Sale 1255 — The David W. Gorham Collection of Outstanding Used U.S. Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 17-20 May, 2022
Category — Carriers and Locals
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE FRANKLIN CARRIER ISSUE AND ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES WITH BOTH THE RED STAR AND BLUE PHILADELPHIA DATESTAMP.
When the 1851 stamps were issued in three denominations--1c, 3c and 12c--the Post Office also created a special “Carrier Stamp” with Franklin’s profile facing left, in contrast with the regular lc stamp with the profile facing right. The absence of a denomination was evidently intended to accommodate the 1c or 2c carrier fees permitted by law. The similarity between the Franklin Carrier and its regular postage counterpart raised concerns that the two would be confused. Official correspondence provides contemporary documentation of the problem and solution. On October 10, 1851, a replacement for the Franklin Carrier stamp--the distinctive Eagle Carrier--was approved by the postmaster general.
We record only two examples of the Franklin Carrier cancelled by both the red star and blue circular datestamp of Philadelphia. The other, ex "Golden Oak", does not have as distinctive a strike of the blue datestamp.
Ex Golden. With 1980 and 2013 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE FRANKLIN CARRIER STAMP. VERY FEW EXIST WITH THE PHILADELPHIA DATESTAMP USED AS A CANCEL.
Ex Peyton ("Isleham") Meyersburg and Wall. With clear 1997 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF GREIG'S 3-CENT STAMP USED FOR UNITED STATES CITY DESPATCH POST CARRIER SERVICE. ONE OF THE FINEST OFF-COVER EXAMPLES KNOWN.
In August 1842 the privately owned City Despatch Post was bought out and re-established as the carrier department of the New York City Post Office. Stamps sold by Greig for the City Despatch Post remained valid for prepayment of carrier fees and were used months after the buyout. The carrier stamp, 6LB1, can be distinguished from 40L1 only when cancelled with the "U.S."-designated cancel or postmark. Only nineteen 6LB1 covers are recorded in Lyons census, plus ten off-cover stamps. This is one of the two finest off-cover examples known and serves as the illustration of 6LB1 in the Scott Catalogue.
Ex Patton, Golden, Mirsky and from our 2005 Rarities sale. With 2005 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE BENTLEY'S 10L2 STAMP WITH "PAID" CANCEL. ONLY SIX OF THE SEVEN RECORDED STAMPS ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.
Ex Schwartz and Kuphal. With 2009 and 2012 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE BRONSON & FORBES STAMP EXTANT, AND ONE OF ONLY A HANDFUL OF CANCELLED COPIES KNOWN.
Only three or four examples of the Bronson & Forbes stamp with a cancellation are known, including one on a cover (ex Gross).
Ex Caspary and Kuphal. With 2007 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE JENKIN'S CAMDEN DISPATCH STAMP ON YELLOW PAPER.
An overview of Jenkins' Camden Dispatch and the different stamp printings is provided in our Golden sale catalogue (Sale 817, lot 1273). We record only six examples of the Scott 89L2 stamp on yellow paper. This stamp is the illustrated example in the Scott Catalogue.
Ex Lyons. With 2000 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE THIRD AVENUE POST STAMP ON GREEN COLORED-THRU PAPER. THIS IS THE ONLY USED EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 139L8.
Ex Boker and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE. THE ROSE UNION SQUARE POST OFFICE ISSUE IS EXTREMELY RARE IN USED CONDITION.
No used examples of the Rose 141L3 stamp were present in the Caspary, Boker, Middendorf, Golden or Hall collections. This is also the only example listed in Power Search.
Ex Schwartz and Twigg-Smith. Signed Sloane. With 2000 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE DESPITE NEGLIGIBLE TEAR. ONE OF SIX RECORDED USED EXAMPLES OF WHITTELSEY & CO.'S 2-CENT STAMP.
According to Henry E. Abt's series on Chicago local posts (American Philatelist, Aug. 1957), Whittelsey & Co. started its express in late 1857. The 1857-58 Cooke's directory lists Whittelsey & Co. at 194 Lake Street, but the following year the firm does not appear -- it evidently folded, and the Whittelseys moved west. The proprietors are identified as Edmund A. and Samuel M. Whittelsey, who were first cousins, according to Dr. D. E. F. Easton (Scott's Monthly Journal, May 1956). Apart from the ex-Hall block of twelve, only a few unused singles are known, as well as six used examples. No covers are known.
Ex Dr. Hennan and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. FEWER THAN TEN USED EXAMPLES OF THE $4.00 GREEN HORSE & RIDER FIRST ISSUE HAVE BEEN REPORTED. THIS IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE FINEST USED COPY EXTANT.
The $4.00 Green was used briefly during Rate Period 3 to pay the double $2.00 per half-ounce rate. Only one cover is recorded, offered in our 2019 sale of the George J. Kramer collection (Sale 1207, lot 16, realized $150,000 hammer). We have seen approximately seven genuinely cancelled stamps off cover.
Ex Twigg-Smith, “New Helvetia”, "Golden Oak" and Middendorf. With 2009 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 HORSE & RIDER SECOND ISSUE.
The $2.00 Green Second Issue is RARE in used condition. Only two covers are recorded, and the census by Tom O'Rourke (The Penny Post, April 2020) lists 23 cancelled stamps.
Ex Twigg-Smith, "Golden Oak" and "New Helvetia". With 1996 and 2015 P.F. certificates.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED USED EXAMPLES OF THE $4.00 BLACK PONY EXPRESS STAMP. THIS IS THE RAREST PONY EXPRESS STAMP IN GENUINELY USED CONDITION.
Only two covers with the $4.00 Black (Second Issue) are recorded, including one offered in our 2019 sale of the George J. Kramer collection (Sale 1207, lot 23). This is one of only five off-cover used examples recorded.
With 1999 P.F. certificate.