Sale 956 — The Jay Hoffman Collection of United States Stamps
Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 8-9 May, 2008
Category — Postmasters
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE BRATTLEBORO PROVISIONAL.
A total of 52 Brattleboro provisional stamps are recorded (32 off cover and 20 on 19 covers). Of these, many are faulty due to the softness of the paper.
Ex Ferrary, Weill and Wall. "W.H.C." (Colson) backstamp.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB FRESH EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS PROVISIONAL ON GREENISH PAPER.
Ex Twigg-Smith. With 1992 and 2005 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTRAORDINARILY LARGE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON GREENISH PAPER.
With 1991 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT ST. LOUIS "BEARS" CANCELLED SOLELY BY THE RED CIRCULAR DATESTAMP.
With 2000 P.S.E. and 2002 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail $7,000.00 for normally pen-cancelled stamp off cover (footnote states: "Values for used off-cover stamps are for pen-cancelled copies. Handstamp cancelled copies sell for much more.")
FINE APPEARANCE. THE 5-CENT ON PELURE IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE ST. LOUIS "BEARS" PROVISIONALS.
Pelure paper was used for the last printing after the 20c denomination on Positions 1 and 3 was burnished out and the 5c values were re-engraved. At the time of this modification to the plate, Position 5 was slightly altered by adding a dot within the bottom ball of the figure "5", as visible on this example. Pelure stamps are almost always faulty and often seriously defective. The last example we offered at auction was in 2003, a stamp which was rebacked.
With 1990 P.S.E. certificate
FINE. AN ESSENTIALLY SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON PELURE PAPER, CANCELLED SOLELY BY THE RED HANDSTAMP. THE STAMPS ON PELURE PAPER ARE THE RAREST OF THE ST. LOUIS "BEARS".
As an indication of rarity, we have offered only nine other examples in all of our Rarities sales and in the last 14 years of Siegel auctions. Of these, only two were sound.
With 1990 P.S.E. certificate. Scott Retail $12,000.00 for normally pen-cancelled stamp off cover (footnote states: "Values for used off-cover stamps are for pen-cancelled copies. Handstamp cancelled copies sell for much more.")