) tie the post's activities to the Valentine season. All are very scarce, but the Rose 55L1 is the rarest of the Cummings "Letter & Heart" series -- Caspary had only one; Middendorf the same. The Rose covers we have located have November 1846 dates. At a later date, the "Cummings" name was erased from the plate, as evidenced by the one recorded 55L8 stamp (ex Ferrary, Caspary and Boker).

Ex Chapman, Hollowbush, Golden, Kuphal and Geisler. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $5,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,200
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719
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 719, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckCummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (55L2), Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (55L2)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (55L2). Two large margins, others sides clear to ample, manuscript "#" cancel, just tied along margin by orange-red "New-York May 6" circular datestamp, faint part strike of red "Cumming's Express Post" oval handstamp, magenta manuscript "5" rate on 1846 folded letter to Boston, the stamp has a barely noticeable small sealed tear thru the "i" of "Cummings"

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

E. 2,000-3,000
2,300
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720
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 720, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckCummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3), Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3). Margins slightly in all around, cancelled by black dotted grid on back of blue and gold illustrated Valentine cover to "Miss Caroline M. Crane" with street address in pencil, faint red Cummings oval and "Paid/A.H.C." handstamps

FINE STAMP AND BEAUTIFUL COVER. AN EXTREMELY RARE VALENTINE USE OF CUMMINGS' "LETTER & HEART" STAMP ON YELLOW PAPER.

Illustrated in Perry's 100 Years Ago. Ex Ferrary. With 2000 P.F. certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
3,250
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721
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 721, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckCummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3), Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3). Clear margins to just in, cancelled by black dotted grid and tied by red "New-York 10cts. Jan. 7" integral-rate circular datestamp on folded cover to Detroit Mich., manuscript "Private", file folds do not affect the stamp

VERY FINE. A VERY RARE TIED EXAMPLE OF THE CUMMINGS' "LETTER & HEART" STAMP ON YELLOW PAPER.

The Cummings' "Letter & Heart" stamp was printed on three different papers -- Rose, Green and Yellow -- any examples tied by a New York datestamp are very rare

E. 1,500-2,000
750
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722
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 722, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckCutting's Despatch Post, Cutting's Despatch PostCutting's Despatch Post. Blue oval handstamp well struck on large Valentine cover to local young lady, delivery instructions at lower left, cover with staining and faults, Very Fine strike and rare with only five examples reported, for background information on Cuttings Despatch Post see Siegel Golden sale, page 194-195 (http://www.siegelauctions.com/1999/817/817-2-3.pdf)

E. 300-400
325
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723
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 723, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckDouglas' City Despatch, New York N.Y., 1c Slate Blue (59L6), Douglas' City Despatch, New York N.Y., 1c Slate Blue (59L6)Douglas' City Despatch, New York N.Y., 1c Slate Blue (59L6). Tied by light strike of magenta cork cancel on locally addressed cover, missing backflap and small cover repairs at top, Very Fine appearance and very scarce, ex Geisler, with 1998 P.F. certificate, unlisted in Scott on-cover

E. 300-400
325
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724
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 724, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckDupuy & Schenck, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Gray (60L2), Dupuy & Schenck, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Gray (60L2)Dupuy & Schenck, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Gray (60L2). Large margins to just touching outer framelines, red "Paid" cancel, reaffixed on Sep. 9, 1847 blue folded cover to 1 Hanover St., second strike of "Paid" and matching red "City Despatch Post, 2 Cents" oval handstamp -- formerly Franklin City Despatch Post with name removed -- neatly docketed on back, some skillful cosmetic improvements (accompanying certificate shows the cover before refolding), Fine appearance and rare use after the post was bought by Bouton in Sep. 1847, for background see article by Eric Karell (The Penny Post, July 2005), ex "German" Sale and Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate.

E. 750-1,000
375
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725
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 725, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckDupuy & Schenck, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Gray (60L2), Dupuy & Schenck, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Gray (60L2)Dupuy & Schenck, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Gray (60L2). Large margins to touched at bottom, cancelled by manuscript check on cover to local address, red "Dupuy & Schenck/Penny Post" two-line handstamp, overall light soiling, appears Fine

450
325
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726
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 726, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckDupuy & Schenck, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Gray (60L2), Dupuy & Schenck, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Gray (60L2)Dupuy & Schenck, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Gray (60L2). Large to full margins, cancelled by manuscript check mark on cover to Utica N.Y., red "New York 5cts. Mar. 26" integral-rate circular datestamp, stamp with faint vertical creases, cover with some edgewear, otherwise Very Fine, with clear 1990 P.F. certificate

450
110
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727
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 727, Local Posts: City Dispatch (Phila.) thru Dupuy & SchenckDupuy & Schenck, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Gray (60L2), Dupuy & Schenck, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Gray (60L2)Dupuy & Schenck, New York N.Y., (1c) Black on Gray (60L2). Large margins, uncancelled, red "New York 10cts. 8 Nov." integral-rate circular datestamp on folded letter to Farmington Me., letter missing one leaf, fresh and Very Fine cover and stamp, ex Klein and Lilly

450
425
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