VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL COVER BEARING THE BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, 5-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER. EXAMPLES WITHOUT PEN CANCELLATION AND TIED BY A HANDSTAMP ARE VERY RARE AND THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST.
The Baltimore provisional stamps were printed first on bluish and then on white paper (the Scott catalogue reverses the chronological order). Examples of the 5c on Bluish (3X3) on cover are rarely tied solely by a handstamp cancellation.
No. 4 in the Hayes census. USPCS Census No. 20137. Ex Klein and Hill. With 1965 and 2008 P.F. certificates. Scott value $12,500.00
VERY FINE. A VERY CHOICE BALTIMORE 5-CENT HANDSTAMPED PROVISIONAL ENTIRE.
No. 38 in the Hayes census. USPCS Census No. 20034. Ex Stephen Brown. With 1993 P.F. certificate. Scott value $5,000.00
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED PAIR USED ON JULY 15, 1845, WHICH IS THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED DATE OF USE. AN IMPORTANT NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.
The earliest recorded use of the New York provisional is July 15, 1845. The USPCS census lists 14 used on that day, all without signature. Four are known used to England, three each are known to Germany and France and three are domestic uses, all bearing a single stamp. The example here is the only to Scotland and the only with more than one stamp. In Chronicle 115 (p. 163), Philip Wall records only eight pairs on or off cover of the without signature variety.
Ex "Aristocrat" (2007 Bennett sale) where offered at auction for the first time and where acquired by the current owner. With 1999 A.P.S. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE USE OF A PAIR OF THE 5-CENT NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A COVER TO TRIESTE.
As usual for this correspondence, this cover was sent to James Lang in England and forwarded to Trieste outside the mails.
VERY FINE. A RARE 5-CENT NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL WITH "RHM" SIGNATURE ON A LETTER FROM JAMES LENOX IN NEW HAMBURGH AND MAILED FROM NEW YORK CITY.
In his article in Chronicle 99, Phillip Wall traced the history of the James Lenox "RHM" covers. Lenox was a prominent New York philanthropist and book collector in the mid-1800's. His collection of books and paintings formed the core of the Lenox Library on 5th Avenue, which became part of the New York Public Library in the late 1800's. He was also a founder of Presbyterian Hospital. Lenox spent the summer of 1845 in a manor house in New Hamburgh while his Fifth Avenue townhouse was being built. From there he corresponded with associates in New York and Boston. Wall records seven covers sent by Lenox from New Hamburgh with "RMH" initialed stamps. This cover is the earliest of the seven and the only one that was mailed from New York.
Illustrated in Chronicle 99 (p. 166) and Piller (p. 66). From our 1966 Rarities of the World sale. With 1974 P.F. certificate