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
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