Lot 20(Carrier Fee) Philadelphia, Pa, Aug 16, 1861, octagonal datestamp on 3¢ red (U27) star die buff entire to Fort Pickens Fla. bearing 1¢ blue, type II (20), both cancelled by "OLD STAMPS / NOT RECOGNIZED" two-line handstamp, matching "Due 3" straightline; restored at right affecting indicia and the "P" of "Stamps", Very Fine appearance; with 2000 P.F. certificate.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF THE PHILADELPHIA "OLD STAMPS / NOT RECOGNIZED" HANDSTAMP.
Prepaid postage to the South was not accepted after the 1861 exchange period. In Philadelphia, the exchange period for postal stationery was August 8-14, 1861. After this period, prior postal stationery issues would no longer be accepted for postage. Demonetization did not apply to the 1¢ carrier fee as shown by the usage here.
Lot 21(Carrier Fee) Philadelphia, Pa, Sep 9, 1861, cds with matching grid cancels tying 1¢ blue, type I (18) and 3¢ rose (65) on "The Union & Constitution" Flag red and blue patriotic design cover to Howard Pa., Extremely Fine and choice; with 2011 P.F. certificate.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A RARE DEMONETIZED USAGE OF THE 1¢ 1857 ISSUE TO PREPAY THE CARRIER FEE.
If old stamps were used to prepay the 1¢ carrier fee, demonetization did not apply as shown by the usage here.
Lot 22U.S.P.O. Dispatch Phila., Dec 3, 8 AM, bold strike of octagon datestamp ties 1¢ blue (24) interesting plate flaw at bottom, intense shade, second bold strike adjacent on cover to local Philadelphia street address, docketing on back dated 1861, which indicates late acceptance of 1¢ 1857 Issue by Philadelphia carrier department, Extremely Fine and unusual demonetized carrier use, ex-Golden; with 2000 P.F. certificate.
Estimate $300 - 400.