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Sale 1037 — United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Monday-Friday, 10-14 December, 2012

Category — Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2731
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2731, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 IssueNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a). Position 8, large margins to clear at top, tied by blue pen cancel, red "New-York 5cts. ? May" integral-rate circular datestamp with matching "Paid" arc on folded cover to Worcester Mass., some old auction notes written in pen inside flaps, Fine, with 2006 A.P.S. certificate

725
190
2732
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2732, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to clear, tied by red grid and matching "Boston 1? Feb." circular datestamp on buff cover to Rev. Bushnell in Hartford Conn., Very Fine, the recipient was instrumental in establishing the first public park in the United States

525
180
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2733
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2733, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Full margins to touched with left sheet margin, just tied by black grid cancel with matching "Wilkes Barre Pa. Jan. 9" circular datestamp on 1850 folded letter to Wyalusing Pa., stamp with two tiny pinholes at left, Very Fine appearance

525
180
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2734
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2734, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Ample to huge margins showing bit of adjoining stamp at top, touching at bottom, on May 1849 folded cover tied by double-struck blue "5" in oval handstamp, matching "Baltimore Md." circular datestamp (date unclear), negligible cover file fold, Fine

1,025
200
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2735
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2735, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Rich color and detailed impression from the first printing, four margins, tied by red grid with matching oily red "Raleigh N.C. 5 Jan. 12" integral-rate circular datestamp on 1848 folded letter to Salisbury N.C., couple minor age bleaching spots and toned file fold, stamp is Very Fine

525
400
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2736
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2736, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Two folded covers and one folded letter from Lancaster Pa., the folded covers both with pen-cancelled stamps, black or blue Lancaster Pa. circular datestamps, first docketed over the stamp Aug. 1, 1847 making it the earliest known use from Lancaster, the letter tied by black Lancaster Pa. circular datestamp on letter datelined Mar. 29, 1850, some flaws and wear, Fine appearance, the 1847 cover with 2004 A.P.S. certificate

1,575
425
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2737
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2737, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Manuscript "X" cancel, "Paradise Pa. Sep. 16" circular datestamp on 1850 folded letter to New Holland Pa., overall toning spots, Fine appearance, the only recorded 1847 cover from Paradise Pa., the town received 400 5c stamps and no 10c stamps, with 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
250
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2738
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2738, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Tied by blue grid cancel, matching "Towanda Pa. Feb. 12" circular datestamp on 1850 folded letter to New Milford Pa., stamp with small adhesion, central file fold with wear and small edge tears, otherwise Very Fine, only four 5c covers are known used from Towanda (no 10c covers)

525
200
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2739
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2739, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue5c Brown (1 var), 5c Brown (1 var)5c Brown (1 var). Horizontal pair, left stamp dot in "S" variety, large even margins, tied by red square grids, matching "New-York Apr. 5" circular datestamp on folded cover to Coburg, Canada West, red "Queenston U.C. Apr. 8, 1848" transit datestamp, manuscript "9" Canadian pence due for distance of 101 to 200 miles, receiving backstamp, light vertical file folds, stamps cleaned to remove small stains which has slightly affected the color, appears Very Fine, with 2012 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
450
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2740
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2740, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large margins to ample, tied by black grid cancels, matching "Tallahassee Flor. Jan. 19" circular datestamp on blue 1851 folded cover to New York, file folds well away from stamp, missing side flap

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE FROM TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, WITH BLACK CANCELS.

Tallahassee is known for its use of a distinctive green cancel. It appears that a black cancel was used early in 1851 -- four are listed in the Alexander census.

Ex Chase, Hart and Boker. With 2012 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,200
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2741
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2741, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large margins to just in at bottom, tied by red grid cancel on brown United States Life Insurance Co. corner card cover to Detroit Mich., light strike of "STEAM/BOAT" handstamp near address, minor edgewear, appears Fine, with 2012 P.F. certificate declining opinion as to whether the stamp originated (sort of silly since this is a well-known 1847 correspondence), Scott Retail as off-cover stamp

1,050
300
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2742
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2742, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Positions 98-100L1E, horizontal strip of three with bottom sheet margin and right interpane margin showing centerline, mostly ample on other sides, just touched at top, tied by red square grids with matching "New-York Jul. 2" (1851) circular datestamp on July 1, 1851 blue folded letter datelined "Rockaway July 1st 1851, Tuesday 1 oclk" and addressed to Dr. Henry W. Bellows in Walpole N.H., written by his wife while she stayed at a beach resort hotel, her postscript reads "We found on our arrival at Union Square this morning...", therefore, this was undoubtedly mailed from the post office in Union Square on the second morning the new 1851 Issue was available, the strip has tears and slight creases but the overall appearance is attractive

AN IMPORTANT ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE COVER, POSTED IN NEW YORK CITY ON JULY 2, 1851, THE SECOND DAY OF ISSUE. ONLY TWO JULY 1, 1851, FIRST DAY COVERS AND TWO JULY 2 SECOND DAY COVERS WITH THE ONE-CENT ARE RECORDED.

The addressee, Dr. Henry Whitney Bellows, was a prominent Unitarian minister and anti-slavery advocate. In this letter, his wife describes "luxuriating" at a seaside hotel in the company of Dr. Bellows' father. She wrote the letter on Tuesday, July 1, 1851, and mailed it upon arriving at Union Square on Wednesday morning, July 2.

Ex Neinken and Wagshal.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,500
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2743
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2743, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Position 85L3, full margins to just in, showing surface cracks at lower left and upper right, tied by large "Paid" grid, red "Boston Mass. 4 Dec." circular datestamp on cover to local street address, Very Fine example of this desirable position from Plate 3, ex Brown, signed Ashbrook and with his note on back

600
160
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2744
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2744, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue1c Blue, Ty. III (8), 1c Blue, Ty. III (8)1c Blue, Ty. III (8). Plate 4, large bottom and clear top margins clearly show the breaks that define the type, full to huge margins at sides, right side capturing portion of adjoining stamp, tied by "New York N.Y. May 24" circular datestamp with pencil "1857" on buff cover to New Millford Conn., pen docketing at left May 23, 1857, cover with some minor corner wear, Very Fine and an early use of a Ty. III stamp from Plate 4 (EDU is May 1, 1857), with 1975 P.F. certificate

3,000
1,600
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2745
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2745, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Position 75R1E, break in top outer line, full to large margins, used with pair of 1c Blue, Ty. II (7), Positions 86-87R1E, ample to large margins, bright shade, tied by "Pittsburgh Pa. Mar. 21" circular datestamp on brown cover to Mrs. P. R. Spencer, Geneva O. with Chamberlin's Commercial College corner card, backflap removed, slight edgewear, Very Fine, Platt Rogers Spencer was a reformed alcoholic and temperance and anti-slavery advocate who developed the style of penmanship known as Spencerian writing, which is beautifully executed on this cover, ex Vogel

E. 500-750
800
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2746
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2746, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue3c Orange Brown, Ty. I (10), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. I (10)3c Orange Brown, Ty. I (10). Two covers, one a folded letter, both stamps with rich color, margins clear to touched, each tied by blue grid with matching Lancaster Pa. circular datestamps postmarked July 2 and July 3 1851, horizontal file folds do not affect stamps, Jul. 3 cover with small stain at top edge, July 2 folded letter with slightly toned file fold, Very Fine pair of second and third day covers for the 3c 1851 Issue

E. 300-400
350
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2747
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2747, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue3c Orange Brown, Ty. I (10), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. I (10)3c Orange Brown, Ty. I (10). Pretty shade, full margins to barely in at top left, tied by green grid cancel, perfect matching strike of "Lancaster Pa. 17 Jul." circular datestamp on 1851 folded Lancaster Bank pre-printed letter to Columbia Pa., light vertical file folds do not affect stamp, fresh and Very Fine, a beautiful first month use with green postal markings

505
200
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2748
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2748, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Large margins to just in at upper left, bright color, cancelled by blue diamond grid handstamp, matching "Wethersfield Ct. Jul. 18" circular datestamp on cover to Boston, manuscript "July 18th 1851" at upper right, Very Fine and attractive first month use

E. 300-400
170
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2749
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2749, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Full margins to just in, radiant color, tied by well-struck "Brattleboro Vt. Sep. 22" circular datestamp on lady's small embossed envelope to Boston, manuscript "Sept. '51" docketing, fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
180
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2750
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2750, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Large margins to slightly in, including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, rich color, cancelled by clear strike of blue Lynchburg Va. "Way 6" in circle handstamp on 1851 part-printed Alfred S. Lee illustrated printed bill of lading depicting horses pulling a canal boat, carried from Richmond Va. to Lynchburg Va. on the James River, light vertical file fold, some trivial overall soiling, Very Fine, a rare and very exhibit-worthy James River and Kanawha Canal waterway cover with the 3c Orange Brown 1851 Issue

E. 750-1,000
950
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2751
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2751, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue3c Brownish Carmine (11), 3c Brownish Carmine (11)3c Brownish Carmine (11). Margins to slightly in, tied by unusual "Ever Green Post Office La" dateless circle with "La" high beneath "Ever Green" (probably intended to be one word) on remarkably fresh March 27, 1857 folded letter to New Orleans, Fine and very scarce

E. 300-400
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2752
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2752, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Rich color, full margins to touched at bottom, tied by bold "New York Aug. 28" circular datestamp on buff cover to Jefferson O. with Jarvis Johnson, Dealer in Hardwood, Lumber and Ship Planks, blue cameo corner card with illustration of three-masted ship, misspelling in inscription reads "Shippers to Calafornia supplied", fresh and Very Fine, a spectacular Eaves cameo design

E. 500-750
500
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2753
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2753, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Margins to just in, brilliant color, tied by blue "Montpelier Vt. Jul. 10, 1857" circular datestamp on illustrated Farmer's Mutual Life Insurance Co. insurance policy depicting plow and farm scene, to Vernon Vt., opened for display, Very Fine, a beautiful cover

E. 200-300
475
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2754
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2754, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Margins to in, including sheet margin at bottom, tied by "Springfield Ill." circular datestamp on Ocean Penny Postage illustrated propaganda cover to Jacksonville Ky., J. Valentine's second design on back of cover, some slight wear and few toned spots, otherwise Very Fine, scarce, ex Grunin

E. 500-750
700
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2755
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2755, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 IssueFitchburg Mass. Jan. 18, Fitchburg Mass. Jan. 18Fitchburg Mass. Jan. 18. Circular datestamp and "Paid 3" in circle handstamp on Ocean Penny Postage cover to Worcester Mass., addressed in hand of famed social activist Elihu Burritt, with photo of original contents, J. Valentine's second design on back of cover, incorporates themes of Ocean Penny Postage, Peace and Anti-Slavery, Very Fine, a very scarce design, ex Grunin

E. 500-750
500
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2756
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2756, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Top sheet margin horizontal strip of three, large margins to ample at right, neat red pen cancels and matching manuscript "Paid 30" for single rate on buff cover to Laufenberg, Switzerland, "Lancaster Pa. May 20" circular datestamp, red New York 7c credit datestamp, Aachen boxed transit and "Franco Preuss" handstamp indicating cover was paid only to the GAPU border, crayon "3" kr. due marking for Swiss internal rate, vertical bend/crease in cover barely affects center stamp, back with minor tear, still Very Fine, an extremely colorful and attractive use sent by Prussian closed mail, with 1989 Jakubek certificate

E. 750-1,000
750
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2757
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2757, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Horizontal strip of three, large to enormous margins all around, tied by "New Orleans La. Apr. 27" circular datestamp on cover to Hamburg, Germany, red "N. York Br. Pkt. 7 Paid May 6" credit datestamp, red Aachen transit, receiving backstamp, faint overall toning, otherwise Extremely Fine, a strip of extraordinary dimensions, ex Rust and Martin

E. 1,000-1,500
700
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2758
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2758, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22). Plate 4, possibly Position 84R4, deep shade, wide break at top, couple nibbed perfs, tied by bold blue "Hastings M.T. Feb. 14, 1859" circular datestamp on Valentine's Day cover to local address, attractive multicolor Valentine accompanies, Very Fine, a rare use of the territorial datestamp shortly after Minnesota became a state, also a scarce stamp use, ex Grunin and Sevenoaks

550
900
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2759
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2759, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22). Plate 11, rich color, used on 1c Blue on Buff Star Die entire (U19) and tied by "Augusta Me. Paid Feb. ?" circular datestamp on unsealed cover to Bangor Me., 1861 docketing at left and note "2 circulars", entire with small tear and small waterstain at top, Very Fine, with 2002 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
350
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2760
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2760, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Rich color, tied by "Hartford Ct. Jul. 2?" circular datestamp on unsealed all-over Charter Oak Fire & Marine Insurance advertising cover to Wethersfield, trivial edgewear, Very Fine and attractive circular rate use, with 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 150-200
110
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2761
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2761, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Rich color, used with two 1c Blue (63) and tied by indistinct circular datestamps on cover to South Onondaga N.Y., with original enclosure dated "Huntsburg March 15, 1864", manuscript "Due 1" at top, barely reduced at right, top 1c small tears and soiling, otherwise Very Fine, an unusual attempted use of the demonetized 1c 1857 stamp with two valid 1c 1861's in 1864, this was treated as partly paid

E. 400-500
325
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2762
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2762, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue1c Blue, Ty. Va (24), 1c Blue, Ty. Va (24)1c Blue, Ty. Va (24). Position 43R5, deep rich color and wide margins, small pen stroke at bottom, tied by "Princeton N.J. Jun. 19" circular datestamp on small "Princeton College Class of '59" embossed corner card to local addressee, additional part strikes of the rim of the datestamp, stamp with short perfs at bottom, still Very Fine, a beautiful college cover with the scarce Type Va, with 2011 P.F. certificate, ex Neinken and Wagshal

E. 300-400
170
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2763
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2763, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. III, Plate Crack (26 var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III, Plate Crack (26 var)3c Dull Red, Ty. III, Plate Crack (26 var). Position 71L18, choice centering, rich color and sharp impression showing the extraordinary lightning bolt crack across the design through the top of Washington's head, tied by red circular datestamp (town name unclear) on small cover to Chicago, Extremely Fine stamp and pristine cover, a beautiful example of this major plate crack on cover with a colored cancel

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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2764
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2764, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Rich color, pre-use tear, tied by "Newville Pa. Jan. 23" circular datestamp on Gabriel's' American Line illustrated cover to Shippensburg Pa., missing part of bottom flap, some slight edgewear, tear in stamp, overall Very Fine appearance, a very unusual design showing locomotives being pulled by a cow and a pig, "U-G-H-! U-G-H-!" inscription and satirical advertising slogan "Connecting with all parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, America & Perry Co. [Pennsylvania]"

E. 200-300
250
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2765
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2765, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue3c Red on Buff (U10), 3c Red on Buff (U10)3c Red on Buff (U10). Cancelled by "Lancaster Pa. May 13, 1859" circular datestamp, handstamped cachet of "Wise" manned balloon illustration, addressed to "Mons. Carlincourt" in Utica N.Y., sealed tear at top, otherwise Very Fine, Carlincourt was the pseudonym of Thaddeus Lowe, one of Wise's contemporaries in pioneer balloon flights, ex Bischel

E. 500-750
425
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2766
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2766, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue5c Brick Red (27), 5c Brick Red (27)5c Brick Red (27). Vertical strip of three, bright color, centered to right, s.e. at bottom and few ragged perfs at lower left, tied by two strikes of "New Orleans La. May 9, 1859" circular datestamp on large part of folded cover to Paris, France, reduced around edges with approximately two-thirds of the folded flaps on the back present, red "Boston Paid 12 May 18" credit datestamp, French transit and portion of Paris receiving backstamp, Fine appearance, Scott Retail as off-cover strip of three

6,500
600
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2767
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2767, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (31), 10c Green, Ty. I (31)10c Green, Ty. I (31). Choice centering, bright shade, tied by "Auburn Cal. Nov. 26" circular datestamp on cover to Washington City D.C., slightly reduced at left, the stamp is Extremely Fine and a prime candidate for a soaker, ex Knapp (lot label affixed)

1,450
750
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2768
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2768, Postmasters` Provisional thru 1857 Issue10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Two singles, used with 1c Blue, Ty. V (24), tied by "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 16, 1860" circular datestamps on cover from Hawaii to Northfield Mass., red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid" circular datestamp under stamps, red crayon "22" rate, one 10c small toned spot, barely reduced at right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE AND ATTRACTIVE COMBINATION FRANKING PAYING THE 2-CENT SHIP FEE PLUS DOUBLE THE 10-CENT TRANSCONTINENTAL RATE.

Carried on the British Brig Consort, which arrived in San Francisco on July 15 on its way to Port Madison.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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