EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS SHEET-MARGIN PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE TRUE BROWN ORANGE SHADE ON COVER.
Ex Boker. With 1969 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE TIED BY A GREEN CIRCULAR DATESTAMP.
Milford did not receive a supply of the 1847 Issue. Two 5c covers are known, including one with the stamp tied by a red grid. No 10c covers are known.
Ex Boker. With 1975 P.F. certificate as Brown shade.
VERY FINE. AN UNUSUAL AND EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE PHILADELPHIA "12" NUMERAL RATE HANDSTAMP TO CANCEL THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
Ex Grunin, Garrett, Kapiloff and Boker
VERY FINE AND DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE WILKES BARRE RECTANGULAR GRID OF SQUARES CANCEL. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 1847 ISSUE WITH THIS CANCELLATION (THIS COVER WAS PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT TO BE UNIQUE).
The other cover with the same markings and address is dated September 26 (Siegel Sale 933, lot 155, realized $7,000 hammer).
Ex Rohloff, Haas, Garrett, Kapiloff and Boker.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE CANCELLED BY BOLD "5" NUMERAL CANCELLATIONS. A WONDERFUL COVER.
Ex Rust and Boker.
EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS ST. JOHNSBURY "SCARAB" FANCY CANCELLATION TYING A SUPERB 5-CENT 1847 STAMP ON AN IMMACULATE COVER.
Fancy "killer" cancels are extremely rare in the 1847-51 period. The term "killer" to describe the cancel was actually used by New York Postmaster Robert H. Morris. Although fancy rate markings from the pre-stamp era were used to cancel 1847 stamps, fancy cancels created for the specific purpose of "killing" stamps did not become popular until the 1850's. The more distinctive designs are the St. Johnsbury Vt. Scarab, Trenton N.J. Star and Binghamton N.Y. Herringbone. The Alexander book lists eight genuine uses of the 5c on cover with this cancel. See lots 44 and 76 of this sale for off-cover examples.
Illustrated in Chronicle 50 (p. 94). Ex Brown, Bingham, Floyd T. Starr, Ishikawa and Boker.
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE 1847 ISSUE FROM SUGAR CREEK, WISCONSIN. MORE IMPORTANT IS THE EXTREMELY UNUSUAL CONFIGURATION OF THE TOWN MARKING WITH INTEGRAL ROMAN NUMERAL RATE.
This is the only reported use of the 1847 Issue from Sugar Creek, Wisconsin. This cover was the subject of an article in Chronicle 62, which notes "The writer had been to Milwaukee a day or two previous and had encountered there an old acquaintance from New York State. The Sugar Creek man was writing to a mutual friend to learn what attitude the folks back in Cohoes, and most particularly the Milwaukee man's wife, now held toward him. It may be presumed that the Milwaukeean had left home under a cloud of public and private disapproval. It also is a fair guess that he provided the stamp when he asked the other fellow to write the letter. The single five-cent stamp was only half enough for the destination."
Ex Jack Dick and Boker