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

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 November, 2003

Category — Fancy Cancellations

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3080
FC
Sale 869, Lot 3080, Fancy CancellationsBridgeport Fireman. Waterbury Conn. (Rohloff E-6), full and perfectly-defined strike ties 3c Rose (65) on small piece, Extremely Fine, only sixteen covers recorded by William T. Crowe between Apr. 25 and June 3, 1866 -- the cancel was inspired by the annual Bridgeport Fireman's Parade through Waterbury

E. 1,000-1,500
7,000
3081
c
Sale 869, Lot 3081, Fancy CancellationsGeorge Washington's Bust. An exact replica of the 3c 1861 Issue bust, struck directly on top of the Washington bust on a 3c Rose (65), "Tunknannock Pa. Sep. 6" circular datestamp on buff cover to Philadelphia, 1865 docketing

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE AND CERTAINLY NOT COINCIDENTAL STRIKE OF THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BUST ON ITS POSTAGE-STAMP COUNTERPART.

With 1986 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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3082
c
Sale 869, Lot 3082, Fancy CancellationsMan in Hat. Bold strike ties 3c Rose (65), "Columbus Ga. Sep. 17" duplex circular datestamp on pristine cover with printed address to Roswell Ga., bold strikes of "Marietta Ga. Sep. 19" duplex datestamp and segmented cork with criss-crossing "Forwarded" and "Missent" straightlines, slightly reduced at left

EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR COMBINATION OF THE RARE "MAN IN HAT" FANCY CANCEL AND AUXILLIARY POSTAL MARKINGS.

Ex Haas (who paid $340 for this cover in a 1968 Siegel sale). With 1980 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
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3083
c
Sale 869, Lot 3083, Fancy CancellationsBoy's Head in Circle. Perfect strike ties 3c Rose (65), "White House Station N.J. Feb. 23" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Trenton N.J., docketing ties stamp, trivial faint waterstain at edges, still Very Fine, one of the finest on-cover strikes of this rare fancy cancel

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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3084
c
Sale 869, Lot 3084, Fancy CancellationsBoy's Head in Circle. Clear strike ties 3c Red, F. Grill (94), "White House Station N.J. Oct. 16" circular datestamp on pink cover with grocer's corner card to Hollowayville Ill., slightly reduced at right and negligible perf toning, otherwise Very Fine, rare cancel, with 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
0
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3085
c
Sale 869, Lot 3085, Fancy CancellationsBare Feet. Unique cancel design depicting Two Bare Feet with Ten Toes clearly struck with duplex "Lansing Mich. Jan. 15" circular datestamp tying 3c Red, F. Grill (94) on cover with printed Peace Dove banner to Burr Oak Mich., forwarded to Three Rivers with blue duplex datestamp and target, toned spot at bottom right corner of stamp, otherwise Very Fine, extremely rare cancel and a most attractive cover, ex Eno, with 1986 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
950
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3086
c
Sale 869, Lot 3086, Fancy CancellationsRunning Fox, Facing Left. Perfect bold strike ties 3c Rose (65), "Hockanum Con. Jul. 31" circular datestamp on small cover to East Hartford Conn., reduced slightly and backflap moved to hide stains, which are evident on back and left edge

VERY FINE STRIKE OF THE DISTINCTIVE HOCKANUM FOX. ONLY ONE OR TWO EXAMPLES OF THIS VERSION, WITH THE FOX FACING LEFT, ARE KNOWN ON COVER.

Ex Judge Fay. With 1983 P.F. certificate stating "genuine usage".

E. 7,500-10,000
6,750
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3087
c
Sale 869, Lot 3087, Fancy CancellationsRunning Fox, Facing Right. Full and clear strike ties 3c Rose (65), "Hockanum Con. Dec. 10" circular datestamp on small neat cover to Cleveland O., stamp has corner crease and minute tear

VERY FINE STRIKE OF THE RARE HOCKANUM FOX FANCY CANCEL ON A MOST ATTRACTIVE COVER. ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THIS FAMOUS CANCELLATION.

Ex Fay and Sheriff.

E. 5,000-7,500
4,250
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3088
c
Sale 869, Lot 3088, Fancy CancellationsPeace Dove. Sharp detailed strike ties 3c Rose (65), "New-York Apr. 12" (1866) duplex circular datestamp on pristine cover to Evansville Ind.

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE CLEAREST STRIKES OF THE NEW YORK CITY "PEACE DOVE" FANCY CANCEL KNOWN ON COVER.

Although collectors have previously given this fancy cancellation the title "Bird on Nest", in our opinion it is more accurately described as the "Peace Dove". The design copies contemporary illustrations of a dove carrying the banner of peace (see lot 3085), and its use in April 1866 coincides with post-Civil War sentiments toward peace and reconstruction. The New York City Soldier's Head cancellation was used within the same month, and the 15c Lincoln commemorative (Scott 77) was issued in April 1866.

We estimate that a total of twelve to fifteen Peace Dove covers exist, about half of which are clear strikes. With the private sale of Louis Grunin's collection of New York City cancellations to John R. Boker Jr. and subsequent acquisition of the Boker fancy cancel collection by a European collector, three of the finer-quality Peace Dove covers have been taken off the market indefinitely.

With 1984 P.F. certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,750
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3089
c
Sale 869, Lot 3089, Fancy CancellationsPeace Dove. Bold strike on 3c Rose (65), matching "New York Apr. 14" (1866) duplex circular datestamp on yellow cover to Boston with embossed corner card, two small scotch tape stains

VERY FINE AND BOLD STRIKE OF THE RARE NEW YORK CITY "PEACE DOVE" CANCELLATION.

As noted in the previous description, the design and historical context of this fancy cancel make the description "Peace Dove" much more appropriate than the previous label "Bird in Nest".

With 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
0
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3090
c
Sale 869, Lot 3090, Fancy CancellationsRooster. As clear a strike as exists, duplex "Waterloo N.Y. Mar. 11" circular datestamp ties 3c Rose (65) on yellow cover to Blew Island Ill., slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, exceedingly rare design, with 1992 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
900
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3091
c
Sale 869, Lot 3091, Fancy Cancellations"Lincoln" and Stars in Circle. Remarkably bold strike ties 3c Rose (65), "Albany N.Y. Sep. 30" duplex circular datestamp on cover to Salem N.Y., reduced about -1/2 in. at right and small repair at bottom right corner, still an Extremely Fine strike of this very scarce and desirable cancellation, ex Grunin

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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3092
c
Sale 869, Lot 3092, Fancy Cancellations"A.J." (Andrew Johnson). Bold strike of this pro-Johnson political cancel ties 3c Rose (65), second part strike with duplex "Brattleboro Vt. 11 Feb." circular datestamp on cover to Hazardville Conn., slightly reduced and couple small tears at right, faint edge stains, still Very Fine, the Brattleboro postmaster created a number of unusual cancels, including the Devil & Pitchfork, Uncle Sam Thumbing Nose and this Andrew Johnson "A.J." design, which appears to express pro-Johnson sentiments

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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3093
c
Sale 869, Lot 3093, Fancy CancellationsUnion" and Star in Pentagon. Intense bold blue strike ties 3c Rose (65), matching "Mittineague Mass. Feb. 19" circular datestamp on pristine cover to Palmer Mass., 1864 letter enclosed, Extremely Fine, perfection

E. 1,000-1,500
4,250
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3094
c
Sale 869, Lot 3094, Fancy CancellationsPadlock. Perfect bold strike ties 3c Rose (65), top sheet selvage, equally clear "Starkville N.Y. Feb. 6" circular datestamp on small pristine cover addressed in blue to West Kortright N.Y.

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL COVER WITH THIS RARE PICTORIAL CANCEL.

Although the Waterbury Padlock has earned far greater recognition, in our opinion the Starkville Padlock is executed with equivalent skill, and the overall appearance of this cover leaves nothing more to be desired.

Ex Sheriff. With 1982 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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3095
c
Sale 869, Lot 3095, Fancy CancellationsShield and Stars. Distinctive design struck twice in blue with duplex "Newark O. Aug. 30" circular datestamp tying 3c Rose (65) on cover to Pittsburgh Pa., Extremely Fine, very rare, ex Knapp and Haas, with 1981 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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3096
c
Sale 869, Lot 3096, Fancy CancellationsMasonic Square & Compass with "G". Negative design boldly struck in blue tying 3c Rose (65), matching "Brattleboro Vt. Aug. 27" double-circle datestamp on fresh cover to Washington D.C., slightly reduced at right, Extremely Fine, remarkably beautiful

E. 750-1,000
475
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3097
c
Sale 869, Lot 3097, Fancy CancellationsNegative "Oct". Full clear strike ties 3c Rose (65), "Putnam Con. Oct. 17" circular datestamp on small cover to Norwich Conn., reduced about -1/2 in. at left, Very Fine, scarce

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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