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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: Ricketts & Hall thru Stringer & Morton

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
788
 
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 788, Local Posts: Ricketts & Hall thru Stringer & MortonRicketts & Hall, Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (127L1), Ricketts & Hall, Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (127L1)Ricketts & Hall, Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (127L1). Cut to shape with outer circle and name cut away, pencil cancel

FINE. ONE OF SEVEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE RICKETTS & HALL STAMP, OF WHICH THREE HAVE THE NAME AND ADDRESS AROUND THE PERIMETER CUT AWAY. ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER OF AMERICAN LOCAL-POST STAMPS.

Denwood N. Kelly provided an excellent overview of what little is known about Ricketts & Hall in his Collectors Club Philatelist series on Baltimore (Vol. 50, No. 6). Stephen Gronowski updated the census of known examples in The Penny Post (Apr. 1994) and Steven M. Roth included the three recorded covers in his February 1997 Baltimore survey (Chronicle 173). A review of our own records (including the Costales and Sloane notes and P.F. files) produced no additional examples or information.

The stamps and advertisements from The Sun (Feb. 10-11, 1857) give the address of Ricketts & Hall as 4 Rechabite Hall, the location of Cook's Dispatch three years earlier (considered by Kelly to be purely coincidental). Several candidates for the proprietors are found in city directories, but nothing is known that directly links any of them to the post. Kelly speculated that John Ricketts, a printer, and Robert Hall, a tailor, were the best choices, given their proximity to 4 Rechabite Hall. The post started in February 1857 (the year appears on the stamp) and probably did not exist more than a few months. The three recorded 127L1 stamps with the surrounding name and address cut away have led to speculation that the post was sold to a new owner, who removed his predecessor's imprint; this is not an unreasonable theory, but no evidence beyond the stamps has been found to support it. If this occurred, it would have to pre-date the May 15, 1857 cover which bears a stamp with the outer circle and label cut away.

The Gronowski census is current with only seven recorded examples, all but one cut to shape and three, including this example, with the outer name and address removed. See Siegel Sale 1063, lot 1787 for a census of known examples

9,000
2,100
789
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 789, Local Posts: Ricketts & Hall thru Stringer & MortonSpaulding's Penny Post, 2c Letter Carrier Handstamp, Spaulding's Penny Post, 2c Letter Carrier HandstampSpaulding's Penny Post, 2c Letter Carrier Handstamp. Well-defined but slightly faded strike in red on May 20, 1848 folded cover (with part of contents) to Millard Fillmore as Comptroller in Buffalo, docketing partly on face of cover, some letters of address have been scratched out, file fold

FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF SPAULDING'S LETTER CARRIER HANDSTAMP AND THE ONLY STRIKE KNOWN IN RED.

The rate was changed from 1c to 2c on November 15, 1848. The 2c Letter Carrier handstamp was introduced in 1848, probably in proximity to this May 20th use. The other recorded example is in black on a May 3, 1849 folded letter.

Illustrated in Petri's CCP article (Vol. 32, No. 2). Ex Golden and Hahn

E. 1,500-2,000
750
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790
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 790, Local Posts: Ricketts & Hall thru Stringer & MortonSquier & Co. City Letter Dispatch, St. Louis Mo., 1c Green, Imperforate (132L1), Squier & Co. City Letter Dispatch, St. Louis Mo., 1c Green, Imperforate (132L1)Squier & Co. City Letter Dispatch, St. Louis Mo., 1c Green, Imperforate (132L1). Ample margins except in at upper right, small tear and slight toning at bottom, manuscript cancel, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) tied by "Saint Louis Mo. Jul. 28, 1859" circular datestamp on buff cover to Steubenville O., original letter enclosure datelined July 27 from St. Louis, small cover tear to right of 3c stamp does not affect it, Very Fine appearance, the imperforate stamp used during Squier & Co.'s ownership is rare on cover, we estimate 8-10 covers extant, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
225
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791
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 791, Local Posts: Ricketts & Hall thru Stringer & MortonSquier & Co. City Letter Dispatch, St. Louis Mo., 1c Rose Brown, Rouletted (132L2), Squier & Co. City Letter Dispatch, St. Louis Mo., 1c Rose Brown, Rouletted (132L2)Squier & Co. City Letter Dispatch, St. Louis Mo., 1c Rose Brown, Rouletted (132L2). Roulettes on all four sides, color faded, tied by "Jordan's Penny Post, Saint Louis, Sep. 11" circular datestamp, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), small perf flaws, tied by "Saint Louis Mo. Sep, 11" circular datestamp which also ties local stamp, on embossed border lady's small cover to Dale Campbell Co. Ky., left corner of cover torn away and backed with photocopy of the border design, other cover faults

AN EXTREMELY RARE COVER -- ONE OF ONLY TWO SQUIER'S ROSE BROWN ROULETTED STAMPS USED ON COVER WITH ADDITIONAL UNITED STATES POSTAGE.

This cover was submitted to the P.F. in 2007 as 132L3, Brownish Purple, but certified as 132L2, Rose Brown with color faded. The Scott Catalogue calls the cover we sold in Sale 862 (lot 101) the unique Rose Brown used with No. 26 (see that sale description for information on the post and a census of covers). This is now the second example.

With 2007 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $11,500.00

E. 1,500-2,000
750
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792
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 792, Local Posts: Ricketts & Hall thru Stringer & MortonSquier & Co. City Letter Dispatch, St. Louis Mo., 1c Brownish Purple, Rouletted (132L3), Squier & Co. City Letter Dispatch, St. Louis Mo., 1c Brownish Purple, Rouletted (132L3)Squier & Co. City Letter Dispatch, St. Louis Mo., 1c Brownish Purple, Rouletted (132L3). Roulettes on all four sides, faulty with pieces missing from corners, tied by "Jordan's Penny Post, Saint Louis May ?" circular datestamp, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), tied by Saint Louis Mo. circular datestamp which also ties local stamp, on cover to Batavia N.Y., cover faults with part of backflaps missing, Fine appearance an very rare, this has been described as both Rose Brown (132L2) and Brownish Purple (132L3), these colors are difficult as the shades vary due to ink instability and fading (somewhat immaterial as both are very rare, especially used with U.S. postage), ex Wagner and Alexander, with 1976 P.F. certificate as 132L3, unlisted in Scott used with No. 26

E. 750-1,000
400
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793
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 793, Local Posts: Ricketts & Hall thru Stringer & MortonSquier & Co. City Letter Dispatch, St. Louis Mo., 1c Green, Imperforate (132L1), Squier & Co. City Letter Dispatch, St. Louis Mo., 1c Green, Imperforate (132L1)Squier & Co. City Letter Dispatch, St. Louis Mo., 1c Green, Imperforate (132L1). Balance of three covers, each used with 3c Dull Red Ty. III (26) from St. Louis, none are tied, first nicked at top right corner, manuscript cancel, cover slightly reduced and rounded at bottom right, otherwise Fine, with 2002 P.F. certificate, second margins to cut in, cancelled by "D" in octagonal frame on cover to Philadelphia, waterstain around Squier stamp, cover slightly reduced and folded vertically at center, still Fine, this is the only recorded example of the "D" cancel, ex Wagner, with 2002 P.F. certificate declining opinion whether the local originated, last with nice margins, couple cover tears, Fine, the imperforate stamp used during Squier & Co.'s ownership is very rare on cover, we estimate 8-10 covers extant with only three tied to cover

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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794
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 794, Local Posts: Ricketts & Hall thru Stringer & MortonStringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore Md., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (134L1), Stringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore Md., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (134L1)Stringer & Morton's City Despatch, Baltimore Md., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (134L1). Two covers, first stamp slight crease, uncancelled, used on cover to Philadelphia, blue "Baltimore Md. Oct. 29" circular datestamp and red "5" handstamp, Fine, second stamp full margins with small corner nick, on cover to local address, Fine

1,300
250
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