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Sale 1025 — 2012 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 26 June, 2012

Category — Postmasters Provisionals: Millbury Mass.

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Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 21, Postmasters Provisionals: Millbury Mass.Millbury Mass., 5c Black on Bluish (7X1), Millbury Mass., 5c Black on Bluish (7X1)Millbury Mass., 5c Black on Bluish (7X1). Margins to just in, bright and fresh, light strike of red "PA" of "PAID" handstamp, scissors-cut at bottom into vignette, small crease at right

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL. ONLY EIGHTEEN EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED, INCLUDING NINE USED ON PIECE OR OFF COVER.

The 5c stamp issued by Millbury postmaster Asa Holman is one of two United States provisionals with a portrait (George Washington in both cases). It is also unusual in that the designation "Post Office" appears without any town name, a characteristic in common with the Baltimore and Boscawen provisionals.

Census No. 7X1-CAN-04. Ex Cortlandt F. Bishop and "Country Gentleman" (Siegel Sale 422, Nov. 29, 1972) and offered to the market for the first time since that sale.

History of the Millbury provisional and this cover: http://siegelauctions.com/enc/pdf/Millbury.pdf

Census of Millbury provisionals: http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/7X1/7X1.pdf

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