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Sale 824 — 2000 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 May, 2000

Category — Postmasters Provisionals (Providence R.I.)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
25
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 25, Postmasters Provisionals (Providence R.I.)Providence R.I., 5c & 10c Gray Black, Se-Tenant (10X2a), Providence R.I., 5c & 10c Gray Black, Se-Tenant (10X2a)Providence R.I., 5c & 10c Gray Black, Se-Tenant (10X2a). Complete sheet of twelve, original gum, most are lightly hinged at edges or corners, a few with small h.r., second row from is top Mint N.H., trace of thin speck in bottom margin, Very Fine, ex Duveen and Seybold (his usual backstamp struck on second row from bottom)

6,400
3,750
26
 
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 26, Postmasters Provisionals (Providence R.I.)Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1), Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1)Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1). Large and even margins all around, cancelled by usual penstroke, tied by red "Providence R.I. Nov. 16" (1847) circular datestamp on large part of folded cover to Sheffield, England, matching red "Paid" and "5" handstamps, "1/-" due marking, Liverpool transit (Nov. 29) and receiving datestamp (Nov. 30), file crease thru stamp

ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED USAGES OF THE PROVIDENCE PROVISIONAL STAMP TO A FOREIGN DESTINATION, AND THE ONLY ONE TIED BY THE PROVIDENCE CIRCULAR DATESTAMP. FROM A NEW DISCOVERY.

The discovery of this large part of a cover brings the total recorded foreign usages of the Providence provisional stamp to four. There are three covers: 1) tied by ms. on cover to London, Sheffield correspondence, ex Pope; 2) tied by ms. on cover dated Apr. 26 to London, England, Reynolds correspondence; and 3) cancelled by ms. on folded cover to Sheffield, England, filing crease affecting stamp, address partially erased. The piece offered here is notable also for the fact that the stamp is tied by the red Providence datestamp. Less than a dozen covers are known with the provisional tied by the red Providence datestamp.

Excluding the New York postmaster's stamp, which served a more general use than any other provisional, only five postmasters' provisional usages to foreign countries have been recorded: the four listed above for Providence and one Baltimore 10c cover.

Scott Retail for a stamp on cover tied by datestamp is $20,000.00

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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27
c
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 27, Postmasters Provisionals (Providence R.I.)Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1), Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1)Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1). Large even margins all around, usual ms. check cancel, used on blue folded cover to Norwich Conn., red "Providence R.I. Mar. 3" circular datestamp, matching straightline "Paid" and "5" handstamps, stamp with tiny margin flaw, vertical file fold barely affects stamp

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE PROVIDENCE PROVISIONAL USED ON COVER.

No. 36 in Slater census. With 1959 P.F. certificate.

4,500
4,000
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28
c
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 28, Postmasters Provisionals (Providence R.I.)Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1), Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1)Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1). Three large margins, clear to slightly in at top, cancelled by usual ms. check mark, red "Providence R.I. Mar. 15" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" and "5" handstamps on folded cover to Boston

VERY FINE PROVIDENCE PROVISIONAL COVER FROM THE CLAPP CORRESPONDENCE.

The most important find of Providence provisionals is the Clapp correspondence. A Swedish antiques dealer in Boston discovered the letters in 1927 when cleaning out an old chest.

Initialled by D.F. Kelleher and Slater (who handled the original find)

4,500
4,250
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