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Sale 1010 — 2011 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 18 June, 2011

Category — Postmasters` Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
c
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 3, Postmasters` ProvisionalsBaltimore Md., 5c Black (3X1), Baltimore Md., 5c Black (3X1)Baltimore Md., 5c Black (3X1). Margins full to slightly in (two full framelines), cancelled by neat manuscript line, blue "Baltimore Md. Jan. 21" (1847) circular datestamp and matching "Paid" handstamp on cover to Port Tobacco Md., cover with small faults at top left and bottom right but the stamp is sound

A FINE EXAMPLE OF THE BALTIMORE POSTMASTER'S 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ON WHITE PAPER USED ON COVER.

Unlisted in Hayes census, though another is known used seven days later to the same recipient. With 2011 P.F. certificate.

13,500
7,500
 
Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 4, Postmasters` ProvisionalsBrattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1), Brattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1)Brattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1). Position 10, full margins all around, intense shade and impression, pen cancel at left, small thin spot at center, totally negligible considering the superb appearance and otherwise excellent condition of this stamp

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT BRATTLEBORO POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL. ONLY 32 COPIES ARE RECORDED OFF COVER, THIS BEING ONE OF THE FINEST.

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. (Reference: "The Plating of the Brattleboros", Calvet M. Hahn, Collectors Club Philatelist, Mar.-Apr. 1988). The plate reconstruction with this stamp appeared at auction in the Christie's October 1989 sale of the Weill Brothers' stock.

Ex Ferrary, Lapham, Colson, Weill and Wall. With 2007 P.F. certificate

11,000
10,000
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Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 5, Postmasters` ProvisionalsProvidence R.I., 5c & 10c Gray Black, Se-Tenant (10X2a), Providence R.I., 5c & 10c Gray Black, Se-Tenant (10X2a)Providence R.I., 5c & 10c Gray Black, Se-Tenant (10X2a). Complete sheet of twelve, original gum, few small h.r. mostly in margins

VERY FINE COMPLETE SHEET OF THE PROVIDENCE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.

With 1981 P.F. certificate

5,500
3,250
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Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 6, Postmasters` ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Greenish (11X1), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Greenish (11X1)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Greenish (11X1). Type III, Position 5, full balanced margins all around, light pen cancel, small expert corner repair at bottom left

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS "BEARS" PROVISIONAL ON GREENISH PAPER.

With 2011 P.F. certificate

8,000
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Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 7, Postmasters` ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2), St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2)St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2). Type II, Position 4, large margins to full, manuscript cancels and trace of red cancel at lower right, minor paper erosion at right edge from manuscript ink

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT ST. LOUIS "BEARS" POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON GREENISH PAPER.

An attractive example of the distinctive and rare St. Louis "Bears" provisional.

8,000
2,800
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Sale Number 1010, Lot Number 8, Postmasters` ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X8), St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X8)St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X8). Type III, Position 6, unused (no gum), ample margins on three sides and just shaved along outer frameline at top, deep impression on fresh paper, tiny vertical crease at bottom

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE ST. LOUIS "BEARS" 10-CENT PROVISIONAL ON PELURE PAPER. AN IMPORTANT RARITY AMONG POSTMASTERS' PROVISIONALS.

A survey of our Levi records and auction catalogues produced a tally of approximately 35 examples of the 10c Pelure off and on cover. The vast majority of these stamps has faults or margins cutting into the design. The stamp offered here is essentially sound and one of the most beautiful examples extant. It is also the only certified unused example extant.

Ex Pope and Wagshal. With 2010 P.F. certificate as unused.

Unlisted in Scott as unused. Scott Retail $13,000.00 as used, but footnote states: "Values of Nos. 11X7-11X8a, on and off cover, reflect the usual poor condition of these stamps, which were printed on fragile pelure paper. Attractive examples with minor defects sell for considerably more."

E. 15,000-20,000
15,000
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