Lot# 51 - Erivan Sale 1

  • Lot# : 51 Local and Private Posts

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    Russell 8th Ave. Post Office, NY City, 130L3, 1854-58 (2c) Red on bluish, single affixed, but uncancelled, on mourning cover addressed to "New Milford Ct.," additionally franked with an 1851 3c Dull red (Scott 11) to pay the government postage (tied by New York cds), local stamp with very faint soiling, stamp margins to just cutting, Very Fine; an extremely rare and seldom seen local (Scott $5,750 for an untied stamp on cover used in conjunction with 3c Scott 11 with certificate), 2019 Philatelic Foundation certificate stating genuine stamp varitey with "dash and dot under the 'E' of 'Ave' missing" but declining an opinion regarding whether the stamp originated on cover

    A 2008 census of this stamp on cover by R.A. Siegel records only 5 examples, three of which are «to the mails» usages (this cover not included in that census). There is no mention in Donald S. Patton's Private Local Posts of the United States and very little mention in the Penny Post. According to Larry Lyons (Penny Post Vol. 19, No. 2), "In late 1854 David Russell bought Price's Eighth Avenue Post Office from James Price and issued his own adhesive stamps." The post served the Abingdon Square neighborhood of lower Manhattan, roughly where 8th Avenue meets 12th Street.

    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : 1,500 USD