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Sale 946 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Monday, 12 November, 2007

Category — Postmasters` Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
116
 
Sale Number 946, Lot Number 116, Postmasters` ProvisionalsBrattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1), Brattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1)Brattleboro 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
10,750
117
 
Brattleboro Vt. Postmaster's Provisional Collateral. Ten items on two pages, incl. wonderful group of fantasies, facsimiles and fakes, incl. one on cover which mimics a genuine one, fascinating group, accompanied by photocopy of article

E. 200-300
500
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118
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Sale Number 946, Lot Number 118, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Unused (no gum), beautiful balanced margins all around, sharp impression, Very Fine and choice, with 2007 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85; unpriced in SMQ)

1,500
1,000
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119
 
Sale Number 946, Lot Number 119, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Position 20, large margins to clear, crisp impression, blue ms. cancel, Very Fine, with 2001 P.S.E. certificate

525
250
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119A
 
Sale Number 946, Lot Number 119A, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a). Large even margins, face-free strike of red circular datestamp, minute margin crease at right, appears Very Fine

675
400
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120
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Sale Number 946, Lot Number 120, Postmasters` ProvisionalsProvidence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1), Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1)Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1). Position 1, original gum, large to huge margins incl. top left corner margin, intense shade, Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

350
300
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121
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Sale Number 946, Lot Number 121, Postmasters` ProvisionalsProvidence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1), Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1)Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1). Original gum, large margins incl. sheet margin at right, bright shade, Very Fine and choice

350
300
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122
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Sale Number 946, Lot Number 122, Postmasters` ProvisionalsProvidence R.I., 10c Gray Black (10X2), Providence R.I., 10c Gray Black (10X2)Providence R.I., 10c Gray Black (10X2). Unused (no gum), ample to large margins, fresh, Very Fine, with 2007 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as original gum

1,150
650
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123
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Sale Number 946, Lot Number 123, Postmasters` ProvisionalsProvidence R.I., 5c & 10c Gray Black, Bogert & Durbin First Reprint Sheet of Twelve (10X1-10X2R), Providence R.I., 5c & 10c Gray Black, Bogert & Durbin First Reprint Sheet of Twelve (10X1-10X2R)Providence R.I., 5c & 10c Gray Black, Bogert & Durbin First Reprint Sheet of Twelve (10X1-10X2R). With printing on reverse and printed in 1898 by Livermore & Knight Co., large margins, bright shade, fresh and Very Fine, only 130 sheets printed

725
500
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124
 
Sale Number 946, Lot Number 124, 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 I, Position 1, three clear to large margins, just clear to slightly in at left, neat ms. cancel, heavy vertical crease, appears Very Good

7,000
1,900
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125
 
Sale Number 946, Lot Number 125, 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, margins to slightly in, cancelled solely by red St. Louis circular datestamp, slight thinning, Very Good appearance

7,000
2,700
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126
 
Sale Number 946, Lot Number 126, Postmasters` ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4). Type III, Position 5, three large margins, in at left, small ms. cancel and traces of red St. Louis circular datestamp, minute thin speck

VERY GOOD APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON GRAY LILAC PAPER.

The layout of the plate was altered just before the paper was changed from Greenish to Gray Lilac paper. The original layout contained three 5c stamps at left and three 10c stamps at right. The plate was altered, and the top two 5c stamps were converted to 20c stamps. Only one position, the bottom left position of the plate, yielded 5c stamps. The new plate layout, combined with limited production from the altered plate before it was converted back again to its original format, accounts for the rarity of the 5c on Gray Lilac paper.

45,000
8,500
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127
 
Sale Number 946, Lot Number 127, Postmasters` ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4). Type III, Position 5, three ample margins, in at bottom, faint or lightened ms. cancel

VERY GOOD. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON GRAY LILAC PAPER.

The layout of the plate was altered just before the paper was changed from Greenish to Gray Lilac paper. The original layout contained three 5c stamps at left and three 10c stamps at right. The plate was altered, and the top two 5c stamps were converted to 20c stamps. Only one position, the bottom left position of the plate, yielded 5c stamps. The new plate layout, combined with limited production from the altered plate before it was converted back again to its original format, accounts for the rarity of the 5c on Gray Lilac paper.

45,000
16,000
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128
 
Sale Number 946, Lot Number 128, Postmasters` ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Gray Lilac (11X5), St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Gray Lilac (11X5)St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Gray Lilac (11X5). Type I, Position 2, large even margins all around, cancelled solely by red St. Louis circular datestamp, bright and fresh

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON GRAY LILAC PAPER IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE.

With 2007 P.F. certificate

7,000
47,500
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129
 
Sale Number 946, Lot Number 129, Postmasters` ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 20c Black on Gray Lilac (11X6), St. Louis Mo., 20c Black on Gray Lilac (11X6)St. Louis Mo., 20c Black on Gray Lilac (11X6). Type II, Position 3, three ample to huge margins, in at left, light diagonal ms. pen stroke cancels

VERY GOOD. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 20-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON GRAY LILAC PAPER.

Very few sound examples of the 20c on Gray Lilac paper exist.

45,000
42,500
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130
 
Sale Number 946, Lot Number 130, Postmasters` ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Bluish (11X8), St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Bluish (11X8)St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Bluish (11X8). Type II, Position 4, large margins to full, intense shade and impression, blue and black manuscript cancels, light wrinkles characteristic of pelure paper and not noted on certificate

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE 10-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON PELURE PAPER. THIS PRINTING ON PELURE IS THE RAREST OF THE ST. LOUIS "BEARS", AND IT IS VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND EXAMPLES OF THIS QUALITY.

With 2007 P.F. certificate

12,000
42,500
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