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Sale 1219 — The Edward Morton Collection of Outstanding Quality U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 8-9 April, 2020

Category — Postmasters' Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1
c
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 1, Postmasters' ProvisionalsSt. Louis, Missouri, 10c Black on Greenish (11X2), St. Louis, Missouri, 10c Black on Greenish (11X2)St. Louis, Missouri, 10c Black on Greenish (11X2). Type II, Position 4, large margins to barely touching frameline at right, intense early shade and impression showing every detail with perfect clarity, tied by "St. Louis Mo. Dec. 16" (1845) circular datestamp on folded letter to Charnley & Whelen in Philadelphia, matching "PAID" handstamp, manuscript "10" rate, fresh in every respect

VERY FINE AND CHOICE STAMP AND COVER. RARELY SEEN TIED SOLELY BY THE RED CIRCULAR DATESTAMP AND WITHOUT A PEN CANCEL. A BEAUTIFUL ST. LOUIS "BEARS" PROVISIONAL COVER FROM THE FAMOUS CHARNLEY & WHELEN CORRESPONDENCE.

The St. Louis "Bears" were issued by Postmaster John M. Wimer from November 1845 until the first United States General Issue became available in July 1847. The stamps were issued in three denominations -- 5c and 10c at first and a 20c denomination later -- and were sold at a premium over face value to pay the cost of printing.

With 2017 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for cover with usual pen cancellation

14,000
6,000
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