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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 — Philatelic History from the Trenchard Collection

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2188
 
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2188, Philatelic History from the Trenchard CollectionEarliest Stamp Auction Catalogues, Earliest Stamp Auction CataloguesEarliest Stamp Auction Catalogues. Four catalogues, two are reported to be the first in the United States to list postage stamps, both are titled "Catalogue of Coins, Medals and Continental Money by Bangs, Merwin & Co.", dated March 19-20 and May 8-9, 1862, each with one lot offering postage stamps (stated to be "quite rare"), second pair of catalogues dated May 28, 1870 and Sep. 8, 1870, both of these are reported to be the earliest catalogues which exclusively offered postage stamps, the first was written by J. W. Scott and included a "5c 1852 Sandwich Islands stamp" (5c Hawaiian Missionary), which realized $11.00 (the highest price in the sale), the second is by Leavitt, Strebeigh & Co., typical faults as would be expected with catalogues this old, a fascinating group

E. 500-750
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2189
 
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2189, Philatelic History from the Trenchard Collection, The Stamp Collector's Manual, Philadelphia, 1862. 118 x 177mm catalogue, 48 pages, compiled by "A. C. Kline" (John W. Klein), lists American and foreign stamps with "1500 varieties", cover with some minor tears at left, otherwise Very Fine and rare, reported to be the first philatelic catalogue in the United States, John W. Klein used the pseudonym A. C. Kline in his early publications, other than the U.S. and Confederate sections, this catalogue was plagiarized from the Third Edition of the Mount Brown Catalogue (London), this also had the most complete list of Carriers & Locals known at that time

E. 500-750
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2189A
 
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2189A, Philatelic History from the Trenchard CollectionEarly Stamp Dealers, Carte-de-Visite, Early Stamp Dealers, Carte-de-VisiteEarly Stamp Dealers, Carte-de-Visite. Four, depicting early stamp dealers or philatelic scholars, including Oscar Berger-Levrault, who wrote the first philatelic catalogue in Europe, Dr. A. Moschkau, who wrote a history of philately in 1880, S. Allan Taylor (also known as a famous forger of U.S. Carriers & Locals) and one other, Very Fine and wonderful collateral group for the early stamp dealer collector

E. 300-400
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2189B
 
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2189B, Philatelic History from the Trenchard CollectionJohn W. Scott, John W. ScottJohn W. Scott. 176 x 280mm photograph, signed "Very truly yours John W. Scott", pencil tinting around portrait signed by artist, Very Fine, this is reported to be the only recorded signed photograph of one of most famous founding fathers of philately

E. 300-400
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2189C
 
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2189C, Philatelic History from the Trenchard CollectionEdward Denny Bacon, Edward Denny BaconEdward Denny Bacon. 145 x 220mm photograph signed "Yours faithfully, E.D. Bacon", dated 1891 and caption "From a photograph by Russell & Sons, Baker Street", some minor edge toning and tear at left far away from the actual photograph, otherwise Very Fine and scarce signed photograph of this pioneer of British philately

E. 300-400
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2189D
 
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2189D, Philatelic History from the Trenchard CollectionEarly U.S. and International Stamps, Carte-de-Visite, Early U.S. and International Stamps, Carte-de-VisiteEarly U.S. and International Stamps, Carte-de-Visite. Five cards measuring approximately 62 x 100mm plus one which is mounted on larger paper (like a die proof), four are different including "Americain Stamps" showing largely inaccurate reproductions of early U.S. stamps and Carriers & Locals, "Infernal Revenue Stamps" (a play-on-words political statement with a poem about being taxed), also two "Timbres-Poste" with Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Oceana, finally one "Principaux Timbres Poste D'Europe" (the one mounted on card is also this version), a few small flaws, still Very Fine, an extremely rare group of CDVs, which are among the earliest known photographic images of stamps, several are signed on back by John K. Tiffany

E. 1,000-1,500
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2190
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2190, Philatelic History from the Trenchard Collection3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Tied by quartered cork cancel with indistinct strike of Philadelphia Pa. circular datestamp on purple Kline's Emporium for Indian Curiosities and Postage Stamps illustrated cover, addressed to Washington D.C., a couple slightly nibbed perfs, still fresh and Very Fine, accompanied by an elaborate Kline's Emporium circular that probably originates with these cover designs, according to research by the late Steven R. Belasco, Kline's Emporium was run by John W. Klein (spelling differs from how it is printed on the cover), under the name A. C. Klein, he published the first stamp catalogue in the United States in 1862 (an example is offered in lot 2189).

E. 500-750
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2191
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2191, Philatelic History from the Trenchard Collection2c Black, 3c Red, F. Grill (73, 94), 2c Black, 3c Red, F. Grill (73, 94)2c Black, 3c Red, F. Grill (73, 94). Both tied to separate covers by Philadelphia duplex datestamps with Mason & Co. illustrated stamp dealer's design, Black Jack stamp nicely complemented by black design of the cover and 3c F Grill similarly complemented by red design, along with the matching facsimile stamp at bottom, second cover missing backflap and slightly reduced at top, Very Fine and beautiful pair of early stamp dealer covers, Ebenezer Locke Mason was one of Philadelphia's founding stamp dealers and an early rival of J. W. Scott, he published Mason's Coin and Stamp Collector's Magazine, which was noted for attacks on rival dealers

E. 750-1,000
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2192
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2192, Philatelic History from the Trenchard Collection2c Brown (113), 2c Brown (113)2c Brown (113). Tied by quartered cork on Mason & Co. Philadelphia stamp and coin dealer's advertising cover to Ithaca N.Y., small repaired nick at top left, otherwise Fine, scarce use of 1869 Issue on early stamp dealer's advertising cover, Ebenezer Locke Mason was one of Philadelphia's founding stamp dealers and an early rival of J. W. Scott, he published Mason's Coin and Stamp Collector's Magazine, which was noted for attacks on rival dealers, ex Mack, illustrated in Rose 1869 book (p. 26)

E. 400-500
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2193
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2193, Philatelic History from the Trenchard Collection3c Red, F. Grill (94), 3c Red, F. Grill (94)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Tied by neat circle of diamonds cancel with "Boston Mass. May 20" circular datestamp on cover to Philadelphia Pa. with "C.A. Lyford & Co. Dealers in Postage Stamps, Boston" advertising corner card, red illustrated enclosure with price list for foreign stamps, Very Fine, also accompanied by a 3c 1869 (114) on a different Lyford corner card cover, opened roughly at right affecting the stamp but still attractive and scarce, Lyford was a member of the notorious "Boston Group" of philatelic forgers (which included S. Allan Taylor), many of the stamps listed in the included price list are forgeries

E. 400-500
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2194
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2194, Philatelic History from the Trenchard Collection3c Red, F. Grill, 3c Ultramarine (94, 114), 3c Red, F. Grill, 3c Ultramarine (94, 114)3c Red, F. Grill, 3c Ultramarine (94, 114). Tied to separate covers by Boston Mass. duplex cancels, both with "F. Trifet & Co. Wholesale and Retailer Dealer in American and Foreign Postage, Revenue, Local, Trial, Proof &c" stamp dealer designs, also states they are publishers of the American Stamp Mercury, 3c Pictorial with a few tiny cover edge tears, Very Fine and scarce pair of covers from this early stamp dealer, who was the leading dealer in Boston and a rival of J. W. Scott, it is particularly unusual to find references to an offer of essays or proofs at this early period of philately

E. 500-750
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2195
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2195, Philatelic History from the Trenchard Collection3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Tied by fancy rosette cancel with "New York Jul. 14" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to Buffalo N.Y. with "J. W. Scott & Co. Wholesale and Retail Dealers in Foreign Postage Stamps, Publisher of Scott's American Albums," enclosure describes Scott's American Album and The American Journal of Philately and contains a handwritten note apologizing to the recipient for the inability to fulfill his order, stamp with corner crease and cover with some small tears, still Very Fine 3c Pictorial Issue cover from this early founder of philately in America, also accompanied by a partly illustrated Scott's catalogue from 1868 which is very fresh

E. 300-400
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2196
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2196, Philatelic History from the Trenchard Collection3c Green (158), 3c Green (158)3c Green (158). Tied by partly clear strike of "Philadelphia Pa. Dec. 5" (1876) duplex datestamp on "J. W. Scott & Co. stamp dealer's corner card cover to Columbia Pa., back with ornate illustrated 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition design depicting the main exhibition building, cover with light wax stains, still Very Fine, J. W. Scott was the only philatelic dealer with a booth at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, he exhibited his albums, catalogues and other publications, this is a wonderful artifact of his early promotion of philately

E. 300-400
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2197
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2197, Philatelic History from the Trenchard Collection2c Vermilion (183), 2c Vermilion (183)2c Vermilion (183). Horizontal pair and single, right stamp s.e. at right, tied by bold negative "4" handstamp cancels with "Boston Mass. May 2, 1881" duplex circular datestamp on cover to Providence R.I., "E. A. Holton Foreign Postage Stamps" stamp dealer's design with Mulready-style illustrations, missing backflap and couple minor cover edge tears, still Very Fine, a wonderful early stamp dealer advertising design, accompanied by original enclosure which states that the envelope contained 100 stamps, E. A. Holton went into the stamp business in 1861, making him one of Boston's first stamp dealers

E. 400-500
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2198
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2198, Philatelic History from the Trenchard Collection2c Vermilion, 3c Green (183, 184), 2c Vermilion, 3c Green (183, 184)2c Vermilion, 3c Green (183, 184). 2c s.e. at right, tied to separate 3c and 2c entires addressed to Germany and Austria by 1880 New York duplex cancels, both with N. F. Seebeck stamp dealer's advertising collar, in magenta on the 2c cover and in blue on the 3c cover, latter cover with some tiny tears at top from opening, Very Fine and outstanding pair of early stamp dealer designs, the contrast in stamp, indicia and advertising collar colors was clearly intentional and makes for a striking display

E. 750-1,000
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2199
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2199, Philatelic History from the Trenchard CollectionN. F. Seebeck, Advertising Collars, N. F. Seebeck, Advertising CollarsN. F. Seebeck, Advertising Collars. Group of seven entires, each with N.F. Seebeck stamp dealer advertising collar around the indicia, four were sent through the mails to Germany (two), Belgium and Louisiana, three others are unused, beautiful range of colors each of which nicely contrasts with the indicia color and in several cases with the buff envelope, the Louisiana cover slightly reduced on side opposite the design, Very Fine group, also accompanied by a similar advertising collar from E. J. Stebbins (unused)

E. 500-750
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2200
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2200, Philatelic History from the Trenchard Collection10c Brown, With Secret Mark (188), 10c Brown, With Secret Mark (188)10c Brown, With Secret Mark (188). Used with three 3c Green (184), tied together by single pen stroke cancel and two stamps tied by blue "Registered Cincinnati Jul. 11, 1879" circular datestamp on yellow registered cover to Roxbury Mass. with R. W. Mercer illustrated advertising design, among the many items offered for sale are United States Fractional Currency and Confederate money, Mercer was also known to deal in postage stamps, stamps with a few slightly toned perf tips, still Very Fine and striking cover, ex Knapp

E. 300-400
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2201
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2201, Philatelic History from the Trenchard Collection5c Blue (179), 5c Blue (179)5c Blue (179). Used with two each 2c Vermilion and 3c Green (178, 158), tied by smudgy cork cancels with red "New York Registered Jul. 20" circular datestamp on cover to Chemnitz, Germany, with "M. Kottshofski Dealer in Foreign Postage Stamps" stamp dealer's corner card, additional purple dealer handstamp on back, 5c with a couple minor perf flaws, couple small cover nicks, still Very Fine and colorful early stamp dealer advertising cover to Germany

E. 400-500
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2202
 
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2202, Philatelic History from the Trenchard CollectionEarly Stamp Dealers and Philatelic Societies, Substantial Collection, Early Stamp Dealers and Philatelic Societies, Substantial CollectionEarly Stamp Dealers and Philatelic Societies, Substantial Collection. Approximately 40 three-ring binders loaded with probably thousands of items, ranging from covers to catalogues, pictures, newsletters and publications, nearly all relate to early stamp dealers (1860s to 1930s), early philatelic exhibitions, 19th Century and early 20th Century philatelic societies and clubs, and stamp hobby-related ephemera of every type, the dealer sections are particularly strong with both major and obscure dealers and loads of advertising covers (some illustrated), price lists, catalogues, greeting cards, photographs, as well as fakes and fantasies and background on their makers (for example many items related to S. Allan Taylor), the early philatelic auction catalogues include the first in the United States devoted solely to stamps (1870, written by J. W. Scott), along with others from 1870s-1880s, rounded out with society publications and early philatelic exhibition publications, posters, labels and souvenirs, overall a fascinating collection which took a half-century to assemble, viewing recommended

E. 10,000-15,000
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2202A
 
Lots 2188-2202 combined and sold as a unit if the bid for the combined lots exceeds the sum of the hammer prices and/or top bids for the individual lots

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