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Lot#/
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Cat./Est. Value
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2019-07-23
United States Stamps and Confederate States
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Sale Number 1206, Lot Number 1093, U.S. Stamp Group Lots by Issue1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-242, 244a-245), 1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-242, 244a-245)1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-242, 244a-245). 50c unused (no gum), several of the dollar values regummed, rich colors, few small faults, Fine appearance, $4.00 and $5.00 with 1972 or 1973 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,200
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2019-06-26
2019 Rarities of the World
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2057, 1893 Columbian Issue1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245), 1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245)1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245). Complete set of 16 values represented by 25 stamps, including $2.00 and $3.00 horizontal pairs and single of each, horizontal strips of three of $4.00 and $5.00 (former partly separated prior to use), additional single of $5.00, several stamps have straight edge or perfs in, tied by blue quartered cork cancels, matching “BANGOR, MAINE/FEB. 19, 1897/REGISTRY DEPT.” three-line datestamp on large part of wrapper, sender's and addressee's names are missing, but sender's manuscript directive "By Registered Mail, Per U.S. Mail S.S. 'St. Paul', From N.Y. Feby. 24 '97" provides an important clue to the sender's identity (see below), vertical and horizontal file folds mostly between stamps, few small flaws, $4.00 color slightly faded, manuscript notations on back read "Eleanore G. Adams, Milton A. Adams, Oct. 8, 1942" and "M A Adams"

FINE APPEARANCE. THE $49.34 IN POSTAGE ON THIS REGISTERED PACKAGE WRAPPER IS THE LARGEST RECORDED FRANKING ON ANY COLUMBIAN ISSUE COVER. A MAGNIFICENT SHOWPIECE.

The 2013 Ludeman Columbian Dollar-Value Cover Census lists eight covers with complete sets, including this package wrapper front, which has the largest number of stamps and highest total face value of any Columbian cover. It was completely unknown to philately until 1992, the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage, when it was privately sold to Columbian Stamp Company. The notations on the back -- “Eleanore G. Adams, Milton A. Adams, Oct. 8, 1942” and “M A Adams” -- provide the provenance in 1942, but do not shed light on the origin of this extraordinary piece of mail. However, the post office of origin, mailing date and sender’s ship-sailing directive provide the critical evidence in determining who was responsible for affixing nearly $50 in Columbian stamps in 1897.

The postal clerk responsible for processing registered mail at the Bangor, Maine, post office applied the “Bangor, Maine, Feb. 19, 1897, Registry Dept.” three-line datestamp and cancelled all of the stamps in the same dark blue ink. On the same day, a United States passport was issued in Bangor to one of its wealthiest residents, Frederick Wellington Ayer (1855-1936). Ayer obtained his passport in preparation for his trans-Atlantic voyage to England on board the S.S. St. Paul, which departed from New York on February 24, 1897. This sailing exactly matches the directive on the package wrapper.

Ayer was president of the Eastern Manufacturing Company of Brewer, Maine, and a noted antique collector and authority. Between 1892 and 1897 Ayer embarked on a philatelic buying spree, spending (by some reports) as much as $750,000 on his collection, some of it with borrowed money (Bierman, The World’s Greatest Stamp Collectors, page 95). When Fred’s conservative banker-father, Nathan Chase Ayer, learned of his son’s extravagant philatelic spending, he presented Fred with a choice between liquidation or disinheritance. Fred chose the former. Beginning in 1897 portions of the Ayer collection were sold through Charles J. Phillips of London and Warren H. Colson. The balance of the collection was sold in 1903 and 1904 to the New England Stamp Company.

Based on the origin, mailing date, sailing directive and the fact that Ayer entrusted Charles J. Phillips with the sale of his collection in 1897, one may reasonably conclude that the original package contained Ayer’s stamp albums, which he sent by insured registered mail to England on the same ship he boarded on February 24, 1897. Ayer hoarded Columbian stamps, and these straight-edge and off-center copies would have been a collector’s choice for use on mail.

With 1992 P.F. certificate.

E. 10,000-15,000
15,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2018-03-08
The George "Buddy" Byers Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1175, Lot Number 527, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245), 1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245)1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245). Complete set of singles plus blocks of four of 1c-8c, lower values mostly original gum, of the top values $1.00 and $3.00 original gum, others regummed, bright colors, some faults to be expected, overall Fine or appear so

7,700
1,900
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2017-05-11
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1156, Lot Number 3400, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245), 1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245)1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245). Complete set of singles plus blocks of four of 1c-8c, lower values mostly original gum, of the top values $1.00 and $3.00 original gum, others regummed, bright colors, some faults to be expected, overall Fine or appear so

7,700
2,200
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2017-03-01
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 830, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245), 1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245)1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245). Complete set, lower values original gum, top values either disturbed original gum or regummed, bright colors, few faults, appear Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2017-03-01
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 832, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-245)1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245), 1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245)1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245). Rich colors, range of cancels, few faults, appear Fine

4,665
900
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2016-11-09
U.S. and Possessions, featuring The Weinberg Inventory
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1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245). Unused accumulation on stock pages, each value represented with duplication on most, better items incl. plate blocks of eight and ten of 1c, more than 10 of 30c, four of 50c, dollar values with range of one to three incl. three $2.00 and two each $4.00 and $5.00, original gum on the lower values, the dollar values no gum or regummed, some flaws to be expected but overall an attractive and Fine group, Scott Retail more than $15,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2016-11-09
U.S. and Possessions, featuring The Weinberg Inventory
 
1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245). Complete used set, rich color, some small faults, Fine to mostly Very Fine appearance

4,740
1,400
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2015-06-25
2015 Rarities of the World
 
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3131, Columbian Issue1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245), 1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245)1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245). Complete set of 16 values represented by 25 stamps, including $2.00 and $3.00 horizontal pairs and single of each, horizontal strips of three of $4.00 and $5.00 (former partly separated prior to use), additional single of $5.00, several stamps have straight edge or perfs in, tied by blue quartered cork cancels, matching “BANGOR, MAINE/FEB. 19, 1897/REGISTRY DEPT.” three-line datestamp on large part of wrapper, sender's and addressee's names are missing, but sender's manuscript directive "By Registered Mail, Per U.S. Mail S.S. 'St. Paul', From N.Y. Feby. 24 '97" provides an important clue to the sender's identity (see below), vertical and horizontal file folds mostly between stamps, few small flaws, $4.00 color slightly faded, manuscript notations on back read "Eleanore G. Adams, Milton A. Adams, Oct. 8, 1942" and "M A Adams"

FINE APPEARANCE. THE $49.34 IN POSTAGE ON THIS REGISTERED PACKAGE WRAPPER IS THE LARGEST RECORDED FRANKING ON ANY COLUMBIAN ISSUE COVER. A MAGNIFICENT SHOWPIECE.

The 2013 Ludeman Columbian Dollar-Value Cover Census lists eight covers with complete sets, including this package wrapper front, which has the largest number of stamps and highest total face value of any Columbian cover. It was completely unknown to philately until 1992, the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage, when it was privately sold to Columbian Stamp Company. The notations on the back -- “Eleanore G. Adams, Milton A. Adams, Oct. 8, 1942” and “M A Adams” -- provide the provenance in 1942, but do not shed light on the origin of this extraordinary piece of mail. However, the post office of origin, mailing date and sender’s ship-sailing directive provide the critical evidence in determining who was responsible for affixing nearly $50 in Columbian stamps in 1897.

The postal clerk responsible for processing registered mail at the Bangor, Maine, post office applied the “Bangor, Maine, Feb. 19, 1897, Registry Dept.” three-line datestamp and cancelled all of the stamps in the same dark blue ink. On the same day, a United States passport was issued in Bangor to one of its wealthiest residents, Frederick Wellington Ayer (1855-1936). Ayer obtained his passport in preparation for his trans-Atlantic voyage to England on board the S.S. St. Paul, which departed from New York on February 24, 1897. This sailing exactly matches the directive on the package wrapper.

Ayer was president of the Eastern Manufacturing Company of Brewer, Maine, and a noted antique collector and authority. Between 1892 and 1897 Ayer embarked on a philatelic buying spree, spending (by some reports) as much as $750,000 on his collection, some of it with borrowed money (Bierman, The World’s Greatest Stamp Collectors, page 95). When Fred’s conservative banker-father, Nathan Chase Ayer, learned of his son’s extravagant philatelic spending, he presented Fred with a choice between liquidation or disinheritance. Fred chose the former. Beginning in 1897 portions of the Ayer collection were sold through Charles J. Phillips of London and Warren H. Colson. The balance of the collection was sold in 1903 and 1904 to the New England Stamp Company.

?Based on the origin, mailing date, sailing directive and the fact that Ayer entrusted Charles J. Phillips with the sale of his collection in 1897, one may reasonably conclude that the original package contained Ayer’s stamp albums, which he sent by insured registered mail to England on the same ship he boarded on February 24, 1897. Ayer hoarded Columbian stamps, and these straight-edge and off-center copies would have been a collector’s choice for use on mail.

With 1992 P.F. certificate.

E. 20,000-30,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
Columbian Issue
2015-06-22
United States Stamps and Covers
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Sale Number 1100, Lot Number 44, 1893 Columbian Issue (Scott 230-241)1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245), 1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245)1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245). Complete unused set, artfully mounted in a large frame with engraved scenes of Columbus and allegorical figures surrounding, two 50c 1892 Columbian silver commemorative coins included in the mounting, colors on some stamps are a bit faded and no doubt some small flaws would be found if disassembled, still Very Fine appearing and a striking display piece, Scott Retail for just the 50c-$5.00 stamps (assuming no gum) $4,200.00

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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