Contact Siegel
6 West 48th Street
9th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Contact by phone:
New York: (212) 753-6421
Dallas: (214) 754-5991

Sale 1139 — U.S. Treasures of Philately from The Irwin Weinberg Inventory

Sale Date — Wednesday, 9 November, 2016

Leave Absentee Bids
*A buyer’s premium of 15% of the winning bid was added as part of the total purchase price on all lots in this sale. Buyers were responsible for applicable sales tax, customs duty and any other prescribed charges. By placing a bid, bidders agreed to the terms and conditions in effect at the time of the sale.

Category — Air Post

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
102
c
Sale Number 1139, Lot Number 102, Air Post8c-24c 1923 Air Post (C4-C6), 8c-24c 1923 Air Post (C4-C6)8c-24c 1923 Air Post (C4-C6). Three covers, franked with Nos. C4 and C5 top plate no. blocks of six and No. C6 top plate no. block of ten, each tied by "San Francisco Jul. 1, 1924" duplex cancels to individual large-size flight covers (AAMC 167) addressed to Worden, magenta "US Night Air Mail" and "Via Air Mail" boxed cachets, Nos. C4 and C5 with bold "Special Delivery" at bottom and Registered handstamp crossed out in blue with violet handstamp "Not in Registered Mail", No. C6 cover reduced at left, Very Fine and rare set, ex Mack

E. 3,000-4,000
2,900
103
ogbl
Sale Number 1139, Lot Number 103, Air Post$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14), $1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14)$1.30 Graf Zeppelin (C14). Block of four, bottom stamps Mint N.H., top lightly hinged, fresh color on bright paper, well-centered with wide margins, Very Fine and choice, Scott Retail as singles

2,100
1,200
Back to Top
104
c
Sale Number 1139, Lot Number 104, Air Post65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15), 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15)65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelin (C13-C15). Complete set plus 5c Winged Globe (C12), C13 with bottom plate no. selvage, C14 with bottom right corner sheet selvage, tied by New York Varick St. Station Apr. 29, 1930 duplex cancels, by red cachet handstamp and C14 by purple cachet handstamp on cover to Paul Owen, c/o postmaster in Friedrichshafen, Germany, blue "Par Avion" blue labels front and back, large "Air Mail" red and blue label on back and receiving datestamp, Very Fine, a beautiful complete set 1930 Graf Zeppelin cover

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
Back to Top
105
og
Sale Number 1139, Lot Number 105, Air Post1877, 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon Air Post Semi-Official, Tete-Beche Pair (CL1a), 1877, 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon Air Post Semi-Official, Tete-Beche Pair (CL1a)1877, 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon Air Post Semi-Official, Tete-Beche Pair (CL1a). Both Schoendorf Type II, large margins all around, full original gum, one stamp lightly hinged (small ink spot on face), other has h.r. and thin spot

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND FRESH TETE-BECHE PAIR OF THE BUFFALO BALLOON POST ISSUE.

The Buffalo Balloon stamp, designed by John B. Lillard and engraved by John H. Snively, was printed by Wheeler Brothers Printers in Nashville, Tennessee. Only 300 were printed in tête-bêche arrangement from a single die. The stamps were intended for use on a balloon flight from Nashville to Gallatin, Tennessee, which took place on June 18, 1877. Of the 300 that were printed, Lillard wrote that only 23 were used.

Based on previous examples we have handled, at least some of the Buffalo Balloon stamps were exposed to moisture around the time they were printed. This accounts for the fact that only two of the tête-bêche pairs certified by the Philatelic Foundation are potentially sound. The others are mostly thinned or scuffed in one corner where they were stuck together.

Ex Rudy. Sanabria backstamps

22,500
7,500
Back to Top
106
ng
Sale Number 1139, Lot Number 106, Air Post5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon, Tete-Beche Pair (CL1a), 5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon, Tete-Beche Pair (CL1a)5c Deep Blue, Buffalo Balloon, Tete-Beche Pair (CL1a). Schoendorf Types I and II, unused (no gum), large margins to full, wide spacing between stamps (8-1/2mm), accompanying certificate notes "slight defects" which are primarily thin spots and some wrinkling between stamps

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED TETE-BECHE PAIRS OF THE BUFFALO BALLOON STAMP WITH TYPES I AND II. THIS ALSO HAS ONE OF THE WIEST SPACING BETWEEN STAMPS OF ANY TETE-BECHE PAIR.

The Buffalo Balloon stamp, designed by John F. B. Lillard and engraved by John H. Snively, was printed by Wheeler Brothers Printers in Nashville, Tenn., The stamps were intended for use on a balloon flight from Nashville to Gallatin Tenn., which took place on June 18, 1877. Of the 300 that were printed, only 23 were used.

Approximately a dozen tete-beche pairs have been certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation. The Schoendorf pamphlet lists nine, which are mostly a combination of Types II and III. Type I is the earliest state, with no discernible printing flaws.

Ex Ridings. Illustrated in Schoendorf pamphlet (figure 18). With 1978 P.F. certificate

22,500
5,750
Back to Top
Copyright 2020. All rights reserved by Siegel Auction Galleries Inc. Information and images may be used with credit to Siegel Auction Galleries or siegelauctions.com subject to guidelines and restrictions.
Website Terms of Use and Privacy Policy