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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: Samoa

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2185
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2185, Foreign Mail: Samoa30c Black (228), 30c Black (228)30c Black (228). Horizontal pair, tied by "San Francisco Cal., F.D. May 30, 1895" circular datestamp, second strike at left, on cover to Apia Samoa, light vertical file fold at center well away from stamps, stain at left side of cover not affecting cancels or stamps, a Very Fine use to a rare destination

E. 750-1,000
1,300
2186
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2186, Foreign Mail: Samoa5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Tied by unusual grid and used with Samoa, 1894, 5p Vermilion (23), tied by purple "Apia, Samoa, Jul. 18" double-circle datestamp, to Germany, sender's instructions "Via Auckland" at left was ignored, San Francisco and receiving backstamps, fresh and Very Fine, a surprisingly scarce combination, Odenweller Census No. 480

E. 750-1,000
425
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2187
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2187, Foreign Mail: Samoa2c Carmine (220), 2c Carmine (220)2c Carmine (220). Used with 1c Dull Blue (219) and 5c Chocolate (223), rich colors, used with Samoa, 1890, -1/2p Brown Violet and 5p Red (23), latter tied by well-struck "Apia, Samoa, NOV. 7" double-circle datestamp on registered cover with printed address to Kansas City Mo., U.S. stamps tied by San Francisco registry ovals, purple "Registered, Nov. 22, 1894, San Francisco Cal." three-line datestamp, top flap with manuscript "From PM Apia Samoa", vertical file fold affecting 2c has been pressed out, otherwise Very Fine and colorful use properly paying the 8c registry fee plus 5-1/2 pence postage, unlisted in Odenweller book, this is reported to be the only use of a 2c 1890 Issue from Samoa

E. 500-750
3,250
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2188
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2188, Foreign Mail: Samoa8c Lilac (225), 8c Lilac (225)8c Lilac (225). Tied by San Francisco registry oval and used with Samoa, 1886-95, 3p on 2p Brown Orange (25a), 1p Green (11b, pair) and 2p Brown Orange (13b, pair), tied by "Apia Samoa Jan. 30" circular datestamps and San Francisco registry ovals on registered cover to Hammonton N.J., red "Registered Feb. 11, 1895 San Francisco Cal." three-line datestamp, last name in address deleted, endorsement on back, "PM- Apia Samoa", Fine and rare combination, believed to be the earliest known use of the surcharged issue, Odenweller Census No. 121, with 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
500
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2189
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2189, Foreign Mail: Samoa10c Green (226), 10c Green (226)10c Green (226). Tied by grid of dots cancel, used with Samoa, 1886, 1p Yellow Green (11) and 2p Brown Orange (13), tied by indistinct strike of Apia, Samoa double-circle datestamp on 1891 cover to Lynn, Mass., San Francisco and Lynn (Feb. 20) backstamps, 2p stamp defective, some slight cover toning and small staple holes, otherwise Fine, the Odenweller census (no. 44) states that the 10c stamp does not belong based on the rate being 5c, but we strongly disagree, 1977 P.F. certificate states "genuine usage"

E. 200-300
160
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2190
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2190, Foreign Mail: Samoa10c Green (226), 10c Green (226)10c Green (226). Used with 3c Purple (221), each tied by San Francisco registry oval on 1894 registered cover from Samoa to London, England where forwarded, with Samoa, 1890-93, -1/2 Violet (9b) and 5p on 4p Blue (22) tied by neat violet "Apia Samoa Aug. 1 15" double circle datestamp, New York registry label and various registered markings front and back, Very Fine, a beautiful and rare use, unlisted in Odenweller census, ex Fitzpatrick, with 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
550
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2191
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2191, Foreign Mail: Samoa10c Green (226), 10c Green (226)10c Green (226). Horizontal pair, just tied by light strikes of cork cancels on 1891 registered cover to Havre, France, used with Samoa, 1890, 2p Brown Orange (13b) and 4p Blue (16b) tied by blackish blue "Apia Samoa Apr. 28" double-circle datestamp, purple "San Francisco Cal. Registered Jun. 12, 1891" circular datestamp, New York registry label affixed partly over stamps, edge faults and tear at top into left 10c stamp, 4p small faults, still Fine appearance, rare use, Odenweller Census No. 320 where described as April 26

E. 750-1,000
550
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2192
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2192, Foreign Mail: Samoa15c Indigo (227), 15c Indigo (227)15c Indigo (227). Straight edge at right, used with 3c Purple (221), tied by large "New York N.Y. Reg'y. Dev. 4-20 1894" oval datestamp, used with vertical strip of three of Samoa, 1887-92, 2p Brown Orange, Perf 12 x 11-1/2 (13b) and 2-1/2p Rose, Perf 12-1/2 (14a), Samoan stamps tied by "Apia Samoa, Mar. 27" double-circle datestamp on registered cover to Berlin, Germany, red 1894 San Francisco oval registry marking, registry label affixed partly over 2p stamps, transit and receiving backstamps, 15c few perfs barely affected from placement at edge of cover

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE SAMOA-U.S. MIXED FRANKING USE.

Odenweller Census No. 78. With 1984 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,200
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