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Sale 1196 — United States Postal History

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

Category — 1870-88 Bank Note Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
883
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 883, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues7c Vermilion, I. Grill (138A), 7c Vermilion, I. Grill (138A)7c Vermilion, I. Grill (138A). Clearly-defined grill, cancelled by circle of small wedges, "Kittanning Pa. Jan. 28" circular datestamp on cover to Vienna, Austria, red "New York Br. Transit Jan. 31" circular datestamp, receiving backstamp, the year is unclear but may be 1871, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, a rare use of the 7c I Grill on a cover to Austria, this is the first example on cover we have offered, Scott Catalogue notes the earliest use is 1871, if the yeardate on the receiving marking is 1871, then this January use may be the EDU, worth additional research

E. 500-750
600
884
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 884, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues2c Brown, Half Used as 1c (157e), 2c Brown, Half Used as 1c (157e)2c Brown, Half Used as 1c (157e). Right vertical half, used with intact stamp and tied by blue cork cancel and matching "Culpeper Va. Apr. 2" circular datestamp on cover to Baltimore Md., the intact stamp with diagonal crease at right, few toned perfs from gum, still Very Fine and scarce bisect

E. 400-500
350
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885
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 885, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues2c Brown, Half Used as 1c (157e), 2c Brown, Half Used as 1c (157e)2c Brown, Half Used as 1c (157e). Right vertical half, separated roughly from its other half, tied by blue segmented cork cancel, matching "Culpeper Va. Ju?. 29" circular datestamp on locally addressed buff cover, some edgewear, stamp with faint crease at top left, otherwise Very Fine, scarce, note on back from Bartels states "from the Yancey correspondence found by me and guaranteed, June 16, 1919", illustrated in Brookman Vol. II, p. 70

E. 300-400
350
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886
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 886, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues2c Vermilion, Half Used as 1c (178b), 2c Vermilion, Half Used as 1c (178b)2c Vermilion, Half Used as 1c (178b). Top half, tied by "Babylon N.Y. Feb. 18" (1876) double-circle datestamp on yellow drop-rate cover to Mr. John Miller in Babylon, original enclosure an illustrated wine, liquor and cigar dealer invoice, cover with staining, accompanied by two other 1876 covers to Miss Fanny Miller showing 1c payments by stamp and by postal entire, one of these also with an illustrated invoice from a contractor, both opened roughly at top with edge faults, a fascinating trio showing three different ways to pay the 1c drop letter rate, the bisect is rare despite its modest catalogue value ($750.00), we have not offered another since 2006

E. 750-1,000
750
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887
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 887, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues3c Green (184), 3c Green (184)3c Green (184). Wide margins, rich color, tied by well-struck North-South Shaking Hands fancy cancel, "Worcester Mass. Dec. 16 4PM" circular datestamp on cover to Pepperell Mass., receiving backstamp, an Extremely Fine strike of this desirable post-war fancy cancel, this is the only example of this design we have offered on cover since keeping computerized records

E. 500-750
350
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888
c
5c Blue (185). 19 covers, one used and one plate proof on card, covers include use from St. Louis to Nagasaki, Japan with stamp tied by Shield fancy cancel, one used with 1c and two 2c to Beirutt, Syria, one from Cal. to Brazil and forwarded to Mass., pair on mourning cover to Belgium, pair on cover to Gabon, Africa, three to Turkey, one to Foo Chow, China, nice range of markings, few faults, overall Fine-Very Fine, an interesting group for the Taylor thematic collector or a Bank Note collector looking for destinations

E. 750-1,000
900
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889
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 889, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues2c Red Brown (210), 2c Red Brown (210)2c Red Brown (210). Vertical pair, rich color from the First Printing, s.e. at left, tied by very bold "Springfield, Mass. Oct. 1, 530PM 1883" duplex on First Day cover to Mount Holyoke Seminary, pair with faint creasing almost entirely in left margin, still Very Fine, one of the finest 2c 1883 first day covers known, very rare as a multiple, Scott Retail as a single on a First Day cover $2,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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890
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 890, 1870-88 Bank Note IssuesMinstrels-Related Covers, Minstrels-Related CoversMinstrels-Related Covers. Six items, including No. 65 with cutout silhouette affixed to address panel; 3c Bank Note on overall illustrated cover for Original Georgia Minstrels with portrait of Charles Hicks, the African American manager and performer; No. 279B on cover with racist collage elements, one hand-drawn and used in Great Britain, few faults but overall Very Fine, a fascinating historical group that has special relevance to today's headlines about minstrel performances and politicians in blackface

E. 500-750
750
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