United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History - Stamp Auctions

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

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