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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 12 December, 2007

Category — Baltimore Carrier Department Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
17
 
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 17, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish, 1c Blue (1LB1 two, 1LB3), Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish, 1c Blue (1LB1 two, 1LB3)Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish, 1c Blue (1LB1 two, 1LB3). Large margins to clear, first two distinctly different shades and with ms. cancels (incl. "F" for Fusselbaugh), few small flaws, appear Fine-Very Fine

420
550
18
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 18, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1), Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1)Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1). Large to enormous margins, deep rich color, tied by bold strike of grid on folded cover to George W. Dobbin in Baltimore, opening tear at top with tiny piece out, stamp slightly affected by light horizontal file fold, appears Extremely Fine, a huge stamp, ex Hall and Johnstone

1,000
600
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19
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 19, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1), Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1)Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1). Type 3, left sheet margin, other sides large to just touching at top, tied by black grid on Mar. 3, 1853 folded letter to local addressee, Very Fine and choice, ex Hall and Johnstone

1,000
500
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20
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 20, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1), Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1)Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1). Large margins all around, rich color, tied by neat strike of grid handstamp on buff cover to local street address, Oct. 12, 1852 docketing at left, minor edgewear not mentioned on accompanying certificate, fresh and Very Fine, a beautiful stamp and cover, illustrated in Kelly series (CCP, Jan. 1973, p. 36), with 2006 P.F. certificate

1,000
700
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21
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 21, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1), Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1)Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1). Large margins to clear, tied by penstrokes on printed "Trinity Church, East Baltimore" notice soliciting donations, to local street address, fresh and Very Fine, scarce usage on a printed circular, Scott Retail as tied by handstamp

1,000
400
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22
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 22, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1), Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1)Baltimore Md., 1c Red on Bluish (1LB1). Large even margins, bright color cancelled by ms. "X" penstrokes on buff cover to local street address, small cover stain at top center, otherwise Very Fine, with 2004 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as tied by handstamp

1,000
325
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23
ogbl
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 23, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB3), Baltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB3)Baltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB3). Cross-gutter block of fourteen showing two impressions with tete-beche orientation, Types 1-10 (complete setting) and adjoining Types 5/7/9-10, original gum, papermaker's embossed seal with Anchor design, four punch holes, slight creasing and toning, Position 8 small surface scrapes

THE UNIQUE TETE-BECHE BLOCK OF THE BALTIMORE ONE-CENT BLUE CARRIER STAMP. THE LARGEST RECORDED BLOCK AND ONE OF TWO TETE-BECHE MULTIPLES OF THE 1850-55 ISSUE. A SPECTACULAR EXAMPLE OF THE WORK-AND-TURN METHOD OF TYPOGRAPHY USED TO PRINT SHEETS.

One other tete-beche multiple is recorded: a strip of five with one inverted stamp at top, heavily creased. This block is illustrated in the Kelly series (Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 51, No. 4, p. 221).

Signed Costales. Ex Hollowbush, Golden and D.K. Collection. With 2000 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $6,000.00.

E. 5,000-7,500
6,750
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Sale Number 947, Lot Number 24, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Blue on Laid (1LB3a), Baltimore Md., 1c Blue on Laid (1LB3a)Baltimore Md., 1c Blue on Laid (1LB3a). Huge margins, pencil cancel, Extremely Fine, ex Caspary and Golden, with 1957 P.F. certificate

150
180
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25
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 25, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Blue on Bluish (1LB2), Baltimore Md., 1c Blue on Bluish (1LB2)Baltimore Md., 1c Blue on Bluish (1LB2). Margins all around, deep shade, ms. "X' cancel, tied at upper left by blue "Baltimore Md. Feb. 25" circular datestamp, second full strike and red "10" handstamp on cover to Buchannon Carroll & Co. in New Orleans, Extremely Fine, very scarce tied usage and unusual 10c letter rate combination, ex Caspary, Middendorf and Kuphal

E. 1,500-2,000
1,900
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26
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 26, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB3), Baltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB3)Baltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB3). Type 4, large margins, fine early impression, tied by ms. "X" on blue folded cover to local street address, docketed Apr. 1855, Very Fine, ex Hessel and Golden

E. 200-300
225
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27
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 27, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB3), Baltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB3)Baltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB3). Type 5, remarkably dark shade and heavily-inked impression that shows white lines resembling wood grain, margins all around, pencil cancel (not tied), used on small cover to local street address, Extremely Fine, ex Kelly and Golden

E. 150-200
190
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28
 
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 28, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Green (1LB4), Baltimore Md., 1c Green (1LB4)Baltimore Md., 1c Green (1LB4). Large to huge margins incl. sheet margin at top, cancelled by four neat penstrokes on small piece, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, ex Caspary

1,000
1,000
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Sale Number 947, Lot Number 29, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Deep Green (1LB4), Baltimore Md., 1c Deep Green (1LB4)Baltimore Md., 1c Deep Green (1LB4). Type 6, trace of faded pen cancel at right (described in 1973 Robson Lowe sale as unused), clear to ample margins, rich color, Very Fine, an extremely rare stamp, ex Caspary, Boker and Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate

1,000
1,300
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30
 
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 30, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Green (1LB4), Baltimore Md., 1c Green (1LB4)Baltimore Md., 1c Green (1LB4). Types 8/10, vertical pair, huge margins including right sheet margin, bright color, pencil cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. THE FAMOUS AND UNIQUE PAIR OF THE RARE GREEN BALTIMORE CARRIER STAMP. ONE OF TWO RECORDED USED MULTIPLES OF ANY BALTIMORE CARRIER ISSUE AND A SIGNIFICANT EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT RATE PREPAID BY STAMPS.

Denwood N. Kelly describes this pair in his Collectors Club Philatelist series (Vol. 51, No. 3, p. 157): "The only piece known to the writer that offers definite evidence that such a two cent fee [for delivery from the post office] was occasionally prepaid is the pair of one cent green stamps (Scott 1LB4) used on a small piece of cover, pencil cancelled... This rare pair, formerly in the Frank A. Hollowbush collection, was sold to a professional in 1946 by a Baltimorean who claimed to have torn it off a letter as he was destroying some family correspondence... the supposition is that the pair of stamps was used by some person temporarily out of the city who mailed a letter home and used the stamps to prepay its delivery by carrier when it arrived in Baltimore, having taken the stamps with him for the purpose. There is also the good possibility that the pair paid a special two cent rate for a bulk mailing of a magazine or other printed matter... This is one of only two examples on record of used multiples of Baltimore carrier stamps."

Ex Hollowbush, Boker, Golden and D.K. Collection. With 2000 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $6,750.00.

E. 5,000-7,500
4,250
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31
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 31, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Green (1LB4), Baltimore Md., 1c Green (1LB4)Baltimore Md., 1c Green (1LB4). Type 8, three full to large margins, in at right, bright shade, tied by blue grid with matching "Baltimore Md. Jun. 13, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to local street address, neatly docketed, backflap removed and shallow nick at top right

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE GREEN BALTIMORE CARRIER STAMP TIED BY THE BLUE GRID CANCEL. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING OF ALL BALTIMORE CARRIER COVERS.

Denwood N. Kelly describes this cover in his Collectors Club Philatelist series (Vol. 51, No. 4, p. 211): "This rare cover is now in a prominent Eastern collection [Middendorf] and in addition to being a fine example of late usage is also an example of a drop letter delivered by carrier for the rate of one cent, as specified under the Act of April 3, 1860, the Baltimore circular date stamp showing that the letter had first been handed in at the Post Office and then turned over to the Carrier Department for delivery." Our records and a thorough search of auction catalogues turned up no other example of the Green stamp tied by the blue grid.

Ex Caspary, Middendorf, Golden and D.K. Collection. With 2000 P.F. certificate. This cover realized $8,500 hammer in our Sale 908.

E. 7,500-10,000
6,500
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32
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 32, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Green (1LB4), Baltimore Md., 1c Green (1LB4)Baltimore Md., 1c Green (1LB4). Large margins, deep shade, tied by pencil and also tied by "Baltimore Md. Nov. 24" circular datestamp with matching "1" in circle drop letter rate handstamp on brown folded cover, locally addressed

AN EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE GREEN BALTIMORE SEMI-OFFICIAL CARRIER. VERY FEW COVERS BEARING THIS STAMP ARE KNOWN, AND THIS IS BY FAR THE FINEST OF THE TWO OR THREE WITH THE POSTMARK TYING THE STAMP.

The 1c Green and 1c Red on White are the rarest of the Baltimore semi-official carrier stamps. Many of the examples on cover are uncancelled or cancelled only by manuscript pen or pencil. Our survey of major carrier collections produced only two or three covers with the 1c Green satisfactorily tied by the government handstamp, of which this is superior in quality. It is also very rare as a drop letter usage.

Ex Kuphal. With 1994 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
8,000
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33
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Sale Number 947, Lot Number 33, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB5), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB5)Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB5). Position 10, unused (no gum), large even margins, wonderful color and impression on bright paper, small crease ending in tiny tear at top center, otherwise Extremely Fine, the Red-on-white stamp is one of the rarest of the Baltimore Carrier stamps -- even rarer than the Green 1LB4, with 2004 P.F. certificate

2,250
1,600
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34
 
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 34, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB5), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB5)Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB5). Large margins, bright color, cancelled by penstrokes, Very Fine and choice, with 2006 P.F. certificate

1,750
1,800
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35
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 35, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB5), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB5)Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB5). Type 2, three huge margins including right sheet margin, full at bottom, small corner crease at top left and small tear at top right (both so far from design as to be inconsequential), vivid shade and early impression, tied by black grid on folded printed advertising circular for French language lessons, to local street address, Sep. 1852 receipt docketing

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE RED-ON-WHITE BALTIMORE CARRIER STAMP -- RARE IN ANY FORM AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE TIED ON COVER.

Accompanied by a note from Daniel F. Kelleher: "Dear Doctor Cleveland -- Being aware of your fondness of nice items, I am taking the liberty of submitting this item for your approval. Only 5 or 6 copies are known to exist. This example being the finest existing on cover. The price is very reasonable. It lists $850.00 on cover." (1951).

Ex Emerson (Kelleher Sale 402, lot 186), Golden and D.K. Collection. With 1950 and 2000 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail $4,500.00.

E. 4,000-5,000
3,000
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36
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 36, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB5), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB5)Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB5). Type 3, large to huge margins incl. sheet margin at top and part of adjoining stamp at bottom, cancelled by pencil "X" (not tied) on orange cover to local street address, small hinge spot at top left of cover, stamp with light corner crease at bottom left not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RED-ON-WHITE BALTIMORE CARRIER STAMP ON COVER.

Ex Seybold. With 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
2,400
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37
 
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 37, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md. Carrier Department Stamps, Baltimore Md. Carrier Department StampsBaltimore Md. Carrier Department Stamps. Seven stamps and one cover, incl. unused and used Nos. 1LB6, two used of No. 1LB7, two unused and one used of No. 1LB8 and also No. 1LB8 used on cover with U.S. No. 26, few flaws, most appear Fine-Very Fine

755
475
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38
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 38, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB6), Baltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB6)Baltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB6). Large margins to clear, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty III (26) and tied together by blue "Baltimore Md. ? 30" circular datestamp on small cover to New Milford Conn., missing top flap, 3c with scrapes at bottom right, otherwise Very Fine, with 2006 P.F. certificate

1,250
650
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39
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 39, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB6), Baltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB6)Baltimore Md., 1c Blue (1LB6). Large margins to clear, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty III (26), perfs trimmed and oxidized, tied together by blue "Baltimore Md. Feb. 9" circular datestamp on small cover to Washington D.C., stamps barely affected from placement at edge of cover, otherwise Very Fine

1,250
600
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40
ogbl
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 40, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7)Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7). Positions 7-8/9-10, block of four, original gum, large margins to just touched at bottom, top left stamp has tiny tear, bottom left small toned spot, bottom pair small thins, Very Fine appearance, only two multiples are recorded -- this block and another unused block of four (Golden collection) -- ex Caspary (realized $260 in 1957), Lilly (realized $210 in 1967) and Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate

850
550
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41
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 41, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7)Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7). Large margins to just clear, deep rich color, tied by penstroke on orange cover to local street address, fresh and Very Fine

300
375
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42
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 42, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7)Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7). Full margins to just touched, cancelled by three vertical penstrokes (not tied) on blue folded printed circular for Church Home and Infirmary dated Oct. 21, 1858 to local street address, Very Fine

300
160
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43
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 43, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7)Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7). Full to large margins, deep shade, tied by pencil "X", blue "Baltimore Md. Jul. 2" (1859) circular datestamp on buff cover to Commissioner of Pensions, Washington D.C., large double-line receiving datestamp, slightly reduced at top, otherwise Very Fine, ex Hessel and Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate

300
350
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44
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 44, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7)Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB7). Ample margins to just touching, tied by "Baltimore Md. Jun. 22, 1859" circular datestamp on 3c Red Nesbitt entire to Sunbury Pa., upper left corner of cover creased and torn but not affecting carrier stamp, otherwise Fine, very unusual for the Baltimore carrier to be tied in this manner

350
350
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45
ogbl
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 45, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Black (1LB8), Baltimore Md., 1c Black (1LB8)Baltimore Md., 1c Black (1LB8). Pane of ten, Position 2 Short Rays, Position 7 "SENT", original gum, Mint N.H. except for Position 4, full to large margins, small extraneous ink spot at right, two creases, one ending in small margin tear, otherwise Very Fine, ex Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate

1,000
750
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46
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 46, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Black (1LB8), Baltimore Md., 1c Black (1LB8)Baltimore Md., 1c Black (1LB8). Huge right sheet margin, two others sides enormous, slightly in at top, tied by ms. "F" initial (J. S. Fusselbaugh) on yellow local cover with Equitable Society insurance company corner card, Mar. 1860 enclosure, Very Fine, scarce and very attractive, ex Schwartz

E. 500-750
750
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47
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 47, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Black (1LB8), Baltimore Md., 1c Black (1LB8)Baltimore Md., 1c Black (1LB8). Large margins except just in at top left, tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Feb. 14" circular datestamp, matching "1" in circle on 1862 printed bank notice to local address, sealed tear across face of cover, still exhibitable, the latest recorded use of the Horse & Rider carrier stamp, also a rare drop-rate/carrier combination cover, ex Straus and Golden, illustrated in Kelly CCP series (Vol. 51, No. 4, p.211)

E. 200-300
300
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48
c
Sale Number 947, Lot Number 48, Baltimore Carrier Department IssuesBaltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB9), Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB9)Baltimore Md., 1c Red (1LB9). Position 2 with short rays, also with unusual "eighth moon" at right, huge margins to just in at top right incl. sheet margin at right, uncancelled and used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Sep. 25" circular datestamp on cover to Bremo Bluff P.O. Va., Very Fine, ex Knapp and Souren

300
160
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