Sale 800 — 1998 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 9 May, 1998

Category — 1847 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
212
 
Sale 800, Lot 212, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Right sheet margin single, other margins are huge, bright color on nicely blued paper, neatly struck red St. Louis cds, an Extremely Fine Gem, small red owner's backstamp, with 1996 P.F. certificate

600
675
213
 
Sale 800, Lot 213, 1847 Issue5c Brown Orange (1b var). Large margins all around, pretty color, cancelled by blue grid and part of matching boxed "Troy & New York Steamboat" two-line handstamp, light pen offset on back, Extremely Fine, a rare shade and an even rarer cancel, with 1997 P.F. certificate

1,450
0
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214
ng
Sale 800, Lot 214, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Unused (no gum), large even margins all around, intense shade and fine early impression, very faint diagonal crease visible only on back - almost imperceptible but noted on certificate

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN A REMARKABLE STATE OF FRESHNESS.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

16,500
9,000
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215
 
Sale 800, Lot 215, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Pos. 41L, large to huge margins all around, neat blue numeral "10" handstamp, sharp impression, Extremely Fine and choice, ex Caspary, Rose, with 1998 P.F. certificate

1,700
1,350
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216
 
Sale 800, Lot 216, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Pos. 78L, large and even margins all around, bold blue grid cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1966 and 1997 P.F. certificates

1,450
1,500
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217
 
Sale 800, Lot 217, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Pos. 64L, large and even margins all around, well-struck red square grid cancel of New York, Extremely Fine and choice, with 1986 P.F. certificate

1,400
1,400
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218
 
Sale 800, Lot 218, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Ample to huge margins all around showing part of frameline of adjacent stamp at left, crisp impression, neat strike of red "PHILADA." railroad cancel, fresh and Very Fine, rare cancel, ex Matthies, with 1997 P.F. certificate

1,750
1,650
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219
 
Sale 800, Lot 219, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Vertical pair, Positions 10/20R, large to huge margins all around, sharp impression, neat red grid cancels

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. VERTICAL PAIRS IN THIS SUPERB CONDITION ARE OF THE GREATEST RARITY.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

3,250
3,750
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220
c
Sale 800, Lot 220, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Four single stamps arranged in overlapping fashion, each has margins all around, bright shade, tied by vivid red grid, matching "Saint Louis Mo. Nov. 11" cds on cover to South Boston, Mass., from the Turner correspondence, stamps partially lifted to check margins, Extremely Fine, a striking and colorful 1847 Issue cover, ex Ackerman, Sweet

E. 3,000-4,000
7,500
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221
c
Sale 800, Lot 221, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Large even margins, marvelous proof-like impression, tied by beautiful red "St. Louis Mo. 10 Aug. 2" integral rate cds, second strike at right on 1850 blue folded letter to Philadelphia, file fold, fresh and Extremely Fine Gem, with 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
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222
c
Sale 800, Lot 222, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Ample to large margins except where nicked by scissors at top left, tied by green cancel, matching bold strike of green "Tallahassee Flor. Dec. 19" cds on light blue folded cover to New York City, lightly cleaned to remove some toning, Very Fine, true green postmarks are very rare on the 1847 Issue

E. 3,000-4,000
2,800
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223
c
Sale 800, Lot 223, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown, 10c Black (1, 2). 5c large even margins (lightly creased by file fold), 10c horizontal pair with huge margins (sealed pre-use tear into "X" at bottom right of left stamp, but barely noticeable), tied by blue grids, matching "Buffalo N.Y. Aug. 13" fancy double-oval datestamp on 1849 blue folded cover to Edinburgh, Scotland, pencil "24", carried by American packet with red "3" credit handstamp at right, struck three more times on each stamp (causing small indentations) - the exchange office was evidently not satisfied with Buffalo's light blue grids - red Edinburgh receiving backstamp (Sep. 5, 1849), few bleached specks

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION 1847 ISSUE FRANKING WITH A COLORFUL ARRAY OF MARKINGS. VERY FEW COVERS EXIST WITH THE 24-CENT U.S.-BRITISH TREATY RATE PAID BY 1847 STAMPS, AND ONLY FIVE HAVE 5-CENT AND 10-CENT COMBINATIONS STILL INTACT.

In addition to this cover, we record an 1847 cover from Mobile to Manchester with a 10c pair and 5c paying the 24c treaty rate (ex Pope, Garrett and Kapiloff), the two Noble covers to Nova Scotia with 1847 combinations, and a third cover to Nova Scotia (ex Hart). These are the only intact combination frankings for the 24c treaty rate.

Other examples of treaty-rate combination covers include a restored cover front and three other covers with 5c stamps missing or replaced. Lastly, there are two covers to Ireland and Scotland with 34c retaliatory rates overpaid by three 10c and one 5c 1847's. Perhaps a half-dozen other covers exist with five 5c 1847 stamps paying the treaty rate.

This cover was recently uncovered in England and is offered at auction for the first time. The only cover with a comparable franking and destination - the cover from Mobile to Manchester - was acquired by the late Duane Garrett in a private transaction, circa 1979, reportedly for a substantial six-figure price.

An exciting and important new find

E. 30,000-40,000
24,000
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