Dupuy & Schenck

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Established by Henry Dupuy and Jacob H. Schenck. These two men were previous letter carriers for City Despatch Post and the U.S. City Despatch Post. The stamp was one cent and the company operated from 1846 to 1848.

The stamp probably finds its theme in popular Victorian Skep Beehives

Only 2 stamps were issued

Scott 60 L1 & 60L2 on Grey paper
The key features of the original are;
1. There is a thick inner frame and a thin outer frame line.
2. The ampersand is unique with a thin pointed upper arm and the lower arm being thick and pointed down.

3. There are five distinct flowers to the right of the beehive and four to the left. These and the leaves are not well defined.
4. The “NNY” are joined at the top
5. The right branch of the “Y” in “DUPUY” is at a greater angle than the left one.
6. The dot on the bottom has a central point and the outer line is thick on the right but broken on the left.
7. The top diagonal line of the “K” is much thinner than the bottom one.
8. The diagrams inside the bottom letters are made up of triangular dashes with a dot between them.
9. Only the right side of the hive support has vertical lines.
10. The originals are engraved, forgeries are Typographed.

The popular thought that forgeries do not have a thin outer frame does not apply to all the forgeries.
There are at least 9 different forgeries from some recognized forgers such as Scott (catalog Scott), Taylor, Moens, Woods, Hussey, Stirling and some unknowns.

Moens Forgery
1. The ampersand is very different from the original.
2. Although there is a thin outer frame, it is too far from the thick frame.
3. The elements inside the bottom letters are all dots
4. Both diagonal legs of the “K” are basically the same width.
5. The leaves and flowers are very well defined.
6. Very large rectangular hive opening.

Woods made for Hussey Forgery
1. The top of the “S” in “SCHENCK” is larger at the top than the bottom.
2. The ampersand ends form a C.
3. The base of the hive has vertical lines the whole length
4. The dots in the letters are scattered.

An almost exact copy of the Woods. Details are sharper.
Minor differences in bottom letters and vertical lines in support

Taylor Forgeries
1. The upper arm of the ampersand is very short.
2. The left opening of the hive is roundish and very large.
3. The base is divided by the opening.
4. The supports have 2 horizontal lines both sides
5. The “K” has a short bottom diagonal. The “S” leans to the right.
The right one has a dot in the ampersand, a sign of a later printing.
NOTE – there are about 35 varieties of this forgery in various papers and colors.\Taylor tended to use whatever paper was at hand.

Scott Forgery
1. A very small square hive opening
2. The “K” is unique in all the forgeries in its stylized appearance.
3. The ampersand has very long arms and it is lob sided.
4. The elements inside the letters are scattered dots.
It appears this may be the only variety, black on grey paper

Probably a Woods but the rose/pink color is not mentioned.

There is another forgery that is Gold on Cream wove paper. It is a copy of the Moens but lacking clarity.

Probably a modern color forgery