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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 5 October, 2016

Category — 1847 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1051
c
Sale Number 1136, Lot Number 1051, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large even margins, rich color on deeply blued paper, cancelled by small manuscript "X", blue "Baltimore Md. Mar. 27" circular datestamp on folded letter datelined at Emmitsburg Md., Mar. 26, 1849, enclosing annual dues to The American Association for the Advancement of Science and addressed to Philadelphia, on arrival the Philadelphia post office applied two strikes of large blue "R" (Recorded) handstamp, one cancelling and tying 5c 1847 stamp, fresh and pristine

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS 1847 ISSUE COVER -- FROM A RECENT FIND -- IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE PHILADELPHIA "R" REGISTRATION HANDSTAMP USED TO CANCEL AN ADHESIVE STAMP. A MARVELOUS 1847 COVER.

This letter is addressed to Dr. Alfred L. Elwyn as treasurer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Elwyn was a philanthropist and leader in the care of the mentally disabled.

Philadelphia's post office was the first to apply a marking to indicate that a letter was registered. The "R" marking was only applied to incoming letters. The large "R" was used until October 1849, at which point it was replaced with a smaller "R". A list of 1847 Issue covers with registration markings appears in an article by Dr. James W. Milgram in Chronicle 249, where this cover is illustrated and described. It is the only Philadelphia "R" cover with the stamp cancelled by the registration marking. Presumably, the Philadelphia postal clerk felt that the Baltimore office did not sufficiently cancel the 5c stamp with the small manuscript "X".

This letter surfaced in 2013 in a New England antiques auction. It is offered in the philatelic market for the first time in this auction.

E. 2,000-3,000
5,500
1052
c
Sale Number 1136, Lot Number 1052, 1847 Issue5c Brown (1), 5c Brown (1)5c Brown (1). Three full to large margins, close to barely touching bottom frameline, dark shade, affixed with red wax wafer, cancelled by perfect strike of large bold "5" numeral rate handstamp in brownish-black ink, matching "Guilford Ct. Aug. 11" (ca. 1848) circular datestamp on folded cover to Middlebury Vt., sender's "Paid" notation (which, together with the red wax wafer used to affix the stamp, indicates a degree of caution about using adhesive stamps), vertical file fold clear of stamp, accompanied by two related stampless covers from Guilford, one with same "5" handstamp on folded letter to Collinsville Conn., other with woodcut "10" on brown envelope to Burlington Iowa

EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR COVER FROM GUILFORD, CONNECTICUT, WITH THE 1847 ISSUE CANCELLED BY THE 5-CENT RATE HANDSTAMP OF THE PRE-STAMP ERA, WHICH FORMS A WONDERFUL TRIO WITH 5-CENT AND 10-CENT STAMPLESS COVERS FROM GUILFORD.

Illustrated in 1851 Sesquicentennial book (p. 221). Ex Dr. Kapiloff.

E. 5,000-7,500
5,250
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1053
c
Sale Number 1136, Lot Number 1053, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Two, each with full to large margins, deep shade, affixed at upper left and right corners of envelope and each cancelled by bold vivid red "10" rate handstamp with matching "Baton Rouge La. Aug. 2" (ca. 1848-49) circular datestamp, addressed to Charleston S.C. (10c rate for distance over 300 miles), slight edgewear and small scuffed spots in address area not affecting stamps or appearance

EXTREMELY FINE. A TRULY REMARKABLE 1847 ISSUE COVER WITH STAMPS CANCELLED BY THE BRILLIANT RED "10" RATE HANDSTAMP OF BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA.

Source notations on back indicate this was sold by Hugh Barr on Jan. 14, 1948, and Irwin Heiman in 1968.

E. 7,500-10,000
55,000
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1054
c
Sale Number 1136, Lot Number 1054, 1847 IssueBaton Rouge La. Mar. 16, Baton Rouge La. Mar. 16Baton Rouge La. Mar. 16. Absolutely perfect bold vivid red strike of circular datestamp with equally perfect matching strikes of "PAID", large "10" and 'STEAM" handstamps on light blue folded 1849 folded letter datelined at Baton Rouge and addressed to Hagerstown Md., from the Beatty correspondence, Extremely Fine, magnificent quality and a perfect companion to the 1847 Issue cover with the same "10" handstamp offered in lot 1053, ex Hollowbush

E. 750-1,000
2,600
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1055
c
Sale Number 1136, Lot Number 1055, 1847 IssueBaton Rouge La. Nov. 19, Baton Rouge La. Nov. 19Baton Rouge La. Nov. 19. Vivid red circular datestamp with "9" corrected to "6" in pencil, matching "5" and "10" (total) rate handstamps on forwarded greenish folded letter, datelined at Montrose Miss. Oct. 29, 1848, with lightly struck red "Woodville Mi. Nov. 1" circular datestamp, manuscript "5" rate, manuscript "forward" and rate notations for forwarding from Baton Rouge to Rodney Miss., Extremely Fine, another colorful companion to lots 1053 and 1054

E. 300-400
600
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1056
c
Sale Number 1136, Lot Number 1056, 1847 IssueBaton Rouge La. "STEAM" and "ADVERTISED 2", Baton Rouge La. "STEAM" and "ADVERTISED 2"Baton Rouge La. "STEAM" and "ADVERTISED 2". Straightline handstamps and bold "5" rate handstamp with manuscript "7" cents total on greenish blue folded letter datelined "Baton Rouge, Dec. 22, 1847", to local addressee, regarding delivery of goods on wharf boat, written and addressed in blue, Extremely Fine, very unusual

E. 300-400
1,700
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1057
c
Sale Number 1136, Lot Number 1057, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins all around including part of adjoining stamp at left (small separation tear entirely in margin between stamps), tied by bold strike of red 7-bar large open grid cancel, matching "Housatonic Railroad 5" in circle route agent's handstamp on blue folded letter datelined "Newark Fri. Ev" to Lee Mass.

EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE HOUSATONIC RAILROAD 1847 ISSUE COVER.

Ex Chase, Ackerman, Hall, Hackmey and Gross. With 2000 and 2013 P.F. certificates

E. 5,000-7,500
13,500
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1058
c
Sale Number 1136, Lot Number 1058, 1847 IssueHousatonic Rail Road 5, Housatonic Rail Road 5Housatonic Rail Road 5. Extraordinarily clear strike of red handstamp on immaculate white cover to Stapleton N.Y. on Staten Island, Extremely Fine, a beautiful and very scarce marking, ex Grunin and Kramer

E. 750-1,000
3,250
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1059
c
Sale Number 1136, Lot Number 1059, 1847 Issue5c Grayish Brown (1a), 5c Grayish Brown (1a)5c Grayish Brown (1a). Large margins, wonderful dark color, tied by perfect strike of red Scarab fancy cancel, matching clear strike of "St. Johnsbury Vt. Sep. 9" circular datestamp on blue 1848 folded cover to Troy N.Y., light vertical file folds well clear of stamp and markings, without left side flap

EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS ST. JOHNSBURY "SCARAB" FANCY CANCELLATION TYING A SUPERB 5-CENT 1847 STAMP ON AN IMMACULATE COVER.

Fancy "killer" cancels are extremely rare in the 1847-51 period. The term "killer" to describe the cancel was actually used by New York Postmaster Robert H. Morris. Although fancy rate markings from the pre-stamp era were used to cancel 1847 stamps, fancy cancels created for the specific purpose of "killing" stamps did not become popular until the 1850's. The more distinctive designs are the St. Johnsbury Vt. Scarab, Trenton N.J. Star and Binghamton N.Y. Herringbone. The Alexander book lists eight genuine uses of the 5c on cover with this cancel.

Illustrated in Chronicle 50 (p. 94). Ex Brown, Bingham, Floyd T. Starr, Ishikawa, Boker and Gross. With 2013 P.F. certificate

E. 15,000-20,000
32,500
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1060
c
Sale Number 1136, Lot Number 1060, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins, beautiful bright shade with strong reddish hue, tied by perfect strike of red grid cancel, matching and equally perfect strike of "Chicago Ill. 14 Sep." circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Oregon Ill.

EXTREMELY FINE GEM STAMP AND COVER. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLES OF THE 1847 ISSUE USED FROM CHICAGO WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.

Ex Newbury, Hart, Boker and Gross. With 2013 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
5,500
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1061
c
Sale Number 1136, Lot Number 1061, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to well clear at bottom, bright shade, tied by perfect strike of red "Burlington Vt. 5 Nov. 12" integral-rate circular datestamp on blue 1850 folded cover to Birmingham Conn., light file folds well away from stamp, Very Fine, a beautiful cover, ex Boker and Gross, with 2013 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,700
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1062
c
Sale Number 1136, Lot Number 1062, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Vertical pair, large even margins, beautiful bright shade and sharp impression, tied by four overlapping strikes of red "Paid" straightline handstamp with matching "Charleston S.C. 10 Oct. 7" integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Philadelphia, from the Ludlow, Beebee & Co. correspondence

EXTREMELY FINE GEM PAIR ON A PRISTINE COVER WITH PERFECTLY STRUCK CHARLESTON S.C. DATESTAMP AND QUADRUPLE "PAID" CANCELLATION.

Ex "European Connoisseur". With 2015 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
13,500
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1063
c
Sale Number 1136, Lot Number 1063, 1847 Issue5c Brown Orange (1b), 5c Brown Orange (1b)5c Brown Orange (1b). Huge margins to full including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, cancelled by well-struck blue "PAID" handstamp and tied by matching "Mad Riv. & Lak. Erie R.R. May 16" route agent's circular datestamp on blue folded letter datelined "Dayton May 15, 1851" to Sandusky O.

EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT 1847 ISSUE COVER WITH THE 5-CENT BROWN ORANGE TIED BY THE MAD RIVER AND LAKE ERIE RAILROAD ROUTE AGENT'S DATESTAMP.

This railroad route ran from Sandusky to Bellefontaine, Ohio. In 1848 it was extended to Springfield. The trains ran six trips per week and connected with the Little Miami Railroad for Cincinnati via Xenia. There are perhaps a half-dozen examples of this marking known on the 1847 Issue, and this is most definitely the finest.

Ex Boker and Gross. With 2013 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
7,000
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1064
c
Sale Number 1136, Lot Number 1064, 1847 Issue10c Black, Vertical Half Used as 5c (2b), 10c Black, Vertical Half Used as 5c (2b)10c Black, Vertical Half Used as 5c (2b). Right vertical half, large margins, tied across the cut by perfect strike of bright red grid cancel, matching "Walpole N.H. May 6" circular datestamp on blue 1851 folded letter to Edward W. Buffum in Cambridge Mass., horizontal file fold well away from bisect, few scattered spots of cover toning barely touch stamp (not mentioned on accompanying certificates)

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS ARGUABLY THE FINEST OF ALL EXAMPLES OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE VERTICAL BISECT. A SPECTACULAR COVER.

This is the only recorded bisect used from Walpole, New Hampshire. The brilliance and care taken in applying the cancel and circular datestamp remind us of other iconic 1847 covers, such as those from Waukegan, Illinois.

Ex Boker and Gross. With 1988 and 2013 P.F. certificates.

E. 20,000-30,000
24,000
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