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Lot 40 - United States

Lot 40 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

112L1, One Cent Despatch, Washington, DC, 1c Violet, large-margined single used alongside United States 1855 10c Green (15), both stamps tied by May 4, 1856 Washington, DC cds, local also tied by "City Despatch May 3 4½ P.M. 1856 handstamp with second clearer strike alongside, on cover addressed to Los Angeles, California, docketing at left confirms May 3 sending and June 18 receipt, torn backflap and 10c with small tear at top, otherwise Very Fine and attractive, a wonderful combination and a particularly unusual destination, pictured in Simpson's Postal Markings 1851-61 page 383 (Scott $5,500)rnProvenance: J. David Baker (R.A. Siegel Sale 526, 1978)United States Carriers and Locals

H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps
Price: $ 1,000.00
Lot 35 - United States

Lot 35 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

71L3, Glen Haven Daily Mail, Glen Haven, NY, 1854-58 1c Black on green, Type III, large margins, links at top left shifted to left, uncancelled on cover to Skaneateles, New York with 1857 3c Dull red (26) tied by bold "Homer N.Y. Feb 5" cds, Extremely Fine and fresh (Scott $500 for used with #11)United States Carriers and Locals

H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps
Price: $ 150.00
Lot 29 - United States

Lot 29 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

15L11, D.O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1848 (2c) Black on pale green, single cut square with margins large to clear, tied by circular Blood's handstamp (Morris Type 14) to orange cover to "Miss Sophia Greene, No 3 South Penn Square," small label on backflap, of the 43 covers bearing this stamp included in the Morris census (Penny Post Vol. 23 No. 3) only two have the stamp tied by a Blood's handstamp (the vast majority have grid cancels), Very Fine and attractive (Scott $2,000)rnProvenance: David L. Jarrett (Christie's New York, 1990)United States Carriers and Locals

H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps
Price: $ 500.00
Lot 41 - United States

Lot 41 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

117L4, Pomeroy’s Letter Express, 1844 5c Black, stamp with full balanced margins, manuscript "X" and pen-stroke in different inks, on folded letter datelined New York June 8, 1844, addressed to Baltimore, red "New-York Jun 9" cds at lower left, lettersheet with horizontal crease away from stamp, stamp with minuscule bit of stray in at top, still Very Fine and attractive use (Scott $1,500)United States Carriers and Locals

H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps
Price: $ 200.00
Lot 36 - United States

Lot 36 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

87L48, Hussey’s Post, New York, NY, 1872 Yellow, large margins all around, tied by "Hussey's Post 54 Pine St. Paid" circular handstamp, addressed to Lafayette Place, opened at top and very slight reduction at right, Very Fine, exceedingly difficult to find genuinely used on cover ($65 used, not priced on cover)United States Carriers and Locals

H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps
Price: $ 50.00
Lot 30 - United States

Lot 30 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

18L1, Bouton's City Dispatch, New York, NY, 1848 2c Black, stamp with margins large to clear, tied by faint two-line "Paid/Bouton" handstamp in red, more impressively tied by "New-York 5 cts 30 Nov" integral cds to partial folded lettersheet to Baltimore, fairly significant creases and some ink erosion (the latter mostly on the back panels), hinges reinforcing portions of the sheet, still Fine appearance and particularly desirable with the first issue Bouton's "Rough and Ready" stamp with leaves in the corners tied by the New York datestamp (Scott $10,000 for used on full cover)United States Carriers and Locals

H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps
Price: $ 500.00
Lot 42 - United States

Lot 42 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

117L4, Pomeroy’s Letter Express, 1844 5c Black, horizontal strip of four, margins huge to close (sheet margin at right), cancelled by four strikes of red "Cd." handstamp, on lettersheet addressed to "Messrs Prime, Ward & King, New York," datelined July 31, 1844, lettersheet with horizontal crease well away from stamps, Very Fine, a remarkable cover bearing the largest known multiple of any Pomeroy's stamp, truly one of the great local covers in our opinion (Scott $5,000 is outdated)rnThe sender of this letter, O.V. Brainard, was the president of the Jefferson County Bank and lived in Watertown, New York, a city on the Black River near its mouth at Lake Ontario.rnProvenance: John F. Seybold (Purple handstamp inside)United States Carriers and Locals

H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps
Price: $ 5,000.00
Lot 37 - United States

Lot 37 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

89L2, Jenkins’ Camden Dispatch, Camden, NJ, 1853 Black on yellow, single with four large margins, blue pen cancel as usual, on 1856 cover to Havana, Cuba although the stamp did not originate and is being offered here as a used single, Very Fine stamp, amongst the rarest of all United States locals with only six examples of the Jenkins' typographed stamp on yellow recorded (two covers, two off-cover used stamps, a mint stamp, and the item offered here), rarely offered at auction (Scott $3,000 for used)United States Carriers and Locals

H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps
Price: $ 500.00
Lot 31 - United States

Lot 31 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

20L23, Boyd’s City Express, New York, NY, 1866 2c Black on red, huge margins all around (small fault at top from placement), without any of the oxidation usually seen, tied by "Boyd's Dispatch 41 Fulton St." double circle datestamp with "Paid" in circle, on locally-addressed cover, printed return address at bottom, light edge wear, still Extremely Fine and attractive (Scott $250)United States Carriers and Locals

H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps
Price: $ 75.00
Lot 43 - United States

Lot 43 - United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

128L1, Robison & Co., Brooklyn, NY, 1855-56 1c Black on blue, four margins, ranging from huge to ample at left, tied by crisp strike of blue "Paid" to neat envelope addressed to Brooklyn, with matching blue oval "Robison & Co. Letter Express" company handstamp at right, Extremely Fine, very little to say outside of the fact that this is, in our opinion, one of the most attractive and spectacular of all local covers in existence, unique on cover, an absolute gem and world-class rarity (Scott $7,000, an outdated figure with no bearing on the cover's current value)rnThe early history of the Robison & Co. adhesive is murky to say the least. Perhaps the best overview of the stamp's appearance (and disappearance) in early stamp catalogues can be found in Donald Scott Patton's book on New York State locals (page 290). Mount Brown's 1864 catalogue (5th Edition) lists both an envelope and an adhesive, the latter described as red on green and brown on blue (reflecting the early forgeries of S.A. Taylor and others). Both the 1865 Bellars & Davie catalogue and the 1866 Dr. Grays catalogue list varieties of the Robison stamp as well. The post's legitimacy was questioned during the late 19th century, with the stamp being omitted from the Scott Catalogue beginning in 1886, and appearing on a list dubious local posts from 1894. Forgeries of the stamp were so prolific that one was even illustrated in the Scott Catalogue until 1943, when it was finally replaced by an authentic example. rnThis unique cover was discovered in 1895 by F. E. Kneeland, Jr., then age 17, while searching through an elderly relative's papers. The cover then passed into the hands of Ferrary and Caspary, and has remained off the market ever since. (Curiously, in the Ferrary sale, the cover is described as a fantasy.) In addition to this cover seven off-cover examples are recorded, most (if not all) of which have the characteristic watery blue "Paid" cancel seen here. After serving as a highlight of the Caspary collection (where it was described as "glorious") and the Boker collection, we are thrilled that the famous and stunning Robison & Co. cover is making its return to the market after 64 years.rnProvenance: Count Philipp von Ferrary (Gilbert Sale 7, 1924)rnAlfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 1072, 1957)rnJohn R. Boker, Jr. (Private Transaction)United States Carriers and Locals

H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps
Price: $ 5,000.00