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

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 November, 2003

Category — Postmasters Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3005°
 
Sale 869, Lot 3005, Postmasters ProvisionalsBrattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1). Position 1, large margins with complete guideline at right, light red pen mark at upper left, proof-like impression, thin spots

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE CONDITION OF THIS STAMP IS FAR SUPERIOR TO MANY OF THE 32 RECORDED OFF-COVER EXAMPLES OF THE BRATTLEBORO PROVISIONAL. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY FROM THE ORIGINAL CHUBBUCK SHEET AND LAPHAM-COLSON-WALL RECONSTRUCTION.

This stamp comes from the sheet retained by the printer, Thomas Chubbuck, who sold three stamps to collectors before selling the remaining block of seven to L. H. Bragg in September 1870. Bragg, in turn, sold the block to John W. Scott. The stamps from the Chubbuck block were eventually cut apart and sold to different collectors. In the 1920's Raymond W. Lapham, with the professional help of Warren H. Colson, reconstructed the Brattleboro plate positions, including some stamps from the Chubbuck sheet.

Ex Waud. With 1974 P.F. certificate as "repaired" but it is not (usual thins only)

10,000
7,500
3006°
c
Sale 869, Lot 3006, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a). Horizontal pair, Positions 39-40, full to huge margins with bottom right sheet margins, two neat blue pen strokes and tied by "New York 10 cts. 19 Dec." integral-rate datestamp, second strike and matching red "Paid" in arc on folded cover made from ledger paper with 1845 docketing to New Orleans, vertical file fold clear of stamps, Extremely Fine pair and cover, ex Mayer

2,100
1,800
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3007°
c
Sale 869, Lot 3007, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2). Type I, Position 2, huge even margins, two neat pen strokes and tied by well-struck red "St. Louis Mo. Dec. 20" circular datestamp, matching "Paid" handstamp and ms. "10" rate on 1845 folded letter to Philadelphia, Charnley & Whelan correspondence, light horizontal file fold thru address

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB STAMP ON A FRESH 1845 FOLDED LETTER. THIS IS ONE OF THE WIDEST-MARGINED EXAMPLES OF THE 10-CENT ST. LOUIS PROVISIONAL ON GREENISH PAPER KNOWN ON COVER.

Signed Colson and Weill handstamp. Ex Caspary and Mayer. With 2002 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $8,000.00

E. 12,000-15,000
14,000
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3008
 
Sale 869, Lot 3008, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2). Type III, Position 6, large even margins, fresh color, single penstroke and part of red circular datestamp, small filled-in thin spot at bottom, Extremely Fine appearance, a scarce stamp

4,250
2,600
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3009
ng
Sale 869, Lot 3009, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Gray Lilac (11X5). Type III, Position 6, uncancelled (no gum), faults incl. repair at bottom with margin added, other sides just touching to clear, Fine appearance, a respectable uncancelled example of this rare stamp

5,500
1,400
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3010
 
Sale 869, Lot 3010, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7). Type III Retouched, Position 5, ample to large margins, usual pen cancel, fragile pelure paper has been partially rebacked, sealed tear

VERY FINE. THE 5-CENT ON PELURE IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE ST. LOUIS "BEARS" PROVISIONALS.

Pelure paper was used for the last printing after the 20c denomination on Positions 1 and 3 were burnished out and the 5c values were reengraved. At the time of this modification to the plate, Position 5 was slightly altered by adding a dot within the bottom ball of the figure "5". Pelure stamps are almost always faulty and often seriously defective.

6,500
3,250
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