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Sale 1230 — U.S. and Hawaii Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 15-18 December, 2020

Category — 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1209
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1209, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Position 95R1E, large margins to just clear all around, vivid color, tied by red 7-bar grid, matching "Cincinnati Jul. 1 Paid 3 cts." integral-rate circular datestamp on 1851 folded letter to "J. Fletcher Williams" in Delaware, Ohio, light file fold also ties the stamp, small inconsequential hole on back from removal of wax seal and some mounting adhesive, letter references the new issue of stamps and the new 3-cent coin, the first coin introduced to facilitate postal transactions, which was authorized by the same act of Congress that authorized the 1851 stamps, "I send some postage stamps today -- father yesterday sent you a 3-cent piece."

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN OUTSTANDING AND EXTREMELY RARE FIRST DAY COVER OF THE 1851 3-CENT ORANGE BROWN. THIS IS ONE OF THREE EXAMPLES KNOWN FROM CINCINNATI AND ONE OF ONLY THREE KNOWN WITH CONTENTS REFERENCING THE NEW 1851 ISSUE.

In his census in the 1851 Sesquicentennial book, Wilson Hulme records a total of 43 covers used on July 1, 1851, which is the first day they were valid for postage. First day covers of the 1851 Issue rarely appear at auction.

Ex Roser, Hicks and G.B. Smith. Referenced in Chronicle Nos. 7, 16, 21. Scott value $12,500.00

E. 5,000-7,500
9,500
1210
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1210, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Two horizontal strips of three, left strip Positions 83-85R1E, right strip Positions 86-88R1E, large margins, each with one margin clear to slightly in, right strip small scissors-cut between right stamps, cancelled by penstrokes, blue "New Bedford Ms. Aug 23" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Honolulu, Hawaii, addressed to "Capt. Joseph Diaz, Ship 'Pocahontas', care of Messrs. Makee Anthon & Co. Honolulu, Sandwich Islands", sender's directive instructions "Via California"

VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL USE OF SIX ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE STAMPS ON A COVER TO HAWAII. BELIEVED TO BE A UNIQUE FRANKING, AND QUITE LIKELY THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF A UNITED STATES ADHESIVE STAMP TO OR FROM HAWAII.

The ship Pocahontas, a whaling vessel built at Wareham, Massachusetts, in 1821, was lost in 1857. There are several pieces of information we can use to narrow down the year of use of this cover. The United States stamps on this cover paid the 6c rate for distances over 3,000 miles. The rate was in effect from July 1851 thru April 1855. Hawaiian postage would have been paid in cash. Makee Anthon & Co. was a prominent forwarder who would hold mail for arriving ships, but the business was dissolved in 1852. That would narrow the period of use to 1851 or 1852. The New Bedford Whaling Museum is in possession of Captain Diaz's log books, from a voyage to the North Pacific from 1850-1853. According to the Dennis Woods abstracts, an exhaustive collection of voyage abstracts of Yankee whalers compiled from the newspaper The Whalemen’s Shipping List and Merchants’ Transcript (1843-1917), the Pocahontas was at Honolulu October 1851, which is positive proof that this August cover was mailed in 1851, within the first two months of the 1851 Issue's release.

Ex Haas and "Tito". With 1973 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
15,500
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1211
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1211, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Plate 1E, horizontal strip of six, full margins to in along bottom at right, tied by red grid cancels and matching "St. Louis Mo. Jul. 18" (1851) circular datestamp with additional clear strike below on folded cover to Nassau Street address in New York City, July 19, 1851 docketing at bottom, fifth stamp with crease from file fold and small fault at top, file fold is slightly toned, Fine appearing and rare first-month use of a strip of six to pay double the 3c rate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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1212
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1212, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers1c Blue, Type II (7), 1c Blue, Type II (7)1c Blue, Type II (7). Plate 2, horizontal strip of five, large margin at bottom, just in at top on three right stamps, deep rich color, tied by multiple strikes of "New Orleans La. Aug. 19" (1856) circular datestamp on bluish gray lengthy folded letter written in French to Paris, France, sender's directive "per Boston Steamer" at top, red "New-York Br. Pkt. Aug. 26" circular datestamp, carried on the Cunarder Canada, departing Boston Aug. 27, 1856, arriving Liverpool Sep. 7, red London transit backstamp, "26" decimes due handstamp and Sep. 8 Calais entry datestamp also ties strip, fresh and Very Fine, a scarce strip of five of the 1c 1851 Imperforate issue paying the shore-to-ship rate for British Open Mail to France

E. 1,500-2,000
6,250
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1213
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1213, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Plate 1E, large margins to just in including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, cancelled by red grid, matching "Cincinnati O. Jul. 8" (1851) circular datestamp on folded printed circular dated June 30, 1851 to Hanging Rock O., circular notes dissolution of a partnership and formation of new firm of Moore & Anderson, publishers, booksellers and stationers, end with the missive "The rates of postage, under the new law, renders it desirable that communications by mail should be pre-paid. Please pay all letters to us, and we will reciprocate", fresh and Very Fine, a desirable early example of the 1c used for its intended purpose of paying the circular rate, ex Cipolla, with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
700
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1214
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1214, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Positions 46/56/66R1L, vertical strip of three, huge margins to full including part of several adjoining stamps, small scissors-cut at top left in margin only, tied by "Middletown Ct. 3 Paid Oct. 4" circular datestamp on 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) to Cazenovia N.Y., Extremely Fine strip

E. 300-400
500
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1215
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1215, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Three singles, large margins to just in, tied by grids, "Mast Yard N.H. Feb. 19" manuscript postmark on oversize bronze Valentine envelope to Newburyport Mass., Very Fine and beautiful Valentine, ex Giamporcaro, with 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
475
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1216
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1216, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers1c Blue, Ty. IV, 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (9, 11A), 1c Blue, Ty. IV, 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (9, 11A)1c Blue, Ty. IV, 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (9, 11A). Horizontal pair of 1c, large margins to just in at top, 3c ample margins to clear, tied by "New Orleans La. Sep. 15" (1856) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Intra, Italy, red "New-York Br. Pkt. Sep. 23" circular datestamp, French transit datestamp, sender's directive "p steamer Cambria" but carried on the Cunarder Arabia, departing Boston Sep. 24, 1856, arriving Liverpool Oct. 4, manuscript "17" decimes due marking, various backstamps, Very Fine, attractive use paying the 5c British open mails rate

E. 300-400
800
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1217
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1217, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Position 84R2E, balanced margins fully clear of design all around, wonderful deep rich color, neat strike of magenta grid cancel, matching "Cornwall Ct. Mar 1" circular datestamp on small cover to Boston, Very Fine and choice, a pretty stamp and cover

E. 200-300
160
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1218
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1218, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Positions 79-80L5E, horizontal pair, large margins including right sheet margin, rich color, beautiful impression, small scissors-cut at upper right, manuscript "#" cancels, tied by red "Sacramento City Cal. 30 Sep." (1851) circular datestamp on small cover to South Coventry Conn., carried from San Francisco to Panama on PMSS Oregon (dep. Oct. 1, arr. Oct. 20), then from Chagres to New York on USMSC Ohio (dep. Oct. 25, arr. Nov. 5), Very Fine, the arrival of the PMSS Oregon on Sep. 18 brought the first shipment of 1851 Issue stamps to California, the earliest recorded use of the new issue from California is Sep. 30 (the cover offered here), ex Jessup, Pearce, Walske and "New Helvetia"

E. 400-500
600
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1219
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1219, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II (11A), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II (11A)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II (11A). Position 46R2L, beautiful color and impression, tied by red "North Brookfield? May 12" circular datestamp on lady's small embossed cover to Winchester Centre Conn. and forwarded to Warsaw N.Y., bold strike of grayish-green "Winchester Centre Ct. May 19" octagonal datestamp with the day overwritten in manuscript, "for. 5" for forwarding postage due, Extremely Fine, a beautiful cover with the scarce Winchester Centre octagon, which is usually found in black

E. 300-400
450
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1220
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1220, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Large margins to clear including part of three adjoining stamps, tied by "New York Feb. 25" Ocean Mail circular datestamp to New Haven Conn., contents confirming 1854 use no longer accompanies, Very Fine, the earliest reported use of this canceling device, ex Piller

E. 200-300
110
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1221
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1221, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Brilliant color, large margins to just touched at lower left, small scissors-cut at bottom right, tied by blue "Mad Riv. & Lake Erie R.R. Jul. 8" route agent's circular datestamp on blue folded letter datelined "Urbana July 9, 1852" to Sandusky O., Very Fine, unusual with the dateline a day earlier than the circular datestamp

E. 200-300
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1222
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1222, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). With left sheet margin and centerline, cancelled by grid with red "New Orleans La. Feb. 28" (1853) circular datestamp on blue folded letter from Shreveport La. to Natchez Miss. clear strike of red negative double-circle "Steamer Compromise" handstamp, bold "WAY" handstamp, Very Fine, a lovely cover with this scarce name-of-boat handstamp, the Compromise was built in 1851 and ran the New Orleans to Natchitoches route on the lower Mississippi River.

E. 500-750
550
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1223
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1223, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Large margins to clear including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, cancelled by manuscript "X", matching "Los Angeles June 9" manuscript postmark on buff cover to San Francisco, 1854 docketing, sender's endorsement "pr Adams & Co. Express" crossed out and with "Via Stmr Fremont" routing instructions written above, minor edgewear, some slight oxidation, Very Fine, a rare intra-west coast use from Los Angeles to San Francisco

E. 400-500
225
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1224
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1224, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Full margins to just in, some light soiling, tied by "Louisville & St. Louis Mail Route" shield-shaped route agent's handstamp on buff cover to Danville Ky., top flap with red "Office of the Intelligencer, St. Louis 1851" cameo design, Very Fine and attractive, with 2002 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
300
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1225
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1225, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Sep. 17" circular datestamp, used with Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold on Black Glazed (15L12), clear Blood's Despatch circular datestamp on "John Myers Bath Boiler" blue embossed cameo corner card cover to Easton Pa., 3c stamp with minor edge faults, Very Fine appearance

E. 300-400
375
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1226
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1226, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Position 100L2L, large bottom right corner sheet margins, tied by "Athens O. ? 27" circular datestamp on attorney embossed corner card cover to Fort Madison Iowa, missent to Fort Des Moines, manuscript "Miss & fowd" with "Fort Des Moines Iowa Jan. 7" circular datestamp, attorney's name signed under stamp which has some gum soaks confined mostly to margin, Very Fine and interesting use

E. 400-500
275
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1227
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1227, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Large margins to just in, cancelled by parallel penstrokes, red "Florence Ky. Sep. 1" circular datestamp on registered cover to Madison C.H. Va., manuscript "Registered paid 5", stamp tied by docketing, minor edgewear, Fine and scarce registered use

E. 200-300
110
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1228
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1228, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Rose Red (11), 3c Rose Red (11)3c Rose Red (11). Horizontal pair and -1/3 of another stamp adjoining, tied by "New-York Sep. 8" circular datestamp and bold "Due 6" handstamp on brown cover to Greenfield Mass., the "6" due rate crossed out in pencil and re-rated "due 5", manuscript "1854" year date, edge faults mostly confined to corners, otherwise Fine, a number of interpretations of this usage are possible, the most intriguing being that the sender franked it for a double rate plus carrier fee, but the P.O. rated it as a triple rate with the bisect not accepted (5c plus 1c), then decided to accept the bisect, leaving only the unpaid portion due (5c), another possibility, which a P.F. certificate (no longer accompanies) seems to embrace, is that the pair was inadvertently cut -1/3 into the next stamp, and the "Due 6" was struck in error, then corrected, the "bisect" is 6.5 mm in width, almost exactly -1/3 of the full design (19.5 mm); to attribute this cut to simple carelessness seems to us to be a greater stretch of imagination than to accept the prepaid carrier fee theory, but the P.F. has opined that it "is not a bisect usage." Offered on its own merits, ex Piller

E. 500-750
275
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1229
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1229, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Two, Positions 90 and 100L3, first with huge margins to just in including right interpane margin with full guideline, second with huge margins to clear including bottom right corner interpane margin with full guideline, tied by "Washington City D.C. Dec. 24" circular datestamps on buff cover to Goshen Conn., 1855 docketing, minor edgewear, Very Fine and choice, a remarkable double-rate use with such distinctive-looking stamps

E. 750-1,000
375
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1230
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1230, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Dull Red, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var)3c Dull Red, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var). Position 78R6, perfs intact on three sides, roughly separated at left, tied by "Chicago Ill. Aug. 4, 1856" circular datestamp on cover to Skaneateles N.Y., manuscript "R. K. Swift Bro & Johnston" return address across top, with original printed enclosure from the Swift Brothers' banking firm

VERY FINE COVER AND AN IMPORTANT POSTAL HISTORY ARTIFACT SHOWING USE OF THE 3-CENT CHICAGO PERF BY R. K. SWIFT, THE PROMOTER OF THE HADLEY PERFORATING MACHINE.

Wilson Hulme speculates in his article in Chronicle 175 that R. K. Swift distributed Chicago perf stamps to various businesses as a trial or to strengthen the possibility of selling the perforating machine to the post office. Many of the businesses were in a straight path between Swift's bank and Elijah Hadley's (inventor of the machine) office (p. 167). Hulme recorded two covers with an R. K. Swift printed corner card and this cover with the firm's printed enclosure (there are others with signatures or writing that can be tied to Swift, discussed in lot 1231). This cover and enclosure are illustrated in Chronicle 175, page 162, where described as having "the highest degree of desirability".

Ex Hulme.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,250
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1231
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1231, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var). Perfs intact at sides, scissor separated at top and bottom, tied by "Chicago Ill. Feb. 4, 1857" circular datestamp on cover to Skaneateles N.Y., manuscript "R. K. Swift & Co. Feb. 10 1857" return address across top, sealed tear on back extends just into bottom of front

VERY FINE AND RARE ON-COVER EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT CHICAGO PERF, WHICH CAN BE DEFINITELY TIED TO R. K. SWIFT, THE PROMOTER OF THE HADLEY PERFORATING MACHINE.

Wilson Hulme recorded two covers with the R. K. Swift corner card, the cover with Swift printed enclosure offered in lot 1230, and two with handwriting at top which included "R.K. Swift & Co.". An additional cover signed R.K. Smith was sold in our Hulme Sale 964 (lot 181) but was not recorded in his census in Chronicle 175. There is also one cover addressed to Swift not recorded in the Hulme census (Sale 964, lot 182). There are five additional covers recorded which have handwriting that ties them to Swift & Co., including one with an address written by Swift himself.

Ex Alexander and Wagshal. Illustrated in Chronicle 175, p. 166. Scott Retail $8,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,400
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1232
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1232, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var). Well-centered, scissors separated with intact perfs at right, s.e. at left and blunted at bottom, tied by "Chicago Ill. Jan. 15, 1857" circular datestamp on cover to Marcellus N.Y., originated from R.K. Swift & Co. based on handwriting match to other Swift covers, letter enclosure most likely does not originate as it is datelined Aug. 14, 1857, cover opened roughly at left, stamp with some gum soaked perfs at bottom

FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE COVER WITH THE 3-CENT CHICAGO PERF THAT CAN BE TIED TO R. K. SWIFT, THE PROMOTER OF THE HADLEY PERFORATING MACHINE.

Ex Wagshal. With 1972 P.F. certificate. Scott value $8,000.00

E. 1,500-2,000
850
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1233
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1233, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var). Positions 86-87L3, horizontal pair, choice centering, tied by "Chicago Ill. Jan. 22, 1857" circular datestamp on yellow cover to New York, contemporary math notations on front, repair at top does not affect the stamps, light soiling

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF A 3-CENT CHICAGO PERF MULTIPLE. AN IMPORTANT ARTIFACT OF EARLY PERFORATION OF UNITED STATES STAMPS.

The origin of this experiment was revealed in an article published by Jerome S. Wagshal in Chronicle 130 (May 1986). The inventor of the machine used to create the Chicago Perf stamps was Dr. Elijah W. Hadley, a Chicago dentist. He probably constructed the machine in 1854. Over a two-year period, beginning in November 1854, Dr. Hadley's device was offered for sale to the Post Office Department thru R. K. Swift, a prominent Chicago banker and businessman.

There is one strip of three of the 1c 1851 issue recorded with Chicago perfs. There is also a 3c cover with two singles of the Chicago perf, but only this pair is known as a multiple.

Ex Wagshal. With 1971 P.F. certificate. Signed Ashbrook. Discussed in Wilson Hulme's article in Chronicle 175, p. 160

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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1234
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1234, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Unofficial Serrated Perfs at Sides (11A var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Unofficial Serrated Perfs at Sides (11A var)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Unofficial Serrated Perfs at Sides (11A var). Position 67L3, showing clear serrated perfs, tied by "New-York Jun. 8, 1857" circular datestamp on buff cover to Galena Ill., top flap with "Chas. H. Rogers & Co., 80 Wall St. New York" embossed return address, Very Fine, very unusual especially used from New York, the first perforated stamps (Scott 25) were introduced in February 1857, several months before this was used, similar perforations were used in England, with 2013 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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1235
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1235, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Full margins all around, wonderful depth of color, cancelled by grid with red "New York Br. Pkt. Apr. 2" (1856) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Nantes, France, manuscript "pr. Persia" directive and carried on that Cunarder, departing New York Apr. 2 and arriving Liverpool Apr. 12, Calais entry datestamp of Apr. 14 and bold "13" decimes due handstamp, transit and arrival backstamps, docketing indicating origin in New York, fresh and Very Fine

E. 400-500
650
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1236
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1236, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Used with 10c Green, Ty. I (13), 5c with full margins to clear, 10c with ample margins to just clear of the key design characteristics at bottom, tied by red grid cancels with matching "New York Paid 12 Aug. 11" (1857) credit datestamp on blue folded letter to Nantes, France, manuscript "pr Europa" and carried on that Cunarder, departing Boston Aug. 12 and arriving Liverpool Aug. 23, French entry datestamp and red boxed "P.D.", Bordeaux and receiving backstamps, Very Fine, a lovely treaty rate cover to France and scarce with the combination of the 5c 1856 and 10c Ty. I 1855 Issues

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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1237
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1237, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Used with 10c Green, Ty. III (15), 5c with full to ample margins all around, 10c with huge top margin showing portion of adjoining stamp, other sides large to clear at bottom, tied by "New Orleans La. Apr. 27, 1857" circular datestamp on folded letter to Nantes, France, red "Boston Paid 12 6 May" credit datestamp and Boston British Packet backstamp, carried on Cunarder America, departing Boston May 6 and arriving Liverpool May 17, French entry datestamp and Paris backstamp, also manuscript "13" decimes due applied erroneously by the French postal clerk -- nothing was due since the new 15c treaty rate was paid (undoubtedly the clerk was unfamiliar with the new procedures), Very Fine treaty rate use

E. 750-1,000
700
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1238
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1238, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Horizontal strip of three, right two stamps with huge margins, left stamp large margins to full at bottom, deep rich color, tied by grid cancels with red "New York Paid 12 Oct. 14" (1857) credit datestamp on blue folded letter to Nantes, France, manuscript "pr Arabia", blurry strike of red French entry datestamp, Paris transit and Nantes receiving backstamps

EXTREMELY FINE GEM STRIP OF THREE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE, PAYING THE 15-CENT U.S.-FRENCH TREATY RATE ON A BEAUTIFUL COVER TO NANTES, FRANCE.

This was carried on the Cunarder Arabia, departing New York Oct. 14 and arriving Liverpool Oct. 25.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,800
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1239
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1239, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Large margins all around, deep rich color, tied by "Avon N.Y. Jul. 20" circular datestamp on "United States Hotel, Avon Springs, New York, W. Cushing, Proprietor" handstamped corner card cover to Toronto, Canada West, 1857 docketing, light strike of receiving backstamp, some slight wear, Very Fine, with 1987 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
200
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1240
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1240, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Three ample to large margins, just touched at left, tied by red "United States Paid 6d" handstamp on 1855 lady's small embossed cover to Port Hope, Canada, bold "New Orleans La. Jun 5" circular datestamp, receiving backstamp, slightly reduced at right, stamp with light creases, Fine and very attractive, with 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
180
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1241
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1241, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers10c Green, Ty. IV-II-II (16-14-14), 10c Green, Ty. IV-II-II (16-14-14)10c Green, Ty. IV-II-II (16-14-14). Positions 55-57L1, horizontal strip of three, left stamp Type IV recut at bottom, center and right stamps Type II, large top and bottom margins (separated with a rule), tied by light strike of New Orleans circular datestamp with red "New York Br. Pkt 7 Paid Dec. 1" (1858) credit datestamp on cover to Bremen, Germany, manuscript "Pr. Prussian closed mail", red "Aachen 16 12/Franco" boxed handstamp, 1858 docketing on back which also has an embossed oval on flap for a New Orleans company, Very Fine and scarce use of a combination strip of the 10c 1855 Issue with Type IV on a Prussian Closed Mail cover to Germany, likely carried on the Cunarder Canada, departing Boston Dec. 1, 1858 and arriving Liverpool Dec. 13

E. 1,500-2,000
1,700
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1242
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1242, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Used with horizontal pair and single 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), very different shades, tied by one of two strikes of "Saint Paul Min. Ter. Nov. 23" (1855) territorial circular datestamp with "PAID" straightline, pair also cancelled by magenta "X" on buff cover to France, red "New York Am. Packet Dec. 16" circular datestamp and "19" credit handstamp overstruck with red grid, La Havre entry datestamp and manuscript "6" decimes due, Very Fine cover combining a number of unusual elements, including the territorial origin, the franking with different shades of the 3c, as well as the rates intended and paid, this is overpaid for the 20c American Packet Direct rate to France via New York-Havre Line, the strip was sufficient for and possibly intended to prepay the 21c rate via England; however, the letter reached New York in time for the Havre line sailing of the Union, which departed New York on Dec. 17 and arrived at Havre on Jan. 1, 1856

E. 750-1,000
425
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1243
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1243, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, large margins to just in, used with two 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), both s.e. at right and minor toned spots, tied by large "Paid" grids, red "Boston Paid 12 Jan. 12" (1859) credit datestamp on small cover to Paris, France, French transit also ties pair, missing top flap, some slight wear, Very Fine double-rate use with mixed imperforate and perforated issues

E. 200-300
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1244
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1244, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25), 3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25)3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25). Position 73R7 plating note on back, almost perfectly centered, small margin nick at bottom from separation, tied by clearly-dated strike of "New-York Feb. 28" (1857) circular datestamp on cover to Springfield Mass., backflap with law and collection office's blue cameo return card with eagle and shield design

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE OF A PERFORATED STAMP IN THE UNITED STATES. ONLY THREE ARE RECORDED WITH THE FEBRUARY 28, 1857, DATE -- TWO FROM NEW YORK AND ONE FROM PHILADELPHIA.

The first experimentally perforated stamps were delivered to the U.S. government on February 24, 1857. Seven cities were chosen for distribution. According to the North American and United States Gazette of February 27, "...Ninety thousand were ordered for the cities of Philadelphia and New York, and thirty thousand for New Orleans and other cities of the South and West." The earliest documented use of a perforated stamp is February 28, 1857, based on two covers from New York and one from Philadelphia. The experimental period continued until June 10, 1857, when the original six-year contract with Toppan, Carpenter expired. It was renewed on April 8, 1857, effective June 10, from which point all stamps were perforated as mandated by the new contract terms.

The cover offered here was certified in 1975 by The Philatelic Foundation for Calvet M. Hahn and offered in the Siegel 1976 Rarities sale as a "First Day Cover," based on the belief that Saturday, February 28, is the first day that perforated stamps went on sale at New York and Philadelphia. Approximately 75 covers from the experimental perforation period have been recorded by Hulme, and February 28 stands as the earliest documented use.

Ex Hulme. With 1975 and 1994 P.F. certificates.

E. 4,000-5,000
2,500
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1245
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1245, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22). Plate 11, A Relief, rich color and beautifully centered, tied by "U.S.P.O. Dispatch Phila. Mar. 28 11AM" octagonal carrier's datestamp with second strike at left on cover to local street address, notes on back indicate an enclosure was dated 1861 (no longer present), cover repaired with top flap and portion of top of envelope replaced, small part of top line of left carrier datestamp drawn in, cover appears Very Fine, the stamp is an Extremely Fine Gem, ex Neinken and Wagshal

E. 300-400
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1246
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1246, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Vertical strip of four, choice centering and margins, pays 3c rate plus 1c carrier fee, tied by three strikes of large "Paid" in grid cancel with red "Boston Mass. Jul. 12" double-circle datestamp on small cover to New Haven Conn., Extremely Fine, wonderful quality

E. 300-400
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1247
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1247, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Position 61L9 with part left imprint, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), Position 1L27, cancelled or tied by grids, "Philadelphia Pa. Mar. 13, 1863" octagonal datestamp on cover to Baltimore, cover with some toning, reduced at left, Fine and scarce late demonetized use, with 2016 P.F. certificate, Chronicle No. 48 lists a census of demonetized uses, this is one of two recorded from Philadelphia that was either accepted as prepaid or slipped through (the other, with four 1 stamps, was offered in our Wagshal Sale 1006, lot 1404), illustrated and described in Chronicle 256

E. 1,000-1,500
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1248
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1248, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Brilliant color, cancelled by grid, perfectly-struck red "New Haven Con. Oct. 6, 1860" circular datestamp on buff cover to Hartford Conn. with religious verses in ornate border design, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful cover that can certainly be described as "Jarrett quality", ex Alexander and Jarrett

E. 500-750
425
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1249
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1249, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers(Colorado Territory) Rocky Mountain News Illustrated Corner Card, (Colorado Territory) Rocky Mountain News Illustrated Corner Card(Colorado Territory) Rocky Mountain News Illustrated Corner Card. 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) tied by target cancel in oily red ink with matching strike of "Boulder C.T." Colorado Territory circular datestamp (possibly Aug. 19, 1860) on cover to Oquawka Ill. with "Rocky Mountain News Printing" corner card with illustration of building and American flag, detailed design depicts several individuals standing in front of the building, foreground and sky, Very Fine, one of only two recorded examples of this beautiful Rocky Mountain news illustrated corner card, the Rocky Mountain News was established by William N. Byers in April 1859, when present-day Denver was part of Kansas Territory, the building depicted in this design was reportedly destroyed in 1864, ex Risvold and Haub

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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1250
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1250, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers5c Brick Red (27), 5c Brick Red (27)5c Brick Red (27). Used with vertical pair of 1c Blue, Ty. V (24), also single 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) and block of four and single 10c Green, Ty. V (35), cancelled or tied by “Tolono Ill. Dec. 13” circular datestamp mostly on back of cover to Duisburg, Prussia, Germany, red “N. York Am. Pkt. Paid 14 Dec. 17” 14c credit datestamp, red boxed “Aachen Franco” datestamp, flap opened causing tear in 1c, 5c and top right 10c stamps, opened for display

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN IMPRESSIVE FRANKING INCLUDING THE 5-CENT BRICK RED TO PAY THE DOUBLE 30-CENT PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL RATE TO PRUSSIA.

With 2014 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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1251
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1251, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers5c Brick Red (27), 5c Brick Red (27)5c Brick Red (27). Vertical strip of three, bright shade, scissors-separated with complete perfs on sides and straight edges at top and bottom, tied by two strikes of "New Orleans La. Feb. 13, 1859" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Gironde, France, red "Boston Paid 6 Feb. 26" credit datestamp, red boxed "PD" handstamp, French entry datestamp and three separate French transit and arrival backstamps, Fine-Very Fine strip, Scott value as off-cover strip of three $6,000.00

E. 750-1,000
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1252
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1252, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers5c Red Brown (28), 5c Red Brown (28)5c Red Brown (28). Horizontal strip of three, deep rich color in the 1858 shade, attractive margins and centering, tied by red "New York Paid 3 Aug. 14" (1858) credit datestamp on blue folded letter datelined at Baton Rouge La. on Aug. 5, written in French and addressed to Bordeaux, France, French entry datestamp ties strip, small red boxed "PD" handstamp, La Havre and Bordeaux backstamps, the addressee's name has been excised, breaking the paper in that area but the strip is sound and Very Fine, an attractive use to France, Scott value as off-cover strip of three $3,850.00

E. 500-750
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1253
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1253, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers10c Green, Ty. I (31), 10c Green, Ty. I (31)10c Green, Ty. I (31). Horizontal strip of three, choice centering top to bottom showing the type characteristics very clearly, tied by "Newport R.I. Oct. 26, 1858" circular datestamps with red "Paid 30" in circle handstamp on cover with dry goods dealer's embossing on flap to Leipzig, Germany, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid 7 Oct. 27" credit datestamp, red boxed "Aachen Franco" transit datestamp, receiving backstamp, missing small part of top flap, Very Fine and scarce use, ex Haas, Klein and "Angel"

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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1254
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1254, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers10c Green, Ty. II (32), 10c Green, Ty. II (32)10c Green, Ty. II (32). Tied by well-struck "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 29, 1859" circular datestamp on yellow illustrated four-horse stagecoach cover with "Overland, Via Los Angeles U.S. Mail" banner, to Newark N.J., few minor toned spots at left, otherwise Very Fine, ex Hall

E. 400-500
500
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1255
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1255, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers10c Green, Ty. III (33), 10c Green, Ty. III (33)10c Green, Ty. III (33). Centered to left, tied by well-struck "San Francisco Cal. May 19, 1859" circular datestamp on illustrated four-horse stagecoach cover with "San Francisco via Los Angeles, U.S. Mail" banner, "St. Louis" and "New York" in flags and printed address to New York, cover roughly opened at bottom, appears Very Fine, rare design, ex Hall

E. 500-750
700
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1256
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1256, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Well-centered, bright color, tied by grid cancel with bold "New Orleans La. Oct. 31" (1860) double-circle datestamp on blue folded letter to La Ferte-Mace, France, red "New York Paid 24 Nov. 17" credit datestamp, French entry datestamp and three transit and arrival backstamps, fresh and Very Fine, choice 30c 1860 cover to France

E. 750-1,000
475
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