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Sale 1025 — 2012 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 26 June, 2012

Category — 5c-10c 1847 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
59°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 59, 5c-10c 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal strip of four, large margins to just in at top right corner, bright color, each cancelled by blue manuscript "X", matching "20" rate ties strip on legal-size cover to Penn Yan N.Y., red "Hudson Riv. Mail N.Y. Sep. 27" route agent's circular datestamp, vertical file fold at left, faint pre-use crease between second and third stamps

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE USED WITH THE HUDSON RIVER MAIL MARKING. DESCRIBED IN THE ALEXANDER CENSUS AS "THE MOST SPECTACULAR MULTIPLE."

The Hudson River Mail route carried mail between New York City and Albany. Four horizontal pairs and this strip of four are the only recorded multiples used on this mail route. There are two other covers to Penn Yan listed in the Alexander census including one of the pairs and one with two singles, so this is a double 10c over-300 miles rate for a letter weighing more than a half-ounce (and up to one ounce).

E. 10,000-15,000
7,500
60°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 60, 5c-10c 1847 Issue5c Red Brown, New York City Carrier Department Combination Uses (1, 6LB9-6LB11), 5c Red Brown, New York City Carrier Department Combination Uses (1, 6LB9-6LB11)5c Red Brown, New York City Carrier Department Combination Uses (1, 6LB9-6LB11). Three covers with combination uses of the 5c 1847 and the "U.S. Mail" stamps issued by the New York Carrier Department from 1849-51, representing the "complete set" of the three adhesives, each addressed to James Baxter in Albany N.Y. No. 6LB9 on an envelope, 6LB10 and 6LB11 on folded letters, carrier stamps untied as typical, 5c stamps all tied by red grids, file folds thru all but one 5c stamp, couple a bit heavy

FINE APPEARANCE. A DESIRABLE COMPLETE SET OF THE NEW YORK CITY CARRIER DEPARTMENT "U.S. MAIL" STAMPS ON SEPARATE COVERS WITH THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE. THE 6LB11 COVER IS THE NEW EARLIEST KNOWN USE.

In Chronicle 232 (Nov. 2011, included with lot), Alex Haimann discussed a new find of 1847 covers from the Dexter correspondence. These three covers are illustrated and represent the only known complete set of covers bearing each of the New York Carrier Dept. adhesives and the 1847 issue used to one recipient. The Black on Buff (6LB11) offered here also moves up the earliest known date of use considerably, from Mar. 2, 1850 to Nov. 12, 1849, and demonstrates that 6LB9 and 6LB11 were at least briefly in use simultaneously.

Each cover with 2010 P.F. certificate. Total Scott Retail $6,500.00

E. 3,000-4,000
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61°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 61, 5c-10c 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Full margins to slightly in, tied by red square grid cancel with matching "New York Jun. 24" circular datestamp, used with Boyd's City Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green Glazed (20L7), cancelled by cork, on cover to James Dexter in Albany N.Y., file fold passes thru local stamp, small scuff on cover to right of local, Fine and rare Boyd's-1847 combination, illustrated in Chronicle 232 in an article on the Dexter find (p. 326), with 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 62, 5c-10c 1847 Issue5c Red Orange (1c), 5c Red Orange (1c)5c Red Orange (1c). Large margins to clear, brilliant color, bold strike of red New York square grid cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE SCARCE RED ORANGE SHADE.

According to Wade Saadi, the Red Orange shade was produced exclusively during the last printing, stamps from which were part of the Fifth Delivery (December 7, 1850).

With 2011 P.F. certificate

9,500
3,000
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63
og
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 63, 5c-10c 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Part original gum, large margins to clear including bottom sheet margin, detailed impression, faint horizontal crease entirely in margin at bottom, small thin spot, some minor toning on back not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM SHEET MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

Apart from the incomparable Caspary-Lilly-Sevenoaks copy, we have offered only two other 10c 1847's with original gum and sheet margins since 1998, including a bottom-margin horizontal pair and a right-margin single.

With 1985 P.F. certificate

35,000
5,000
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64°
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 64, 5c-10c 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Huge margins all around including part of adjoining stamp at lower left, deep shade and crisp impression showing every detail of the engraving, red grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 1981 and 1998 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $6,400.00). Only seven others share this grade, and only three have graded higher to date (at 98J)

1,150
4,500
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65°
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 65, 5c-10c 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large margins all around, bright shade and detailed impression nicely complemented by red grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,500.00)

1,150
3,250
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66
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 66, 5c-10c 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large margins all around, crisp impression, neat strike of St. Louis red circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH ENORMOUS MARGINS AND CANCELLED BY THE RED ST. LOUIS DATESTAMP.

With 2009 P.F. certificate

1,150
2,200
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67
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 67, 5c-10c 1847 Issue10c Black, Short Transfer at Top (2 var), 10c Black, Short Transfer at Top (2 var)10c Black, Short Transfer at Top (2 var). Large margins to clear, tied by green grid, matching "Tallahassee Flor. Feb. 21" circular datestamp on 1848 folded cover to New York, light horizontal file fold well clear of stamp, stamp has an additional lightened manuscript cancel

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE ON COVER WITH A GREEN CANCELLATION.

Tallahassee was one of the few post offices in the 1847 Issue era to use true green ink for its postmark and cancellation.

With 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
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68
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 68, 5c-10c 1847 Issue10c 1847 Issue, Turned Use with Confederate States 10c Engraved General Issue (U.S. 2, C.S.A. 11), 10c 1847 Issue, Turned Use with Confederate States 10c Engraved General Issue (U.S. 2, C.S.A. 11)10c 1847 Issue, Turned Use with Confederate States 10c Engraved General Issue (U.S. 2, C.S.A. 11). 10c 1847 tied by red square grid cancel, matching "New York Feb. 4" (ca. 1848-50) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to John J. Gresham in Macon Ga., the sheet was turned, recut into an envelope and used approximately 15 years later within the Confederate States, trimmed and refolded with gummed flap on the 1847 side, franked with Confederate States 10c Blue, Die A (11) tied by Macon Ga. double-circle datestamp (ca. 1863-64), addressed to "Mr. Thomas B. Gresham [most likely John's son], Co. B 2nd Ga. Battallion, Sorells (late Wrights) Brigade, Mahone's division, Hills Corps, Army of Northern Virginia", the Confederate stamp unfortunately was partly chewed by pests, approximately three-quarters of the stamp still intact, the 10c 1847 with file fold where cover was refolded for second use, cover with edge wear and opened for display

A UNIQUE AND HISTORIC COVER BEARING THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE, SENT DURING THE ANTEBELLUM ERA FROM NEW YORK TO MACON, GEORGIA, TURNED AND RE-USED APPROXIMATELY 15 YEARS LATER DURING THE CIVIL WAR AS A CONFEDERATE COVER FRANKED WITH THE 10-CENT ENGRAVED ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY KNOWN 1847 TURNED USE WITH ANOTHER STAMP OF ANY KIND -- MUCH LESS A CONFEDERATE STAMP. AN OUTSTANDING POSTAL HISTORY ARTIFACT.

There exists a large correspondence related to John J. Gresham dating as far back as the 1830's (a disc of scans is included). More importantly, there is a second cover, included with this lot, which serves to confirm this turned use. The second cover is franked with a half-peeled 3c 1851 Issue stamp and was sent to John Gresham in Macon Ga. Like the 1847 cover, the second cover was refolded into an envelope and sent to Thomas B. Gresham with the Macon datestamp -- though it is missing its Confederate stamp.

It is difficult to pinpoint the exact year of use for this cover during the 1847 period as this style of New York datestamp was in use for several years. The Confederate mailing date was either 1863 or 1864.

Turned uses with 1847 stamps are known, but one of the sides is invariably stampless. We record no 1847 turned covers with a second stamp, and a turned use with a Confederate stamp is truly remarkable

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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69°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 69, 5c-10c 1847 Issue10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a), 10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a)10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a). Top right diagonal half, Position 57L1 clearly showing harelip variety, large margins, tied across the cut by red grid cancel, matching "New-Haven Ct. 14 Jun." circular datestamp on 1851 folded cover to Birmingham Conn., horizontal file fold well away from stamp, cover tear in area of circular datestamp

VERY FINE. A RARE DIAGONAL BISECT OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE, USED TO PAY THE 5-CENT UNDER-300 MILES RATE JUST A FEW WEEKS PRIOR TO DEMONETIZATION OF THE 1847 ISSUE.

Effective July 1, 1851, the basic letter rate was reduced to 3c for domestic letters sent up to 3,000 miles. New stamps were issued to accommodate the new rates, and the old stamps were demonetized and invalid for postage after June 30, 1851. This letter was sent June 13, 1851, just prior to demonetization, and one day after the bisect offered in the following lot.

Unlisted in Alexander census.

13,000
8,000
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70°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 70, 5c-10c 1847 Issue10c Black, Vertical Half Used as 5c (2b), 10c Black, Vertical Half Used as 5c (2b)10c Black, Vertical Half Used as 5c (2b). Right half, large margins, tied across the cut by red grid cancel, matching "New-Haven Ct. 13 Jun." circular datestamp on 1851 folded letter to Birmingham Conn., sender's notation "Paid/5" (it is unusual for this kind of notation to include the amount paid), file folds well away from stamp

VERY FINE. A RARE VERTICAL BISECT OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE USED TO PAY THE 5-CENT UNDER-300 MILES RATE JUST A FEW WEEKS PRIOR TO DEMONETIZATION OF THE 1847 ISSUE.

Effective July 1, 1851, the basic letter rate was reduced to 3c for domestic letters sent up to 3,000 miles. New stamps were issued to accommodate the new rates, and the old stamps were demonetized and invalid for postage after June 30, 1851. This letter was sent June 13, 1851, just prior to demonetization, and one day before the bisect offered in the previous lot.

35,000
15,000
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