Lot 1780(Private Local Post) 1820-1858 St John's Post, S.C., group of 20 stampless covers endorsed "Post", "St. Johns Post", "Monks Corner Post", or "Strawberry Post" indicating carriage by the private post; no postal markings as carried entirely by this local mail service, also includes four inbound covers addressed to William J. Ball at Strawberry, St. Johns; some mixed condition, a Fine and interesting group.
Estimate $500 - 750.
St. John's Post was a little-known South Carolina mail service that operated during the first half of the nineteenth century between Charleston and the upper reaches of Cooper River in the St. John's and St. Thomas parishes. An excellent article about the post was written by Robert J. Karrer Jr. and Joseph T. Holleman in the American Philatelist, April 1989, p. 351-361.
Lot 1781Bayonne City Dispatch, 1883, 1¢ black, large margins, tied by purple target handstamp on fresh locally addressed cover, matching "Bayonne City Dispatch, May 13, 1883" date stamp alongside, Extremely Fine, ex-Hyzan; with 1983 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 9L1 $750.
Lot 1782Boyd's City Dispatch, envelope, 1867, 2¢ red, type b indicia, locally addressed and canceled by large cds, Very Fine.
Scott No. 20LU17 $300.
Lot 1783California Penny Post Co., 1855-59, 7¢ black, on 1853, 3¢ Nesbitt entire (U10), canceled by bold "San Francisco, Cal, Sep 5" cds and addressed to Loves Flat via Montezuma, with explanatory text listing nine cities and towns where service was offered printed on reverse; edge wear, missing small part of backflap and scuff at top slightly affecting imprint, F.-V.F., ex-Knapp.
Scott No. 34LU11B Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 1784Eagle City Post, 1848 (2¢) black, margins large to just shaving rays at left, faint pre-use crease, manuscript canceled on 1849 printed Mine Hill and Schuylkill Haven Rail Road Co. form notice, locally addressed with large red Paid handstamp, Very Fine, ex-Mason; with 2010 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 61L2 Estimate $250 - 350.
Lot 1785Gordon's City Express, 1848-52, 2¢ black on green, clear to large margin, some creasing, on 1850 folded letter datelined Harlem to New Jersey, entered the mails with red "New - York, 5 cts, Jan 21" cds, F.-V.F.; with 1990 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 72L3 $650.
Lot 1786Messenkope's Union Square Post Office, 1849 (1¢) black on green, margins large to just touching at top, tied by red arched "Paid" handstamp on cover of 1851 medical publication entitled "Throat-All, Bronchitis, Consumption: Their Causes, Symptoms, and Cure", locally addressed to June Street, Very Fine.
Scott No. 106L1 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 1787Swart's City Dispatch Post, 1849-53 (2¢) red, large margins, canceled by fancy star handstamp on 1851 folded letter to Washington D.C., red "New York, Jan 27" cds and 1847, 5¢ red brown (1) which did not originate on this cover, however an acceptable replacement, Very Fine appearance; with 1999 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 136L4 Estimate $400 - 600.