VERY FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT PINK. ONE OF THE RAREST 1861 ISSUE SHADES IN ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
The nature of the ink used to print the 3c Pink shade is such that over the course of time, with exposure to light and other adverse elements, the color tends to oxidize or lose its vibrancy. This is a desirable example with vibrant color and barely hinged gum.
With 2010 Weiss certificate as Mint N.H. with "light vertical gum crease." With 2011 P.F. certificate as previously hinged.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT PIGEON BLOOD PINK ON A CIVIL WAR PATRIOTIC COVER.
Accompanied by a broadside relating to the 1853 murder of Reuben Cozzens of Sherburne Mass., may or may not have originated with cover.
With 2009 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB STRIKE OF THE RARE MORTAR & PESTLE FANCY CANCELLATION OF WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT. THIS IS THE FINEST STRIKE WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.
The Waterbury postmaster, John W. Hill, carved three different Mortar & Pestle cancellations. The Rohloff Types 1 and 3 were carved in 1867 and used with the large double-circle datestamp. They are much rarer than the Type 2 Mortar & Pestle that was carved in 1869 and used with the 1868 Grilled and 1869 Pictorial Issues. We know of two other covers with this Type 3 Mortar & Pestle: one is illustrated in Rohloff (p. 181) and the other was in the Houser sale (lot 84). The strike on this cover is superior to those other two examples.
AN EXCEPTIONAL MAGNUS DESIGN. ONE OF THE RAREST PATRIOTICS EXTANT EITHER USED OR UNUSED.
In the Walcott sale, Laurence notes, "I know of only 6 in existence"
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MIXED-FRANKING COVER FROM VENEZUELA TO THE UNITED STATES VIA ST. THOMAS WITH THE DANISH WEST INDIES SECOND ISSUE AND 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE.
This is one of three recorded U.S. and Danish West Indies mixed-franking covers sent from St. Thomas on June 13, 1867. The D.W.I. stamps on these covers were not cancelled at the St. Thomas post office. The covers were carried on the USBMSC North America, which departed St. Thomas on June 14, 1867, and arrived in New York on June 20.
Ex Risvold. With 2010 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MIXED-FRANKING COVER WITH THE DANISH WEST INDIES SECOND ISSUE AND UNITED STATE 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE.
Carried privately to St. Thomas and then on the first sailing of the USBMSC Guiding Star, which arrived in New York on Nov. 26.
VERY FINE. A SPECTACULARLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE CUMBERLAND, MAINE, PRESS-PRINTED CIRCULAR DATESTAMP TYING A 2-CENT 1863 BLACK JACK ON COVER. THIS IS THE ONLY KNOWN TRUE PRE-CANCELLATION USE OF THIS DATESTAMP, AS IT WAS PRINTED AFTER THE STAMP WAS APPLIED TO THE COVER.
The Cumberland press-printed postmarks are discussed by Sterling T. Dow in Maine Postal History and Postmarks and by James W. Milgram in an article in the Chronicle (May 2005, pp. 90-95). There are five types. This type (Dow Ty. 5), and perhaps all of the others, were printed by Horace I. Gray. Examples of this type are known on 1c, 2c and 3c 1861-63 Issue covers where the stamp is not tied and is separately cancelled (or perhaps precancelled) by manuscript. See the following lot for an example of a manuscript cancellation. Milgram stated that the Ty. 5 datestamp was printed prior to the stamps being applied and Dow believed that only the first four Cumberland types were always precancels. However, this cover is conclusive evidence that at least some of the run for the Ty. 5 cancel was printed after the stamps were applied, which would qualify this datestamp as a precancel, similar to the earlier Cumberland straightline precancels (Types 1-2) first popularized by Ashbrook in his 1c 1851 study. Three examples of the earlier straightline precancels on 1c 1857 Issue covers have realized between $22,000 and $26,000 in Siegel sales over the last seven years.
Discussed in Dow (p. 79) and illustrated in Chronicle No. 206 (p. 94). With 2009 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE CUMBERLAND, MAINE, PRESS-PRINTED DATESTAMP ON A COVER WITH THE 1863 2-CENT BLACK JACK.
The Cumberland press-printed postmarks are discussed by Sterling T. Dow in Maine Postal History and Postmarks and by James W. Milgram in an article in the Chronicle (May 2005, pp. 90-95). There are five types. This type (Dow Ty. 5), and perhaps all of the others, were printed by Horace I. Gray. Examples of this type are also known with 1c and 3c 1861 Issues on cover where the stamp is not tied and is separately cancelled by manuscript, as well as the tied example on the 2c Black Jack offered in the previous lot. Milgram states that the Ty. 5 datestamp was printed prior to the stamps being applied, which may or may not have been the case here, though the 1864 date written entirely within the margins of the stamp could also indicate a precancel that was applied to each stamp in the sheet before application to the covers. The Black Jack cover offered in the previous lot is conclusive evidence that at least some of the Ty. 5 run was printed after the stamps were applied. Whether or not this use represents a true precancel, it is a fascinating and desirable cover.
Illustrated in Chronicle No. 206, p. 95. With 2003 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB BISECTED USE OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK. SCARCE IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.
Accompanied by a second cover from same correspondence showing normal payment with a 3c 1861. With copy of 1968 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE 1866 15-CENT LINCOLN IN EXISTENCE. THIS STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.
The 1866 15c Lincoln is one of the most difficult denominations to obtain in such choice used condition. The most common barrier to a high grade is the size of the side margins, which are often narrow. The stamp offered here is the exception. It has wide and balanced margins on all four sides, a strong impression, and a neat cancel which leaves the entire design clearly visible.
With 2010 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ does not price this as a 98, SMQ $2,300.00 as 95). This is the highest grade awarded to date and one of only two to achieve this grade.