Sale 1232 — United States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 30-31 March, 2021

Category — Boyd's Local Post Specialized Collection: Mercury Series, Postal Stationery, Balances

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1738
E
Sale 1232, Lot 1738, Boyd's Local Post Specialized Collection: Mercury Series, Postal Stationery, BalancesBoyd's Dispatch Unadopted Essays, ca. 1884. Four items: two artist's pen-ink-and-wash essays, one with manuscript prices for printing and pencil notation on back "Submitted by Baldwin & Gleason, 55 Cedar St. City" -- according to album write-up, this firm was located at this address from 1882 to 1884, which is just at the end of Boyd's letter-carrying business -- accompanied by a third hand-drawn essay for "Boyd's City Despatch" and a printer's proof of the same design, which was used as a logo for delivery lists after Boyd's stopped carrying mail, Very Fine, each hand-executed essay is unique, ex Schwartz

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
1739
TC
Sale 1232, Lot 1739, Boyd's Local Post Specialized Collection: Mercury Series, Postal Stationery, BalancesBoyd's Dispatch, Mercury Series (20L37/20L42). Thirteen imperforate trial color proofs, each on a different color paper, few with original gum, others no gum, one is used, few small faults, Very Fine appearing and rare group

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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1740
c
Sale 1232, Lot 1740, Boyd's Local Post Specialized Collection: Mercury Series, Postal Stationery, BalancesBoyd's Dispatch, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black on Orange Red (20L43A). Well-centered, brilliant color with bright orange hue and smooth coated surface, tied by "Paid" in circle cancel, purple "Boyd's City Dispatch, 1 Park Place, Jul. 13 (1878)" oval datestamp on embossed corner card cover to local street address, Extremely Fine, the Orange Red is the rarest of the regularly-issued Mercury series and was used briefly in July and early August 1878 -- see John D. Bowman's article in The Penny Post, Apr. 1995 (this is one of the three covers he records) -- ex Colonel Green and Golden, with 1999 P.F. certificate

1,000
1,400
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1741
c
Sale 1232, Lot 1741, Boyd's Local Post Specialized Collection: Mercury Series, Postal Stationery, BalancesBoyd's Dispatch, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black on Orange Red (20L43A). Rich color towards the Red end of the spectrum, tied by light strike of "Paid" in circle cancel, purple "Boyd's City Dispatch, 1 Park Place, Oct. 3, 1878" oval datestamp on yellow cover to local street address, some edge flaws, stamp with light corner crease at top right, still Very Fine, the Orange Red is the rarest of the regularly-issued Mercury series and was used briefly in July and early August 1878 -- see John D. Bowman's article in The Penny Post, Apr. 1995

1,000
900
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1742
 
Sale 1232, Lot 1742, Boyd's Local Post Specialized Collection: Mercury Series, Postal Stationery, BalancesBoyd's Dispatch, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black on Pink (20L56). Horizontal strip of three, one stamp has small fault, tied by two strikes of purple "Boyd's City Despatch, 1 Park Place, N.Y. Paid, Apr. 28, 1883" oval datestamp on front only, the address portion of package wrapper (card stock) with Knickerbocker Portrait Gallery corner card, to local street address, evidently used to carry photographs, Fine, extremely rare example of Boyd's multiple rate, ex Malcolm and Golden

E. 400-500
1,000
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1743
 
Boyd's City Express Post, Mercury Issues Balance. Exhibit pages containing unused and used stamps and covers, various papers including Pink, Blue, Lavender and others, including nice range of perf varieties, few blocks, two tied by older Boyd's City Dispatch oval datestamps, few advertising covers, overall Fine-Very Fine group

E. 300-400
1,500
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1744
c
Sale 1232, Lot 1744, Boyd's Local Post Specialized Collection: Mercury Series, Postal Stationery, BalancesBoyd's City Post, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Red on Orange Entire (20LU9). Cancelled by "Boyd's City Post, 39 Fulton St." circular datestamp, to local street address, repaired tear across top of entire, considering the great rarity of this entire, the tear is of secondary importance, ex Hollowbush and Golden

2,500
1,700
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1745
c
Sale 1232, Lot 1745, Boyd's Local Post Specialized Collection: Mercury Series, Postal Stationery, BalancesBoyd's City Post, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Blue on Orange Entire, Impressed at Upper Left (20LU11 var). Cancelled by blurry Boyd's circular datestamp (39 Fulton St. type), to local street address

VERY FINE. A RARE ENTIRE IN ANY FORM AND EXTREMELY RARE WITH IMPRESSION AT UPPER LEFT.

The impression was made after the envelope was cut and folded. This is the only entire in any form that we have offered since keeping computerized records. Ex Abt and Golden

4,000
2,700
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1746
c
Sale 1232, Lot 1746, Boyd's Local Post Specialized Collection: Mercury Series, Postal Stationery, BalancesBoyd's City Dispatch, New York N.Y., 2c Red on White Wove Entire, Die Ty. L67b (20LU17). Cancelled by Boyd's circular datestamp (41 Fulton St. type) to local street address, Very Fine, very scarce

300
400
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1747
c
Sale 1232, Lot 1747, Boyd's Local Post Specialized Collection: Mercury Series, Postal Stationery, BalancesBoyd's City Dispatch, New York N.Y., 2c Red on Amber Entire (20LU26). Cancelled by "PAID" in circle and used to local street address, few light creases, still Very Fine and scarce used entire

1,250
800
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1748
c
Sale 1232, Lot 1748, Boyd's Local Post Specialized Collection: Mercury Series, Postal Stationery, BalancesBoyd's City Dispatch, New York N.Y., 2c Red on Cream Laid Entire, Second State (20LU27). Cancelled by Boyd's "Paid" in circle, address label, Very Fine and extremely scarce

375
375
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1749
c
Boyd's City Express Post, New York, N.Y., Postal Stationery Balance. Exhibit pages of 16 unused entires, 20 used or addressed entires and nine cut squares, including unused Nos. 20LU1, 20LU2, 20LU4, 20LU5 (owner's handstamp), 20LU8, 20LU11A, 20LU12, 20LU14, 20LU15, 20LU21, 20LU23, 20LU27, used including 20LU13 on both diagonally laid and horizontally laid, 20LU16, 20LU18 (2, one with "100 stamps" written across address panel), 20LU20, 20LU22, 20LU28, 20LU29, 20LU30, nice selection of Mercury design such as used 20LU43, few faults, overall Very Fine and desirable group

E. 2,000-3,000
5,250
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1750
 
Boyd's City Express Post, Bank Notices. 13, mostly used, including Nos. 20LUX1, 20LUX3, 20LUX5, 20LUX6a, 20LUX7, 20LUX8, 20LUX9 unused, 20LUX9a, 20LUX10, 20LUX10a, 20LUX11 unused, 20LUX12 unused, some faults, most Fine-Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
2,600
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1751
c
Boyd's City Express, New York, N.Y. Group of 20 covers, 17 were individual lots in our 1999 sale of the David Golden Collection (Sale 817) and remain on the original lot card, one was a small group, including a nice range of stamps, entires and markings, a few are dual frankings with 1851-57 Issue stamps, also a group of stampless, overall Fine-Very Fine, five P.F. certificates accompany (a couple stating stamps did not originate), see our website PDF for images of each lot card, which will allow bidders a full review of the Sale 817 descriptions

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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