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

Carriers Stamps continued...
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
21 image3LB2, Boston, MA, 1851 1c Blue, margins large to clear, tied by red cancel to 1850 embossed cover with 1847 5c Brown (1) tied by black grid, red "Boston 5 3 Oct" datestamp, addressed to Newington, Connecticut, original contents included, carrier stamp with small pre-application tear, Very Fine, one of only four recorded covers with the 1847 5c and second Boston carrier stamp, USPCS Census #3356 (Scott $12,500)rnProvenance: J. Waldo SampsonrnWeill Brothers (Signature on reverse) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 3LB2]

2,000

SOLD for $9,500.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:31 PM
22 image5LB2, Brown & McGill's USPO Despatch (Louisville, KY), (2c) Blue, unused block of four with large margins showing complete framelines all around, Very Fine showpiece, an exceedingly rare stamp in multiples of any size (Scott $1,250) (Image 1)

Get Market Data for [United States 5LB2]

250

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:31 PM
Local Stamps
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
23 image15L13, 1850 Blood's Despatch (Philadelphia, PA), 1c Bronze on Black glazed, affixed to upper left of cover with 1847 10c Black (2, scissor cut at bottom) tied by blue grid, matching light Philadelphia datestamp alongside, April 23, 1850 docketing, addressed to Delafield, Wisconsin, cover with staining along top edge (ties the stamp) and tiny nick at left, local stamp small faults, still a Fine and rare use of a Blood's stamp alongside the 1847 10c, USPCS Census #11849 (Scott $9,000 for both stamps tied) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 15L13]

500

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:32 PM
24 image20L1, Boyd's City Express (New York, NY), 2c Black on green, large margins on three sides and clear at right, neat red "Free" cancel, matching red "Boyd's City Express Post. Aug19 3O'C" framed handstamp on locally-addressed folded letter, datelined 1844, Very Fine and attractive, only 18 examples of 20L1 on cover are reported by Larry LeBel with this certainly ranking amongst the most attractive (Scott $4,000) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 20L1]

400

SOLD for $4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:35 PM
25 image20L17, Boyd's City Express, New York NY, 1c Black on lilac, single with clear to full margins tied by partly struck "Paid" in oval cancel, adjacent 1861 3c Rose (65) tied by New York duplex with target, on yellow envelope addressed to Claremont, New Hampshire, Very Fine use (Scott $500) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 20L17]

100

SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:36 PM
26 image43L1, City Dispatch Post Office (New Orleans, LA), (5c) Black on green, 43L1, City Dispatch Post Office (New Orleans, LA), (5c) Black on green, margins large to full, tied by New Orleans datestamp on folded letter to «Mrs. Capt. W.H.T. Walker, Albany, New York», large handstamped «10» at upper right, lengthy letter from Captain Walker to his wife written while en route to New Orelans, Very Fine, the only example of this stamp on cover and one of only three copies in existence, one of the great local post rarities which has been missing from even the most advanced collectionsrnThe New Orleans City Dispatch Post Office stamp comes on both pink and green paper. Of the pink stamp only five examples are recorded (including three on cover). Another cover with the green stamp was offered in the Caspary and Lilly sales, although it is now known that the stamp did not originate. The third example is known only from Sloane»s records and has not been seen in decades. The husband of the recipient of this cover, William H.T. Walker, was promoted to major due to his service during the Mexican-American War and later served as a general for the Confederacy during the Civil War. In his lengthy letter to his wife he notes that he is returning to New Orleans, he mentions the unreliable mail service and his intention to resign at the conclusion of the war.rnLeonard Huber and Clarence A. Wagner's The Great Mail notes that the New Orleans City Despatch Post Office was first advertised in the Daily Picayune in April of 1847. The text of the advertisement reads:rnThe undersigned, having purchased of the late proprietors all the interest in the above Office, will continue the operations of the same, in the most efficient manner, and hope by prompt and faithful attention to its duties to render it deserving of public confidence and support. The principal office has been removed from its former location, and is now permanently established at No. 108 St. Charles street corner of Poydras. rnThe City Despatch Post is intended as a medium through which the public can be accommodated in the delivery of letters and communications to any point within the city limits. Postage on each Letter 5 cents, or 30 stamps for $1. It will include the delivery of Letters of every description, such as Business Letters, Bank Notices, Society Notices, Notices of Deaths, Circulars, Cards, Valentines, Invitations to Balls, Parties, etc. Also particular attention will be paid to carrying letters intended for mailing to the United States Post Office. Persons in whatever business, and any others, receiving letters, newspapers, &c., through the U.S. Post Office, wishing to avoid trouble and delay in obtaining them, can at their request, and by leaving their names and addresses at the principal office St. Charles street, have them placed in the Despatch Box, which is permanently located in the U.S. Post Office, and from which they will be immediately taken and delivered as directed, within one hour after the arrivals of the mail by experienced and faithful carriers, or if so ordered they will be retained at the principal Office until called for. rnLadies particularly will find this a convenient mode of obtaining letters, &c., as by it they will be relieved from the delay and inconvenience attending the reception of a letter at the U.S. Post Office, in consequence of the almost impervious crowd always assembled about the place of delivery. rnThe hours of the Despatch Office are from 9 A.M.. to 6 P.M. except Sundays, on which days they are from 12 to 3 o'clock. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 43L1]

5,000

SOLD for $27,500.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:37 PM
27 image74L1, 1879 Guy's City Despatch (Philadelphia, PA), (1c) Pink, tied by clear strike of purple "Guy's City Dispatch 1123 Chestnut St." double-line oval handstamp to cover front to local street address, light edgewear, still Very Fine stamp and cancel (Scott $800 for cover) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 74L1]

75

SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:38 PM
28 image84L2, Hopedale Penny Post (Milford, MA), (1c) Black on pink, Type 2, plain asterisks in corners, margins clear to large including left sheet margin, tied to small piece with 1851 3c Red (11), large portion "Milford Ms. May 13" datestamp, Extremely Fine (Scott $1,000)rnProvenance: Alfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 1072, 1957)rnJohn R. Boker, Jr. (Private transaction)rnDavid Golden (R.A. Siegel Sale 817, 1999) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 84L2]

400

SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:39 PM
29 image87L1, Hussey's Post, New York, NY, 1856 (1c) Blue, large margins all around, tied by crisp "Free" straightline handstamp to locally-addressed June 23, 1856 printed circular, "Notice & Circular Distributing Office, 82 Broadway, Up Stairs" in oval, Extremely Fine, an immaculate example of the first Hussey's issue stamp on cover (Scott $500)rnProvenance: Donald Malcolm (R.A. Siegel Sale 417, 1972) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 87L1]

250

SOLD for $2,300.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:40 PM
30 image93L1, 1847 Kidder's Express Post (Brooklyn, NY), 2c Black on blue, margins full to grazing at bottom, "YS" control initials from Isaac Snedeker and two penstroke cancels (one of which just ties), on folded letter to Somerville, New York, red "Brooklyn N.Y. Sept 1" datestap and matching two-line "Paid 10", reverse with faint strike of red Kidder's oval handstamp and additional "Paid", 1850 docketing, stamp small faults at bottom, still a Very Fine use of the rare Kidder's horse and rider stamp (Scott $4,500)rnThe addressee, Franklin B. Hough, was the first chief of the United States Division of Forestry and is sometimes referred to as the "father of American forestry". (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 93L1]

500

SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:42 PM
31 image106L1, 1849 Messenkope's Union Square Post Office (New York, NY), (1c) Black on Green, two singles (one with pre-application crease) at top left and right of small locally-addressed envelope, each stamp tied by red "Paid" in arc, Extremely Fine, only a small handful of covers are known with two Messenkope's stamps paying the 2c rate, of which only two (the other ex-Golden) bear the red "Paid" in arc of the New York City post office, 1994 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $3,000)rnProvenance: Edgar Kuphal (R.A. Siegel, Sale 925, Nov 2006) (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Get Market Data for [United States 106L1]

500

SOLD for $2,100.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:43 PM
32 image107L1, 1855 Metropolitan Errand & Carrier Express Company (New York, NY), 1c Red orange, cut to shape, tied by black framed "C.O.D." handstamp with second strike alongside, on locally-addressed folded letter, Very Fine, particularly attractive with Metropolitan's "C.O.D." handstamp (Scott $600)rnProvenance: Herman Toaspern (Backstamp) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 107L1]

100

SOLD for $240.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:45 PM
33 image120L1, 1854 Price’s Eighth Avenue Post Office (New York, NY), (2c) Red on bluish, margins full to grazing, affixed at upper left of cover with 1851 3c Dull red (11, left sheet margin) tied by New York datestamp, addressed to Bangor, Maine, Very Fine, only about seven examples of the Price's stamp are known to exist with this being one of just a few believed to have originated on cover, signed "Original & guaranteed, Geo B Sloane" (Scott $7,500) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 120L1]

1,000

SOLD for $2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:46 PM
34 image144L9, 1864(?) Westervelt's Post (Chester, NY), (1c) Red on pink, margins large to clear, used alongside 1861 3c Rose (65) with grid cancel, "Chester N.Y. Mar 30" datestamp, addressed in Charles Westervelt's own hand to Monroe, New York, small backflap faults and light water staining, still Fine use with perhaps as few as four examples of this stamp on cover (Scott $3,000) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 144L9]

500

SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:47 PM

United States Postal History

Western Express Covers
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
35 image

"Hon. Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois", "Pony Express San Francisco Aug. 18", running pony in blue on cover addressed to "Hon. Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois», backstamped «Pony Express St. Joseph Aug 30" Running Pony in carmine, 1857 10c Green (35, few short perfs) at upper right tied by "Saint Joseph Mo. Aug 31 1860" datestamp, «Needs no answer» at right in what appears to be John George Nicolay's handwriting (previously attributed to Lincoln himself), light postal wear along edges, Very Fine cover carried on the second eastbound trip after the first rate reduction was published, one of ten covers with the distinctive "carmine pony" handstamp, but most importantly the only Pony Express cover addressed to Republican nominee and future president Abraham Lincoln in the midst of the 1860 election (FKW Census E13)

This cover was carrived via Pony Express to Abraham Lincoln from an unknown sender in between the contentious convention of May 1860 and the general election in November. During this time Lincoln was quite reclusive, making few speeches and writing almost no letters. It is nearly impossible to imagine the future president's mindset at this time, with both the Republican Party and the United States on the brink of war. The fact that the only Pony Express cover addressed to Abraham Lincoln also bears one of the service's rarest markings (the carmine Running Pony) only enhances the appeal of this spectacular item. While we tend to err on the side of caution when using superlatives, the last time this cover was sold by Christie's in 1991 it was said to be "considered by many to be the most important Pony Express cover in existence". The prominance with which this cover has been featured in promotional material for the Parke-Bernet Knapp sale in 1941, the Nathan and Boggs book in 1962, and the Christie's sale of the "Edwards" Collection in 1991 (where it received both the front and back covers) certainly speak to the veracity of such a statement.rnProvenance: Edward S. Knapp (Parke-Bernet Galleries, 1941) rn"Edwards" Collection (Edward Grumbacher, Christie's-Robson Lowe, 1991)

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150,000

SOLD for $280,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:52 PM
36 image"Pony Express Oct 27 San Francisco," Blue "Running Pony," 10c Green Nesbitt entire with blue "The Central Overland California / & Pike's Peak / Express Company / Oct. 27 / San Francisco, Cal" datestamp and matching blue "Pony Express / Oct. 27 / San Francisco" Running Pony, black "The Central Overland California / & Pike's Peak / Express Company / Nov. 8 / St. Joseph, Mo." handstamp and November 10 St. Joseph circular datestamp, endorsed "Pr. Pony Express" and addressed to "Mssr. Wyman & Co., 53 Broadway, New York", "Rec'd Nov 13" docketing, rn (FKW Census E32)rnBarkhausen (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for $4,250.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:54 PM
37 image"Paid. Central Overland Pony Express Company." 3c Nesbitt entire with printed "Paid. Central Overland Pony Express Company." frank at top and manuscript "2.50", rnblack "Pony Express / Jany 7 / Sacramento" handstamp (earliest recorded use of this marking and the only example in black), rngreen "Saint Joseph Mo Jan 22" double circle datestamp with matching gridrnaddressed to "Churchill Crittenden, Care Thos. T. Crittenden, Madison, Indiana"rnrepaired tears at top 1998 PSE certificate rn(FKW E52) (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for $30,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:57 PM
38 image143L3, Wells, Fargo and Co. Pony Express, 1861 $1 Red, tied by "Pony Express San Francisco Jul. 3" (1861) Running Pony oval datestamp on 10c Green Star Die entire (U32) with red Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank, addressed to A. W. Canfield in New York City where a grid postmark was applied, stamp with margins to just cutting and with a portion of the adjacent stamp at top, rnFKW census E109 rnearly use as contract period began July 1rnScott $10,000 (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for $20,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:58 PM
39 image143L7, Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 1862-64 10c Brown, margins clear to ample, tied by blue «Wells, Fargo & Co. Carson City» oval datestamp to 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) with Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank, addressed to Virginia City, Nevada Territory. small piece of backflap out and trivial edgewear, a Very Fine and fresh example of this deceptively-rare stamp on cover (Scott $$5,500) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 143L7]

1,000

SOLD for $3,250.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 02:59 PM
40 image143L8, Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 1862-64 25c Blue, single with margins large to just in, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express Gold Hill Utah" oval handstamp (same cancel on indicia) on 3c Pink entire (U35) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, envelope addressed to Folsom, California with an added oval "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express Folsom" handstamp on the printed frank, a clerk went a little overboard with the oval "Paid" handstamp striking it 19 times on the front side and another seven on the back along with six additional strikes of the Folsom Express handstamp and six applications of the oval "Wells, Fargo Prairie City" marking, cover with small pieces out and reduced at right just into indicia, Very Fine, one of the most eye-catching covers we can recall handling (Scott $4,750)rn (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 143L8]

1,000

SOLD for $4,250.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jan-26, 03:01 PM

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