VERY FINE. ONLY ABOUT A DOZEN EXAMPLES OF THE ONE-CENT BLACK LITHOGRAPHED CARRIER STAMP ARE REPORTED, AND ONLY FOUR ARE KNOWN IN COMBINATION WITH THE 1851 ISSUE.
Ex Gibson and Hall. With 2004 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE PHILADELPHIA U.S.P.O. DESPATCH CARRIER STAMP ON THE IMPRINT SHEET MARGIN OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE, SCOTT 7LB18.
The Philadelphia carrier stamps printed on the sheet selvage of imperforate 1c 1851 stamps hold a unique position in United States philately. Elsewhere in the world there are very few instances in which sheet selvage was used to produce adhesive stamps--the Emory Va. Confederate provisional and early stamps of Zanzibar come to mind as other examples. Two handstamps were used to create the Philadelphia carrier stamps: the Eagle oval (Scott type C31), which produced 7LB16, and the large oval (type C32), from which 7LB18 was made. Several specialists in United States carrier issues have speculated that the U.S.P.O. handstamped adhesives (7LB14, 7LB16 and 7LB18)--used when other printed carrier stamps were available--were prepared by one or more carriers and affixed by them to show receipt of the carrier fee when paid by coin.
Ex Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate
A FINE AND RARE TIED COMBINATION OF GRAFFLIN'S STAMP AND THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE.
Ex Piller and Kuphal. With 1982 and 2007 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND TRULY REMARKABLE TIED EXAMPLE OF THE HOPEDALE PENNY POST STAMP, WHICH WAS USUALLY LEFT UNCANCELLED. VERY FEW TIED USES ARE KNOWN.
The Hopedale religious community established its Penny Post in 1849, so that mail could be brought to the nearest post office at Milford on a regular basis--it is similar in concept to the Glen Haven post--this was not an illegal service designed to circumvent government mails, but was a supplemental post in the absence of a community post office. The small stamps used to prepay the local charge were never cancelled and usually affixed on back or in the corner opposite the stamp. In rare instances the local stamp was positioned near the 3c postage and was tied by the town postmark. A survey of auction catalogues and our photo files turned up only three tied uses with any of the Hopedale stamps--this the only such use with the 84L1 stamp.
Ex Hall. With clear 2001 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED COVERS WITH THE MOODY'S PENNY DISPATCH STAMP TIED. A DESIRABLE AND COLORFUL LOCAL POST COVER.
A total of 19 stamps are recorded, including a strip of 3 and 16 singles on and off cover. Our records contain seven Moody's Penny Dispatch covers with stamps: 1) 110L1 Type Ic with Comma, Pos. 4, repaired, Nov. 15, 1856 datestamp, tied with 3c 1851 on cover to Deerfield Mass., ex Hennan and Golden, last offered in Sale 1232, lot 1798; 2) 110L1 Type Ic with Comma, Pos. 7, Nov. 14, 1856 datestamp, tied with three 1c 1851s on cover to Middletown R.I., ex Caspary, Kuphal and Gross (Sale 1211, lot 368); 3) 110L1b Type III "Henny Dispatch" error, Pos. 8, Sep. 18, 1856 datestamp, tied with 3c 1851 on cover to Voluntown Conn., ex Rohloff, Kuphal and Gross (Sale 1211, lot 369); 4) 110L1 Type Ic with Comma, Pos. 4, Sep. 29, 1856 datestamp, tied with 3c 1851 on cover to Dover N.H., ex Brown, Knapp and Hall, the cover offered here; 5) reported 110L1 uncancelled on Oct. 9, 1856 cover, ex J. W. Kline, Abt article, no further details; 6) 110L1 Type Ic with Comma, Pos. 4, blue Moody's datestamp, not tied, with 3c 1851 tied by Chicago Jan. 5 datestamp, 1856 receipt docketing, uncertain use; and 7) 110L1 Type Ic, Pos. 7, Nov. 4, 1846 datestamp, tied with 3c 1851 on cover to Neillsburg Pa., ex "Lake Shore" (Sale 1075, lot 1202). Reviewing the list, it is obvious that there are only three 110L1 covers with the stamps tied in combination with the 3c 1851. Two of the four remaining covers are not tied, one is a combination with the 1c 1851, and the last is the 110L1b "Henny" error, which is in a class of its own.
Ex Brown, Knapp and Hall. With clear 2001 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A CHOICE COVER BEARING THE RARE EIGHTH AVENUE POST OFFICE LOCAL STAMP IN COMBINATION WITH THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE. ONLY THREE 130L2 COVERS ARE KNOWN TO US, INCLUDING TWO USED WITH THE 3-CENT 1851 FROM THE SAME CORRESPONDENCE.
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 three Russell 130L2 covers we record are: 1) Tied by part strike of New York circular datestamp to James Allaire, Monmouth Co. N.J., 3c 1851 missing, ex Caspary, Middendorf; 2) Uncancelled with 3c 1851, New York Dec. 18 circular datestamp, to Susan Magie, Bloomfield N.J., ex Lilly, Golden and Kuphal, the cover offered here; and 3) Uncancelled with 3c 1851, New York Mar. 14 circular datestamp, to Susan Magie, Bloomfield N.J., ex Lilly and Boker.
Ex Lilly, Golden and Kuphal. With 1999 and 2007 P.F. certificates.