EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS REMARKABLE STAMP, ISSUED BY SPAULDING'S PENNY POST OF BUFFALO IN 1848. THE OTHER KNOWN EXAMPLE IS USED ON COVER AND HAS NEVER BEEN AVAILABLE THROUGH A PUBLIC OFFERING.
The large Letter Carrier stamp with text surrounding the border was first discovered about 1952 by Mrs. Frieda Bulger. The discovery example is used on a cover to Mrs. James Purdy in Mansfield O. with a faint Buffalo 10c integral-rate circular datestamp that appears to have "S" as the first letter of the month, which could only be September. The 10c integral-rate marking on the Purdy cover is not known used prior to December 1848 (reference: Calvet M. Hahn) and Spaulding sold the post in October 1849, so the 156L2 cover is probably a September 1849 usage. The Purdy cover was later sold to John R. Boker Jr. and never appeared at auction when the Boker collection was dispersed in the early 1970's. It is believed to reside in a European collection today. The off-cover 156L2 stamp offered here was acquired by David Golden in the Mar. 1, 1973, Robson Lowe auction, but the Lowe catalogue provides no information about its prior sales history.
Ex Golden and D.K. Collection. With 1999 P.F. certificate.
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 GREEN HORSE & RIDER FIRST ISSUE, WITH A CLEAR STRIKE OF THE RUNNING PONY OVAL DATESTAMP. PERHAPS A HALF-DOZEN ARE KNOWN IN USED CONDITION.
The $4.00 Green was used briefly during Rate Period 3 to pay the double $2.00 per half-ounce rate. Only one cover is recorded (FKW Census No. E105), and we have seen perhaps a half dozen genuinely cancelled stamps off cover.