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Sale 1216 — The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 25 February, 2020

Category — Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
11
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 11, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.New 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, unused (no gum), large margins to ample at bottom, tiny thin spot at top left, Very Fine appearance and a scarce stamp in unused condition, with 2011 P.F. certificate

4,000
750
12
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 12, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.New 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 14, unused (no gum), full margins and deep shade, small repaired tear at top left, Very Fine appearance and scarce unused, with 2011 P.F. certificate

4,000
850
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13
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 13, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.New 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 39, large to huge margins, cancelled solely by red New York “Paid” arc handstamp without pen cancel, bright and fresh in every respect

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE NEW YORK POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL WITHOUT SIGNATURE. EXTREMELY RARE WITHOUT PEN CANCELLATION.

This stamp is one of the three finest used examples of the 5c New York Without Signature we have offered since keeping computerized records more than 25 years ago.

With 2011 P.F. certificate

1,000
3,750
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 14, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.New 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 39, large margins to clear at bottom left, tied by red “Paid” arc handstamp without pen cancel on small piece, stamp with tiny nick at left, appears Very Fine, ex Frelinghuysen, with 2012 P.F. certificate

1,000
375
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15
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 15, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.New 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 20, huge margins to ample at bottom left corner, cancelled solely by red “Paid” arc handstamp without pen cancel, faint diagonal crease evident when dipping, appears Very Fine, ex Frelinghuysen, with 2012 P.F. certificate

1,000
500
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16
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 16, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.New 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 32, large margins to clear at top right, tied by blue cross-hatch manuscript pen strokes, red “New-York 5 cts. 27 Aug.” (1845) integral-rate circular datestamp and matching “Paid” arc handstamp on folded New York Supreme Court notice to Norwich Conn., notice is for a judgement in the amount of $318.82, stamp slightly toned (not mentioned on certificate), still Very Fine, with 1992 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail $1,350.00

E. 400-500
600
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17
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 17, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.New 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 39, large margins to clear at top, tied by red New York “Paid” arc handstamp without pen cancel, also tied by French transit, second strike of “Paid” at center, on blue folded cover docketed Dec. 14, 1846 to La Chaux-de-Fond, Switzerland, sender’s ship-name directive “Caledonia” and “Via Paris”, carried on that Cunarder from Boston on November 16, arriving Liverpool December 30, red “COLONIES/&c. ART. 13” framed Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, red “T.F.” transit and bold manuscript “46” decimes due rate, British transit (Dec. 31) and Swiss backstamps, addressee’s name has been erased resulting in thinning of the cover and a small hole below the stamp, area backed with additional paper, also some soiling extending to bottom of stamp

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED COVERS TO SWITZERLAND WITH THE NEW YORK POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL STAMP AND THE ONLY COVER BEARING THE DESIRABLE UNSIGNED VARIETY (9X1e). AN EXTRAORDINARY USE.

The USPCS census records only five covers to Switzerland with the New York Postmaster’s Provisional, including two covers bearing 9X1, two bearing 9X1a and this single cover with the unsigned 9X1e. Three of the covers have the addresses obliterated.

USPCS census no. 20691. Ex Lapham and Frelinghuysen. With 2012 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
3,500
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 18, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.New 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). Unused (no gum), three large margins, clear at left, detailed impression, fresh and Fine, an attractive sound unused example of the 5c New York, ex Wagshal, with 1979 and 2010 P.F. certificates

1,500
300
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 19, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.New 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 27-28, horizontal pair, part original gum, large margins at top and left, touching at lower right, clear impression on fresh paper, right stamp light diagonal crease

FINE APPEARING AND RARE UNUSED PAIR OF THE NEW YORK POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL WITH PART ORIGINAL GUM.

Ex Frelinghuysen. With 2012 P.F. certificate. Scott retail as unused pair without gum

5,750
2,300
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 20, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.New 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 32-33, horizontal pair, unused (no gum), large margins to just clear at top right, left stamp with light natural pre-printing horizontal crease, Fine-Very Fine appearance, a scarce unused pair, ex Frelinghuysen, with 2012 P.F. certificate

5,750
800
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 21, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.New 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 17/22, vertical pair, large even margins, cancelled solely by two strikes of New York red square grid without pen cancel, top stamp light horizontal crease, bottom stamp tiny edge tear, still Extremely Fine appearance, vertical pairs are much scarcer than horizontal pairs, ex Frelinghuysen, with 2012 P.F. certificate

1,550
750
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 22, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.New 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 11-13, horizontal strip of three, full margins to just in at lower left of left stamp and touching at upper right of right stamp, neat blue pen cancels, small 5.5mm scissors-cut at bottom between middle and right stamps

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE STRIP OF THREE OF THE 5-CENT NEW YORK POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL.

While pairs of the New York Postmaster’s Provisional were commonly used to pay the double or over-300 miles rate, any multiple of three or larger is extremely rare.

Ex Earl of Crawford, Waterhouse and Frelinghuysen. With 2012 P.F. certificate

5,000
3,250
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23
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 23, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.New York N.Y., 5c Black, “A CM” Initials (9X1a var), New York N.Y., 5c Black, “A CM” Initials (9X1a var)New York N.Y., 5c Black, “A CM” Initials (9X1a var). Position 10, unusual configuration of signature with “A” separated from “CM” (the reverse of the normal 9X1a), large margins to touching at right, tied by magenta manuscript “5” applied at Boston with red “Boston 5 cts. Sep. 30” (1845) integral-rate circular datestamp on folded cover to E. D. Morgan & Co. in New York, stamp cancelled on arrival by red “Paid” arc handstamp, second strike at center, docketed inside confirming the date

VERY FINE. A VERY ATTRACTIVE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE NEW YORK POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL STAMP USED ON INBOUND MAIL FROM BOSTON.

New York Postmaster Robert H. Morris arranged to distribute stamps to some cities outside of New York and instructed the postmasters to treat the letters as unpaid at origin, but New York would accept them as prepaid on arrival. This cover originated in Boston, and the stamp has the unusual initials configuration with the letters “ACM” almost completely separated (without periods), except the “C” and “M” are faintly attached.

Ex Lapham and Frelinghuysen. With 2012 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
5,250
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24
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 24, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.New York N.Y., 5c Black (9X1, 9X1e), New York N.Y., 5c Black (9X1, 9X1e)New York N.Y., 5c Black (9X1, 9X1e). Balance of five covers, four bearing a single 9X1 and one bearing a single 9X1e, four of the five stamps show a double transfer, including Positions 2, 4, 23 and 31, all of the stamps with at least clear margins and some sides ample, three tied solely by red handstamps and two with pen cancel (including 9X1e), one with a N.Y. square grid is very early for the cancel (Dec. 22, 1846), a few small non-obvious flaws, overall a Very Fine small group of New York provisionals on covers, two certificates accompany, total Scott Retail $3,750.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 25, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.Providence, Rhode Island, 5c & 10c Gray Black, Se-Tenant (10X2a), Providence, Rhode Island, 5c & 10c Gray Black, Se-Tenant (10X2a)Providence, Rhode Island, 5c & 10c Gray Black, Se-Tenant (10X2a). Complete sheet of twelve, top right stamp 10c, brown original gum, h.r., natural pre-printing paperfold at lower left, some light toning from gum, Very Fine appearance, an attractive complete sheet of twelve, with 2012 P.F. certificate

5,500
2,500
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 26, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.Providence, Rhode Island, 5c Gray Black (10X1), Providence, Rhode Island, 5c Gray Black (10X1)Providence, Rhode Island, 5c Gray Black (10X1). Position 12, margins to just in, cancelled by manuscript check mark and tied by red “5” handstamp on small blue piece, light horizontal file fold thru stamp, Fine, scarce and desirable tied on piece by the red numeral handstamp, ex Golden, with 2012 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as used $2,250.00

E. 750-1,000
600
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 27, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.Providence, Rhode Island, 5c Gray Black (10X1), Providence, Rhode Island, 5c Gray Black (10X1)Providence, Rhode Island, 5c Gray Black (10X1). Position 10, large margins to clear including sheet margin at left, uncancelled and affixed to large part of folded cover addressed to J. B. Congdon in New Bedford Mass., red “PAID” and “5” handstamps, docketed on back “Providence Bank August 2”, Fine and unusual, ex Golden, with 2012 P.F. certificate stating “it is genuine”

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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28
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 28, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.Providence, Rhode Island, 5c Gray Black (10X1), Providence, Rhode Island, 5c Gray Black (10X1)Providence, Rhode Island, 5c Gray Black (10X1). Ample to large margins all around, cancelled by manuscript “V”, red “Providence R.I. Feb. 11” (1847) circular datestamp with matching “PAID” and “5” handstamps on folded letter to Clara Louisa Clapp, Boston

VERY FINE AND CHOICE 5-CENT PROVIDENCE POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER. VERY FEW ON-COVER EXAMPLES ARE SOUND WITH FOUR MARGINS.

A review using Power Search reveals how rare this issue is on cover in sound condition with four margins. Most examples we have encountered are either cut in on one side or have a small flaw.

USPCS census no. 21054. With 1980 and 2016 P.F. certificates

7,000
3,500
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 29, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Greenish (11X1), St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Greenish (11X1)St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Greenish (11X1). Type I, Position 1, ample margins at bottom and right, just clear at lower left, cancelled by red circular datestamp without pen cancel, a few non-obvious faults including small sealed tear, small thin and light vertical crease, tiny bit of stray printer’s ink at upper right

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS “BEARS” PROVISIONAL ON GREENISH PAPER, CANCELLED SOLELY BY A HANDSTAMP.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate. Scott value is for a normal pen-cancelled stamp (footnote states “handstamp-canceled stamps sell for much more”)

8,000
2,800
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30
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 30, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.St. Louis, Missouri, 10c Black on Gray Lilac (11X5), St. Louis, Missouri, 10c Black on Gray Lilac (11X5)St. Louis, Missouri, 10c Black on Gray Lilac (11X5). Vertical strip of three containing all three positions from the right vertical row of the plate, Positions 2/4/6, large margins to clear and just in at upper and lower right, neat single line pen cancel, top stamp trivial wrinkle and small surface rub -- neither mentioned on accompanying certificate

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED OFF-COVER STRIPS OF THREE OF THE 10-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL ON GRAY LILAC PAPER. A MAGNIFICENT SHOWPIECE.

The St. Louis “Bears” were issued by Postmaster John M. Wimer from November 1845 until the first United States General Issue became available in July 1847. The stamps were issued in three denominations -- 5c, 10c and 20c -- and were sold at a premium over face value to pay the costs of printing. All of the stamps were printed from a single copper plate of six subjects (2 x 3) engraved by J. M. Kershaw. The plate underwent two significant modifications. Philatelists identify each state of the plate as Plates 1, 2 and 3, but in fact the same piece of metal was used in each state. The different states of the plate reflect the substitution of two of the three 5c denominations in the left column for 20c denominations, and back again to three 5c. The right column, as demonstrated by this strip, was never altered and remained as 10c denominations throughout the life of the plate. Each engraving of the 10c design differs slightly, particularly in the lines underneath “Post Office” at bottom, which aids in identifying positions. This strip beautifully demonstrates the subtle differences in each position.

Ex Faiman and from our 1965 and 1979 Rarities of the World sales. With 1965 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $52,500.00.

History of the St. Louis provisionals: http://siegelauctions.com/enc/pdf/StLouis.pdf

E. 15,000-20,000
16,000
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 31, Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo.St. Louis, Missouri, 10c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X8), St. Louis, Missouri, 10c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X8)St. Louis, Missouri, 10c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X8). Type I, Position 2 with enormous top right corner sheet margins showing edge of the plate, large left margin and originally a large margin at bottom except a sizeable nick has been torn from the stamp, cancelled by manuscript numeral “10” rate and part of red handstamp at the top left, sharp impression

A REMARKABLE CORNER SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ST. LOUIS “BEARS”

10-CENT PROVISIONAL ON PELURE PAPER.

A survey of our Levi records and auction catalogues produced a tally of approximately 35 examples of the 10c Pelure off and on cover. The vast majority of these stamps have faults or margins cutting into the design. The stamp offered here is extraordinary as a full corner sheet-margin example, and its appearance could be vastly improved with some skillful restoration of the defect at bottom.

Ex Pope and Wagshal. With 1962 and 2010 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail $15,000.00, but footnote states: “Values of Nos. 11X7-11X8a, on and off cover, reflect the usual poor condition of these stamps, which were printed on fragile pelure paper. Attractive examples with minor defects sell fo considerably more.”

E. 4,000-5,000
3,750
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