EXTREMELY FINE. AN ABSOLUTELY SUPERB COMBINATION COVER WITH THE FLOYD'S PENNY POST BLUE STAMP AND 3-CENT 1857 ISSUE.
To-the-mails uses of this stamp are much scarcer than locally-addressed covers. Floyd's Penny Post covers with the 3c 1857, rather than the 3c 1861, are also extremely rare.
Ex Kuphal. With 2011 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott used with No. 26
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE FRIENDS' BOARDING SCHOOL COVER WITH THE STAMP TIED, SENT FROM THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT.
The 2c rate and Scott 210 stamp did not exist before October 1, 1883, and the Friends' stamps went out of use after June 1884, so this January 24th cover must be an 1884 use, which is a much later Type I use than the December 1879 date given by Ullom (Penny Post, Apr. 1993).
Ex Malcolm, Golden and Kuphal. With 2011 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE GORDON'S CITY EXPRESS VERMILION STAMP. THREE ARE KNOWN ON COVERS.
Ownership of this post is attributed through city directories to Samuel B. Gordon at 302 Rivington Street in New York City. Gordon is listed as a "letter carrier" in 1848-49 and 1849-50, and his name appears in 1850-51 as a "despatch post", all at the same address. The dates of known covers fit into this 1848 to 1850 time frame. (Source: Patton book, p. 177).
The Gordon's stamp on Green paper (glazed or unglazed) is scarce, but the same design on Vermilion glazed paper is a great rarity. Patton stated that he knew of six examples, including three on covers. We have located three covers and one piece: 1) uncancelled, on cover to Daniel Ross, W. 22nd St., with New York Hotel oval and New York 2c drop-rate Sep. 11 datestamp, the cover offered here, ex Caspary, Lilly, Golden, Kuphal and Geisler; 2) faulty upper left corner, uncancelled, used on cover to C. P. Fasby, P.O. Box 1886, with red New York 2c Oct. 30 drop rate datestamp, ex Earl of Crawford, Needham, Middendorf; 3) uncancelled, small black "Paid" handstamp on Feb. 2, 1849 folded letter to Mess. Sparkman & Truslau, ex Caspary and Hall (Sale 830, lot 655); and 4) tied by red New York datestamp on small piece of lady's embossed cover, ex Hollowbush and Golden (Sale 817, lot 1095).
Ex Caspary, Lilly, Golden, Kuphal and Geisler. With 1999 and 2008 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail $15,000.00
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB STAMP ON A FRESH COVER. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE ELEVEN RECORDED JENKINS' 89L1 COVERS.
An overview of the post and the different stamp printings is provided in our Golden sale (Sale 817, lot 1273).
Ex Schwartz, Arch and Twigg-Smith. With 2004 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE SIX RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE RARE RUSSELL'S LOCAL STAMP IN BLUE ON ROSE PAPER. ONLY THREE 130L1 COVERS HAVE THE STAMP TIED.
Although little documentation has been produced, the accepted history of the Eighth Avenue Post Office is that it was operated by James Price in 1854 and sold that year to David Russell. Price may have issued the unique Eighth Avenue Post Office stamp (Scott 63L1), which is reported to have been used in 1852. The portrait on the 120L1 stamp issued by Price is thought to be his own. Price's successor, David Russell, is listed at 387 Eighth Avenue in 1854 and then at 410 Eighth Avenue from 1855 until 1857-58. The 1855-56 directory lists his occupation as "express" and in 1856-58 it is given as "subpost." Price issued a stamp very similar in design to Russell's.
The following count of covers bearing Russell's stamps resulted from our survey of auction catalogues, the Boker collection, Sloane's notes and the Costales files: 130L1 Blue on Rose -- 6 (3 tied); 130L2 Black on Yellow -- 3 (1 tied but with 3c 1851 missing); 130L3 Red on Bluish -- 5 (1 tied); and 130L4 Blue Green on Green -- 1 stamp off cover (no covers known). The 130L1 Blue on Rose covers in our census are as follows: 1) Tied by "New-York 5 Cts. Jan. 23" due datestamp on 1855 folded letter to Mrs. Sarah Dougherty, Suffern's Depot N.Y., ex Grant, Knapp, Hall and Geisler, the cover offered here; 2) Used with 3c 1851, both tied by "New-York Jan. 3" (ca. 1855) datestamp on cover to Mrs. Geo. E. Adams, Brunswick Me., ex Boker; 3) Used with 3c 1851, both tied by "New-York Feb. 6" (ca. 1855) datestamp on cover to Pennington N.J., ex Caspary, Judd; 4) Tied by indistinct circular handstamp on cover to Richard Atkinson, 54 West St., ex Caspary, Middendorf; 5) Uncancelled with 3c 1851 tied by "New-York Mar. 20" (ca. 1855) datestamp on cover to Mr. H. M. Adams (city?), ex Lilly; and 6) Uncancelled on Apr. 4, 1856 folded letter from Colombia to Lanman & Kemp, 69 Water St., Russell's oval handstamp, Gronowski collection. We also record one off-cover stamp, ex Boker.
Ex Grant, Knapp, Hall and Geisler. With 2001 and 2008 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail $27,500.00
EXTREMELY FINE. THE ROSE UNION SQUARE POST OFFICE ISSUE IS EXTREMELY RARE IN USED CONDITION.
No used examples of the Rose 141L3 stamp were present in the Caspary, Boker, Middendorf, Golden or Hall collections. This is also the only example listed in Power Search.
Ex Schwartz and Twigg-Smith. Signed Sloane. With 2000 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. UNQUESTIONABLY THE FINEST OF THE SIX RECORDED USED EXAMPLES. ASTOUNDING CONDITION FOR ANY LOCAL POST STAMP, BUT ESPECIALLY SO FOR THIS EXTREME RARITY.
According to Henry E. Abt's series on Chicago local posts (American Philatelist, Aug. 1957), Whittelsey & Co. started its express in late 1857. The 1857-58 Cooke's directory lists Whittelsey & Co. at 194 Lake Street, but the following year the firm does not appear -- it evidently folded, and the Whittelseys moved west. The proprietors are identified as Edmund A. and Samuel M. Whittelsey, who were first cousins, according to Dr. D. E. F. Easton (Scott's Monthly Journal, May 1956).
Apart from the ex Hall block of twelve, only a few unused singles are known, as well as six used examples. No covers are known.
Ex Golden and D.K. Collection. With 1999 and 2001 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE RARE WYMAN'S LOCOMOTIVE STAMP TIED ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER FROM THE ROBBINS CORRESPONDENCE.
William Wyman was an agent for Harnden & Company in New York City and Boston prior to 1844, when he started his letter express. The period of operation was brief, from late July 1844 until the middle of December 1844, probably due to failing health. Wyman’s wife is listed as his widow in the 1845 Boston directory, so he must have died before May of that year. He published notices announcing the end of his “Letter Business” in Boston on December 14, 1844, and in New York City on December 17. Wyman’s last ads referred patrons to Overton & Company, explaining that his stamps could be “redeemed” at their offices. Covers exist with Wyman’s stamps and Overton & Co. markings.
The Wyman adhesive is the world’s first denominated stamp to depict a railroad locomotive. The design also gives the 8 Court Street and 3 Wall Street addresses in Boston and New York City, and the value “20 Stamps for One Dollar.” There is some debate as to the method used to print Wyman’s stamps -- engraving or lithography -- and the plate composition is unknown due to the total absence of multiples.
The updated census of Wyman stamped covers started by Gordon Stimmell and published in the Independent Mails book lists 37 covers. There are nine covers with stamps tied by manuscript cancels (or smudges from the cancel) and one cover tied by the Wyman handstamp (Sale 1124, lot 297)
Ex Foote. With 1986 and 2008 P.F. certificates