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Sale 83: Gems of Philately

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Philadelphia Carrier Department & Sub Post Offices

Lots 6-12

Lot 6    

Philadelphia Pa., Mar 22, sharp strike of cds with matching "1" in octagon rating handstamp on red The Adams Express Co. cameo corner card buff cover to local street address; minor cosmetic restoration, Very Fine appearance, a beautiful Philadelphia carrier use.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

During the mid 1850s, the Philadelphia carrier Department provided all services for one cent, despite Postmaster General directives otherwise. This cover was delivered to a street address in the Spring Garden district.

Complete Images.

Realized: $800

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Lot 7    

Philadelphia "15 July 1854", dateline on folded letter bearing 1¢ blue, type IV (9) right straddle-pane margin single with center line, position 70L1L, recut once at top and twice at bottom, tied by Philadelphia "1" in octagon rating handstamp to local Philadelphia street address; 1¢ light diagonal crease top right, otherwise Very Fine and scarce, ex-Neinken; with 2010 P.F. certificate.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

Illustrated in Ashbrook in Volume 2 on page 70.

Realized: $400

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Lot 8    

Philadelphia Pa., Dec 1, cds ties 1¢ blue, type IV (9 var.) triple transfer, one inverted, recut once at top, Position 91L1L, large beautifully balanced margins, deep rich color, on small cover to local street address, endorsed "Mrs. Lippincott" at top, an Extremely Fine gem, ex-Wagshal; with 2011 P.F. certificate.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

Realized: $425

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Lot 9    

Philadelphia Pa. Oct 13, cds ties 1¢ blue, type II (7) Position 95R2, large margins to just touched, as intra-city forwarding postage on orange cover bearing 3¢ dull red (11A), large margins to clear, tied by "New-York Oct 12" cds, Very Fine and attractive forwarded use, ex-Wagshal; with 2011 P.F. certificate.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

The 3¢ paid the rate from New York to Philadelphia, the 1¢ paid the rate for forwarding within the city.

Realized: $900

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Lot 10    

Philadelphia Pa., May 5, two bold strikes of cds tie 1¢ blue, type II (7) Plate 1E, ample margins to slightly in, bright shade, and 3¢ dull red (11A), large margins to in at bottom, on circa 1852 blue cover to Charleston S.C., faint wax seal stain, tiny edge nick at right, Very Fine, ex-Wagshal; with 2010 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 7    Estimate $500 - 750.

The use of a 1¢ 1851 for the carrier fee in Philadelphia is extremely unusual prior to 1856, since the Eagle Carrier stamp was used almost exclusively during this time period.

Realized: $950

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Lot 11    

Philadelphia Pa. Mar 12, octagonal datestamp ties 1¢ blue, type V (24) vertical pair with part captured imprint and "8 P" of plate no. at right, positions 40/50R8, on small cover to local street address, Very Fine and desirable use with the plate and imprint capture; with 2011 P.F. certificate.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Realized: $475

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Lot 12    

Philadelphia Pa. Mar, 1859, two strikes of octagonal datestamps tie 1¢ blue, type V (24) horizontal strip of four, on blue newspaper wrapper to local street address, manuscript "four newspapers" at left; few small faults affect right stamp only, otherwise Very Fine and exceedingly scarce multiple newspaper use, ex-Sevenoaks; with 2001 P.F. certificate.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

THIS IS THE LARGEST FRANKING OF THE 1¢ 1857 STAMP USED TO PAY THE NEWSPAPER RATE.

Illustrated and discussed in an article by Calvet M. Hahn in Stamp Collector.

Realized: $675

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