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Sale 1150 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday, 1 March, 2017

Category — Local Posts and Independent Mails: American Letter thru Penny Express Co.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1311
c
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1311, Local Posts and Independent Mails: American Letter thru Penny Express Co.American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1), American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Three singles, affixed slightly overlapping and tied by red Field of Stars cancels on Mar. 8, 1844 docketed folded cover from Boston to New York, flap with "page 3" notation, stamps with minor flaws, cover with some mended edge separations and light toning

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED COVERS WITH THREE AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY SMALL EAGLE STAMPS.

The census of 5L1 covers maintained by John Bowman contains only one other cover with more than two stamps -- the other franked with a pair and a single. We have offered fewer than ten covers bearing even two stamps (nearly all pairs). This is a very rare triple-rate franking,

With 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,500
1312
c
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1312, Local Posts and Independent Mails: American Letter thru Penny Express Co.American Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2), American Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2)American Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Two, huge margins except left stamp just clear at top, matching manuscript "X" cancels, used on folded cover to New York City, vivid red "Forwarded by American Mail Co. Oct. 14 from No. 101 Chestnut St. Philada." circular datestamp, file fold thru one stamp, manuscript lines thru addressee's last name, otherwise Fine, very scarce double-rate franking, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
350
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1313
ogbl
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1313, Local Posts and Independent Mails: American Letter thru Penny Express Co.Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue & Pink on Bluish (15L15), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue & Pink on Bluish (15L15)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue & Pink on Bluish (15L15). Block of 16, original gum, h.r., large margins to barely touched, rich colors, Fine-Very Fine, with 1973 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as blocks of four

320
170
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1314
c
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1314, Local Posts and Independent Mails: American Letter thru Penny Express Co.Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18), Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18)Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18). Tied by Blood's double-circle datestamp, second strike at top right dated May 29, 1858, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), affixed slightly over Blood's datestamp and tied by grid, "Philadelphia Pa. May 29" circular datestamp on cover to Baltimore with Joseph Cressman's tobacco advertising corner card with illustration of Indian maiden and containers of tobacco products, Blood's stamp with 7mm scissors-cut at top left, still Very Fine and attractive use, illustrated in Penny Post (Aug. 1992), with 1998 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
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1315
ogbl
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1315, Local Posts and Independent Mails: American Letter thru Penny Express Co.Broadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black (26L2), Broadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black (26L2)Broadway Post Office, New York N.Y., (1c) Black (26L2). Top sheet margin block of eleven, original gum, a few stamps lightly hinged, vertical crease between stamps, horizontal crease across bottom edge, couple faint toned spots, pencil note in margin "Very scarce. The last to be had at the office."

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE LARGEST SURVIVING MULTIPLES OF THE BROADWAY POST OFFICE STAMP. AN OUTSTANDING EXHIBITION ITEM.

The largest recorded block -- the ex-Jarrett block of 32 -- was divided into eight blocks of four (confirmed by photo). The next largest multiple is the block of 25 offered from the Siegel sale of the D.K. Collection (Sale 862, lot 66), which was found in a desk during the early 1900's and reported in 1955 by Marie F. Craig, who received the block from her uncle.

Ex Lilly, Boker, Golden and D.K. Collection. Scott Retail as two blocks of four, a pair and a single

5,750
3,000
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1316
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1316, Local Posts and Independent Mails: American Letter thru Penny Express Co.Bronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago, (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1), Bronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago, (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1)Bronson & Forbes' City Express Post, Chicago, (unstated value) Black on Green (27L1). Three enormous margins, touched at right, cancelled by clear strike of "Bronson & Forbes City Express Post" company datestamp, additional strike partly showing at left, the stamp is also cancelled by part of the "Chicago Ill." circular datestamp, small thin spots, Very Fine appearance, one of three or four examples of the Bronson & Forbes stamp with a cancellation (most of the examples on covers are uncancelled), ex Schwartz

2,000
475
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1317
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1317, Local Posts and Independent Mails: American Letter thru Penny Express Co.California City Letter Express Co., San Francisco, 10c Red (33L1), California City Letter Express Co., San Francisco, 10c Red (33L1)California City Letter Express Co., San Francisco, 10c Red (33L1). Unused (no gum), large margin at bottom, in on other sides, few small thin spots

FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE CALIFORNIA CITY LETTER EXPRESS STAMP AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

Our records contain five examples of the Red 33L1 stamp. Two additional Type I stamps in black-and-white photos cannot be identified by color. One 33L1 (cut to shape) is contained in the British Library's Tapling collection. Of the four confirmed 33L1's available to collectors, two are used alone on separate covers addressed to Lieut. Col. J. H. Stearns in San Francisco (one ex Middendorf and Geisler, the other ex Wiltsee). The third is an uncancelled stamp off cover (ex Lilly, the example offered here). The fourth is used on cover with a U.S. 10c stamp (ex Lichtenstein, Caspary, Golden and Lyons).

Ex Lilly.

3,000
2,000
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1318
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1318, Local Posts and Independent Mails: American Letter thru Penny Express Co.Cheever & Towle, Boston Mass., 2c Blue (37L1), Cheever & Towle, Boston Mass., 2c Blue (37L1)Cheever & Towle, Boston Mass., 2c Blue (37L1). Part original gum, h.r., full margins to clear, rich color, Fine, with 1978 P.F. certificate

350
200
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1319
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1319, Local Posts and Independent Mails: American Letter thru Penny Express Co.(Greig's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1), (Greig's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1)(Greig's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Grayish (40L1). Original gum, large margins, deep shade, Extremely Fine, purple backstamp

375
375
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1320
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1320, Local Posts and Independent Mails: American Letter thru Penny Express Co.Homan's Branch Post Office, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black on Yellow (unlisted), Homan's Branch Post Office, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black on Yellow (unlisted)Homan's Branch Post Office, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black on Yellow (unlisted). "Paid" in italicized caps at bottom, large margins to touched at upper right, affixed to piece of cover with "New-York 5cts. Aug. 6" integral-rate circular datestamp, addressed to Hastings Mich., piece with age toning which does not affect the stamp, Very Fine, a fascinating new discovery that warrants further research, this was almost certainly issued by the same post that issued the Homan's Empire Express stamps (83L1 and varieties), the owner of that operation is reported to have been Richard S. Homan, listed in the 1850-53 city directories as a clerk at 172 Division Street, then as a partner in a flour business at 219 West Street from 1854 to 1859 (according to Elliott Perry) and also an office at 21 Ann Street (Philatelic Gazette Jan.-Dec. 1918, p. 222), the Homan's Empire Express stamp is extremely rare with only five recorded examples, including one that is of a completely different size and format (ex Middendorf), this adhesive is very similar in style and the "Homan's" name is in the same lettering, with 2017 P.F. certificate stating "label...genuinely used on piece"

E. 500-750
650
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1321
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1321, Local Posts and Independent Mails: American Letter thru Penny Express Co.Hopedale 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). Uncancelled, cut to circular shape with margins clear to in, Fine and scarce, less than a dozen are known

2,400
425
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1322
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1322, Local Posts and Independent Mails: American Letter thru Penny Express Co.Humboldt Express (Langton's), Nevada, 25c Brown (86L1), Humboldt Express (Langton's), Nevada, 25c Brown (86L1)Humboldt Express (Langton's), Nevada, 25c Brown (86L1). Large to enormous margins, beautiful color and impression, cancelled by red "Paid" straightline and Langton's Carson City oval, red is a very unusual and rare colored cancel on this stamp, negligible thin spot, Extremely Fine appearance, ex Schwartz

1,250
700
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1323
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1323, Local Posts and Independent Mails: American Letter thru Penny Express Co.Humboldt Express (Langton's), Nevada, 25c Brown (86L1), Humboldt Express (Langton's), Nevada, 25c Brown (86L1)Humboldt Express (Langton's), Nevada, 25c Brown (86L1). Large margins to clear, rich color, neat strikes of blue datestamp cancel, Fine, signed Sloane

1,250
750
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1324
c
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1324, Local Posts and Independent Mails: American Letter thru Penny Express Co.Kidder's City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pale Blue Glazed (93L1), Kidder's City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pale Blue Glazed (93L1)Kidder's City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pale Blue Glazed (93L1). Initialed "IS" (Isaac Snedeker), three large margins, slightly in at top, cancelled by red "Paid", second strike and matching "Kidder's City Express Post 2 Cts." oval handstamp on small cover to local Brooklyn address, ink drop on stamp, faint toning at top right

VERY FINE COVER BEARING THE RARE KIDDER'S CITY EXPRESS "HORSE & RIDER" STAMP.

John T. Boyd discontinued his Brooklyn post on June 30, 1845, when the new postal laws made it illegal for private companies to carry mail along postal routes -- in Boyd's case, between Brooklyn and New York City. Elliott Perry suggested that Boyd's Brooklyn agent was Wellington Walton, who is listed in the 1846 city directory as an "express proprietor" at 195 Gold Street in Brooklyn. Walton & Co. City Express covers are dated as early as February 14, 1846, leaving a seven-month gap between Boyd's discontinuance and Walton's successor post -- possibly Walton did not start up until the next Valentine season. In early 1847, Walton sold out to Henry Kidder, whose "Kidder's Brooklyn City Express Post" oval handstamp is recorded as early as Mar. 11, 1847 (reference: Calvet M. Hahn, "Brooklyn City Post 1850's"). Kidder operated the post with the help of Isaac and George Snedeker, who were brothers. Kidder sold out to the Snedeckers in 1851, and the post continued under their ownership until 1854 when it was sold to others.

The Kidder's 93L1 stamp was issued during Kidder's ownership and used after the Snedekers acquired ownership. It is believed that the first Brooklyn City Express Post stamp (28L5) was issued by the Snedekers. Beginning about 1850, the Kidder's stamps were initialed "IS" (sometimes "YS") for Isaac Snedeker. The initials were applied to sheets before use and are not cancellations. (Reference: Donald S. Patton, The Private Posts of the United States, pp. 265-268).

4,500
2,100
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1325
c
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1325, Local Posts and Independent Mails: American Letter thru Penny Express Co.Moore's Newspaper & Parcel Express, Daily, between Cape May and Philadelphia, Moore's Newspaper & Parcel Express, Daily, between Cape May and PhiladelphiaMoore's Newspaper & Parcel Express, Daily, between Cape May and Philadelphia. Black on green label with office addresses used on Quaker-dated Aug. 20, 1849 folded letter from Philadelphia to Miller's Hotel in Cape May, manuscript "pd", stamp with small knife cut at bottom not mentioned on accompanying certificate, gum staining around stamp has been expertly removed, Very Fine, very few covers are known carried by Moore's Express, which ran to and from Cape May, this is the listing example of the label and possibly the only one extant, ex Hollowbush and Hahn, with 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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1326
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1326, Local Posts and Independent Mails: American Letter thru Penny Express Co.Overton & Co., (5c) Black on Greenish (113L1), Overton & Co., (5c) Black on Greenish (113L1)Overton & Co., (5c) Black on Greenish (113L1). Cut roughly to shape with margins all around, cancelled by bold "PAID" handstamp and "tied" by horizontal crease, Very Fine appearance

400
160
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1327
ogbl
Penny Express Co., 5c Blue, Red (114L2, 114L3). Complete unused sheets of 32 and blocks of 16, few faults, appear Very Fine

1,820
250
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