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  • Lot# : 28 Carriers Stamps

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    1LB3a, Baltimore, Maryland, 1c Blue on white, Laid paper, Type 9, crisp and bright impression, large margins, affixed but not tied to local cover with blue "Baltimore Md. Jul 10" cds and matching circled "1," cover with light moisture discoloration at the top right (effectively tying stamp), otherwise Very Fine, signed Denwood Kelly (Scott $1,000 on cover tied by handstamp)rnProvenance: Charles F. Meroni (John A. Fox Sale 258-59, 1961)rnDavid Golden ( R.A. Siegel Sale 817, 1999)
    Start Price : 100.00 USD
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    Lot# : 29 Carriers Stamps

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    7LB18, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1856(?) 1c Black, single showing nearly full handstamp (rare thus) just tied by a black circular grid cancel on an envelope addressed to Ridley Pa, 1851 1c Blue Type II (7) horizontal strip of three alongside tied by "Philadelphia Aug 11" (1856) cancels, 1c strip margins to just cutting and left stamp some light wrinkling and small edge break, "wee bit ratty" envelope with wrinkles, edge breaks and mostly missing backflap, hinge sealed breaks on back side, still a Fine and rare use, from the Hutchinson correspondence (Scott $17,000)rnThe handstamped Philadelphia carrier stamps (incl 7LB18) were handstamped on sheet margins of the current 1851 1c Blue issue and used contemporaneously these issues. Some students theorize that they were produced by letter carriers and prepared en route to show the 1c carrier fee paid in cash and that they were not made available to the general public.rnIllustrated in Ashbrook, "The United States One Cent Stamp of 1851-57", page 200
    Start Price : 5,000.00 USD
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    Lot# : 30 Local Stamps

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    12L1, Bicycle Mail Route, Fresno, California, 1894 25c Green, spelling error "San Fransisco," stamp tied by purple bars forming "X," cover franked with 2c Carmine (220) tied by black cork, purple "Gilroy Cal. Jul 14 1894" cds, stunning two-color Victor Cyclery cc, addressed to San Francisco (July 14 2PM machine cancel and 4PM arrival backstamps), Victor Bicycle Messenger Service cachet on reverse dated July 11, vertical file fold away from stamp, Very Fine and rare apparent commercial use of this service (most covers are philatelic), there is believed to be only one other cover postmarked in Gilroy (offered by Shreves Philatelic Galleries in 2007), a lovely example of this enigmatic and short-lived post (Scott $2,750)rnrnIn July of 1894 a nationwide rail strike against the Pullman Co. involving 250,000 union members severed mail communication between San Francisco and its neighbors to the east. That was until an "enterprising citizen" of Fresno, Arthur C Banta, the local agent for the Victor Bicycle Co, organized a team of 8 bike messengers to ride in stages, to do what the rail cars wouldn»t, and deliver mail. The cost was a $0.25 stamp. Approximately 380 letters were delivered before the post disbanded on July 18, 1894, after Federal troops broke the strike.rn
    Start Price : 750.00 USD
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    Lot# : 31 Local Stamps

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    15L14, D.O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1848/53 (1c) Bronze on lilac, framelines slightly cut in at top and bottom, acid cancel and tied by a strong strike of black "Philadelphia Pa. Dec 7" cds to cover to Wurttemburg, Germany, "Blood's Despatch Dec 6 10½ 1856" company cds, "N. York Am. Pkt. 23 Dec 12" debit marking, "30" rate handstamp, blue German rate marking, red Aachen transit and receiving backstamps, cover with light wear and small sealed tear at top, still Very Fine considering its age and the journey it made, carried on the Collins Line «Atlantic», wonderfully rare transatlantic use of the Blood's stamprnProvenance: Rarities of the World (R.A. Siegel Sale 788, 1997)rn
    Start Price : 400.00 USD
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    Lot# : 32 Local Stamps

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    18L2, Bouton's City Dispatch Post, New York, NY, 2c Black on gray blue, Dots in corners, with 1847 5c Red brown (1) on an envelope addressed to Sanbornton Bridge NH, just tied by red "Paid Bouton" two-line handstamp, 5c tied by light red grids, accompanying lightly struck red "New York May 17" (1848) cds, ms "Paid" at upper right, local with 3½ margins (just in at left), 5c ample to wide margins and light corner crease, envelope some light wrinkling, a Very Fine and rare use; the USPCS census records only six covers with this dual franking, this being no 6113 (Scott $20,000)rnProvenance: Rarities of the World (R.A. Siegel Sale 788, 1997)
    Start Price : 10,000.00 USD
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    Lot# : 33 Local Stamps

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    20L18, Boyd's City Express, New York, NY 1861 1c Black on Blue gray, used alongside 1861 3c Rose, 3c tied by New York duplex cancel, 1c by pen strokes, on patriotic cover with "Who Goes There?" verse below soldier on guard duty in front of tents, cannon and rifles with "Sustain the Flag" across the top (pub D. Murphy's Son, NY), franked with addressed to Washington, DC to a soldier in "Comp H 25 New Jersey Regmt", local issue pre-affixing crease, envelope opened at right, Fine and unusual (Walcott 1959 var.)rnThe 25th New Jersey Infantry Regiment served a nine-month enlistment in the Union Army and was first sent to Washington, DC. There, it was attached to the 2nd brigade Casey's Division, Defenses of Washington, D. C until December, 1862. The regiment fought in two engagements-the December, 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg and the Siege of Suffolk, April 11-May 4, 1863.
    Start Price : 150.00 USD
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    Lot# : 34 Local Stamps

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    25L5, Brigg's Despatch, Philadelphia, 1848 (2c) Gold on black glazed, large margins, pen-cancelled but not tied to locally-addressed folded letter sheet, a nice strong strike of "Briggs Dispatch" negative circle handstamp on reverse, a portion of the backflap hinged back into place, Very Fine, one of only five recorded examples of the Brigg's "Paid" Gold on black stamp (an obvious imitation of contemporary Blood's stamp), two of which are off-cover examples from the Golden collection and one of which is on a similar cover and was in the Kuphal collection (the fifth example only appears in Sloane's records), an extraordinary cover which has been off the market for decades, last offered publicly in the Caspary sale when Elliott Perry purchased it for $130 (Scott listed but unpriced on cover)rnProvenance: Clarence E. Chapman (Private Transaction)rnAlfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 1071, 1957)
    Start Price : 2,000.00 USD
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    Lot# : 35 Local Stamps

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    26L2, Broadway Post Office, New York, 1851(?) (1c) Black, vertical pair with top sheet margins, grazing at bottom top stamp slightly in at right, tied by black oval "Broadway Post-Office City Express 2 Cts." handstamp, an additional strike of handstamp at right, on undated cover addressed locally, cover with extensive edge wear and repairs, backside, in particular, has seen better days, the top stamp has a small tear, still Fine, a remarkably rare used multiple (Scott $1,500 for pair on part of a cover)
    Start Price : 300.00 USD
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    Lot# : 36 Local Stamps

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    40L1, (Greig's) City Despatch Post, New York, NY, 3c Black on grayish, rnenormous margins all around, just tied by manuscript cancel to folded letter sheet to Simsbury, Connecticut, red "New-York Apl. 7" cds alongside, additional manuscript "f" for free delivery to a postmaster, contents datelined "N. York April 6th 1842," Very Fine and rare, a delightful cover, there was a two-month window (April and May, 1842) when mail carried by the City Dispatch Post to destinations outside of New York were cancelled in manuscript rather than the typical octagonal "Free," only about half a dozen covers known addressed outside of the city and only one other (ex-New Amsterdam) is recorded with the postmaster's franking privilege (Scott $1,100 on cover not tied)rn
    Start Price : 750.00 USD
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    Lot# : 37 Local Stamps

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    40L8, (Coles) City Despatch Post, New York, NY, 2c Black on Buff Glazed, "CC," large margins and worn late impression, bottom right corner repaired, tied by zealous pencil squiggle to small Valentine cover to Pomfret, Connecticut, black "New York 5cts. Feb 14" cds dated to 1852 based on breaks in design, manuscript "Paid" with "2c" added in the same pencil as cancel, cover with light wear and some faults to backflap, still Very Fine, there has been confusion regarding the former Scott 40L7 (Black on Yellow) and 40L8 (Black on Buff) although recent research suggests they are merely variations of the same issue (and therefore the former has been folded into the latter), only four genuine complete covers are currently recognized (this being #3 in the census published by R.A. Siegel), an extraordinarily rare cover which has not been offered publicly in nearly 70 years (Scott $15,000 for on cover, not tied, with certificate)rnProvenance: Count Philipp von Ferrary (Gilbert Sale 7, 1923)rnHenry C. Needham (Private transaction)rnAmos Eno (Harmer Rooke, 1951)rnJohn R. Boker, Jr. (Private Transaction)
    Start Price : 2,500.00 USD
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    Lot# : 38 Local Stamps

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    61L2, Eagle City Post, Philadelphia, 1846 (2c) Black, Type B with 46 points, stamp just clear to full margins, affixed but not tied on a folded letter sheet addressed locally, some light edge soiling at top wrinkling and partially separated along the bottom edge with couple tiny edge breaks at the bottom, mounting remainders on back side, as the stamp is not pen-cancelled as usual and the cover has a "5" collect rate marking indicating a locally delivered letter, it is our opinion that this stamp did not originate and is being offered as such (Scott $125 for unused single)
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    Lot# : 39 Local Stamps

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    62L4, East River Post Office, New York, NY, 1855 (1c) Black on green glazed, tied on an envelope along with 1857 3c Dull red (26) by New York Nov 29 cds, addressed to Baltimore, stamp full margins with dividing lines showing top and bottom, envelope some minor faults incl small nick at left, Fine use; the East River P.O. stamps canceled by the government postmarks are extremely rare (Scott $800)
    Start Price : 200.00 USD
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    Lot# : 40 Local Stamps

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    69L5, Frazer & Co., Cincinnati, 1845-51 2c Black on grayish, large margins, light wear at top left from placement, pen "X" just ties to locally-addressed pre-printed folded circular, small tear at the bottom through part of the address, still Very Fine, Robert B. Meyersburg's "Frazer & Company City Despatch/ Express Post" (Penny Post Vol. 2, No. 3) records four covers of the Frazer & Co. eagle stamp on grayish, including two incoming (both re-addressed), one local use (presumably the cover offered here), and one unpaid to the mails (ex-Chapman, Kuphal), a wonderful and rare cover (Scott $7,000 for the stamp on cover tied by handstamp)
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    Lot# : 41 Local Stamps

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    107L1, Metropolitan Errand & Carrier Express Co., New York, 1855 1c Red orange, stamp cut square, just touching at top and bottom, cancelled but not tied by black "Paid" in oval with a second strike alongside, addressed locally with an additional ms "Piano Fort Establishment" (referring to printed contents of folded letter sheet), vertical file fold well away from stamp, Very Fine and attractive (Scott $600 for the stamp on cover tied by handstamp)
    Start Price : 75.00 USD
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    Lot# : 42 Local Stamps

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    112L2, One Cent Despatch, Baltimore, Maryland, 1c Red, ample to large margins (tiny nick at top right), tied by Type II "City Despatch. Oct. 2 4½P.M." cds (double circle) with second strike alongside, cover also bears 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11) tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Oct 3" cds (very light crease), addressed to "Henry Hollyday Esq./ Near Centreville/ Queen Anne's County/ E.S. of Maryland" with additional "Oct 2d 56" docketing at left, according to Clifford J. Alexander's census (Penny Post Vol. 15, No. 1) this is the second-earliest known use of this stamp after a cover postmarked only six hours earlier on the same day, a Very Fine and attractive cover from a short-lived local post (only in operation for two and a half months) (Scott $1,750)
    Start Price : 500.00 USD
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    Lot# : 43 Local Stamps

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    119L3, Price's City Express, New York City, 2c Black on green, stamp cut octagonally just clear of frameline, tied by a black oval (perhaps the Price's four-line "Paid" oval) to locally addressed folded letter sheet to "J.V.N. Baldwin, Esq. 24., 10 Wall St.," unfortunately undated, listed as one of two potentially genuine covers with this stamp in William W. Sammis's 2014 census (Penny Post Vol. 22, No. 3) although he speculated the canceling ink was red (like the other known cover and on-piece example), as such we are offering this cover on its own merits, and we recommend Sammis's article for anyone looking to better understand this elusive local post (Scott listed but unpriced on cover)
    Start Price : 250.00 USD
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    Lot# : 44 Local Stamps

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    130L1, Russell's 8th Ave. Post Office, New York, NY, 1854-58 (2c) Blue on rose, single with margins large to just touching at top right, deep color (almost appears black), affixed but not cancelled/ tied to cover addressed to "Mess. Mead, Taft & Dewry, Attorneys at Law, No 237 Broadway, New York City," red oval "Russell 8th Ave Post Office" handstamp at right, contemporaneous figuring on the reverse, Very Fine, this cover is not amongst the six examples listed in the R.A. Siegel census of 130L1, although a cover to the same address is listed in their census of 130L3 (Red on bluish), which we presume to be this cover, additionally the red oval Russell's handstamp is exceedingly rare, signed "Original" by George B. Sloane (Scott listed but unpriced on cover)rnProvenance: John R. Boker, Jr. (Private Transaction)
    Start Price : 1,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000.00 USD
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    Lot# : 45 Local Stamps

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    132L1, Squier & Co. City Letter Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri, 1859 1c Green, Imperf, single with about two (almost three) frame lines showing, manuscript cancelled but not tied to Home Mutual Fire & Marine Ins. Co. advertising cover, with 3c Dull red, Type III (26) struck by "Saint Louis Mo. Jun 9 1859" cds, addressed to Baltimore, Maryland with docketing over part of date stamp, Very Fine, only believed to be 8-10 covers with the first (imperforate) Squier stamp, certainly difficult to imagine one much nicer than this with the illustrated advertisement, signed Robson Lowe (Scott $1,000 for tied by manuscript with #26)
    Start Price : 250.00 USD
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    Lot# : 46 Local Stamps

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    138L1, Telegraph Despatch P.O., Philadelphia, 1848 1c Black on yellowish, ample to large margins, cancelled by manuscript "X" to a folded letter addressed to "Rev. U. Ward, Missouri Av. near 4½ st, Washington D.C.," indistinct March or May 9 blue Philadelphia cds, light even soiling, still Very Fine, only three covers were recorded by Steven M. Roth in his 1993 census (Penny Post Vol. 3, No. 4), a fourth cover has since surfaced, an extremely rare example of this mysterious and presumably short-lived post, not offered publicly in many decades (Scott $5,500 for the stamp on cover not tied, with certificate)rnProvenance: Henry C. Gibson (Private transaction)
    Start Price : 1,500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500.00 USD
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    Lot# : 47 Local Stamps

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    145L2, Westtown, Pennsylvania, 1853-67(?) (2c) Gold, Type VIII, tied by an indistinct strike of Street Road, Pennsylvania duplex with 3c Green (158) alongside, addressed to Columbus, New Jersey, very slightly reduced at right (just into 3c), Very Fine and attractive especially with the stamp on the front of the cover (Scott $1,750)
    Start Price : 250.00 USD
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