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Sale 1025 — 2012 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 26 June, 2012

Category — Postmasters Provisionals: Baltimore Md.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
12
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 12, Postmasters Provisionals: Baltimore Md.Baltimore Md., 5c Black (3X1), Baltimore Md., 5c Black (3X1)Baltimore Md., 5c Black (3X1). Position 5, large margins to just in, cancelled by pen and with part of blue circular datestamp at bottom, light vertical crease at right, accompanying certificate notes "lightened pen cancel" but we see no evidence of this in the paper

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE OFF-COVER EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT BALTIMORE PROVISIONAL ON WHITE PAPER.

With 1974 P.F. certificate. Offered to the market for the first time since our 1978 Rarities sale.

6,000
3,250
13
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 13, Postmasters Provisionals: Baltimore Md.Baltimore Md., 5c Black on Bluish (3X3), Baltimore Md., 5c Black on Bluish (3X3)Baltimore Md., 5c Black on Bluish (3X3). Positions 8, clear margins to just in, nicely blued paper, tied by blue "PAID" handstamp on small piece, tiny tear at upper left

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT BUCHANAN PROVISIONAL ON BLUISH PAPER.

Weill backstamp.

6,000
3,250
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14°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 14, Postmasters Provisionals: Baltimore Md.Baltimore Md., 5c Black on Bluish (3X3), Baltimore Md., 5c Black on Bluish (3X3)Baltimore Md., 5c Black on Bluish (3X3). Position 2, clear margins to just in, tied by blue "PAID" straightline handstamp, matching "Baltimore Md. Oct. 15" (1845) circular datestamp on cover to Miss Eugenia McDonald in Washington D.C., some staining around adhesive from mucilage used to affix stamp, stamp with light crease at right from fold

FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE COVER BEARING THE BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, 5-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER. EXAMPLES WITHOUT PEN CANCELLATION AND TIED BY A HANDSTAMPED MARKING ARE VERY RARE.

The Baltimore provisionals were printed first on bluish and then on white paper (the Scott catalogue reverses the chronological order). Unlisted in Hayes census, which does list six others from this same correspondence used in 1845. Pencil "S.A." (Spencer Anderson) on back.

13,500
4,000
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15
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 15, Postmasters Provisionals: Baltimore Md.Baltimore Md., 10c Black on Bluish (3X4), Baltimore Md., 10c Black on Bluish (3X4)Baltimore Md., 10c Black on Bluish (3X4). Type I, Position 7, large margins to just in, tied on piece by blue "10" in oval handstamp and also matching smudge at left, trace of "PAID" on piece at lower left, stamp expertly repaired at left with part of printed design inked in

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, 10-CENT BLACK PROVISIONAL STAMP ON BLUISH PAPER. AN IMPORTANT CLASSIC UNITED STATES RARITY.

The earliest discoveries of the Baltimore 10c provisional adhesive stamp were made in 1895 and 1896-97. Based on reports published by various writers, it appears that the 10c on Bluish paper offered here, which is tied on piece and repaired (3X4-PCE-02), was the first 10c denominated Baltimore adhesive found. It was discovered in 1895 by Dr. Arlo Bates and sold to W. Elliot Woodward, an early dealer in coins and stamps. Woodward offered the stamp at auction on March 11, 1896, but it failed to reach the reserve price of $1,500 (L. N. Williams, Encyclopaedia of Rare and Famous Stamps: The Biographies, page 174).

Sometime after the 1896 auction, the piece was sold to the New England Stamp Company, and it was presumably sold by them to Henry J. Duveen. After Duveen died in December 1919, the estate consigned the United States collection to Charles J. Phillips for private sale in 1922. The Baltimore 10c piece was listed by Phillips as one of the rarities in the Duveen collection. The Williams book reports that Arthur Hind acquired all of the Duveen United States material, but this piece was not in the 1933 Hind sale (the 10c on White and on Bluish were each represented by full covers in the Hind collection). Based on the year of sale (1922), it is far more likely that the piece was acquired by Henry G. Lapham, who displayed it at the Collectors Club of New York on April 4, 1928, along with the Baltimore 10c on White cover recently sold in our auction of the Frelinghuysen collection.

When Lapham’s collection was sold privately by Warren H. Colson, after Lapham’s death in 1939, the 10c on Bluish was not sold to Frelinghuysen, but neither was it in the Colson stock when he died in 1963, as reported by John R. Boker Jr. (“Warren H. Colson of Boston — His Stamps; With Extensive Notes on the Henry G. Lapham Collections and ‘Asides’ About Alfred H. Caspary,” 1989 Congress Book). It does not appear again until the sale of the T. Cullen Davis collection of Postmasters’ Provisionals (Part II, Siegel Sale 278, November 19, 1964, lot 8). It was acquired by Dr. Laurence and Muriel Hayes, and was later sold in the 1977 Rarities sale.

Our census of the 10c Baltimore provisionals is available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/3X2-3X4/3X2-3X4.pdf. We record only two examples of the 10c Baltimore on bluish paper, and five on white paper.

Census No. 3X4-PCE-02. Ex Duveen, Lapham, T. Cullen Davis and Hayes. “W.H.C.” (Warren H. Colson) handstamp at lower right. Offered to the market for the first time since 1977

History of the Baltimore provisionals: http://siegelauctions.com/enc/pdf/Baltimore.pdf

60,000
37,500
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16°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 16, Postmasters Provisionals: Baltimore Md.Baltimore Md., 5c Blue on Buff entire (3XU1), Baltimore Md., 5c Blue on Buff entire (3XU1)Baltimore Md., 5c Blue on Buff entire (3XU1). Clear strikes of signature, "PAID" and "5" in oval provisional handstamps, neat blue "Baltimore Md. Jul. 26" (1846) circular datestamp on cover to Miss Susan Julia Mayer, care of Gen. Geo. M. Keim in Reading Pa., wax seal mark at center, some slight wear including wrinkling

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE BALTIMORE 5-CENT HANDSTAMPED PROVISIONAL ENTIRE.

Hayes Census No. 34.

6,500
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17°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 17, Postmasters Provisionals: Baltimore Md.Baltimore Md., 10c Blue on Manila entire (3XU3), Baltimore Md., 10c Blue on Manila entire (3XU3)Baltimore Md., 10c Blue on Manila entire (3XU3). Clear strikes of signature, "PAID" and "10" in oval provisional handstamps, neat blue "Baltimore Md. Mar. 3" circular datestamp on cover to Silas Parsons in Huntsville Ala., with original 1846-dated enclosure, some slight edgewear.

VERY FINE. THIS EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT BALTIMORE PROVISIONAL ENTIRE IS POSSIBLY THE ONLY EXAMPLE KNOWN ON MANILA PAPER.

The Hayes census lists three 10c entires on Buff paper, but notes the example here "may be on manila paper". After studying the paper and comparing it to the previous lot we agree it is on Manila. The other two Buff envelopes are: 1) Feb. 17 (1847) to Mr. Isaac Dillon, Zalesville O., ex Caspary, Lilly, Horner, Weill, Hill and Berlin; and 2) Mar. 1 (1847), to Thomas B. Cooper, Cedar Bluff Ala., whereabouts unknown. The two Buff envelopes were used almost a year after the example offered here.

With 1964 P.F. certificate.

16,000
27,000
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