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Sale 811 — 1999 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 May, 1999

Category — 1851-56 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
51
og
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 51, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Horizontal pair, huge margins all around showing part of four adjacent stamps at top and bottom, original gum, lightly hinged, rich color, Extremely Fine and choice original-gum pair, with 1998 P.F. certificate

3,150
5,750
52°
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 52, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Position 2L4 -- top row of Plate 4 -- large margins all around incl. part of sheet margin at top, deep plate 4 color, tied by well-struck "Rutland Vt. Jan. 20, 1858" circular datestamp on turned cover to Mt. Holley Vt., inside bears 3c Rose (65) tied by "Cuttingsville Vt. Nov. 1" circular datestamp and addressed to Tyson Furnace Vt., opened for display, some minor edge wear, the 1c Ty. II is Extremely Fine, unusual use of a superb top-row Plate 4 stamp -- the finest examples of Type II come from this row (their counterparts are Type Ia bottom-row stamps) -- with 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
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53
ng
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 53, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. V, Triple Transfer, One Inverted (9 var), 1c Blue, Ty. V, Triple Transfer, One Inverted (9 var)1c Blue, Ty. V, Triple Transfer, One Inverted (9 var). Position 91L1L, large margins all around, unused (no gum), fresh and bright color, Extremely Fine Gem, a rare unused example of this desirable double-transfer position

800
1,500
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54°
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 54, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Position 7R1L, the recut state of Type I, huge margins all around, including large portion of adjoining stamp below, a later impression that still shows traces of plumes at bottom and the pronounced double transfer, tied by blue "North Vasselboro Me." circular datestamp on printed notice for a Maine Agricultural Society meeting, lightly cleaned and pressed, Extremely Fine, stamps from Position 7R on Plate 1 Late are scarce -- this large-margined example on cover is remarkably choice

E. 1,000-1,500
1,700
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55°
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 55, 1851-56 Issue3c Orange Brown (10), 3c Orange Brown (10)3c Orange Brown (10). Three large margins showing part of adjacent stamp at left, just into frameline at top, tied by neat blue grid, matching "Philadelphia Pa. Jul. 1" (1851) first day of issue circular datestamp on blue folded printed bank notice with manuscript yeardate, to Columbia Pa., vertical file folds clear of stamp and markings

VERY FINE AND DESIRABLE COVER FROM THE FIRST DAY OF THE 1851 ISSUE.

With 1974 American First Day Cover Society certificate

12,500
14,500
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56
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 56, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11), 3c Dull Red (11)3c Dull Red (11). Two full margins, slightly in on other sides, tied by "Pha. & Baltimore R.R. Jun. 8" route agent's datestamp on Barnabas Bates Cheap Inland and Ocean Postage Propaganda cover to Boston, marvelous design with U.S. Mail steamship, locomotive, eagle and shield, slogan and Bates imprint on back, lightly cleaned, slight wear, still Very Fine, one of the most striking and desirable of the 1850's propaganda designs

E. 1,500-2,000
2,900
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57
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 57, 1851-56 Issue3c Orange Red (11), 3c Orange Red (11)3c Orange Red (11). Full margins to just touched, beautiful bright shade, tied by red "Wells Fargo & Cos. Express Sacramento" double-line oval struck twice on cover to San Francisco, pencil "Collect 25cts" for express fee, Extremely Fine, very rare

E. 1,000-1,500
3,500
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58
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 58, 1851-56 IssueHawaii, 1851, 13c Blue, "Hawaiian Postage" (3), Hawaii, 1851, 13c Blue, "Hawaiian Postage" (3)Hawaii, 1851, 13c Blue, "Hawaiian Postage" (3). Type II, three huge margins at top, bottom and right, the left margin (between two cliches in form) is ample, stamp free of any repair, slight creasing and small tears typical of the fragile pelure paper when found in its natural state on cover, pair of 3c Dull Red (11) damaged from vermin and lifted from its original position over 13c Missionary, cancelled by part strike but heavily impressed San Francisco Cal. circular datestamp, the impression carries thru to 13c stamp, leaving a slight indentation that ties it, both stamps paying United States and Hawaiian postage -- composite 5c Hawaiian, 2c ship captain's fee and 6c U.S. transcontinental rate -- on buff cover to Farmington Falls Me., with original letter datelined "Lahaina March 22d/54" to which the addressee has added an introductory letter on the other leaf, second dateline "Farmington Falls May 10/54", minor cosmetic cover restoration -- stain removal around edges and sealed opening tear at upper left -- but the Missionary is untouched

ONE OF SIX RECORDED COVERS WITH MIXED FRANKING OF HAWAIIAN MISSIONARY AND UNITED STATES STAMPS -- THE ONLY COMBINATION INVOLVING THE 13-CENT "HAWAIIAN POSTAGE" STAMP. DISCOVERED IN A STEAMER TRUNK OF PAPERS AND OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME.

This cover is No. 3-II-COV-144 in our census of Hawaiian Missionary stamps (see Honolulu Advertiser sale catalogue, Sale 769, Appendix). There are 28 individual Missionary covers known, but of these three are permanently contained at the National Postal Museum and a fourth is at the British Library, leaving 24 covers available to collectors. Of these, only six have combination frankings with United States stamps, including the famous 2c cover. Only this cover has a 13c "Hawaiian Postage" used with United States stamps.

Based on the Lahaina March 22 dateline and Farmington Falls May 10 date, the cover was carried from Hawaii on the ?????, which departed on March ?? and arrived in San Francisco on April ??, in time to make the mid-month eastbound Panama sailing. March 1854 is a relatively late use of the 13c "Hawaiian Postage" Missionary, but 13c is the correct composite rate, and the practice of affixing United States postage over Hawaiian postage is evidenced by several other covers from the same period.

The absence of Hawaiian postal markings -- in particular, the "Honolulu * U.S. Postage Paid *" red datestamp -- suggests two possibilities: 1) the paste-over franking was viewed in Hawaii as sufficient to indicate full prepayment to the San Francisco post office, or 2) the cover left Lahaina and was not handled directly by the Honolulu office.

An exciting artifact of Hawaiian postal history and well-suited for exhibition

E. 30,000-40,000
22,000
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59
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 59, 1851-56 IssueHawaii, 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), Hawaii, 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)Hawaii, 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Full to large margins, uncancelled, affixed under pair of 3c Dull Red (11), mostly ample margins, left stamp lifted and folded over to show Hawaiian postage, tied by "San Francisco Cal. 8 Dec." circular datestamp on brown cover to Farmington Falls Me., red "Honolulu * U.S. Postage Paid * Nov. 14" circular datestamp, neat 1854 docketing, some cosmetic improvements to cover -- staining removed from bottom and small mended opening nick at top -- but the stamps are untouched

FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE PASTE-OVER COMBINATION OF 13-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III STAMP AND UNITED STATES 1851 ISSUE.

The 13c stamp prepaid the 5c Hawaiian postage, 2c ship captain's fee and 6c transcontinental rate. The practice of applying United States stamps over Hawaiian postage dates to this period in 1854, as evidenced by six to ten such paste-over covers.

E. 5,000-7,500
3,000
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60
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 60, 1851-56 IssueHawaii, 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), Hawaii, 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)Hawaii, 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Ample margins to slightly in, used with 10c Green, Ty. III (15), ample margins except in at right, 5c uncancelled at Honolulu, both tied by "San Francisco Cal. 5 Sep." circular datestamp, red "Honolulu * U.S. Postage Paid * Jul. 31" circular datestamp on buff cover to Farmington Falls Me., red crayon "2c due" crossed out in pencil, orange-red "Paid" straightline indicates payment of 2c ship captain's fee, with letter enclosure datelined "Mokawoon July 22 & 26 1855"

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE AND EXTREMELY RARE FRANKING THAT LEFT THE 2-CENT SHIP CAPTAIN'S FEE UNPAID ON ARRIVAL AT SAN FRANCISCO. BELIEVED TO BE A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF STAMPS AND MARKINGS -- FROM THE CROSWELL CORRESPONDENCE.

In our analysis of a similar cover in the Honolulu Advertiser sale (lot 103), we stated that the "Paid" marking -- identical to this strike -- was most likely applied at Honolulu to indicate to San Francisco that payment of the ship captain's fee had been received. However, the difference between the orange-red ink of the "Paid" and the deep red ink of the Honolulu datestamp causes us to revise our opinion. We now believe that San Francisco applied the "Paid" after receiving reimbursement for the 2c, perhaps through an accounting with Honolulu.

E. 7,500-10,000
9,500
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61°
ogbl
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 61, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Positions 9-10/19-20R1, top right corner sheet margin block of four, large margins all around, original gum, top right stamp shows "curl" opposite left "X", bottom right stamp shows major double transfer in "Postage", beautiful dark shade and fine impression, very fresh, faint creases, tiny sealed tear in upper left stamp

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A MAGNIFICENT BLOCK OF THE 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE. PROBABLY UNIQUE AS A CORNER MARGIN BLOCK.

Ex Caspary (where it realized $2,600 in 1956) and Hetherington. With 1957 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as four singles (incl. plate varieties) is $13,000.00 -- premium for a block is a mere 8%

14,000
12,000
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62°
bl
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 62, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. II/III (14/15), 10c Green, Ty. II/III (14/15)10c Green, Ty. II/III (14/15). Positions 19-20/29-30R1, block of four with combination of Type II at top and Type III at bottom, three enormous margins, full to clear at left, wonderful proof-like impression and deep shade from an early printing, lightly cancelled by town circular datestamps, bright and fresh

AN EXTREMELY FINE AND VERY RARE BLOCK IN FLAWLESS CONDITION. A MARVELOUS CLASSIC USED MULTIPLE.

Ex Lehman. With 1998 P.F. certificate

3,000
5,750
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63
 
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 63, 1851-56 Issue12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Vertical pair, huge margins including sheet margin at right, intense shade and proof-like impression on bright paper, top stamp cancelled by vivid red grid, bottom stamp has face-free red cancel, sharp part strike of "America" transit datestamp in blue, tiny trivial corner crease at top left

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN PAIRS OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE.

Vertical multiples of the 12c 1851 are far scarcer than horizontal pairs. The vertical format, intensity of impression, margins and colorful cancels leave nothing to be desired in this pair.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

700
1,600
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