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FILTER: Area=United States, Sub Area=U.S. Stamps, General=19th Century Issues, Issue/Country=U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals, All Sale Dates thru 2023/01/01, Catalogue = 11X7, Symbol IN ("USED")
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2018-04-11
The David Wingate Collection of United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 16, 1845 Postmasters' Provisionals (Scott 5X1-11X8)St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7), St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7)St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7). Type III, Position 5 with retouched ball in "5", large margins to just in at bottom left, tiny nicks in margins only, cancelled solely by red St. Louis Feb. 18 circular datestamp, accompanied by piece on which this stamp belongs

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS "BEARS" PROVISIONAL ON PELURE PAPER. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE CANCELLED SOLELY BY THE RED CIRCULAR DATESTAMP, AND ACCOMPANIED BY THE ORIGINAL PIECE OF COVER.

Pelure paper was used for the last printing after the 20c denomination on Positions 1 and 3 was burnished out and the 5c values were re-engraved. At the time of this modification to the plate, Position 5 was slightly altered by adding a dot within the bottom ball of the figure "5", as visible on this example. Pelure stamps are almost always faulty and often seriously defective.

A survey of our Levi records and auction catalogues produced a tally of approximately 35 examples of the 5c Pelure off and on cover. The vast majority have faults or margins cutting into the design. Most are pen cancelled.

Ex Storrow, Colonel Green (as a full cover) and Faiman. With 1978 P.F. certificate

Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 16, 1845 Postmasters' Provisionals (Scott 5X1-11X8)St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7), St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7)
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11,000
9,000
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2017-03-01
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 509, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7). Type II retouched, Position 3, full margins to barely touched, cancelled by neat penstrokes, faint vertical crease at center

FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS PROVISIONAL ON PELURE PAPER.

A survey of our Levi records and auction catalogues produced a tally of approximately 35 examples of the 5c Pelure off and on cover. The vast majority of these stamps have faults or margins cutting into the design.

Ex T. Cullen Davis ("Texas Collector", Siegel Sale 278). From our 1975 Rarities sale where offered as part of a complete plate reconstruction. Blue backstamp shows thru at bottom. With 2012 P.F. certificate

11,000
4,750
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2016-05-31
2016 Rarities of the World
 
Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 314, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7). Type II retouched, Position 3, full margins to barely touched, cancelled by neat penstrokes, faint vertical crease at center

FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS PROVISIONAL ON PELURE PAPER.

A survey of our Levi records and auction catalogues produced a tally of approximately 35 examples of the 5c Pelure off and on cover. The vast majority of these stamps has faults or margins cutting into the design.

Ex T. Cullen Davis ("Texas Collector", Siegel Sale 278). From our 1975 Rarities sale where offered as part of a complete plate reconstruction. Blue backstamp shows thru at bottom. With 2012 P.F. certificate

11,000
0
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2013-12-17
The Golden Oak Collection of Superb United States
 
Sale Number 1062, Lot Number 24, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7), St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7)St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7). Type III, Position 5 with retouched ball in "5", full margins to barely touched at lower left, detailed impression, cancelled by single unobtrusive manuscript line which leaves entire design clearly visible, tiny scissors-cut at bottom right just into frameline

VERY FINE. EXCEPTIONALLY CHOICE CONDITION FOR THIS RARE ST. LOUIS "BEARS" PROVISIONAL ON PELURE PAPER, EXAMPLES OF WHICH ARE SELDOM ENCOUNTERED IN SOUND CONDITION AND WITH A LIGHT CANCELLATION.

A survey of our Levi records and auction catalogues produced a tally of approximately 35 examples of the 5c Pelure off and on cover. The vast majority have faults or margins cutting into the design. This lightly-cancelled stamp with a tiny scissors-cut is one of the most attractive of all, and it is essentially sound.

Ex Caspary, Pope and Wagshal. With 1985 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $11,000.00, but footnote states: "Values of Nos. 11X7-11X8a, on and off cover, reflect the usual poor condition of these stamps, which were printed on fragile pelure paper. Attractive examples with minor defects sell for considerably more."

11,000
16,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2012-06-26
2012 Rarities of the World
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 53, Postmasters Provisionals: St. Louis Mo.St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7). Type II retouched, Position 3, full margins to barely touched, cancelled by neat penstrokes, faint vertical crease at center

FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS PROVISIONAL ON PELURE PAPER.

A survey of our Levi records and auction catalogues produced a tally of approximately 35 examples of the 5c Pelure off and on cover. The vast majority of these stamps has faults or margins cutting into the design.

Ex T. Cullen Davis ("Texas Collector", Siegel Sale 278). From our 1975 Rarities sale where offered with the five following lots as part of a complete plate reconstruction. Blue backstamp shows thru at bottom.

11,000
9,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2012-06-26
2012 Rarities of the World
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 54, Postmasters Provisionals: St. Louis Mo.St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7). Type I retouched, Position 1, margins to just in, cancelled by bold strike of red "PAID" handstamp, slightly dry print, light crease at lower right

FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS PROVISIONAL ON PELURE PAPER.

A survey of our Levi records and auction catalogues produced a tally of approximately 35 examples of the 5c Pelure off and on cover. The vast majority of these stamps has faults or margins cutting into the design.

Ex T. Cullen Davis ("Texas Collector", Siegel Sale 278). From our 1975 Rarities sale where offered with the five surrounding lots as part of a complete plate reconstruction.

11,000
3,750
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2012-06-26
2012 Rarities of the World
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 55, Postmasters Provisionals: St. Louis Mo.St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7). Type III, Position 5 with retouched ball in "5", large margins to just in, neat penstroke cancel, few faults including sealed tear at top center and repair at lower left

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS PROVISIONAL ON PELURE PAPER.

A survey of our Levi records and auction catalogues produced a tally of approximately 35 examples of the 5c Pelure off and on cover. The vast majority of these stamps has faults or margins cutting into the design.

Ex T. Cullen Davis ("Texas Collector", Siegel Sale 278). From our 1975 Rarities sale where offered with the five surrounding lots as part of a complete plate reconstruction.

11,000
2,400
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2010-09-29
The Wagshal Collection, Part 1: 1845-69 Issues
 
Sale Number 993, Lot Number 13, St. Louis Bears Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7). Type V (Position 3 re-engraved) at left and Type IV (Position 1 re-engraved) at right, each with ample margins almost all around, just barely in in places, tied by single penstroke and tied together by bright red "Paid" handstamp, matching strike with manuscript "10" rate and "St. Louis Mo. Apr. 8" (1847) circular datestamp on front (with one side panel) to J. & J. Stuart & Co. in New York City, vertical file fold through one stamp, but barely affecting it

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED COVERS OR FRONTS BEARING THE RARE ST. LOUIS 5-CENT "BEARS" PROVISIONAL ON PELURE PAPER, OF WHICH THREE HAVE MULTIPLE FRANKINGS. A SENSATIONAL UNITED STATES PROVISIONAL RARITY AND CERTAINLY ONE OF THE HIGHEST RANKING ST. LOUIS "BEARS" ITEMS EXTANT.

The second and final alteration to the St. Louis "Bears" plate restored the two "5" (cent) denominations to Positions 1 and 3, where the "20" (cent) numerals had been engraved during the first alteration of the plate. The "20" numerals had been engraved in an entirely different style, but the re-engraved "5" numerals closely match the numerals on the original plate. When this alteration was made, the engraver also strengthened the dot inside the ball at the bottom end of the "5" in Position 5, which gives us an easy way to differentiate between Position 5 stamps printed on Gray Lilac paper (without the large dot) and stamps from the same position printed on Bluish Pelure paper (with the dot). The 5c stamps from the re-engraved Positions 1 and 3 have noticeably different numerals and should really be called Types IV and V, rather than "Types I and II re-engraved" (we hope to cause a change in the Scott Catalogue with this description). The stamps on the cover offered here are Types IV and V.

The St. Louis "Bears" stamps on Pelure paper are the among the rarest stamps in the world. The census data reproduced in the Faiman collection sale catalogue (Matthew Bennett, Oct. 31, 2003) lists six covers (one of which is a front) for the 5c Pelure (Scott 11X7) and two covers and two fronts for the normal 10c (Scott 11X8), plus the unique 11X8a cover offered in lot 12. Two of the 5c covers have two stamps for the 10c rate (including this one), and one has four 5c Pelure stamps and a 10c Greenish, but the stamps are extensively repaired.

Ex Arthur Hind (Phillips-Kennett sale, Nov. 20-24, 1933, lot 82), Alfred H. Caspary (H. R. Harmer sale, Nov. 15, 1955, lot 147), T. Cullen Davis ("Texas Collector", Siegel Sale 278, Nov. 19, 1964, lot 59) and John D. Pope III (John A. Fox sale, Dec. 1, 1984, lot 58). With 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 15,000-20,000
26,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2010-09-29
The Wagshal Collection, Part 1: 1845-69 Issues
 
Sale Number 993, Lot Number 14, St. Louis Bears Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7). Type III retouched, Position 5, ample margins to clear at bottom and just touching frameline at lower left corner, almost uncancelled with a very small single line pen cancel at left, strong impression on fresh semi-translucent paper, small scissors-cut at bottom right corner noted on certificate (has since been reinforced with a tiny hinge sliver)

VERY FINE. EXCEPTIONALLY CHOICE CONDITION FOR THIS RARE ST. LOUIS "BEARS" PROVISIONAL ON PELURE PAPER, EXAMPLES OF WHICH ARE SELDOM ENCOUNTERED IN SOUND CONDITION AND WITH A LIGHT CANCELLATION.

A survey of our Levi records and auction catalogues produced a tally of approximately 35 examples of the 5c Pelure off and on cover. The vast majority of these stamps has faults or margins cutting into the design. This lightly-cancelled stamp with a tiny scissors-cut is one of the most attractive of all, and it is essentially sound.

Ex Caspary and Pope. With 1985 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $11,000.00, but footnote states: "Values of Nos. 11X7-11X8a, on and off cover, reflect the usual poor condition of these stamps, which were printed on fragile pelure paper. Attractive examples with minor defects sell for considerably more."

E. 10,000-15,000
10,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2010-09-29
The Wagshal Collection, Part 1: 1845-69 Issues
 
Sale Number 993, Lot Number 15, St. Louis Bears Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7). Type IV, Position 1 re-engraved, mostly ample margins, just barely touched along bottom frameline, neat manuscript "X" cancel, strong impression on semi-translucent paper, several pinpoint breaks in thin pelure paper mostly where ink has slightly eroded paper (not noted on certificate)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RELATIVELY SOUND AND QUITE HANDSOME EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ST. LOUIS "BEARS" 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ON PELURE PAPER.

A survey of our Levi records and auction catalogues produced a tally of approximately 35 examples of the 5c Pelure off and on cover. The vast majority of these stamps has faults or margins cutting into the design.

Ex Col. E. H. R. Green and Pope. Scott Retail $11,000.00, but footnote states: "Values of Nos. 11X7-11X8a, on and off cover, reflect the usual poor condition of these stamps, which were printed on fragile pelure paper. Attractive examples with minor defects sell for considerably more."

E. 5,000-7,500
5,000
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20 Selected Lots , Page 1 of 2


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