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
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
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