AN EXTENSIVE AND VALUABLE COLLECTION OF THE NEW YORK CITY HUSSEY'S POST, MOUNTED BY ELLIOTT PERRY AND BASED ON YEARS OF CAREFUL STUDY.
We recommend careful viewing of this lot as its size defies thorough description. From the Richard Schwartz collection, who acquired the Elliott Perry Carriers & Locals material and kept this Hussey's study collection intact.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT STAMP FROM THE MAGIC LETTER EXPRESS --THE ONLY CIVIL WAR EXPRESS COMPANY THAT ISSUED ADHESIVE STAMPS.
The Magic Letter Express was run for approximately two months in June and July 1865 by the Richmond firm of Evans, Porter & Co., under the management of Maurice Evans. It is perhaps the most misunderstood of American local posts, yet its origins can be impeccably documented and its stamps are of the greatest rarity. In the Golden sale, we had the opportunity to establish the history of the Magic Letter Express with previously unreported archival documentation. This information may be found in the Golden catalogue on our website (Sale 817, lot 1326)
With the addition of the 1c stamp uprated to 2c and offered in our Sale 1117 (lot 4369), only seven Magic Letter Express stamps are known in total, including the unique 1c on cover, the 1c stamp uprated to 2c, one normal 2c, and four 5c (two on covers). The first example of a Magic Letter Express stamp was described in the June 1887 Quaker City Philatelist as one of two “discoveries of Confederate Locals” by G. M. Bastable, the other being the Liberty Va. Confederate provisional. Bastable is quoted in the article: “The Richmond local, known as the Magic Letter Express, I found among a large correspondence from Richmond, Va., extending from 1840 to 1870. Many of the old envelopes had Confederate stamps of the general issue, and others U.S. stamps of the general issue. I obtained these from a member of the family to whom they were mailed, and among the lot I found the Magic Letter Expresses. The family could give me no information concerning this particular stamp.” The discovery cover resurfaced in a 2010 Rumsey auction (Sale 37) after being “re-discovered” in the late Carl Walske’s reference collection.
We record the following examples: 1) 1c 101L1 cancelled "Paid" on Jun. 2, 1865, folded letter hand carried from "Rockland" to Richmond, "June 3d 1865" manuscript postmark, delivered locally at appropriate 1c rate, ex Golden, D.K. Collection (Siegel Sale 862, lot 89);
2) 1c 101L1 var. with manuscript "2s.", uprated to 2c (Siegel Sale 1117, lot 4369);
3) 2c 101L2, manuscript "Richmond July 4 '65" cancellation, ex Needham, Boker, Richardson, Moyer, Golden, D.K. Collection (Siegel Sale 862, lot 90);
4) 5c 101L3, uncancelled, affixed to the undated broadside, ex Needham, Boker;
5) 5c 101L3, manuscript "July 18" postmark and part of Richmond Va. Jul. 19 duplex datestamp and cork cancel (applied by post office), found by George Sloane, ex Boker and Kuphal, the example offered here;
6) 5c 101L3 tied by manuscript "Richmond July 10/65" postmark on cover to Talbot B. Coleman, Staunton Va., ex Needham, Boker;
7) the Bastable discovery example, 5c 101L3, dated Jul. 30, 1865, on cover to Robert King in Gordonsville Va., ex Carl Walske (Rumsey Sale 37).
The recorded dates establish a time period from June 3 through July 30, 1865. The covers to Staunton and Gordonsville, as well as the incoming cover from Rockland, indicate that the Magic Letter Express used railroad lines to convey mail distances as far as 140 track miles from Richmond. This local post and inter-city express was blatantly illegal.
Ex Boker and Kuphal. With 2007 P.F. certificate
2c Vermilion on Manila, Die 51, Cut Square (W138; UPSS 317). Unused, with top flap of wrapper, 55 x 46mm, intense color and impression, light horizontal creases just above design
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT VERMILION ON MANILA ISSUE. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF POSTAL STATIONERY COLLECTING.
We believe that one entire is known (ex White), but that it is a Specimen. We also record two full corners and six cut squares including the example offered here with top flap. One has heavy repairs.
Ex Barkhausen and Cook. With 1960 and 2013 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE WIDEST-MARGINED AND BEST-CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THIS DIFFICULT SECOND ISSUE INVERT LISTED IN POWER SEARCH.
A Power Search review failed to find this stamp's equal in terms of margin width and centering. With clear 2018 P.S.E. certificate
FRESH AND FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE $200.00 "SMALL PERSIAN RUG" -- ONE OF THE MOST COLORFUL STAMPS IN UNITED STATES PHILATELY.
Both the Small and Large "Persian Rug" stamps were printed in sheets of one. Because of their size, the large number of perforations on each stamp, and the fact that they were used on documents which were frequently folded across the stamps, most examples have faults to varying degrees. This is a desirable sound example and one of only 446 issued.
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 THIRD ISSUE REVENUE WITH INVERTED CENTER. ONE OF THE GREAT REVENUE RARITIES.
In his privately published census, Larry Lyons records a total of 26 copies (five are known outside the census). Of these, a block of five is on the document offered in the following lot and a single is on another document (ex Zoellner, Sale 1000, lot 1324). Of the remaining examples, virtually all have faults and most have poor centering. Some have cut cancels. The example offered here, with a minor corner crease, is very desirable.
Ex Lapham (pencil note on back). With 1976 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE DOCUMENT BEARING THE CELEBRATED AND UNIQUE BLOCK OF FIVE OF THE $1.00 THIRD ISSUE REVENUE WITH INVERTED CENTER. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THIS INVERT. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT REVENUE ISSUE ITEMS IN EXISTENCE.
This document, a Conveyance by Deed of Land with buildings in Savannah, Georgia, was executed on July 12, 1872. The consideration of $10,000.00 was taxed at $1.00 per $1,000.00 of value, which was paid with the $5.00 stamp plus the five $1.00 stamps with inverted centers.
In his privately published census, Larry Lyons records a total of 26 copies (five are known outside the census). Of these, five are on this document and one is on another document (ex Zoellner, Sale 1000, lot 1324). Less than ten off-document singles are sound, and several of these have perfs into the design.
The Third Issue Revenue inverts are rare in any form of multiple. The 2c is the most plentiful, with five blocks of four or larger. There is one 5c multiple, an L-shaped strip. There are two pairs of the 15c. No multiples of any size are known for the 30c and $2.50. This dollar-denomination Third Issue Invert multiple, on its original document, is truly a rarity of the highest order.
Our first recorded offering of this remarkable item was in Siegel Sale 413, held May 31, 1972, where it was offered on behalf of the U.S. Trust Company and sold to Dr. Leonard Kapiloff. Its next appearance at auction was in Siegel Sale 678, held April 9-10, 1987. It was sold privately to Robert Cunliffe for a high five-figure price. It remained off the market and part of Cunliffe’s magnificent collection for 22 years, until Shreves Philatelic Galleries sold the Cunliffe collection. It has been off the market for the past twelve years.
With 2009 P.F. certificate. Scott Catalogue lists this block (mistakenly calling it a block of four) with a value of $85,000.00
AN ASTONISHING AND EXTREMELY FINE ADVERSITY USE OF THE BROADSIDE THAT ANNOUNCED THE START OF THE CIVIL WAR.
This is the original broadside announcing the Ordinance of Secession passed by South Carolina on December 20, 1861. The portion used for this envelope includes the Palmetto flag of South Carolina, the word "Declaration" and a section of the Ordinance with the words "People of [the State of] South Carolina". The spirit of independence -- or rebellion -- that guided South Carolina's decision to secede is reflected in the year "1776" printed at upper left.
Ex Hill and Gordon.
FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE BLOCK OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES "TEN" ISSUE.
With 1987 Jakubek certificate as Scott 9a (Milky Blue)
EXTREMELY FINE AND VERY RARE USE OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES "TEN" ISSUE ON A COVER SIGNED BY SECRETARY OF WAR JAMES SEDDON.
The Confederacy did not have a free franking privilege for government officials such as Seddon. Ex Knapp, Hall and from our 2005 Rarities sale. With 2000 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPE OF THE 10-CENT FRAMELINE ISSUE. RARE IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.
With 2005 and 2021 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE STAMFORD SOLDIERS' FAIR STAMP.
A total of 13 Stamford Soldiers' Fair stamps are recorded. They were issued during the fair on July 27-29, 1864. With 2007 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM TETE-BECHE PAIR OF THE 1865 5-CENT BLUE “INTERISLAND” NUMERAL ISSUE IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE.
Ex Mandel, Pietsch and Gross. With 1980 P.F. certificate