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Sale 1215 — United States Postal History and Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 17-18 December, 2019

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Category — 1857-60 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2265
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2265, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19), 1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19). Position 100L4 with bottom sheet margin, perfs clipped at top, creased, tied by "Albany N.Y. Paid" dateless circle on cover to Chaumont N.Y., fresh cover and Fine appearing stamp, desirable with the bottom sheet margin, scarce, ex "Lake Shore", signed Ashbrook

9,500
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2266
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2266, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (20), 1c Blue, Ty. II (20)1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Plate 2, vertical strip of three, tied by "Indianapolis Ind. Nov. 9, 1857" circular datestamps on light yellow cover to Waltham Mass., fresh and Very Fine, ex Haas, with 1980 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
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2267
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2267, 1857-60 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Rich color, tied by well-struck "STEAM-BOAT" straightline handstamp on Steam Engine Works illustrated cover to New York, with 1859-dated enclosure, Very Fine and choice, a beautiful cover, accompanied by illustrated cover for Oneida Seminary with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) tied by grid from Watertown N.Y. to Ogdensburgh N.Y., ex Chase

E. 400-500
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2268
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2268, 1857-60 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. III, Plate Crack (26 var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III, Plate Crack (26 var)3c Dull Red, Ty. III, Plate Crack (26 var). Position 71L18, choice centering, rich color and sharp impression showing the extraordinary lightning bolt crack across the design through the top of Washington's head, tied by red circular datestamp (town name unclear) on small cover to Chicago, Extremely Fine stamp and pristine cover, a beautiful example of this major plate crack on cover with a colored cancel, with 2014 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
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2269
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2269, 1857-60 Issue5c Red Brown, Ty. I (28), 5c Red Brown, Ty. I (28)5c Red Brown, Ty. I (28). Horizontal pair, vivid rich color and sharp proof-like impression, tied by perfectly struck "Fentonville Mich. Jul 6" circular datestamp on buff cover to Folsom City, Cal., single pulled perf on right stamp, otherwise Extremely Fine, a handsome and rare domestic transcontinental use, ex Mason, Ackerman, Gibson, Knapp and "Sevenoaks"

E. 500-750
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2270
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2270, 1857-60 Issue5c Red Brown (28), 5c Red Brown (28)5c Red Brown (28). Vertical strip of three with interpane margin and guideline at left, rich color, scissors-trimmed perfs at bottom, used with vertical strip of three 10c Green, Ty. III/II/III (33/32/33), scissors-trimmed perfs at top, tied by "New Orleans La. Dec. 2, 1857" circular datestamp on folded cover to Paris, France, red "New York Paid 9 Dec. 12" credit datestamp (three-times 3c credit for American Packet), ultramarine Havre transit datestamp, red "PD" in frame, horizontal file fold thru center 5c stamp (pressed-out crease), still Fine appearing and an impressive triple-rate franking, ex "Lake Shore"

E. 1,000-1,500
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2271
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2271, 1857-60 Issue5c Indian Red (28A), 5c Indian Red (28A)5c Indian Red (28A). Vertical strip of three, usual scissors-separation with perfs complete except for a few blunted perfs at bottom, rich color, tied by "New Orleans La. Apr. 10, 1858" circular datestamps on folded letter to Bordeaux, France, red Boston credit datestamp and French transits, Fine and handsome Indian Red cover, with 1972 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail for off-cover strip of three

13,000
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2272
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2272, 1857-60 Issue5c Indian Red (28A), 5c Indian Red (28A)5c Indian Red (28A). Marvelous color, couple nibbed perfs at bottom, used with two 10c Green, Ty. III (33), manuscript cancels (not tied) with matching "Jersey Landing Ills. Aug. 4" (1858) manuscript postmark at left on mourning bordered cover to Liverpool, England, red "19" credit handstamp, red "America Liverpool Paid AU 28 58" circular datestamp, fresh and Fine use overpaying the 24c rate by 1c, with 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
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2273
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2273, 1857-60 Issue5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Bright shade, tied by large "Paid" grid cancel, "Boston Br. Pkt. Mar. 6" (1861) backstamp on blue folded cover to Calcutta, India, transit and receiving backstamps, manuscript due markings, Very Fine

E. 300-400
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2274
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2274, 1857-60 Issue5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Choice centering, tied by large "Paid" grid cancel, "Boston Br. Pkt. Dec. 18" (1860) backstamp on blue folded letter to Calcutta, India, red London and Calcutta Steam Letter backstamps, manuscript due marking, Very Fine, ex Haas

E. 300-400
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2275
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2275, 1857-60 Issue5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Tied by red grid cancel and matching "New-York Br. Pkt. Apr. 2" circular datestamp on blue folded letter datelined "Havana 18 Marzo 1861", and addressed to San Sebastian, Spain, blue "4R" due handstamp, red London and receiving backstamps, Very Fine, a very unusual use from Cuba to Spain via U.S.

E. 300-400
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2276
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2276, 1857-60 Issue5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Horizontal pair with captured imprint at left, well-centered, dark shade, few toned perfs, tied by "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 22, 1860" circular datestamp on cover to Cornell Me., cover with small sealed tear at bottom right, Very Fine, captured imprints on the 5c 1857 are scarce, this transcontinental use of such is rare, ex "Lake Shore"

E. 500-750
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2277
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2277, 1857-60 Issue5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). L-shaped block of three, tied by red grid cancels, matching "New York Paid 12 Aug. 1" (1860) credit datestamp on buff cover to Guelma, French Algeria, French transit datestamps including Paris, receiving backstamp, right stamp with pieces out at top and bottom, bottom left stamp with creases at bottom left from placement near edge of cover, otherwise Fine and rare use to an unusual destination, although Algeria was considered by French postal authorities to be part of France (with the same rates), it is highly regarded as a separate destination by postal history collectors

E. 500-750
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2278
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2278, 1857-60 Issue5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Positions 68-70R2, horizontal strip of three with part of captured imprint at upper right, tied by "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 1, 1861" circular datestamps on cover to Dordogne, France, endorsed "By overland mail" at upper right, red "New York Paid 12 Jul. 23" credit datestamp, appropriate transits, stamps also tied by red boxed "P.D." handstamp, some edgewear

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COVER SENT BY THE CENTRAL ROUTE VIA SALT LAKE CITY ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW DAILY OVERLAND MAIL SERVICE. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THIS FRANKING, THE IMPRINT AND THE FOREIGN DESTINATION.

On March 12, 1861, service on the Southern Overland Mail Route (the Butterfield route) was ordered discontinued due to disruptions caused by the Civil War. The first daily stages on the new central route left St. Joseph and Placerville on July 1, 1861 (the same day the government contract for the Pony Express commenced). Both coaches reached their destinations on July 18, a savings of approximately eight days over the old route.

E. 2,000-3,000
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2279
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2279, 1857-60 Issue5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Horizontal strip of three, tied by "New Orleans La. 7 Apr." (1861) circular datestamps on folded address sheet to Montrejeau, France, well-struck "Short Paid" in octagonal frame handstamp, "Boston Apr. 17 6" debit datestamp, French transit and "16" decimes due handstamp, transit and receiving backstamps, perfs scissors-separated barely affecting bottom right corner of right stamp, otherwise Very Fine and unusual Confederate State use of United States stamps, probably marked short paid due to weight

E. 1,000-1,500
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2280
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2280, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (31), 10c Green, Ty. I (31)10c Green, Ty. I (31). Positions 91-94L1, horizontal strip of four, scissors-separated leaving perfs intact at bottom, centered to right, fresh color, tied by two strikes of "New Orleans La. Feb. 28, 1858" circular datestamp, third clear strike at left on folded cover to Vera Cruz, Mexico, New Orleans company backstamp, neat "5" reales due marking for Mexican postage, horizontal file fold away from stamps, cover lightly cleaned

VERY FINE. A RARE STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 10-CENT 1857 TYPE I ON A COVER TO VERA CRUZ.

The strip of four pays the four-times 10c rate to Mexico. Noted in The United States Ten-Cent Stamps 1855-59 on. p. 40. Ex Emerson, Knapp, Neinken, Ishikawa and "Sevenoaks". Signed Ashbrook.

E. 3,000-4,000
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2281
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2281, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. III (33), 10c Green, Ty. III (33)10c Green, Ty. III (33). Horizontal strip of four, well-centered, wonderful deep rich color and sharp impression, tied by two light strikes of "New Orleans La. May 1, 1858" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Vera Cruz, Mexico, "6" reales due handstamp for Mexican internal postage, couple light folds at bottom

VERY FINE. A STRIKING 1857 10-CENT TYPE III MULTIPLE ON A QUADRUPLE-RATE COVER TO MEXICO FROM THE HARGOUS CORRESPONDENCE. MULTIPLE-RATE COVERS TO MEXICO ARE RARELY FOUND IN THIS REMARKABLY FRESH AND CHOICE CONDITION.

Pencil note "Colson $200" on back, referring to the price paid to Warren H. Colson, probably more than 70 years ago.

E. 1,500-2,000
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2282
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2282, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Well-centered, tied by bold "Grass Lake Mich. Feb. 1" circular datestamp on buff cover to Centreville Cal., forwarded twice, "Alvarado Cal. Mar. 11" large double-circle and "Dutch Flat Cal. Apr. 9" datestamps, one forwarding rate paid by 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), manuscript cancel, manuscript "Ford 3 cts" for second forwarding charge, Extremely Fine, a most unusual cover, ex "Sevenoaks"

E. 400-500
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2283
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2283, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Rich color, tied by bold strike of red "New-York Oct. 25" (1860) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Havana, Cuba, bold "NA1" due marking, some slight erosion in address, Very Fine

E. 300-400
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2284
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2284, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Three singles, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), tied by large "Paid" grid cancels on blue folded cover to Port Elizabeth, Cape of Good Hope, "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid Dec. 18" (1860) and Port Elizabeth (Feb. 16, 1861) backstamps, red crayon "28" credit handstamp, "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, red London transit datestamp (Jan. 2), one 10c stamp with some small perf flaws and 3c lightly creased by faint file fold, appears Very Fine, attractive and colorful use paying the 33c rate by British Mail, with 1987 Jakubek certificate

E. 500-750
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2285
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2285, 1857-60 Issue12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Three singles, cancelled by corks, red "N. York Am. Pkt. Paid 7 Nov. 10" (1860) credit datestamp on small cover to Geneva, Switzerland, sender's routing instructions "Per Prussian Closed Mail", two stamps tied by red boxed "Aachen Franco" datestamp, boxed "Franco/Preuss. Rep. Vereins/Auganga-Grenzes" (Paid to the Austrian-German Border), boxed "Short Paid" and red crayon "20", various backstamps, slightly reduced at left, stamps with few short perfs and some slight toning, still Fine and unusual, the 35c should have fully prepaid the 35c rate with a 1c overpayment (perhaps a carrier fee), the U.S. credit should have been 12c and the short paid marking was unnecessary, ex J. David Baker

E. 750-1,000
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2286
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2286, 1857-60 Issue30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), each with perfs in, cancelled or tied by red grids on blue folded cover to Buenos Aires, Argentina, sender's blue oval handstamp, "New-York Am. Pkt. Nov. 24" (1860) red circular datestamp on back, magenta manuscript "12" credit, red London Paid transit datestamp (Dec. 6), sender's directive "pr Bremen via Southampton", stamps affected by light creases, still a Fine and colorful cover, very scarce 30c use to South America, ex Gallagher and "Sevenoaks", signed Ashbrook

E. 1,000-1,500
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2287
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2287, 1857-60 Issue30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Vibrant color, tied by well-struck red grid, light strike of matching "New York Paid 6 Jul. 20" (1861) credit datestamp on blue folded cover to Lyon, France, red boxed "PD" handstamp also ties stamp, sender's routing instructions at top, ultramarine Havre transit, receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, small Colson handstamp, Ward backstamp

E. 300-400
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2288
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2288, 1857-60 Issue30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Tied by blue grid cancel, matching "Chicago Ills. Jan. 29" (1861) double-circle datestamp on cover to Lubz, Germany, also tied by red "N. York Hamb. Pkt. Paid 20 Feb. ?" credit datestamp, manuscript rates, Hamburg and receiving backstamps, slightly reduced at top and bottom, missing top flap, still Very Fine, ex Moody

E. 300-400
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