Contact by phone:
Dallas: (214) 754-5991
New York: (212) 753-6421

Sale 1243 — The Scarsdale Collection, Part 11: British North America

Sale Date — Wednesday, 20 October, 2021

Category — Air Post & Officially Sealed Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
746
og
Sale Number 1243, Lot Number 746, Air Post & Officially Sealed IssuesNEWFOUNDLAND, 1919, 3c Red Brown, Hawker Air Post (C1; SG 142), NEWFOUNDLAND, 1919, 3c Red Brown, Hawker Air Post (C1; SG 142)NEWFOUNDLAND, 1919, 3c Red Brown, Hawker Air Post (C1; SG 142). Manuscript initials "J.A.R." on reverse, original gum, lightly hinged, wonderfully well-centeredsince nearly all other examples are centered towards the top, rich color on especially fresh paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS NEWFOUNDLAND 1919 HAWKER AIR POST, SCOTT NO. C1. NO MORE THAN 87 UNUSED CAN EXIST AND A HIGHLY SOUGHT-AFTER AIR POST STAMP OF THE WORLD.

This flight famously ended with a controlled crash landing in the ocean after about 13 hours of flying. Postmaster J. A. Robinson of St. John's overprinted 200 stamps for the special flight. No more than 87 unused stamps can still exist, though the actual number of surviving copies is probably quite lower. In addition to these, 95 were used and 18 were defective and subsequently destroyed.

With 2008 P.F. certificate. Scott $25,000.00. SG £22,000. Unitrade C$40,000.00

E. 10,000-15,000
13,500
747
nh
Sale Number 1243, Lot Number 747, Air Post & Officially Sealed IssuesNEWFOUNDLAND, 1919, $1.00 on 50c Scarlet, Air Post (C2; SG 143), NEWFOUNDLAND, 1919, $1.00 on 50c Scarlet, Air Post (C2; SG 143)NEWFOUNDLAND, 1919, $1.00 on 50c Scarlet, Air Post (C2; SG 143). Mint N.H., exceptional centering with wide margins, vibrant and fresh color on bright paper, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb example, with 2014 Greene Foundation certificate, Scott $325.00, SG £130, Unitrade C$600.00

E. 200-300
800
Back to Top
748
nh
Sale Number 1243, Lot Number 748, Air Post & Officially Sealed IssuesNEWFOUNDLAND, 1919, $1.00 on 15c Scarlet, Air Post, Without Comma After "Post" (C2a; SG 143a), NEWFOUNDLAND, 1919, $1.00 on 15c Scarlet, Air Post, Without Comma After "Post" (C2a; SG 143a)NEWFOUNDLAND, 1919, $1.00 on 15c Scarlet, Air Post, Without Comma After "Post" (C2a; SG 143a). Mint N.H., impressively well-centered with wide margins, brilliant color on bright paper, Extremely Fine, with 2007 P.F. certificate, Scott $350.00, SG £160, Unitrade C$700.00

E. 200-300
700
Back to Top
749
nh
Sale Number 1243, Lot Number 749, Air Post & Officially Sealed IssuesNEWFOUNDLAND, 1919, $1.00 on 50c Scarlet, Air Post (C3; SG 148), NEWFOUNDLAND, 1919, $1.00 on 50c Scarlet, Air Post (C3; SG 148)NEWFOUNDLAND, 1919, $1.00 on 50c Scarlet, Air Post (C3; SG 148). Mint N.H., remarkably well-centered, wide margins, intense color, Extremely Fine, Scott $240.00, SG £150, Unitrade C$400.00

E. 150-200
700
Back to Top
750
og
Sale Number 1243, Lot Number 750, Air Post & Officially Sealed IssuesNEWFOUNDLAND, 1927, 60c Black, De Pinedo Air Post (C4; SG 163), NEWFOUNDLAND, 1927, 60c Black, De Pinedo Air Post (C4; SG 163)NEWFOUNDLAND, 1927, 60c Black, De Pinedo Air Post (C4; SG 163). Original gum, lightly hinged, wonderfully well-centered, intense shade and razor-sharp impression

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1927 DE PINEDO AIR POST STAMP OF NEWFOUNDLAND. ONE OF THE KEY AIR POST RARITIES OF WHICH ONLY 33 UNUSED EXAMPLES ARE POSSIBLE OF THE 300 PRINTED.

Francesco de Pinedo was an Italian aristocrat who first served in the Italian military, and flew aerial reconnaissance missions in World War I. In 1924 he transferred to the newly-formed independent Italian Air Force. He soon requested a leave of absence, and flew 35,000 miles to Australia and the Far East before flying back. On his return he was appointed lieutenant colonel by Benito Mussolini for his achievement for Italian aviation.

In 1927 De Pinedo embarked on his next venture, with the backing of Mussolini and Italo Balbo, the minister of Italian aviation: a double crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. He selected a Savoia-Marchetti S.55 catamaran flying boat, named Santa Maria in honor of Columbus. He first flew down the west coast of Africa before crossing to Rio de Janeiro, where bad weather forced them down. After some time in South America, they headed north, landing in New Orleans on March 29. In early April they landed near Roosevelt Dam in Arizona, where a spectator threw a match into the water, igniting gasoline on the surface which consumed the plane in flames.

A substitute plane was shipped from Italy to New York. The ever-fastidious De Pinedo returned to New Orleans to restart his flight, going to Chicago, Montreal and Trepassy, Newfoundland, which was the final stop before recrossing the Atlantic.

De Pinedo departed Newfoundland for the Azores on May 30, 1927. Strong headwinds caused the Santa Maria II to run out of fuel and land in the ocean 200 miles short of the Azores. Towed by passing ships to the Azores, they refueled and then backtracked to the point of their ocean landing to resume their trip, traveling to Lisbon, Barcelona and finally Rome, where Mussolini promoted him to General. In 1933, De Pinedo was killed on takeoff when attempting a non-stop 6,000-mile flight from New York to Baghdad.

This stamp was issued for use on mail carried aboard the De Pinedo return flight to Europe. A total of 300 stamps were overprinted for this special flight. Of those, four were damaged and destroyed. 66 copies were presented to de Pinedo and government officials with between 225-255 used on covers. It is believed that only 33 unused examples are possible. Attesting to its rarity, the last unused example we offered was 25 years ago in the Passano Collection (Sale 778).

Ex Gross. With 1968 B.P.A. and 2009 P.F. certificates. Scott $45,000.00. SG £42,000. Unitrade C$70,000.00

E. 30,000-40,000
27,000
Back to Top
751
 
Sale Number 1243, Lot Number 751, Air Post & Officially Sealed IssuesNEWFOUNDLAND, 1927, 60c Black, De Pinedo Air Post (C4; SG 163), NEWFOUNDLAND, 1927, 60c Black, De Pinedo Air Post (C4; SG 163)NEWFOUNDLAND, 1927, 60c Black, De Pinedo Air Post (C4; SG 163). Impressive centering, bold color on fresh paper, usual machine cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THIS CELEBRATED AND DESIRABLE NEWFOUNDLAND DE PINEDO AIR POST RARITY. ITS THOUGHT THAT OF THE 300 PRINTED, ONLY 75-100 STILL EXIST USED OR ON COVER.

This stamp was issued for use on mail carried aboard the De Pinedo return flight to Europe. A total of 300 stamps were overprinted for this special flight. Of those, four were damaged and destroyed. 66 copies were presented to de Pinedo and government officials with between 225-255 used on covers.

Ex "Crossings". With 1957 P.F., 1993 Greene Foundation and 2010 P.F. certificates. Scott $17,500.00. SG £13,000. Unitrade C$25,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
10,000
Back to Top
752
nh
Sale Number 1243, Lot Number 752, Air Post & Officially Sealed IssuesNEWFOUNDLAND, 1930, 50c on 36c Olive Green, Columbia Air Post (C5; SG 191), NEWFOUNDLAND, 1930, 50c on 36c Olive Green, Columbia Air Post (C5; SG 191)NEWFOUNDLAND, 1930, 50c on 36c Olive Green, Columbia Air Post (C5; SG 191). Mint N.H., position 2, exceptional centering, deep intense color and a superbly detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A PRISTINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1930 COLUMBIA AIR POST STAMP. ONE OF THE FINEST RECORDED AND AWARDED A GRADE OF XF-90 BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

The Newfoundland government overprinted 300 copies of the 36c "Caribou" issue for use on this flight. Only 100 were actually used: 65 from St. John's and 35 from Harbour Grace. After flying 2,650 miles, the plane was forced down at Tresco Island, off the coast of England. The "Columbia" was able to finish the flight, landing at Croydon Airport on October 13.

Signed Sanabria and Roumet. With 1994 Holcombe and 2008 P.F. certificates (XF 90). Scott $13,000.00. SG £6,000 (as hinged). Unitrade C$24,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
9,000
Back to Top
753
 
Sale Number 1243, Lot Number 753, Air Post & Officially Sealed IssuesNEWFOUNDLAND, 1930, 50c on 36c Olive Green, Columbia Air Post (C5; SG 191), NEWFOUNDLAND, 1930, 50c on 36c Olive Green, Columbia Air Post (C5; SG 191)NEWFOUNDLAND, 1930, 50c on 36c Olive Green, Columbia Air Post (C5; SG 191). Excellent centering, deep rich color on bright paper, lightly struck Harbour Grace circular datestamp

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1930 50-CENT COLUMBIA AIR POST STAMP, SCOTT NO. C5. A NEWFOUNDLAND RARITY WITH ONLY 35 PIECES OF MAIL WITH THIS SPECIALLY SURCHARGED STAMP WERE CARRIED ON THIS FLIGHT FROM HARBOUR GRACE.

The Newfoundland government overprinted 300 copies of the 36c "Caribou" issue for use on this flight. Only 100 were actually used: 65 from St. John's and 35 from Harbour Grace. After flying 2,650 miles, the plane was forced down at Tresco Island, off the coast of England. The "Columbia" was able to finish the flight, landing at Croydon Airport on October 13.

With 1995 Greene Foundation certificate. Scott $9,000.00. SG £6,000. Unitrade C$12,000.00

E. 4,000-5,000
6,250
Back to Top
754
nh
Sale Number 1243, Lot Number 754, Air Post & Officially Sealed IssuesNEWFOUNDLAND, 1932, $1.50 on $1.00 Blue, DO-X Air Post (C12; SG 221), NEWFOUNDLAND, 1932, $1.50 on $1.00 Blue, DO-X Air Post (C12; SG 221)NEWFOUNDLAND, 1932, $1.50 on $1.00 Blue, DO-X Air Post (C12; SG 221). Mint N.H., uncharacteristically precise centering with wide margins, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb example which is surprisingly challenging in this quality, with 2011 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95 XQ), Scott $350.00, SG £250 (as hinged), Unitrade C$800.00

E. 300-400
325
Back to Top
755
nh
Sale Number 1243, Lot Number 755, Air Post & Officially Sealed IssuesNEWFOUNDLAND, 1933, $4.50 Balbo Air Post (C18; SG 235), NEWFOUNDLAND, 1933, $4.50 Balbo Air Post (C18; SG 235)NEWFOUNDLAND, 1933, $4.50 Balbo Air Post (C18; SG 235). Mint N.H., particularly well-centered, bright color with an intense impression, Extremely Fine, with 2007 P.F. certificate, Scott $450.00, SG £275 (as hinged), Unitrade C$900.00

E. 300-400
300
Back to Top
756
og
Sale Number 1243, Lot Number 756, Air Post & Officially Sealed IssuesNEWFOUNDLAND, 1905, Black on Blue, Post Office Seal (OX1), NEWFOUNDLAND, 1905, Black on Blue, Post Office Seal (OX1)NEWFOUNDLAND, 1905, Black on Blue, Post Office Seal (OX1). Original gum, very lightly hinged, truly precise centering with wide margins, intense impression on strongly blued paper, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb example of this scarce stamp, with 2018 Greene Foundation certificate, Scott $750.00, Unitrade C$1,000.00

E. 500-750
425
Back to Top
Copyright 2021. All rights reserved by Siegel Auction Galleries Inc. Information and images may be used with credit to Siegel Auction Galleries or siegelauctions.com subject to guidelines and restrictions.
Website Terms of Use and Privacy Policy