Sale 933 — United States and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 April, 2007

Category — 1851-56 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
240
c
Sale 933, Lot 240, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. Ia (6). Position 97L4 with "Curl on Shoulder" plate variety, large bottom sheet margin showing the full plumes, other sides ample to large, deep rich Plate 4 color and sharp impression, tied by clear strike of "New-York May 8" circular datestamp on Chemung Railroad Company May 7, 1857 printed notice to Baths N.Y., vertical file fold

EXTREMELY FINE. UNQUESTIONABLY ONE OF THE FINEST 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IA SINGLES KNOWN ON COVER, AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE "CURL ON SHOULDER" PLATE VARIETY.

Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April, May and briefly in June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate (Types Ia, Ic, II, III and IIIa). The extremely rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic). The 97L4 "Curl on Shoulder" and 97R4 "Curl in C" plate varieties resulted from a tiny thread adhering to the relief during the transfer process. On this stamp it appears immediately to the left of the "8" of the May 8 datestamp.

The "YS" notation on back indicates this cover was acquired from Y. Souren. As far as we are aware, it has not been on the market for more than 60 years. Scott Retail for No. 6 on cover is $17,500.00. The No. 6 "Curl on Shoulder" variety is valued off cover at $13,500.00.

E. 15,000-20,000
17,000
241
c
Sale 933, Lot 241, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Horizontal strip of three, large margins to just in, tied by "Chicago Ill. Jul. 8, 1856" circular datestamps on carriage manufacturer's corner card cover to Iowa City Iowa, some slight overall soiling, Fine-Very Fine

E. 200-300
350
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242
c
Sale 933, Lot 242, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Recut once at top and once at bottom, large margins to barely in, tied by green "Taunton Ms. Jun. 13" circular datestamp on 1857 folded printed notice, trivial splitting along folds, Very Fine, scarce with the green cancel

480
200
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243
c
Sale 933, Lot 243, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Three singles, Positions 10R1L, 6R1L and 5R1L, tied by "Newport N.Y. Mar. 30" circular datestamps on cover to Boston, missing most of top flap, Very Fine, especially desirable as two of the positions yielded Type Ib on the earlier state of the plate

E. 200-300
120
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244
c
Sale 933, Lot 244, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IV, Double Transfer, One Inverted (9 var). Position 71L1L, large margins to just in, tied by well-struck "Boston Paid Sep. 10" circular datestamp on unsealed cover to Wells River Vt., Very Fine example of this scarce position

E. 200-300
160
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245
c
Sale 933, Lot 245, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IV, Triple Transfer, One Inverted (9 var). Vertical pair and single, pair Positions 71/81L1L, single Position 61L1L, both stamps in the pair the variety, margins to in, cancelled by neat ms. "X", "Washington Ky. Jun. 6" circular datestamp with day in ms., on small embossed cover to Lourdes Ky., some slight cover toning not mentioned on accompanying certificates, Fine, with 1974 and 2000 P.F. certificates

E. 200-300
180
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246
c
Sale 933, Lot 246, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Position 8R1L, large margins to just touched, used with horizontal strip of three of 3c Dull Red (11), tied by "Rochester N.Y. Sep. 4" circular datestamps on 1854 orange cover to Canada West, red "U. States Paid 6d" in arc handstamp, transit and receiving backstamps, some edgewear affects 3c strip and cover, otherwise Fine usage of a 1c recut position which was Ty. Ib on the early state of the plate

E. 200-300
300
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247
 
Sale 933, Lot 247, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Large margins to in at top incl. part of adjoining stamps on three sides, used with three 3c Dull Red (11), tied by "New-York Oct. 23" circular datestamps on cover front only to General Gadsden in Mexico, oval "Vera Cruz 4 Nov. 1854" handstamp, "4" due marking, Fine

E. 300-400
150
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248
c
Sale 933, Lot 248, 1851-56 Issue3c Orange Brown (10). Full margins to clear, intense shade and impression, tied by red grid, matching "Lawrence Ms. Aug. 21" circular datestamp and "Paid" handstamp on cover to Salisbury Mass., endorsed "Via Georgetown" at bottom left, fresh and Very Fine, ex Lehman and Haas

E. 300-400
450
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249
c
Sale 933, Lot 249, 1851-56 Issue3c Orange Brown (10). Position 42L5E, large margins to just barely in, tied by well-struck grid, "Steam Ship" two-line handstamp on blue folded letter datelined "Savannah Septem. 6, 1851" to New York, some slight wear, Very Fine

E. 150-200
150
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250
c
Sale 933, Lot 250, 1851-56 Issue3c Orange Brown (10). Three large margins, just in at top, tied by red grid, matching "U.S. Express Mail N. York N.Y. Oct. 22" circular datestamp on blue 1851 folded cover to Boston, light vertical file folds do not affect stamp, Very Fine

E. 150-200
150
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251
c
Sale 933, Lot 251, 1851-56 Issue3c Orange Brown (10). Three, incl. two with sheet margin at top and one with sheet margin at bottom, cancelled by red grids, matching "U.S. Express Mail N. York N.Y. Aug. 13" circular datestamp on 1851 folded cover to Boston, stamps slightly affected by file folds, otherwise Fine, most unusual and attractive with the sheet margins, note on back indicates purchased from Y. Souren for $40

E. 500-750
275
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252
c
Sale 933, Lot 252, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11). Large margins all around incl. part of four adjacent stamps, tied by well-struck "U.S. Express Mail N. York N.Y. 26 Apr." circular datestamp on blue 1852 folded letter to Maine, light vertical file folds clear of stamps, Extremely Fine Gem

E. 200-300
425
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253
c
Sale 933, Lot 253, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11). Large margins to full, tied by socked-on-the-nose "U.S. Express Mail N. York N.Y. 23 Jul." circular datestamp on blue 1852 folded cover to New Bedford Mass., faint vertical file fold, Very Fine and choice

E. 150-200
170
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254
c
Sale 933, Lot 254, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11). Large to huge margins incl. top right corner sheet margins, tied by "Warrenton Va. Apr. 27" circular datestamp on cover to Philadelphia, 1855 docketing at left, some wear, Very Fine

E. 200-300
225
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255
c
Sale 933, Lot 255, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11). Full margins to just in, tied by socked-on-the-nose green "Mittineague Mass. Feb. 15" circular datestamp on Valentine embossed cover to Winobell Mass., some toning spots, otherwise Very Fine, attractive with the green cancel

E. 200-300
200
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256
c
Sale 933, Lot 256, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11). Margins to barely in, tied by green "New London Ct. Paid Oct. 23" circular datestamp on 1852 folded letter to Deep River Ct., light horizontal file fold does not affect stamp, Very Fine, scarce cancel

E. 150-200
225
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257
c
Sale 933, Lot 257, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11). Large margins to just touched, tied by blue grid, matching "Larrabee's Point Vt. Jun. 11" small circular datestamp with day in ms. on cover to Fort Edward N.Y., fresh and Very Fine, scarce town marking

E. 200-300
250
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258
c
Sale 933, Lot 258, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11). Large margins to just in, bright shade, tied by blue grid, matching "Eagle River Mich. July 9" circular datestamp on 1853 folded letter to New York, light vertical file folds well away from stamp, Very Fine

E. 100-150
180
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259
c
Sale 933, Lot 259, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11). Large margins to just in, tied by "Wilmington Del. Jul. 12" circular datestamp on mourning cover to Philadelphia, oval "Recd. Phila. P.O." handstamp with date in ms., light staining, Very Fine, scarce auxiliary marking, ex Gibson

E. 150-200
100
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260
c
Sale 933, Lot 260, 1851-56 Issue3c Deep Yellowish Rose Red (11). Large to huge margins incl. top sheet margin, Gash on Shoulder variety, extraordinary rich color and impression comparable to 1851 printings, tied by red "Tyre N.Y." dateless oval handstamp on small cover, Jun. 23, 1856 docketing, barely reduced at left, Very Fine, choice stamp and cover, ex Haas and Piller

E. 200-300
130
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261
c
Sale 933, Lot 261, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11). Large margins to clear, prominent plate crack at right, tied by grid, indistinct Mar. 6 Wisconsin circular datestamp on cover to Two Rivers Wis., tiny cover tear at top from opening, Very Fine, attractive usage, ex Knapp (lot label affixed)

E. 200-300
180
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262
c
Sale 933, Lot 262, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11 var). Position 92L1L, line thru "Cents" variety, large margins to just touched, tied by red "Laurel Factory Md. Mar. 17" circular datestamp, second strike at bottom, on brown cover to St. Louis Mo., 1853 docketing, Very Fine, ex Knapp

E. 200-300
130
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263
c
Sale 933, Lot 263, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11). Large margins incl. part of adjoining stamp at bottom, tied by grid on 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U4) to New York, red "Salem Mass. Oct. 26" circular datestamp with matching "Paid 6", light horizontal file fold, Very Fine

E. 200-300
110
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264
c
Sale 933, Lot 264, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11). Large margins to just touched, bright color, tied by "New-York Mar. 10" circular datestamp on blue 1853 folded cover to Kingston, Canada West, blue "10" due marking, also bold "6d" in circle handstamp, receiving backstamp, Very Fine

E. 150-200
110
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265
c
Sale 933, Lot 265, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11). Horizontal strip of four, large margins to just in incl. straddle margin with guide line at right, cancelled by waffle grid, "Sutter Creek Cal. Aug. 18" double-circle datestamp with date in ms., on cover to "Hon. J. Denver, Washington D.C.", with original 1856-dated enclosure, Very Fine, ex Haas, illustrated in Letters of Gold

E. 400-500
850
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266
c
Sale 933, Lot 266, 1851-56 Issue5c Red Brown (12). Horizontal pair, huge top margin with parts of adjoining stamps, left stamp has full to large margins, right stamp ample to clear, gorgeous intense color and impression, red grid cancels, matching "Providence R.I. Jan. 27" circular datestamp and "Paid" straightline handstamp on small yellow cover to Toronto, Canada, blurry red "Ud. States Paid 6d" cross-border exchange office handstamp, Toronto receiving backstamp, small repair at top left corner where slightly rounded from opening

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND VERY SCARCE USE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE ON COVER TO CANADA.

Ex Knapp (lot label affixed)

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
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267
c
Sale 933, Lot 267, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (13). Large even margins all around, tied by "Burg Hill Ohio June 3" circular datestamp and also by red "Paid" handstamp on blue 1857 cover to Croton Mills, Canada West, light strike of red "Ud. States Paid 6d" in arc at right, back of cover with several transit markings incl. "B. & L. R. R. Co. Jun. 8, 1857" datestamp, trivial overall wear, Very Fine, scarce and attractive usage, note on back indicates purchased from Klemann in 1942

1,000
0
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268
c
Sale 933, Lot 268, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (13). Large even margins all around, tied by unusual open grid, "Knight's Ferry Cal. Jan. 4" circular datestamp on cover to Galena Ill., Extremely Fine, ex Knapp (lot label affixed)

1,000
850
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269
c
Sale 933, Lot 269, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (13). Large margins to clear with full type characteristics, fresh color, tied by blue diamond of squares cancel, matching "Marysville Cal. Paid by Stamps Dec. 4" circular datestamp on buff cover to Farmington Mich., some edgewear incl. clumsy restoration at left edge, Very Fine, scarce and attractive usage

1,000
600
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270
c
Sale 933, Lot 270, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (13). Large margins, bright color, tied by well-struck "Yankee Jim's Cal. Mar. 3" circular datestamp on cover to Bath Me., some cover edgewear, the stamp is Extremely Fine

1,000
650
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271
c
Sale 933, Lot 271, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (13). Slightly cut in but bottom shows enough to identify scarcer type, tied by indistinct Baltimore Md. circular datestamp on cover to San Jose Cal., with original letter which describes how to fix a smelting furnace, Fine

1,000
110
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272
c
Sale 933, Lot 272, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. II (14). Large margins all around incl. part of adjoining stamp at top, tied by "Texas ?, Cal. Feb. 4" circular datestamp on orange cover to Philadelphia, 1856 receipt docketing, some edgewear, Extremely Fine, ex Knapp (lot label affixed)

260
250
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273
c
Sale 933, Lot 273, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. II (14). Large margins, deep rich color, tied by open grid, "Downieville Cal. Sep. 1" circular datestamp on buff cover to Bridgeport Conn., trivial edgewear, Very Fine

260
200
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274
c
Sale 933, Lot 274, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. II (14). Large even margins, tied by "Stockton Cal. Dec. 4" circular datestamp on buff cover to Kingston O., with original 1856-dated enclosure (transcript accompanies) with some interesting contents, slight edgewear, Very Fine

260
190
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275
c
Sale 933, Lot 275, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. II (14). Large margins to just touched at bottom, tied by well-struck "Washington City D.C. Jul. 6, 1857" circular datestamp on cover to Mexico, oval "Vera Cruz 18 Julio 1857" handstamp, also "4" reales due marking, some slight soiling and wear, Very Fine

E. 200-300
160
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276
c
Sale 933, Lot 276, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. II (14). Large margins to clear, rich color, tied by bold strike of grid cancel, red "New Orleans La. Jun. 1" circular datestamp on blue 1855 folded cover to Vera Cruz, Mexico, ship's name endorsement at bottom left, horizontal file fold well away from stamp, small scotch tape mark at ink erosion spot, otherwise Very Fine, unusual as there are no markings for Mexican postage due

E. 200-300
150
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277
c
Sale 933, Lot 277, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. III (15). Large even margins all around, tiny nick at top right entirely in margin, tied by blue "Boston & Maine R.R. Jul. 18" circular datestamp on cover to Iowa City Cal., second strike at left, trivial edgewear, Very Fine, scarce railroad usage, note on back "Ashbrook states unique"

E. 500-750
400
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278
c
Sale 933, Lot 278, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. III (15). Large margins to just in, tied by well-struck "Detroit Mich. Feb. 2" circular datestamp on buff cover to Chatham, Canada West, clear strike of red "United States 6d" in oval handstamp, 1856 receiving backstamp, fresh and Fine

E. 200-300
225
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279
c
Sale 933, Lot 279, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. III (15). Large margins to clear, used on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U15) and tied by "San Francisco Cal. Sep. 20" circular datestamps to New York, some edgewear, opened a bit roughly at left, Very Fine

E. 200-300
110
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280
c
Sale 933, Lot 280, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. III (15). Positions 27-30R1, horizontal strip of four, huge margins incl. parts of three adjoining stamps, ample to close at right, grid cancels, tied by red "New Orleans La. Sep. 14" circular datestamp on folded cover from New York City to Vera Cruz, Mexico, sender's ship-name designation "pr. Orizaba", 5" reales due handstamp, "Bruguiere & Co. New-Orleans" double-oval forwarder's handstamp on back

VERY FINE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE USE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE III MULTIPLE FOR THE QUADRUPLE RATE TO MEXICO.

Ex White and Knapp (lot label affixed)

E. 3,000-4,000
5,500
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281
c
Sale 933, Lot 281, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. IV-III (16-15). Positions 65-66L1, left stamp recut at top, large margins to slightly in, scissors-cut at top between stamps, deep rich color, used with 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), margins a bit close to slightly in, tied by criss-crossing strikes of blue grid, matching "Nashua N.H. May 16, 1857" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Paris, France, pair also tied by faint red "New-York Am. Pkt. May 30" circular datestamp, "Boston Br. Pkt. 20 May" backstamp, Calais transit (Jun. 12) and Paris receiving backstamp, the cover has been very lightly cleaned

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE USE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE IV-III COMBINATION PAIR TO PAY THE 21-CENT AMERICAN PACKET RATE TO FRANCE.

Based on the New York May 30 American Packet datestamp and June 13 Calais receiving datestamp, this was evidently carried on the Havre Line's Arago, which departed New York on May 30, 1857, and arrived at Southampton on June 11 (reaching Calais on the following day). There are no Cunard sailings which fit the New York and Calais postmark dates (the Europa sailed from Boston on May 20, arriving in Liverpool on May 31).

Ex White

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
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282
c
Sale 933, Lot 282, 1851-56 Issue12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, large margins to clear incl. guide line margin at right, tied by red grids, matching "New York 3 Sep. 27" circular datestamp on 1856 cover to London, England, endorsed "Atlantic" at bottom left and sent on that Collins Line vessel, London receiving datestamp also ties pair, light corner crease, faint overall toning, Very Fine, attractive usage, ex Knapp (lot label affixed)

890
550
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283
c
Sale 933, Lot 283, 1851-56 Issue12c Black (17, 36). Two covers, first with two singles of imperf tied by "Ottawa Ill. May 14" circular datestamp on cover to England, second with pair of perforated tied by red grid from New Haven Conn. to England, some faults, otherwise Fine, first with 1984 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
275
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