Sale 973 — 2009 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Saturday, 13 June, 2009
Category — Postmasters` Provisionals
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE AND DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT BALTIMORE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON BLUISH PAPER. ONE OF THE VERY FEW BALTIMORE PROVISIONAL COVERS WITH THE STAMP TIED BY THE TOWN DATESTAMP.
No. 22 in the Hayes census. With 1978 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY FROM THE ORIGINAL CHUBBUCK SHEET AND LAPHAM-COLSON-WALL RECONSTRUCTION.
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. 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 Lapham, Colson, Gibson and Weill.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE BRATTLEBORO PROVISIONAL WITH RED "PAID" CANCEL.
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. This stamp has exceptionally fine appearance, although it has been repaired.
Ex Ferrary. With 1972 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE PROVIDENCE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON COVER.
In our opinion this is undercatalogued in Scott. With 1986 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING COVER WITH THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON GREENISH PAPER. A RARE SINGLE 5-CENT FRANKING AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE CANCELLED SOLELY BY THE RED CIRCULAR DATESTAMP.
From the famous Pettus correspondence. Ex Faiman. With 2003 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB STAMP ON A COLORFUL FRESH COVER. RARELY SEEN TIED SOLELY BY THE RED CIRCULAR DATESTAMP AND WITHOUT A PEN CANCEL. ONE OF THE CHOICEST ST. LOUIS "BEAR" PROVISIONAL COVERS FROM THE FAMOUS CHARNLEY & WHELEN CORRESPONDENCE.
FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 20-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON GRAY LILAC PAPER, USED ON A COVER FROM THE FAMOUS CHARNLEY & WHELEN CORRESPONDENCE.
Ex J. King Horner and Faiman. With 1981 and 2003 P.F. certificates, the former describing this as 11X3 in error.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE UNIQUE CORNER-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON BLUISH PAPER. A MAGNIFICENT COVER FROM THE FAMOUS PETTUS CORRESPONDENCE.
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 Bennett census of St. Louis provisional covers lists six 11X7 covers, of which this is by far the finest. It was unavailable to collectors until the Pettus correspondence reached the market during the 1980's.
Ex Faiman. With 2004 P.F. certificate