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Sale 1117 — U.S. & Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 17-18 December, 2015

Category — 1857-60 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4078°
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4078, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19), 1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19). Position 94L4, deep rich color, tied by bold strike of "Troy N.Y. Paid Oct. 3, 1858" circular datestamp on unsealed cover to Tisbury Mass., endorsed "Circular" at top left

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE USE OF THE SCARCE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE Ia ON COVER.

With 2007 P.F. certificate

9,500
0
4079
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4079, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (21 var), 1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (21 var)1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (21 var). The position with the widest breaks of any Type III, choice centering, deep shade, pieces torn away from top and bottom when separated by sender, tied by "Chicago Ill. Oct. 27, 1857" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Exeter Ill., with original enclosure

THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED DATE OF USE OF POSITION 99R2 -- THE ONE-CENT TYPE III -- WHICH THE SCOTT CATALOGUE LISTS SEPARATELY, BOTH IMPERFORATE AND PERFORATED, IN RECOGNITION OF ITS EXTRAORDINARY CHARACTERISTICS.

This cover from the Armitage correspondence is the basis of the Scott-listed Earliest Documented Use of No. 21, Position 99R2, on October 27, 1857. The EDU for any perforated 1c stamp from Plate 2 is July 26, 1857. According to our records, only three covers are known with Position 99R2: a single, ex Ishikawa and Zoellner, a strip containing 99R2, and the Armitage cover offered here. The Scott Catalogue incorrectly states that two covers are known.

Please see Chronicle 199 (August 2003) for an article documenting the Armitage correspondence. With 1999 A.P.S. certificate stating "earliest documented cover". Scott Retail for an off-cover used stamp is $20,000.00

E. 3,000-4,000
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4080
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4080, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Vertical strip of three, tied by "Southold N.Y. Oct. 12" circular datestamps on Southold Institute corner card cover to Wabaunsee Kans., few toned spots affect stamp, otherwise Fine and attractive

E. 300-400
400
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4081
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4081, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Horizontal strip of three, tops of stamps trimmed off prior to use and also slightly at left, tied by "Cairo Ill. Oct. 13, 1860" circular datestamps on "Sunny South, N. Richardson, Master, New Orleans & Lake Bisteneau Packet" illustrated corner card cover depicting the packet ship, to Geneva O., some toning and slight wear, still Very Fine, rare design

E. 300-400
700
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4082
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4082, 1857-60 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Small edge flaws, tied by grid cancel with two strikes of Skowhegan Me. circular datestamp, one with Mar. 19 date and 1861 in pencil, the other without clear date on cover to Laurence Falls Maine, with woodcut portrait of a bearded man, either the worst rendition of Abraham Lincoln ever made or an early postal "selfie" without a caption to identify this person, Very Fine, with 2015 P.F. certificate stating "genuine woodcut corner card portrait" but without identifying Lincoln by name, unlisted in Milgram

E. 400-500
200
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4083
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4083, 1857-60 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). S.e. at left, tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Nov. 25, 18??" octagonal datestamp on orange cover with S. E. Southland Oil Lamp blue illustrated cameo corner card depicting oil lamps, J. Spittall (Phila.) imprint, to Shippensburg Pa., fresh and Very Fine

E. 300-400
200
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4084
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4084, 1857-60 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Imperforate Vertically (26b), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Imperforate Vertically (26b)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Imperforate Vertically (26b). Wide margins, tied by "Fort Plain N.Y. Jul. 19" circular datestamp on orange cover to Cooperstown N.Y.

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT IMPERFORATE VERTICALLY USED ON COVER.

Ex Chase. With 2015 P.F. certificate declining opinion, thus offered on its own merits and the Chase provenance

E. 750-1,000
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4085
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4085, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (31), 10c Green, Ty. I (31)10c Green, Ty. I (31). Tied by large blue Hollow Star, "Marysville Cal. Jun. 9" circular datestamp on light yellow cover to Byron Mich., matching "Detained for Postage" three-line handstamp framed by pen, endorsed "Via Los Angeles" and "No. 31" at top, light strike of blue Marysville backstamp (looks like May 8), few inconsequential toned perf tips, some edge flaws, Very Fine and unusual use

E. 750-1,000
750
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4086
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4086, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (31), 10c Green, Ty. I (31)10c Green, Ty. I (31). Horizontal strip of three, choice centering with wide-spaced perforations providing ample room for the Type I characteristics, tied by light strikes of "New Orleans La. Dec. 16" circular datestamp on blue 1859 folded letter to Nantes, France, red New York 24c credit datestamp also ties strip, stamps with faint overall even toning, otherwise Very Fine, scarce and attractive use of a strip of three of the 10c Type I perforated issue, signed Ashbrook, with 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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4087
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4087, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. II/III/I (32/33/31), 10c Green, Ty. II/III/I (32/33/31)10c Green, Ty. II/III/I (32/33/31). Vertical strip of three, perfs scissors-separated leaving them intact at top and right and s.e. at left and bottom, type characteristics clearly visible, tied by "New Orleans La. May 4" circular datestamps on blue 1858 folded letter to Nantes, France, Boston 24c credit circular datestamp, transit and receiving backstamps, Fine

E. 500-750
275
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4088
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4088, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Tied by "Placerville Cal. Nov. 15" circular datestamp on cover to North Henderson Ill., clear strike of San Francisco "OVERLAND" straightline handstamp (Type 1), 1857 docketing at left, barely reduced at left, stamp with flaw at top right, still Very Fine and scarce use, carried on the Butterfield Route rather than via Panama

E. 750-1,000
450
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4089
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4089, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Two, one s.e. at left, tied by "Oroville Cal. Feb. 21, 1860" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Baltimore Md., neat strike of San Francisco "OVERLAND" straightline handstamp (Type 2) at top right, some slight overall wear, Very Fine and rare use, sent via the Butterfield Route, the "Overland" marking indicated it missed the stagecoach departure and was held for the next one

E. 300-400
400
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4090
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4090, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Tied by large grid, "Vancouver W.T. Nov. 13" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Annapolis Md., 1860 docketing, barely reduced at right, Very Fine territorial use

E. 300-400
160
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4091
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4091, 1857-60 Issue12c Black, Plate 1 (36), 12c Black, Plate 1 (36)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Bright shade, tied by "San Francisco Cal. Sep. 13, 1863(?)" circular datestamp on cover to Beloit Wis., endorsed "Via Overland" at lower left, lacking Hawaiian postmark but rate is correct, gently cleaned, Very Fine appearance, ex Newbury and Krug

E. 400-500
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4092
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4092, 1857-60 Issue12c Black, Plate 1 (36), 12c Black, Plate 1 (36)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Intense shade, tied by clear strike of "Lynchburgh Ohio Sep. 17" circular datestamp on legal-size "The Adams Express Company" corner card cover to courthouse in Georgetown O., 1858 docketing at left, slightly reduced at right and some edgewear, Fine, unusual quadruple-rate use, ex "J&J"

E. 300-400
170
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