Sale 869 — Fall 2003 U.S. Rarities: United States, Confederate States, Historic Flights and Hawaii
Sale Date — Saturday, 15 November, 2003
Category — Postmasters Provisionals
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)
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
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.