Sale 973 — 2009 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 June, 2009

Category — Postmasters` Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
6
c
Sale 973, Lot 6, Postmasters` ProvisionalsBaltimore Md., 5c Black on Bluish (3X3). Large margins showing most of four framelines, cancelled by ms. and tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Oct. 3" circular datestamp, matching "Paid" and "5" in oval handstamps on 1846 folded letter to Washington D.C., stamp with tiny pinholes from affixing wafers, light corner creases at bottom left, stamp lifted and hinged back in place

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

13,500
4,250
 
Sale 973, Lot 7, Postmasters` ProvisionalsBrattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1). Position 3, large to huge margins incl. sheet margin at top, crisp impression, faint red ms. control mark at left, thinned, vertical crease at right

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.

11,000
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Sale 973, Lot 8, Postmasters` ProvisionalsBrattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1). Position 1, framelines complete or nearly complete on all four sides, small even margins, cancelled by perfect complete strike of red "Paid", intense shade and impression, thinned, repaired tears

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.

11,000
2,200
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9
c
Sale 973, Lot 9, Postmasters` ProvisionalsProvidence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1). Large margins to just touched, cancelled by ms. "V", red "Providence R.I. Feb. 9" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" and "5" handstamps on blue 1847 folded letter to Boston, light vertical file fold well clear of stamp

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

4,500
7,500
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10
c
Sale 973, Lot 10, Postmasters` ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Greenish (11X1). Type I, Position 1, large margins to full, without the ususal pen cancel and tied solely by a well-struck red "St. Louis Mo. Feb. 1" circular datestamp on 1846 folded letter to St. Charles Mo., ms. "Paid 5", light vertical file fold well clear of stamp

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

17,500
26,000
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11
c
Sale 973, Lot 11, Postmasters` ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2). Type I, Position 2, large margins all around, intense early shade and impression showing every detail with perfect clarity, fresh and bright paper, tied by "St. Louis Mo. Dec. 17" circular datestamp on 1845 folded letter to Charnley & Whelen in Philadelphia, matching "Paid" handstamp, ms. "10" rate

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.

Ex Hall.

14,000
27,000
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12
c
Sale 973, Lot 12, Postmasters` ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 20c Black on Gray Lilac (11X6). Type I, Position 1, three large margins, clear to just touched at top, neat ms. cancel, tied by red "St. Louis Mo. Jun. 26" circular datestamp on blue 1846 folded letter to Philadelphia, matching "Paid" handstamp, ms. "20" rating, light horizontal file fold at bottom well clear of stamp

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.

60,000
40,000
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13
c
Sale 973, Lot 13, Postmasters` ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Bluish (11X7). Type III, Position 5, large margins incl. huge bottom left corner sheet margins, tied by ms. cross strokes and "5" and also by red "Paid" handstamp, matching "St. Louis Mo. Mar. 4" circular datestamp on 1847 folded letter to St. Charles Mo., stamp with a small sealed tear at top right

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

16,000
40,000
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