United States Carriers and Locals
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  • Lot# : 22 Carriers Stamps

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    LO2, 1851 1c Blue, full frameline at left and portions of framelines on other three sides, tied by "U.S.P.O. Despatch/Pre-Paid/One Cent" double-oval handstamp to locally-addressed cover, a bit of overall wear including a few small creases affecting the stamp, still Very Fine and particularly choice with the stamp tied by the Scott Type C32 handstamp in red
    Start Price : 300.00 USD
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    Lot# : 23 Carriers Stamps

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    4LB9, Honour’s City Post, Charleston, SC, 1851-54 2c Black on bluish pelure, large-margined single on folded letter addressed to "Mssr. Cornelius + Co., Philadelphia, Pa." (datelined October 15), stamp uncancelled, red "Charleston S.C. 10 Oct 15" credit datestamp alongside, lettersheet with some light vertical creases, stamp lifted and hinged back into place, Very Fine, not listed in the Lyons census (Penny Post Vol. 15, No. 4) although several other Honour's covers to the same addressee are noted (Scott $950 for used)
    Start Price : 150.00 USD
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    Lot# : 24 Carriers Stamps

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    4LB17, Beckman’s City Post, Charleston, SC, 2c Black, single with wonderful margins, used alongside US 1857 3c Dull red (26), both stamps tied by perfect strike of “Charleston S.C. Jun 18 1860” cds, Beckman’s stamp additionally lightly tied by pencil, on cover addressed to Brunswick, Georgia, small piece of backflap out, Extremely Fine and unique on- or off-cover, we are reticent to speak in superlatives but we feel confident in quoting Herbert J. Bloch when he wrote in the 1957 Caspary catalogue: “In marvelous condition and generally considered the most outstanding carrier cover in existence,” quite simply one of the gems of American philately which has been off the market for 64 years (Scott listed but unpriced)

    In the 1957 H.R. Harmer Caspary sale of Carriers and Locals, this cover realized an astounding $11,000. The next highest realization, for the October 19, 1861 Crouise “Garter” Pony Express cover, was half the Beckman’s hammer price ($5,500). In terms of covers bearing unique examples of postage stamps used in the United States, it is in an elite class alongside the Alexandria “Blue Boy,” the Lockport and Boscawen provisionals, and very few others. The combination of uniqueness and beauty makes this a singularly desirable and impressive cover.

    Provenance: Count Philipp von Ferrary (Gilbert Sale 7, 1924)

    Alfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 1072, 1957)

    John R. Boker, Jr. (Private Transaction)

    Start Price : 75,000.00 USD
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    Lot# : 25 Carriers Stamps

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    4LB18, Steinmeyer's City Post, Charleston, SC, 2c Black on bluish, stamp in upper righthand corner of neat envelope addressed simply to "Judge John Johnson," stamp with full margins, small repair at top left and cover with sealed tear at top, Extremely Fine appearance, one of three known examples of the Steinmeyer's "Border-of-Pearls" stamp and the only cover in private hands, therefore one of the rarest and most extraordinary of all carriers covers (listed but unpriced in Scott)

    There are only three examples of the Steinmeyer's "Border-of-Pearls" stamp recorded, one of which (an on-cover stamp) is housed in the British Library's Tapling Collection and is therefore unlikely come onto the market. The other stamp, an unused single, was sold as part of the Hall Collection in 2000. Joseph G. Martin, John C. Beckman, and John F. Steinmeyer, Jr., all carriers in Charleston, South Carolina, each issued their own adhesive stamps in the period around 1860. All are exceptionally rare. Postage stamps of a different design issued by Steinmeyer on bluish, pink, and yellow paper are not known used genuinely, and may or may not have actually seen service.

    Provenance: Alfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 1070, 1957)

    Ambassador J. William Middendorf, II (Frajola Net Price Sale 4, 1990)

    Start Price : 7,500.00 USD
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    Lot# : 26 Carriers Stamps

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    7LB6, Philadelphia, PA, 1849-50 1c Black on rose, stamp with irregular margins (including massive margin at bottom), affixed but not tied to locally-addressed cover, blue circled "2" handstamp, adhesive with some light water stains around the edges (part of which seems to tie the stamp), Very Fine and interesting intra-city usage lacking the typical Philadelphia datestamp (Scott $500)rnProvenance: Henry C. Gibson (Private transaction)
    Start Price : 150.00 USD
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    Lot# : 27 Local Stamps

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    15L7, D.O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1846-47 (2c) Black, cut octagonally, margins clear to just touching, tied by blue "Philadelphia 5 Jul 1" cds (Clarke 70), on folded letter to Milford, Massachusetts, light crease away from stamp and trivial soiling, Very Fine, Vernon Morris's census of this stamp (Penny Post Vol. 22, No. 3) records only 24 covers with this stamp, only five of which are tied by a government handstamp, a lovely example of the Blood's "For the Post Office" design type used on outbound letters carried by Blood's to the post office (Scott $1,100)rnProvenance: Edgar Kuphal (R.A. Siegel Sale 925, 2006)
    Start Price : 400.00 USD
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    Lot# : 28 Local Stamps

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    15L8, D.O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1846-47 (2c) Black, single cut octagonally with margins slightly in, tied by blue Philadelphia 5c and 10c cds (Clarke 71a, 79a) to folded letter to Wilmington, Delaware, datelined February 19, 1847, red Wilmington cds on reverse, cover with some sealed tears and back panel faulty, still Very Fine and scarce, for more information on this issue we encourage you to read Vernon Morris's article in the Penny Post (Vol. 22, No. 4), which includes a complete census (Scott $950)rnProvenance: Henry C. Gibson (Private Transaction)
    Start Price : 100.00 USD
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    Lot# : 29 Local Stamps

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    15L11, D.O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1848 (2c) Black on pale green, single cut square with margins large to clear, tied by circular Blood's handstamp (Morris Type 14) to orange cover to "Miss Sophia Greene, No 3 South Penn Square," small label on backflap, of the 43 covers bearing this stamp included in the Morris census (Penny Post Vol. 23 No. 3) only two have the stamp tied by a Blood's handstamp (the vast majority have grid cancels), Very Fine and attractive (Scott $2,000)rnProvenance: David L. Jarrett (Christie's New York, 1990)
    Start Price : 500.00 USD
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    Lot# : 30 Local Stamps

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    18L1, Bouton's City Dispatch, New York, NY, 1848 2c Black, stamp with margins large to clear, tied by faint two-line "Paid/Bouton" handstamp in red, more impressively tied by "New-York 5 cts 30 Nov" integral cds to partial folded lettersheet to Baltimore, fairly significant creases and some ink erosion (the latter mostly on the back panels), hinges reinforcing portions of the sheet, still Fine appearance and particularly desirable with the first issue Bouton's "Rough and Ready" stamp with leaves in the corners tied by the New York datestamp (Scott $10,000 for used on full cover)
    Start Price : 500.00 USD
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    Lot# : 31 Local Stamps

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    20L23, Boyd’s City Express, New York, NY, 1866 2c Black on red, huge margins all around (small fault at top from placement), without any of the oxidation usually seen, tied by "Boyd's Dispatch 41 Fulton St." double circle datestamp with "Paid" in circle, on locally-addressed cover, printed return address at bottom, light edge wear, still Extremely Fine and attractive (Scott $250)
    Start Price : 75.00 USD
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    Lot# : 32 Local Stamps

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    24L2, Brainard & Co., 1844 Blue, large margins all around, manuscript "B" cancellation for Albany, docketing indicates February 8, 1845 date of use, vertical file-fold well away from stamp, Extremely Fine and attractive, the Larry Lyons census (Penny Post Vol. 14, No. 1) records 16 covers with the blue Brainard's stamp, although only 14 of these are believed to be genuine, a wonderful cover with a superb provenance (Scott $4,500)rnProvenance: David Golden (R.A. Siegel Sale 817, 1999)rnEdgar Kuphal (R.A. Siegel Sale 925, 2006)
    Start Price : 1,000.00 USD
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    Lot# : 33 Carriers Stamps

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    28L5, Brooklyn City Express Post, Brooklyn, NY, 1855-65 2c Black on dark blue, large margins to just touching at right, indistinct black cancel with "Brooklyn Jan 27 N-Y." cds alongside, on cover to Hanover, Germany, endorsed "per U.S.M. Steamer 'Washington' via Bremerhaven," black "N. York U.S. Pkt. 9 Jan. 28" debit datestamp and "30" in circle, red "3?ggr America Über Bremen" two-line handstamp, additional red crayon rate markings, small multicolored "Liberty" patriotic deal on backflap, Very Fine, an extraordinary local stamp use and almost certainly the only example of the Brooklyn City Express stamp on an Ocean Line cover to EuropernThe Ocean Steam Navigation company was founded in 1847, and was the first company awarded a contract by the US government for the oceanic transportation of mail. This cover was carried on the January 28, 1854 sailing of the paddle steamer Washington, and arrived in Bremen on February 13. More information on the fascinating and historic Ocean Line can be found in Hubbard and Winter's North Atlantic Mail Sailings 1840-75.rnProvenance: David Golden ( R.A. Siegel Sale 817, 1999)
    Start Price : 1,000.00 USD
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    Lot# : 34 Local Stamps

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    37L1, Cheever & Towle, Boston, MA, 1848 2c Blue, stamp cut square with margins full to just in at bottom, typical small manuscript "X" cancellation at lower left, on tiny locally-addressed cover, Very Fine and attractive, Stimmell recorded only 21 covers many of which have stamps cut to shape, illustrated in a 1991 Penny Post article by Gordon Stimmell (Vol. 1, No. 3), with Knapp's lot label attached inside, signed "Original" by George B. Sloane (Scott $1,500)
    Start Price : 400.00 USD
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    Lot# : 35 Local Stamps

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    71L3, Glen Haven Daily Mail, Glen Haven, NY, 1854-58 1c Black on green, Type III, large margins, links at top left shifted to left, uncancelled on cover to Skaneateles, New York with 1857 3c Dull red (26) tied by bold "Homer N.Y. Feb 5" cds, Extremely Fine and fresh (Scott $500 for used with #11)
    Start Price : 150.00 USD
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    Lot# : 36 Local Stamps

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    87L48, Hussey’s Post, New York, NY, 1872 Yellow, large margins all around, tied by "Hussey's Post 54 Pine St. Paid" circular handstamp, addressed to Lafayette Place, opened at top and very slight reduction at right, Very Fine, exceedingly difficult to find genuinely used on cover ($65 used, not priced on cover)
    Start Price : 50.00 USD
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    Lot# : 37 Local Stamps

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    89L2, Jenkins’ Camden Dispatch, Camden, NJ, 1853 Black on yellow, single with four large margins, blue pen cancel as usual, on 1856 cover to Havana, Cuba although the stamp did not originate and is being offered here as a used single, Very Fine stamp, amongst the rarest of all United States locals with only six examples of the Jenkins' typographed stamp on yellow recorded (two covers, two off-cover used stamps, a mint stamp, and the item offered here), rarely offered at auction (Scott $3,000 for used)
    Start Price : 500.00 USD
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    Lot# : 38 Local Stamps

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    90L1, Johnson & Co.’s City Despatch Post, Baltimore, MD, 1848 2c Black on lavender, single with margins enormous to just grazing the corner ornaments, untied on locally-addressed Baltimore folded letter datelined February 19, 1848, Caspary sale mentions faint pre-application crease which we cannot see, Extremely Fine and exceptionally fresh, one of only two covers with the Johnson & Co. local stamp, the other (ex-Chapman, Caspary, Hall, Kuphal) having sustained significant damage in a fire, this cover's combination of rarity, beauty, and long absence from the market combine to make it one of the most desirable of all local covers in existence, a gem in every sense of the word (Scott $22,500 based on the sale price of the faulty cover)rnSteven Roth illustrated both surviving Johnson & Co. covers in his 1997 Chronicle article (Vol. 49, No 1) about Baltimore local posts. The service was operated by Ezekiel C. Johnson, as announced in the Baltimore Sun on November 12, 1847. Advertisements in early February 1848 in the same paper advertised Valentine's Day services and identified the locations of dropboxes in book stores and other establishments. Given the large number of dropbox locations and the published advertisements for adhesive stamps, it seems surprising that only two examples of the Johnson & Co.'s local survive today.rnProvenance: Alfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 1072, 1957)rnJosiah K. Lilly (R.A. Siegel Sale 321, 1967)
    Start Price : 7,500.00 USD
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    Lot# : 39 Local Stamps

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    96L3a, (Wells) Letter Express, 10c Black on pink, Bisect used as 5c, bottom half tied by manuscript "X" to folded letter to Detroit, Michigan, red straightline "Paid," letter datelined New York August 7, 1844, vertical file crease well away from stamp, a Very Fine and attractive use (Scott $2,000)rnProvenance: Edward S. Knapp (Parke-Bernet Galleries Part One, 1941)
    Start Price : 500.00 USD
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    Lot# : 40 Local Stamps

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    112L1, One Cent Despatch, Washington, DC, 1c Violet, large-margined single used alongside United States 1855 10c Green (15), both stamps tied by May 4, 1856 Washington, DC cds, local also tied by "City Despatch May 3 4½ P.M. 1856 handstamp with second clearer strike alongside, on cover addressed to Los Angeles, California, docketing at left confirms May 3 sending and June 18 receipt, torn backflap and 10c with small tear at top, otherwise Very Fine and attractive, a wonderful combination and a particularly unusual destination, pictured in Simpson's Postal Markings 1851-61 page 383 (Scott $5,500)rnProvenance: J. David Baker (R.A. Siegel Sale 526, 1978)
    Start Price : 1,000.00 USD
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    Lot# : 41 Local Stamps

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    117L4, Pomeroy’s Letter Express, 1844 5c Black, stamp with full balanced margins, manuscript "X" and pen-stroke in different inks, on folded letter datelined New York June 8, 1844, addressed to Baltimore, red "New-York Jun 9" cds at lower left, lettersheet with horizontal crease away from stamp, stamp with minuscule bit of stray in at top, still Very Fine and attractive use (Scott $1,500)
    Start Price : 200.00 USD
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    Lot# : 42 Local Stamps

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    117L4, Pomeroy’s Letter Express, 1844 5c Black, horizontal strip of four, margins huge to close (sheet margin at right), cancelled by four strikes of red "Cd." handstamp, on lettersheet addressed to "Messrs Prime, Ward & King, New York," datelined July 31, 1844, lettersheet with horizontal crease well away from stamps, Very Fine, a remarkable cover bearing the largest known multiple of any Pomeroy's stamp, truly one of the great local covers in our opinion (Scott $5,000 is outdated)rnThe sender of this letter, O.V. Brainard, was the president of the Jefferson County Bank and lived in Watertown, New York, a city on the Black River near its mouth at Lake Ontario.rnProvenance: John F. Seybold (Purple handstamp inside)
    Start Price : 5,000.00 USD
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    Lot# : 43 Local Stamps

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    128L1, Robison & Co., Brooklyn, NY, 1855-56 1c Black on blue, four margins, ranging from huge to ample at left, tied by crisp strike of blue "Paid" to neat envelope addressed to Brooklyn, with matching blue oval "Robison & Co. Letter Express" company handstamp at right, Extremely Fine, very little to say outside of the fact that this is, in our opinion, one of the most attractive and spectacular of all local covers in existence, unique on cover, an absolute gem and world-class rarity (Scott $7,000, an outdated figure with no bearing on the cover's current value)rnThe early history of the Robison & Co. adhesive is murky to say the least. Perhaps the best overview of the stamp's appearance (and disappearance) in early stamp catalogues can be found in Donald Scott Patton's book on New York State locals (page 290). Mount Brown's 1864 catalogue (5th Edition) lists both an envelope and an adhesive, the latter described as red on green and brown on blue (reflecting the early forgeries of S.A. Taylor and others). Both the 1865 Bellars & Davie catalogue and the 1866 Dr. Grays catalogue list varieties of the Robison stamp as well. The post's legitimacy was questioned during the late 19th century, with the stamp being omitted from the Scott Catalogue beginning in 1886, and appearing on a list dubious local posts from 1894. Forgeries of the stamp were so prolific that one was even illustrated in the Scott Catalogue until 1943, when it was finally replaced by an authentic example. rnThis unique cover was discovered in 1895 by F. E. Kneeland, Jr., then age 17, while searching through an elderly relative's papers. The cover then passed into the hands of Ferrary and Caspary, and has remained off the market ever since. (Curiously, in the Ferrary sale, the cover is described as a fantasy.) In addition to this cover seven off-cover examples are recorded, most (if not all) of which have the characteristic watery blue "Paid" cancel seen here. After serving as a highlight of the Caspary collection (where it was described as "glorious") and the Boker collection, we are thrilled that the famous and stunning Robison & Co. cover is making its return to the market after 64 years.rnProvenance: Count Philipp von Ferrary (Gilbert Sale 7, 1924)rnAlfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 1072, 1957)rnJohn R. Boker, Jr. (Private Transaction)
    Start Price : 5,000.00 USD
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    Lot# : 44 Wells Fargo & Co. Express

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    143LP9, 1883-86 "One Newspaper Over Our Routes in the US," tied to cover by violet "Wells, Fargo & Co. San Francisco Sep 20 1887" oval handstamp (partial second strike at bottom), addressed to Caspar, California with matching September 21 backstamp, Extremely Fine and particularly unusual on a cover rather than a wrapper, 1996 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $2,400)
    Start Price : 750.00 USD
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    Lot# : 45 Wells Fargo & Co. Express

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    143LP10, 1876 "Publishers' Paid Stamp," huge margins to just clear at bottom, sheet margin at left, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express San Diego Cal." oval handstamp to small wrapper to Coronado, California, small tear at top, still Very Fine and scarce, 1984 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $1,750)
    Start Price : 400.00 USD
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