Lot# 43 - Erivan Sale 1
Lot# : 43 Local and Private Posts
Cummings City Post, New York City, 55L5, 1844 2c Black on olive, single with margins clear to touching, used on locally addressed decorative gold on light gray cover front, lightly struck red oval "Cummings Express Post" vertically placed at the center of the front, stamp margins to touching, the front with a small piece out at the lower left and many hinge remainders on the back side; Fine and scarce (Scott $750 for used single, while no value is noted for a stamp on cover).
Provenance: Alfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 967, 1955)
A 2001 article by Calvet M. Hahn notes a combined total of 6 covers extant for the green and olive stamps on cover. All stamps are either manuscript cancelled or without cancel and none are tied on cover. There is debate as to whether the two paper colors warrant separate listings. Henry Needham, although notoriously wrong about many things, wrote in 1915 that "the pale olive is probably the same as the green glazed, the color and glazing having been changed or worn from exposure," and Hahn subsequently supported this opinion. The so-called "Cupid" design, one of the most whimisical and attractive of all local post stamps, is thought to have been the first stamp issued by Cummings City Post, and only very rarely appears on the philatelic market.Start Price : 300 USDCurrent Opening : 325 USDHammer price : 3,250 USD