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United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History continued...

1893 Columbian Exposition Issue (230-245) continued...
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
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242, 1893 $2 Brown red, vivid single tied by several strikes of July 4, 1894 New York duplex to cover to locally-addressed cover, boxed Station K registered handstamp on reverse, Very Fine and choice, an attractive cover from the Constantin Witt correspondence (Scott $1,900)

Provenance: Barry Schwartz (R.A. Siegel Sale 952, 2008)

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1,000

Currently...$1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM

United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History

Carriers Stamps
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
22 imageLO2, 1851 1c Blue, full frameline at left and portions of framelines on other three sides, tied by "U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent" double-oval handstamp to locally-addressed cover, a bit of overall wear including a few small creases affecting the stamp, still Very Fine and particularly choice with the stamp tied by the Scott Type C32 handstamp in red (Image 1) 300

Currently...$300.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
23 image4LB9, HonourGÇÖs City Post, Charleston, SC, 1851-54 2c Black on bluish pelure, large-margined single on folded letter addressed to "Mssr. Cornelius + Co., Philadelphia, Pa." (datelined October 15), stamp uncancelled, red "Charleston S.C. 10 Oct 15" credit datestamp alongside, lettersheet with some light vertical creases, stamp lifted and hinged back into place, Very Fine, not listed in the Lyons census (Penny Post Vol. 15, No. 4) although several other Honour's covers to the same addressee are noted (Scott $950 for used) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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150

Currently...$150.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
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4LB17, Beckman’s City Post, Charleston, SC, 2c Black, single with wonderful margins, used alongside US 1857 3c Dull red (26), both stamps tied by perfect strike of “Charleston S.C. Jun 18 1860” cds, Beckman’s stamp additionally lightly tied by pencil, on cover addressed to Brunswick, Georgia, small piece of backflap out, Extremely Fine and unique on- or off-cover, we are reticent to speak in superlatives but we feel confident in quoting Herbert J. Bloch when he wrote in the 1957 Caspary catalogue: “In marvelous condition and generally considered the most outstanding carrier cover in existence,” quite simply one of the gems of American philately which has been off the market for 64 years (Scott listed but unpriced)

In the 1957 H.R. Harmer Caspary sale of Carriers and Locals, this cover realized an astounding $11,000. The next highest realization, for the October 19, 1861 Crouise “Garter” Pony Express cover, was half the Beckman’s hammer price ($5,500). In terms of covers bearing unique examples of postage stamps used in the United States, it is in an elite class alongside the Alexandria “Blue Boy,” the Lockport and Boscawen provisionals, and very few others. The combination of uniqueness and beauty makes this a singularly desirable and impressive cover.

Provenance: Count Philipp von Ferrary (Gilbert Sale 7, 1924)

Alfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 1072, 1957)

John R. Boker, Jr. (Private Transaction)

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75,000

Currently...$75,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
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4LB18, Steinmeyer's City Post, Charleston, SC, 2c Black on bluish, stamp in upper righthand corner of neat envelope addressed simply to "Judge John Johnson," stamp with full margins, small repair at top left and cover with sealed tear at top, Extremely Fine appearance, one of three known examples of the Steinmeyer's "Border-of-Pearls" stamp and the only cover in private hands, therefore one of the rarest and most extraordinary of all carriers covers (listed but unpriced in Scott)

There are only three examples of the Steinmeyer's "Border-of-Pearls" stamp recorded, one of which (an on-cover stamp) is housed in the British Library's Tapling Collection and is therefore unlikely come onto the market. The other stamp, an unused single, was sold as part of the Hall Collection in 2000. Joseph G. Martin, John C. Beckman, and John F. Steinmeyer, Jr., all carriers in Charleston, South Carolina, each issued their own adhesive stamps in the period around 1860. All are exceptionally rare. Postage stamps of a different design issued by Steinmeyer on bluish, pink, and yellow paper are not known used genuinely, and may or may not have actually seen service.

Provenance: Alfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 1070, 1957)

Ambassador J. William Middendorf, II (Frajola Net Price Sale 4, 1990)

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7,500

Currently...$7,500.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
26 image7LB6, Philadelphia, PA, 1849-50 1c Black on rose, stamp with irregular margins (including massive margin at bottom), affixed but not tied to locally-addressed cover, blue circled "2" handstamp, adhesive with some light water stains around the edges (part of which seems to tie the stamp), Very Fine and interesting intra-city usage lacking the typical Philadelphia datestamp (Scott $500)rnProvenance: Henry C. Gibson (Private transaction) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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150

Currently...$150.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
Local Stamps
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
27 image15L7, D.O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1846-47 (2c) Black, cut octagonally, margins clear to just touching, tied by blue "Philadelphia 5 Jul 1" cds (Clarke 70), on folded letter to Milford, Massachusetts, light crease away from stamp and trivial soiling, Very Fine, Vernon Morris's census of this stamp (Penny Post Vol. 22, No. 3) records only 24 covers with this stamp, only five of which are tied by a government handstamp, a lovely example of the Blood's "For the Post Office" design type used on outbound letters carried by Blood's to the post office (Scott $1,100)rnProvenance: Edgar Kuphal (R.A. Siegel Sale 925, 2006) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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400

Currently...$400.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
28 image15L8, D.O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1846-47 (2c) Black, single cut octagonally with margins slightly in, tied by blue Philadelphia 5c and 10c cds (Clarke 71a, 79a) to folded letter to Wilmington, Delaware, datelined February 19, 1847, red Wilmington cds on reverse, cover with some sealed tears and back panel faulty, still Very Fine and scarce, for more information on this issue we encourage you to read Vernon Morris's article in the Penny Post (Vol. 22, No. 4), which includes a complete census (Scott $950)rnProvenance: Henry C. Gibson (Private Transaction) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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100

Currently...$100.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
29 image15L11, D.O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1848 (2c) Black on pale green, single cut square with margins large to clear, tied by circular Blood's handstamp (Morris Type 14) to orange cover to "Miss Sophia Greene, No 3 South Penn Square," small label on backflap, of the 43 covers bearing this stamp included in the Morris census (Penny Post Vol. 23 No. 3) only two have the stamp tied by a Blood's handstamp (the vast majority have grid cancels), Very Fine and attractive (Scott $2,000)rnProvenance: David L. Jarrett (Christie's New York, 1990) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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500

Currently...$500.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
30 image18L1, Bouton's City Dispatch, New York, NY, 1848 2c Black, stamp with margins large to clear, tied by faint two-line "Paid/Bouton" handstamp in red, more impressively tied by "New-York 5 cts 30 Nov" integral cds to partial folded lettersheet to Baltimore, fairly significant creases and some ink erosion (the latter mostly on the back panels), hinges reinforcing portions of the sheet, still Fine appearance and particularly desirable with the first issue Bouton's "Rough and Ready" stamp with leaves in the corners tied by the New York datestamp (Scott $10,000 for used on full cover) (Image 1) 500

Currently...$500.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
31 image20L23, BoydGÇÖs City Express, New York, NY, 1866 2c Black on red, huge margins all around (small fault at top from placement), without any of the oxidation usually seen, tied by "Boyd's Dispatch 41 Fulton St." double circle datestamp with "Paid" in circle, on locally-addressed cover, printed return address at bottom, light edge wear, still Extremely Fine and attractive (Scott $250) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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75

Currently...$85.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
32 image24L2, Brainard & Co., 1844 Blue, large margins all around, manuscript "B" cancellation for Albany, docketing indicates February 8, 1845 date of use, vertical file-fold well away from stamp, Extremely Fine and attractive, the Larry Lyons census (Penny Post Vol. 14, No. 1) records 16 covers with the blue Brainard's stamp, although only 14 of these are believed to be genuine, a wonderful cover with a superb provenance (Scott $4,500)rnProvenance: David Golden (R.A. Siegel Sale 817, 1999)rnEdgar Kuphal (R.A. Siegel Sale 925, 2006) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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1,000

Currently...$1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
Carriers Stamps
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
33 image28L5, Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn, NY, 1855-65 2c Black on dark blue, large margins to just touching at right, indistinct black cancel with "Brooklyn Jan 27 N-Y." cds alongside, on cover to Hanover, Germany, endorsed "per U.S.M. Steamer 'Washington' via Bremerhaven," black "N. York U.S. Pkt. 9 Jan. 28" debit datestamp and "30" in circle, red "3?ggr America +£ber Bremen" two-line handstamp, additional red crayon rate markings, small multicolored "Liberty" patriotic deal on backflap, Very Fine, an extraordinary local stamp use and almost certainly the only example of the Brooklyn City Express stamp on an Ocean Line cover to EuropernThe Ocean Steam Navigation company was founded in 1847, and was the first company awarded a contract by the US government for the oceanic transportation of mail. This cover was carried on the January 28, 1854 sailing of the paddle steamer Washington, and arrived in Bremen on February 13. More information on the fascinating and historic Ocean Line can be found in Hubbard and Winter's North Atlantic Mail Sailings 1840-75.rnProvenance: David Golden ( R.A. Siegel Sale 817, 1999) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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1,000

Currently...$1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
Local Stamps
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
34 image37L1, Cheever & Towle, Boston, MA, 1848 2c Blue, stamp cut square with margins full to just in at bottom, typical small manuscript "X" cancellation at lower left, on tiny locally-addressed cover, Very Fine and attractive, Stimmell recorded only 21 covers many of which have stamps cut to shape, illustrated in a 1991 Penny Post article by Gordon Stimmell (Vol. 1, No. 3), with Knapp's lot label attached inside, signed "Original" by George B. Sloane (Scott $1,500) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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400

Currently...$400.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
35 image71L3, Glen Haven Daily Mail, Glen Haven, NY, 1854-58 1c Black on green, Type III, large margins, links at top left shifted to left, uncancelled on cover to Skaneateles, New York with 1857 3c Dull red (26) tied by bold "Homer N.Y. Feb 5" cds, Extremely Fine and fresh (Scott $500 for used with #11) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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150

Currently...$150.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
36 image87L48, HusseyGÇÖs Post, New York, NY, 1872 Yellow, large margins all around, tied by "Hussey's Post 54 Pine St. Paid" circular handstamp, addressed to Lafayette Place, opened at top and very slight reduction at right, Very Fine, exceedingly difficult to find genuinely used on cover ($65 used, not priced on cover) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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50

Currently...$50.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
37 image89L2, JenkinsGÇÖ Camden Dispatch, Camden, NJ, 1853 Black on yellow, single with four large margins, blue pen cancel as usual, on 1856 cover to Havana, Cuba although the stamp did not originate and is being offered here as a used single, Very Fine stamp, amongst the rarest of all United States locals with only six examples of the Jenkins' typographed stamp on yellow recorded (two covers, two off-cover used stamps, a mint stamp, and the item offered here), rarely offered at auction (Scott $3,000 for used) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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500

Currently...$500.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
38 image90L1, Johnson & Co.GÇÖs City Despatch Post, Baltimore, MD, 1848 2c Black on lavender, single with margins enormous to just grazing the corner ornaments, untied on locally-addressed Baltimore folded letter datelined February 19, 1848, Caspary sale mentions faint pre-application crease which we cannot see, Extremely Fine and exceptionally fresh, one of only two covers with the Johnson & Co. local stamp, the other (ex-Chapman, Caspary, Hall, Kuphal) having sustained significant damage in a fire, this cover's combination of rarity, beauty, and long absence from the market combine to make it one of the most desirable of all local covers in existence, a gem in every sense of the word (Scott $22,500 based on the sale price of the faulty cover)rnSteven Roth illustrated both surviving Johnson & Co. covers in his 1997 Chronicle article (Vol. 49, No 1) about Baltimore local posts. The service was operated by Ezekiel C. Johnson, as announced in the Baltimore Sun on November 12, 1847. Advertisements in early February 1848 in the same paper advertised Valentine's Day services and identified the locations of dropboxes in book stores and other establishments. Given the large number of dropbox locations and the published advertisements for adhesive stamps, it seems surprising that only two examples of the Johnson & Co.'s local survive today.rnProvenance: Alfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 1072, 1957)rnJosiah K. Lilly (R.A. Siegel Sale 321, 1967) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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7,500

Currently...$7,500.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
39 image96L3a, (Wells) Letter Express, 10c Black on pink, Bisect used as 5c, bottom half tied by manuscript "X" to folded letter to Detroit, Michigan, red straightline "Paid," letter datelined New York August 7, 1844, vertical file crease well away from stamp, a Very Fine and attractive use (Scott $2,000)rnProvenance: Edward S. Knapp (Parke-Bernet Galleries Part One, 1941) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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500

Currently...$500.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
40 image112L1, One Cent Despatch, Washington, DC, 1c Violet, large-margined single used alongside United States 1855 10c Green (15), both stamps tied by May 4, 1856 Washington, DC cds, local also tied by "City Despatch May 3 4-+ P.M. 1856 handstamp with second clearer strike alongside, on cover addressed to Los Angeles, California, docketing at left confirms May 3 sending and June 18 receipt, torn backflap and 10c with small tear at top, otherwise Very Fine and attractive, a wonderful combination and a particularly unusual destination, pictured in Simpson's Postal Markings 1851-61 page 383 (Scott $5,500)rnProvenance: J. David Baker (R.A. Siegel Sale 526, 1978) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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1,000

Currently...$1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM

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