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Sale 1196 — United States Postal History

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

Category — Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-Cover

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
700
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 700, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Position 30, part original gum, large to full margins, crisp impression, Very Fine

1,500
750
701
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 701, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a). Position 31, with double frameline at bottom, unused (no gum), large to ample margins, highly detailed impression, Very Fine

1,800
1,100
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702
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 702, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a). Unused (no gum), huge margins to close at right, irregularly cut at bottom, part of the adjoining stamp at top, rich shade and an unusually sharp impression on fresh paper, Very Fine

1,750
600
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703
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 703, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Position 7 with major double transfer at top, unused (no gum), large to full margins, crisp impression, faint horizontal crease, tiny nick in the right margin, Very Fine appearance

1,700
500
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704
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 704, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Position 35, unused (no gum), full even margins, small rubbed spot at top, otherwise Very Fine

1,500
600
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705
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 705, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Positions 18-19, horizontal pair, disturbed original gum, full margins to just in at top right, fine impression, minute corner crease at bottom right, Very Fine appearance, a rare original-gum pair of the New York Postmaster's Provisional

5,750
800
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706
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 706, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Large margins all around, detailed impression, neat blue pen strokes cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1991 and 2000 P.F. certificates

475
850
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707
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 707, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Position 23, double transfer most evident in bottom label, large even margins, neat blue pen cancel, deep impression and shade, Extremely Fine

475
850
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708
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 708, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Position 37, large to huge margins, blue pen cancel, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine

475
425
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709
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 709, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Position 15, full to large margins including right sheet margin, blue pen cancel, deep shade, Extremely Fine

475
275
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710
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 710, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Position 24, full to large margins, blue pen cancel, Very Fine

475
425
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711
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 711, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Position 6, full to large margins, crisp shade and impression, Very Fine, purple Schlessinger backstamp

475
425
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712
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 712, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Position 21, full to large margins, deep shade, cancelled by lightly struck red New York "5 cts" integral rate circular datestamp, Very Fine

625
475
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713
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 713, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Position 23, full to large margins, large red "5" numeral cancel applied by New York & Erie Railroad route agent (photocopy of a cover from Ashbrook files accompanies), tiny tear and thin speck at right, Very Fine appearance, a rare cancel on the New York Provisional

1,475
650
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714
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 714, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Large to ample margins except in at bottom right, red "U.S." in frame cancel (repurposed carrier marking), Fine, a rare cancel on the New York Provisional

1,675
250
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715
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 715, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Positions 19-20, horizontal pair, large to full margins, fresh shade, blue pen cancels, Very Fine

1,450
700
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716
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 716, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Positions 2-3, horizontal pair, Position 2 with major double transfer, full margins all around, red grid cancel, small stain on reverse of right stamp just shows thru at top, otherwise Very Fine, Scott Retail with no premium for the double transfer

1,550
550
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717
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 717, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Six singles and one pair with handstamped red cancels, including Positions 3, 8-9 (pair), 15 (tied on piece by red "Paid" arc), 16 (lifted but tied on piece by red "5 cts" integral rate datestamp, ACM initials lightened by cleaning), 24 (red "U.S." in frame repurposed carrier cancel), 27 and 31, minor faults, overall Fine and a couple with Very Fine appearance, desirable with red handstamped cancels and no pen cancels, Scott value for basic stamps is $4,300.00 and premium for cancels is $1,825.00 (including $1,200.00 for "U.S.")

6,125
1,800
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718
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 718, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Ten plated stamps with blue pen cancels (two appear unused), Position 2 major double transfer (two -- clear to ample margins, one toned), Position 24 (appears unused, toned soft yellowish wove paper), Position 26 (appears unused, creased), Position 28 large preprinting paper fold, Position 31 (large margins), Position 32 (full margins cut by scissors at top and bottom but roughly separated at sides -- a primitive "coil"), Position 36 preprinting paper folds, Position 38 (full to large margins), Position 39 (large margins with thin spot), minor faults, generally Fine-Very Fine appearance, Scott Retail as pen-cancelled with premium for two Position 2 double transfers

4,900
1,700
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719
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 719, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a). Unused (no gum), three large margins, ample at right, crisp impression, small toned spot, otherwise Fine, with 2018 P.F. certificate

1,750
425
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720
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 720, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a). Position 4, double transfer evident in bottom margin, large margins, cancelled by lightly struck red New York "5 cts" integral rate datestamp, Extremely Fine

700
900
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721
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 721, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "A.C.M." Initials (9X1b), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "A.C.M." Initials (9X1b)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "A.C.M." Initials (9X1b). Position 2, with major double transfer at bottom, huge margin at left, showing a significant portion of the adjoining stamp, just into the frameline at top, tied on piece by red Paid in arc, strong impression, faint soiling in right margin, otherwise Very Fine

1,000
325
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722
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 722, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "A.C.M." Initials (9X1b), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "A.C.M." Initials (9X1b)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "A.C.M." Initials (9X1b). Positions 13-14, horizontal pair, large to full margins except in at bottom of left stamp, bold magenta pen cancels, left stamp with tiny nick in top margin, right stamp is sound and Very Fine, Scott Retail with no premium for the magenta cancel, which is the same color ink used for the initialing of the stamps

2,400
425
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723
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 723, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, Small "A C M" Initials Without Periods (9X1b var), New York N.Y., 5c Black, Small "A C M" Initials Without Periods (9X1b var)New York N.Y., 5c Black, Small "A C M" Initials Without Periods (9X1b var). Position 40 with bottom right corner sheet margins, other sides full, blue "X" pen cancel, pressed vertical crease and slightly toned, still Extremely Fine appearance, this style of initials -- small letters separated but without periods -- does not fit exactly with any of the types listed in Scott or described by Philip T. Wall in Chronicle 98 (pp. 80-82), examples are rare, Scott value as normal 9X1b is $675.00

E. 400-500
250
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724
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 724, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "RHM" Initials (9X1d). Position 37, large to ample margins, black pen cancel, detailed impression, neatly repaired at right, Very Fine appearance

3,650
425
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725
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 725, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, Without Signature (9X1e), New York N.Y., 5c Black, Without Signature (9X1e)New York N.Y., 5c Black, Without Signature (9X1e). Large margins to clear, detailed impression, cancelled solely by light strike of red circular datestamp, fresh and Very Fine, a pretty stamp

1,000
400
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726
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 726, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, Without Signature (9X1e), New York N.Y., 5c Black, Without Signature (9X1e)New York N.Y., 5c Black, Without Signature (9X1e). Position 26, large to full margins, crisp impression, black pen cancel, Very Fine and choice

925
375
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 727, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, Without Signature (9X1e), New York N.Y., 5c Black, Without Signature (9X1e)New York N.Y., 5c Black, Without Signature (9X1e). Position 34, large margins all around, rich shade, sharp impression, blue pen cancel, faint crease at bottom right, Extremely Fine appearance

900
375
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728
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 728, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, Without Signature (9X1e), New York N.Y., 5c Black, Without Signature (9X1e)New York N.Y., 5c Black, Without Signature (9X1e). Positions 24-25, horizontal pair, large to ample margins all around, blue pen cancel, left stamp with tiny tear at top, Very Fine appearance

2,600
550
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 729, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, Without Signature (9X2d), New York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, Without Signature (9X2d)New York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, Without Signature (9X2d). Position 32, unused (no gum), ample to full margins, proof-like impression on deeply blued paper, small shallow scuffs at top (probably from adherence)

VERY FINE MARGINS AND CONDITION DESPITE TINY SCUFFS. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED UNUSED EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON BLUE PAPER WITHOUT SIGNATURE -- ONLY TWO OTHER USED EXAMPLES ON BLUE PAPER WITHOUT SIGNATURE ARE RECORDED.

The last printing of the New York provisional took place on January 7, 1847, when 100 sheets were delivered. Philip T. Wall believes that the stamps on Blue paper (Scott 9X2) and Gray paper (Scott 9X3) come from this last printing, because the recorded covers are used after that date. Most of the known Without Signature stamps originate from the early days following the initial sale date of July 14, 1845. However, a few examples of both the Blue and Gray paper stamps are known without signature, so if Wall is correct that these stamps come from the last printing, then clearly the signing standards were not strictly followed.

We record four unused and two used examples of 9X2d:

1) Unused, Position unknown, ex Boker, Chronicle 115, p. 161, figure C

2) Unused, Position 15, Dr. Kapiloff collection (Piller book, p. 46, figure 53)

3) Unused, Position 25, PFC 501335, ex Frelinghuysen (Siegel Sale 1020, lot 31)

4) Unused, Position 32, the stamp offered here

5) Red "Paid" arc cancel, light horizontal crease at top, PFC 287925

6) Red "Paid" arc cancel, Position 4, PFC 264805, ex Dr. Morris (Siegel Sale 793, lot 13)

When the stamp listed as #3 above was offered in our sale of the Frelinghuysen collection, we were unaware of the existence of this stamp. Our current count of four unused and two used examples of 9X2d (Blue paper without signature) is unlikely to be increased by more than one or two.

25,000
10,500
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730
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 730, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, "ACM" Initials (9X2), New York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, "ACM" Initials (9X2)New York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, "ACM" Initials (9X2). Position 24, ample to full margins, deeply blued paper, red square grid cancel, light horizontal crease (more of a bend than a crease) and small thin spot at center, Very Fine appearance, a rare example of the New York Postmaster's Provisional on Blue paper

3,750
750
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731
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 731, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, "ACM" Initials (9X2), New York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, "ACM" Initials (9X2)New York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, "ACM" Initials (9X2). Position 21, full to large margins, sharp impression on deeply blued paper, red square grid cancel, faint corner creases at top left and bottom left, slight crease and toned spot at mid-right, miniscule tear at lower right, still Very Fine appearance, a rare example of the New York provisional on Blue paper

3,750
950
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732
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 732, Specialized New York Postmaster's Provisionals: Off-CoverNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials, Sperati Reproduction (Sperati 9X1), New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials, Sperati Reproduction (Sperati 9X1)New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials, Sperati Reproduction (Sperati 9X1). Three items, large die proof on wove, unused single and "used" single, latter cancelled with fake red "Paid", all with characteristic Sperati design flaw, each with Sperati handstamp and No. 377 in manuscript on reverse, Very Fine trio of these well-executed forgeries

E. 500-750
750
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