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Sale 1025 — 2012 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 26 June, 2012

Category — Postmasters Provisionals: Providence R.I.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
25°
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 25, Postmasters Provisionals: Providence R.I.Providence R.I., 5c, 10c Black, Plate Proofs and Trial Color Plate Proofs on Card (10X1P4, 10X2P4, 10X1TC4, 10X2TC4), Providence R.I., 5c, 10c Black, Plate Proofs and Trial Color Plate Proofs on Card (10X1P4, 10X2P4, 10X1TC4, 10X2TC4)Providence R.I., 5c, 10c Black, Plate Proofs and Trial Color Plate Proofs on Card (10X1P4, 10X2P4, 10X1TC4, 10X2TC4). Six complete sheets of twelve, each approximately 232 x 179mm with full die sinkage, two in Black, others form a complete set of all four Scott-listed Trial Color Proofs -- Gray Blue, Green, Brown Carmine and Brown -- fresh colors

EXTREMELY FINE. A PHENOMENAL COMPLETE SET OF LARGE DIE PROOFS AND LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOFS OF THE PROVIDENCE RHODE ISLAND POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.

Only three sets are believed to exist.

21,500
9,500
26°
ng
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 26, Postmasters Provisionals: Providence R.I.Providence R.I., 5c & 10c Gray Black, Se-Tenant (10X1, 10X2), Providence R.I., 5c & 10c Gray Black, Se-Tenant (10X1, 10X2)Providence R.I., 5c & 10c Gray Black, Se-Tenant (10X1, 10X2). Top right corner margin pair, large margins other sides, unused (no gum), accompanied by printed notice reading "Notice. Post Office Stamps. The Postmaster has issued postage stamps of denominations of five and ten cents, for the payment of postage in advance. They are very convenient and will save the trouble of making change at the Post Office, and will enable people to send prepaid letters at hours when the Office is closed. To cover the expenses of engraving and printing, these stamps are sold at a five per cent advance upon the regular rates of postage. They are for sale at the Post Office. W. B. Sayles, P.M., Providence, R.I. August 24, 1846. H. H. Brown, Printer", also accompanied by unused (no gum) 5c with large margins, Very Fine, a wonderful printed notice and a fantastic collateral item for a Postmasters' Provisionals collection

2,225
11,500
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27°
ogbl
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 27, Postmasters Provisionals: Providence R.I.Providence 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 12, original gum, h.r., detailed impression, few toned spots at left, minor edge tears, Very Fine appearance, a beautiful and fresh sheet

5,500
2,700
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28
ogbl
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 28, Postmasters Provisionals: Providence R.I.Providence 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, top right stamp 10c, brown original gum, h.r., natural pre-printing paperfold at lower left, some toning from gum, tiny thin spot, Very Fine appearance, an attractive complete sheet of twelve

5,500
1,900
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29°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 29, Postmasters Provisionals: Providence R.I.Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1), Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1)Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1). Position 5, large margins to full, cancelled by manuscript check mark, red "Providence R.I. Nov. 14" circular datestamp with matching "PAID" and "5" handstamps on blue folded letter datelined "Providence 11th MO 13. 1846", written by A. Congdon & Co. inquiring about the price of Parker Mill Iron, to Thomas J. Coggeshall in Taunton Mass. as agent for the Parker Mills, faint bend barely affects stamp

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, POSTMASTER'S 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON COVER.

No. 15 in the Slater census and illustrated in Slater book on p. 80. Ex Coolidge.

History of the Providence provisional: http://siegelauctions.com/enc/pdf/Providence.pdf

6,500
4,250
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30°
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 30, Postmasters Provisionals: Providence R.I.Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1), Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1)Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1). Position 5, full margins, cancelled by manuscript check mark, affixed to 1847 folded letter to Samuel Buckley in Taunton Mass., red "Providence R.I. Aug. 3" circular datestamp and matching "5" handstamp, some slight soiling, Very Fine stamp, the absence of a "Paid" handstamp and late use after the 1847 Issue was available indicate the stamp did not originate on this cover, four are recorded in the Slater book used after this one

E. 1,000-1,500
950
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31°
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 31, Postmasters Provisionals: Providence R.I.Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1), Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1)Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1). Position 5, large margins, tied by check mark on cover front only to Isaac Warren in New York, red "Providence R.I. May 5" circular datestamp with matching "PAID" and "5" handstamps, edge tears with reinforcement at top, vertical file folds including one affecting stamp, part of cover around stamp cut out and put back into place, otherwise Fine, scarce, ex Waterhouse

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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32°
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 32, Postmasters Provisionals: Providence R.I.Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1), Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1)Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1). Position 10, large margins to clear including sheet margin at left, uncancelled, affixed to large part of folded cover addressed to J.B. Congdon in New Bedford Mass., red "PAID" and "5" handstamps, docketed on back "Providence Bank August 2", vertical file fold does not affect stamp, Fine, unusual

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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33°
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 33, Postmasters Provisionals: Providence R.I.Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1), Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1)Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1). Position 12, margins to just in, cancelled by manuscript check mark and tied by red "5" handstamp on small blue piece, light horizontal file fold affects stamp, Fine, scarce and desirable tied on piece by the red numeral handstamp

E. 750-1,000
600
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34°
ogbl
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 34, Postmasters Provisionals: Providence R.I.Providence R.I., 5c-10c Gray Black, Reprint (10X1R-10X2R), Providence R.I., 5c-10c Gray Black, Reprint (10X1R-10X2R)Providence R.I., 5c-10c Gray Black, Reprint (10X1R-10X2R). Seven items, including complete sheet of twelve of Slater reprint, complete sheet of twelve of 1893 proof sheet on card, complete sheet of twelve of Bogert Durbin reprint, also signed Sperati proof, last three are reprint singles (2) and pair, overall fresh and Very Fine, a wonderful Providence Postmaster's Provisional collateral lot

E. 1,500-2,000
3,250
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