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Sale 1188 — United States Stamp Treasures: The William H. Gross Collection

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 October, 2018

Category — Saint Louis, MO Postmaster's Provisionals

Lot
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Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
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Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 10, Saint Louis, MO Postmaster's ProvisionalsA choice 10¢ St, A choice 10¢ StA choice 10¢ St. Louis “Bears” provisional stamp printed on Greenish paper and neatly tied by the red town datestamp--without any pen cancellation--on a folded letter from the famed Charnley & Whelen correspondence

DESCRIPTION

St. Louis, Missouri, 10¢ Black on Greenish (11X2), Type I, Position 2, full even margins, sharp impression on greenish paper, cancelled and tied solely by red “St. Louis Mo. Jan. 12” (1846) circular datestamp, matching “PAID” handstamp and manuscript “10” rate on folded letter datelined “Saint Louis, January 10th, 1846” from Loker, Renick & Co. to Charnley & Whelen in Philadelphia

PROVENANCE

* Charnley & Whelen correspondence, H. R. Harmer sale, 12/13/1948, lot 2

* T. Cullen Davis, Siegel Auction Galleries, 10/6/1964, Sale 276, lot 15

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* USPCS census nos. 21133

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

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1993)

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine; cover with light horizontal file fold; H. R. Harmer (1948 sale) description noted a “small break” in the stamp’s margin at bottom from the “2” numeral in datestamp, but this was never mentioned again nor is it noted on 1993 P.F. certificate

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E. 10,000-15,000
11,500
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