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Sale 1196 — United States Postal History

Sale Date — Monday-Wednesday, 11-13 March, 2019

Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
868
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 868, 1869 Pictorial Issue1c Buff (112), 1c Buff (112)1c Buff (112). Bright shade, cancelled by deep green cork cancel, matching "Murfreesborough Tenn. Jan. 29" circular datestamp on square cover to local addressee, some minor soiling, Very Fine, the Murfreesborough green is one of the richest of green inks used to cancel stamps, it is rare on the 1869 Issue, ex Coulter

E. 500-750
500
869
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 869, 1869 Pictorial Issue1c Buff (112), 1c Buff (112)1c Buff (112). Tied by negative Cross in Heart fancy cancel, "Guilford Ct. Feb. 14" circular datestamp on locally addressed cover, with multicolored lace enclosure (may not originate), Very Fine and desirable Valentine's Day use with a fancy cancel inspired by the day, ex Grunin and Forster

E. 300-400
350
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870
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 870, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Centered to bottom which beautifully captures plate "No. 12" in top margin, tied by bold target cancel, "Smithville Mass. 31 May 1869" circular datestamp with day and year in manuscript on pink cover to Shrewsbury Mass., Very Fine and desirable captured plate number

E. 200-300
300
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871
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 871, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Tied by deep green cork cancel, matching "Murfreesborough Tenn. Dec. 30" circular datestamp on buff cover to Nashville Tenn., 1869 docketing at left, Very Fine, the Murfreesborough green is one of the richest of green inks used to cancel stamps, it is rare on the 1869 Issue

E. 500-750
250
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872
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 872, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Well-centered, tied by grid, "Quionochontauc R.I. Jan. 10" circular datestamp on cover to Nashua with illustrated Dove and Scroll address panel, Extremely Fine, ex Kuphal

E. 200-300
150
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873
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 873, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Bright color, affixed sideways in corner of cover with box for stamp, tied by blue cork cancel and "Philada. Pa. Apr. 22" circular datestamp on blue Kline's Emporium for Indian Curiosities and Postage Stamps illustrated cover to Belfast Me., pencil notation on back states enclosure was dated 1969 (does not accompany), Very Fine, early use of the 3c 1869 Pictorial which was issued less than a month prior to this sending, ex Hulme and Belasco

E. 400-500
225
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874
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 874, 1869 Pictorial Issue6c Ultramarine (115), 6c Ultramarine (115)6c Ultramarine (115). Horizontal pair and single, rich color, used with 3c Green (147), tied by grid cancels on registered folded letter to Columbus, O., "New York Registered Jul. 30" (1870) circular datestamp, merchant's large blue oval handstamped return request, manuscript "Registered", single 6c with a tear and some perf toning on 3c, still Very Fine and attractive, a rare use of three 6c 1869 Pictorial stamps on a registered cover, paying double the 3c postage and 15c registry fee, illustrated in P.R.A. 1869 book on p. 24, ex Ishikawa

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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875
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 875, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Used with 6c Ultramarine (115), both cancelled by grids, "New York Registered Nov. 11, 1869" circular datestamp with date in manuscript on buff cover to Philadelphia, slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, unusual franking to pay the 15c registry fee plus 3c postage, ex Dr. Heimburger

E. 400-500
425
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876
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 876, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Used with 6c Ultramarine (115), Tied by unusual doughnut-shaped cancel, two partly clear strikes of "Tilton N.H. Mar. 12" rimless datestamp on registered cover addressed in purple to Pittsfield N.H., trivial perf tip gum toning, Very Fine, scarce and attractive franking for the 3c rate plus 15c registry fee, ex Coulter

E. 400-500
425
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877
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 877, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Choice centering, tied by well-struck target cancel and "Belvidere N.J. May 23" (1870) double-circle datestamp on folded letter to Washington N.J., Very Fine, attractive and scarce quadruple-rate domestic franking with the 12c 1869, ex Eubanks, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
350
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878
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 878, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Deep rich color, used with horizontal strip of three and single 3c Ultramarine (114), tied by cork cancels, "New York Registered Jun. 2" (1869) circular datestamp on printed address registered paste-up cover to Philadelphia, left 3c stamp in strip with perfs affected from placement at top of paste-up, still fresh and Very Fine, a beautiful triple-rate registered cover, ex Dr. Heimburger

E. 400-500
400
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879
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 879, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Used with horizontal pair 3c Green (158), tied by blue grid cancels, matching "Chicago Ill. Sep. 22 6PM" circular datestamp on 1873 courthouse cover to Leavenworth Kansas, cover contained depositions, some minor edgewear, reduced at left, Fine combination use of 12c 1869 Pictorial and 3c Banknote to pay 6-times the 3c rate, ex Dr. Heimburger

E. 200-300
110
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880
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 880, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Two covers, each with single and single 3c Ultramarine (114), first tied by cork cancels, "Boston Registered 1 Apr." circular datestamp of dots to Post Mills Vt., second tied by corks and "Tyron Pa. Feb." circular datestamp with day crossed out to Cadiz O., Fine pair of covers

E. 200-300
325
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881
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 881, 1869 Pictorial Issue24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Horizontal pair and single, rich colors, fine impressions, tied by blue cork cancels and by partly struck matching Richmond Ind. circular datestamp on refolded legal size package wrapper to Circuit Court of Fayette County in Lexington Ky., addressed in blue with notations indicating that contents included a deposition, right stamp in pair has small tear and slight crease, one backflap added, some wear and tears as is to be expected on such a heavy use

ONE OF THE THREE LARGEST RECORDED FRANKINGS WITH THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL. ONLY ONE OTHER COVER WITH THREE 24-CENT STAMPS (A STRIP) IS IN PRIVATE HANDS. THE QUINTUPLE FRANKING IS CONTAINED IN THE SWISS POSTAL MUSEUM'S COLLECTION AND IS UNAVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

In total there are seven recorded 1869 Pictorial covers with multiple copies of the 24c. Only three of those contain more than two stamps and one of those is permanently ensconced in the Swiss PTT Museum.

Illustrated in Rose book (p. 138). Ex Clarence Eagle, Hessel and from our 1998 Rarities sale. With 1975 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
6,500
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882
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 882, 1869 Pictorial Issue24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Vertical pair, used with 3c Green (147), tied by partly legible strikes of Oct. 14 circular datestamps on reduced cover to Alpena Mich., extensive note at bottom from sender indicates this held depositions, Oct. 14, 1871 receipt docketing, scotch tape repairs could no doubt be aided by a restorer, the tape causes some staining on stamps, cover with cloth bindings held in place by intact wax seals

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE DOMESTIC USE OF A PAIR OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

The franking pays 17-times the 3c rate, so the depositions must have been fairly long. Only four covers are known bearing two copies of the 24c 1869 Pictorial (plus three with more than two stamps, one offered in lot 881)

E. 3,000-4,000
6,250
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