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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: Philadelphia Despatch Post (D.O. Blood Precursor)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
638
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 638, Local Posts: Philadelphia Despatch Post (D.O. Blood Precursor)Phila. Despatch Post, Phila. Despatch PostPhila. Despatch Post. Two strikes of red circular datestamp on Mar. 15, 1844 docketed folded cover, first "AM" and apparently a delivery attempt was made, pencil address crossed out and new pencil address added along with second strike of datestamp with "PM" for second delivery later in the day, matching hollow "3" handstamp and manuscript "Free" crossed out for second delivery, some wear and minor staining, still Fine and rare use of both the "AM" and "PM" datestamps from this Blood's forerunner

E. 300-400
325
639
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 639, Local Posts: Philadelphia Despatch Post (D.O. Blood Precursor)Phila. Despatch Post 10 A.M, Phila. Despatch Post 10 A.MPhila. Despatch Post 10 A.M. Unusually clear strike of red circular datestamp on Jan. 7, 1844 docketed folded cover to attorney in Philadelphia, matching hollow "3" handstamp and manuscript address for delivery, some minor soiling at top, file fold, Very Fine strike of the datestamp from this Blood's forerunner

E. 300-400
275
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640
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 640, Local Posts: Philadelphia Despatch Post (D.O. Blood Precursor)Phila. Despatch Post 3 P.M, Phila. Despatch Post 3 P.MPhila. Despatch Post 3 P.M. Unusually clear strike of red circular datestamp on April 4, 1843 docketed folded cover addressed locally, pencil manuscript address for delivery and "3" due, file folds, Very Fine strike of the datestamp from this Blood's forerunner and scarce with the 3 P.M. time

E. 200-300
700
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641
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 641, Local Posts: Philadelphia Despatch Post (D.O. Blood Precursor)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red on Bluish (15L1), Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red on Bluish (15L1)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red on Bluish (15L1). Octagonal margins with large part of circle intact, manuscript "R & Co." control mark, clear strike of red outline "3" cancel, affixed with thick mucilage to folded letter datelined "Philadelphia Aug. 29th 1843" to Lloyd's Va., red "Philadelphia Pa. Aug. 30" circular datestamp just barely ties margin of stamp, blue manuscript "18-3/4" rate with a notation "Chd" (Charged)

VERY FINE. FROM A RECENT DISCOVERY, THIS IS ONE OF FIFTEEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST RED STAMP. A WONDERFUL "PRIMITIVE" AMONG PHILATELIC RARITIES.

The Philadelphia Despatch Post is documented in an advertisement in the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Dec. 8, 1842) and in an expanded version with some differences (go to www.siegelauctions.com/enc/carriers/robertson.jpg for an image of the revised ad). In the later ad, the stamps are priced at 3c individually, 31c per dozen and $2 per hundred. Valuable-letter registration for 6-1/4c and a 6c rate on letters beyond two miles are quoted (no examples of either special service are known). The firm's address is 93 Chesnut Street, not 83 South Second Street as in the earlier advertisement.

Dr. Vernon R. Morris Jr. has recently published his own comprehensive census, which updates and expands the census previously published by our firm.

This cover was discovered in an archive only about 10 years ago and was not previously included in the census. With 2005 P.F. certificate

8,500
4,250
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642
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 642, Local Posts: Philadelphia Despatch Post (D.O. Blood Precursor)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)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3). Even margins, cancelled by red outline "3" handstamp, matching faint "Phila. Despatch Post" circular timestamp on small folded cover containing a May 9, 1844 letter to Philadelphia street address, interesting content related to being armed and patrolling against "disturbances", stamp with corner crease and small indentation at top right

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST STRIDING MESSENGER STAMP ON A SMALL COVER -- THE WORLD'S FIRST PICTORIAL STAMP.

This letter coincides with the Philadelphia Nativist riots of May 6-8 (and July), 1844. The writer was clearly referring to them in his letter. The riots were the result of rising anti-Catholic sentiment and the May incident resulted in the destruction of churches and the loss of at least 14 lives. Further rioting followed in July

3,500
1,300
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643
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 643, Local Posts: Philadelphia Despatch Post (D.O. Blood Precursor)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)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3). On thin paper with clear background lines, margins all around, small red outline "3" cancel, blue manuscript "18-3/4" rate, red "Philadelphia Pa. Jun. 11" circular datestamp on 1844 folded letter to Lynchburg Va., cover and stamp with toning, stamp with corner creases at bottom and scuff at bottom right where corners had been folded under before original application to the cover (P.F. certificate shows them folded under), otherwise Fine, ex Dr. Morris, with 1999 P.F. certificate

3,500
750
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644
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 644, Local Posts: Philadelphia Despatch Post (D.O. Blood Precursor)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)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co" Initials (15L3). Two items, first large margins to in where corner clipped, cancelled by red outline "3", matching "Phila. Despatch Post" in circle on June 18, 1844 folded letter to local street address, Jones Hotel embossed seal on back, stamp with couple small toned spots, Fine, second stamp with large margins to in at left, on cover front only to local address, clear red "Phila. Despatch Post" in circle handstamp, Fine, a scarce pair of items showing the world's first pictorial stamp, Scott Retail $4,250.00 as single on cover not tied and single off cover

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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