Sale Number: 1025
Sale Date:
2012 Rarities of the World

Carriers and Locals thru Revenues
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
266 P (1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier, Plate Proof on Stamp Paper (LO1P var). Positions 17-18L with horizontal plate crack, ample margins to slightly in at top

FINE-VERY FINE. A PREVIOUSLY UNREPORTED PROOF IMPRESSION OF THE FRANKLIN CARRIER STAMP ON LIGHTLY-TINTED STAMP PAPER. THE PRESENCE OF THE PLATE CRACK IN ITS EARLY STATE OF DEVELOPMENT POINTS TO AN EARLY IMPRESSION.

The 1851 Franklin Carrier plate prepared by Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co. was marred by a large, nearly horizontal crack across six stamps in the second row from the top (Positions 18-20L and 11-13R). As the plate wore, the crack extended further into the two adjoining positions at left and right (17L and 14R). The plate crack is found on original proofs, issued stamps and reprint proofs. The reprint proofs show the crack in its later, more extended state. The Orange trial color proof is found with the plate crack in its early state (see Hall collection, Siegel Sale 830, lot 1). It is significant that the crack on this proof pair is from the early state.

When the Post Office Department arranged to make the reprints in 1875, a trial impression on lightly-tinted paper was sent for approval. The sample was rejected, because the paper was not the correct shade of Rose. It is possible that this proof comes from the rejected proof sheet

A fascinating item that is extremely rare (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,500-2,000 15,500
267° E (Greig's) City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black, Unadopted Die Essay on Bond (40L1-E). 43 x 79mm, without outer framelines, there are some significant differences between this engraving and the issued design, particularly in the side ornaments and distance between the top of Washington's head and inner oval, affixed to piece, small pieces out at top right and bottom right and few paper flaws

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE UNADOPTED DIE ESSAY FOR THE 1842 3-CENT CITY DESPATCH POST STAMP -- THE FIRST ADHESIVE STAMP ISSUED IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. ONLY TWO ARE KNOWN.

This issue was printed from a plate of 42 subjects that produced the first adhesive stamps issued in the Western hemisphere. Two examples of this unadopted Die Essay are known. The other is ex Caspary and Middendorf (see The City Despatch Post 1842-1852 Issues: A Study of America's First and Most Versatile Stamp-Producing Plate, Scott R. Trepel).

Ex Ethel Harper. This was reportedly presented by Greig to his sister in England. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 10,000-15,000 13,000
268° ng U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 3c Black on Rosy Buff (6LB2). Unused (no gum), large margins, bright color, minor surface rubbing at top, thins not mentioned on accompanying certificate

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT ON ROSY BUFF. APPROXIMATELY TEN ARE KNOWN.

We have tracked sales of the Rosy Buff paper for more than 20 years, and have seen only one without thins.

With 1991 P.F. certificate. (Image Magnifier)

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5,000 0
269° ngbl California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 2c Blue (34L1). Bottom sheet margin block of six, unused (no gum), large margins all around, vertical crease thru center stamps, selvage has slight diagonal crease and thin spot, couple tiny tears in upper left stamp

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THIS SCARCE STAMP. AN IMPRESSIVE EXHIBITION ITEM.

Ex Lilly, Boker and Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate. Scott value as three pairs (Image Magnifier)

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9,000 0
270° c T. A. Hampton City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (77L1). Cut to shape as always, clear of frameline all around, tiny Roman "X" impressed below "Paid" from type but virtually colorless, the stamp is tied by "Philada. Pa. 5 cts. Aug. 23" integral-rate circular datestamp on folded letter with Aug. 19, 1847 Quaker dateline, addressed to Friendsville Pa. with sender's routing instructions "Via N. York", small stain at upper left, splits along interior folds

VERY FINE. THE ONLY TIED EXAMPLE AMONG THE SEVEN RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE HAMPTON 77L1 STAMP. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING OF THE PHILADELPHIA LOCALS.

Very little information about the T. A. Hampton post is known. Different students have located the same 1852-53 city directory listing for Thomas A. Hampton, a printer located at Marshall and 5th, but nothing earlier. In his CCP article on Philadelphia locals (Nov.-Dec. 1994), Calvet M. Hahn attached special significance to the fact that tobacconists named Gilbert Harris and Benjamin Hampton occupied the same address at 11 North 10th Street during the relevant years. Although the first names do not match the local-post proprietors' names, Hahn believed that a family connection might exist that would link the two local posts. Steven M. Roth also noted the possibility of an association, based on the sequence of dated covers (Penny Post, Oct. 1993). Given the similarity of the stamps and the association of names and addresses, another possibility is that the Despatch Post was neither Harris's nor Hampton's individually, but that they were partners -- the stamps with each partner's name could have been a convenient accounting method. Nothing is impossible, given the paucity of documentation.

Roth records five genuine 77L1 covers. Hahn recorded seven, but he cast doubt on three of them (as well as all 77L2's) because they are used in August 1848 and September-November 1849, which he considered to be too late for this post. Other researchers are less inclined to dismiss such a significant group of artifacts without additional information. The eight reported examples of 77L1, all cut to shape, including seven covers and one stamp added to a cover, are listed here in chronological order: 1) Aug. 7, 1847 (content), to P. H. Purviance, Auditor General, Harrisburg Pa., John A. Fox sale, Sep. 8, 1978; 2) Aug. 23, 1847, tied by Philadelphia datestamp on folded letter from unidentified origin to Friendsville Pa., ex Ackerman, Gibson, Boker, Golden, the cover offered here; 3) Oct. 5, 1847, to Daniel Blade, Easton Pa., ex Gibson, Golden; 4) Mar. 21, 1848, stamp cut in at bottom, no other details known, ex Worthington; 5) Aug. 22, 1849, stamp repaired at bottom, to Tho. Woolman, Burlington N.J., Siegel Sale Apr. 1, 1965; 6) Sep. 25, 1849 (content), embossed cover to Benjaline French "Present", Sloane's records; and 7) Nov. 22, 1849 (content), embossed cover to Miss Benjaline French, 390 N. 7th St., ex Boker, Golden; and 8) no date, stamp added to cover with Philadelphia "Ship" and "12" handstamps, ex Caspary, Middendorf.

This cover is of the greatest significance as it is the only known tied example of any of the Hampton stamps. It is also the only stamp known with the small colorless "X" impressed below "Paid".

Signed Robson Lowe. Ex Ackerman, Gibson, Boker and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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271 c Hawkins' City Dispatch Post. Two strikes of blue two-line handstamp on multicolored glazed hand-painted Valentine addressed to Miss Mary Hore (or Hove) at No. 9 Dominick Street, with original enclosure, some slight edgewear

VERY FINE. A WONDERFUL COVER WITH TWO STRIKES OF THE HAWKINS CITY DISPATCH POST HANDSTAMP. THIS IS A PREVIOUSLY UNRECORDED DISPATCH POST, AND AS FAR AS WE CAN TELL IS UNIQUE.

Nothing is known about the Hawkins City Dispatch Post; the recent find of this cover is the only evidence of its existence. There is a Dominick Street in New York City (between Hudson and 6th Ave.) and so it most likely operated in New York.

From a new discovery and offered to the market for the first time. This should be the basis for a new listing. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 5,000-7,500 8,500
272   Hussey's Post, New York, N.Y., Study Collection, 1854-82. Huge collection on stock sheets, most items identified by the owner and largely in Scott No. order, full range of issues from the earliest stamps to Special Delivery and handstamps, thousands of stamps and reprints with much duplication for study of varieties, including Nos. 87L1 (two), 87L2, 87L3 (affixed to cover on which it did not originate), 87L4 (12+), 87L5 (two), 87L7 used, 87L10 (incl. 8 used), 87L11 (faulty), 87L12 (original gum, P.F. certificate), 87L14-15 (incl. numerous used), 87L20 used (P.F. certificate), 87L51 (five), 87L53 trial color proof in Blue, 87L73 trial color proofs incl. block of 18 in Black, full range of other issues through the later perforated varieties, plus 25+ complete sheets incl No. 87L7 with sideways arrangement of bottom row, four or so of the Special Messenger stamp sheets, also 40+ covers, mostly tied including uses of Nos. 87L9 (two), 87L10, 87L11 (P.F. certificate), range of uses from 87L38-87L75, several of the handstamped covers incl. 87LUP1-87LUP3, printed circulars and other covers with handstamps incl. one signed by Georege Hussey, several Wells Fargo uses to Hussey's with "Collect 2cts." handstamp, also a huge study collection of the Hussey Special Delivery stamps with multiples, varieties and a couple covers incl. No. 87LE5 with an American Express Albany package label, mixed condition with flaws to be expected in such an accumulation, a few no doubt are misidentified on the pages

AN EXTENSIVE AND VALUABLE COLLECTION OF THE NEW YORK CITY HUSSEY'S POST WHICH TOOK YEARS OF CAREFUL STUDY TO ACCUMULATE.

Several items in collection illustrated in Byways of Philately. We recommend careful viewing of this lot as its size defies thorough description. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 15,000-20,000 12,500
273° ng Menant & Co. Express Post, New Orleans La., 2c Dark Red (104L1). Unused (no gum), large margins all around, small thin and light creases, faint soiling

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR EXAMPLES OF THE MENANT & CO. LOCAL POST STAMP AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS. A GREAT PHILATELIC RARITY.

According to The Great Mail, Menant & Co.'s Express Post commenced operations in 1853 at 21 Conti Street and were still in business as late as 1856, although at a different address, 118 Exchange Place, near the post office.

The five examples of 104L1 in our records (all unused) are: 1) ex Souren and Hall, illustrated in The Great Mail (p. 133), the stamp offered here; 2) ex Middendorf, faults including hole at top right; 3) ex Caspary, thin and pinhole; 4) ex Kuphal and from our 1999 Rarities sale, vertical crease; and 5) the copy in the British Library, Tapling Collection.

Ex Souren and Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate. (Image Magnifier)

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15,000 0
274° c Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Large margins to clear, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express 26 Feb" double-circle datestamp on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) with Bamber & Cos. Express printed frank to Virginia City N.T., stamp affixed over red Bamber & Co. circular datestamp, reduced at left into printed frank

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE CONJUNCTIVE USE OF BAMBER & COMPANY'S EXPRESS AND WELLS FARGO & COMPANY'S 1862-65 PONY EXPRESS TO NEVADA.

With 2010 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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275 c 90c Carmine, entire (U211). Cancelled by cork, purple "Sta. No. 164, New York N.Y. Registered Apr. 28, 1908" double-circle datestamp, used to Zittau, Germany, registry label and two-line "Received at New York P.O. (Foreign Sta.) in Bad Condition" handstamp, edge splitting mended with four Perf 12 Official Seals (OX11), back with Cosmopolitan Correspondence Club, Milwaukee Wis. seal, multiple strikes of New York registry handstamp, Zittau receiving datestamp, nice condition for an Official Seal cover, Very Fine and rare use (Image Magnifier)

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E. 750-1,000 650
276°   $10.00 Probate of Will, Imperforate (R96a). Large margins to clear, deep rich color, cancelled by neat strike of "C & H 18 MAR 1863" circular datestamp

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE $10.00 PROBATE OF WILL FIRST ISSUE REVENUE, CANCELLED SOLELY BY THE CIRCULAR DATESTAMP.

Evidence points to an imperforate supply of 856, as 792 others (11 sheets) were returned for perforating. (Image Magnifier)

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2,500 1,600
277°   1c Blue & Black, Inverted Center (R103a). Deep rich colors, neat blue manuscript cancel, fresh and Fine, scarce in sound condition, this is the first we have offered since 2007, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (VG 50; unpriced in SMQ) (Image Magnifier)

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278°   $1.00 Blue & Black, Inverted Center (R118a). Bright color, neat 1872 manuscript cancellation leaves vignette clearly visible

FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 SECOND ISSUE INVERT.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (VG 50; unpriced in SMQ) (Image Magnifier)

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5,000 1,700
279°   $5.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue, Inverted Center (R127a). Attractively centered, strong colors and with neat 1871 manuscript cancel

VERY FINE. A SCARCE SECOND ISSUE INVERT IN SOUND AND CENTERED CONDITION.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (F-VF 75; unpriced in SMQ) (Image Magnifier)

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3,000 2,800
280°   $5.00 Blue & Black, Inverted Center (R127a). Deep rich colors, choice centering for this difficult issue, neat manuscript cancel

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 SECOND ISSUE WITH INVERTED CENTER.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (F 70; unpriced in SMQ) (Image Magnifier)

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3,000 2,200
281°   $1.00 Green & Black, Third Issue, Inverted Center (R144a). Deep rich colors, neat "June 24, 1872" manuscript cancel

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 THIRD ISSUE REVENUE WITH INVERTED CENTER. ONE OF THE GREAT REVENUE RARITIES.

In his privately published census, Larry Lyons records a total of 26 copies. Of these five are on one document and one is on another, leaving 20 copies not on documents. At least 13 of the 20 have faults, leaving only seven sound or potentially sound copies, most of which have similar centering to the one offered here.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (VG 50; unpriced in SMQ). This is the first off document we have offered since before 1995. (Image Magnifier)

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15,000 9,500
282°   1c Green & Black on Violet Paper, Inverted Center (RB1ad). Deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, bold cancel, completely sound

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT PROPRIETARY INVERT ON VIOLET PAPER. ONLY 24 EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED, MOST OF WHICH ARE FAULTY.

In his privately published census, Larry Lyons records 23 examples of this invert error, most of which have thins or creases, or are off center. We offered one additional copy in our 2006 Tolman sale, bringing the total to 24. Of these sixteen have faults, leaving only eight sound or potentially sound copies. Almost all of the potentially sound copies have centering similar to the example offered here.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (F 70; unpriced in SMQ) (Image Magnifier)

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