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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 9 November, 2016

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*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 — Postmasters Provisionals, 1847 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
26
TC
Sale Number 1139, Lot Number 26, Postmasters Provisionals, 1847 IssueProvidence R.I., 5c-10c Brown Carmine, Trial Color Plate Proof on Card (10X1-10X2TC4), Providence R.I., 5c-10c Brown Carmine, Trial Color Plate Proof on Card (10X1-10X2TC4)Providence R.I., 5c-10c Brown Carmine, Trial Color Plate Proof on Card (10X1-10X2TC4). Complete sheet of twelve on 196 x 171mm card, showing full plate sinkage area, fresh and bright color, Extremely Fine, scarce complete sheet

3,750
0
27
 
Sale Number 1139, Lot Number 27, Postmasters Provisionals, 1847 IssueSt. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Greenish (11X1), St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Greenish (11X1)St. Louis Mo., 5c Black on Greenish (11X1). Type III, Position 5, large margins to just in at bottom left, cancelled solely by orange-red "St. Louis Mo. Feb. 23" circular datestamp and tied on small piece, deep impression on bright greenish paper, faint pressed file fold

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL FIRST PRINTING ON GREENISH PAPER, CANCELLED EXCLUSIVELY BY THE RED DATESTAMP.

There are approximately a half-dozen pieces known to us with the 5c stamp tied by the red St. Louis datestamp and without any pen cancellation.

Scott Retail for normally pen-cancelled stamp off cover (footnote states: "Values for used off-cover stamps are for pen-cancelled copies. Handstamp cancelled copies sell for much more.")

8,000
0
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28
ng
Sale Number 1139, Lot Number 28, Postmasters Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Unused (no gum), large margins all around including bottom sheet margin, deep rich color, light vertical crease at left and some pink ink on back barely shows thru at bottom left, otherwise Extremely Fine, a beautiful and scarce unused 5c 1847 Issue, with 1973 P.F. certificate

3,250
1,200
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29
bl
Sale Number 1139, Lot Number 29, Postmasters Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Block of four, large margins to just in, pen cancels expertly removed, two vertical creases, top stamps expertly repaired

FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

With 1973 P.F. certificate

27,500
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30
ng
Sale Number 1139, Lot Number 30, Postmasters Provisionals, 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Unused (no gum), large margins to clear, detailed impression, two tiny tears less than one-millimeter each at bottom right

FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (G 30)

15,000
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31
 
Sale Number 1139, Lot Number 31, Postmasters Provisionals, 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large to huge margins, deep shade and strong impression on bright white paper, light blue grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A FRESH AND SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH A BLUE CANCEL.

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,900.00)

900
1,700
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32
Pbl
Sale Number 1139, Lot Number 32, Postmasters Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown, 10c Black, Reproduction, Plate Proofs on Card (3P4-4P4), 5c Red Brown, 10c Black, Reproduction, Plate Proofs on Card (3P4-4P4)5c Red Brown, 10c Black, Reproduction, Plate Proofs on Card (3P4-4P4). Complete sheets of 50, each with huge outer margins, showing edges of the plate, 10c lacking the plate scratches seen on the complete sheet on India paper offered in our 2013 William Gross sale, 5c shows plate scratches between Positions 31 and 41, which are also present on the India paper sheet, 5c back with some light waterstaining which faintly shows on the edges of a couple stamps, small corner bend at bottom right, 10c with two shallow mounting thins, not noticeable from the front

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SET OF SHEETS OF 50 OF THE 5-CENT AND 10-CENT 1875 REPRODUCTION PLATE PROOFS ON CARD.

Clarence Brazer discussed the 1847 Issue essays and proofs in a 1947 Essay-Proof Journal article, which was reprinted as a monograph. The extensive plate scratches found on the 10c India sheet offered in our 2013 Gross sale (Siegel Sale 1041, lot 23, realized $62,500 hammer) are not found on the stamps printed in 1875 nor on the cardboard proofs produced between 1879 and 1893.

Brazer estimated in his 1947 article that "probably five or six pairs of sheets of 50 plate proofs on cardboard are known." We do not know the basis for Brazer's estimate, but we have been able to locate only two other sets, offered in our 1983, 1987 and 2015 Rarities sales.

Scott Retail as blocks of four and singles without premium for the complete sheet format

27,000
22,000
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