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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: T.A. Hampton thru Jenkins` Camden Dispatch

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
755
og
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 755, Local Posts: T.A. Hampton thru Jenkins` Camden DispatchT. A. Hampton City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black (77L2), T. A. Hampton City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black (77L2)T. A. Hampton City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black (77L2). Original gum, cut to shape as always, frameline shows most of way around, trivial small thin spot near period of "Paid"

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY THREE EXAMPLES OF THE LARGE T. A. HAMPTON STAMP, SCOTT 77L2, ARE RECORDED, THE OTHER TWO ON COVER. THIS IS THE ONLY UNUSED EXAMPLE AND ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL LOCALS.

Very little information about the T. A. Hampton post is known. Different students have located the same 1852-53 city directory listing for Thomas A. Hampton, a printer located at Marshall and 5th, but nothing earlier. In his CCP article on Philadelphia locals (Nov.-Dec. 1994), Calvet M. Hahn attaches special significance to the fact that tobacconists named Gilbert Harris and Benjamin Hampton occupied the same address at 11 North 10th Street during the relevant years. Although the first names do not match the local-post proprietors' names, Hahn believes that a family connection might exist that would link the two local posts. Steven M. Roth also noted the possibility of an association, based on the sequence of dated covers (Penny Post, Oct. 1993). Given the similarity of the stamps (77L1-77L2 and 79L1-79L2) and the association of names and addresses, another possibility is that the Despatch Post was neither Harris's nor Hampton's individually, but that they were partners -- the stamps with each partner's name could have been a convenient accounting method. Nothing is impossible, given the paucity of documentation. See Siegel Golden Sale 817, lot 1151 for detailed information on this stamp and its production

Accompanied by two stampless covers with the handstamp that is similar to the adhesive but with "2 Cts." in the middle instead of "Paid". Scott Retail as on cover $13,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
3,000
756
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 756, Local Posts: T.A. Hampton thru Jenkins` Camden DispatchHanford'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). Margins all around although clipped at bottom right far from the design, tied by red "New-York 5cts. 18 Aug." integral-rate circular datestamp on 1847 folded letter to Taunton Mass., slight toning along file fold, stamp with tiny scissors-cut at upper right, Very Fine and scarce handstamp tied example of one of the classic local-post designs, ex Brown and Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate

2,500
1,700
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757
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 757, Local Posts: T.A. Hampton thru Jenkins` Camden DispatchHanford'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). Large margins to clear at left, tiny trace of a cancel on 1847 folded letter to Ancram N.Y., red "New-York 5cts. 26 Feb." integral-rate circular datestamp, file fold and some cover edge flaws, Very Fine appearance, Scott Retail $1,250.00

E. 400-500
250
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758
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 758, Local Posts: T.A. Hampton thru Jenkins` Camden DispatchHanford'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 to full margins, particularly intense shade on 1848 folded letter to Paxton Mass., red "New-York 5cts. 25 Apr." integral-rate circular datestamp, small tear at top, Very Fine stamp, signed Bartels, Scott Retail $1,250.00

E. 400-500
425
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759
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 759, Local Posts: T.A. Hampton thru Jenkins` Camden DispatchHanford'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). Large margins to clear at left, either some soiling or a cancel (does not extend to surrounding cover), red "New-York 10cts. 22 Jan." integral-rate circular datestamp on folded cover to Wilmington N.C., Very Fine, Scott Retail $1,250.00

E. 400-500
475
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760
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 760, Local Posts: T.A. Hampton thru Jenkins` Camden DispatchHanford'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). Eight covers bearing stamps (one a front only) and six stampless covers, stamped covers one cut to shape, the others rectangular margins, all appear to originate though none are tied, a few small flaws including one creased, stampless covers show the express rider handstamp in black or red, some fading or staining on a couple, overall Fine group, Scott Retail just for the stamped covers $10,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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761
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 761, Local Posts: T.A. Hampton thru Jenkins` Camden DispatchHanford's Pony Express Post 2 Cts, Hanford's Pony Express Post 2 CtsHanford's Pony Express Post 2 Cts. Red Horse & Rider oval handstamp and matching "Paid" handstamp, unusually bold strikes on Feb. 24, 1847 folded letter to New York City street address, filed fold ends in small split at bottom, Fine

E. 200-300
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762
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 762, Local Posts: T.A. Hampton thru Jenkins` Camden DispatchHanford's Pony Express Post 2 Cts, Hanford's Pony Express Post 2 CtsHanford's Pony Express Post 2 Cts. Clear strike of red Horse & Rider oval handstamp on lady's small cover with floral seal to local street address, missing side flaps, still Very Fine and atractive strike, ex Kramer

E. 200-300
250
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763
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 763, Local Posts: T.A. Hampton thru Jenkins` Camden DispatchHill's Post, Boston Mass., 1c Black on Rose (81L1), Hill's Post, Boston Mass., 1c Black on Rose (81L1)Hill's Post, Boston Mass., 1c Black on Rose (81L1). Three large margins, obviously torn from the upper right corner of the sheet, clean-cut margins at top and right, irregular margins at left and bottom (but only touching circle), tied by red "Boston 5 cts. 15 Dec." integral-rate circular datestamp on 1849 blue folded letter to Providence R.I., file fold thru stamp, reinforced split in natural foldover at right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY TIED EXAMPLE AMONG THE SEVEN RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE RARE HILL'S POST STAMP OF BOSTON.

Hill's Post was operated by Oliver B. Hill. Our records contain seven covers bearing Hill's Post stamp. In each case the stamp was left uncancelled by the post, with one exception (a pen-cancelled example). It is pure serendipity that the red Boston datestamp ties the corner of the 81L1 adhesive to this cover.

Ex Golden and Kuphal. With 1999 P.F. certificate

7,500
1,900
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764
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 764, Local Posts: T.A. Hampton thru Jenkins` Camden DispatchHopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Pink Glazed, Plain Asterisks (84L2), Hopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Pink Glazed, Plain Asterisks (84L2)Hopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Pink Glazed, Plain Asterisks (84L2). Large to ample margins, uncancelled as usual, used with 3c Dull Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), tied by "Milford Ms. Oct. 14" circular datestamp on cover to Dighton Mass., both stamps with toning and small tears, otherwise Very Fine, with 2001 P.S.E. certificate, also including No. 84L1 on cover with 3c No. 11A, 3c stamp and cover are defective, local stamp is stained but has large margins, Scott Retail for 84L1 on cover untied and 84L2 used (unlisted in Scott on cover)

2,000
600
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765
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 765, Local Posts: T.A. Hampton thru Jenkins` Camden DispatchHopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Yellow Wove (84L3), Hopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Yellow Wove (84L3)Hopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Yellow Wove (84L3). Cut to circular shape clear of frame, uncancelled as usual, affixed in its customary place on backflap of cover to Leicester Mass., part of "Milford Ms. May 11" circular datestamp shows space where 3c 1851 stamp was affixed and removed -- its absence is somewhat irrelevant, considering that the Hopedale stamp is on the back, Very Fine, probably fewer than four or five covers exist with the Hopedale Post circular stamp on yellow, a major rarity, ex Hollowbush, Golden and Kuphal, unpriced in Scott on cover, Scott Retail as used

2,400
550
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766
c
Hussey's Post, New York N.Y. Approximately 20 covers, range of adhesive issues and three stampless, stamp designs including post box No. 87L24 tied to 3c entire, "Bank & Insurance" Nos. 87L45-87L46 tied on covers by handstamps, five of the "Special Message" carrier design, seven of the "Special Message Express" carrier design (87L4-87L5), some flaws, overall Fine

E. 500-750
950
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767
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 767, Local Posts: T.A. Hampton thru Jenkins` Camden DispatchJenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Fine Impression (89L1), Jenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Fine Impression (89L1)Jenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Fine Impression (89L1). Halstead Type 3, ample to clear margins, tied by pencil wavy line cancel on small Jan. 1, 1855 folded letter locally addressed to Hudson Sheeve (engineer with the West Jersey Ferry)

A VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF JENKINS' CAMDEN DISPATCH 89L1 ON COVER. THIS IS THE SCARCER TYPE 3 PRINTING.

An overview of the post and different stamp printings is provided in the description of lot 1273 in our Golden Sale 817. Our records and information kindly provided by John P. Halstead contain only 12 complete covers bearing 89L1 (either Halstead Type 3 or 4). The lithographed stamp was printed by Wagner and McGuigan, a Philadelphia firm, in June 1854 and January 1857.

Ex Caspary and Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate

3,000
950
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768
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 768, Local Posts: T.A. Hampton thru Jenkins` Camden DispatchJenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Lithographed, Fine Impression (89L1), Jenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Lithographed, Fine Impression (89L1)Jenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Lithographed, Fine Impression (89L1). Halstead Type 3, margins to just in, slight scuffing, tied by pen cancel on buff cover to Joseph Frain, Very Fine appearance, one of only 12 recorded Jenkins' Camden Dispatch lithographed stamps (89L1) on cover

E. 750-1,000
450
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769
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 769, Local Posts: T.A. Hampton thru Jenkins` Camden DispatchJenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Fine Impression (89L1), Jenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Fine Impression (89L1)Jenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Fine Impression (89L1). Large margins to just in, uncancelled and affixed to embossed "Girard House Philadelphia" cover with eagle at top addressed to proprietor of Jenkin's Dispatch, Fine and striking, with 1998 P.F. certificate declining opinion as to its use, but specialists have accepted this item for many years

E. 400-500
225
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770
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 770, Local Posts: T.A. Hampton thru Jenkins` Camden DispatchJenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Lithographed, Fine Impression (89L1), Jenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Lithographed, Fine Impression (89L1)Jenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Lithographed, Fine Impression (89L1). Halstead Type 4, three large margins, just slightly in at upper right, pencil cancel, used with 3c Claret, Ty. II (11A), large margins to in on two sides, tied by "Camden N.J. Apr. 21" circular datestamp on cover to Philadelphia street address, Very Fine, one of 12 recorded covers with 89L1 and only two are to-the-mails uses with U.S. postage, with 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,200
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771
c
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 771, Local Posts: T.A. Hampton thru Jenkins` Camden DispatchJenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Lithographed, Fine Impression (89L1), Jenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Lithographed, Fine Impression (89L1)Jenkins' Camden Dispatch, Camden N.J., (unstated value) Black, Lithographed, Fine Impression (89L1). Margins to just in, tiny corner thin, uncancelled, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), ample to clear margins, tied by Camden N.J. circular datestamp with unclear date on cover to Kimberton Pa., Very Fine appearance, one of only 12 recorded 89L1 covers and one of only two to-the-mails uses with regular postage, this example was previously unrecorded in our census, with 2003 A.P.S. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
500
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