Sale 1242 — The Gordon Eubanks Collection: United States 1851 to 1856 Imperforate Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-13 October, 2021

Category — Three-Cent: Carriers and Locals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
226
c
Sale 1242, Lot 226, Three-Cent: Carriers and Locals1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2). Full margins to huge at right showing frameline, cancelled by red star and used with 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), both stamps tied together by blue "Philadelphia Pa. Oct. 10" circular datestamp on lady's embossed cover to Thoroughfare Va., original letter enclosures and Oct. 19, 1853 answer docketing, fresh and Very Fine

E. 300-400
550
227
c
Sale 1242, Lot 227, Three-Cent: Carriers and Locals1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2). Full margins to barely in at right, cancelled by red grid and used with 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), miniscule margin tear at top is barely detectable but mentioned in anticipation of a new certificate, tied by red grid cancel and matching "Kensington Pa. Feb. 17" circular datestamp on lady's diminutive embossed cover to West Chester Pa., the embossing is very elaborate with a beautiful pattern of lace, overall Extremely Fine, a stunning small cover with the 3c 1851 and Eagle Carrier used from Kensington, with clear 1998 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
3,250
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228
c
Sale 1242, Lot 228, Three-Cent: Carriers and Locals1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2). Full margins with framelines visible on all four sides, magenta "H" initial of carrier Thomas F. Harkness, used with 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), margins to just in, tied by "Washington D.C. 16 Aug." circular datestamp on small neat cover to Mayville N.Y., Extremely Fine, a superb and rare cover with the initialed Eagle Carrier stamp

E. 750-1,000
425
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229
c
Sale 1242, Lot 229, Three-Cent: Carriers and LocalsU.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB13). Ample margins to just touching, cancelled by red star, used with 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), ample margins to slightly in, tied by blue "Philadelphia Pa. Feb. 16" (ca. 1852) circular datestamp on buff cover to Waterford N.Y., second strike of red star on cover, etiquette label on backflap, small cover mends along right edge

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

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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230
c
Sale 1242, Lot 230, Three-Cent: Carriers and LocalsU.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB18). Rectangular margins just into handstamp, grid cancel (off top edge--not tied), used with 3c Dull Red, Type I (11), margins all around, slightly oxidized, tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Aug. 4" (1856) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to New York City street address, file folds including one thru carrier stamp, effectively tying it to the cover

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

E. 1,500-2,000
1,200
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231
 
Sale 1242, Lot 231, Three-Cent: Carriers and LocalsU.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB18). Large margins to just into "U" of "U.S.P.O." at upper left, on 1c 1851 Issue Plate 1L sheet margin showing "K NOTE ENGRAVERS. Phila" and "No. 1" portion of imprint, the carrier handstamp struck between Positions 50/60R1L and showing a portion of the adjoining 1c stamp at top (or at left as the imprint would have been originally oriented), Very Fine and extremely rare example showing such a good portion of the imprint and the plate number, ex Caspary, with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
3,750
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232
 
Sale 1242, Lot 232, Three-Cent: Carriers and Locals(Honour's) City Post, Charleston S.C., 2c Black (4LB3). Three large margins, touched at top, tied by brownish "PAID" straightline handstamp, used with 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), ample margins to slightly in, tied by blue "Charleston S.C. Paid Nov. 27" (ca. 1854) circular datestamp on blue cover front only to New York City street address, Fine, very few 4LB3 covers/fronts are known with the "Paid" cancel, ex Caspary and Hall

E. 750-1,000
550
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233
c
Sale 1242, Lot 233, Three-Cent: Carriers and LocalsGlen Haven Daily Mail, Glen Haven N.Y., 1c Black on Green Glazed (71L3). Type III, full to touched at top, used with 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), both stamps tied together by "Scott N.Y. Aug. 10" circular datestamp on "J. C. Jackson M.D. Water Cure Physician" blue embossed cameo corner card cover to Collings Center N.Y., Very Fine and rare tied use of the Glen Haven stamp, this post carried mail between the watercure resort and the nearest post offices, thereby acting as a supplemental mail service, with 1996 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,100
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234
c
Sale 1242, Lot 234, Three-Cent: Carriers and LocalsGrafflin's Baltimore Despatch, Baltimore Md., 1c Black (73L1). Full margins to touched at right, used with 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), margins to just touched, tied together by blue "Baltimore Md. Dec. 30" circular datestamp on cover to New Albany, Ind. with chemist's albino return card at left, faint waterstains around local stamp

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

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
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235
c
Sale 1242, Lot 235, Three-Cent: Carriers and LocalsHopedale Penny Post, Milford Mass., (1c) Black on Pink Glazed, Rayed Asterisks (84L1). Margins touching or slightly into asterisks, tied by "Milford Ms. Jan. 14" circular datestamp together with 3c Brownish Carmine, Type II (11A), margins mostly clear of design on buff cover to Upton Mass., few faint stained spots, 3c color slightly mottled, minor edge tear at top left

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

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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236
c
Sale 1242, Lot 236, Three-Cent: Carriers and LocalsMoody's Penny Dispatch, Chicago Ill., (1c) Black on Red Glazed (110L1). Type Ic with Comma, Position 4 according to our plating analysis, huge margins with part of adjoining stamp at bottom and sheet margin at right, just touched at left, tied by blue "Moody's Despatch 12 P.M. Sep. 29, 1856" circular datestamp, used with 3c Dull Red, Type I (11), large margins to just touching at right, tied by "Chicago Ill. Sep. 29, 1856" circular datestamp on buff cover to Dover N.H., Moody's stamp has slight internal wrinkle and tiny bit of surface coloring rubbed at right, these tiny flaws are utterly inconsequential and not mentioned on accompanying 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

E. 10,000-15,000
12,000
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237
c
Sale 1242, Lot 237, Three-Cent: Carriers and LocalsRussell's 8th Ave. Post Office, New York N.Y., (2c) Black on Yellow (130L2). Huge bottom sheet margin, large at sides and slightly in at top, a few gum wrinkles and minor scuffs at lower right, uncancelled, used with 3c Dull Red, Type I (11), large margins to barely in, light vertical crease, tied by "New-York Dec. 8" circular datestamp on small cover to Bloomfield N.J.

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.

E. 3,000-4,000
10,000
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