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Sale 886 — The Dr. Robert LeBow Collection, Part 2: United States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 10 November, 2004

Category — 1851-56 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3048
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3048, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Enormous margins all around incl. sheet margin at top, tied by "New-York Jun. 3" circular datestamp on unsealed cover to Collinstown Va., Extremely Fine Gem, ex Grunin

E. 500-750
675
3049
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3049, 1851-56 Issue3c Orange Brown (10), 3c Orange Brown (10)3c Orange Brown (10). Plate 0, brilliant color, huge margins to clear incl. sheet margin at left and part of adjoining stamp at right, tied by perfect strike of "Bellows Falls Vt. Nov. 3" circular datestamp on blue 1851 folded letter with hotel illustration inside, to Proctorsville Vt., faint vertical file fold well clear of stamp, Extremely Fine, superb in every respect

E. 500-750
210
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3050
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3050, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11), 3c Dull Red (11)3c Dull Red (11). Full margins to just in, tied by "Rochester Depot O. Jul. 12" circular datestamp on "God Hath Made of One Blood All Nations of Men" Peace Propaganda cover to Albion N.Y., fresh and Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
900
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3051
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3051, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11), 3c Dull Red (11)3c Dull Red (11). Radiant color on bright paper, tied by blue "Concord N.H. Jan. 5" circular datestamp on Temperance Propaganda cover to Salem N.H., fresh and Very Fine

E. 300-400
600
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3052
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3052, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11), 3c Dull Red (11)3c Dull Red (11). Full margins to just in, tied by "Trenton N.J. Apr. 23" circular datestamp on Temperance Propaganda cover to New Germantown N.J., trivial edgewear, fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
325
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3053
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3053, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11), 3c Dull Red (11)3c Dull Red (11). Large margins to clear incl. part of adjoining stamp at top, tied by blue "Fulton Mo. Mar. 12" circular datestamp on cover with Balm of Gilead label to Moss P.O. Mo., some cover toning on back only, Very Fine

E. 150-200
110
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3054
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3054, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11), 3c Dull Red (11)3c Dull Red (11). Vertical pair, large margins to just in incl. part of adjoining stamp at top, tied by "New-York Nov. 14" circular datestamp on orange cover from San Francisco to Brunswick Me., well-struck blue "Forwarded via Nicaragua From Noisy Carriers Publishing Hall, San Francisco" also faint strike of blue "Stmr. Sierra Nevada/Via Nicaragua/Ahead of the Mails" handstamp, endorsed "Via Nicaragua", fresh and Very Fine, attractive and scarce usage

E. 750-1,000
1,800
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3055
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3055, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2), 1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2)1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2). Large margins all around, red star cancel, used with 3c Dull Red (11), full margins to just in, both stamps tied by "New York & Phila. R.R. Dec. 6" route agent's datestamp on brown cover to Trenton N.J., "Blood's Despatch Envelope Philada." embossed imprint on top flap, Very Fine, extremely rare Eagle Carrier usage with railroad route agent's datestamp tying stamps, other covers with this franking and railroad usage are known addressed to New York City or Philadelphia -- this cover was dropped off by the route agent en route at Trenton

E. 1,500-2,000
5,750
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3056
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3056, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var), 3c Dull Red, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var)3c Dull Red, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var). Almost perfectly centered with full perfs all around, deep rich color, tied by bold "Chicago Ill. Apr. 24, 1857" circular datestamp on cover to Indianapolis with Boots and Shoes Manufacturer's blue illustrated cameo corner card, backflap removed, a few tiny edge tears and nicks neatly repaired

EXTREMELY FINE. WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST "CHICAGO PERF" COVERS EXTANT AND ONE OF THE FEW WITH AN ILLUSTRATED ADVERTISING CORNER CARD. A MAGNIFICENT ARTIFACT FROM THE EARLY PERIOD OF PERFORATED UNITED STATES POSTAGE STAMPS.

Observing the Chicago Perf covers mailed by business firms, W. Wilson Hulme II observed "[it is likely] these businesses used the stamps because Swift actively distributed them... When the businesses are plotted on a 1856-era map, a pattern emerges. Most of these businesses were in a straight path between Swift's bank and Hadley's office. One business, E. S. Wells, shoe manufacturing and sales [the cover offered here], was downstairs in the same building as Swift." (Chronicle 175, p. 167). Swift was a promoter of the Chicago Perfs, and Hadley was the inventor who designed the machine.

With 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
17,000
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3057
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3057, 1851-56 Issue5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Large margins to clear, Relief A from the top row of the plate, tied by "New Orleans La. Feb. 19" circular datestamp on 1857 folded letter to Bordeaux, France, clear strike of Anglo-French accountancy marking, "Boston Br. Pkt. Feb. 25" backstamp, "8" decimes handstamp crossed out and re-rated for 16 decimes due, some slight overall wear, Very Fine, attractive usage, signed Ashbrook

E. 2,000-3,000
2,400
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3058
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3058, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. III/II (15/14), 10c Green, Ty. III/II (15/14)10c Green, Ty. III/II (15/14). Vertical pair, top stamp Ty. III, used with 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9) and tied by grids, red "New Orleans La. Oct. 21" circular datestamp on blue 1855 folded letter to Bordeaux, France, red "N. York Am. Pkt. Oct. 31" datestamp, French transits incl. "8" decimes due, fresh and Very Fine, scarce usage, most letters were sent at the less expensive British Packet rate

E. 500-750
1,150
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3059
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3059, 1851-56 Issue5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Three large margins, full at left, used with horizontal strip of three 10c Green, Ty. III-III-II (15-15-14), Positions 1-3L1, including Misplaced Transfer Positions 1L and 2L, ample to large margins except barely in at upper left, rich color, tied by "Bridgeport Ct. Feb. 17" circular datestamp on buff cover addressed in a flourishing hand to Bienne, Switzerland, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid 7 Feb. 18" credit datestamp also ties 5c, red Aachen and "Franco Preuss:/resp:Vereinsl:Ausg:Gr:" framed transit handstamps, Basel and other receiving backstamps (one with 1857 year date)

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL COVER TO SWITZERLAND WITH THE 1856 5-CENT ISSUE AND 1855 10-CENT GREEN HORIZONTAL STRIP CONTAINING A COMBINATION OF TYPES II AND III.

The plate used to print imperforate 10c 1855 stamps contained only one horizontal pair of Types II and III, located in Positions 2L and 3L on the sheet. Positions 1L and 2L are Misplaced Transfers from the B Transfer (Type III), while Position 3L comes from the normal A Transfer (Type II).

This magnificent cover is franked with a 10c 1855 strip containing both Misplaced Transfer Type II positions with the Type III and a single 5c 1856 for the 35c rate to Switzerland via Prussian Closed Mail. Our records of 5c 1856 covers contain eleven covers to Switzerland, including six franked for the 35c Prussian Closed Mail rate.

Ex Hill.

E. 10,000-15,000
32,500
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3060
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3060, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. III-III-IV (15-15-16), 10c Green, Ty. III-III-IV (15-15-16)10c Green, Ty. III-III-IV (15-15-16). Positions 84-86L1, horizontal strip of three, righthand stamp recut at top, large to enormous margins incl. parts of three adjoining stamps at top (the recut bottom line of Position 76L is intact), deep rich color and marvelous early impression, tied by vivid red grids, perfectly clear strike of matching "N.York Am. Pkt. Paid 7 Oct. 11" (1856) credit datestamp on light blue folded letter to Glogau, Prussia, beautiful script with sender's "Pr. Steamer 'Baltic'" and "Prussian Closed Mail" endorsements, sender's blue oval handstamp with mailing date in manuscript, red Aachen transit (Oct. 24) and receiving backstamp

EXTREMELY FINE. EVERY ELEMENT OF THIS COVER WAS APPLIED WITH CARE 148 YEARS AGO AND PRESERVED IN PRISTINE CONDITION SINCE MAILING. WITHOUT DOUBT ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND FINEST-QUALITY CLASSIC UNITED STATES COVERS EXTANT.

This immaculate cover comes from the Cohn correspondence, from which the cover bearing a 5c 1856, 1c and 12c 1851 pair originated (realized $85,000 in our 1981 Rarities sale).

E. 7,500-10,000
27,000
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3061
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3061, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. III/IV/IV/II (15/16/16/14), 10c Green, Ty. III/IV/IV/II (15/16/16/14)10c Green, Ty. III/IV/IV/II (15/16/16/14). Positions 45/55/65/75L1, vertical strip of four containing pair of Type IV at center, Position 55L recut at bottom and 65L recut at top, deep rich color, large margins except for right side of Position 55L where slightly cut in, used with vertical pair of 1c Blue, Ty. II (7), large margins to slightly in at right, all stamps cancelled or tied by four-bar cork grid, "Norwich Ct. Jul. 16, 1856" circular datestamp on light blue folded cover to Hamburg, Germany, sender's routing instructions "Steamer Baltic July 19th", red "New-York Am. Pkt. Jul. 19" circular datestamp, "U.S. Pkt." straightline handstamp, red crayon "18" and ms. "2", red London transit (Jul. 31) and German oval datestamp on back, filing crease and scissors cut in bottom Type IV (65L)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 10-CENT 1855 MULTIPLE CONTAINING A VERTICAL PAIR OF THE RARE TYPE IV, USED ON A COVER CARRIED BY THE COLLINS LINE--ESSENTIALLY A UNIQUE USAGE.

The Collins Line's Baltic departed New York on July 19, 1856, and arrived in Liverpool on July 30. The 42c postage pays the double 21c American Packet rate via British Open Mail. Vertical strips of the 10c 1855 are quite uncommon, thus the great rarity of a vertical pair from the conjoined Type IV positions.

Illustrated in Graham's "Great Stamps Make Greater Covers" (American Philatelist, Oct. 1977). Ex Caspary, Baker and Grunin. With 1987 P.F. certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
13,500
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3062
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3062, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. III, 12c Black (15, 17), 10c Green, Ty. III, 12c Black (15, 17)10c Green, Ty. III, 12c Black (15, 17). Large margins to clear, tied by bold "Yankee Depot Ill. Aug. 26" circular datestamp on buff cover addressed in blue to Belgium, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Aug. 30" transit datestamp, bold "U.S. Pkt." handstamp and boxed Belgian handstamp, 1856 backstamps, some overall wear, Very Fine, rare 10c 1855 and 12c 1851 usage overpaying the 21c Open Mail rate by American Packet, ex Knapp and Grunin

E. 1,000-1,500
6,250
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3063
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3063, 1851-56 Issue12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, large margins to just in, tied by Philadelphia datestamps on cover with Artificial Leg Manufacturer's blue cameo corner card cover to London, England, red Philadelphia datestamp, Liverpool transit and receiving datestamp, gently cleaned, Very Fine, unusual theme for a corner card

E. 1,000-1,500
2,100
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