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United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers continued...

Steven R. Belasco's History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers, Cont.
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
2660 c ImageBrown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Bright Red (31L1). Rich color, tied by well-struck "Brown's Despatch Paid" circular handstamp on blue cover to prominent New York collector Jesse Furlong at local street address, with Brown's label at top left, stamp with inconsequential small diagonal crease at bottom left, small cover repair at bottom left, still fresh and Very Fine, the Brown's 31L1 stamp is extremely rare on cover (two reported), ex Geisler, with 2008 P.F. certificate (Image)

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2,250.00

SOLD for $1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2661 c ImageBrown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Yellow (31L2). Large margins all around, tied by neat strike of "Brown's Despatch Paid" circular handstamp on folded printed notice from 1877 for American Philological Society, fresh and Extremely Fine (Image)

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1,000.00

SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2662 c ImageBrown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Green (31L3). Large margins, tied by "Brown's Despatch Paid" circular handstamp on locally addressed cover, with purple Brown's return address handstamp at upper left, addressed to George B. Mason, a prominent dealer of the day, stamp with light creases and rubbing, cover with some overall wear, still Very Fine, scarce used on cover (Image)

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1,000.00

SOLD for $700.00
Will close during Public Auction
2663 c ImageBrown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Violet (31L4). Intense shade and impression, tied by "Brown's Despatch Paid" circular handstamp on cover to local street address, corner card for short-hand writing, light crease at top left, still fresh and Very Fine, the Brown's 31L4 stamp is extremely rare on cover (two reported) (Image)

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2,250.00

SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
2664 c ImageBrown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Vermilion (31L5). Large margins, tied by "Brown's Despatch Paid" circular handstamp on locally addressed blue cover, Brown's label at top left, addressed to Charles H. Levy, an important collector of the day, stamp with some rubbing, otherwise Very Fine (Image)

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500.00

SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
2665 c ImageBrown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Black on Vermilion (31L5). Bright shade, tied by "Brown's Despatch Paid" circular handstamp on blue cover to local street address, Brown's label at top left, stamp with small flaws, label with couple tears, cover with faults and missing backflap, appears Very Fine, with 1997 P.F. certificate (Image)

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500.00

SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
2666   ImageBrown's City Post, New York N.Y., 1c Colored Glazed Paper (31L1-31L2, 31L4-31L5). Missing only the Green paper for completeness, off-cover examples of Red, Yellow and Violet papers, two of Vermilion paper, one tied to piece and one tied to faulty cover by "Brown's Despatch Paid" handstamp, small thins on the off-cover stamps, stamp on cover small tear, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, this 1876 local post was operated by the stamp dealer William P. Brown for philatelic purposes (Image)

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1,600.00

SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
2667 c Image2c Green (213). Tied by target, "LaHoyt Ioa. Apr. 15, 1888" circular datestamp on blue "The Philatelic Midget" corner card cover to New York, Richwood's Dispatch stamp at lower left tied by blue fancy handstamp, Very Fine, the Philatelic Midget was published between 1888-89 by James C. Jay, who also ran the Richwood's Despatch to carry letters between Richwood and the post office in LaHoyt (Image)

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E. 300-400

SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
2668 c ImageBicycle Mail Route, Cal., 25c Brown Entire (12LU1). On 2c Green (U311) entire addressed to W. Sellschopp & Co. (stamp dealers) in San Francisco, Overman Wheel Co. handstamp, "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 19 10:30AM" machine cancel, backstamped with Jul. 17, 1894 purple "Victor Bicycle Messenger Service." Fresno office datestamp with bicycle illustration, Extremely Fine, immaculate condition, this inter-city service was established during the railroad union strike in 1894 by the Fresno agent for Victor bicycles, Arthur C. Banta -- service commenced on July 6 and was discontinued on July 18 when the strike ended -- only 380 letters were carried during the brief period of operation (Image)

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E. 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2669 c ImageFresno and San Francisco Bicycle Mail. Defaced die used as corner card with Eugene Donze imprint on cover with 2c Columbian (231) tied by "Santa Barbara Cal. Apr. 15 4PM 1895" duplex to noted stamp collector H. P. Atherton in Holyoke Mass., with original enclosure quoting prices for different Columbian issues as well as other stamps, also with second enclosure dated Jan. 10, 1895 with other pricing, stamp with light corner crease at upper left, still Very Fine, interesting contents on early stamp pricing (Image)

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E. 200-300

SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
2670 c ImageFresno and San Francisco Bicycle Mail. Corner card of the defaced die in green used by Eugene Donze, the engraver, on cover with 2c Green (213), tied by "San Francisco Cal. Jan. 29 5:00PM 1895" duplex and sent to prominent stamp collector H. P. Atherton in Holyoke Mass., with original enclosure with same design, fascinating contents discuss the Bicycle Mail local and why there are so many varieties incl. "I engraved the die in a hurry and made a mistake in spelling 'San Francisco'. There were more than 810 struck before we found it out", Very Fine, a wonderful research item (Image)

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E. 300-400

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction

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