Sale 777 — 1996 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 21 May, 1996

Category — Postmasters Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3
c
Sale 777, Lot 3, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew York, N.Y., 5c Black on Bluish, "ACM" Initials, "AC" Connected (9X1a). Uncancelled, full margins, used on 1846 folded letter to Nantes, France, red "New-York Apl. 30" cds and matching "PAID" in arc hs, red "Colonies &c. Art. 12", ms. "22" decimes due, Very Fine and choice, signed Diena, with his 1970 certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
0
4
c
Sale 777, Lot 4, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew York, N.Y., 5c Black on Bluish, "ACM" Initials, "AC" Connected (9X1a). Two, left stamp with full to large margins, right stamp with full to huge including right sheet margin, tied by blue ms. cancel in two bold strokes on 1847 folded letter to Albany, red "New-York 10 cts 6 Mar." cds and matching "Paid" in small arc, Extremely Fine, with 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,200
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5
c
Sale 777, Lot 5, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew York, N.Y., 5c Black on Bluish, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Unconnected letters without periods (unlisted variety), vertical corner margin pair, large to gigantic margins, Pos. 31/36, used with 5c Black on Bluish, Without Signature (9X1e), Pos. 22, full to large margins, each with matching blue ms. cancel on undated folded cover from Boston to New York, red "Boston Mass. Nov. 12" cds and magenta ms. "15", red curved "PAID" applied at New York, ms. endorsement in corner, "US Mail paid", file folds not affecting stamps, light waterstain around Pos. 22, which also has a pinhole

EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED VERTICAL SHEET MARGIN PAIR AND A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF STAMPS.

Use of the New York provisional from Boston is represented by approximately 20-25 covers and pieces, most addressed to the firm of Howland & Aspinwall. Only three are 15c rates: a cover front, a cover with the address panel restored, and the full cover offered here. In our opinion this is one of the two greatest New York provisional covers used from a post office other than New York, the other being the famous Philadelphia cover to Canada.

Ex G.E. Jones (J. W. Scott, Nov. 8, 1906), Lapham, Weill. With 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 20,000-30,000
20,000
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6
c
Sale 777, Lot 6, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew York, N.Y., 5c Black on Bluish, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Pair, full to large margins, Pos. 4-5, former with double transfer, tied by bold blue pen strokes on 1845 folded letter from Albany to New York, light red "Albany N.Y. Nov. 11" ds and matching "10" handstamp, indicating the Albany office did not recognize prepayment, with red "PAID" in arc struck at New York to indicate acceptance of provisional postage, some wear along file fold near bottom,

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF TWO KNOWN USES OF THE NEW YORK PROVISIONAL FROM ALBANY AND THE ONLY DOUBLE RATE.

Illustrated in the MacGuffin article. Ex Emerson, Klep, Krug, Grunin, Weill. Signed Ashbrook. With 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
10,000
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Sale 777, Lot 7, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew York, N.Y., 5c Black on Blue Paper, "ACM" Initials (9X2). Horizontal pair, Pos. 8-9, large margins all around, red New York square grid and trace of cds, right stamp has crease ending in small tear, left stamp has faint diagonal crease, Extremely Fine appearance, very rare in a multiple, ex Caspary

12,000
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ogbl
Sale 777, Lot 8, Postmasters ProvisionalsProvidence R.I., 5c & 10c Gray Black, Se-Tenant (10X1, 10X2). Complete sheet of twelve, one 10c, others 5c, unused (no gum), pre-print natural paper crease in two 5c at top, Extremely Fine

6,000
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9
c
Sale 777, Lot 9, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2). Large margins, strong impression on fresh paper, bright color, without manuscript cancel and tied only by a neat red "St. Louis Mo. Feb. 3" cds on 1846 folded letter to the firm of Charnley & Whelan in Philadelphia, matching "PAID" handstamp and ms. "10" at far right

AN EXTREMELY FINE AND WONDERFULLY CHOICE 10-CENT BEAR COVER. ONE OF THE VERY FEW FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLES TIED ON COVER WITHOUT A PEN CANCEL.

With 1987 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
16,500
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