Sale 1075 — 2014 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Thursday, 26 June, 2014
Category — Postmasters Provisionals
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.
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.
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The unpublished Brattleboro census by Philip T. Wall lists a total of 52 stamps, including 20 stamps on 19 covers.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
With2013 P.F. certificate. Signed by Stanley B. Ashbrook.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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)
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