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

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

Category — Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. Loomis

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4348
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4348, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisFloyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1), Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1)Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1). Study collection of 14 singles, two pairs (one tied to piece) and vertical strip of four on piece, the strip is faulty with worm damage but is the largest recorded multiple (horizontal strip of four is also known, ex Golden), range of cancels in black and blue, several with large margins, faults to be expected but several are Very Fine appearing, scarce group, Scott Retail as singles

1,750
400
4349
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Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4349, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisFloyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Brown (68L2), Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Brown (68L2)Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Brown (68L2). Unused (no gum), ample margins, fresh and Very Fine

500
300
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4350
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4350, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisFloyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Brown (68L2), Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Brown (68L2)Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Brown (68L2). Tight margins but clear of frameline all around, rich color, cancelled by Floyd's circular sunburst handstamp, small thin spots, Very Fine appearance, ex Rohloff

1,000
250
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4351
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Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4351, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisFloyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Green (68L3), Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Green (68L3)Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Green (68L3). Unused (no gum) on the thin crisp paper of the originals, two large margins, full at top and right

FINE. NO MORE THAN A DOZEN EXAMPLES OF FLOYD'S GREEN STAMP ARE KNOWN TO US, AND OF THESE ONLY FOUR ARE IN UNUSED CONDITION.

John R. Floyd advertised the start of his Penny Post in July 1860. In June 1861, after the outbreak of the Civil War, Floyd sold the firm to Charles W. Mappa, but continued to assist in managing the post for several months before leaving for war in January 1862. Mappa in turn sold out to Kimball & Waterman in May 1862, and the post continued at least until November 1862 and then closed.

The Brown and Blue stamps were the first issued, and the Blue continued to be issued from 1860 through 1862. The Green stamps are known used only in October and November 1862, thus they appear to be the last printing, probably by Kimball & Waterman before the post was closed. The Blue is the most common, and the Brown is extremely scarce. The Green is by far the rarest, with only two recorded covers, six or seven used stamps off cover, and three or four unused stamps (three with original gum) known to us.

4,500
1,500
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4352
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4352, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisFloyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Green (68L3), Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Green (68L3)Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Green (68L3). Ample margins to in at bottom, cancelled by "Floyd's Penny Post Chicago" circular handstamp, tiny margin nicks and thinning, Fine appearance and very rare, only six or seven used examples are known off cover

3,250
700
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4353
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4353, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisFriend's Boarding School, Barnesville O., (1c) Black (151L1), Friend's Boarding School, Barnesville O., (1c) Black (151L1)Friend's Boarding School, Barnesville O., (1c) Black (151L1). Type I, margins all around, uncancelled as usual, neatly affixed just below 3c Green (158) which is tied by cork, "Barnesville O. Jan. 3" circular datestamp on cover to Philadelphia, receiving backstamp, Very Fine, these locals are normally affixed to the back of the cover, the placement next to the 3c stamp is desirable

E. 300-400
160
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4354
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Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4354, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisGahagan & Howe City Express, San Francisco, 5c Light Blue (70L1), Gahagan & Howe City Express, San Francisco, 5c Light Blue (70L1)Gahagan & Howe City Express, San Francisco, 5c Light Blue (70L1). Unused (no gum), large to huge margins all around, small thin spot at upper right, Very Fine appearance, scarce

1,200
350
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4355
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Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4355, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisGahagan & Howe City Express, San Francisco, 10c Black (70L4), Gahagan & Howe City Express, San Francisco, 10c Black (70L4)Gahagan & Howe City Express, San Francisco, 10c Black (70L4). Part original brownish gum, paper h.r. at top and bottom, ample to huge margins incl. portion of adjoining stamp at top, couple small this spots, Very Fine appearance and rare, this is only the second example we have offered in more than 20 years

1,500
650
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4356
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4356, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisGreenslade's Local Post, Los Angeles Cal, Greenslade's Local Post, Los Angeles CalGreenslade's Local Post, Los Angeles Cal. Collection of 13 single stamps and two full panels of 12 stamps, range of designs and paper colors, Very Fine collection of this fascinating and enigmatic issue, several experts have opined that this was a legitimate local post but no covers are known, although the Philatelic Foundation has in its reference collection copies with Los Angeles and New York circular datestamps, accompanied by a comprehensive article on the Greenslade's issue by Gordon Stimmell from Chronicle No. 225, pp. 21-27

E. 400-500
650
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4357
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4357, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisHanford's Pony Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Orange Yellow (78L1), Hanford's Pony Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Orange Yellow (78L1)Hanford's Pony Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Orange Yellow (78L1). Ample margins to clear at right, tiny corner crease, pen cancel, light strike of red New York circular datestamp and small "Paid" straightline on cover to New York street address, Very Fine appearance

1,250
180
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4358
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4358, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisHumboldt Express (Langton's), Nevada, 25c Brown (86L1), Humboldt Express (Langton's), Nevada, 25c Brown (86L1)Humboldt Express (Langton's), Nevada, 25c Brown (86L1). Even margins all around, rich color, neat manuscript "X" cancel, Very Fine, signed Springer

1,250
650
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4359
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4359, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisHussey's Post, New York N.Y., (1c) Blue (87L1), Hussey's Post, New York N.Y., (1c) Blue (87L1)Hussey's Post, New York N.Y., (1c) Blue (87L1). Three ample margins, just into frameline at top, bright color, red "Notice & Circular Distributing Office" handstamp cancel, Fine, this is one of the rarest of the Hussey's Post stamps, Power Search does not list another example cancelled by this handstamp, which normally appears on the other side of the cover

500
275
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4360
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4360, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisHussey's Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black, Red (87L2-87L5), Hussey's Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black, Red (87L2-87L5)Hussey's Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black, Red (87L2-87L5). One of each mounted on cards with typed descriptions, first three cancelled with "Free", "Paid G. Hussey" and 50 Wm. St. company circular datestamp respectively, last unused (not known used), each with four margins, couple tiny thin specks, Very Fine and choice group of four of the better early Hussey's stamps

700
325
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4361
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Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4361, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisHussey's Post, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black, Thick Wove (87L55-87L56), Hussey's Post, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black, Thick Wove (87L55-87L56)Hussey's Post, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black, Thick Wove (87L55-87L56). One of each, unused, first "Copyright 1877" original gum, h.r., second no gum, both with large margins all around, Very Fine and choice, the scarce "Trade Mark" error of design stamp (Scott 87L56) is featured on the front of the 2016 Scott Specialized Catalogue, in honor of World Stamp Show New York 2016

525
300
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4362
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Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4362, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisHussey's Post, New York N.Y., 50c Black on Green Glazed, Special Delivery (87LE7), Hussey's Post, New York N.Y., 50c Black on Green Glazed, Special Delivery (87LE7)Hussey's Post, New York N.Y., 50c Black on Green Glazed, Special Delivery (87LE7). Original gum, h.r, large even margin, fresh and Extremely Fine, the finest of only three recorded examples, one of which is seriously defective (ex Middendorf), illustrated in Scott on p. 598, listed but unpriced in Scott

E. 750-1,000
525
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4363
 
Hussey's Study Collection. On stock pages, more than 300 stamps, wide range of issues, mostly originals with some reprints, largely unused with some used as well, incl. complete sheets of 46 of No. 87L7 (Scott Retail $350.00) and of 49 of No. 87L22, some flaws to be found but overall nice condition, a fascinating comprehensive group, substantial Scott Retail value

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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4364
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4364, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisHussey's Post, New York, N.Y, Hussey's Post, New York, N.YHussey's Post, New York, N.Y. Balance of 10 covers, eight with stamps (one dos not originate) and two stampless, range of issues incl. No. 87LE3 tied by Hussey's Message Post handstamp (Scott Retail $325.00), a couple with some edge flaws from opening, Fine-Very Fine

E. 400-500
550
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4365
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4365, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisJay's Dispatch, Richwood's Dispatch, La Hoyt, Iowa, Jay's Dispatch, Richwood's Dispatch, La Hoyt, IowaJay's Dispatch, Richwood's Dispatch, La Hoyt, Iowa. One page letter from J.C. Jay dated Jan. 8, 1909, states "Dear Sir, yours at hand. In regard to the locals. When I lived in the country I had nothing to do but collect stamps etc. & hunt. I went 3 mi. to the P.O. every day & the neighbors offered me 1c each for each piece of mail. I commenced carrying their mail. I issued the stamp. I was a stamp collector & the howl it made, I hear it yet. A used one would be scarce. I carried the mail to & from the P.O. 1c each way. Yours, J.C. Jay", letter with red Richwood's Dispatch stamp with letter carrying pigeon attached at bottom, some splits on folds, also accompanied by eight other examples of Jay's stamps of three different types, two covers, incl. 1c postal entire with Jay's stamp tied by magenta pony rider (address panel cut out), Very Fine and fascinating first-hand account of Jay's Dispatch

E. 400-500
350
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4366
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4366, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisJefferson Market P.O., New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Blue Glazed (88L2), Jefferson Market P.O., New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Blue Glazed (88L2)Jefferson Market P.O., New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Blue Glazed (88L2). Large margins to just touching, uncancelled as usual, used on back of folded letter (in German) to Reading Pa., two datelines incl. Mar. 27, 1851, red "New-York 5 Cts. Apr. 15" integral-rate circular datestamp, opened for display, stamp has small surface scrapes and small tears, lettersheet has small tears and soiling

FINE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE JEFFERSON MARKET POST OFFICE STAMP ON BLUE PAPER -- EACH USED ON COVER, OF WHICH TWO ARE TIED.

The Jefferson Market P.O. was not officially connected to the New York Post Office, but used the "Post Office" designation in its name, much like Swarts and other contemporaries. The post is believed to have been operated by Godfrey Schmidt, who was listed in the 1850-51 city directory as Godfrey Smith at 6 Greenwich Avenue (source: Elliott Perry). In addition to the stamps issued by the Jefferson Market P.O., a stampless cover was reported by Thomas C. Mazza in The Penny Post (Jan. 1995). The stampless folded letter is addressed to Sing Sing N.Y. and bears a clear strike of a large Eagle-type frame containing "Jefferson Market Post Office/BY G. SCHMIDT & CO." in two lines. It also has a red New York Jun. 30 datestamp, and the letter is year-dated 1850. This 88L2 cover is clearly postmarked Apr. 15 (1851), which establishes at least a ten-month existence for the post, corresponding to the city directory listing for Godfrey Schmidt (Smith).

Our records contain four examples of 88L1 (Pink paper), all uncancelled off cover, and five of 88L2 (Blue paper) used on separate covers. The stamps were not cancelled by the post, but in two cases they are coincidentally tied by a postal marking. The five 88L2 examples are listed in our Sale 908, lot 4920.

Ex Schwartz and D.K. Collection. With 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,200
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4367
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Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4367, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisLedger Dispatch, Brooklyn N.Y., (unstated value) Rose (95L1), Ledger Dispatch, Brooklyn N.Y., (unstated value) Rose (95L1)Ledger Dispatch, Brooklyn N.Y., (unstated value) Rose (95L1). Three, first two unused (no gum), distinctly different shades, full margins with roulettes, fresh and Very Fine, third with blue cancel on piece of cover with red "Paid" straightline, cut down to just outside or touching the margins, Fine, the only used example we have encountered, ex Perry, this Brooklyn post, established by Edward Pidgeon, was suppressed after a brief time in 1882, stamps were reportedly sold at 80c per 100

1,200
400
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4368
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4368, Local Posts: Floyd`s thru Wm. E. LoomisWm. E. Loomis Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (98L1), Wm. E. Loomis Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (98L1)Wm. E. Loomis Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (98L1). Huge margins all around, manuscript "X" and blue boxed "Paid" cancels, thin spots, Extremely Fine appearance, ex Caspary and Middendorf, also incl. an unused copy with address shifted to right, full to ample margins, thinned, Very Fine appearance, in late 1866 George A. Carnes sold the San Francisco Letter Express to William E. Loomis, in 1868 Loomis altered the Grizzly Bear printing plate by removing the Carnes name and printed his own stamps

950
375
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