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Sale 947 — The Philip T. Wall Collection of U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals

Sale Date — Wednesday, 12 December, 2007

Category — Franklin Carrier Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
10
ng
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 10, Franklin Carrier Issue(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1), (1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1)(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1). Unused (traces of original gum), three large margins, ample to barely touched at bottom, beautiful bright color and remarkably detailed impression, tiny thin spot and tiny surface scrape at bottom right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE FRANKLIN CARRIER WITH TRACES OF ORIGINAL GUM. A GREAT RARITY.

A review of our 14 years of computerized records indicates we have only offered a pair (offered in lot 11) and two singles with original gum. We have also offered four unused singles without gum.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

6,000
5,250
11
og
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 11, Franklin Carrier Issue(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1), (1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1)(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1). Horizontal pair, original gum, margins slightly in to just clear, fine impression, each stamp with slight crease and small thin spot

VERY GOOD-FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 1851 FRANKLIN CARRIER STAMP WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

The rarity of Franklin Carrier unused multiples has been undermined by the plethora of reprint multiples, including the famous and controversial Slater block, which was finally proven to be a reprint. Perry's records contained only two items: this original-gum pair from the Hollowbush collection and a "defective" unused strip of three sold by George B. Sloane to H. R. Harmer. We have been unable to verify the existence of the strip.

Ex D.K. Collection and our 2000 Rarities sale. With 2000 P.F. certificate.

14,500
7,500
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12
 
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 12, Franklin Carrier Issue(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1), (1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1)(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1). Large to huge margins, extraordinary rich color and proof-like impression, cancelled by vivid red "New York" dateless circle used by carrier department, negligible small thin spot

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE FINEST OFF-COVER FRANKLIN CARRIER STAMPS KNOWN WITH THE RED NEW YORK DATESTAMP.

250,000 Franklin Carrier stamps were sent to New York City in October 1851 (in addition to 50,000 to New Orleans and 10,000 to Philadelphia), but very few were used at New York. Only three Franklin Carrier covers from New York are recorded. In addition, there are perhaps five to seven off-cover stamps with the red New York dateless circle and another three or four with the black datestamp.

Ex De Coppet, Duveen, Hind and Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate

7,500
6,250
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13
 
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 13, Franklin Carrier Issue(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1), (1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1)(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1). Large even margins all around, deep rich color on fresh paper, light strike of blue "Philadelphia Pa." circular datestamp, small faint corner crease at top right

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE FRANKLIN CARRIER STAMP. VERY FEW EXIST WITH THE PHILADELPHIA DATESTAMP USED AS A CANCEL.

Ex Meyersburg. With 1997 P.F. certificate.

7,500
6,500
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14
 
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 14, Franklin Carrier Issue(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1), (1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1)(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1). Two huge margins, other sides touched, beautiful early impression on bright Rose paper, tied by remarkably bold "New-York Dec. 1" circular datestamp on approximately one-quarter of a cover (with part of flaps), part of New York City address shows, pencil 1852 yeardate on back, tiny natural wrinkles not noted on certificate

A FINE STAMP AND SUPERB STRIKE OF THE BLACK NEW YORK CIRCULAR DATESTAMP. THE FINER OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS MARKING ON A FRANKLIN CARRIER.

In addition to the three recorded Franklin Carrier covers from New York, there are perhaps five to seven stamps off cover with the red New York dateless circle, which was used by the carrier department. There are two recorded examples of the regular circular datestamp on the Franklin Carrier: this piece and an off-cover stamp pictured in the Perry records. An off-cover stamp (ex Hessel) and another on piece (ex Middendorf), each cancelled by the black "New-York 1ct." drop-rate marking, are also recorded.

Ex Golden and D.K. Collection. With 1957 and 2000 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail $30,000.00 as a full cover with this circular datestamp.

10,500
9,500
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15
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 15, Franklin Carrier Issue(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1), (1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1)(1c) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier (LO1). Large to full margins, deep rich color and proof-like impression, cancelled by Philadelphia red star, used on March 9, 1852 folded letter datelined in Philadelphia to "Messrs. Tatham & Brothers, 8 St. Wharves, Philada", neat receipt docketing on back, vertical file folds well clear of adhesive, stamp with faint toned spot at top left, trivial cover edge tears

EXTREMELY FINE STAMP AND A BEAUTIFUL COVER. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE EIGHTEEN FRANKLIN CARRIER COVERS RECORDED IN THE MEYERSBURG CENSUS, OF WHICH ELEVEN ARE CANCELLED BY THE PHILADELPHIA RED STAR.

This superb cover shows proper use of the Franklin Carrier stamp in March 1852 to prepay the fee for delivery within city limits by the carrier department, entirely outside of the regular mails. The Meyersburg census of Franklin Carrier covers, which has been revised with corrections, contains 18 confirmed examples. Included among the 18 covers are 3 from New York (each tied by the red circular datestamp, one of which is in the New York Public Library), one cover from New Orleans, and 14 covers from Philadelphia (3 tied by blue circular datestamp, 10 cancelled by red star but not tied, and one tied by red star).

Ex Seybold and Gibson. With 1983 P.F. certificate.

17,500
9,500
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16
ngbl
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 16, Franklin Carrier Issue(1c) Blue on Rose, Franklin Carrier Reprint (LO3), (1c) Blue on Rose, Franklin Carrier Reprint (LO3)(1c) Blue on Rose, Franklin Carrier Reprint (LO3). Block of 50, the bottom half of left pane with part imprint, shows plate crack below Position 91, slight creasing, minor faults in sheet margin as usual, still Very Fine and impressive, ex Hall, Scott Retail $2,500.00 for singles without premium for blocks or plate crack (imprint block listed but unpriced)

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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