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Census of Alexandria Va., 5c Black on Buff, Postmaster's Provisional (Scott 1X1-1X2)
7 Census Records

1X1-COVF-UNC-01

1X1-COVF-UNC-01

Notes:
  • The “Tiffany” Copy (Bartels #1)
  • Stamp uncancelled, lifted and repositioned
  • Front address panel only, addressed to Bartholomew Cranston, Columbia, Pa.
  • “Alexandria D.C. Jul. 10” (1846) cds, “Paid” and boxed “5” rate hs in black
Provenance:
  • 1872 Discovered by J. K. Tiffany in family papers, announced in Le Timbre Post Feb. 1873
  • 1910? To Dudley L. Pickman (from Tiffany estate) through F. P. Brown
  • 1913 Exhibited by Pickman at International Philatelic Exhibition in NYC
  • 1923 J. M. Bartels articles states that Pickman still owned the Alexandria
  • 19(?) To Warren H. Colson; Colson died in 1963, then to Raymond H. Weill Co.
  • 1976 To an anonymous collector from Weill
  • 19(7?) To Emory Coolidge from Weill
  • 198(?) To collector E.G. from Weill
  • 1989 To Weill from E.G.
  • 1989 Oct. 12 Weill sale, Christie’s RL, lot 603, $77,000, to collector M
  • 1991 Sep. 25 Important U.S. Stamps & Covers sale, Christie’s RL, lot 60, $49,500
Certificates:
  • PFC 216457 "It Is A Genuine Usage With THE STAMP BEING THE LUFF TYPE I, SHOWING 40 STARS"
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1X1-COV-UNC-02

1X1-COV-UNC-02

Notes:
  • The “Leadbeater” Copy (Bartels #6)
  • Stamp uncancelled, affixed with wafer
  • Letter dated Aug. 25, 1846, addressed to Edward S. Leadbeater, c/o Nathan Parkins, Parkin’s Mills, Winchester Va.
  • “Alexandria D.C. Aug. 25” (1846) cds, “Paid” and boxed “5” rate hs in red
Provenance:
  • 1926 (Apr.) Discovered by son of Edward S. Leadbeater in old correspondence, then to Perry W. Fuller for approximately $7,000
  • 192(?) To Henry G. Lapham (?)
  • 194(?) To N. Klep van Velthoven (Consul Klep), probably through Colson
  • 1956 Mar. 27 Consul Klep sale, W. Balasse, lot 86, sold for $5,250 to Harry Keffer
  • 1960 (July) Displayed by Raymond H. Weill Co. at London International exhibition
  • 196(?) To T. Cullen Davis from Weill
  • 1964 Nov. 19 Davis sale, Siegel Sale 278, lot 1, $9,000, to Bernard D. Peyton (Isleham)
  • 1986 May 25 Isleham sale, Siegel Sale 662, lot 1012, $70,000, to Stanley J. Richmond
  • 1988 Jan. 20 Kelleher sale, lot 46, $99,000, to Stanley Piller for Dr. Leonard Kapiloff
  • 1992 Oct. 3, Siegel 1992 Rarities, Sale 745, lot 279, unsold (private sale after auction)
  • 2000 May 13, Siegel 2000 Rarities, Sale 824, lot 3, $130,000, to anonymous buyer
Certificates:
  • PFC 286118 "It Is A Genuine Usage"
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1X1-CAN-03

1X1-CAN-03

Notes:
  • The “Lambert” Copy (Bartels #3)
  • Stamp cancelled by ms. “No. 45” and rim of red cds
  • “Minor natural paper fold at left” (RAS)
Provenance:
  • 1894 Discovered by W. F. Lambert, a partner of J. M. Bartels
  • 1894 To Thomas J. Shryock from Lambert/Bartels for $800
  • 1908 To George H. Worthington from Shryock thru Percival Parrish for approx. $2,200
  • 1915 To Alfred H. Caspary from Worthington, private sale thru Warren H. Colson
  • 1955 Nov. 15 Caspary sale, H. R. Harmer sale, lot 1, $3,900, to R. H. Weill for B. D. Phillips
  • 1961 (Jan. 17) to Josiah K. Lilly Jr. from B. D. Phillips, private sale thru Weill for $6,000
  • 1967 Feb. 2 Lilly sale, Siegel Sale 312, lot 1, $6,000, to Weill for B. D. Phillips (repurchased)
  • 1968 To Weill from Phillips
  • 1971 Mar. 23, Siegel 1971 Rarities, lot 7, $10,000 to Irwin R. Weinberg
  • 197(?) To anonymous collector from Weinberg
  • 2012 June 26, Siegel 2012 Rarities sale, lot 8
Certificates:
  • Never certified
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1X1a-COV(UNC)-01

1X1a-COV(UNC)-01

1X1a-COV(UNC)-01

1X1a-COV(UNC)-01
Digitally enhanced image of September 9th Patton-Causten letter with Alexandria stamp dropped into position and postal markings colored red

Notes:
  • The “Ferrary” Copy (Bartels #2)
  • Uncancelled
  • Signed “L. W. Durbin/July 1879”
  • Basis of Scott unused value
Provenance:
  • 1879 (Jul.) Discovered by Theodore J. Pickett on Sep. 9, 1846 letter from Patton to Causten and reported in Philatelic Monthly Jul. 1879; removed from letter
  • 1879 To L. W. Durbin (who signed the back)
  • c1879 To Philippe la Rénotière von Ferrary
  • 1922 Apr. 7 Ferrary sale, Gilbert Sale 3, lot 536, $6,430, to Warren H. Colson for Henry G. Lapham
  • 1928 Apr. 4 Collectors Club of New York, exhibited by Henry G. Lapham
  • 1936 TIPEX, exhibited by Raymond W. Lapham (Grand Award)
  • 1939 Henry G. Lapham dies, collection sold over years thru Colson
  • 194(?) To Peter H. B. Frelinghuysen Jr.
  • 1960 Original Sep. 9 letter with stamp missing reported by George B. Tebbs (S.P.A. Journal, May 1964)
  • 2006 Sep. 9 letter sold at auction, current whereabouts unknown
Certificates:
  • PFC 501325 "It is Genuine, Unused, No Gum"
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1X1a-COV(UNC)-02

1X1a-COV(UNC)-02

Notes:
  • The “Harrison” Copy (Bartels #4)
  • Stamp uncancelled
  • 1846 letter addressed to Burr W. Harrison, Leesburg Va.
  • “Alexandria D.C. Sep. 10” (1846) cds, “Paid” and boxed “5” rate hs in red
Provenance:
  • 1908 Discovered by addressee’s son and offered to dealers for a reported $3,500
  • c1908 To George H. Worthington for $2,500
  • 1915 To Henry C. Gibson from Worthington, private sale thru Warren H. Colson
  • 1922 (Feb.) To Arthur Hind thru Colson
  • 1933 Nov. 20 Hind sale, Phillips-Kennett, lot 16, $4,000, to Colson for Alfred H. Caspary
  • 1955 Nov. 15 Caspary sale, H. R. Harmer sale, lot 3, $9,250, to Ezra Cole (possibly for Josiah K. Lilly Jr.)
  • 1967 Feb. 2 Lilly sale, Siegel Sale 312, lot 2, $11,500, to Weill for B. D. Phillips
  • 1968 To Weill from Phillips
  • c1969 To John R. Boker Jr. from Weill
  • 1975? To Rolf-Dieter Jaretzky of Germany from Boker
Certificates:
  • Never certified
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1X1a-COV-03

1X1a-COV-03

Notes:
  • Not in Bartels census
  • Stamp die cut and cancelled by ms. “No. 70”, crease thru stamp
  • Tied by cds on folded cover with address erased, “Alexandria D.C. May 9” (c1846) cds, “Paid” and boxed “5” rate hs in red
Provenance:
  • c1933 Discovered and sold to John A. Klemann, Nassau Stamp Co.
  • c1933 To Alfred H. Caspary from Klemann
  • 1955 Nov. 15 Caspary sale, H. R. Harmer sale, lot 2, $7,400, to Raymond H. Weill Co. for B. D. Phillips
  • 1968 To Weill from Phillips
  • 1969 Mar. 25, Siegel 1969 Rarities, Sale 350, lot 1, $28,000 (to collector E.G.?)
  • 1989 To Weill from collector E.G.
  • 1989 Oct. 12 Weill sale, Christie’s RL, lot 602, $210,000, to John Salomon for anonymous collector
Certificates:
  • PFC 216456 "It Is A Genuine Usage With THE STAMP BEING A DIE CUT LUFF TYPE II SHOWING 39 STARS."
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1X2-COV-01

1X2-COV-01
The Unique Alexandria

Notes:
  • The “Blue Alexandria” (Bartels #5)
  • Stamp cancelled by black “Paid”, second strike and “Alexandria D.C. Nov. 25” (1847) cds on brown cover to Miss Jannett H. Brown, care of Mr. Washington Gretter, Richmond Va.
  • Envelope has some faults and mended tears
  • Letter dated Nov. 24, 1847, from James Wallace Hoof to his second cousin, Jannett, who married on Feb. 17, 1853 (see May Day Taylor, “The Alexandria Blue Boy: The Postmaster, the Letter, & the Legend,” The American Philatelist, May 2006)
Provenance:
  • 1907 (around Nov. 10) Discovered by Mrs. Jannett B. Fawcett, daughter of addressee and widow of Dr. Fawcett
  • 1907 Offered to J. M. Bartels by Mrs. Fawcett; before Bartels could reply she sent it to her cousin, a Philadelphia attorney named Mr. Brown
  • 1907 (shortly before Christmas) To George H. Worthington thru Bartels for $3,000
  • 1915 To Henry C. Gibson from Worthington, private sale thru Warren H. Colson
  • 1922 (Feb.) To Alfred H. Caspary thru Colson
  • 1955 Nov. 15 Caspary sale, H. R. Harmer sale, lot 4, $10,000, to Raymond H. Weill Co. for B. D. Phillips
  • 1961 (Jan. 17) to Josiah K. Lilly Jr. from B. D. Phillips, private sale thru Weill
  • 1967 Feb. 2 Lilly sale, Siegel Sale 312, lot 3, $18,500, to Weill for John R. Boker Jr.
  • 1971 Traded by Boker (along with Baltimore 10c on Bluish cover) for some important German States items [1]
  • 1973 Bought by a group of international dealers and then to David Feldman [1]
  • 1975 To an anonymous European collector from Feldman for SFr 350,000 [1]
  • 1981 (May 8) to a German collector for $1,000,000 [2]
  • [1] L. N. Williams, Encyclopaedia of Rare and Famous Stamps, 2. The Biographies, page 171
  • [2] As advertised by David Feldman
Certificates:
  • Never certified
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