EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT PIGEON BLOOD PINK ON COVER. SURELY ONE OF THE FINEST COVERS EXTANT.
Ex Fleckenstein. With 2004 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. AN INCOMPARABLE STRIKE OF THE RARE CORRY, PENNSYLVANIA, LARGE EAGLE AND SHIELD FANCY CANCEL.
This beautiful cancel is the large Corry Eagle and Shield, which is much rarer than the smaller version. This stamp was carefully and boldly struck by the postmaster to show the entire cancel within the margins. It is, without question, the finest known example
VERY FINE STRIKE OF THE FAMOUS AND DISTINCTIVE HOCKANUM FOX FANCY CANCEL.
A history of the fascinating Hockanum Running Fox cancel, written by Connecticut postal historian William J. Duffney, can be downloaded as a PDF file at http://www.ctpostalhistory.com/CtPP/Postal_Markings_files/Dudley%27s%20Fox%20StoryJune2012_1.pdf
The Running Fox cancel was carved by postmaster Dudley Fox, who was also a silversmith, giving him the skills to carve an intricate fancy cancel
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL DETAILED STRIKE OF THE BRIDGEPORT FIREMAN FANCY CANCEL OF WATERBURY CONNECTICUT AND THE EARLIEST KNOWN USE. ONLY SIXTEEN COVERS ARE RECORDED.
This cancel was inspired by the annual Bridgeport Fireman's Parade through Waterbury. William T. Crowe records sixteen covers with this cancel, used between Apr. 25 and June 3, 1866. This is the earliest recorded use in both the Rohloff book and the Crowe census
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE SCARCE LAKE SHADE.
With 1984 and 2000 P.F. certificates
FINE. THE 1861 24-CENT VIOLET IS AN EXTREMELY RARE UNUSED STAMP IN ANY CONDITION, ESPECIALLY WITH ORIGINAL GUM.
With 2008 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT PALE GRAY VIOLET SHADE ON THIN PAPER, SCOTT 70d.
With 2008 and 2012 P.S.E. certificates
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND COLORFUL 1861 ISSUE FRANKING TO THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE FROM THE HOWLAND CORRESPONDENCE.
Ex Knapp, Krug and DuPuy.
VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR SIX-STAMP, FOUR-DENOMINATION COMBINATION TO PAY THE 53-CENT RATE TO HONG KONG VIA MARSEILLES.
From the Augustine Heard & Co. correspondence
FRESH AND VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE ATTORNEY'S CORNER CARD COVER WITH A THREE-COLOR FRANKING USED TO SWATOW, CHINA.
The 45c in postage pays the rate via Southampton.
Ex Paliafito, Sevenoaks and DuPuy
VERY FINE. ONLY FOUR 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE COVERS TO CHINA ARE RECORDED WITH A SINGLE FRANKING. A SPECTACULAR COVER FROM THE AUGUSTINE HEARD & COMPANY CORRESPONDENCE.
The North German Lloyd America departed New York and arrived at Southampton on August 31, 1866, fitting the dates on this cover. The rate by British Mail via Marseilles during this time was 53c per half ounce, meaning this double-rate cover with 90c postage was underpaid by 16c if carried via Marseilles. The crossed-out 68c corresponds to the double rate via Marseilles if carried by American packet. The 48c re-stated credit corresponds to the 53c rate via British packet. The London exchange office determined that it should have been credited 96c for the double 53c British Mail rate via Marseilles, despite the underpaid U.S. postage, and they used red crayon to cross out the “48”, re-rate the credit “96” and apply the “2” pence British Colonial credit.
Ex Newbury, Baker and Wunderlich. Illustrated in Brookman on p. 66. With 1983 and 2012 P.F. certificates
FINE APPEARANCE. A REMARKABLE FRANKING BEARING 21 BLACK JACK STAMPS ON A COVER TO MACAO, CHINA.
The total franking pays the 45c rate by British Mail via Southampton. Frankings such as this are rare, due to the normal availability of higher denomination stamps. The sender obviously found a way to use up their supply of 2c stamps.
FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS BLACK JACK "PRESTON SHIFT." VERY FEW ARE KNOWN, AND THIS EXAMPLE IN A PLATED MULTIPLE IS THE FINEST AND MOST IMPORTANT.
Little has been written about the Preston Shift -- a search of the Chronicle database turned up nothing. The best source is the Allen Black Jack book (p. 125), which states the "shift" was originally noted by Marvin Preston of Ferndale, Michigan. In a letter to J. David Baker, columnist for Stamps, Preston explained: "I was amazed, while perusing a dealer's stock in 1951, to discover this outstanding major double transfer."
In 1953 Stanley B. Ashbrook wrote "This is a double transfer of the 'Black Jack' which is very rare in my opinion. It is the only copy that I have ever been able to find and is evidently much scarcer variety than the well-known 'Atherton Shift.' I communicated with a number of the leading students of this stamp thru-out the country and none of them had ever seen a copy of this variety. The following were consulted: H. P. Atherton, Anthony Russo, the late Ignatz Reiner, W. H. Kiefaber and Maurice Cole, author of a book on the stamp. These as well as a number of prominent dealers. It does seem strange that none of the above had ever seen a duplicate of this stamp."
The Allen collection contained the discovery single, which was perforated on all sides and with perfs strongly cutting into the design at top. None were offered in the Rorke sale. Richard Drews showed a used single with straight edge at left in a talk at the Collectors Club in 2010. Barbara Fosdyke-Ray owned a used single with perfs strongly cutting into the design at bottom and straight edge at left.
The multiple offered here, with sheet margin and wide interpane margin, is the finest we have encountered and is especially desirable since it identifies the position of the Preston Shift on the plate.
FINE. AN ELUSIVE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT BLACKISH VIOLET, A SHADE VARIETY THAT IS MISSING IN MOST ADVANCED CLASSIC UNITED STATES COLLECTIONS.
A thorough search through past auction catalogues will demonstrate how rare this stamp is in both used and sound condition. Our census of Scott 78c, available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/78c/78c.pdf , records a total of 44 used examples of this issue, of which only 37 have been certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation. We also record eight on cover. Of the used off cover copies, a mere ten are confirmed as sound.
Census no. 78c-CAN-44. With 2013 P.F. certificate