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Sale 1232 — United States Stamps and Postal History

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

Category — Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody's

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1776
c
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1776, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sFloyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1), Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1)Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1). Ample margins to slightly in, tied by blue "Floyd's Penny Post Chicago" double-oval handstamp on small cover with red Patriotic Eagle and Shield with "E. Pluribus Unum" Ribbon design at top, from the Miss Katie Cure correspondence, half of backflap removed, slight edge wrinkling, Very Fine and most unusual Patriotic usage, ex Hennan and Golden, Scott value as normal cover

1,000
600
1777
c
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1777, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sFloyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1), Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1)Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1). Large margins, 5mm tear at left, tied by "Floyd's Penny Post" circular sunburst handstamp on buff cover to local street address, Extremely Fine appearance, ex Golden

1,000
325
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1778
 
Floyd's Penny Post, Chicago Ill., (1c) Blue (68L1). Interesting study collection comprising seven pen-and-ink drawings of portions of Floyd's stamp marked as originals, plus four used and five unused 68L1 stamps, different light and dark shades, including unused vertical pair with bottom cut off and replaced, some faults but still a desirable and interesting group, ex Abt and Golden

E. 300-400
180
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1779
ogbl
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1779, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sGahagan & Howe City Express, San Francisco Cal., (5c) Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (70L2a), Gahagan & Howe City Express, San Francisco Cal., (5c) Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (70L2a)Gahagan & Howe City Express, San Francisco Cal., (5c) Blue, Tete-Beche Pair (70L2a). Complete sheet of 20 containing four tete-beche pairs, original gum, vertical creases, single small toned spot

EXTREMELY FINE DESPITE THE CREASING. A VERY RARE SHEET OF THE GAHAGAN & HOWE CITY EXPRESS STAMP, CONTAINING FOUR TETE-BECHE VARIETIES -- THE FINEST OF ONLY THREE COMPLEE SHEETS KNOWN TO US.

We are aware of three complete sheets of the 70L2a Gahagan & Howe City Express issue. One of the three has stains and a nick and the other has creases reinforced with hinges, along with small breaks in the paper (ex Hall). This sheet is the finest condition of the three.

Ex Chapman (pencil note indicates acquisition date in 1895), Boker and Golden. Scott value for four 70L2a pairs and singles, without premium for blocks.

3,600
1,300
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1780
ogbl
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1780, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sGrafflin's Baltimore Despatch, Baltimore Md., 1c Black (73L1), Grafflin's Baltimore Despatch, Baltimore Md., 1c Black (73L1)Grafflin's Baltimore Despatch, Baltimore Md., 1c Black (73L1). Complete sheet of 49, original gum, Positions 1-3 partly or mostly missing from corner being stuck down at some point in the past, Positions 8-9 with some thinning from same, Position 7 small thin spot, otherwise fresh and sound with some minor gum wrinkles

THE UNIQUE COMPLETE SHEET OF 49 OF THE RARE GRAFFLIN'S DESPATCH STAMP.

Ex Golden. Scott value as nine blocks of four and ten singles (not counting the three defective stamps)

11,450
2,800
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1781
ogbl
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1781, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sGrafflin's Baltimore Despatch, Baltimore Md., 1c Black (73L1), Grafflin's Baltimore Despatch, Baltimore Md., 1c Black (73L1)Grafflin's Baltimore Despatch, Baltimore Md., 1c Black (73L1). Vertical block of eight, original gum, large margins to clear at top, fine impression

VERY FINE. THE SECOND LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE RARE GRAFFLIN'S DESPATCH STAMP.

Ex Lilly, Richardson and Golden. Scott value as two blocks of four

2,100
1,400
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1782
ogbl
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1782, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sGrafflin's Baltimore Despatch, Baltimore Md., 1c Black (73L1), Grafflin's Baltimore Despatch, Baltimore Md., 1c Black (73L1)Grafflin's Baltimore Despatch, Baltimore Md., 1c Black (73L1). Horizontal block of six, original gum, large top and bottom margins, ample to slightly in at sides, small tear bottom left stamp, Fine-Very Fine, another extremely rare multiple of the Grafflin's Baltimore Despatch stamp, this is the third largest recorded after the two blocks offered in the previous lots, ex Hollowbush and Golden, Scott value as block of four and two singles

1,450
650
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1783
 
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1783, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sHumboldt Express (Langton's), Nevada, 25c Brown (86L1), Humboldt Express (Langton's), Nevada, 25c Brown (86L1)Humboldt Express (Langton's), Nevada, 25c Brown (86L1). Horizontal pair, fine impression, large margins to clear of outer frameline at bottom, pen cancels and trace of blue "Langton's Pioneer Express" oval at top, negligible corner creases, still Very Fine, one of two recorded used multiples of this distinctive Western Express stamp -- far rarer than the more familiar Pony Express issues, ex Golden

2,750
1,200
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1784
ngbl
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1784, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sHussey's Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black (87L5), Hussey's Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black (87L5)Hussey's Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black (87L5). Block of four, unused (no gum), ample to large margins, faint crease at top, still Very Fine, the only recorded block of the 1858 1c Black Letter Box issue, ex Dos Passos and Golden, listed but unpriced as a block, Scott value for four singles (which are vastly more common) is $700.00

E. 300-400
300
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1785
c
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1785, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sHussey's Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black, Thin Wove (87L51), Hussey's Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black, Thin Wove (87L51)Hussey's Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black, Thin Wove (87L51). Two, one has large margins to clear, other large margins to slightly in, tied by purple "Hussey's Post, 54 Pine St. Paid" oval handstamp on legal-size cover to local street address, pencil docketing indicates enclosure was a deed for 40 Lexington Ave., toned bands and reduced at left, small edge nicks, still Fine and exhibitable, one of the rarest of all the Hussey's issues and probably unique as a multiple franking, ex Golden, with clear 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
275
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1786
ngbl
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1786, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sHussey's Post, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black on Wove, Imperforate (87L63 var), Hussey's Post, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black on Wove, Imperforate (87L63 var)Hussey's Post, New York N.Y., (unstated value) Black on Wove, Imperforate (87L63 var). Block of four, unused (no gum), large margins, top pair faintly creased, Extremely Fine appearance, a very rare imperforate block, with 1971 A.P.S. and 1978 P.F. certificates, also with letter from Elliott Perry noting the rarity of 87L63 imperforates (and remarking that they are too scarce to be reprints), unlisted in Scott but mentioned in 87L63 footnote, ex Golden

E. 300-400
250
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1787
c
Hussey's Post, New York N.Y. Group of 18 covers, all were individual lots in our 1999 sale of the David Golden Collection (Sale 817) and remain on the original lot cards, including a nice range of stamps, one stamped entire and several stampless, variety of company handstamps, some are corner card covers, few faults but overall Fine-Very Fine, three P.F. certificates accompany, 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
950
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1788
c
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1788, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sJohnson's Box, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on White (unlisted in Scott), Johnson's Box, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on White (unlisted in Scott)Johnson's Box, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on White (unlisted in Scott). Cut to shield shape, brownish gum toning, file fold ties stamp, used with 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), tied by blue "Philadelphia Pa. Sep. 11" (1851) circular datestamp on folded cover to New York City, Fine, the Johnson's Box labels are believed by some specialists to be advertising labels applied to letters taken from a local merchant's mail-drop box, ex Abt and Golden, accompanied by a group of the labels in black, blue and red, including a strip of four

E. 400-500
800
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1789
c
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1789, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sKidder's City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pale Blue Glazed (93L1), Kidder's City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pale Blue Glazed (93L1)Kidder's City Express Post, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pale Blue Glazed (93L1). Initialed "IS" (Isaac Snedeker), full margins except just touched at bottom, uncancelled and affixed to Jun. 20, 1848 folded letter on which it does not originate, cover is from Manhasset, Long Island to Brooklyn street address, "Kidder's Brooklyn City Express Post Jun. -- 2 Cts" large oval datestamp, some toning, otherwise Very Fine, a very early example of Snedecker's initials on the Kidder's stamp -- he is believed to have joined Kidder in late 1847 or 1848 -- ex Caspary and Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate stating the stamp did not originate

E. 400-500
500
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1790
c
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1790, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sLibbey & Co.'s City Post, 10 Court Square [Boston], Libbey & Co.'s City Post, 10 Court Square [Boston]Libbey & Co.'s City Post, 10 Court Square [Boston]. Three covers bearing the red three-line handstamp offered as individual lots in the Golden sale (Sale 817), first on small folded letter to Rouse's Point N.Y., 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II (11A), cut in, tied by large "Paid" grid, red "Boston 3 cts. 18 May" (ca. 1852) integral-rate circular datestamp, Fine, ex Mason and Hollowbush, second on blue 1852 folded letter to South Lee Mass., 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II (11A), ample margins to slightly in, tied by large "Paid" grid, Fine, third on ca. 1852 small embossed Valentine cover to local street address, faint stain at upper left corner, otherwise Very Fine, probably as fine a strike as exists, ex Middendorf, J. L. Libbey, an agent for Carr's Bangor Express and Favor's Express, started a local post in 1852 (evidently short-lived)

E. 400-500
325
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1791
c
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1791, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sMcINTIRE'S POST 2 Maiden Lane, McINTIRE'S POST 2 Maiden LaneMcINTIRE'S POST 2 Maiden Lane. Straightline handstamp clearly struck with "Collect" oval in conjunction with blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express S.Frco. 5 Mar." double-circle datestamp and "Paid" in oval on Mar. 3, 1860 folded letter from San Francisco to New York City street address, endorsed "p Golden Gate", somewhat fragile and worn at folds, which is not evident from the front, still Very Fine with markings clearly struck, several recorded covers provide evidence that McIntire and Wells Fargo had an arrangement whereby express letters from California would be delivered locally in New York City -- this cover was sold in the 1956 Caspary sale with a 99L1 stamp affixed at lower left, but it was judged not to have originated and has been removed, ex Caspary and Golden

E. 750-1,000
400
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1792
c
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1792, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sMcMillan's Despatch Post, McMillan's Despatch PostMcMillan's Despatch Post. Small circular handstamp clearly struck on blue folded notice of note payable on "16 Mar" (no year date) to local addressee, Very Fine, only three or four examples of this rare local post marking are known, ex Jarrett and Golden

E. 750-1,000
850
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1793
c
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1793, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody's(Mearis') City Despatch Post, Baltimo, (Mearis') City Despatch Post, Baltimo(Mearis') City Despatch Post, Baltimo. Red double-line circle clearly struck on ca. 1846 folded cover to New York City, red "Baltimore Railroad Apr. 6" route agent's circular datestamp, blue manuscript "5" rate, forwarded in New York with part strike of red Boyd's City Express Post oval datestamp and matching "Paid/J.T.B." two-line handstamp, fresh and Extremely Fine, a colorful and unique combination of markings, including the rare Mearis' City Despatch Post circle, the Baltimore route agent's datestamp and Boyd's oval for forwarding, ex Caspary aand Golden

E. 750-1,000
1,500
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1794
c
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1794, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody's(Mearis') City Despatch Post, Baltimo, (Mearis') City Despatch Post, Baltimo(Mearis') City Despatch Post, Baltimo. Red double-line circle on Apr. 28, 1846 folded letter to local addressee, manuscript "3" rate -- the enigmatic "3" is not one of Mearis's published rates -- somewhat toned, file fold, otherwise Fine, Roth records only six covers with this handstamp, in addition to the disputed adhesive made from the same marking (see Chronicle 173), ex Boker and Golden, illustrated in Kelly's CCP series (Vol. 50, No. 3, p. 153)

E. 300-400
225
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1795
c
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1795, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody's(Mearis') City Despatch, (Mearis') City Despatch(Mearis') City Despatch. Red two-line handstamp in rectangular ornamental frame, detailed strike and manuscript "Paid" on Jun. 1, 1846 blue folded letter to Baltimore City Hall

VERY FINE. ONLY FOUR EXAMPLES OF MEARIS' "CITY DESPATCH" FRAMED HANDSTAMP ARE RECORDED.

Adding the cover from our Golden Sale 817, lot 1343, to the three listed by Steven M. Roth in his Feb. 1997 Chronicle article, there is a total of four examples of this marking. However, one is struck on a front only (lot 1338 in Golden sale).

Ex Kelly and Golden. Illustrated in Kelly's CCP series (Vol. 50, No. 3, p. 156).

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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1796
og
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1796, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sMearis' City Despatch Post, Baltimore Md., 1c-2c Black on Gray, Se-Tenant (103L3a), Mearis' City Despatch Post, Baltimore Md., 1c-2c Black on Gray, Se-Tenant (103L3a)Mearis' City Despatch Post, Baltimore Md., 1c-2c Black on Gray, Se-Tenant (103L3a). Horizontal pair, Kelly Types F-A, Positions 3-4 in our plating analysis (Golden Sale 817) as well as the Lyons plating analysis (Penny Post Jul. 2020), original gum, each stamp initialed "MWM", large margins to just touched at left ornaments, few minute pinholes

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED SE-TENANT PAIRS OF MEARIS' CITY DESPATCH POST STAMP -- TWO OF WHICH ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS -- THIS BEING THE UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF 103L3a WITH "POST" IN SMALLER OUTLINE LETTERS.

In the Kelly CCP series and other articles on Baltimore locals, as well as past auction catalogues, the se-tenant pairs offered in this sale (this and the following lot) have always been described as the only two known. Although they are the only two pairs available to collectors, there is an overlooked pair in the Tapling collection at the British Library. In fact, the Tapling pair is a vital key to reconstructing the Mearis' City Despatch Post plate, because it fits between the two pairs offered here. The three pairs were originally joined together in a block of six.

According to information conveyed by George Sloane to Denwood Kelly, the two ex-Caspary pairs (lots 1796 and 1797 in this sale) were found by Caspary in the "junk box" of a Parisian dealer and acquired for a nominal price. The block had to have been divided sometime prior to or between 1881 and 1891, the period in which Thomas K. Tapling was active in building his worldwide collection (he died in 1891, according to Dr. Stanley M. Bierman's The World's Greatest Stamp Collectors). The block was probably sent to Europe and divided there, with one pair going to Tapling. Why Tapling's contemporary, Ferrary, never picked up the two remaining pairs, we cannot guess. Nor is it clear how one pair from the block could be placed with Tapling, while the other two wound up in a dealer's miscellany.

Illustrated in Kelly's CCP series (Vol. 50, No. 3, p. 150) and the Lyons Penny Post article (Jul. 2020) . Ex Caspary, Boker and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
6,250
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1797
og
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1797, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sMearis' City Despatch Post, Baltimore Md., 1c-2c Black on Gray, Se-Tenant (103L5a), Mearis' City Despatch Post, Baltimore Md., 1c-2c Black on Gray, Se-Tenant (103L5a)Mearis' City Despatch Post, Baltimore Md., 1c-2c Black on Gray, Se-Tenant (103L5a). Horizontal pair, Kelly Types H-B, Positions 7-8 in our plating analysis (Golden Sale 817) as well as the Lyons plating analysis (Penny Post Jul. 2020), original gum, each stamp initialed "MWM", large margins to just touched at lower right ornament, very minor gum toning

EXTREMELY FINE. ONLY TWO SE-TENANT PAIRS OF MEARIS' CITY DESPATCH POST STAMPS ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS. THE OTHER RECORDED EXAMPLE OF 103L5a -- THE LARGE "POST" VARIETY -- IS CONTAINED IN THE BRITISH LIBRARY'S TAPLING COLLECTION.

As noted in the description of the previous lot, the two se-tenant pairs offered in this sale and the Tapling pair at the British Library originally formed a block of six, which we believe came from Positions 3-4/5-6/7-8 in the setting of ten. When the pair offered here was in the Caspary collection, it had a fragment of the adjoining stamp below at lower left, which showed part of the "City Despatch" label (the margin was later trimmed to improve the appearance). The fragment showed a serifed typeface used for "City Despatch" and floral corner ornaments, which rule out any of the other 2c types -- we call it Type K (no complete examples are recorded; a fragment was offered in Sale 817, lot 1337).

Illustrated in Kelly's CCP series (Vol. 50, No. 3, p. 150) and the Lyons Penny Post article (Jul. 2020). Ex Caspary, Boker and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
8,000
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1798
c
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1798, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sMoody's Penny Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (1c) Black on Red Glazed (110L1), Moody's Penny Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (1c) Black on Red Glazed (110L1)Moody's Penny Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (1c) Black on Red Glazed (110L1). Type Ic with Comma, Position 4 according to our plating analysis, tied by "Moody's Despatch Nov. 15 2 P.M. 1856" circular datestamp, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), large margins to slightly in at lower right, both stamps tied by "Chicago Ill. Nov. 15, 1856" circular datestamp on buff cover to Deerfield Mich., cover is slightly worn, the Moody's stamp is repaired at upper left with a sealed tear, part of the margin added, small part of ornamental border and cancel drawn in, the appearance is excellent

FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED COVERS WITH THE MOODY'S PENNY DISPATCH STAMP TIED. A DESIRABLE AND COLORFUL LOCAL POST USE.

What little is known about Moody's Penny Dispatch comes from original research by Dr. Clarence Hennan and Henry E. Abt, with additional information provided by Elliott Perry. Abt's series on Chicago locals was published in the American Philatelist (June 1957-January 1958), and the discovery of the "Henny Dispatch" error with a plating analysis was published by Scott R. Trepel in Chronicle 164 (November 1994). City directories point to Robert J. Moody as the proprietor. Gager's directory for 1856-57 lists Moody at 30 Dearborn, at the corner of Lake Street. Dated examples establish a brief period of operation from September through December 1856 and possibly into January 1857.

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 Ty. Ic with Comma, Pos. 4, repaired, Nov. 15, 1856 datestamp, tied with 3c 1851 on cover to Deerfield Mass., ex Hennan and Golden, the cover offered here; 2) 110L1 Ty. Ic with Comma, Pos. 7, Nov. 14, 1856 datestamp, tied with three 1c 1851's on cover to Middletown R.I., ex Caspary, Kuphal and Gross (Siegel Sale 1211, lot 368); 3) 110L1b Ty. III "Henny Dispatch" error, Pos. 8, Sep. 18, 1856 datestamp, tied with 3c 1851 on cover to Voluntown Conn., ex Rohloff, Kuphal and Gross (Siegel Sale 1211, lot 369); 4) 110L1 Ty. Ic with Comma, Pos. 4, Sep. 29, 1856 datestamp, tied with 3c 1851 on cover to Dover N.H., ex Brown, Knapp and Hall (Siegel Sale 830, lot 724); 5) reported 110L1 uncancelled on Oct. 9, 1856 cover, ex J. W. Kline, Abt article, no further details; 6) 110L1 Ty. 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 Ty. Ic, Pos. 7, Nov. 4, 1846 datestamp, tied with 3c 1851 on cover to Neillsburg Pa., ex Lake Shore (Siegel 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. Given the rarity of this usage, the repaired stamp is excusable.

Ex Hennan and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
1,800
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1799
 
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1799, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Floyd's thru Moody'sMoody's Penny Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (1c) Black on Red Glazed, Sans-Serif "Chicago" (101L1a), Moody's Penny Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (1c) Black on Red Glazed, Sans-Serif "Chicago" (101L1a)Moody's Penny Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (1c) Black on Red Glazed, Sans-Serif "Chicago" (101L1a). Type IIb with Comma after "Dispatch", Position 9 according to our plating analysis, left sheet margin and large on two sides, just touched at top, tied by blue Moody's circular datestamp with "Nov. 3" date on small piece, brilliant color

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN MOODY'S PENNY DISPATCH STAMPS -- ONLY THREE OF THE FEWER THAN 20 RECORDED STAMPS ARE THE SANS-SERIF "CHICAGO" 110L1a VARIETY.

Two plate positions in the setting of ten have been identified with the sans-serif "Chicago" font variety. One has a period (Position 10) and the other a Comma after Dispatch (Position 9). This stamp is significant in our plating analysis, because it has a left sheet margin, which places it in the left column of five.

Ex Abt and Golden

1,750
800
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