Sale 1136 — The Peter Sharrer Collection of United States Postal Markings

Sale Date — Wednesday, 5 October, 2016

Category — 1851-57 Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1065
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1065, 1851-57 Issues1c Blue, Ty. IIIa/II/IIIA (8A/7/8A). Positions 35/45/55R1E, vertical strip of three, three huge margins, just in at top, tied by well-struck blue "Richmond Va. Apr. 14" circular datestamps on blue folded cover to Philadelphia, Very Fine, the bottom pair is an Extremely Fine Gem combination pair, ex Emerson and Moody

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
1066
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1066, 1851-57 Issues1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Positions 30/40/50R2, vertical strip of three, huge margins including part of adjoining stamp at upper left and "ENGRAVERS, Phila, New York, Boston & Cincinnati" portion of imprint at right, tied by two neat strikes of "Granville N.Y. Jul. 5" circular datestamp on cover to Warrenton Va., some minor wear (certificate notes a small scuff at lower left of cover)

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND VERY RARE IMPRINT STRIP OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE II FROM PLATE TWO USED ON COVER.

Ex Caspary and Vogel. With 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,300
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1067
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1067, 1851-57 Issues1c Blue, Ty. III (8). Plate 4, a strong Type III with huge break in bottom line and a formidable break in top line, three huge margins and full at top, intense shade and impression, tied by perfectly clear strike of "Litchfield Ct. Nov. 19, 1858" circular datestamp on lady's small cover to a local addressee

EXTREMELY FINE. A SPLENDID EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE III IMPERFORATE ON A DROP-RATE COVER. ONE OF THE GEMS OF THE COLLECTION.

Ex Newbury and "European Connoisseur". With 2016 P.F. certificate. The Scott value for a 1c Type III on cover is only $250 more than the value for a used stamp off cover, which by no means reflects the scarcity and desirability of the short-lived imperforate 1c Type III on cover, especially in this quality.

E. 4,000-5,000
3,500
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1068
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1068, 1851-57 Issues1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Position 88L4, huge margins to in, tied by "Albany N.Y. Paid" handstamp on folded printed circular for Astronomical Journal dated Cambridge, July 23, 1857 announcing discovery of a new planet the month prior, addressed to Edward Everett, the renowned orator who spoke for two hours at Gettysburg before Lincoln gave his two-minute address, Fine stamp on a bright fresh cover, ex Curtis, with 2004 A.P.S. certificate

E. 400-500
650
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1069
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1069, 1851-57 Issues1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Position 62L2, ample margins to slightly in, cancelled by perfect socked-on-the-nose negative "Paid" in numeral "3" rate handstamp of Centre Sandwich N.H. on unsealed yellow envelope to local addressee, Extremely Fine, accompanied by blue stampless folded letter with same rate handstamp and "Centre-Sandwich N.H. 20 Sept." circular datestamp, bleached spots, split along file fold, but markings are sharp and clear, and the cover makes an ideal companion to the gem-quality 1c 1851 Issue cover, both covers illustrated in 1851 Sesquicentennial book (pp. 279-280), see also Ashbrook Vol. II (p. 87), ex Malcolm and Grunin

E. 2,000-3,000
6,000
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1070
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1070, 1851-57 Issues1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Recut once at top and bottom, large margins including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, barely touched at upper left, tied by perfect strike of blue 8-Point Rosette fancy cancel, matching "Amherst N.H. Mar. 26" circular datestamp on locally-addressed buff cover, cover with few trivial age spots

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB STRIKE OF THIS EXCEEDINGLY RARE 1851 ISSUE ERA FANCY CANCELLATION. A TRULY SPECTACULAR CLASSIC COVER.

Ex Haas, Rogers, Hackmey and Gross. With 1993 and 2013 P.F. certificates

E. 3,000-4,000
5,750
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1071
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1071, 1851-57 Issues1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Position 66R1L, recut once at top, tied by blue "Paid 1ct." in circle handstamp, second strike at left, on 1854 printed Prices Current from Augusta Ga. to Providence R.I., light vertical file folds well away from stamp, Very Fine, ex Vogel, accompanied by a stampless folded printed notice from Burlington Vt., Sep. 20, 1855, with perfect strike of red "Paid 1" in circle handstamp for circular rate, Extremely Fine, a beautiful pair of covers from the same era showing stamped and stampless versions of the printed matter rate

E. 750-1,000
600
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1072
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1072, 1851-57 Issues1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Position 31L1L, recut once at top and once at bottom, double transfer, three huge margins showing parts of adjoining stamps and sheet margin at left, clear at bottom, deep shade, tied by clear strike of red "Paid/U.S. Mail/City Delivery/1/Oct. 15" New York City carrier department circular datestamp on banking firm's 1857 printed notice to local addressee, Extremely Fine, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
1,200
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1073
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1073, 1851-57 Issues1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Position 69L1L, recut once at top, twice at bottom, full to huge margins including part of adjoining stamp at right, tied by neat strike of "Wilmington Del. 24 Mar." circular datestamp on buff cover to Milton Del. with Bennett & Brother's medicine bottle corner card, arithmetic notes on back, Extremely Fine stamp and unusual advertising cover, ex Vogel and "Golden Oak"

E. 500-750
450
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1074
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1074, 1851-57 Issues1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Position 49R1L, recut once at top and once at bottom, full even margins, tied by clear strike of "Northampton Ms. Aug. 1" (1857) circular datestamp on buff cover to local addressee, Extremely Fine

E. 150-200
80
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1075
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1075, 1851-57 IssuesKeene N.H. Paid Jan. 3. Blue circular datestamp with matching "Paid" and "1" drop rate handstamps (deliberately overlapping strikes) on lady's small embossed cover to local addressee, Extremely Fine

E. 200-300
325
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1076
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1076, 1851-57 Issues1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Recut once at top and once at bottom, full margins to touching, bright shade, tied by blue "Keene N.H. Feb. 14" Valentine's Day circular datestamp on cover to local addressee (a young unmarried lady), Extremely Fine

E. 200-300
160
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1077
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1077, 1851-57 Issues1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22). Plate 4, break in outer line at top, intense shade and impression, tied by incredibly bold pitch-black strike of "Keene N.H. Paid" dateless-circle handstamp on unsealed cover to Dublin N.H., with printed advertising enclosure for wholesale and retail dealers in hats, caps, furs, robes, gloves and other accessories, Very Fine, outstanding quality, this cover and lots 1075 and 1076 form a perfect trio of Keene N.H. one-cent rate covers

E. 400-500
325
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1078
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1078, 1851-57 Issues3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Position 91R1E, large margins including bottom left corner interpane margins and centerline, rich color and early impression, manuscript "#" cancel and tied by red grid cancels, matching "New London Conn. Jul. 14" (1851) circular datestamp on buff cover to Hadlyme Conn., printed two-line return address "From S. A. WEAVER & Co. New-London Ct. CIRCULAR" with stamp affixed over the word "Circular" since it was an ordinary first-class letter, small edge tears at bottom and some slight wear, still Very Fine, an early use of the 1851 Issue and very rare corner-margin 3c Orange Brown, the use of a return address envelope at this early date is also unusual

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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1079
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1079, 1851-57 Issues3c Orange Brown, Ty. I (10). Large margins to just clear at bottom right, extraordinary intense color, cancelled by two bold strikes of blue "PAID" handstamp, matching "Pomfret Vt. Sep. 23" circular datestamp with date in manuscript on blind embossed 13-Star, Eagle and Shield corner card cover to Providence R.I., Extremely Fine, a beautiful and striking cover, with 2011 P.F. certificate which states "the stamp in the 'intense' Orange Brown shade" (a very unusual comment for a P.F. certificate)

E. 500-750
800
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1080
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1080, 1851-57 Issues3c Copper Brown, Ty. II (10A). Position 20L5E, large margins including right interpane margin with centerline, part of adjoining stamps at top and left, intense Copper Brown shade (confirmed by accompanying certificate), tied by perfect strike of blue "Woonsocket R.I. Aug. 19" (1851) circular datestamp on pristine cover to Worcester Mass., Extremely Fine Gem stamp on an immaculate cover, ex Grunin, with 1987 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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1081
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1081, 1851-57 Issues3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Position 49L1i, three ample margins to slightly in at top, rich color, cancelled by clear strike of blue "FREE" handstamp, matching "Mad Riv. & Lak. Erie R.R." route agent's circular datestamp with pencil "July 18" date on blue folded cover to Cincinnati, Very Fine, an outstanding 1851 Issue railroad cover, Dr. Chase's notes on back including description of this as a "very early use of Plate 1 [intermediate]", illustrated in 1851 Sesquicentennial book (p. 239), ex Dr. Chase and Newbury

E. 750-1,000
700
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1082
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1082, 1851-57 Issues3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Ample margins to slightly in, bright shade, tied by red grid cancel, bold matching strike of "Cleveland O. Jul. 26" (1851) circular datestamp on cover to Northampton Mass., Very Fine, colorful cover

E. 200-300
275
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1083
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1083, 1851-57 Issues3c Orange Brown, Ty. I (10). Ample to full margins, gorgeous rich color, tied by perfect bold strike of vivid red "Lancaster Pa. Oct. 10" (1851) circular datestamp on buff cover to Philadelphia, two small pieces missing from backflaps, otherwise Extremely Fine, ex Grunin, with 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
475
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1084
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1084, 1851-57 Issues3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Full margins, bright color, tied by blue "Concord & Montreal R. R. Sep. 29" route agent's circular datestamp on cover to Warren N.H., fresh and Very Fine, with 1988 and 2007 P.F. certificates

E. 200-300
375
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1085
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1085, 1851-57 Issues3c Experimental Orange Brown, Ty. II (11A var). Position 58L1L, margins close to touching, rich color, tied by absolutely perfect bold strike of dark blue "Keene N.H. Jan. 19" circular datestamp on small cover to Greenfield Mass., Very Fine, with Dr. Amonette's plate and shade identification slip as "Plate 1L Deep experimental O.B."

E. 400-500
400
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1086
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1086, 1851-57 Issues3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Horizontal pair, large even margins including top sheet margin, right stamp has double transfer, intense shade and proof-like impression, tied by clear strike of "Sacramento City Cal. 1 Mar." (1852) circular datestamp on brown cover to Troy Vt., Extremely Fine Gem pair on a beautiful 6c transcontinental rate cover, ex Brown, with 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,500
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1087
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1087, 1851-57 Issues3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Full to ample margins, tied by two strikes of "III" in "C" Trime fancy cancel with matching "Green Island, N.Y./MAR 19" two-line datestamp on cover to Meriden N.H.

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE 1851 ISSUE COVER WITH THE STAMP TIED BY THE GREEN ISLAND 3-CENT FANCY CANCELLATION, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE STRAIGHTLINE TOWN MARKING.

Illustrated and discussed in 1851 Sesquicentennial book (pages 269 and 283), where Frank Mandel notes that this marking is not known to him as a stampless rate marking. Therefore, it is apparently a distinctive and rare "Trime" fancy cancellation of the 1851 Issue era.

Ex Grunin

E. 2,000-3,000
8,500
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1088
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1088, 1851-57 Issues3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Large margins including top left corner sheet margins, rich color, tied by red "Marlow N.H. Jan. 23" circular datestamp on buff cover to Newport N.H., faint water spots, slightly reduced at right and tiny tear in cover, Extremely Fine Gem stamp and exceptionally attractive tied by a red town datestamp

E. 400-500
250
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1089
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1089, 1851-57 Issues3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11). Plate 8, huge margins including left interpane margin and centerline, parts of adjoining stamps at top and right, beautiful shade, tied by red "Rutland Vt. Jun. 13, 1856" circular datestamp on buff cover to Springfield Vt., Extremely Fine, ex Brown and Emerson

E. 200-300
160
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1090
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1090, 1851-57 Issues3c Deep Claret, Ty. II (11A var). Wonderful depth of color, margins all around, tied by perfect strike of "Woonsocket R.I. Jul. 24" circular datestamp on cover to Providence R.I., Extremely Fine, a beautiful cover with this deep shade of the 1851 Issue, with 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
150
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1091
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1091, 1851-57 Issues3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Three full margins, barely in at bottom, tied by red "West Berkshire Vt. Oct. 22" balloon-style circular datestamp on light buff cover to Fairfax Vt., Extremely Fine and beautiful

E. 200-300
100
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1092
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1092, 1851-57 Issues3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Large margins to slightly in at top, tied by green "South Framingham Mass. Nov. 16" circular datestamp on cover to Boston, Very Fine, a beautiful true green town marking

E. 200-300
100
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1093
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1093, 1851-57 Issues3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Mostly large margins, touched at upper left, tied by extraordinarily bold strike of "Roscoe Station Ill. Jul. 14" circular datestamp on small blue cover to Jenksville Mass., Very Fine, the marking is struck so perfectly it almost looks unreal

E. 100-150
60
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1094
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1094, 1851-57 Issues3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Position 5L1L, large even margins, tied by "Georgetown Cal. Aug. 25" circular datestamp on buff cover to Columbia Cal., Extremely Fine, Dr. Chase note on back "One of the prettiest local Californias I've seen", ex Chase and Haas, with 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 150-200
170
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1095
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1095, 1851-57 Issues3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Two, mostly ample to full margins, affixed at upper left and right corners and cancelled or tied by "6" in double-line circle rate handstamp, "Manchester N.H. Nov. 18" circular datestamp on light buff cover to San Francisco, 1854 docketing, some edgewear, Very Fine, the use of "6" cent rate markings on a 6c transcontinental rate cover with the 1851 Issue is very unusual

E. 300-400
550
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1096
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1096, 1851-57 Issues3c Rose Red, Ty. II (11A). Positions 85-86/95-96R3, block of four, large margins to barely touched at lower right, bright color, cancelled by multiple strikes of blue grid, two tie the block, perfect matching "Haverhill N.H. Apr. 26" circular datestamp on outer folded cover to Rumney N.H., contents refers to business enclosures which would have required the multiple rate, two light file folds well clear of block, fresh and Extremely Fine, blocks of this issue on cover are seldom encountered in the pristine condition of this block and cover, ex Wagshal, with 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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1097
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1097, 1851-57 Issues3c Brownish Claret, Ty. II (11A). Huge margins all around including right sheet margin and traces of adjoining stamps on three other sides, gorgeous deep rich color and proof-like impression, tied by "Troy & Rutland R.R. Jul. 13" railroad route agent's circular datestamp on cover to North White Creek N.Y.

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PERFECT COVER IN EVERY RESPECT -- QUALITY OF STAMP, CLARITY OF MARKING AND OVERALL PRISTINE CONDITION.

Ex Newbury and "European Connoisseur." As a measure of this cover's desirability, in our 1961 sale of the Newbury collection (Sale 244, lot 209) it realized $400, selling to the European Connoisseur, and in the sale of his collection (Sale 1115, lot 2091), it fetched $6,750 hammer after fiercely competitive bidding.

With 2015 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,800
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1098
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1098, 1851-57 Issues3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Two large margins, in at top and right, bright shade, cancelled by red "5" rate handstamp with matching "Louisville & Lexington R.R. Jul. 29" railroad route agent's circular datestamp on small cover to Cambridge Miss., Very Fine, an extremely rare and beautiful railroad cover with red markings, illustrated in 1851 Sesquicentennial book (p. 239)

E. 750-1,000
750
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1099
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1099, 1851-57 Issues3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Large margins to clear at bottom, rich color, tied by "Cleveland & Pittsbh. R.R. Jul. 20" railroad route agent's circular datestamp on small cover to New Haven Conn., Extremely Fine, with 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
1,700
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1100
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1100, 1851-57 Issues3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Full to large margins, tied by "Vicksburgh Miss. Feb. 22" (1855) circular datestamp on blue cover to Danville Ky. with Prentiss House, "Agent for the Great Northern and Central Railroad" corner card, neatly docketed, Very Fine, with 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
325
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1101
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1101, 1851-57 Issues3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II (11A). Large margins to barely in along bottom outer frameline, tied by vivid red grid cancel, matching red "Lou. & Cin. S. B. Mail Line March 19" circular datestamp and "U.S. (Mail) Steamer Telegraph No. 2 * McLelland, Master *" route agent's handstamp on 1852 folded letter from Cincinnati to Nashville Tenn., neatly docketed

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY BEAUTIFUL LOUISVILLE & CINCINNATI MAIL LINE CONTRACT STEAMBOAT COVER WITH THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE.

According to Hugh Feldman (Rumsey sale catalogue), "In July 1842, C. M. Strader, President of the U.S. Mail Line of Cincinnati contracted for the Cincinnati to Louisville route. Renewed every four years until 1870, in the period 1846 to 1858 the route was designated as 5032 with a daily trip each way paying $3,850 a year. Amongst the many steamboats owned by the company were the Telegraph No. 2 and 3. Both were used on Route 5032 as shown by combinations with the route agent cds." The Feldman catalogue lists three examples of these markings (March 19, March 27 and April 9, 1852 -- the last is a rebacked front offered in lot 1103).

Ex Grunin, Milgram, Schwartz and Feldman.

E. 5,000-7,500
12,000
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1102
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1102, 1851-57 Issues3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Full to large margins including left interpane margin with centerline, tied by perfect strike of "Louisville & Cincinnati Mail Line Nov. 7" circular datestamp in intense jet-black ink on brown cover to New Albany Ind.

EXTREMELY FINE. AN ABSOLUTELY SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ON COVER WITH THE SCARCE LOUISVILLE & CINCINNATI MAIL LINE ROUTE AGENT'S DATESTAMP.

Ex Moody, Haas, "Sevenoaks" and Schwartz. With 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
5,000
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1103
 
Sale 1136, Lot 1103, 1851-57 Issues3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II (11A). Position 14L2L, large margins to clear at left, rich color, tied by red grid cancel, matching "Lou. & Cin. S.B. Mail Line 9 April" and "U.S. Mail Steamer Telegraph No. 2 * McLelland Master" route agent circular datestamp on cover front only (expertly rebacked) to Philadelphia, fresh and Extremely Fine appearance, rare, ex Haas

E. 400-500
450
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1104
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1104, 1851-57 Issues3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Position 39R2L, bright color and full margins, tied by unusually bold "STEAM" straightline handstamp of St. Louis, letter datelined June 1, 1853, from New Orleans to Robert A. Barnes in St. Louis and endorsed on dateline "Collier", faint toning not mentioned on certificate, Very Fine, with 1996 P.S.E. and 2011 P.F. certificates

E. 200-300
325
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1105
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1105, 1851-57 Issues3c Brownish Carmine Ty. II (11A). Ample to full margins, deep shade, tied by perfect bold strike of "STEAM 5" straightline handstamp of St. Louis, letter datelined Mar. 26, 1852, from New Orleans to Robert A. Barnes in St. Louis, light toning not mentioned on certificate, Extremely Fine, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
325
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1106
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1106, 1851-57 Issues3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Well-centered, tied by bold pitch-black strike of "PAID 3 CTS." in octagonal frame handstamp with equally perfect strike of "Burnsville N.C. Sep. 27" circular datestamp on light buff cover to Philadelphia, Extremely Fine, a spectacular cover from the 1857 Issue era, ex Grunin

E. 1,500-2,000
8,000
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1107
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1107, 1851-57 Issues3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Tied by red "Annapolis Md. Apr. 8, 1859" circular datestamp on cover to Annapolis Junction Md., accompanied by Mar. 14, 1855 folded circular to Baltimore with red "Annapolis Md. Mar. 14" circular datestamp and "2" rate handstamp, file folds, Very Fine pair of covers

E. 400-500
225
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