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.
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)
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
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).
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
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
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
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