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
  • 1913 Exhibited by Pickman at International Philatelic Exhibition in NYC
  • 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
  • 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
Provenance:
  • J. K. Tiffany Collection
  • Warren H. Colson Collection
  • Emory Coolidge Collection, Private Treaty from Raymond Weill, 19(7?)
  • E.G. Collection, Private Treaty from Raymond Weill, 198?
  • 1989 To Weill from E.G.
  • 1910, Dudley L. Pickman Collection, Private Treaty through F. P. Brown? from Tiffany estate
  • 1976, Anonymous Collection, Private Treaty from Raymond Weill
  • 10/12/1989, Weill Brothers auction, Christie’s Robson Lowe NY, $77,000, to collector M, Lot 603
  • 9/25/1991, Important U.S. Stamps & Covers auction, Christie’s Robson Lowe, Lot 60, Realized $49,500
Certificates:
  • PF 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, Realized $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, sold for $5,250 to Harry Keffer, Lot 86
  • 1960 (July) Displayed by Raymond H. Weill Co. at London International exhibition
  • 196(?) To T. Cullen Davis from Weill
  • 11/19/1964, Siegel Auction Galleries, U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals Sold by Order of a Texas Collector, Sale 278, Lot 1, Realized $9,000, 1964 Nov. 19 Davis sale, $9,000, to Bernard D. Peyton (Isleham)
  • 5/25/1986, Siegel Auction Galleries, The Isleham Collection of United States Stamps, Sale 662, Lot 1012, Realized $70,000, 1986 May 25 Isleham sale, $70,000, to Stanley J. Richmond
  • 1988 Jan. 20 Kelleher sale, $99,000, to Stanley Piller for Dr. Leonard Kapiloff, Lot 46
  • 10/3/1992, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1992 Rarities of the World, Sale 745, Lot 279, 1992 Oct. 3, , unsold (private sale after auction)
  • 5/13/2000, Siegel Auction Galleries, 2000 Rarities of the World, Sale 824, Lot 3, Realized $130,000, 2000 May 13, , $130,000, to anonymous buyer
Certificates:
  • PF 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)
  • Never certified
Provenance:
  • 1894 Discovered by W. F. Lambert, a partner of J. M. Bartels
  • 1894 To Thomas J. Shryock from Lambert/Bartels for, Realized $800
  • 1908 To George H. Worthington from Shryock thru Percival Parrish for approx., Realized $2,200
  • 1915 To Alfred H. Caspary from Worthington, private sale thru Warren H. Colson
  • 1955 Nov. 15 Caspary sale, H. R. Harmer sale, $3,900, to R. H. Weill for B. D. Phillips, Lot 1
  • 1961 (Jan. 17) to Josiah K. Lilly Jr. from B. D. Phillips, private sale thru Weill for, Realized $6,000
  • 2/2/1967, Siegel Auction Galleries, The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Part 1: United States Postmasters Provisionals, 19th Century Postage and Official Issues, Sale 312, Lot 1, Realized $6,000, 1967 Feb. 2 Lilly sale, $6,000, to Weill for B. D. Phillips (repurchased)
  • 1968 To Weill from Phillips
  • 197(?) To anonymous collector from Weinberg
  • 3/23/1971, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1971 Rarities of the World, Sale 391, Lot 7, Realized $10,000, 1971 Mar. 23, , $10,000 to Irwin R. Weinberg
  • 6/26/2012, Siegel Auction Galleries, 2012 Rarities of the World, Sale 1025, Lot 8, Realized $290,000, 2012 June 26, sale
Certificates:
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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 To L. W. Durbin (who signed the back)
    • c1879 To Philippe la Rénotière von Ferrary
    • 1922 Apr. 7 Ferrary sale, Gilbert Sale 3, $6,430, to Warren H. Colson for Henry G. Lapham, Lot 536
    • 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
    • 1846, 1879 (Jul.) Discovered by Theodore J. Pickett on Sep. 9 letter from Patton to Causten and reported in Philatelic Monthly Jul. 1879; removed from letter
    Certificates:
    • PF 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
    • Never certified
    Provenance:
    • 1908 Discovered by addressee’s son and offered to dealers for a reported, Realized $3,500
    • c1908 To George H. Worthington for, Realized $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, $4,000, to Colson for Alfred H. Caspary, Lot 16
    • 1955 Nov. 15 Caspary sale, H. R. Harmer sale, $9,250, to Ezra Cole (possibly for Josiah K. Lilly Jr.), Lot 3
    • 2/2/1967, Siegel Auction Galleries, The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Part 1: United States Postmasters Provisionals, 19th Century Postage and Official Issues, Sale 312, Lot 2, Realized $11,500, 1967 Feb. 2 Lilly sale, $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:
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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, $7,400, to Raymond H. Weill Co. for B. D. Phillips, Lot 2
      • 1968 To Weill from Phillips
      • 1989 To Weill from collector E.G.
      • 1989 Oct. 12 Weill sale, Christie’s RL, $210,000, to John Salomon for anonymous collector, Lot 602
      • 3/25/1969, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1969 Rarities of the World, Sale 350, Lot 1, Realized $28,000, 1969 Mar. 25, , $28,000 (to collector E.G.?)
      Certificates:
      • PF 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)
      • Never certified
      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, Realized $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, $10,000, to Raymond H. Weill Co. for B. D. Phillips, Lot 4
      • 1961 (Jan. 17) to Josiah K. Lilly Jr. from B. D. Phillips, private sale thru Weill
      • 2/2/1967, Siegel Auction Galleries, The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Part 1: United States Postmasters Provisionals, 19th Century Postage and Official Issues, Sale 312, Lot 3, Realized $18,500, 1967 Feb. 2 Lilly sale, $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 CHF350,000 [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: