Lot# : 31 Carriers Stamps
1LB1, Baltimore, Maryland 1850-55 1c Red on bluish, left margin single (position 5 from pane of ten) tied by clear numeral "1" in circle to small locally-addressed cover with nice strike of March 29 Baltimore cds at left, toned spot on cover not affecting stamp, Extremely Fine, particularly rare tied by drop-rate marking, letter was dropped at Baltimore PO and given to carrier department for city delivery (Scott $1,000)
The addressee, Wm. F. Frick, is listed in the Matchett's Baltimore directory for 1851 as the "attorney and commissioner of deeds for Penn, Mass, Missouri"
Provenance: Alfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 1069, 1957)
David Golden (R.A. Siegel Sale 817, 1999)Start Price : 350.00 USDCurrent Opening : 425.00 USDHammer price : 850.00 USD
Lot# : 32 Carriers Stamps
4LB15, 1851 Kingman's City Post (Charleston, SC) 2c Black on bluish, vertical pair (double rate?) uncancelled on large part of a wrapper with Charleston SC street address, few vertical file folds and some small foxing spots not affecting stamps, Very Fine and rare; the Siegel census records just 15 examples of this stamp including only two pairs "CEC" (C.E. Chapman) handstamp adjacent to stamps, 2020 Philatelic Foundation certificate
Provenance: C.E. Chapman
Alfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 1071, 1957)
John R. Boker, Jr.Start Price : 1,000.00 USDCurrent Opening : 1,000.00 USDHammer price : 2,200.00 USD
Lot# : 33 Carriers Stamps7LB12, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1850 1c Blue, affixed but not tied on ladies envelope addressed to Philadelphia, light strike of red "Star" cancel, ms "Pd 3" above stamp plus "Frederica Ea/ 16 Mch" at upper left, stamp clear to full Margins, envelope a central light aging spot, a genuine stamp which, unfortunately, did not originate on this cover (Scott $275 for used stamp)Start Price : 100.00 USDCurrent Opening : 100.00 USDHammer price : 850.00 USD
Lot# : 34 Carriers Stamps
7LB14, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1855 1c Blue on buff, single affixed to 1850 folded letter addressed to Baltimore on which it did not originate, blue May 26 Philadelphia cds, stamp with remarkably bold impression of the design and attractive margins, small scissor cut at bottom right clear of the design, Very Fine and exceptionally attractive stamp, 2020 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $5,000 for off cover single)
The history of Carriers Stamps in Philadelphia is incredibly interesting and well-documented by Scott Trepel in The 1851 Issue of United States Stamps: A Sesquicentennial Retrospective (2006, Part VI). After using the typeset issues (7LB1-9) from 1850 to early 1851, Philadelphia began using the lithographed issues (7LB11-13) and the federal Franklin and Eagle issues (LO1-2) concurrently. From early 1853 onward only the Eagle issue is known used, until a cluster of covers appears in 1856 using what can only be called a "provisional" handstamped issue (7LB14/18), presumably stemming from a shortage of LO2.
Provenance: Alfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 1070, 1957)
Ambassador J. William Middendorf, II (Frajola Net Price Sale 4, 1990)
Edgar Kuphal (R.A. Siegel Sale 925, 2006)Start Price : 1,000.00 USDCurrent Opening : 1,000.00 USDHammer price : 1,400.00 USD
Lot# : 35 Carriers Stamps
8LB3, St. Louis, Missouri, 1857 2c Blue, single tied on locally addressed envelope by boxed "1 ct" (3 strikes; cancel used to mark "drop" letters) with another strike alongside, ms "Valentine" at upper left, cover crease at top, despite the stamp being "creased, torn and repaired" it is a Fine appearing cover and a great rarity as only five examples, a single and four on cover, are recorded; 2020 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $55,000)
Elliot Perry speculated (Pat Paragraphs, reprint, pp. 263-64) the stamp's design was a cross between the 1c 1851 issue (frame) and the obverse side of the 3-cent silver piece (vignette), commonly known as a "fish scale", issued in 1852.
Provenance: Ambassador J. William Middendorf, II (Frajola Net Price Sale 4, 1990)Start Price : 7,500.00 USDCurrent Opening : 7,500.00 USDHammer price : unsold