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Lot 33 - United States

Lot 33 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

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) United States Carriers and Locals

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United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps
Lot 22 - United States

Lot 22 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

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 redUnited States Carriers and Locals

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United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps
Lot 23 - United States

Lot 23 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

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)United States Carriers and Locals

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United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps
Lot 24 - United States

Lot 24 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

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)

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United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps
Lot 25 - United States

Lot 25 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

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)

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United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps
Lot 26 - United States

Lot 26 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

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)United States Carriers and Locals

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Lot 3567 - United States

Lot 3567 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc United States, British Commonwealth, and Foreign Stamps, Covers, and Collections

6LB5b. U.S. City Despatch Post, New York N.Y., 1842-45 3c Black on blue, ample to large margins, light strike of red octagonal "US" cancel, Very Fine; 1994 PSE certificate (Scott $300)Sale 3043: United States Stamps and Covers - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 10 a.m. Eastern

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United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps
Lot 3566 - United States

Lot 3566 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc United States, British Commonwealth, and Foreign Stamps, Covers, and Collections

6LB3, United States City Despatch Post, New York City, 3c Black on Light blue, large and even margins, with crisp strike of orange-red "U.S." in octagonal frame, tied by matching "U.S. City Despatch Post Sep. 5, 1 O'Clock" double-line cds, on small folded letter to local address, ms. "Paid 3 cts," Extremely Fine, very early use of the first stamp issued under U.S. government authority, the color of the ink identifies this as an 1842 usage, 2000 Philatelic Foundation certificate, ex-Middendorf, Golden (Scott $2,500)Sale 3043: United States Stamps and Covers - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 10 a.m. Eastern

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United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps
Lot 2401 - United States

Lot 2401 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc Sale 3036: United States, British Commonwealth, and Foreign Stamps, Covers and Collections Session 1: United States

7LB11, Philadelphia, Pa, 1850-52 1c Gold on black glazed, cancelled but not tied on a locally addressed envelope (Meredith correspondence) by red star cancel, with original enclosure dated "Oct 30 1851", stamp ample to full margins, a portion of an auction lot description affixed on the back side, Very Fine; late use of the carrier issue and early use of Philadelphia star; signed BartelsSale 3036: General Sale Session 1 - United States Stamps and Covers

H. R. Harmer Inc Sale 3036: United States, British Commonwealth, and Foreign Stamps, Covers and Collections Session 1: United States

United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps
Lot 2402 - United States

Lot 2402 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc Sale 3036: United States, British Commonwealth, and Foreign Stamps, Covers and Collections Session 1: United States

U.S.P.O. Despatch/ Pre-Paid/ One Cent. blurry double-oval handstamp in red on a locally addressed envelope, strong red "PAID" and an ms "3c", bit worn on the edges, bottom backflap portion missing, Fine use; Ex-Meyersburg, GoldenSale 3036: General Sale Session 1 - United States Stamps and Covers

H. R. Harmer Inc Sale 3036: United States, British Commonwealth, and Foreign Stamps, Covers and Collections Session 1: United States

United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History Carriers Stamps