Sale 804 — The Robert Zoellner Collection of United States

Sale Date — Thursday-Saturday, 8-10 October, 1998

Category — 1845 New York Postmasters Provisional

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1
 
Sale 804, Lot 1, 1845 New York Postmasters ProvisionalNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Position 25, huge margins all around, cancelled by magenta pen strokes (somewhat faded), Extremely Fine Gem, magenta is the scarcest of colored pen cancels, ex Consul Klep

575
1,600
2
 
Sale 804, Lot 2, 1845 New York Postmasters ProvisionalNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "A.C.M." Initials (9X1b). Sub-type B, Position 10, full even margins, fine impression, neat blue ms. cancel, Very Fine, the scarce initials with periods

700
500
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3
 
Sale 804, Lot 3, 1845 New York Postmasters ProvisionalNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d). Position 6, large to huge margins all around, tied on small piece by blue ms. cancel

EXTREMELY FINE AND FRESH. ONE OF THE FINEST OF 33 EXAMPLES INITIALLED "RHM" (ROBERT H. MORRIS, POSTMASTER) IN THE LEVI-WALL-FARRINGTON CENSUS.

Of all New York provisionals initialled "RHM", the Levi-Wall-Farrington census records one unused, nineteen used off cover and thirteen copies on cover; the majority (28) is on bluish paper (Scott 9X1d). With 1973 P.F. certificate

3,250
3,750
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4
 
Sale 804, Lot 4, 1845 New York Postmasters ProvisionalNew York N.Y., 5c Black, Without Signature (9X1e). Position 16, large to huge margins, fine impression, unusual six-stroke blue pen cancel, small purple backstamp, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Grunin, with 1986 P.F. certificate

750
1,300
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5
c
Sale 804, Lot 5, 1845 New York Postmasters ProvisionalNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Position 29, huge margins, beautiful fine impression on bright paper, uncancelled and used on blue folded letter datelined at "Clifton" (N.J.) and addressed to New Rochelle N.Y., red "New-York Oct. 6" circular datestamp and matching "Paid" arc, Extremely Fine and choice example of New York provisional used on a letter originating outside of New York City

E. 750-1,000
800
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6
c
Sale 804, Lot 6, 1845 New York Postmasters ProvisionalNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Positions 37-38, horizontal pair, large margins all around, neat blue ms. "X" cancels, red "New-York 9 Jan. 10 cts" integral rate circular datestamp, matching "Paid" arc struck twice on 1846 folded letter to New Orleans--a distance over 500 miles, requiring 10c rate--fresh and Extremely Fine, a superb pair and cover, ex Consul Klep, signed Bloch, with Friedl certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,500
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7
c
Sale 804, Lot 7, 1845 New York Postmasters ProvisionalNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a). Positions 6-9, horizontal strip of four, large to huge margins including parts of three adjoining stamps at top, clear at left, fine impression, tied by blue ms. cancels and also by red "New-York Mar. 17" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" arc on blue folded cover to Geneva N.Y., blue ms. "20" stating the double 10c rate for distance and weight, some faint toning on cover only

EXTREMELY FINE. THE FINEST OF FOUR RECORDED STRIPS OF FOUR ON COVERS AND CONSIDERED BY PHILIP T. WALL TO BE ONE OF "THE FIVE MOST OUTSTANDING NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL COVERS" IN EXISTENCE.

The largest known multiples of the New York provisional used on cover are a block of nine (the Hasbrouck cover) and a repaired block of six (in irregular shape). Of the four known strips of four on covers, this is without question the finest. It was illustrated and described in Philip T. Wall's article, "The Five Most Outstanding New York Postmaster's Provisional Covers" (Chronicle, Aug. 1980).

"W.H.C." (Warren H. Colson) handstamp at lower right. Ex Grunin. Only Scott 9X1 is listed as a strip of four on cover

E. 40,000-50,000
26,000
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8
c
Sale 804, Lot 8, 1845 New York Postmasters ProvisionalNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a). Position 10, large even margins, deep shade and fine impression, bright red initials, tied by orange-red "New-York 5 cts. Jan. 31" foreign-mail circular datestamp on fresh blue 1846 folded letter to La Chaux-de-Fond, Switzerland, sender's ship-name routing "Hibernia", red "COLONIES/&c. ART. 13" framed accountancy handstamp, red "T.F." transit and bold red ms. "46" decimes due rate, British transit backstamp (Feb. 15), Swiss transit and receiving datestamps also on back

EXTREMELY FINE. THE FINEST OF THE THREE RECORDED COVERS TO SWITZERLAND WITH THE NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL STAMP. A COLORFUL AND EXTRAORDINARY USAGE.

There is another comparable cover from the same correspondence, but it has the addressee's name crossed out in ink, and, as a result, is somewhat less attractive than this cover. Illustrated in Chronicle No. 105, p. 9. Ex Grunin

E. 7,500-10,000
12,500
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Sale 804, Lot 9, 1845 New York Postmasters ProvisionalNew York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, "ACM" Initials (9X2). Positions 9-10, horizontal pair with full right sheet margin, other margins large to enormous, including parts of adjoining stamps at bottom, fine impression on deeply blued paper, lightly cancelled by red square grids (used in 1847)

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE FAMOUS CASPARY PAIR, WHICH IS BY FAR THE FINEST OF THE FOUR RECORDED PAIRS ON BLUE PAPER (THREE OFF COVER).

It is estimated that 40-50 examples of the New York provisional on blue paper exist (34 recorded in Levi-Wall-Farrington census). This pair was illustrated and described by Philip T. Wall as "by far the finest example" in his Chronicle article (Aug. 1982).

Ex Caspary (where it sold to Raymond and Roger Weill for $2,600 in 1955) and Grunin (who purchased it in our 1980 Rarities of the World sale for $18,000)

12,000
18,500
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