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Sale 1191 — United States and CSA Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 25 October, 2018

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*A buyer’s premium of 18% of the winning bid was added as part of the total purchase price on all lots in this sale. Buyers were responsible for applicable sales tax, customs duty and any other prescribed charges. By placing a bid, bidders agreed to the terms and conditions in effect at the time of the sale.

Category — Local Posts

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2368
c
Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2368, Local PostsBayonne City Dispatch, Bayonne City N.J., 1c Black (9L1), Bayonne City Dispatch, Bayonne City N.J., 1c Black (9L1)Bayonne City Dispatch, Bayonne City N.J., 1c Black (9L1). Large margins to clear, tied by bold strike of purple target cancel, matching "Bayonne City Dispatch, May 14, 1883" three-line handstamp on cover to Bergen Point N.J., fresh and Very Fine

750
225
2369
c
Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2369, Local PostsBicycle Mail Route, Cal., 25c Green, Retouched Die (12L2), Bicycle Mail Route, Cal., 25c Green, Retouched Die (12L2)Bicycle Mail Route, Cal., 25c Green, Retouched Die (12L2). Large margins, tied by "Fresno Cal. Jul. 13 8:30PM 1894" circular duplex datestamp and used with 2c Carmine (220) tied by oval grid of the duplex on yellow cover to Fresno Cal., backstamped with Jul. 13, 1894 "Victor Bicycle Messenger Service" Fresno office datestamp with bicycle illustration, barely reduced at left, Very Fine, this inter-city service was established during the railroad union strike in 1894 by the Fresno agent for Victor bicycles, Arthur C. Banta -- service commenced on July 6 and was discontinued on July 18 when the strike ended -- only 380 letters were carried during the brief period of operation -- with 1987 P.F. certificate stating "genuine philatelic usage" (they're all philatelically inspired), Scott Retail $2,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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2370
ng
Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2370, Local PostsCalifornia 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), cut to shape with margins clear to just in, with adherence on back from an envelope

FINE. THIS IS ONE OF TWO UNUSED EXAMPLES OF THE CALIFORNIA CITY LETTER EXPRESS STAMP AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS. FROM A NEW DISCOVERY.

Our records contain six 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, offered in our March 2017 auction Sale 1150, lot 1317). The fourth is used on cover with a U.S. 10c stamp (ex Lichtenstein, Caspary, Golden and Lyons). This new discovery becomes the sixth available to collectors.

With copy of 2018 P.F. certificate

3,000
1,000
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