Sale 1216 — The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection
Sale Date — Tuesday, 25 February, 2020
Category — 3c-10c 1851 Imperforate Issue
A SPECTACULAR SIX-TIMES RATE NEW YORK U.S. EXPRESS MAIL COVER TO BOSTON, FRANKED WITH TWO STRIPS OF THE 1851 3-CENT ORANGE BROWN.
While pairs of the 3c Orange Brown on cover are sometimes encountered, strips of three or larger are rare, particularly paying a domestic rate. The census of 3c 1851-57 stamps paying multiple domestic rates compiled by William K. McDaniel and published in the 1851 Sesquicentennial book contains only two examples bearing multiples of No. 10 or 10A. Both of these examples are franked with three pairs paying a multiple of the over-3,000 miles rate. This cover does not appear in the census. This is the largest on-cover franking we have offered since the strip of six and pair (with brush cancel) on cover to Liverpool in our 1998 “Sevenoaks” sale.
Ex Wagshal. With 2010 P.F. certificate
3c 1851 stamp, sent by government mail from Sacramento to Shasta, and then by express to the addressee, ex Piller and Wagshal
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE UNUSED BLOCK OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE FROM PLATE 1 LATE IN THE EXPERIMENTAL ORANGE BROWN SHADE.
A Power Search review of unused examples of this shade found only a single (ex Piller) and a pair (ex Wagshal). This is the only block, either used or unused, that we have encountered.
Ex Wagshal. Accompanied by a 1987 letter and note from Dr. Amonette confirming the color and positions and stating “your block of Exp. OB is unique as far as I am concerned.” Unlisted in Scott Catalogue as a block (listed but unpriced as unused single)
VERY FINE AND ATTRACTIVE 15-CENT TREATY-RATE COVER TO FRANCE, BEARING THREE LARGE-MARGINED SINGLES OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE. A BEAUTIFUL COVER.
This was carried on the Cunarder Persia, which departed New York July 8, 1857, and arrived at Liverpool July 17.
Ex Waterhouse, Meroni, Mayer and Eubanks. With 1969 and 2009 P.F. certificates.
FINE AND RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE WITH DEFECTIVE TRANSFER ON A COVER -- ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE AS PART OF A MULTIPLE.
Ex Moody and Mayer. With 2011 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for a normal strip of three on cover to France is $5,750.00
FINE-VERY FINE. A SCARCE COMBINATION BLOCK OF FOUR CONTAINING TYPES III AND I.
Ex Twigg-Smith and Curtis. With 1973 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL FRANKING ON AN IMMACULATE NESBITT ENTIRE PAYING THE 24-CENT TREATY RATE TO ENGLAND.
Ex “Sevenoaks”, Hillmer and Vogel. With 1986 P.F. certificate.