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Sale 1241 — United States and Civil War Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 28-29 September, 2021

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Category — N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue

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1027
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1027, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 IssueNew 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). Mostly full margins, faults including small corner repair and tears, uncancelled on Sep. 30, 1846 datelined folded letter to Lyon, France, red "Paid" arc handstamp, red "COLONIES/&c ART. 13" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, French entry datestamp of Oct. 28, manuscript "25" decimes due marking (10 decimes for Great Britain, 15 decimes French internal postage), four backstamps including Liverpool Ship, sender's directive "Str. Cambria", addressee's name crossed out in non-contemporary pen, Very Fine appearance and a rare use of the New York postmaster's provisional on a cover to France, with 2021 P.F. certificate, Scott value $5,500.00

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E. 750-1,000
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1028
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1028, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to full, rich color, early or strong intermediate impression, tied by red grid cancel with contrasting blue "Buffalo N.Y. May 12" fancy double-oval datestamp on light green 1848 part-printed notice to Le Roy N.Y., stamp with faint horizontal crease at top, Very Fine appearance, a pretty cover, unusual combination of red cancel and blue town marking, ex Sampson, Lehman and Mirsky, with 1999 P.F. certificate

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E. 400-500
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1029
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1029, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Rich color, strong cleaned-plate impression--shows the softness of background lines indicative of cleaned plate, but the impression is exceptionally sharp, the shade identified on older certificate as belonging to Ridgway's "Cinnamon Brown" family--large even margins, faint red grid cancel with matching "Fredonia N.Y. Sep. 22" circular datestamp on buff envelope to Erie, Pennsylvania, stamp with small stain removed from bottom left and tiny indentation, also inconsequential small sealing wax stain on front of cover, Extremely Fine appearing stamp in an elusive and beautiful color, ex Saadi and Gross, with 1994 P.F. certificate stating "in the family of Ridgway's Cinnamon Brown (XV-15'-k)," with 2021 P.F. certificate stating Red Brown

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E. 400-500
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1030
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1030, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to barely touching frameline at upper left, bright shade and impression from cleaned plate, tied by magenta "Hartford Ct. 5 11 Sep." (ca. 1850) integral-rate circular datestamp with matching "PAID" Pointing Hand handstamp on buff envelope to Norfolk, Connecticut, minor oily spot at center from sealing wax, Very Fine, ex Saadi and Gross, with 1992 P.F. certificate

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E. 750-1,000
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1031
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1031, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to just touched including part of adjoining stamp at left, worn-plate impression, tied by blue grid cancel, matching "Trenton N.J. Nov. 19" circular datestamp on blue 1850 folded cover to Philadelphia, vertical file fold well clear of stamp, Fine, only 19 5c 1847 covers are reported used from Trenton

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E. 500-750
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1032
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1032, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large even margins all around, worn-plate impression, tied by bold strike of red grid cancel on greenish folded cover to New York, no other postal markings, 1851 docketing on back, Very Fine, some would describe this as an overpaid drop letter but more likely it arrived at New York on the train, probably from Philadelphia, ex Mirsky, with 2014 P.F. certificate noting "the cover originated outside New York City and cancelled there upon arrival"

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E. 300-400
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1033
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1033, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins, intermediate impression, tied by red square grid cancels, matching "New-York Sep. 21" (1848) circular datestamp on folded letter to Ausable Forks, N.Y., with small "Fraternity and Free Soil!" anti-slavery label at left, stamp barely affected by file fold, Very Fine appearance

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E. 200-300
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1034
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1034, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown, Dot in "S" (1 var), 5c Red Brown, Dot in "S" (1 var)5c Red Brown, Dot in "S" (1 var). Position 69L, showing three dots to left of trifoliate ornament at left, worn-plate impression, light diagonal crease in forehead, huge margins to ample at bottom with portions of three adjoining stamps at top and left, bright shade, tied by red grid cancel with matching "Richmond Va. Mar. 1" (1851) circular datestamp on folded cover to Lynchburg, Virginia, year-date docketing inside, overall Very Fine, ex Saadi, with 2020 P.F. certificate

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E. 400-500
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1035
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1035, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Two, worn-plate impressions, large margins to clear, tied by penstrokes and two strikes of blue "10" handstamp, matching "Baltimore Md. 13 Feb." (1850) circular datestamp on gray folded letter to Wellsburg Va., manuscript "Paid", fresh and Very Fine

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E. 500-750
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1036
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1036, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Brown (1), 5c Brown (1)5c Brown (1). Horizontal pair, full margins to just clear, left stamp tiny hole on frameline at top, right stamp with recut left frameline, light shade and cleaned-plate impression, tied by blue "10" numeral in oval handstamps with matching "Baltimore Md. Nov. 29" (ca. 1850) circular datestamp on buff envelope to Rockford, Illinois, Very Fine appearance and a most attractive use paying the over-300 miles rate, the recut frameline variety is scarce especially on cover -- this is the first we have offered, ex Dr. Kapiloff, Saadi and Gross, with 1992 and 2021 P.F. certificates, the latter mentioning the recut frameline

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E. 750-1,000
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1037
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1037, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Full margins to clear, sharp early impression, small scissors-cut in margin only at lower left, tied by red grid cancel, matching "Boston 5cts. 30 Dec. " integral-rate circular datestamp on folded cover to New Bedford Mass., Very Fine, with 2015 P.F. certificate

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E. 300-400
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1038
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1038, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Large margins to just touched at bottom left, dark shade and intermediate impression, small corner crease at top left, tied by red square grid cancel, matching "New-York Ship Feb. 27" (1849) circular datestamp on folded letter to Litchfield, Connecticut, Very Fine, a rare use of the New York Ship circular datestamp struck in error, ex Hart, Boker and Gross, with 2020 P.F. certificate

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E. 500-750
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1039
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1039, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Blackish Brown (1a), 5c Blackish Brown (1a)5c Blackish Brown (1a). Large margins all around including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, deep rich color and early impression, tied by penstrokes, blue "New York & Philada. R.R. Nov. 15" (1847) circular datestamp on folded letter to New York, vertical file folds well away from stamp, Very Fine, a very unusual shade, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate

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E. 300-400
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1040
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1040, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Ample margins, rich color and intermediate impression, tied by red grid cancel and matching "Boston 5cts. 12 Jul." (1849) integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Woodstock Vt., fresh and Very Fine, ex Bogg and John Hill, with 2010 P.F. certificate

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E. 300-400
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1041
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1041, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown, Dot in "S" (1a var), 5c Dark Brown, Dot in "S" (1a var)5c Dark Brown, Dot in "S" (1a var). Deep rich color and early impression which we feel is the Blackish Brown but certified as Dark Brown, full margins, crease in right margin ending in a tiny tear at top, tied by two strikes of blue "Philada Pa. 5cts. May 5" (1848) integral-rate circular datestamp on folded letter to Providence R.I., Very Fine appearance, with 2021 P.F. certificate

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E. 200-300
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1042
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1042, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Intense shade approaching Blackish Brown, worn-plate impression, large margins to clear, tied by red grid cancel, matching "New-Haven Ct. 13 Feb." circular datestamp on 1850 folded letter to Birmingham, manuscript "Paid 5" at lower left, light horizontal file fold well away from stamp, stamp with faint internal crease, still Very Fine use and a distinctive shade, with 2000 P.S.E. certificate as Blackish Brown, 2009 P.F. certificate 472637 noting stamp as Dark Brown shade with faint internal creases and oxidized no longer accompanies

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E. 200-300
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1043
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1043, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Grayish Brown (1a), 5c Grayish Brown (1a)5c Grayish Brown (1a). Horizontal pair, intermediate impression, full margins to just in at right, tied by red square grid cancels, matching "New-York Apr. 19" (1848) circular datestamp on folded letter to Salisbury N.C., right stamp tiny toned spot at bottom right, otherwise Fine, scarce shade used from New York to North Carolina, with 2012 P.F. certificate

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E. 400-500
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1044
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1044, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Three large margins including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, clear to just in at left, cleaned-plate impression, certificate notes slightly oxidized but stamp shows no sign of oxidation, tied by red grid cancel, matching "New-York Dec. 31" (1849) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Philadelphia, vertical file fold thru postmark but not affecting stamp, Fine, with 2010 P.F. certificate

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E. 300-400
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1045
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1045, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Three large margins, just in at bottom, bright shade, worn-plate impression, tied by black grid cancel and red "Boston 5cts. 5 Feb." (1851) integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Hartford Conn., Fine, with 2010 P.F. certificate

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E. 200-300
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1046
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1046, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Two singles affixed at opposite sides, worn-plate impressions, right stamp four margins, left stamp just in at right, both tied by blue grid cancels, matching "Philada. Pa. 10 Feb. 20" integral-rate circular datestamp on small 1850 embossed envelope to Delafield Wis., wax seal on back, right stamp tiny hole in left "5", some minor cover edgewear, otherwise Very Fine, attractive over-300 miles use, with 2014 P.F. certificate

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E. 400-500
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1047
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1047, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Horizontal pair, full to huge margins including bottom sheet margin, worn-plate impression and enough orange in shade to be called Orange Brown, deeply blued paper, right stamp with slight oily residue at bottom, cancelled by red grids and tied by ink smear from same device with matching "PAID" and "Portsmouth N.H. May 20" circular datestamp on small envelope to Terre Haute, Indiana, appears Extremely Fine, ex Sampson, Hart, Boker and Gross, signed Hart, with 2020 P.F. certificate

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E. 750-1,000
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1048
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1048, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Vertical pair, large margins to clear, bright shade, beautiful impression from cleaned plate, tied by red criss-crossing grid cancels, matching "Newark N.Y. Jun. 9" circular datestamp on 1851 blue folded cover to New York City, with original contents, top stamp light diagonal crease at top right, bottom stamp three tiny tears at left, Very Fine appearance, Newark is near Rochester, so this is a single over-300 miles rate, ex Boker and Gross, with 2013 P.F. certificate

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E. 1,000-1,500
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1049
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1049, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Red Orange (1c), 5c Red Orange (1c)5c Red Orange (1c). Large margins, bright color, worn-plate impression, tied by red grid cancel, matching "New-York Jun. 22" (1851) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Mohawk N.Y., stamp slightly affected at right by vertical file fold, small corner crease at top left, small tear at right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE RED ORANGE SHADE. LESS THAN A DOZEN ARE KNOWN ON COVER.

We have offered only three others on cover in this shade since 1996. The online records of the Philatelic Foundation contain nine on cover.

With 2011 P.F. certificate. Scott value $10,500.00

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E. 2,000-3,000
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1050
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1050, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Three clear to full margins, just touched at bottom, radiant color from the cleaned plate, certified as Orange Brown but we classify as Brown Orange (1d), tied by red square grid cancel, matching "New-York May 6" (1851) circular datestamp on blue folded printed notice for The Metropolitan Bank for capital pledge to Greenfield Conn., Fine, late use, with 2012 P.F. certificate

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E. 300-400
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1051
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1051, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Brown Orange (1d), 5c Brown Orange (1d)5c Brown Orange (1d). Large margins to barely touched at bottom left including part of adjoining stamp at top, radiant color from the cleaned plate, tied by blue "Philada. Pa. 5cts. Mar. 3" integral-rate circular datestamp on brown cover to Morrisville Penn., fresh and Fine, with 2013 P.F. certificate

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E. 300-400
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1052
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1052, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Brown Orange (1d), 5c Brown Orange (1d)5c Brown Orange (1d). Bright color, worn-plate impression, large to clear margins, tied by red grid cancel with matching "New-York May 25" circular datestamp on 1851 folded letter to Peekskill N.Y., light file fold barely affects the stamp, fresh and Very Fine, with 2011 P.F. certificate

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E. 300-400
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1053
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1053, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Brown Orange (1d), 5c Brown Orange (1d)5c Brown Orange (1d). Large margins to full, worn impression, cancelled by black grid with red "Albany N.Y. Jun. 22" circular datestamp on small mourning cover to Elizabethtown N.J., some slight wear, Very Fine, attractive use, ex Ackerman and Mirsky, with 1997 P.F. certificate

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E. 400-500
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1054
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1054, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Brown Orange (1d), 5c Brown Orange (1d)5c Brown Orange (1d). Full margins to just touched, worn-plate impression, "tied" by horizontal file fold and cancelled by pen drawing of beard and hair on gray folded letter to Mt. Pleasant Pa., blue "Philada. Pa. Dec. 29" (1850) circular datestamp, stamp with small faults, still Fine, very unusual with the hand-drawn cancel, with 2010 P.F. certificate

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E. 300-400
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1055
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1055, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Vertical pair, intermediate impression, bottom stamp with full margins, top stamp separated irregularly into design at upper left, tied by red grid cancels with matching "New-York Mar. 26?" (1849) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to London, Canada West, light strike of red "Queenston U.C. Mar. 29" transit datestamp, transit and receiving backstamps, manuscript "9" rate for Canadian postage due from recipient, appears Fine

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E. 400-500
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1056
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1056, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Deep rich color and impression from the First Printing, large margins to clear at bottom, tied by bold strike of blue grid cancel with matching "Philadelphia Pa. Jul. 16" (1847) circular datestamp (inverted "16"), used as forwarding postage to Boston on a folded letter originating in Dusseldorf, Germany--letter is datelined at Dusseldorf, June 14, 1847, and written by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, the artist who in 1851 painted the iconic Washington Crossing the Delaware Revolutionary War scene, and who also painted the Columbus in Chains scene used as the basis for the $2.00 Columbian stamp--addressed to the care of Furness, Brindley & Co. in Philadelphia, sent either via Aachen or Cologne and Belgium to London, manuscript "5/8" Prussian loth (weight) at top right, "P." in oval indicating prepayment of postage at Dusseldorf, Prussian "22" (silbergroschen) in red crayon indicating all transit fees to U.S. prepaid, red London "Paid" transit datestamp (June 17, 1847), Liverpool oval datestamp (June 17)--presumably carried on the Cunarder Caledonia, departing Liverpool on June 19, 1847, and arriving at Boston July 4--due markings were applied at the Philadelphia post office with the blue July 16 circular datestamp and "12" in circle handstamp struck for 10c over-300 miles rate plus 2c ship fee, address crossed out and forwarded back to Boston, in care of Thomas Lamb, with 5c stamp applied by Furness, Brindley & Co., manuscript line through "12" in circle and re-rated "10" cents for distance over 300 miles, the 5c stamp was insufficient so rated in manuscript "Due 5", minor splits along folds

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE COVER WHICH ARRIVED FROM GERMANY JUST DAYS AFTER THE FIRST FEDERAL STAMPS WERE ISSUED AND WAS FORWARDED WITH THE NEW 5c 1847 STAMP.

This is a unique use of the 5c 1847 Issue as forwarding postage on a folded letter from a famous artist writing from Dusseldorf, Germany, and a scarce first-month use of the 5c 1847 Issue. This cover is fascinating in many aspects. It was mailed from Germany to the United States two weeks before the release of the 1847 Issue. By the time it reached Boston, on Independence Day, the first federal postage stamps were just three days old. The Philadelphia circular datestamp was dated July 16 either in error, as Creighton C. Hart speculated, or for another reason--perhaps the letter was carried on a different vessel, or the markings were applied after a delay or upon forwarding to Boston.

The writer, Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, was born in Germany, but emigrated to the U.S. as a child. His artistic talent manifested itself early in life, and in adulthood he was noted for many significant paintings, including his iconic Washington Crossing the Delaware. Another painting, Columbus in Chains, won him the gold medal at the Brussels Art Exhibition, and was subsequently purchased by the Art Union in New York; it was the basis of the 1893 $2.00 Columbian stamp. In this letter Leutze mentions having painted pictures entitled "Columbus" and "Knox." Leutze quotes a $1,000 price for the picture he is painting for James T. Furness, the addressee, and asks to be paid with a British bank draft. He writes that the picture will be sent via Havre in ten days.

USPCS Census no. 10358. Ex Hart, Boker and Gross. Illustrated and discussed in Chronicle 46 (pp. 6 and 34-36) and in Hargest (p. 10). With 1963 P.F. certificate.

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E. 4,000-5,000
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1057
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1057, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, worn-plate impression, large margins at sides, clear to slightly in at top and bottom, right stamp has faint pre-use vertical crease, tied by pen cancels, red "Bardstown Ky. Dec. 4" (1850) circular datestamp on small envelope to Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt, red etiquette seal on flap, addressed to "Joseph Holt Esq., London, England, Care of Barings Bro. London", red "19" credit handstamp applied at the New York foreign-mail office, although there is no indication of 24c prepaid treaty rate--carried on the Cunarder Asia, departing New York on December 18, 1850, and arriving at Liverpool December 28--red "X/PAID/29DE29 1850" framed receiving datestamp, mailed from London to Rathbone & Co. in Alexandria, Egypt, then forwarded from there to Cairo, red "London Paid (7?) Jan. 1851" circular datestamp and manuscript "2/1" 2sh1p rate marking, two strikes of red "VIA MARSEILLES" straightline handstamp probably applied by Barings Brothers forwarding clerk to indicate route to Alexandria, the back has a partly readable strike of "Alexandria JA 18 1851" receiving datestamp and manuscript docketing "Received at Cairo No. 2, Answered at Cairo"

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED 1847 ISSUE COVER TO EGYPT. AN IMPORTANT 1847 COVER TO A DESTINATION RARELY ENCOUNTERED IN CLASSIC UNITED STATES POSTAL HISTORY.

6,000 Miles from Kentucky to Egypt in 1850

Joseph Holt, the addressee, was a leading member of the Buchanan administration and served as Judge Advocate General in the United States Army, most notably during the Lincoln assassination trials. Under President Buchanan he was appointed Postmaster General and Secretary of War. Earlier in life, Holt was a wealthy lawyer. In 1848 he made a trip to Europe and to the Middle East, and was away from home for seventeen months (Harper's Weekly 2/16/1861).

This cover was mailed to Holt during his travels. It was sent in care of the banking and mail-forwarding firms of Barings Brothers and Rathbone & Co., each of which would have been given instructions by Holt for sending mail to him as he traveled. Barings Brothers mailed the letter to Alexandria, Egypt, where Rathbone & Co. redirected it to Cairo.

After the cover was sent on December 4, 1850, from Bardstown to the New York foreign-mail office, it was bagged for the sailing of the Cunard Line Asia from New York, which departed on December 18 and arrived at Liverpool on December 28.

Interestingly, the pair of 5c 1847 stamp pays the over-300 miles rate from Bardstown, Kentucky, to New York City, but under the 1848 U.S.-Great Britain postal treaty, only 5c U.S. postage was required. Despite the absence of any markings to indicate prepayment of the 24c treaty rate to England, the foreign-mail clerk in New York applied the "19" cents credit handstamp, which was sufficient for the receiving clerk in England to consider it prepaid. When Barings Brothers mailed the letter at the London post office, it was marked prepaid "2/1" (2sh1p, approximately 50c) and datestamped with the red "London Paid" circle. The "VIA MARSEILLES" straightline handstamp does not resemble official post office markings, so we assume they are private markings applied by Barings Brothers as a route directive.

According to all of the literature and census work on the 1847 Issue, this is the only known 1847 cover to Egypt. The fact that it was actually carried in the postal system to Alexandria, Egypt, rather than handled outside the mails, adds to its importance as a postal history artifact. Further, the Kentucky origin and addressee's prominence at a later stage of life are elements that add considerable character to the cover.

USPCS Census no. 1432. Ex Pope, Dr. Kapiloff, Craveri, Schwartz and Gross. With 1993 and 2003 P.F. certificates

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1058
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1058, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Full margins to clear, tied by black grid cancel, matching "Louisville Ky. 10 Sep. 18" integral-rate circular datestamp on folded cover to Pittsburgh Penn., Very Fine, scarce use

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1059
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1059, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large margins to just in at left, intense shade, tied by red grid cancel, matching "Washington City D.C. Sep. 14" circular datestamp on buff cover addressed to Mrs. Leverett Saltonstall in Salem Mass., manuscript "Paid" at upper right, slight edgewear, stamp with lightened manuscript cancel, still Fine use from the District of Columbia to a prominent New England family, ex Mirsky, with 2014 P.F. certificate

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1060
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1060, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Full to large margins all around, cancelled by light strike of blue grid with matching "Buffalo N.Y. May 7" fancy double-oval datestamp on buff envelope to Lockport N.Y., May 8, 1848 docketing at right, minor cover soiling and edgewear, the stamp is Very Fine and choice

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1061
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1061, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Three large margins, just in at bottom left, intense shade, stamp with diagonal plate scratch at lower right, tied by two pen strokes, red "Cincinnati O. Dec. 16" (1848) circular datestamp on docketed folded cover to New York, file fold well below stamp, Very Fine, with 2016 P.F. certificate

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1062
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1062, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue10c Black, Double Transfer Ty. A (2-A), 10c Black, Double Transfer Ty. A (2-A)10c Black, Double Transfer Ty. A (2-A). Position 1R, margins to touched, tied by red grids with matching "New-York Feb. 26" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Baton Rouge La., few scattered small toned spots not affecting stamp, cover with small tears at top, Fine and scarce on-cover example of the 10c 1847 Type A Double Transfer, Scott value as off-cover stamp is $1,500.00

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E. 500-750
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1063
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1063, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). With short transfer at top plate variety, two large margins, clear to ample at top and bottom, tied by red grid cancel, used with Honour's City Express, Charleston, South Carolina, 2c Black on Brown Rose (4LB1), distinctive bright pink shade of paper, cut to shape slightly impinging on oval frame, slight surface scrapes, tied by red crayon cross strokes, red "Charleston S.C. Jul. 14/10" 10c integral-rate circular datestamp on bluish gray folded cover to New York City, 1849 docketing on back, Honour's stamp has tiny scrapes, addressee's name crossed out, small tear at top of one file fold.

FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED 1847 ISSUE COVERS WITH THE HONOUR'S CITY EXPRESS OVAL CARRIER ISSUE AND THE ONLY ONE WITH THE HONOUR'S STAMP ON ROSE PAPER.

This is one of only two recorded covers with a combination of the 1847 Issue and Honour's oval carrier stamp, the other with 4LB2. This is a highly important rarity for both 1847 Issue and Carriers and Locals specialists alike.

Only five examples of Scott 4LB1 are recorded in any format, as follows:

1) Cut rectangular, in at top, used on 8/16/1849 cover, ex Hind, Golden, "D.K." collection

2) Cut to shape (brighter pink paper), used with 10c 1847 on 7/14/1849 cover, ex Ferrary, Waterhouse, Hessel, Golden, Boker and Gross, the cover offered in this sale

3) Cut rectangular, in at top, on piece dated 8/19/1849, ex Worthington, Caspary, Boker, Golden and Kuphal

4) Cut to shape, cancelled by red Charleston circular datestamp (June date, no year), ex Middendorf

5) Cut to shape, sealed tear, added to 1851 cover with January 24 datestamp, Siegel Sale 164 and ex Hall

The other Honour's 1849 oval stamp, printed on Yellow paper (Scott 4LB2), is just as rare with five recorded, including one used with the 10c 1847 Issue (ex Caspary and Middendorf).

As a side note, the paper of this stamp is decidedly brighter and more pink than the paper of the four other 4LB1 examples. Given the great rarity of the Honour's oval stamp and the basic differentiation between Brown Rose and Yellow papers, it is only an academic point to separate this Pink shade from the others. However, among other more abundant Carrier Department issues, the paper color would certainly be grounds for a separate catalogue listing.

Ex Ferrary (small trefoil handstamp at lower right), Waterhouse, Hessel, Golden, Boker and Gross. Illustrated in Chronicle 151 (p. 162). With 1975 and 1999 P.F. certificates.

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1064
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1064, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown, 10c Black (1, 2), 5c Red Brown, 10c Black (1, 2)5c Red Brown, 10c Black (1, 2). 5c three large margins and in at left, worn-plate impression and very pale shade, affixed slightly over 10c which appears to have clear to full margins, cancelled by red 4-ring target cancels, matching "Greenwich N.Y. Feb. 8" (1851) circular datestamp and "V" 5c rate Roman numeral rate handstamp on long folded letter to North Adams, Massachusetts, 5c small corner crease at bottom left, 10c pressed-out vertical crease at left, some splitting along folds is expertly reinforced

FINE AND VERY SCARCE COMBINATION OF 5-CENT AND 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE STAMPS WITH AN UNUSUAL FANCY TARGET CANCEL OF GREENWICH, NEW YORK.

The two stamps were intended to pay the triple 5c under-300 miles for 1.5 ounces, but the half-ounce rate increments were eliminated in March 1849, so this was handstamped with the "V" 5c rate marking, either to indicate additional postage paid or (more likely) due from addressee.

Ex Gross. With 1989 P.F. certificate.

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1065
 
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1065, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 10c Black, "Harelip" Variety (2 var), 5c Red Brown (1), 10c Black, "Harelip" Variety (2 var)5c Red Brown (1), 10c Black, "Harelip" Variety (2 var). 10c Position 57L with clear "Harelip" plate variety, large margins to touched at bottom frameline, 5c horizontal pair, worn impression, large margins to touched at top right, tied by three strikes of red grid cancel with matching "Charleston S.C. May 11" (1850) circular datestamp on piece of blue cover to Ludlow Beebe in Philadelphia, stamps were previously lifted and cleaned to remove toning and a small pen mark on corner of left 5c, the color of the pair is therefore a bit washed out, Very Fine appearance, an outstanding combination use of 1847 Issue including the 10c "Harelip" plate variety, ex Sweet, Meroni and Gross, with 2020 P.F. certificate, Scott values $3,500.00 for No. 2 with "Harelip" variety and $800.00 for No. 1 pair

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1066
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1066, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Ample to large margins, tied by red square grid cancel with matching "New-York Sep. 7" (1848) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Montreal, Canada, from the Joseph correspondence with usual manuscript lines thru address, manuscript "4-1/2" Canadian due marking, red receiving backstamp, Very Fine, from our 1985 Rarities sale

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1067
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1067, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Full margins to just clear, tied by red square grid cancel, matching "New-York Oct. 5" (1850) circular datestamp on gray folded letter to St. Catharine's, Canada West, endorsed "paid to the lines" with manuscript "4-1/2" Canadian due marking, "Queenston U.C. Oct. 8, 1850" transit circular datestamp, Very Fine, 2002 A.P.S. certificate no longer accompanies

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E. 750-1,000
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1068
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1068, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Position 82R (plate notation on back of cover), ample to large margins, tied by bold manuscript cross-hatch cancel on dull green folded tissue-paper letter to Stuttgart, Germany, manuscript "Naples Ill./24 Sept." (1849) postmark above stamp where it entered the mails, dateline inside letter (which is written in German) indicates letter was begun in Quincy, Illinois, on September 21, 1849, and continued in Naples on September 23, sender's routing directive "p. British Mail Steamer via New York & Liverp.", no New York foreign-mail office markings--carried on the Cunarder Cambria, departing New York on October 3, 1849, and arriving at Liverpool October 18--red London transit backstamp (October 18), mostly readable strike of red "COLONIES/&c ART. 13" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, Calais arrival datestamp (October 19), red crayon "42" kreuzers due, small blue German "D1 22/10" in circle receiving backstamp (October 22), receipt docketing notation to the right of stamp, which has a negligible small corner crease at top right, minor ink erosion in docketing at bottom.

VERY FINE. ONE OF FOUR CONFIRMED 10c 1847 ISSUE COVERS TO GERMANY -- AND, OF THE THREE 1847 COVERS TO GERMANY WITH THE "COLONIES/&C ART. 13" HANDSTAMP, ONLY THIS ONE HAS A 10c STAMP.

This cover is one of four verified 10c 1847 covers to Germany (of the five in the USPCS census), and it is one of three with either denomination bearing the "COLONIES/&c ART. 13" marking.

The 10c stamp was clearly intended to pay the over-300 miles rate from Naples, Illinois, to New York City for the next available Cunard sailing. However, unbeknownst to the sender and possibly the postmaster of this small midwestern town, the 1848 U.S.-Great Britain postal treaty required only 5c internal U.S. postage on covers sent by Open Mail to or through Great Britain; therefore, since all other markings indicate this was a single-rate letter, the 10c stamp overpaid the 5c shore-to-ship rate.

USPCS Census no. 1299. Ex Knapp, Rust, Stollnitz, "Sevenoaks", Craveri, Hackmey and Gross. Illustrated in The United States 1847 Issue: A Cover Census (in color section and also on p. 932) and in Burkhard Krumm's article, "1847 Covers to the German States" (Chronicle 256). With 1999 P.F. certificate.

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1069
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1069, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown, Orange Brown (1, 1b), 5c Red Brown, Orange Brown (1, 1b)5c Red Brown, Orange Brown (1, 1b). Four covers, three No. 1 and one No. 1b, three stamps with margins to touched on one side and one with four margins, each tied by grids in blue, red and black on folded letter or cover, originations from Troy N.Y., New York N.Y. and Boston Mass., Fine and attractive group, No. 1b cover with 1977 P.F. certificate

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1070
c
1847 Issue Cover Balance. Thirteen 5c and one 10c, range of shades including Red Brown, Deep Red Brown, Orange Brown, Brown, originations include Monroe Mich., Utica N.Y., New Haven Conn., Fall River Mass., Binghamton N.Y., 10c from Reading Mass. to Steubenville O., somewhat mixed condition but a diverse group, nine with P.F. certificates

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E. 2,000-3,000
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