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Sale 1037 — United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers

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

Category — Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2628
 
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2628, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Bright color, tied by "Paid" in circle handstamp, red "Boston Ms. Apr. 18, 1859" circular datestamp on cover to New York, with original enclosure which states in part "If you think of it when you see Charles Brace, will you ask him if he has any foreign letters from any place but England, & if he would let Pat have the postage stamps if it is not too much trouble to take them off.", Very Fine, this is the earliest reported U.S. letter referencing stamp collecting, sent to Mrs. Asa Gray, wife of the famous botanist

E. 300-400
950
2629
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2629, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). S.e. at left, used with 12c Black (69), s.e. at right, tied by "Foxboro Mass. Mar. 3" circular datestamp on 1863 cover to Geneva, Switzerland, Boston transit and receiving backstamps, with original enclosure sent by a ten-year-old boy to his brother which notes "We received your letter last Friday and I got my stamps. There were five of them which made my stamps up to sixty. Gus Fisher has got eighty two stamps and I can not think of any more. I send a list of my stamps, United States 1,1,1,3,3...", Fine, unusual contents in a cover sent via French Mails to Switzerland

E. 300-400
550
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2630
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2630, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96), 10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96)10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Tied by quartered cork, "Morristown N.J. Apr. 1" circular datestamp on yellow 1869 cover to Leipzig, Germany, addressed to Harry Van Arsdale, endorsed "Hamburg Steamer" and with red boxed "Hamburg Franco" handstamp, with original March 28, 1869 enclosure with great stamp-related contents incl. "Stamps are all the rage here, nearly everyone is collecting them. The new U.S. stamps will be issued on the first of April. The one cent stamp is headed with the vignette of Franklin, & also those of two other men. The two, three and twelve-cent stamps have illustrations of railroad trains, steamboats and horses. The fifteen and twenty-four cents have miniature copies of the landing of Columbus and the Declaration of Independence", Very Fine, a fascinating cover discussing the 1869 Pictorial stamps just as they were being issued

E. 300-400
350
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2631
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2631, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Used with 3c Rose (65), tied by target and small "Philadelphia Pa. Mar. 20" circular datestamp on 1866 all-over illustrated cover to Geneva, Switzerland, advertisement for Kline's Emporium and mentioning postage stamps, red "N.York Br. Pkt. Paid Mar. ?" circular datestamp, red "12" credit handstamp, blue boxed "Aachen Franco" handstamp, transit and receiving backstamps

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE USE OF AN EARLY STAMP DEALER'S ADVERTISING COVER TO SWITZERLAND.

According to research by Mr. Belasco, Kline's Emporium was run by John W. Klein (spelling differs from how it is printed on the cover). Under the name A.C. Klein, he published the first stamp catalogue in the United States in 1862.

Ex Sevenoaks

E. 2,000-3,000
3,000
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2632
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2632, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Bright color, affixed sideways in corner of cover with box for stamp, tied by blue cork and "Philada. Pa. Apr. 22" circular datestamp on blue Kline's Emporium for Indian Curiosities and Postage Stamps illustrated cover to Belfast Me., pencil notation on back states enclosure was dated 1969 (does not accompany), Very Fine, early use of the 3c 1869 Pictorial which was issued less than a month prior to this sending

E. 200-300
475
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2633
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2633, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Three covers all from Mason & Co., stamp dealer in Philadelphia and with illustration of 3c stamp and coin, two with 3c Red, F Grill (94), two with design in red, destinations incl. New York, Holyoke Mass. and Grand Rapids Mich., last also with "Due 6" handstamp, each with different Geometric cancel, some faults, overall Fine-Very Fine, see lot 2635 for Mason & Co. advertising tokens

E. 200-300
475
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2634
 
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2634, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers5c Foreign Exchange, Perforated (R26c), 5c Foreign Exchange, Perforated (R26c)5c Foreign Exchange, Perforated (R26c). Ten stamps affixed to nine stock certificates for United States Stamp Company of Lowell Mass., each for one share having a value of $1.00, Very Fine, this may have been the first syndication of a stamp business

E. 150-200
1,500
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2635
 
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2635, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers1862-76, Stamp Dealers' Tokens, 1862-76, Stamp Dealers' Tokens1862-76, Stamp Dealers' Tokens. Six tokens, incl. copper "Jas. Brennan U.S. Postage Stamps 37 Nassau St. Foreign", eagle and "Union For Ever" on obverse, two other Brennans with Gen. George B. McClellan on obverse, one copper and one brass, also brass "Mason & Co. 1870 Coin & Stamp Dealers. No. 139 9th St. Phila." with Washington on obverse (see lot 2633 for Mason & Co. covers), finally two J.W. Scott & Co. centennial tokens depicting Liberty Bell and Minuteman, small chain holes at top of last two, overall Very Fine, a scarce and fascinating group of stamp dealer tokens, James Brennan was one of the first New York stamp dealers, after working for George Hussey's local delivery service he opened an office on the famed Nassau St. in 1861 -- perhaps the first to do so

E. 750-1,000
475
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2636
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2636, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers1c Bright Blue, Reprint (40), 1c Bright Blue, Reprint (40)1c Bright Blue, Reprint (40). Used with 1c Ultramarine (212), tied by circular cork cancels, "Hoosick Falls N.Y. Feb. 20" circular datestamp on cover to New York City, "Karl C. Miner, Hoosick Falls N.Y." dealer handstamp at top left, receiving backstamp (yeardate is unclear), vertical file fold well away from stamps, minor edgewear, 1c Reprint with couple tiny flaws

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ON-COVER USE OF THE 1875 REPRINT OF THE 1c 1857 ISSUE.

The addressee, Karl C. Miner, was an active stamp collector and dealer in Hoosick Falls. He was charter member 32 of the American Philatelic Association, joining in 1886. Henry Clotz was a collector and charter member 47. This was no doubt philatelically inspired, but no other example of the 1c 1857 Reprint is known cancelled, and this appears to have been accepted for postage. It was used in 1888 or later.

Ex Emerson, Neinken and Wagshal. With 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
3,750
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2637
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2637, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers1c Buff, Re-Issue (123), 1c Buff, Re-Issue (123)1c Buff, Re-Issue (123). Rich color, tied by negative "K" in circle cancel and "Boston Mass. Apr. 6 4PM" circular datestamp on blue Mulready facsimile advertising cover of E. A. Holton, a Boston stamp dealer, addressed to Norman K. Mason in Providence R.I.

VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE USE OF THE ONE-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE ON A MULREADY FACSIMILE STAMP DEALER'S ILLUSTRATED COVER.

Only seven covers bearing this issue are recorded, including one with a slightly different Mulready facsimile design sent from the same sender.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,900
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2638
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2638, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers1c Buff, Re-Issue (123), 1c Buff, Re-Issue (123)1c Buff, Re-Issue (123). Tied by "New York PO" oval handstamp on blue cover with "N. F. Seebeck, Stationer & Printer" manuscript return address, addressed to Mr. Levick at local street address

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE ONE-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE ON COVER.

Only seven examples of this issue on cover are recorded. The sender was a prominent stamp dealer.

With 1986 P.F. certificate

3,000
2,000
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2639
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2639, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers15c Brown & Blue, Re-Issue (129), 15c Brown & Blue, Re-Issue (129)15c Brown & Blue, Re-Issue (129). Almost perfectly centered, deep rich colors, tied by sharp strike of New York registry oval on cover with printed address to C. F. Ruthfuchs, a well-known 19th Century stamp dealer in Washington D.C., purple New York Sep. 27, 1886 registry datestamp and number, receiving backstamp

EXTREMELY FINE STAMP AND COVER. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE COVERS.

The 1869 PRA Census illustrates a 15c 1869 Re-Issue cover on page 212 (Figure 3), but the cover is omitted from the listings. There is also a cover that was unknown to the compilers, which is repaired at the upper left (ex Lafayette). In total there are four covers, all mailed by stamp dealers in the 1880's.

Ex Haas and Coulter. With 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 15,000-20,000
10,500
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2640
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2640, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers1c Buff, 1880 Re-Issue (133), 1c Buff, 1880 Re-Issue (133)1c Buff, 1880 Re-Issue (133). Tied by "Saint Louis Mo. Nov. 28" circular datestamp on John P. Biedstein, Foreign Stamp Importer's corner card cover to Berne, Switzerland, 1880 receiving backstamp, trivial cover soiling, Very Fine, scarce use of the 1c Re-Issue on a circular-rate cover to Switzerland, the 1869 PRA Census records eleven covers with Scott 133 or 133a, with 1996 P.F. certificate

1,900
750
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2641
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2641, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers1c Buff, 1880 Re-Issue (133), 1c Buff, 1880 Re-Issue (133)1c Buff, 1880 Re-Issue (133). Vertical pair, s.e. at bottom, rich color, tied by "Baltimore Md. Jul. 6 9AM" datestamp and "6" duplex cancel on Frank Jones, Importer and Dealer in Foreign and U.S. Postage Stamps corner card cover to Norwich Conn., fresh and Very Fine, scarce, the 1869 PRA Census records eleven covers with Scott 133 or 133a, Jones is known to have used 1869 Re-Issues on five covers in 1884, with 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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2642
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2642, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers2c Brown (113), 2c Brown (113)2c Brown (113). Bright color, tied by segmented cork cancel on orange cover with "Edward A. Craig, Dealer in Foreign Stamps" corner card of San Francisco, to New Haven Conn., with original enclosure, minor age spots, Very Fine, this is the earliest reported use from a stamp dealer from the West Coast

E. 200-300
275
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2643
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2643, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers3c Green (147), 3c Green (147)3c Green (147). Tied by cork cancel, "Philadelphia Pa. Jul. 21" circular datestamp on facsimile Mulready advertising cover from L.W Durbin & Co. to Rochester N.Y., trivial edgewear, Very Fine, accompanied by 1c Postal Card used in 1875 from Durbin to a collector discussing his Philatelic Monthly publication, a wonderful advertising cover

E. 500-750
325
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2644
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2644, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers3c Green, 6c Pink (158, 159), 3c Green, 6c Pink (158, 159)3c Green, 6c Pink (158, 159). Bright colors, used with two 2c Vermilion (178) and tied by red "Detroit Mich. Nov. 13, 1878 Registered" three-line datestamp, additional strike at left, on E. A. Duvernois, Foreign Stamp Importer's corner card cover to Rochester N.Y., barely reduced at right, small tear at left, Very Fine, unusual design from an early stamp dealer

E. 200-300
450
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2645
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2645, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers3c Green (184), 3c Green (184)3c Green (184). Just tied by bold "W" Sation W fancy cancel, "Brooklyn N.Y. W. Feb. 4, 1PM" circular datestamp on red illustrated "J. B. Streeton, Dealer in Old United States Copper Coins, and Foreign Postage Stamps" corner card cover to Boston, design includes a reproduction of the Peru 5 Centavos Llama issue, blue Boston Carriers Div. handstamp on back, Very Fine, a wonderful stamp dealer design

E. 200-300
180
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2646
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2646, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers6c Rose (208), 6c Rose (208)6c Rose (208). Cork cancel with matching Boston Sep. 11 circular datestamp on "E. B. Sterling, Collector and Dealer in United States Stamps Only" corner card cover to New York, price lists for catalogues below, central frame in the advertisement contains a reproduction of the U.S. 5c Garfield (Scott 205) which has been blocked out (but is clearly visible with back light), no doubt due to prohibitions in depicting United States stamps at the time, E. B. Sterling label on back, some smudging from the black-out, Very Fine

E. 200-300
150
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2647
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2647, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers2c Green (213), 2c Green (213)2c Green (213). Tied by cork and "Spencer Iowa Jun. 10, 1890" circular datestamp on blue "W. E. Haynes, Dealer in U.S. and Foreign Stamps." corner card cover to Towanda Pa., design depicts Argentina 3 Centavos issue, original enclosure with W. E. Haynes letterhead and same stamp design discusses a consignment of sheets which is being sent, with the comment "I am pretty near out of good stamps...", Very Fine, desirable with the original letterhead discussing a stamp transaction

E. 200-300
160
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2648
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2648, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers1c Brown on Buff, Postal Card (UX3), 1c Brown on Buff, Postal Card (UX3)1c Brown on Buff, Postal Card (UX3). Used to San Francisco, back with Stamp Importer's advertisement depicting stamps from Iceland and one other, dated 1876 and asking for all stamps from Japan, Mexico and French Col. so he can make an offer, Very Fine

E. 200-300
200
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2649
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2649, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers1c Buff (112), 1c Buff (112)1c Buff (112). Used with 3c Rose, E. Grill, 3c Ultramarine, and 7c Vermilion (88, 114, 149) on 1c Blue entire to Carlo Diena in Modena, Italy, return address label from New York stamp dealer Wm. P. Brown affixed at upper left, segmented cork cancels tie stamps and label, "Registered/Feb. 18, 1873/New York P.O." three-line datestamp, registry and receiving datestamps on back

VERY FINE THREE-ISSUE COVER ADDRESSED FROM ONE OF AMERICA'S PIONEER STAMP DEALERS TO ONE OF EUROPE'S PIONEER STAMP DEALERS. A WONDERFUL PIECE OF EARLY PHILATELIC AMERICANA.

Ex Kuphal

E. 2,000-3,000
4,250
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2650
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2650, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers1c Ultramarine (156), 1c Ultramarine (156)1c Ultramarine (156). Two, different shades, used with 3c Green (158) and tied by New York Foreign Mail Geometric (Weiss GE-EP3) and red "New York Feb. 9" circular datestamp on William H. Phair, Dealer in Foreign Postage Stamps corner card cover to Amsterdam, Holland, receiving backstamp, Very Fine and attractive cover

E. 300-400
250
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2651
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2651, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers1c Ultramarine (156), 1c Ultramarine (156)1c Ultramarine (156). Wide margins, tied by indistinct Boston circular datestamp and red "Boston PD All Br. Transit Jul. 8 (1876)" exchange datestamp on up-rated 1c Postal Card (UX5) to famed stamp dealer J. B. Moens in Brussels, Belgium, Brussels receiving backstamp, written side states "I do not want any more engravings of Russian Locals. I only want the Government Official issues.", Very Fine, Moens is regarded as the first stamp dealer and is also famous as an early philatelic journalist, he was the key figure in detailing the early history of the Post Office Mauritius stamps and was deeply involved with the stamps discovered by Madame Borchard in the late 1860s

E. 300-400
225
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2652
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2652, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers1c Ultramarine, 3c Green (156, 158), 1c Ultramarine, 3c Green (156, 158)1c Ultramarine, 3c Green (156, 158). Bright color, tied by cork cancels on 10c Brown entire (U91) to Germany, 1c also tied by red "New York Registered Jan. 16" double-circle datestamp, with N. F. Seebeck, Importer of Foreign Postage Stamps handstamp at left, appropriate transits, 1c few toned perfs, some cover soiling, still Very Fine and unusual franking for the registered rate to Germany, with 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
425
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2653
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2653, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers2c Vermilion (178), 2c Vermilion (178)2c Vermilion (178). Rich color, used on oversize 3c entire with Seebeck stamp dealer's advertising collar, cancelled and tied by "New-York Aug. 4" duplexes to Montevideo, Uruguay, small tears at top, stamp with some soiling, still Very Fine and unusual use

E. 200-300
500
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2654
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2654, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and DealersN. F. Seebeck Advertising Collars, N. F. Seebeck Advertising CollarsN. F. Seebeck Advertising Collars. Group of five 1c entires and one 3c entire with N. F. Seebeck advertising collars, incl. both Ty. 1 (Vessey Street) and Ty. 2 (Wall Street), four used and two unused, also "N. F. Seebeck Importer of & Dealer in Foreign Postage & Revenue Stamps" corner card cover franked with 2c Vermilion Bank Note, minor cover flaws on all the used entires, one with a tear which slightly affects the collar, Very Fine appearing group of these advertising collars, UPSS value for these ranges from $300-350 each

E. 500-750
750
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2655
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2655, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers5c Yellow Brown (205), 5c Yellow Brown (205)5c Yellow Brown (205). Cancelled by cork, "Lawrence Kans. Aug. 15, 1887" circular datestamp on Geo. L. Beam, Stamp Dealer's corner card cover to the U.S. Consul in Reykjavik, Iceland, postage deficiency handstamp, five backstamps incl. New York, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, triangular "Dead Letter Office Jun. 22, 1888" marking, purple "Return to Writer" pointing hand handstamp, light soiling and some edgewear, still Very Fine, a very unusual use from a stamp dealer in Kansas to the U.S. Consul which ended up in the Dead Letter Office and was eventually returned to sender, ex Gallagher, with 2004 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
950
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2656
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2656, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers5c Blue, 5c Yellow Brown (185, 205), 5c Blue, 5c Yellow Brown (185, 205)5c Blue, 5c Yellow Brown (185, 205). Pair and single of the latter, all tied by oval Boston cancels on 1883 registered Mulready facsimile E. A. Holton, Foreign Postage Stamp Dealer's illustrated cover to Modena Italy, receiving backstamp, Fine double rate-registered cover, ex Rohloff

E. 400-500
700
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2657
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2657, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers1c Gray Blue (206), 1c Gray Blue (206)1c Gray Blue (206). Fifteen stamps in blocks of eight and seven, tied by "New York B" registry ovals on legal-size A. Wuesthoff, Dealer in Foreign Stamps illustrated cover depicting the facade of a stamp store to Vienna, Austria, blue "Registered Oct. 25, 1882 Branch B New York P.O." boxed datestamp, receiving backstamp, some wrinkling, stamps with some toning and faults, still Very Fine, a very impressive franking to make up the 15c registered rate

E. 300-400
275
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2658
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2658, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers4c Blue Green (211), 4c Blue Green (211)4c Blue Green (211). Five singles, slightly overlapping and tied by "New York Reg." registry ovals on Burger & Co. stamp dealer's corner card cover to Modena, Italy, oval "New York N.Y. Reg'y Div. 2-7 1889" datestamp, also with registry label, receiving backstamp, missing part of top flap, few toned perfs, still Very Fine and unusual franking from this prominent early Nassau Street stamp dealer

E. 200-300
190
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2659
c
Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 2659, Steven R. Belasco`s History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers5c Indigo, 10c Brown (216, 209), 5c Indigo, 10c Brown (216, 209)5c Indigo, 10c Brown (216, 209). Cork cancels, 5c tied on Henry A. Reuss Stamp Dealer's advertising cover showing Hawaiian stamp in dark blue, to Leipzig, Germany, Paris Tex. Aug. 9, 1888 three-line datestamp partly covered by New York registry label, Leipzig receiving mark on face, Very Fine, rare and handsome cover

E. 200-300
325
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