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Sale 965 — The Alan Geisler Collection of Carriers and Locals

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 December, 2008

Category — Local and Private Posts (Teese thru Walton)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1269
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1269, Local and Private Posts (Teese thru Walton)Walton & Co.'s City Express, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pink Glazed (142L1), Walton & Co.'s City Express, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pink Glazed (142L1)Walton & Co.'s City Express, Brooklyn N.Y., 2c Black on Pink Glazed (142L1). Neatly cut to oval shape, cancelled by "Paid/W.W." two-line handstamp, second strike and equally sharp "Walton's Brooklyn City Express Post, Feby. 18 4 O'C" oval datestamp on small Valentine cover to local street address

EXTREMELY FINE AND FRESH. ONE OF TWO RECORDED WALTON & CO. 142L1 VALENTINE COVERS. EXTRAORDINARY QUALITY FOR A LOCAL STAMP OF SUCH GREAT RARITY.

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 (see Golden collection, Siegel Sale 817, lot 1572), 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").

Our records contain seven Walton & Co. 142L1 covers, including one postmarked at New Haven Conn., Sep. 28, 1846, which almost certainly is not a genuine usage. The covers are listed here in chronological order: 1) cut to shape, tied by "Paid/W.W." on cover to local addressee, name erased, Feb. 16 (1846) oval, with Valentine enclosure to "Emma", ex Golden (realized $4,000 hammer); 2) cut to shape, "Paid/W.W." cancel, matching strike with Feb. 18 (1846) oval on Valentine cover to Lefroy Ravenhill, Brooklyn, the cover offered here, ex Middendorf, Golden (realized $5,500 hammer); 3) rectangular margins, "Paid/W.W." cancel, used on 1846 folded letter to Mr. Ward, Newark N.J., Brooklyn Mar. 21 datestamp and "Paid/5"; 4) rectangular margins, ms. cancel, used on 1846 folded letter to Constant Guillou, Philadelphia, Brooklyn Mar. 27 datestamp and "Paid/5", ex Golden and Kuphal (realized $14,500 hammer); 5) octagonal margins, tied by ms. cross strokes on 1846 folded letter to Peter G. Sharp, Kingston N.Y., Brooklyn Mar. 21 datestamp and small "5", ex Worthington; and 6) rectangular margins, oblong handstamped cancel, used on 1846 folded letter to Constant Guillou, Philadelphia, Brooklyn Apr. 27 datestamp and "Paid/5", ex Boker.

Ex Middendorf and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $6,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
5,250
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