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Sale 1105 — The Benjamin Franklin Bailar Collection: A Study of the First Postmaster General

Sale Date — Thursday, 25 June, 2015

Category — 1857-60 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2545
c
Sale Number 1105, Lot Number 2545, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Centered to left, tied by printed "CUMBERLAND, ME./OCTOBER, 15" two-line precancel on yellow part-printed address cover for Superintending School Committee in Penn., manuscript "Upper Dublin" address, usual toning around perfs from gum

VERY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED ONE-CENT 1857 ISSUE COVERS WITH THE CUMBERLAND, MAINE PRECANCELLATION. ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF PRECANCEL COLLECTING AND OF CLASSIC UNITED STATES PHILATELY.

The three recorded 1c 1857 Cumberland covers are:

1) October 15 precancel on yellow cover to Paradise, Monroe County, Penn. (Siegel Sale 875, lot 924, realized $23,000 hammer)

2) October 22 precancel on yellow cover to Batavia, Branch County, Mich. (Siegel Sale 895, lot 925, realized $26,000 hammer)

3) October 15 precancel on yellow cover to Upper Dublin, Montgomey County, Penn. (Siegel Sale 875, lot 98, realized $22,000 hammer), the cover offered here

The first two covers in the census are currently in the William Gross collection.

E. 20,000-30,000
19,000
2546
c
Sale Number 1105, Lot Number 2546, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Positions 99-100L10 and 2R10, horizontal pair with s.e. and single, tied by bold strikes of blue "Chicago Supplementary Mail Jul. 13" circular datestamp on orange cover to Wooster O. with red printed Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne & Chicago Rail Road Co. return address, some slight edgewear affects top of stamps, single with substituted corner at top right, still Very Fine, this is said to be the only recorded use of the 1c 1857 Issue on a cover with the Chicago Supplementary Mail cancel, signed Ashbrook

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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2547
c
Sale Number 1105, Lot Number 2547, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Horizontal strip of three, tied by "Napa City Cal. Feb. 13" datestamps on blue "Overland Mail via Los Angeles" illustrated four-horse stagecoach cover to San Francisco, 1861 docketing on back, route crossed out in pen which has been lightened, slightly reduced at left and faint horizontal fold at center, otherwise Very Fine, extremely rare design and an even rarer use with 1c stamps, illustrated in Brookman on p. 197

E. 750-1,000
475
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2548
c
Sale Number 1105, Lot Number 2548, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Torn at bottom before use, tied by "New-York Jan. 5" circular datestamp, "Penny Post Paid" blue grid in circle handstamp clearly struck on yellow cover originating in New York City, addressed to 42 Niles Block in Boston, evidently a 1c circular-rate use, small mended corner nick, still Very Fine, a significant and very rare example of the "Penny Post Paid" handstamp used on inbound mail, ex Mason and Hall

E. 500-750
1,200
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2549
c
Sale Number 1105, Lot Number 2549, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Rich color, tied by "Cardiff AU 10 59" duplex datestamp and "162" barred oval cancel on yellow cover from England to Lincolnville Me., "19 Cents" British debit handstamp, "Br. Pkt. Boston 24 Aug. 27" circular datestamp with 24c integral due rate, manuscript "Due 24 cents", slightly reduced at left, cover with natural paper wrinkle and some minor edgewear, Fine, extremely rare use of the 1c stamp in England, which was cancelled but not accepted as part payment, ex "Patrick Henry" and Kapiloff, with copy of 1992 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
600
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2550
c
Sale Number 1105, Lot Number 2550, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Vertical pair, tied by oval "Correos, Vera Cruz" oval datestamp on folded cover to Vera Cruz, docketing indicates "1859 Circular, Presspring Schonfeld & Co., 20 Dicbre", stamps with some soiling and toning, bottom stamp affected by vertical file fold, still Fine and unusual use, presumably intended to be mailed at New York City, but instead carried to Vera Cruz outside the mails and postmarked there, no indication the Mexican post office charged postage

E. 300-400
160
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2551
c
Sale Number 1105, Lot Number 2551, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Horizontal pair, scissors trimmed at bottom and light horizontal crease, tied by blurry strikes of "New Orleans La. Nov. 11" circular datestamps on 1860 circular to Lyon, France, where turned and used again to Bourgoin, with France, 1854, 20c Blue (15), four margins, tied by dotted diamond cancel, folded to show both frankings, Fine, unusual and rare use, ex Kapiloff, with 1992 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
600
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2552
c
Sale Number 1105, Lot Number 2552, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Block of four, well-centered, deep shade, tied by "New Orleans La. Nov. 25" (1859) circular datestamp on folded double circular rate cover to Barcelona, Spain, bold red "2" and black "-1/2 Rls" handstamps, block originally folded over top (creased between stamps), the cover has been refolded to show the complete franking and Barcelona receiving backstamp, Very Fine and ideal for exhibition, a rare franking for an unusual rate and destination

E. 1,500-2,000
1,400
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2553
c
Sale Number 1105, Lot Number 2553, 1857-60 Issue30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Cancelled by red grid, matching "New York Paid 18 Oct. 3" credit datestamp on 1858 blue folded cover to Barcelona, Spain, sender's directive "P Vanderbilt" and carried aboard the famed Vanderbilt of the Vanderbilt Line, Havre transit, red boxed "P.P." handstamp, blue "8Rs." due handstamp, appropriate transits, faint vertical file fold well away from stamp

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND SCARCE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE COVER TO SPAIN, CARRIED BY THE VANDERBILT, WHICH WAS BUILT BY CORNELIUS VANDERBILT FOR TRANSATLANTIC PACKET SERVICE AND LATER SERVED AS A UNITED STATES NAVAL SHIP DURING THE CIVIL WAR.

Built for direct competition with the British Cunard Line, the passenger mail steamship Vanderbilt was named for steamship and railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. Flying the flag of the Vanderbilt European Line, she sailed until the Civil War. The Vanderbilt was then chartered to the government as a transport, but when the Confederacy unveiled the C.S.S. Virginia, Vanderbilt offered the services of his ship -- which had 50 feet of iron plating forward -- as a ram to destroy the ironclad. Armed with two 200-pounder, twelve 9-inch, and one 12-pounder guns, she arrived at Hampton Roads after the duel between Virginia and Monitor. She then sailed in a yearlong search for the Confederate raider Alabama, during which time she captured several blockade-runners.

Ex DuPuy.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,300
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2554
c
Sale Number 1105, Lot Number 2554, 1857-60 Issue30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Perfectly centered, perfs clear of design all around, tied by brilliant red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid Aug. 22" circular datestamp on 1860 blue folded letter to Hong Kong, China, manuscript "6/6" British due marking indicates six-times 5c prepaid rate, British and Hong Kong backstamps, tiny bleached specks

EXTREMELY FINE GEM STAMP AND VERY RARE USE TO CHINA. MAGNIFICENT QUALITY AND A MOST UNUSUAL COVER WITH THE 30-CENT 1860 STAMP TIED BY THE RED FOREIGN EXCHANGE OFFICE DATESTAMP.

Illustrated in Brookman Vol. I (p. 260). Ex Grunin and Zoellner. Signed Ashbrook

E. 5,000-7,500
12,500
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2555
c
Sale Number 1105, Lot Number 2555, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. V, 10c Green, Ty. V, 30c Orange (24, 35, 38), 1c Blue, Ty. V, 10c Green, Ty. V, 30c Orange (24, 35, 38)1c Blue, Ty. V, 10c Green, Ty. V, 30c Orange (24, 35, 38). Horizontal pair of 1c, horizontal pair and single of 10c, two 30c, tied by grid cancels on blue 1861 folded letter to Hong Kong, China, red "New York Apr. 10" backstamp, sender's directive "Via England and Marseilles", magenta manuscript "40" credit, red London transit datestamp also ties two stamps, red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, horizontal file fold affects bottom three stamps, minor natural age spots around a few stamps

A COLORFUL AND RARE FRANKING INTENDED TO PAY THE DOUBLE RATE TO HONG KONG BY BRITISH MAIL VIA MARSEILLES.

This cover from the Augustine Heard correspondence has stamps totaling 92c postage, which includes a pair of 1c stamps that overpays the double 45c rate. The only explanation is that that the letter was originally franked with the stamps at the top, then additional stamps were added to uprate the prepayment. The New York foreign-mail exchange clerk rated the letter as a single weight class and applied the 40c credit to England.

E. 5,000-7,500
12,500
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