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Sale 1010 — 2011 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 18 June, 2011

Category — 1861-66 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
34
og
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 34, 1861-66 Issue3c Pink (64), 3c Pink (64)3c Pink (64). Original gum, barest trace of hinging (2010 Weiss certificate calls it Mint N.H.), natural gum bend at bottom, vivid color in the true Pink shade, nice centering with ample to full margins all around, short perf at bottom left and tiny corner perf crease at bottom right

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.

14,000
4,750
35
c
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 35, 1861-66 Issue3c Pigeon Blood Pink (64a), 3c Pigeon Blood Pink (64a)3c Pigeon Blood Pink (64a). Choice centering, affixed upside down and slightly overlapping top, tied by "Portland Me. Jan. 14, 1862" double-circle datestamp on red and blue Minuteman with Sword and U.S. Flag Patriotic cover to Jackson Me., stamp with corner crease from placement over edge and some frayed perforations, cover with tiny edge tears

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

7,500
2,100
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36
c
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 36, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Deep rich color, tied by perfect strike of Mortar & Pestle fancy cancel (Type 3, Rohloff O-7), matching "Waterbury Con. Oct. 10, 1867" double-circle datestamp on cover to New York, trivial cover tear at top right and stamp with single minor perf crease

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.

E. 5,000-7,500
17,000
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37
c
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 37, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Two, tied by "Washington D.C. Sep 27 1862" double-circle datestamp on 9-1/2 x 4 in. multicolored "Panorama of Washington" Magnus Patriotic cover to Shickshinny Pa., incl. original matching enclosure, an 8-1/2 x 32 in. broadside lavishly illustrated with hand-colored Magnus vignettes beginning with a large portrait of George Washington, one stamp cut into, cover lightly soiled and with usual edge tears and wear, enclosure small skillful repair and couple small tears at folds

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"

E. 3,000-4,000
4,500
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38°
c
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 38, 1861-66 Issue10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Intense shade, used with Danish West Indies, 1866, 3c Rose (2), D.W.I. stamp uncancelled at St. Thomas, "St. Thomas 13 6 1867" circular datestamp, both stamps tied on arrival by "N. York Steamship Jun. 20" circular datestamp on folded cover from Venezuela to New York City via St. Thomas, "La Guiaira" docketing and merchant's handstamp, file fold

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

E. 5,000-7,500
5,000
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39
c
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 39, 1861-66 Issue10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Rich color, used with Danish West Indies, 1866, 3c Rose (2), tied by 3-ring target cancel, "St. Thomas 21 11 1866" circular datestamp, both stamps tied on arrival by "N. York Steamship" circular datestamp on folded letter with part-printed dateline "Kingston, Jamaica 9 Nov. 1866" to New York City, "J.G. Douglas, St. Thomas W.I." forwarder's handstamp, expertly silked and with small expert repair at center

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.

Ex Knapp.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
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40
c
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 40, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Bright color, used with 3c Rose (65) and 12c Black (69), tied by large circle of wedges cancels on 1863 cover to Hong Kong, China, sender's route directive "Via Southampton", red "48" credit handstamp overstruck by red "Boston Br. Pkt. 40 Jun. 24" credit datestamp (proper credit for 45c prepayment) red London transit, red crayon "1" British Colonial credit, blue Hong Kong receiving backstamp, endorsed "Via Southampton", some edge tears expertly repaired, otherwise Very Fine, an attractive cover

E. 1,500-2,000
4,250
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41
c
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 41, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Vibrant color, used with 15c Black (77), tied by grid cancels, "Salem Mass. Jul. 19" circular datestamp on blue cover with printed address to Zanzibar, East Coast of Africa, printed route directive "Via Marseilles" and "Care Adumally Sultanally, Esq., Merchant, Aden, Arabia", red "Boston Am. Pkt. 24 Paid 20 Jul." (1866) credit datestamp, red London Paid transit, red crayon "1" British Colonial credit, Aden receiving backstamp, slightly reduced at left, part of address strengthened, Very Fine appearance, an attractive cover from the Goodhue correspondence, the 15c and 30c stamps pay the 45c British Mail via Marseilles rate for a letter up to a half-ounce, the addressee, Albert P. Goodhue, was a ship chandler and businessman from Salem, Massachusetts, he is probably related to Benjamin Goodhue, who served in the state senate from 1784-89 and then as Massachusetts representative in the first U.S. congress, Benjamin was a commercial merchant instrumental in establishing many of this country's revenue laws, and his son, Jonathan, was a prominent commercial merchant, ex Gibson

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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42
c
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 42, 1861-66 Issue2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Centered to bottom left, tied by press-printed "Cumberland Me. Mar. 2" circular datestamp with "2" day in manuscript on 1864 "Horace I. Gray Card & Job Printer" corner card cover to the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen of Brooklyn Me., some stray printer's ink soiling in address panel

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

E. 4,000-5,000
6,500
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43
c
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 43, 1861-66 Issue2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Margins to just touching at left, ms "1864" cancel entirely within the stamp, press-printed "Cumberland Me. Mar. 28" circular datestamp with "28" in manuscript on "Horace I. Gray Card & Job Printer" corner card cover to the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen of Kenduskeag Me.

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

E. 2,000-3,000
2,200
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44
c
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 44, 1861-66 Issue2c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 1c (73a), 2c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 1c (73a)2c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 1c (73a). Horizontal pair with right stamp bisected, each cancelled by matching fancy target in homemade blackish brown ink, tied across the cut on cover to Green Castle Pa., matching "Leitersburg, Md. Nov. 9" circular datestamp, manuscript"Paid", with 1866 enclosure

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.

1,750
1,500
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45°
 
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 45, 1861-66 Issue15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Intense shade and proof-like impression on bright paper, unusually wide and balanced margins for this difficult issue, neat strike of segmented grid cancel and also trace of red transit cancel at bottom

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.

200
9,000
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