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Sale 1241 — United States and Civil War Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 28-29 September, 2021

Category — Local Posts, Hawaii, Group Lots

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1163
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1163, Local Posts, Hawaii, Group LotsD. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13). Full margins to large at left with portion of adjoining stamp, acid tied, used with 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), brilliant color, full margins to just in at bottom left, tied by perfect strike of blue "Philadelphia Pa. Nov. 29" (1851) circular datestamp, "Blood's Despatch Nov. 29 9.P.M." double-circle datestamp on small cover to Eaton N.Y., fresh and Extremely Fine, very choice condition, with 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
250
1164
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1164, Local Posts, Hawaii, Group LotsBlood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Two covers, first ample margins to just touched, acid cancel, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), large margins all around, both stamps tied together by "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 24" circular datestamp on bright buff cover addressed in blue to Port Jervis N.Y., Blood's circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, ex Dr. Morris, with 1998 P.F. certificate, second cover Blood's stamp with huge margins to clear, acid tied, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), large margins to in, both stamps tied together by "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 25" circular datestamp on mourning cover to Washington D.C., Blood's 1856 backstamp, part of backflaps missing, Very Fine, a beautiful cover, ex Kuphal

E. 300-400
300
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1165
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1165, Local Posts, Hawaii, Group LotsPomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Thin Bond (117L4), Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Thin Bond (117L4)Pomeroy's Letter Express, 5c Black on Thin Bond (117L4). Two singles, large margins to clear, each cancelled by manuscript "X", red "Boyd's City Express Post, Sep. 14 9 O'C" framed datestamp on Sep. 14, 1844 folded letter to Currier & Ives in New York City (an order for prints), stamps with typical wrinkling and some minor gum soaks along edges, otherwise Very Fine, desirable example of Pomeroy and Boyd conjunctive service

E. 400-500
400
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1166
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1166, Local Posts, Hawaii, Group LotsKidder'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), three large margins, slightly in at top, cancelled by red "Paid", second strike and matching "Kidder's City Express Post 2 Cts." oval handstamp on small cover to local Brooklyn address, ink drop on stamp, faint toning at top right

VERY FINE COVER BEARING THE RARE KIDDER'S CITY EXPRESS "HORSE & RIDER" STAMP.

John T. Boyd discontinued his Brooklyn post on June 30, 1845, when the new postal laws made it illegal for private companies to carry mail along postal routes -- in Boyd's case, between Brooklyn and New York City. Elliott Perry suggested that Boyd's Brooklyn agent was Wellington Walton, who is listed in the 1846 city directory as an "express proprietor" at 195 Gold Street in Brooklyn. Walton & Co. City Express covers are dated as early as February 14, 1846, leaving a seven-month gap between Boyd's discontinuance and Walton's successor post -- possibly Walton did not start up until the next Valentine season. In early 1847, Walton sold out to Henry Kidder, whose "Kidder's Brooklyn City Express Post" oval handstamp is recorded as early as Mar. 11, 1847 (reference: Calvet M. Hahn, "Brooklyn City Post 1850's"). Kidder operated the post with the help of Isaac and George Snedeker, who were brothers. Kidder sold out to the Snedeckers in 1851, and the post continued under their ownership until 1854 when it was sold to others.

The Kidder's 93L1 stamp was issued during Kidder's ownership and used after the Snedekers acquired ownership. It is believed that the first Brooklyn City Express Post stamp (28L5) was issued by the Snedekers. Beginning about 1850, the Kidder's stamps were initialed "IS" (sometimes "YS") for Isaac Snedeker. The initials were applied to sheets before use and are not cancellations. (Reference: Donald S. Patton, The Private Posts of the United States, pp. 265-268).

Scott value $4,500.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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1167
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1167, Local Posts, Hawaii, Group LotsWells Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8), Wells Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8)Wells Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Vertical strip of three, margins mostly full to just slightly into frameline, used with three 3c Rose (65) and tied by two strikes of blue "Wells, Fargo & Co Virginia City N.T. Feb. 15" (1863) oval datestamp on buff legal-size paste-up cover to San Francisco, addressed to Wm. E. Wood, in care of Stanford Brothers, additional clear strike of datestamp with matching "PAID" in double-line oval handstamp, docketing at left indicates the heavy contents related to bids for a tunnel contract, strip has small tear and toning at top, 3c stamps have small faults, cover edgewear and tears

FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED STRIPS OF THREE OF THE 25-CENT BLUE VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS STAMP ON COVER. AN IMPRESSIVE 1861 ISSUE AND PONY EXPRESS COMBINATION FRANKING.

This is one of only two recorded strips of three of the 25c Blue Virginia City Pony Express stamp on cover. It is a remarkable artifact of Western Express postal history.

We record only four covers bearing multiples of the Wells Fargo & Co. 25c Blue, as follows:

1) Strip of 5 plus one, February 25, 1863, "Edwards" (Grombacher) Collection, Christie's sale, 10/29/1991

2) Strip of 3, February 20, 1863, ex Mitchell (Sale 859, lot 199)

3) Strip of 3, February 15, 1863, ex Gross and the cover offered here

4) Pair, February 19, 1863, ex Kramer.

Ex Gross

E. 4,000-5,000
4,250
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1168
c
Carriers & Locals Covers. 16 covers, most with stamps and a few stampless Harnden Express uses, several Blood's, one Hale & Co., a Priest's Despatch No. 121L4 "bisect" but not tied, others, mixed condition with faults to be expected, overall Fine appearance, see our website PDF for a complete scan

E. 500-750
600
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1169
 
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1169, Local Posts, Hawaii, Group LotsHAWAII, 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), HAWAII, 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8)HAWAII, 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Large margins to in at upper left, minute margin tear at bottom, used with United States 1851 12c Black (17), small chunk out at top, both stamps tied by "San Francisco Cal. May 21, 1861" circular datestamp, red “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid May 2” circular datestamp on buff cover front only to Williamstown Mass., Very Fine appearance, with 1974 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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1170
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1170, Local Posts, Hawaii, Group LotsHAWAII, 1866, 5c Blue (32), HAWAII, 1866, 5c Blue (32)HAWAII, 1866, 5c Blue (32). Tied by large cork cancel, "Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Dec. 4" circular datestamp, used with 5c Brown (76), horizontal pair, tied by circle of Vs cancel, "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 17" circular datestamp, magenta "Hawaiian Steam Service" double-line oval handstamp on 1868 cover to Boston, lower left portion of cover (including part of Honolulu marking) restored, Fine appearance

E. 750-1,000
2,000
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1171
c
Classic Cover Balance, 1847-1869. 36 stamped covers, mostly overseas uses with a few domestic, covering issues from 1847 thru 1868 Grills plus two 1869 covers, wide range including two No. 1, No. 29 strip of three to France (front only), No. 30A to Sardinia, pair of No. 36 and No. 26 on cover to Rome, No. 37 on covers to England and Scotland, No. 38 on cover to Germany, few other 1851-57 covers, 1861-68 Issues include No. 65 block of ten on back of cover to England, No. 71 pair to Paris, No. 75 strip of three to Paris and single on cover to Calcutta, No. 76 block of four plus attached strip of five (making an "L" shaped block of nine) on cover to Panama (very defective), several other 1861-68 uses with high-denomination stamps, 1869 Pictorials with 2c, 3c and 10c 1861 on cover front and another cover with 3c plus 2c Black Jack and 10c 1861, rough condition with faults to be found throughout and a number of defective stamps, otherwise many of these would have warranted individual lots, still a diverse and useful group, see our website PDF for a complete scan

E. 1,500-2,000
4,000
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1172
c
Classic Cover Balance. More than 65 covers, approximately 25 are better 1851 Issue covers including numerous No. 9, several No. 10-10A and one each of No. 14 (used with No. 9 to France) and No. 17 (used with No. 11A to France), this first group of 25 contains several covers with multiples, strips, one with Eagle Carrier, etc., another approximately 20 covers bear Nos. 11 or 11A and some of these are better as well including printed corner card, few unusual originations, green cancel, etc., the remaining approximately 22 covers are stampless, plus some 1861 or later issues, some of the typical flaws will be found but overall this is a solid balance with many individually saleable covers, see our website PDF for a complete scan

E. 1,500-2,000
2,500
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1173
c
Classic Covers. Over 130, including stampless through 1869 Issue, each in individual sleeve with price, only a handful are stampless, 1851 Issue contains many 3c, with shades including Orange Brown, one with Blood's local, better town markings, 1861 Issue contains some better overseas destinations, including two to Paris each franked with 5c and 10c, 1869 Issue mostly small towns or better cancels, a large portion Fine-Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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1174
c
2c Black Jack Covers. About 160, each in individual sleeve with price, several small towns and better cancels, some advertising, some unusual usages, a few with 2c Black Jack entire, majority Fine-Very Fine

E. 1,500-2,000
900
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1175
c
1870-1890 Bank Note Issue Covers. Over 210, each in individual sleeve with price, several 3c with fancy cancel or from a small town, a few registered, overseas destinations, ornate lady's covers, and more, many Fine-Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
500
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1176
c
1894-1902 Bureau Issue Covers. About 220, each in individual sleeve with price, denominations to 15c, includes registered, special delivery (some with additional Special Delivery stamp), Spanish-American War patriotics, overseas destinations, usages from Alaska and China, and more, much Fine-Very Fine

E. 500-750
1,800
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1177
c
1938 Presidential Issue. Approximately 135 covers or cards with a few tags, including tags with $5.00 (2), several interesting such as 50c used with 20c Air Post to Jerusalem with censor's label, few other censored, some combination, some auxiliary markings such as 20c used with 20c Special Delivery to Bermuda with "Received After Passenger Left", some other better destinations such as Argentina, China, some faults (mostly edgewear), many Fine-Very Fine, a diverse group for the specialist

E. 300-400
450
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1178
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1178, Local Posts, Hawaii, Group LotsHand-Illustrated Covers, 1857-1909, Hand-Illustrated Covers, 1857-1909Hand-Illustrated Covers, 1857-1909. More than 30 covers, mostly classic issues with a handful of early 20th Century, each with some kind of hand-drawn illustration, ranging from extremely elaborate to just a small drawing, the most dramatic depicts a frontiersman with a 3c 1857 Issue stamp (defective), many others very interesting, mixed condition with faults to be expected, overall an unusual group worth reviewing on our website PDF

E. 400-500
700
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1179
c
Exposition-Related Covers and Cards. Small but nice group (barely fits into one of our large lot envelopes), majority are from Columbian Exposition including four different Columbian Exposition tickets, nice group of unused postcards, also set of Pan-Americans on an illustrated hotel cover to Bermuda (faults), overall Fine-Very Fine group

E. 300-400
1,600
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1180
c
Cover Accumulation. Carton of covers, few earlier such as strip of three of No. 28 to France (part of address cut out), strip of three of No. 33 to Prussia, Nos. 68 and 76 to France, 116 on mourning cover to France, few other earlier including No. 65 on Patriotic, nice group of advertising covers, also includes some Hawaii-related, some faults, some Fine-Very Fine, a diverse group

E. 1,500-2,000
6,500
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1181
c
Cover Balance. Approximately 25 covers, eclectic mix including five with 3c 1861 Issue on illustrated Patriotic covers, No. 35 on cover, some stampless and some 20th Century including a number of first flight covers, No. C13 on flown postcard, mixed condition with some flaws to be found and one Patriotic cover with defective stamp, mostly Fine or appear so, see our website PDF for a complete scan

E. 500-750
700
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1182
c
Cover Balance. Seven items, including No. 1 from Philadelphia to Watervliet Arsenal N.Y., steamboat use, two railroad uses, last is No. 616 First Day with strip of three to Covel & Co. in Benton Harbor, first with vertical file fold thru stamp, otherwise Fine-Very Fine group

E. 300-400
225
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1183
c
Cover Collection. Five volumes containing a range of covers, including nice group of Air Post, some Special Delivery such as E1 on 2c entire and three with E3, one with E4, few Parcel Post on cover such as 10c, some regular issues, overall Fine-Very Fine, a colorful group

E. 200-300
650
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1184
c
Charlotte Va. Covers. Approximately 63, including 22 stampless with range of rates and destinations, all with strong markings, stamps include 11A, 26, few entires, Bank Notes etc., some faults, overall a Very Fine group

E. 200-300
0
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1185
c
Advertising Covers. Over 360, 1860s-1930s, each in an individual sleeve with price, ranging from multicolored illustrated to corner cards, wide range of companies and themes, several stamp dealer's corner cards, largely Fine-Very Fine, excellent retail potential for a show or internet dealer

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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1186
c
First Day Cover Accumulation. Carton with few hundred First Day covers, including Nos. 557 (2), 559, 560, 561 (2), 562 (2), 564 (5), 565, 567, 568, 603, 604, 605 93), 617-619 (2), 666, 667, 668, 696, 697 (Washington D.C.), 698, 701, 834 (9 with singles and six with double plate block three of which are not addressed), C6, C18 (5), several other better, strength in the 1920s, few faults to be expected, mostly Fine-Very Fine, an excellent group of First Days

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
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1187
c
20th Century Covers. Over 325, each in individual sleeve with price, vast majority commercial uses, with Commemoratives (including the Columbian and Trans-Mississippi issues), Regular issues includes Washington-Franklins and an interesting group of Presidential covers, usages includes overseas destinations, many registered (including several with Scott No. F1), Special Delivery, Naval and other military, WWI and WWII, Canal Zone, and more, overall a useful and saleable group of 20th Century covers

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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1188
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1188, Local Posts, Hawaii, Group Lots20th Century Covers, 20th Century Covers20th Century Covers. More than 100 covers on album pages, majority are Washington-Franklin Issues but also includes some later First Day and some other early 20th Century, highlights include on-cover uses of Nos. 294-295, 305, 307, 319g (without tab), 323-327 (two of No. 327, including one legal-size cover with a pair), 348-349 along with some other coils, many others, flaws to be found but overall Fine-Very Fine appearance

E. 750-1,000
850
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1189
c
Picture Postcards. Over 160 used picture postcards from the early 20th Century, including several pre-1910, each in an individual sleeve wtih price, wide range of themes, including ships, hotels, and one with the State Dining Room at the White House, with many multicolored, better usages such as overseas destination and some originating outside the U.S., including China and Canal Zone, largely Fine-Very Fine and well above your average postcard lot

E. 300-400
160
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1190
c
Hold-to-Light Cards. 30 unused and four used, the used have 1c or 2c Louisiana Purchase stamps, all are related to the St. Louis World's Fair, few with minor corner dings but overall Fine-Very Fine group

E. 500-750
300
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