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Sale 767 — 1995 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Monday, 5 June, 1995

Category — Free Franks, Postmasters Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 1, Free Franks, Postmasters ProvisionalsThomas Jefferson, Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson. Free frank ("free Th:Jefferson") on folded cover addressed in his hand to a Capt. Wormeley, Boston, red "Charle. Va. Feb." cds; small sealed tear at bottom, otherwise Very Fine

E. 2,500-3,000
2,400
2
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 2, Free Franks, Postmasters ProvisionalsAnnapolis Md., 2c Blue Handstamp (2XU1 var), Annapolis Md., 2c Blue Handstamp (2XU1 var)Annapolis Md., 2c Blue Handstamp (2XU1 var). Bold detailed strike with matching "2" handstamp, on folded cover to Secretary of State Richard Hollyday in Annapolis, dated on back Mar. 24, 1848; file creases far from marking, which is Extremely Fine, probably the finest known strike, ex Ferrary, illustrated in Luff, Plate III, with 1968 P.F. certificate

E. 2,500-3,500
7,000
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3
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 3, Free Franks, Postmasters ProvisionalsAnnapolis Md., Red Handstamp (2XU1 var), Annapolis Md., Red Handstamp (2XU1 var)Annapolis Md., Red Handstamp (2XU1 var). Strike on back of an oblong folded letter dated 1847 from Postmaster Martin F. Revell to the editor of the "Colonization Journal", recommending the removal of three names from the subscription list, front with Oct. 28th cds in red with matching "FREE" and Revell's free frank, tear into handstamp, Fine appearance, very rare - Scott catalogs the red hs with "2" at $3500 and the same with "5" at $5,000; the latter is unique, with 1961 P.F. certificate and letters from Perry Fuller and Henry Hausdorff

E. 2,000-2,500
3,250
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 4, Free Franks, Postmasters ProvisionalsBaltimore Md., 5c Blue on Buff Entire (3XU1), Baltimore Md., 5c Blue on Buff Entire (3XU1)Baltimore Md., 5c Blue on Buff Entire (3XU1). Clear strikes on buff cover to Reading Pa., "Baltimore Md. Jun. 21" cds at left, faint wax seal stain at center and small age spot at left edge, both far from markings, Fine and rare, from the Susan Mayer find, with 1984 P.F. certificate

5,000
3,750
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 5, Free Franks, Postmasters ProvisionalsBaltimore Md., 5c Red on Manila Entire (3XU2), Baltimore Md., 5c Red on Manila Entire (3XU2)Baltimore Md., 5c Red on Manila Entire (3XU2). Lightly inked but virtually complete strikes of provisional markings in Red, clear blue "Baltimore Md. May 15" (1846) circular datestamp, matching "5" in oval on entire addressed to Miss Susan Julia Mayer, Reading Pa., fresh and Very Fine, number 16 in the Hayes census where six 5c Red entires recorded, ex Ferrary, Caspary, Texas Collection, Isleham Collection, Weill Stock and Concord Collection, signed Costales

10,000
5,000
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 6, Free Franks, Postmasters Provisionals5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Horizontal pair, large margins except clear at upper right corner, tied by blue ms. cancels on blue folded letter datelined "Mobile 29 d'Avril 1846" and sent via New York City to Paris, France, backstamped with large oval "Forwarded By Collombs-Iselin New York" handstamp, red "New-York 11 May 10 cts" integral rate cds, matching "Paid" arc, red "Colonies &c.Art.13" framed hs, British transit backstamp, French transit cds and ms. rates on front, Very Fine, extremely rare use of the New York provisional on letter originating in the South and handled by forwarder for transatlantic mail

E. 2,000-2,500
2,800
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7
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 7, Free Franks, Postmasters ProvisionalsProvidence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1), Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1)Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1). Pos. 8, four full margins, ms. check mark and part of red cds, tiny thin entirely in right margin, Very Fine appearance, very scarce with the red Providence datestamp, with 1989 P.F. certificate

1,500
1,050
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 8, Free Franks, Postmasters ProvisionalsProvidence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1), Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1)Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1). Ample to large margins except touched at bottom right, ms. checkmark, not tied as usual, red "Providence R.I. Feb. 9" cds, matching "Paid" & "5" hs on blue 1847 folded letter to Boston, Very Fine, a clean and attractive cover bearing this scarce provisional, with 1986 P.F. certificate

4,000
0
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 9, Free Franks, Postmasters ProvisionalsProvidence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1), Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1)Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1). Pos. 9, full right sheet margin, large margins all around, Extremely Fine appearance but expertly restored with part of design and small part of corner replaced, ms. checkmark, not tied as usual, red "Providence R.I. Oct. 23" cds, matching "Paid" & "5" hs on 1846 folded letter to Philadelphia, blue "R" handstamp of Philadelphia, ms. note "With a check of $20 from Mechanics Bank", a handsome cover suitable for exhibition, the only recorded registered cover with the Providence provisional, with 1992 P.F. certificate

4,000
2,600
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10°
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 10, Free Franks, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2), St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2)St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2). Pos. 2, full corner sheet margin with large margin at left and just in at bottom, without pen cancellation and tied by red "St. Louis Mo. Jun. 28" cds, matching "Paid" and ms. "10" rate on folded cover to New York, wrinkle in lettersheet not affecting stamp, Very Fine cover and scarce corner margin example of the St. Louis Bear stamp, ex Hessel, with 1976 P.F. certificate

5,000
4,000
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 11, Free Franks, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Gray Lilac (11X5), St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Gray Lilac (11X5)St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Gray Lilac (11X5). Pos. 4, full to large margins, pen cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1971 P.F. certificate

2,100
4,500
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12
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 12, Free Franks, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 20c Black on Gray Lilac (11X6), St. Louis Mo., 20c Black on Gray Lilac (11X6)St. Louis Mo., 20c Black on Gray Lilac (11X6). Pos. 3, mostly large margins, pen cancel, bright and Extremely Fine, a major provisional rarity, with 1987 P.F. certificate

13,500
17,000
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