Lot# 42 - Erivan Sale 1

  • Lot# : 42 Local and Private Posts

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    Cole’s Post Office, City Despatch New York, NY, 40L8, 1847-52 2c Black on yellowish buff, four margined single with indistinguishable light black cancel, positioned at lower left of c.1852 folded outer address sheet addressed to "South Port Ct.," red "New-York Paid 3 cts May 17" postmark at top right and large penciled "3" at center, the tail of which ties the stamp, Very Fine and rare; the Siegel census notes that there are only 4 covers recorded with this stamp accepted as genuine, this is thought to be the latest usage (Scott $15,000 a stamp not tied on cover, with certificate), 2019 Philatelic Foundation certificate

    Provenance: John R. Boker, Jr. (Private Transaction)

    In a 2011 article, Larry Lyons (Penny Post, Vol. 19, No. 1) notes that "the City Despatch Post plate entered its third and final state of existence with the post's takeover by Charles Cole" sometime around late 1847. The design of the stamp was therefore modified to include Cole's initials "CC" on either side of Washington's head. The stamp offered here, on Yellowish buff paper, shows a very worn plate, and the known dates of use for this issue (between about September 1851 and May 1852) indiciate that this was probably the last stamp of this prolific and significant local post. For more information on this particular issue, as well as the other stamps issued by the various iterations of the City Despatch Post, we recommend Scott Trepel's The City Despatch Post 1842-1852 Issues: A Study of America's First and Most Versatile Stamp-Producing Plate (2003).

    Start Price : 2,500 USD
    Current Opening : 2,500 USD
    Hammer price : 3,000 USD