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Sale 878 — 2004 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 12 June, 2004

Category — Postmasters Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
224
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 224, Postmasters ProvisionalsBaltimore Md., 5c Black (3X1), Baltimore Md., 5c Black (3X1)Baltimore Md., 5c Black (3X1). Large margins to just in with complete framelines on three sides, tied by blue "Paid" handstamp, matching "5" in circle and "Baltimore Md. Feb. 9" circular datestamp on 1847 folded letter to Philadelphia, vertical file fold thru stamp

A FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT BALTIMORE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL USED ON COVER AND CANCELLED SOLELY BY A HANDSTAMPED MARKING.

Unlisted in Hayes census.

10,500
3,250
225
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 225, Postmasters ProvisionalsBaltimore Md., 5c Red on Manila Entire (3XU2), Baltimore Md., 5c Red on Manila Entire (3XU2)Baltimore Md., 5c Red on Manila Entire (3XU2). Lightly inked strikes as is usual for the scarcer Red provisional, sharp blue "Baltimore Md. May 17" (1846) circular datestamp on entire addressed to Miss Susan Julia Mayer in Reading Pa., small stain spot at right, missing small part of backflap from opening

VERY FINE. ONLY SIX EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT RED ON MANILA ENVELOPE ARE RECORDED IN THE HAYES CENSUS.

From our Concord (1994) and 2000 Rarities sales.

9,000
1,900
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226
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 226, Postmasters ProvisionalsBrattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1), Brattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1)Brattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1). Position 5 from the upper right corner of the sheet of ten, large margins all around, guideline at left and bottom right, trace of adjoining stamp also shows at bottom, a marvelous deep impression with every line of engraving printed in perfect clarity, tied at lower right by vivid red "Paid" straightline on small piece of cover

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE THREE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE BRATTLEBORO POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL STAMP, OF WHICH A TOTAL OF 32 ARE KNOWN OFF COVER, INCLUDING FIVE SOUND COPIES.

Of the 32 off-cover Brattleboro stamps recorded by Philip T. Wall, five are sound. Only three of the five have four full margins (the framelines are touched on two others). These three sound four-margin stamps are as follows: 1) Position 5, tied by red "Paid" on piece, the example offered here, last sold in our 2000 Rarities sale for $32,500 hammer; 2) Position 1, red "Paid", offered as part of the Lapham-Colson-Wall reconstruction, Christie's Oct. 12, 1989 sale, lot 628; and 3) Position 9, light red manuscript control mark, offered as part of the Lapham-Colson-Wall reconstruction (Christie's Oct. 12, 1989 sale, lot 628) and in our Sale 826, lot 103. In addition to the off-cover stamps recorded by Wall, there are six sound stamps still on covers.

With 2000 P.F. certificate. The Scott Catalogue value of $10,000.00 does not reflect a transaction involving any of the sound stamps.

E. 30,000-40,000
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227
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 227, Postmasters ProvisionalsBrattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1), Brattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1)Brattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1). Position 2, large margins with full framelines complete on all four sides, lightly cancelled by pen (almost appears unused), slight trace of thinning at center

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE BRATTLEBORO PROVISIONAL.

A total of 52 Brattleboro provisional stamps are recorded (32 off cover and 20 on 19 covers). Of these, many are faulty due to the softness of the paper.

Ex Ferrary and Weill. "W.H.C." (Colson) backstamp.

10,000
12,000
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228
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 228, Postmasters ProvisionalsBrattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1), Brattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1)Brattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1). Position 7, large margins to in, repaired tear at bottom left where stamp was affected by file fold (since lifted and moved to the right), cancelled by red "Paid" handstamp, second strike at left, matching "Brattleboro Vt. Apr. 19" circular datestamp on 1847 folded letter to Greenfield Mass.

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY BRATTLEBORO FROM POSITION 7 KNOWN ON COVER, AND THE ONLY STAMP FROM THIS POSITION CANCELLED BY THE RED "PAID" HANDSTAMP.

The unpublished Brattleboro census by Philip T. Wall lists a total of 52 stamps, including 20 stamps on 19 covers.

Ex Allen.

35,000
6,250
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229
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 229, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Greenish (11X1), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Greenish (11X1)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Greenish (11X1). Type III, Position 5, ample margins to touching frameline, two neat diagonal pen strokes, tiny sealed tear at bottom and deep thin spot at top, Fine appearing example of the 5c St. Louis Bear

4,750
1,800
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230
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 230, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2), St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2)St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2). Type I, Position 2, ample margins to into frameline at top, light ms. cancel, repaired, Fine appearance

4,250
1,700
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