Sale 1146 — U.S. and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 15 December, 2016

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Category — First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1467
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1467, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers1c-10c Kansas (658-668). Set of eleven singles with corner plate number selvage, tied by predated "Lawrence Kans. Apr. 24 4:30PM 1929" duplex cancel on cover to Robert W. Baughman in Lawrence, with "The Acacia Fraternity" engraved corner card, signed by the Assistant Postmaster at Lawrence Kans.

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY KNOWN COMPLETE SET FOR EITHER THE KANSAS OR NEBRASKA OVERPRINTS ON A SINGLE PRE-FIRST DAY COVER. A GREAT RARITY AND A HIGHLIGHT OF ANY ADVANCED FIRST DAY OR 20TH CENTURY COVER COLLECTION.

Ex Baron and Dr. Martin. With 1996 A.P.S. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
9,500
1468
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1468, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers1c-10c Kansas-Nebraska (658-679). Complete set of 22 in blocks of four, each tied by First Day Washington D.C. May 1, 1929 5PM duplex cancel on separate covers serviced by C. E. Nickles with matching addresses to Dr. H. S. Paine in Miami FL

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST MATCHED SET OF FIRST DAY COVERS WITH KANSAS-NEBRASKA OVERPRINTS IN BLOCKS OF FOUR WE HAVE EVER SEEN.

The condition of this set is absolutely and unusually pristine.

Ex Dr. Martin

E. 4,000-5,000
0
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1469
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1469, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers1c-10c Kans. Overprints (658-668). Two covers, first with 1c-5c, other with 6c-10c, tied by "Washington D.C. May 1 5:30 PM 1929" First Day duplex cancels on covers to Bellaire N.Y., Very Fine, attractive first day covers

E. 400-500
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1470
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1470, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers-1/2c-10c Washington Bicentennial (704-715). Complete set of twelve, also cut squares Nos. U523-U525 and U527-U528 on one Planty #7 multicolored printed cacheted #10 business-size cover, typed address to "The President" and signed "Herbert Hoover", Very Fine and rare, all seventeen stamps were issued on the same day, very few covers exist with this multiple franking, certainly less than 20 are known and even fewer are known with the signature of then-President Hoover, a great exhibit item and only the second example we have encountered, ex Dr. Martin

E. 750-1,000
3,250
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1471
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1471, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers1c-10c National Parks (740-749). Complete set of ten Dorothy Knapp hand-painted add-on cachets, exceptionally detailed multicolored cachets on standard-size covers, neatly opened at top

VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY TWO SETS OF TEN COVERS RECORDED. A MAGNIFICENT SET AND A MUST FOR THE KNAPP SPECIALIST.

McCusker recorded only two sets in total when we offered this set in the Dr. Alfred S. Martin collection in 2005.

Ex Dr. Martin

E. 5,000-7,500
3,250
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1472
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1472, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers1c-10c National Parks (740-749). Complete set of ten unlisted Gladys Adler add-on hand-painted cachets, matched typed addresses to H. E. Radasch in Gladwyne Pa., each with 1934 Park cancel, Very Fine, this is the only set we have have encountered and is most probably unique, ex Dr. Martin

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
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1473
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1473, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers1c-10c National Parks (740-749). Complete set of ten unlisted hand-painted multicolored R. M. Warren cachets, each cachet beautifully executed and with a different rendition for each, all franked with blocks of four with matched typed addresses, Very Fine and probably unique, this is some of the best work we have seen for this period, ex Dr. Martin

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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1474
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1474, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers1c-10c National Parks (740-749). Complete set of ten unlisted photographic paste-on cachets with hand lettering, unknown origin, matched typed addresses to Arthur F. Boyles in Ithaca N.Y., these are not Beazells but are similar in design and of the period, extremely well done and probably unique, ex Dr. Martin

E. 750-1,000
425
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1475
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1475, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers1c-10c National Parks, Imperforate (756-765, Planty #56). Magnificent set of ten Laffert hand-drawn and hand-painted cachets, exquisite detail and color of the period, all franked with blocks of four with matched addresses to George Dexter Frost of Newton Center Mass. (a well-known pioneer FDC servicer)

VERY FINE SET. CERTAINLY ONE OF THE FINEST OF ALL FARLEY CACHETS.

These were produced in extremely limited quantities. Less than five were made and most have never been seen on the open market. McCusker reported being aware of only two sets when we offered this set in the 2005 sale of the Dr. Alfred S. Martin collection.

Ex Dr. Martin

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
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1476
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1476, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers5c Yellowstone (760). Used with 15c Gray (696) on Jan. 1935 registered cover to Tristan Da Cunha, stamps tied by mute oval and blue "Tristan Da Cunha" dateless rimmed double circle, marked return with additional "Received without/endorsement from/*Tristan Da Cunha*", Durban registered circular datestamp dated Jan. 1936, multiple backstamps including Capetown cds, red manuscript endorsement at bottom "Connecting with 'Empress of Australia' via Capetown So. Africa 3-1935", cover with some small wear, closed tear at bottom, stamps with tiny perf flaws, still Fine, very rare and unusual use, includes original registry receipt

E. 400-500
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1477
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1477, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers-1/2c-$5.00 Presidential (803-834, Planty #137). Complete set of Munprint cachets, Very Fine and an exceptional set of historical detail cachets, also a rarity for the Presidential Series, McCusker reported being aware of only two sets when we offered this set in the 2005 sale of the Dr. Alfred S. Martin collection, ex Dr. Martin

E. 750-1,000
500
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1478
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1478, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers-1/2c-$5.00 Presidential (803-834). Complete set on oversize cover with unlisted Grimsland engraved eagle and flags cachet in blue, additional hand-drawn circular border cut out and pasted around engraving, also hand-drawn text "Presidential Series - Ordinary Postage Issue of 1938" at bottom, stamps tied by December 8, 1938 First Day machine cancels (for the 30c and 50c values, which were the last stamps of the series to be issued), Extremely Fine, this is the only example we have encountered, ex Dr. Martin

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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1479
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1479, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers-1/2c-$5.00 Presidential (803-834, 839-851, Planty #15). Outstanding complete set of William Raley cachets, including booklet panes (Nos. 804b, 806b and 807a) and coil issues (Nos. 839-851), for the sheet Nos. 803-834 all covers are franked with plate number singles (-1/2c and 1c are plate blocks) and matched typed addresses to Raymond Talbert in Washington D.C., Very Fine, a beautiful set in superb condition, also rare as a complete set including all the booklets and coils, ex Dr. Martin

E. 1,000-1,500
0
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1480
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1480, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers1c-10c Famous Americans (859/893). Set of 32 Dorothy Knapp multicolored hand-painted First Day covers, complete less Nos. 873, 881 and 888, each franked with a block of four tied by the requisite First Day city and date and addressed in Knapp's hand to Shirley M. Culver, Royal Oak Mich., each signed "D.W. Knapp, Rhinebeck, N.Y."

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND RARE GROUP OF DOROTHY KNAPP HAND-PAINTED FAMOUS AMERICANS ISSUE COVERS.

These were originally purchased by an individual at a Feb. 16, 2004 estate auction in Lone Jack Mo. These were prepared by Knapp after the date of issue

E. 7,500-10,000
4,000
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1481
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1481, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers1c-10c Famous Americans (859-893). Complete set of 35 Beardsley cachet covers with matched typed addresses to Woodstock Ill., informative descriptions of each Famous American in different colors for each series, Very Fine and quite scarce, only a handful are known, ex Dr. Martin

E. 300-400
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1482
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1482, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers1c-10c Famous Americans (859-893). Complete set of 35 Munprint cachets (Mellone #45) with matched typed addresses, each franked with a block of four, Very Fine and rare, this is the only set we have encountered, ex Dr. Martin

E. 750-1,000
400
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1483
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1483, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers5c Overrun Nations (909-921). Complete set of 13 Dorothy Knapp hand-painted cachets (Mellone #36), each with first day of issue cancel and addressed to Rev. M. Charles Adam in Chatham N.Y., exceptional designs throughout with vivid, fresh colors

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB AND RARE COMPLETE SET OF DOROTHY KNAPP HAND-PAINTED OVERRUN NATIONS ISSUE COVERS.

Dorothy Knapp hand-painted cachets on Overrun Nations covers, which we consider some of her finest work, are quite rare and almost never seen as a complete set. McCusker reported being aware of only four sets when we offered this set in the 2005 sale of the Dr. Alfred S. Martin collection.

Ex Dr. Martin

E. 5,000-7,500
5,250
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1484
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1484, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers5c Overrun Nations, May 8, 1945, Victory in Europe Day (909-920). Exceptional set of 12 different Dorothy Knapp hand-painted multicolored cachets, imprint blocks of four for each European Overrun Nation tied by "Victory Vt. May 8, 1945 A.M." duplex cancels on monarch-size covers, gorgeous designs featuring United States flags and different styles of "V" and "Victory", three also with George C. Patton quotes, bright and as fresh as the day they were painted

EXTREMELY FINE. A UNIQUE AND OUTSTANDING SET OF V-E DAY DOROTHY KNAPP HAND-PAINTED COVERS. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WORLD WAR II SETS IN EXISTENCE.

This complete set of European Overrun Nations covers logically does not include the Korea Issue (Scott 921), since V-E Day occurred three months before the defeat of Japan. These were addressed to and serviced by Butterfield. They were sent directly to Dorothy Knapp from Butterfield in order to create a one-of-a-kind set.

Ex Dr. Martin

E. 10,000-15,000
6,750
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1485
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1485, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers3c Boy Scouts (995). Dorothy Knapp hand-painted multicolored cachet, light pencil address to Dorothy Knapp, Extremely Fine, a gorgeous and rare design, when we last offered one in our 2005 sale of the Dr. Martin collection, it was noted that we had only seen a total of three

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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1486
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1486, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Covers1c-3c Franklin-Washington entires (U532-U534). Set of three Dorothy Knapp hand-painted cachets, two additionally franked with 1c or 2c Presidential Issue coils (839, 841), unaddressed, brilliant colors, Extremely Fine and quite scarce, McCusker reported being aware of only three sets when we offered this set in the 2005 sale of the Dr. Alfred S. Martin collection, ex Dr. Martin

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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1487
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1487, First Day, Cacheted and Dorothy Knapp Hand-Painted CoversDorothy Knapp Hand-Painted Cachet Collection (1943-1983). Collection of 65 multicolored hand-painted cacheted covers, primarily from 1943-53, also a few later into 1980's and nine Air Post, most are First Day, beautiful range of designs with many desirable commemoratives including large format Overrun Nations, plus United Nations, Four Freedoms, Roosevelt, 1947 CIPEX, Old Ironsides, Four Chaplains, Rough Riders, Air Post including C25a, C34, C36, C39, C40, C41, C44, C45 and C47, many others, also one Baseball Centennial from Cooperstown N.Y.

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING GROUP OF DOROTHY KNAPP HAND-PAINTED CACHETED COVERS.

This is a very fresh and desirable set

E. 10,000-15,000
12,500
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1488
c
First Day Covers. Including Nos. 588-590 on one cover, 611, 614-616, 617-619 on one cover (2, one with label), group of 620-621 and 647-648, 803-834 in blocks of four, also 834 single and top double plate block of four addressed to Amon G. Carter Jr., Famous Americans, some more modern issues with attractive cachets, fresh and Fine-Very Fine

E. 500-750
275
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