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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1851-56 Issue
2019-12-17
United States Postal History and Confederate States
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2263, 1851-56 Issue12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a), 12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Bottom right diagonal half, tied by "San Francisco Cal. 10 Sep." circular datestamp on brown cover to East Hartford Conn., Oct. 16, 1852 receipt docketing at top, fresh and Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
550
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1851-56 Issue
2019-12-17
United States Postal History and Confederate States
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2264, 1851-56 Issue12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a), 12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Bottom left diagonal half, tied by "New York & Philadelphia R.R. Feb. 25" (1852) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Philadelphia, docketing indicates New York origination, vertical file fold affects bisect, otherwise Very Fine, a rare intra-east coast bisect use and one of only three known to us with this railroad route agent's datestamp

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1851-56 Issue
2019-10-29
The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 336, Western Mails, including the Pony Express, 12¢ 1851 bisect with "Via Nicaragua Ahead of the Mails" marking--a rare and beautiful cover

12¢ Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6¢ (17a), Bottom left diagonal half, margins to just in at top left where slightly irregular, intense shade, tied across the cut by "New-York Ship 7cts Sep. 25" (1853) circular datestamp with integral due rate on buff cover to a cadet at West Point in New York, bold strike of red "VIA NICARAGUA/AHEAD OF THE MAILS" in truncated frame handstamp, pencil manuscript at top indicates letter was dated in September 1853 (letter no longer accompanies), stamp with light horizontal crease, otherwise Very Fine, a stunning bisected use of the 12¢ 1851 Issue with a remarkably clear "Via Nicaragua" marking, according to research by James Allen, the 1st Assistant PMG's first official notice to postmasters that bisected stamps were invalid was published on September 12, 1853 (Chronicle 239), this cover was received in New York 13 days after the announcement and the bisect was therefore not accepted as prepayment and was struck with the "New York Ship" 7¢ due datestamp

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1851-56 Issue
2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 819, 1851-56 Issue12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a), 12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Bottom left diagonal half, large margins, tied by blue "SONORA, CALIFORNIA, JAN. 7, 1852" two-line datestamp on blue folded letter datelined "Vine Springs Garden, Dec. 31, 1851", to Ellsworth Me., second strike at left, manuscript "Paid 6cts" written prior to the stamp being affixed

VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE BISECTED USE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE FROM SONORA, CALIFORNIA. ONE OF ONLY SEVEN LEGITIMATELY USED BISECTS FROM SONORA, AND OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1957.

The 12c stamp was bisected to pay the 6c transcontinental rate, effective July 1, 1851, due to a shortage of 3c and 1c stamps. Seven bisects are known used from Sonora, five of which have the Sonora straightline datestamp. The Jarvis family, the source of the covers, owned 60 acres of land in California named Vine Springs, on which they grew grapes and made wine (http://www.cagenweb.com/tuolumne/bio4.htm).

Last offered to the market in October 1957, in Siegel Sale 203. That auction contained a specialized holding of 12 1851-57 Issues, including 15 bisect covers.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,750
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1851-56 Issue
2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 820, 1851-56 Issue12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a), 12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Top left diagonal half, huge margins to in at left including top sheet margin, tied by blue "SONORA, CALIFORNIA, FEB.13, 1852" two-line datestamp on brown cover to Hudson N.Y., second strike at right, stamp also tied by single line of manuscript, cover with some wear but the stamp is sound

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE BISECT OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE USED FROM SONORA, CALIFORNIA.

The 12c stamp was bisected to pay the 6c transcontinental rate, effective July 1, 1851, due to a shortage of 3c and 1c stamps. Seven bisects are known used from Sonora, five of which have the Sonora straightline datestamp.

Ex Worthington and Burroughs

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1851-56 Issue
2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 821, 1851-56 Issue12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a), 12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Top left diagonal half, large margins to just in, tied across the cut by segmented cork cancel, "Sonora Cal. Apr. 26" double-circle datestamp on brown cover to Kingston Mass., some overall wear including edge tears

VERY FINE. A RARE BISECTED USE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE FROM SONORA, CALIFORNIA, TIED BY A GRID CANCEL.

The 12c stamp was bisected to pay the 6c transcontinental rate, effective July 1, 1851, due to a shortage of 3c and 1c stamps. Seven bisects are known used from Sonora, five of which have the Sonora straightline datestamp. This is the only example we have encountered with the stamp tied by a black grid. Our European Connoisseur's Collection sale (Sale 1115) contained one tied by a blue grid, but the grid style was different.

E. 3,000-4,000
1,900
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1851-56 Issue
2018-10-03
United States Stamp Treasures: The William H. Gross Collection
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Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 43, 12c 1851 Issue, including Multiples and Bisect, This 12¢ 1851 bisect used on a dual green-and-red cameo cover with the “Via Nicaragua” and “Steam Ship” markings is uniquely spectacular

DESCRIPTION

12¢ Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6¢ (17a), top right diagonal half, large margins, affixed by sender with sealing wax for security, tied across the cut by clear “STEAM/SHIP” two-line handstamp applied at the New York City post office on buff cover to Major Daniel Hudson on Shelter Island, New York, green cameo corner card on front and red cameo card on backflap, the green card on front reads “George Hudson, Counsellor at Law, San Francisco, Cal.” and the red on back reads “George Hudson, Counsellor at Law & Commission of Deeds, 13 Beekman St., New York”, sender’s manuscript “Paid” notation, bold oily red strike of “VIA NICARAGUA/AHEAD OF THE MAILS.” two-line framed handstamp, undated but probably originated in San Francisco in August 1853 since the bisect was accepted by New York post office, which started marking covers with bisects postage due with the mail no later than on September 25

PROVENANCE

* John McKnight Storrow (collection sold privately to Colonel Edward H. R. Green for $77,500, circa 1920)

* Col. Edward H. R. Green (Storrow collection), Harmer, Rooke sale, 5/26-28/1943, lot 105

* William L. Moody III, H. R. Harmer sale, 11/27/1950, lot 183, to Jessup

* Edgar B. Jessup (inherited by Pearce)

* Basil C. Pearce (Jessup’s son-in-law; inherited and sold privately)

* Dr. W. Scott Polland (bought privately from Pearce; sold privately to Haas, 1969)

* Marc Haas (bought privately from Dr. Polland, September 1969; collection sold privately to Stanley Gibbons International, 1979; the cover sold privately to Grunin, 1980)

* Louis Grunin, Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, Part One, 3/25/1987, lot 74, to Ishikawa

* Ryohei Ishikawa, Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 203, to Hackmey

* Joseph Hackmey (collection sold privately to William H. Gross, 2010)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Lester G. Brookman, United States Postage Stamps of the 19th Century, Vol. I, p. 180

* Jesse L. Coburn, Letters of Gold, p. 112

* Richard B. Graham, “Postal History and Stamps: A Colorful Combination, 1847-1861,” American Philatelist, November 1978

* Jonathan W. Rose, Classic United States Imperforate Stamps, p. 88

* Scott R. Trepel, “United States Classic Covers” (special color feature for AMERIPEX 1986), Chronicle 130, May 1986

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1993)

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine; cover with sealed tear in return address on backflap

VIEW PDF OF HISTORY AND COMMENTARY at https://siegelauctions.com/2018/1188/43.pdf

E. 20,000-30,000
37,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1851-56 Issue
2016-05-31
2016 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 331, 1851-57 Issues12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a), 12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Top right diagonal half, large margins, used with two singles of intact 12c stamps, all tied by multiple strikes of "San Francisco Cal. 1 Aug." (1853) circular datestamp on cover to Bordeaux, France, red "New York Am. Packet Sep. 3" circular datestamp, London and French transit and receiving backstamps, neat "8" decimes due handstamp, staining around stamps, some overall wear, left stamp small corner crease at top left

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 BISECT WITH TWO FULL STAMPS FOR THE 30-CENT RATE. WE ARE AWARE OF ONLY ONE OTHER SIMILAR FRANKING.

This cover was carried from San Francisco on the PMSC Northerner, departing Aug. 1, 1853 and arriving Panama Aug. 17. After the trip across the isthmus, it was carried from Aspinwall by the USMSC Georgia on Aug. 19, arriving New York Aug. 29. From New York it was carried on the Collins Line steamer Baltic, departing Sep. 3 and arriving Liverpool Sep. 14.

One other cover, used from San Francisco to Liverpool, has an identical franking (ex Caspary).

E. 7,500-10,000
15,500
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1851-56 Issue
2016-05-31
2016 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 332, 1851-57 Issues12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a), 12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Bottom left diagonal half, large margins to just in, intense shade and impression, tied across the cut by well-struck "New-York Sep. 9" (1853) circular datestamp on folded cover to Boston, sender's directive "Via Nicaragua", bold strike of red "VIA NICARAGUA/AHEAD OF THE MAILS" in truncated frame handstamp, light horizontal file fold causing small flaws along bottom margin of bisect

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A STUNNING BISECTED USE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE WITH A REMARKABLY CLEAR "VIA NICARAGUA/AHEAD OF THE MAILS" MARKING.

According to research by James Allen, the 1st Assistant PMG's first official notice to postmasters that bisected stamps were invalid was published on September 12, 1853 (Chronicle 239). This cover was received in New York just three days before the announcement.

Illustrated on page 271 of Volume 2 of Ashbrook's 1c book. Offered in Siegel Sale 203 (lot 384), which featured the Jack Dick collection of 12c 1851-57 covers, including a large number of bisects.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,250
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1851-56 Issue
2016-05-05
U.S. and Confederate States Postal History
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Sale Number 1125, Lot Number 701, 5c-12c 1851-56 Issue12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a), 12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Top right diagonal half, large margins, tied across the cut by "San Francisco Cal. Aug. 1" circular datestamp on buff cover to Philadelphia, some edgewear

VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE BISECT ON COVER.

With 1981 P.F. certificate.

2,500
1,400
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