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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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Lot 28 - United States

Lot 28 - 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

15L8, D.O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1846-47 (2c) Black, single cut octagonally with margins slightly in, tied by blue Philadelphia 5c and 10c cds (Clarke 71a, 79a) to folded letter to Wilmington, Delaware, datelined February 19, 1847, red Wilmington cds on reverse, cover with some sealed tears and back panel faulty, still Very Fine and scarce, for more information on this issue we encourage you to read Vernon Morris's article in the Penny Post (Vol. 22, No. 4), which includes a complete census (Scott $950)rnProvenance: Henry C. Gibson (Private Transaction)United States Carriers and Locals

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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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Lot 39 - United States

Lot 39 - 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

96L3a, (Wells) Letter Express, 10c Black on pink, Bisect used as 5c, bottom half tied by manuscript "X" to folded letter to Detroit, Michigan, red straightline "Paid," letter datelined New York August 7, 1844, vertical file crease well away from stamp, a Very Fine and attractive use (Scott $2,000)rnProvenance: Edward S. Knapp (Parke-Bernet Galleries Part One, 1941)United States Carriers and Locals

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Lot 34 - United States

Lot 34 - 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

37L1, Cheever & Towle, Boston, MA, 1848 2c Blue, stamp cut square with margins full to just in at bottom, typical small manuscript "X" cancellation at lower left, on tiny locally-addressed cover, Very Fine and attractive, Stimmell recorded only 21 covers many of which have stamps cut to shape, illustrated in a 1991 Penny Post article by Gordon Stimmell (Vol. 1, No. 3), with Knapp's lot label attached inside, signed "Original" by George B. Sloane (Scott $1,500)United States Carriers and Locals

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History local stamps