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Sale 1075 — 2014 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Thursday, 26 June, 2014

Category — Postmasters Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1011
c
Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1011, Postmasters ProvisionalsAnnapolis, Maryland, (2c) Blue Handstamp (2XU1 var), Annapolis, Maryland, (2c) Blue Handstamp (2XU1 var)Annapolis, Maryland, (2c) Blue Handstamp (2XU1 var). Gorgeous strike of Eagle post office handstamp with matching "2" drop-rate handstamp on blue folded cover addressed to "Mrs. Anna R. Redout, Pleasant Plains near Annapolis Md.", trivial edgewear

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL CLEAR STRIKE OF THE ANNAPOLIS POSTMASTER'S SEAL, WHICH WAS USED TO MAKE THE FAMOUS POSTMASTER PROVISIONAL ENVELOPES AND ALSO WAS RARELY APPLIED AS A POSTMARK.

The Scott footnote to 2XU1 values the blue at $7,500.00 with "2" handstamped rate and $10,000.00 with "5" handstamped rate. With 1990 P.F. certificate.

7,500
19,000
1012°
 
Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1012, Postmasters ProvisionalsBrattleboro, Vermont, 5c Black on Buff (5X1), Brattleboro, Vermont, 5c Black on Buff (5X1)Brattleboro, Vermont, 5c Black on Buff (5X1). Position 7 with sheet margin at bottom, framelines complete on all four sides, light red pen mark at upper left, proof-like impression, small thins as usual

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE CONDITION OF THIS STAMP IS FAR SUPERIOR TO MANY OF THE 32 RECORDED OFF-COVER EXAMPLES OF THE BRATTLEBORO PROVISIONAL. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY FROM THE ORIGINAL CHUBBUCK SHEET.

This stamp comes from the sheet retained by the printer, Thomas Chubbuck, who sold three stamps to collectors before selling the remaining block of seven to L. H. Bragg in September 1870. Bragg, in turn, sold the block to John W. Scott. The stamps from the Chubbuck block were eventually cut apart and sold to different collectors. In the 1920's Raymond W. Lapham, with the professional help of Warren H. Colson, reconstructed the Brattleboro plate positions, including some stamps from the Chubbuck sheet.

With 2007 P.F. certificate.

9,000
5,250
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1013°
c
Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1013, Postmasters ProvisionalsBrattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1), Brattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1)Brattleboro Vt., 5c Black on Buff (5X1). Position 4, large margins to full, cancelled by red "PAID" handstamp, second strike at left, matching "Brattleboro Vt. Oct. 10" (1846) circular datestamp on bluish folded cover to L. B. Woodruff in New York City, stamp with tiny indentations on left side of signature vignette, cover with trivial age spots, toned spot on back

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE COVER WITH A FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE BRATTLEBORO POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL. ONLY NINETEEN COVERS ARE RECORDED.

The unpublished Brattleboro census by Philip T. Wall lists a total of 52 stamps, including 20 stamps on 19 covers.

For a history of the Brattleboro provisionals: http://siegelauctions.com/enc/pdf/Brattleboro.pdf

With

2013 P.F. certificate. Signed by Stanley B. Ashbrook.

30,000
21,000
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1014
 
Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1014, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew York N.Y., 5c Black, Se-Tenant Pair, "ACM" and "AC M" Initials (9X1-9X1a), New York N.Y., 5c Black, Se-Tenant Pair, "ACM" and "AC M" Initials (9X1-9X1a)New York N.Y., 5c Black, Se-Tenant Pair, "ACM" and "AC M" Initials (9X1-9X1a). Positions 23-24, horizontal pair with the right stamp No. 9X1a, ample to full margins, bold blue penstroke cancels cause small flaw in bottom stroke which has been repaired, Very Fine appearance, a very scarce combination pair showing two different types of initials, with 2012 P.F. certificate

4,750
2,100
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1015
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1015, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a). Position 1-2, horizontal pair with Position 2 showing major double transfer of the lower label, unused (no gum), large to full margins, deep rich color and detailed impression, light horizontal crease at bottom, right stamp light vertical crease at left

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE UNUSED PAIR OF THE "AC M" INITIALED NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL FROM POSITIONS 1-2 WITH A MAJOR DOUBLE TRANSFER.

With 2012 P.F. certificate

5,750
2,700
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1016
 
Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1016, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew York N.Y., 5c Black, Small "A C M." Initials (9X1b var), New York N.Y., 5c Black, Small "A C M." Initials (9X1b var)New York N.Y., 5c Black, Small "A C M." Initials (9X1b var). Positions 29-30, horizontal pair, both stamps showing small separated "A C M." initials with a period only after "M", Position 29 also with double transfer, full to large margins, light "Paid" cancels leave entire design and the initials variety completely visible

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE PAIR OF THE NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL SHOWING AN UNLISTED SMALL "A C M." INITIALS VARIETY.

With 2012 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for normal 9X1b pair $2,400.00

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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1017
c
Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1017, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d). Position 36, initials top to bottom, large margins to just clear at top left, sheet margin at bottom, cancelled solely by two strikes of red "Paid" arc handstamp, without pen cancel, one "Paid" ties stamp at bottom and thru cover, third strike at top of cover, matching red "New-York 5 cts. 5 Mar." integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded cover to J. B. Congdon in New Bedford Mass., central file fold well clear of stamp

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL WITH "RHM" INITIALS ON COVER FROM NEW YORK -- ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE TIED BY THE RED "PAID" HANDSTAMP.

The "RHM" initialed stamp is extremely rare on cover. Because of the New Hamburgh find, it is as rare used from New York City as used to New York City. Philip T. Wall recorded only six "RHM" covers used from New York in his Chronicle series, though he was not aware of this cover. Two of the covers recorded by Wall are addressed to the same recipient as this cover. They are dated March 13 (ex Caspary and Weill) and March 19 (ex Col. Green and Weill).

Ex Lapham, Ackerman and Frelinghuysen. With 2013 P.F. certificate.

5,500
5,250
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1018
 
Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1018, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew York N.Y., 5c Black on Gray, "ACM" Initials (9X3), New York N.Y., 5c Black on Gray, "ACM" Initials (9X3)New York N.Y., 5c Black on Gray, "ACM" Initials (9X3). Positions 31-32, horizontal pair, Position 31 double transfer and with large even margins all around, right stamp large margins to full at lower right, red "Paid" cancels, right stamp with light vertical crease

A BEAUTIFUL PAIR OF THE 5-CENT NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON GRAY PAPER -- THE LEFT STAMP IS AN EXTREMELY FINE GEM.

With 2012 P.F. certificate

7,250
8,000
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1019
c
Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1019, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew York N.Y., 5c Black on Gray, "ACM" Initials (9X3), New York N.Y., 5c Black on Gray, "ACM" Initials (9X3)New York N.Y., 5c Black on Gray, "ACM" Initials (9X3). Large margins except tiny nick at top into frameline, slight crease at left center (neither mentioned on accompanying certificate), tied by red square grid cancel, matching "New York 5cts. Mar. 22" integral-rate circular datestamp and "Paid" arc handstamp on blue 1847 folded letter to Catskill N.Y., cover with small tear at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE COVER WITH THE 5-CENT NEW YORK PROVISIONAL ON GRAY PAPER, SCOTT 9X3. ONLY TWELVE COVERS ARE RECORDED BEARING THIS STAMP.

With 1994 P.F. certificate

5,250
1,900
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1020
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Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1020, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2), St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2)St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2). Type II, Position 4, unused (no gum), margins mostly ample to large, clear top right corner, repaired large tear at bottom left, small margin tear at lower right

FINE APPEARING AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT ST. LOUIS PROVISIONAL ON GREENISH PAPER. THIS IS ONLY THE THIRD UNUSED EXAMPLE WE HAVE EVER OFFERED.

We have offered two other unused examples of the 10c on Greenish paper -- the incomparable original-gum corner-margin copy from the Frelinghuysen collection and the no-gum copy with top sheet margin in our 2012 Rarities sale (pre-printing creases).

With 2014 P.F. certificate

50,000
6,000
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1021
c
Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1021, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2), St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2)St. Louis Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2). Type III, Position 6, clear margins to just into outer frameline at left, neat pen cancel on 1846 folded letter to Philadelphia Pa., red "St. Louis Mo. Jul. 28" circular datestamp and matching "PAID" handstamp, vertical file fold well away from stamp

VERY FINE AND RARE COVER WITH THE 10-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON GREENISH PAPER.

With 1981 P.F. certificate as Grayish Lilac, No. 11X5 (in our opinion, it is Greenish 11X2)

E. 5,000-7,500
4,000
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1022°
c
Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1022, Postmasters ProvisionalsSt. Louis Mo., 20c Black on Gray Lilac (11X6), St. Louis Mo., 20c Black on Gray Lilac (11X6)St. Louis Mo., 20c Black on Gray Lilac (11X6). Type I, Position 1, large margins to clear, cancelled by pen on blue 1846 folded cover to Louisville Ky., red "St. Louis Mo. Jul. 25" circular datestamp and matching "Paid" straightline handstamp, vertical file folds incl. one "tying" stamp, the stamp has been lifted, pressed and put back in place

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 20-CENT ON GRAY LILAC ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON COVER FROM THE TYLER & RUTHERFORD CORRESPONDENCE.

This cover comes from the famous "Louisville Find" in 1895, a huge group of covers addressed to Tyler & Rutherford, which was salvaged by a janitor who was burning papers. This group contained 75 of the 5c, 46 of the 10c and 16 of the 20c, including se-tenant multiples that revealed the plate layout and proved the authenticity of the 20c stamps, which had been in question since 1869. All of the stamps in the Louisville find were found on covers addressed to Tyler & Rutherford, a banking firm in Louisville, but many of the stamps were later removed. Additional material from the Tyler & Rutherford correspondence surfaced around 1902 and was acquired by C. H. Mekeel.

Ex Faiman and Berlin. With 1988 and 2008 P.F. certificates

60,000
20,000
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