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Sale 1188 — United States Stamp Treasures: The William H. Gross Collection

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 October, 2018

Category — Annapolis, MD. Postmaster's Provisional

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Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 3, Annapolis, MD. Postmaster's Provisional, One of two recorded Annapolis, Maryland, postmaster’s provisional stamped envelopes, discovered in 1895 and owned by renowned collectors, including the Earl of Crawford, Lapham, Caspary and Frelinghuysen--unquestionably one of the icons of classic United States philately

DESCRIPTION

Annapolis, Maryland, 5¢ Carmine Red on White entire (2XU1), a complete and sharp impression of “POST OFFICE/ANNAPOLIS MD.” Eagle and Shield negative circular handstamp with equally clear “5” and “PAID” handstamps impressed separately in same shade of Carmine Red ink, sharp strike of blue “Annapolis Md. 20 Mar.” (1846 or 1847) circular datestamp on white envelope (120 x 71 mm) addressed to “Chas. S. Carstairs, Care of John Latour & Co., No. 261 South Front St., Phila. Penna.”, manuscript check mark at center of envelope

PROVENANCE

* Both recorded examples discovered in 1895 (Carstairs, Philadelphia) and sold to Burger Brothers, New York stamp dealers

* William A. Castle (privately from Burger Brothers)

* James Ludovic Lindsay, the 26th Earl of Crawford (privately)

* Alfred H. Caspary (bought and sold privately)

* Henry G. Lapham (and his son, Raymond)

* Warren H. Colson

* Sen. Peter H. B. Frelinghuysen (bought privately from Colson), Siegel Auction Galleries, 3/28/2012, Sale 1020, lot 2, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* USPCS census no. 20007

* https://www.uspcs.org/resource-center/censuses/postmasters-provisionals-cover-census/

*Siegel census no. 2XU1-COV-01

* https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/2XU1

* Special exhibition in United States 1905 (Lord Crawford

* London International Philatelic Exhibition 1906 (Lord Crawford)

* World Stamp Show 2016 Court of Honor (Gross)

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (2011)

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine and absolutely flawless condition

* Small “W.H.C.” handstamp at lower right (Warren H. Colson)

VIEW PDF OF HISTORY AND COMMENTARY at https://siegelauctions.com/2018/1188/3.pdf

E. 300,000-400,000
390,000
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