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Sale 1201 — The Dr. William H. Johnson Collection of the U.S. 1890 Small Bank Note Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

Category — Foreign Mail: Central and South America

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2131
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2131, Foreign Mail: Central and South America15c Indigo (227), 15c Indigo (227)15c Indigo (227). Rich color, tied by purple handstamp and used with complete set of 1c-$1.00 Clipperton Island stamps (unlisted in Scott), on Macqueen House of Miles City Montana corner card cover to Hanover, Germany, each of the Clipperton Island stamps cancelled by light strike of purple "W. Frese & Co., San Francisco, Agents for O. P. Co." double-circle handstamp, New York registry label effectively ties three stamps, purple "Registered Miles City Mont., Nov. 15, 1895" boxed backstamp, New York and receiving backstamps

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE COVER WITH AN ENTIRE SET OF THE CLIPPERTON ISLAND STAMPS, USED TO GERMANY. THIS IS BY FAR THE FINER OF THE TWO RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE FULL SET.

Clipperton Island lies 670 miles southwest of Mexico in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It was an important source of guano fertilizer and home to 150-200 miners at the time the Clipperton Island stamp was issued for use on mail carried from the island to San Francisco. This cover to Germany entered the mails in Montana; it is probable that there is a mining connection between the sender in Montana and Clipperton Island. The other cover with a full set was sent to Hamburg, Germany and is faulty.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,100
2132
 
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2132, Foreign Mail: Central and South America90c Orange (229), 90c Orange (229)90c Orange (229). Used with 30c Black (228), tied by "Washington D.C. 5" double oval cancels on full front of wrapper with complete Department of State penalty label to Colon (Aspinwall), Colombia, with penalty clause crossed out and "Parcels Post Value $2.00 Printed Matter" written in its place, vertical file fold does not affect stamps, some slight edgewear affects 90c

VERY FINE. A UNIQUE USE OF THE 90-CENT 1890 ISSUE TO COLOMBIA. THIS DEPARTMENT OF STATE LABEL WAS CUT FROM A PACKAGE CONTAINING TEN POUNDS OF PRINTED MATERIAL. THE STAMPS PREPAID THE 12-CENTS PER POUND INTERNATIONAL PARCEL POST RATE.

Our census of 90c 1890 uses includes 7 envelopes, 5 wrappers, 4 tags and 2 qualifying pieces, for a total of 18 items. Although undated, this State Department package label/wrapper to the U.S. consul at Colon (Aspinwall) was probably mailed during the period from 1893 to 1897. The manuscript notation at upper left confirms that this was rated at the international parcel post rate of 12c per pound, and it contained ten pounds of printed matter.

The vice-consul, Tracy Robinson, published a list of consuls at Colon, including the following during the relevant period (date of appointment in parentheses): W. E. Sims (Aug. 22, 1890), Charles W. Erdman (Aug. 13, 1891); W. W. Ashby (May 3, 1892); J. L. Pearcey (Oct. 10, 1893); W. W. Ashby (second term); and W. W. Cobbs (Mar. 4, 1898). [“List of United States Consuls at Colon (Aspinwall)”, Tracy Robinson, Panama: A Personal Record of Forty Six Years, 1861-1907]

Illustrated in Chronicle 129 ("Three New 90c 1890 Cover Listings for the Record," Scott R. Trepel). Ex President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Cochrane, probably ex Lowenthal (Siegel Sale 597, lot 182, where acquired by Dr. Johnson).

E. 7,500-10,000
13,000
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2133
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2133, Foreign Mail: Central and South America5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Bright shade, tied by Santa Marta (Colombia) Dec. 21, 1894 duplex datestamp and pinwheel cancel on cover to Troy N.Y., New Orleans (Dec. 29) and receiving backstamps, minor edgewear, Very Fine and unusual use originating in Colombia

E. 200-300
150
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2134
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2134, Foreign Mail: Central and South America5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Rich color, used with Ecuador, 1881, 10c Orange (15), latter tied by "Admon Prim De Correos de Guyaquil, Ecuador, Guyaquil, UPU, Jul. 11, 1891" origination double-circle datestamp on cover to Paris, France, sender's routing instructions "Via Colon-New York", 5c stamp tied by bold cork, "N.Y. Foreign Transit A Jul. 24 91" backstamp, Paris receiving circular datestamp at lower left, light horizontal file fold causes bend in 5c stamp, still Very Fine and very unusual use

E. 300-400
200
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2135
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2135, Foreign Mail: Central and South America30c Black (228), 30c Black (228)30c Black (228). Used with 10c Green (226) and 1c and 2c First Bureau issue, tied by registry ovals, purple "Registered, Sub-Station No. 20, Nov. 10, 1897 Philadelphia Pa." four-line backstamp on Bogert & Durbin illustrated advertising cover depicting their building with clouds, to Port Au Prince, Haiti, New York registry label, New York and receiving backstamps, stamps with faults, some slight wear, Fine appearance, a colorful and scarce combination use of the 1890 Issue and the First Bureau Issue to Haiti, paying 7-times the 5c rate plus 8c registry fee

E. 300-400
160
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2136
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2136, Foreign Mail: Central and South America5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Horizontal pair, used with 2c Carmine (220), tied by well-struck purple "FOREIGN" straightline handstamp on registered bank corner card cover originating in Mexico and sent to San Francisco, purple "Banco Nacional de El Paso Tejas, Secursal de C. Juarez, Mexico, Nov. 5, 1892" backstamp, purple El Paso three-line datestamp, red San Francisco three-line receiving backstamp, Very Fine, very unusual with the "FOREIGN" marking

E. 300-400
250
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2137
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2137, Foreign Mail: Central and South America1890 Issue Covers with Panama Stamps, 1890 Issue Covers with Panama Stamps1890 Issue Covers with Panama Stamps. Four covers used in 1892 from Kirkham Md., includes three with 15 centimes deficiency markings and one with a similar 25 centimes marking, two with No. 220 used with Panama 5c Blue (17), one was originally sent to San Francisco and then forwarded to Panama, one with No. 220 to the U.S.S. Flagship Baltimore in New York where forwarded to Panama with 1c Green (15) and 5c Blue (17) stamps, last bears two No. 220 with No. 219 to Panama with 10c Orange (18) paying postage due, last reduced at right into one 2c stamp, others with some wear, Fine-Very Fine and unusual group

E. 400-500
1,200
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2138
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2138, Foreign Mail: Central and South America8c Lilac (225), 8c Lilac (225)8c Lilac (225). Straight edge at left, tied by registry oval and "New York N.Y. Reg'y. Div. 4-21 1894" double-oval datestamp on 10c Columbian entire (U351) to Montevideo, Uruguay, sender's routing instructions "Via England" and with red London transit datestamp, receiving backstamp (May 18), Very Fine use

E. 300-400
180
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2139
c
1890 Issue Covers to Americas and Caribbean. 26 covers, wide range of destinations including Santo Domingo, Nicaragua, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Bermuda, Honduras, Brazil, Nova Scotia, Mexico, Jamaica, Barbados, Turks Island, St. Lucia, Haiti and British Guiana, only four are single 5c frankings, some on entires, few are post cards, some faults, overall Fine-Very Fine and diverse, an excellent group for someone who wants a nice range of destinations

E. 750-1,000
650
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