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Sale 811 — 1999 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 May, 1999

Category — Postmasters Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
16°
 
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 16, Postmasters ProvisionalsBaltimore Md., 5c Black on Bluish (3X3), Baltimore Md., 5c Black on Bluish (3X3)Baltimore Md., 5c Black on Bluish (3X3). Traces of framelines show around evenly cut margins, tied on small piece by blue "Paid" without usual pen cancel

VERY FINE. A HANDSOME EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.

Roumet backstamp

5,000
0
17°
 
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 17, Postmasters ProvisionalsMillbury Mass., 5c Black on Bluish (7X1), Millbury Mass., 5c Black on Bluish (7X1)Millbury Mass., 5c Black on Bluish (7X1). Two clear to ample margins, just into outer rim at top and left, clear impression on bright fresh paper, tied by neat "Milbury Ms. Mar. 23" circular datestamp in red on piece of folded cover (circa 1847), light folds in piece clear of stamp

A VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS DISTINCTIVE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL STAMP. THE ONLY SOUND STAMP AMONG THE NINE USED EXAMPLES RECORDED ON PIECE OR OFF COVER.

This piece is illustrated and discussed in Philip T. Wall's article on the Millbury provisional (Chronicle 120 and 121), in which he records seventeen examples (an eighteenth stamp on cover has since been recorded). There are three stamps known on pieces, two of which are tied by the town marking. The stamps on the other two pieces are creased. All of the six used stamps off cover and not on piece have creases or more serious faults.

Backstamped W.H.C. (Warren H. Colson). With 1996 P.F. certificate

20,000
18,000
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18°
 
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 18, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, "ACM" Initials (9X2), New York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, "ACM" Initials (9X2)New York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, "ACM" Initials (9X2). Position 37, large margins all around, neat red "PAID" in arc handstamp, wonderful impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. EXCEEDINGLY RARE WITHOUT A PEN CANCELLATION.

With 1961 and 1998 P.F. certificates

3,600
5,500
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19
 
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 19, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Greenish (11X1), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Greenish (11X1)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Greenish (11X1). Position 5, full to huge margins all around, corner angled at top left well clear of design, tied only by red "St. Louis Mo. Feb. 10" circular datestamp on small piece, deep impression on bright greenish paper

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. ONLY 20-25 OFF-COVER EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN TIED EXCLUSIVELY BY THE RED ST. LOUIS DATESTAMP.

With 1974 P.F. certificate

2,750
4,500
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20
 
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 20, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2), St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2)St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2). Position 6, large margins all around, tied only by "St. Louis Mo. Feb. 20" circular datestamp on small blue piece, crisp impression on bright greenish paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. VERY RARE CANCELLED SOLELY BY THE RED ST. LOUIS DATESTAMP.

Small "W.H.C." backstamp (Colson). With 1973 P.F. certificate

2,500
5,750
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21°
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 21, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2), St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2)St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2). Position 6, large margins all around, intense proof-like impression on deep green paper, two neat pen stroke cancels, tied by red "St. Louis Jan. 13" circular datestamp, matching "Paid" and ms. "10" rate on 1846 folded letter to Charnley & Whelen at Philadelphia, usual horizontal file fold

EXTREMELY FINE AND FRESH. A SUPERB STAMP ON A PRISTINE COVER -- ONE OF THE CHOICEST ST. LOUIS "BEAR" PROVISIONAL COVERS FROM THE FAMOUS CHARNLEY & WHELEN FIND.

This cover has not been available in the market for decades.

5,000
8,000
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