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Sale 869 — Fall 2003 U.S. Rarities: United States, Confederate States, Historic Flights and Hawaii

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 November, 2003

Category — 1847 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3011
 
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3011, 1847 Issue5c Brown Orange, Double Transfer Ty. A (1b - A), 5c Brown Orange, Double Transfer Ty. A (1b - A)5c Brown Orange, Double Transfer Ty. A (1b - A). Position 80R1 with double transfer of top frameline, enormous margins with large part of adjacent stamp at bottom and sheet margin at right, two black grid cancels, Extremely Fine, an extremely rare example of the Brown Orange shade from the Type A double transfer position, with 2003 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as normal Brown Orange

1,500
1,900
3012°
 
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3012, 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Vertical pair, Positions 46/56R, large to huge margins, two light red 7-bar grid cancels, fresh color on nicely blued paper, clear impression

EXTREMELY FINE. VERTICAL PAIRS OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE ARE EXTREMELY RARE IN THIS SUPERIOR GRADE. SUPERB IN EVERY RESPECT.

Ex Rust, Koppersmith, Wall (where it realized $6,500 hammer) and Mayer.

With 1987 P.F. certificate

3,250
3,500
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3013°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3013, 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Mostly large margins, touched at lower right, tied by blue "Philadelphia Pa. Feb. 22" circular datestamp, D. O. Blood & Co., (1c) Bronze on Black (15L17), acid tied, on embossed Valentine cover addressed in blue to Northumberland Pa., ms. on backflap "Paid 5, Unpaid 5" indicating overweight contents, trivial sealed edge tear at bottom left

EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT 1847 VALENTINE WITH BLOOD'S LOCAL POST STAMP.

With 1985 and 1999 P.F. certificates

E. 7,500-10,000
6,000
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3014°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3014, 1847 Issue5c Grayish Brown (1a), 5c Grayish Brown (1a)5c Grayish Brown (1a). Horizontal pair, distinctive shade and fine impression, mostly full margins, just touched at lower right, tied by red square grid, matching "New-York Jun. 24" circular datestamp on 1848 folded cover to Toronto, Canada, red "Queenston U.C. Jun. 26, 1848" datestamp, ms. "4-1/2" Canadian rate, Toronto receiving backstamp, Very Fine, a beautiful cross-border cover with one of the more elusive 1847 shades, ex Matthies, Sevenoaks and Hillmer

E. 2,000-3,000
2,700
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3015°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3015, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Full margins to close at lower right, rich color, sharp impression, bold ms. "X" cancel, used on folded cover from Montreal, Canada, to Boston Mass., clear strike of red "Montreal Canada Paid SP 16, 1848" tombstone datestamp, red ms. "4-1/2" Canadian rate, neatly docketed on flap, interesting notation on inside indicates that this was the transmittal cover for a letter to be posted by steamer from Boston, requesting addressee to "pay the United States Postage"

VERY FINE. AN UNUSUALLY FRESH AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE UNITED STATES 1847 ISSUE USED FROM CANADA.

At this stage of U.S.-Canadian postal relations, it was possible to prepay U.S. postage on mail from Canada to the U.S. with stamps supplied to Canadian post offices. In this case the sender in Montreal correctly prepaid the 5c under-300 miles rate from the border to Boston. The sender's note inside indicates that he was forwarding a letter to be sent by a Cunarder on Sep. 20, 1848.

With 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
6,000
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3016
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3016, 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large margins all around, beautiful deep shade and proof-like early impression, tied by bold strike of red square grid, matching "New-York 10cts. 17 Jul." (1847) integral-rate circular datestamp on bluish folded cover to Agent of Bank of Montreal at Belleville, Canada West, red "Montreal L.C. JY 20 1847" transit datestamp, ms. "1/5-1/2" Canadian rate, backstamped Kingston and Belleville (both Jul. 21), vertical file fold

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS JULY 17, 1847, COVER IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF THE UNITED STATES FIRST GENERAL ISSUE TO OR FROM CANADA.

The earliest recorded use of the 1847 Issue is the 10c cover from New York City to Indianapolis, postmarked July 2, 1847. The earliest use of the 1847 Issue to a foreign destination is the 10c cover from Philadelphia to London, postmarked July 14, 1847. Next in line is this July 17 cover to Canada, which is the earliest use of the 1847 Issue on a cover to any location in British North America.

The 10c 1847 stamp paid the single-rate postage to the U.S.-Canada border. From there to Belleville, the rate was calculated at 1 shilling 5-1/2 pence, approximately 18 pence, which corresponds to the 9p rate for distance (about 250 miles), doubled for weight over one-half ounce.

E. 20,000-30,000
18,000
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3017°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3017, 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Position 57L "Harelip" plate flaw, huge margins all around, tied by red square grids, matching "New-York Dec. 7" circular datestamp on 1848 folded letter to Toronto, Canada, sender's routing via Lewiston N.Y., red Queenston Dec. 9 circular datestamp, ms. "4-1/2" rate

EXTREMELY FINE GEM STAMP ON A FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE CROSS-BORDER COVER. POSSIBLY THE FINEST COVER EXTANT WITH A 10-CENT 1847 SHOWING THIS DISTINCTIVE PLATE FLAW.

With 1999 P.F. certificate. The "Harelip" variety is listed in Scott and priced at $1,900.00 off cover

E. 3,000-4,000
3,750
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3018°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3018, 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large margins all around showing trace of frameline of adjacent stamp at bottom, sharp proof-like impression, tied by red square grid, matching "New-York Dec. 22" datestamp on 1849 folded letter to London, Canada, ms. "9" pence due marking, Queenston Dec. 23 (?) circular datestamp, Dec. 27 receiving backstamp, light vertical file fold well clear of stamp, Extremely Fine Gem stamp and cover, with 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
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