Lot 1031 /oSpecial Delivery, 1885, 10¢ Blue, Issued Stamp Group, group of seven items comprising E1 single with double transfer (1990 PFC), two E1S singles with type D overprint handstamps in different strengths, partial sheet margin imperforate due to fold-over, preprinting paper fold, used with honeycomb fancy cancel, and top plate number 495 and imprint strip of four with full untrimmed selvage (cat. $6,250), latter with faults, F.-V.F., excellent exhibit group.
Scott No. E1, E1S Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot 1032Special Delivery, 1885, 10¢ Blue, Postal History Balance, group of 32 covers plus an original 1885 "List of Post Offices" offering special delivery service, the exhibit balance includes 1886 St. Joseph La. to Natchez Ms. with "Per Leathers" steamboat endorsement, 1885 "Cape Chas. & Norf. R.P.O." railroad use (the earliest RPO use), fancy cancels including 1885 Sacramento Ca. checkerboard fancy cancel to San Francisco Cal., 1886 used with #E1, 210 from Boston to local address and remailed to Cambridge with additional #E1, 210 franking, 1887 used bearing only #E1 and marked "Due 2 cts," and pen cancelled 1¢ postage due #J15 vertical pair affixed (earliest recorded example of postage due stamps on special delivery letter), service handstamps including 1885 Nov. 18th use of the San Francisco "Special Delivery" Clock marking, 1887 use on U293 Grant lettersheet (faults), 1888 DeKalb Ill. illustrated Rooster on Barbwire fence advertising on 2¢ entire to Markvilles Ills., 1887 Alexandria Bay N.Y. duplex with wheel of fortune fancy cancels on #E1 and #206 pair advertising cover to Corymans Hollow N.Y. (restored), 1889 Rockland Lake N.Y. bearing #E1 and #213 tied by Star of David fancy cancels to Minneapolis Minn., and 1887 Laramie City Wyo. to New York N.Y., etc., F.-V.F., A remarkable group left mostly intact from the exhibit collection.
Scott No. E1 Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.