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Sale 834 — U.S. & C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 6 March, 2001

Category — West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork Cancellations

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
488
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 488, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Bold strike ties 2c Black (73) on unsealed buff cover to Windsor Conn., "West Meriden Conn. Aug. 29" (1866) circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE AND COVER. THE FINEST OF THE THREE KNOWN EXAMPLES OF A 2-CENT BLACK JACK TIED ON COVER BY THE WEST MERIDEN DEVIL AND PITCHFORK FANCY CANCEL.

Census records contain the following three genuine examples (in chronological order, all 1866 dates): 1) Jun. 1 to Meriden Conn. with U.S. Internal Revenue printed corner card, weak strike, stamp defective, offered in lot 512; 2) Aug. 1 to Wallingford Conn. with U.S. Internal Revenue printed corner card, cover with two tiny faults, ex Lehman, Rorke (realized $6,500 hammer in 1988); and 3) Aug. 29 to Windsor Conn., unsealed circular-rate cover, the example offered here.

With 1981 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
8,000
489
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 489, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Perfect strike ties 3c Rose (65) on immaculate cover to South Barton Vt., Blake correspondence, "West Meriden Conn. Aug. 10" (1866) circular datestamp, Extremely Fine strike and cover

E. 1,500-2,000
2,500
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490
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 490, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Bold strike ties 3c Rose (65) on fresh cover to Middletown Conn., "West Meriden Conn. Apr. 21" circular datestamp, with original 1866 letter, slightly reduced at right barely affecting stamp, still Extremely Fine, in this strike the Devil & Pitchfork is rotated slightly clockwise

E. 1,000-1,500
525
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491
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 491, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Perfect dark strike and "West Meriden Conn. Jul. 3" circular datestamp tie 3c Rose (65) on immaculate cover to New Haven Conn., with original 1866 letter and second printed enclosure, expertly repaired tear in backflap and top of cover well clear of stamp and cancel, Extremely Fine strike

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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492
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 492, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Clear strike ties 3c Rose (65) on cover to South Barton Vt., Blake correspondence, "West Meriden Conn. Apr. 17" (1866) circular datestamp, natural production crease in cover at lower left, Extremely Fine, this is the earliest recorded cover with the Devil & Pitchfork cancel (see lot 508 for Apr. 16 piece)

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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493
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 493, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Perfect bold strike ties 3c Rose (65) on small cover to Higganum Conn., partly clear "West Meriden Conn. Jun. 8" (1866) circular datestamp, cover with small faint stains, Extremely Fine strike, with 1994 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,050
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494
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 494, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Bold strike and "West Meriden Conn. Jul. 26" (1866) circular datestamp tie 3c Rose (65) on cover to Southington Conn., cover with top corners repaired not affecting stamp or cancel, Extremely Fine strike

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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495
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 495, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Clear strike ties 3c Rose (65) on fresh cover to South Barton Vt., Blake correspondence, "West Meriden Conn. May 18" (1866) circular datestamp, Extremely Fine strike, illustrated in Skinner-Eno (p. 113), ex Knapp, Souren, Eno

E. 750-1,000
400
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496
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 496, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Mostly bold strike ties 3c Rose (65) on cover to Deep River Conn., "West Meriden Conn. 20 Aug." (1866) circular datestamp, cover opened a bit roughly at right, Extremely Fine strike

E. 750-1,000
375
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497
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 497, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Mostly clear strike ties 3c Rose (65) on pink cover to Windsor Locks Conn., "West Meriden Conn. May 1" (1866) circular datestamp, minor opening tears at top, Very Fine strike in slightly rotated position

E. 500-750
325
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498
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 498, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Mostly clear strike ties 3c Rose (65) on immaculate cover to South Barton Vt., Blake correspondence, "West Meriden Conn. May 17" (1866) circular datestamp, Very Fine strike, ex Sampson

E. 500-750
210
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499
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 499, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Bold strike ties 3c Rose (65) on cover to New Britain Conn., "West Meriden Conn. Aug. 31" (1866) circular datestamp, cover slightly reduced at right and minor edge wear, Extremely Fine strike, probably the last day of usage as the postmaster changed the next day

E. 750-1,000
425
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500
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 500, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Light strike ties 3c Rose (65) on cover to Lyons Falls N.Y., "West Meriden Conn. Aug. 2" (1866) circular datestamp, Fine strike

E. 400-500
325
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501
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 501, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Partly clear strike and "West Meriden Conn. Jun. 4" (1866) circular datestamp tie pair of 3c Rose (65) on blue legal-size cover to West Cheshire, forwarded to Brooksvale Conn., couple light vertical creases, Very Fine strike, this is the only known double rate example of this fancy cancel, ex Herst

E. 400-500
280
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502
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 502, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Bold strike on 3c Pink entire (U58) to Providence R.I., "West Meriden Conn. Jun. 15" (1866) circular datestamp, blue "N.C. Stiles & Co. West Meriden, Conn. Presses and Dies." handstamp, Extremely Fine strike, Stiles & Co. is most likely the firm that created the metal Devil & Pitchfork device for the West Meriden postmaster, with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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503
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 503, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Bold strike on fresh 3c Pink entire (U58) to Providence R.I., "West Meriden Conn. Aug. 15" (1866) circular datestamp, blue "N.C. Stiles & Co. West Meriden, Conn. Presses and Dies" handstamp, slightly reduced at left, Extremely Fine strike and entire from Stiles & Co.

E. 1,000-1,500
525
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504
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 504, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Partly clear strike on 3c Pink entire (U58) to Providence R.I., "West Meriden Conn. Jun. 7" (1866) circular datestamp, blue "N.C. Stiles & Co. West Meriden, Conn. Presses and Dies." handstamp, Pink entire slightly oxidized, Very Fine strike

E. 200-300
100
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505
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 505, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Clear strike on 3c Pink entire (U58) to Providence R.I., "West Meriden Conn. May 14" (1866) circular datestamp, Very Fine strike

E. 500-750
210
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506
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 506, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Perfect strike of cancel and "West Meriden Conn. Jun. 20" (1866) circular datestamp on backflap of cover to West Meriden Conn., front of cover with 3c Rose (65) tied by "Hartford Conn." circular datestamp, "Advertised" and "Unclaimed" in ovals and "May 23" handstamp applied at West Meriden, sealed cover tears, Extremely Fine strike, the only example of the Devil & Pitchfork used as a receiving mark, ex Judge Fay

E. 300-400
450
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507
FC
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 507, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. West Meriden Conn., perfect strike on 3c Rose (65), trace of circular datestamp at bottom, stamp with perf faults, Extremely Fine strike

E. 400-500
425
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508
FC
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 508, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. West Meriden Conn., complete perfectly struck "West Meriden Conn. Apr. 16" (1866) duplex ties 3c Rose (65) on cut to shape piece, stamp with few trimmed perfs, Extremely Fine strike -- this is the earliest known usage of this fancy cancel

E. 400-500
210
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509
FC
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 509, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. West Meriden Conn., bold strike on 3c Rose (65), stamp with small faults, Extremely Fine strike

E. 400-500
210
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510
FC
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 510, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Two bold strikes tie three 3c Rose (65) on piece, "West Meriden Conn. May 12" (1866) circular datestamp, one stamp with pulled corner perf, piece with small tear at top, Very Fine strikes, this is the only recorded multiple strike, ex Hardy, Knapp, Souren and Eno

E. 500-750
375
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511
FC
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 511, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. West Meriden Conn., one mostly complete bold strike and one light strike on individual 3c Rose (65), stamps with faults, Fine-Very Fine strikes

E. 150-200
190
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512
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 512, West Meriden Conn. Devil & Pitchfork CancellationsDevil & Pitchfork, Devil & PitchforkDevil & Pitchfork. Balance of three covers, first with light strike tying 2c Black (73), top portion torn off prior to use, on immaculate cover with U.S. Internal Revenue printed corner card, "West Meriden Conn. Jun. 1" (1866) circular datestamp, second with 3c Rose (65) tied by light strike on yellow cover, stamp and cover with faults, third with 3c Rose (65) tied by light strike and circular datestamp on fresh Blake correspondence cover, Fine strikes, the 2c cover is one of three recorded Black Jack covers with the Devil & Pitchfork

E. 500-750
300
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