Sale 804 — The Robert Zoellner Collection of United States
Sale Date — Thursday-Saturday, 8-10 October, 1998
Category — 1845 New York Postmasters Provisional
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
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
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
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)