Sale 976 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 29 September-2 October, 2009

Category — The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2655
c
Sale 976, Lot 2655, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)Post Office Registry Seal (OXF1). Two on "Registered Package" covers, one on 1872 Morgan envelope (signed W.H.H. Terrell) and one on 1875 Nesbitt envelope (signed E.W. Barber) respectively, also includes exhibit page of six off-cover used examples with various town circular datestamps, attractive group

E. 100-150
250
2656
c
Sale 976, Lot 2656, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)1877, "Post Obitum" Official Seal, Brown (OX1). Used to seal top edge of officially opened unpaid cover, "Milwaukee Wis. Feb. 27" circular datestamp on cover to Kewaskum Wis., second "Milwaukee Wis. Feb. 28" circular datestamp on back, clear strike of "Held for Postage" handstamp, blue crayon ms. "3c" and matching "2706", opened a bit roughly at right, as discussed by Kotanchik (p. 83), while this cover lacks a Dead Letter Office handstamp, the presence of the Milwaukee circular datestamp on the back and the crayon ms. markings on the front indicate very likely handling by the Dead Letter Office, despite its official designation as a seal for use by the Dead Letter Office, only a handful of the "Post Obitum" seals are known used there -- with the remainder used by postmasters -- very rare, illustrated in Kotanchik, (p. 83), with 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
650
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2657
c
Sale 976, Lot 2657, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)1877, "Post Obitum" Official Seal, Brown (OX1). Two, different shades, used to seal top edge of officially opened unpaid envelope, "Savannah, Ga. Apr. 19" circular datestamp on reverse obscured by seals, clear strike of "Held for Postage" handstamp, blue crayon ms. "3c" and matching "2017", reduced at right where a stamp may have been removed, likely Dead Letter Office usage of the "Post Obitum" seal, rare

E. 200-300
170
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2658
c
Sale 976, Lot 2658, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)1877, "Post Obitum" Official Seal, Brown (OX1). Two, used to seal top edge of officially opened short paid cover, used with 2c Vermilion (183), pen cancel not tied, "Providence R.I. Jan. 9 12PM" circular datestamp on reverse, blue crayon ms. "1c", matching "78" and additional ms. at top obscured by seal, while this cover lacks a Dead Letter Office handstamp, the presence of the Providence circular datestamp on the back and the crayon ms. markings on the front indicate very likely handling by the Dead Letter Office, rare usage as such

E. 750-1,000
550
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2659
c
Sale 976, Lot 2659, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)1879, Official Seal, Red Brown, Brown (OX2, OX2a). Four covers on exhibit pages, each with single use of 1879 seal, one of former, three of latter, first cover is registered letter from Rock Cave West Va. used with pair of 2c Red Brown (210) and single 10c Brown (209), "Received at New York P.O. / Reg. Div. in Bad Condition" handstamp, second used with pair 3c Green (207), "Received Unsealed / N.Y.O. Annex" handstamp, reduced at right half way into one stamp, third used with 5c 1895 Issue to ship bound for Belgium, returned to sender with 10c Postage Due, fourth on illustrated advertising cover used with 1c and 2c pair 1895 Issue to Northampton, refused and returned to sender with 10c Postage Due, as usual with Official Seals condition is rough on most, an attractive group of the engraved seals on cover

E. 200-300
275
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2660
c
Sale 976, Lot 2660, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)1879-1888, Official Seals (OX2, OX7). One and two respectively, used on cover with 1c Postage Due and five Swiss 5c singles, internal docketing October 8, 1891, addressed to Newark (no country indicated), sent first to Newark, England, then Newark N.J., then forwarded to New York City, two yellow "Returned to the Office by Carrier" labels on back, advertised (1c fee) and eventually sent to Dead Letter Office and returned to sender, wide range of additional markings including "Dead Letter Office Received in Bad Condition" handstamp, "Return to Sender, Cannot be Found", and "Do Not Post Again This Envelope or Wrapper", striking cover with combination of engraved and typographed seals

E. 300-400
700
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2661
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Sale 976, Lot 2661, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)1888-1898, Official Seals (OX5-OX7, OX10). 13 covers on exhibit pages, wide variety of frankings both from and to the U.S., range of typographed seal usages including repair of damage, reseal of covers received opened and reseal of covers opened by wrong addressee, highlights include cover from Dresden, Germany with nine thin paper seals (OX10), two-color franking registered cover from Little Britain, Ontario with "Request Examination on Delivery" pink label, registered cover from Springrock Mich. with two 4c Columbians and three 2c 1890 Issue, two-color franking from Bavaria to New York with circular "Received in Bad Order V" handstamp, many others, overall a wonderful representation of seal usage during this period hand picked by the owner for his gold medal exhibit

E. 400-500
650
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2662
c
Sale 976, Lot 2662, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)1888, Official Seal, Bister Brown (OX7). Used with 2c Ty. I 1895 and 2c Postage Due on illustrated Masonic Temple cover from Chicago to Dallas Ore. and then forwarded to Hotel Perkins in Portland, Chicago circular datestamp, receiving backstamps, wonderfully mutilated, it took all or parts of six seals to repair in transit

E. 200-300
100
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2663
c
Sale 976, Lot 2663, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)1888, Official Seal, Bister Brown (OX7). Used with 1c and 2c 1895 Issue, "Winona Minn. Apr. 20 4-30P 1900" circular datestamp on 3c Pink entire to Paris, ms. "Care of American Post Office, Exposition", United States Postal Station Paris Exposition machine cancel on reverse, ms. "Opened by Mistake by Johnson, US Com", resealed and redirected to Minneapolis, N.Y. transit and Minneapolis receiving postmarks on reverse, Very Fine, reportedly the only known use of an Official Seal at the 1900 Paris Exposition

E. 200-300
180
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2664
c
Sale 976, Lot 2664, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)1888, Official Seal, Yellow Brown (OX7b). Three, used with 2c 1895 Ty. I single and pair and single 10c on April 2, 1895 registered cover from Cleveland O. to Yokohama, overpaying by 1c the 5c rate plus 10c registry fee, arrived in Yokohama May 22, repeated attempts at delivery in Yokohama recorded by eight Yokohama Post Office facing slips attached to front, damage repaired in Yokohama with three official Japanese seals, readdressed and returned to San Francisco and then forwarded back to Cleveland after three more failed delivery attempts, forwarded again to New York, handstamped "Received at New York P.O. / (Reg. Div.) in Bad Condition", a remarkable cover with a stunning array of markings, seals, and facing slips

E. 400-500
600
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2665
c
Sale 976, Lot 2665, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)1892, Official Seal, Light Brown, Rouletted 5.5 (OX8). Used with 2c 1890 Issue, "New Haven Conn. Nov. 8 2PM 92" circular datestamp on intracity cover, ms. "opened by D.A. Callahan by mistake", right side of envelope and two-thirds of the 2c stamp missing as result, very rare use of rouletted typograph seal on cover, Kotanchik records only six, making it rarer than the "Post Obitum" seal on cover

1,250
150
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2666
c
Sale 976, Lot 2666, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)1895, Official Seal, Gray Brown, Hyphen-Hole Perf 7 (OX9). Used with 2c 1895 Ty. III, stamp tied by "Chicago Ill. Feb. 8 1897 12-30P" machine cancel on insurance corner card to Lake Co. Il, "Return to Writer" handstamp, receiving backstamps, non-contemporary pen mark on front, scarce example of the typograph with hyphen-hole perfs on cover

500
100
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2667
c
Sale 976, Lot 2667, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)1900, Official Seals (OX11-OX11c). 17 covers, wide variety of frankings and usages, both U.S. (Pan-American, 1895, 1902-1903 and Postage Due Issues) and foreign origins, highlights include illustrated 1904 World's Fair cover with 2c Louisiana Purchase and Orange Brown seal, "Damaged By Canceling Machine" straight line, cover from Calcutta India to University of Washington Library, missent and opened in error by George Washington University Librarian, cover from Olmutz, Czechoslovakia to Yokohama, Japan, forwarded to Vienna via New York where "Received in Bad Order" and sealed with three lithographs, several other better, overall a fascinating group hand-picked by the owner for his gold medal exhibit

E. 500-750
700
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2668
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Sale 976, Lot 2668, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)1907, Official Seals, Royal Blue, Blue (OX12-OX13). Nine covers on exhibit pages, several with multiple seals, both U.S. and foreign origination, highlights include single No. OX12 on cover from Saltpoint N.Y. to Poughkeepsie N.Y. listed in Kotanchik as earliest known usage, cover with parts of five No. OX13 described on page as imperforate horizontally but show traces of blind perfs, two-color franking on illustrated hotel cover from Moscow to Boston, three color franked postal card from Merzhioun, Turkey to Cincinnati, O. with two seals, three color Canadian franking with six seals, several others, a very worthwhile and attractive group

E. 200-300
375
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2669
c
Sale 976, Lot 2669, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)1912-1913, Official Seals, Hyphen-Hole 6.5 and Compound Perforations (OX14-OX15a). Seven covers on exhibit pages, four with hyphen hole perf 6.5 seals, three with 2c 3rd Bureau Issue, one with four-color franking incl. 10c Registry Issue, interesting example from Miles City MT to Victoria B.C., forwarded to Seattle, then to Oakland, then to Aurora Ill., also single example of perf 12 x hyphen-hole 6.5 (pair) on 2c entire, finally two examples of the scarce hyphen-hole 6.5 at right x perf 12 on other sides, attractive group, surprisingly difficult to find examples of the compound perfs on cover

E. 400-500
275
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2670
c
Sale 976, Lot 2670, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)1916-1917, Official Seals, Black on Pink and White (OX17-OX18). 12 covers on exhibit pages, five of former, seven of latter, range of usages and frankings, both U.S. and foreign, highlights include Black on Pink (OX17) used on registered 2c entire with additional two-color franking from Palo Alto Cal. to Russia shortly after abdication of Tsar Nicholas II, censored by both U.S. and Russia and returned to addressee, also single Black (OX18) used on cover with seven stamp two-color franking from Vladivostock to Brookline Mass., censored by Russia, opened upon arrival in US and resealed, possible philatelic usage on cover (OX18) to stamp dealer Hiram Deats, finally, an interesting cover (OX18) on which sender typed "Please do not cancel in Machine!", obviously ignored as the mutilation from the cancelling machine took seven seals to repair, several other better, fascinating group

E. 750-1,000
475
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2671
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Sale 976, Lot 2671, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)1917, Official Seal, Black (OX18). Jan. 3, 1923 registered cover from South Russia to Trenton N.J., franked with an astonishing 150 1912 2 Kopec Russian stamps in three blocks of 50, franking is more than three times as large as the cover, upon arrival in New York Registry Office 56 seals were applied to hold the stamps together (front and back), item was then sent under separate cover from superintendent of Post Office in Trenton to Princeton (not to original addressee), enclosed note from postmaster states, "I am enclosing the Registered letter that I told you about yesterday, which comes from South Russia. These 150 stamps represent 2 Copeks each under the old form of government, and these would represent about 250,000 Rubles, which it requires to bring a Registered Letter from Russia to America...", cover has faults as would be expected, an outstanding item that surely must represent the largest number of seals extant on one cover, illustrated in Kotanchik (p. 155)

E. 500-750
400
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2672
c
Sale 976, Lot 2672, The Martin Richardson Gold Medal Collection of U.S. Post Office Seals (1872-1969 Post Office Seals on Cover)1919-1969, Official Seals, Black on White (OX21-OX40). 26 covers mounted on exhibit pages, ranging from 1919-1978, variety of usages and frankings, both U.S. and foreign, highlights include mixed usage with 1917 and 1919 seals, two imperf horizontally pairs on 1950 cover from China, 1927 airmail crash cover, perf 12 seal with Boston precancel mailed from Osaka to Boston, possible earliest known usage of 1950 Issue, (October 15, 1949, Kotanchik records Jan 12, 1950 on p. 323), many others, interesting group hand-picked for owner's gold medal-winning exhibit

E. 500-750
600
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