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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2019-10-29
The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 7, Postmasters' Provisionals, A fantastic combination of the New York postmaster's provisional and United States City Despatch Post carrier stamp--two forerunners to the 1847 United States General Issue

New York, N.Y., 5¢ Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d), Position 5, large margins, tiny scissors-cut at right, tied by brown manuscript cancel (bleed also ties through stamp) on folded letter datelined "Netherwood 20 Augt. 1845" to Sun Mutual Insurance Co. in New York City, sent by James Lenox, "New Hamburgh N.Y. Aug. 20" manuscript postmark with matching "5" due marking, red "PAID" arc applied in New York indicates acceptance of the stamp as payment, used with United States City Despatch Post, 3¢ Black on Blue Glazed Paper (6LB5), large margins, tied at lower right corner by slight ink smear from first letter of address, neat August 21 receipt docketing

Very Fine; small ink erosion at top right backed with document tape.

A remarkable cover bearing both the New York postmaster's provisional and a United States City Despatch Post stamp--from the well-known James Lenox correspondence.

The sender, James Lenox, inherited over a million dollars and 30 acres of land in Manhattan when his father died in 1839. He retired that same year, and focused on his passions: book collecting and philanthropy. He purchased a Gutenberg bible in 1847, which was the first to be brought to the United States. He was also a founder of Presbyterian Hospital. In 1870 his collection of rare manuscripts became the Lenox Library at the site of what is now the Frick Collection--the library was consolidated with the Astor Library and the Tilden Trust to become The New York Public Library.

In this usage, it appears that Lenox intended to have the government carrier deliver his letter from the main post office to the Wall Street address. From the time of their discovery until the early 1970s, there were two Lenox letters with this combination of postage: the August 20 letter in this sale and the September 2 letter with the carrier stamp affixed below the provisional. The Philatelic Foundation certified this August 20 cover as genuine, but declined to give an opinion of the September 2 cover. In a shocking example of vandalism precipitated by flawed certification, the carrier stamp was removed to obtain a favorable certificate, thereby destroying a significant postal history artifact. Only one other provisional/carrier combination is recorded: a front only, outbound to Europe with 9X1 and 6LB5.

Ex Henry and Raymond Lapham, Frederick R. Chaffee, Charles A. Shierson, Weill Brothers and Dr. Charles E. Test ("Concord" collection). USPCS census no. 20315. Illustrated in an article on the Dr. Kapiloff collection (The Penny Post, Vol. 3, No. 2 April 1993, p. 20). With 1974 P.F. certificate.

E. 15,000-20,000
24,000
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2019-06-26
2019 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2009, Postmasters' ProvisonalsNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d). Position 39, large margins to just clear at upper left, tied by unusually thick pen strokes, red "New-York 5cts. 18 Jul." (1845) integral-rate circular datestamp with matching "Paid" in arc handstamp on folded letter to Providence R.I.

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COVER AND VERY EARLY USE OF THE 5-CENT NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL WITH "RHM" SIGNATURE.

Shortly after the first day of issue, Postmaster Robert H. Morris decided to begin initialing the provisional stamps. July 17, 1845, is the earliest recorded date of use for a New York Postmaster Provisional with validating initials (see Piller book, p. 61). This cover is dated one day later. The "RHM" initialed stamp is extremely rare on cover. Because of the New Hamburgh find, it is as rare or even rarer used from New York City than used to New York City. Wall recorded only six "RHM" covers used from New York in his Chronicle series.

Ex Norvin Green. Illustrated in Chronicle No. 97 (p. 11). With 1977 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
3,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 724, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d). Position 37, large to ample margins, black pen cancel, detailed impression, neatly repaired at right, Very Fine appearance

3,650
425
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2018-10-03
United States Stamp Treasures: The William H. Gross Collection
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Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 2, New York, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisionals, The rare "RHM” initialed stamp is used here on one of the seven New York postmaster’s provisional covers from New Hamburgh in Dutchess County, all originating from James Lenox, whose collection of art, books and manuscripts became one of the cornerstones of The New York Public Library

DESCRIPTION

New York, N.Y., 5¢ Black on Bluish, “RHM” Initials (9X1d), Position 40 from the bottom right corner of the sheet, large margins to clear at lower right, bold magenta “RHM” initials reading from top to bottom, tied by blue manuscript cancel (applied on arrival in New York City) on folded letter datelined “Netherwood 12 Augst 1845”--Netherwood was the Lenox estate in Dutchess County, New York--addressed to Thomas L. Callender, Sun Mutual Insurance Company, Wall Street, New York City, manuscript “New Hamburgh Augst 12 NY” postmark and “5” rate, red “PAID” arc handstamp applied on arrival in New York City to indicate stamp accepted as prepayment, neatly docketed “Recd. 13 Agt”

PROVENANCE

* Charles A. Shierson, H. R. Harmer sale, 5/22/1961, lot 45

* Daniel F. Kelleher sale, 10/4/1974

* Louis Grunin (New York collection sold privately to Andrew Levitt)

* Daniel F. Kelleher, Sale 573, 9/30-10/1/1983, lot 153

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* USPCS census no. 20301

* https://www.uspcs.org/resource-center/censuses/postmasters-provisionals-cover-census/

* Stanley M. Piller, The New York Postmaster’s Provisional, fig. 90, p. 67

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine example of Scott No. 9X1d on a pristine folded letter

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E. 7,500-10,000
9,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2014-12-17
U.S., Possessions and Confederate States Stamps & Postal History
 
Sale Number 1090, Lot Number 1093, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew York N.Y., 5c Black, Unlisted Small "RHM" Initials (9X1d var), New York N.Y., 5c Black, Unlisted Small "RHM" Initials (9X1d var)New York N.Y., 5c Black, Unlisted Small "RHM" Initials (9X1d var). Small magenta initials reading almost horizontally, Position 2 with major double transfer, two horizontal blue pen strokes, defective and expertly repaired at right with small portion of design painted in, Fine appearance, the unique small lettering "RHM" example, with 1974 and 2011 P.F. certificates, Scott Retail as the normal top-to-bottom "RHM" signature

3,500
900
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2014-06-26
2014 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1017, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d). Position 36, initials top to bottom, large margins to just clear at top left, sheet margin at bottom, cancelled solely by two strikes of red "Paid" arc handstamp, without pen cancel, one "Paid" ties stamp at bottom and thru cover, third strike at top of cover, matching red "New-York 5 cts. 5 Mar." integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded cover to J. B. Congdon in New Bedford Mass., central file fold well clear of stamp

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL WITH "RHM" INITIALS ON COVER FROM NEW YORK -- ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE TIED BY THE RED "PAID" HANDSTAMP.

The "RHM" initialed stamp is extremely rare on cover. Because of the New Hamburgh find, it is as rare used from New York City as used to New York City. Philip T. Wall recorded only six "RHM" covers used from New York in his Chronicle series, though he was not aware of this cover. Two of the covers recorded by Wall are addressed to the same recipient as this cover. They are dated March 13 (ex Caspary and Weill) and March 19 (ex Col. Green and Weill).

Ex Lapham, Ackerman and Frelinghuysen. With 2013 P.F. certificate.

5,500
5,250
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2012-03-28
The Frelinghuysen Collection, Part One
 
Sale Number 1020, Lot Number 32, New York, New York - RHM Initials (Scott 9X1d, 9X3a)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d). Position 22, initials top to bottom, margins clear to just in at lower right, two neat blue pen strokes, fresh color and paper, Fine, an attractive example of this scarce New York Postmaster's Provisional, small "WHC" (Warren H. Colson) backstamp

3,500
1,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2012-03-28
The Frelinghuysen Collection, Part One
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Sale Number 1020, Lot Number 33, New York, New York - RHM Initials (Scott 9X1d, 9X3a)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d). Position 36, initials top to bottom, large margins to just clear at top left, sheet margin at bottom, cancelled solely by two strikes of red "Paid" arc handstamp, without pen cancel, one "Paid" ties stamp at bottom and thru cover, third strike at top of cover, matching red "New-York 5 cts. 5 Mar." integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded cover to J. B. Congdon in New Bedford Mass., central file fold well clear of stamp

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL WITH "RHM" INITIALS ON COVER FROM NEW YORK -- ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE TIED BY THE RED "PAID" HANDSTAMP.

The "RHM" initialed stamp is extremely rare on cover. Because of the New Hamburgh find, it is as rare used from New York City as used to New York City. Philip T. Wall recorded only six "RHM" covers used from New York in his Chronicle series, though he was not aware of this cover. Two of the covers recorded by Wall are addressed to the same recipient as this cover. They are dated March 13 (ex Caspary and Weill) and March 19 (ex Col. Green and Weill).

Ex Lapham and Ackerman.

5,500
4,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2012-03-28
The Frelinghuysen Collection, Part One
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Sale Number 1020, Lot Number 34, New York, New York - RHM Initials (Scott 9X1d, 9X3a)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d). Two singles, initials top to bottom, right stamp Position 33, large margins three sides, close at left which is not evident since the left stamp slightly overlaps, completely sound, left stamp Position 25, neatly pressed vertical filing crease ties stamp to cover, both cancelled by single pen stroke, red "New-York 10 cts. 25 Jul." (1845) integral-rate circular datestamp with two matching strikes of "Paid" arc handstamp on folded letter datelined July 24, 1845, from A. Edmonds & Co. to Pease & Riley Esq. in Constantine Mich.

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE UNIQUE COVER WITH TWO COPIES OF THE 5-CENT NEW YORK WITH "RHM" INITIALS. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF THE NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE AND NOT SEEN PUBLICLY SINCE 1936.

Shortly after the first day of issue, Postmaster Robert H. Morris decided to begin initialing the provisional stamps. July 17, 1845, is the earliest recorded date of use for a New York Postmaster's Provisional with validating initials (see Piller book, p. 61). The "RHM" initialed stamp is rare on cover, with fewer than 20 known, including the group from New Hamburgh. This is the only cover known bearing more than one stamp. There are no off-cover intact multiples known with the "RHM" signature, though there are two rejoined pairs, including one on Gray paper with "RHM" reading up.

In his outstanding series of Chronicle articles on the New York Postmaster's Provisional, Philip T. Wall discussed three ex Lapham rarities, wondering if they still existed. Unknown to him at the time, they were residing in the Frelinghuysen collection. One of the items discussed in Chronicle 111 (pp. 152-154) is the cover offered here. It was owned by Henry C. Gibson prior to 1922 and was discussed by Philip H. Ward in the March 11, 1923, issue of Mekeel's. Most of Gibson's world-class Postmasters' Provisionals collection was sold privately in February 1922, and this cover went to Henry G. Lapham. Lapham exhibited the cover at the 1926 New York International Exhibition and again at the Collector's Club of New York in April 1928. Frelinghuysen acquired the cover through Warren H. Colson with the other ex-Lapham New York Provisionals.

Ex Gibson and Lapham.

E. 10,000-15,000
7,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2010-12-08
The Beginning of Adhesive Postage in the United States
 
Sale Number 999, Lot Number 564, N.Y. Postmaster`s Provisionals - RHM InitialsNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d). Thick stroke initials, large margins to just clear at upper and top left, red "Paid" arc cancel, vertical and diagonal creases, Fine appearance, desirable with the "Paid" cancel, a very respectable example of this rare New York Postmaster's Provisional

3,800
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