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Sale 1234 — The Gary Petersen Collection of Important United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 29-30 April, 2021

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Category — Postmasters' Provisionals

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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 1, Postmasters' ProvisionalsBrattleboro, Vermont, 5c Black on Buff (5X1), Brattleboro, Vermont, 5c Black on Buff (5X1)Brattleboro, Vermont, 5c Black on Buff (5X1). Position 6, large margins with complete guideline at right, frameline at bottom right is just touched, light red pen mark at upper left, proof-like impression, very slight small thin spot, tiny sealed tear at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE CONDITION OF THIS STAMP IS FAR SUPERIOR TO MANY OF THE 33 RECORDED OFF-COVER EXAMPLES OF THE BRATTLEBORO PROVISIONAL. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY FROM THE ORIGINAL CHUBBUCK SHEET AND LAPHAM-COLSON-WALL RECONSTRUCTION.

This stamp comes from the sheet retained by the printer, Thomas Chubbuck, who sold three stamps to collectors before selling the remaining block of seven to L. H. Bragg in September 1870. Bragg, in turn, sold the block to John W. Scott. The stamps from the Chubbuck block were eventually cut apart and sold to different collectors. In the 1920s Raymond W. Lapham, with the professional help of Warren H. Colson, reconstructed the Brattleboro plate positions, including some stamps from the Chubbuck sheet.

Ex Lapham, Colson, Gibson, Weill and Wall.

Bid on this lot

7,500
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 2, Postmasters' ProvisionalsMillbury, Massachusetts, 5c Black on Bluish (7X1), Millbury, Massachusetts, 5c Black on Bluish (7X1)Millbury, Massachusetts, 5c Black on Bluish (7X1). Large margin at bottom, other sides full to touched at top, clear impression, red "PA(ID)" handstamp at right, minor faults including small thin and faint corner creases

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL. ONLY EIGHTEEN ARE RECORDED, INCLUDING NINE USED ON PIECE OR OFF COVER.

The 5c stamp issued by Millbury postmaster Asa Holman is one of two United States provisionals with a portrait (George Washington in both cases). It is also unusual in that the designation “Post Office” appears without any town name, a characteristic in common with the Baltimore and Boscawen provisionals. Our census of the Millbury provisional is available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/7X1 .

Census no. 7X1-CAN-03. Ex Hessel. With 1976 P.F. certificate.

History of the Millbury provisional: https://siegelauctions.com/enc/pdf/Millbury.pdf

Bid on this lot

50,000
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 3, Postmasters' ProvisionalsNew 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). Horizontal pair, large margins all around, pen cancels, red circular datestamp at bottom, upper left corner of left stamp sealed tear and light crease, appears Very Fine

Bid on this lot

1,450
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 4, Postmasters' ProvisionalsNew York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, "ACM" Initials (9X2), New York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, "ACM" Initials (9X2)New York N.Y., 5c Black on Blue, "ACM" Initials (9X2). Horizontal pair, large to huge margins all around, fine impression, red square grid cancels and part of red circular datestamp at top, left stamp faint diagonal crease, right stamp pressed vertical crease ending in a small tear

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE PAIR OF THE NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON BLUE PAPER. ONLY FOUR PAIRS ARE RECORDED.

It is estimated that 40-50 examples of the New York provisional on blue paper exist (34 recorded in Levi-Wall-Farrington census). Only four pairs are known, including one on cover.

Ex Caspary.

Bid on this lot

13,000
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 5, Postmasters' ProvisionalsNew York N.Y., 5c Black on Gray, "ACM" Initials (9X3), New York N.Y., 5c Black on Gray, "ACM" Initials (9X3)New York N.Y., 5c Black on Gray, "ACM" Initials (9X3). Positions 39-40, horizontal pair, huge margins all around including bottom sheet margin, cancelled solely by red square grids, right stamp repaired pinhole, both stamps with tiny pinholes (not mentioned on certificate)

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE BOTTOM SHEET-MARGIN PAIR OF THE 5-CENT NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON GRAY PAPER.

Illustrated on p. 47 of The New York Postmaster's Provisional by Stanley M. Piller, who notes this style of cancel was first used in November 1846. With 1991 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

7,750
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 6, Postmasters' ProvisionalsProvidence, 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, mostly full original gum with a small "bald" area at center (probably as applied), crisp impression, margins slightly reduced (noted on certificate), light crease in selvage at right and another across bottom left corner (neither mentioned on certificate), Very Fine appearance, with 1965 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

5,500
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 7, Postmasters' ProvisionalsProvidence, Rhode Island, 10c Gray Black (10X2), Providence, Rhode Island, 10c Gray Black (10X2)Providence, Rhode Island, 10c Gray Black (10X2). Position 3, original gum, large margins including top right corner sheet margins, intense shade and impression, Extremely Fine, with 2002 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

1,150
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 8, Postmasters' ProvisionalsSt. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Greenish (11X1), St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Greenish (11X1)St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Greenish (11X1). Type II, Position 3, clear margins to ample, cancelled solely by red circular datestamp, accompanying certificate uses the term "defects" to describe a few tiny negligible flaws and a minor repair at bottom (small part of frameline drawn in)

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON GREENISH PAPER.

With 1982 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

8,000
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 9, Postmasters' ProvisionalsSt. Louis, Missouri, 10c Black on Greenish (11X2), St. Louis, Missouri, 10c Black on Greenish (11X2)St. Louis, Missouri, 10c Black on Greenish (11X2). Type I, Position 2, unused (no gum), full margins to clear, described in much earlier auctions with a small tear and faint thin at corner, but later treated and certified as sound

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON GREENISH PAPER.

A review of The Philatelic Foundation's records indicates that approximately ten unused examples of 11X2 are recorded. By far the finest is the incomparable original-gum corner-margin copy from the Frelinghuysen collection (realized $150,000 hammer in Siegel Sale 1020), which is the only example with gum. Only four others are sound or potentially sound. This stamp was described in the 1938 Crocker sale as having a sealed tear and in the 1955 Waterhouse sale as having a "little split at bottom and faint thin." Sometime before 1989 the stamp was made "sound" and certified as such. We offer it with the flaws disclosed.

Ex Crocker and Waterhouse. With 1989 P.F. certificate.

Bid on this lot

50,000
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 10, Postmasters' ProvisionalsSt. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4), St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4)St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Gray Lilac (11X4). Type III, Position 5, large margins to just touched along frameline in two places, neat penstroke cancel, light vertical creases, tiny tear at top left

FINE APPEARANCE. THE 5-CENT ON GRAY LILAC PAPER IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONALS.

The layout of the plate was altered just before the paper was changed from Greenish to Gray Lilac paper. The original layout contained three 5c stamps at left and three 10c stamps at right. The plate was altered, and the top two 5c stamps were converted to 20c stamps. Only one position, the bottom left position of the plate, yielded 5c stamps. The new plate layout, combined with limited production from the altered plate before it was converted back again to its original format, accounts for the rarity of the 5c on Gray Lilac paper.

This stamp was offered in the 1953 Heiman and 1955 Fifield sales as Scott 11X4. Ex Geisler

Bid on this lot

55,000
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 11, Postmasters' ProvisionalsSt. 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). Type III, Position 6, large margins to full, single penstroke cancel leaves entire design clearly visible, couple insignificant thin specks

VERY FINE APPEARING FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON GRAY LILAC PAPER.

An attractive example of this scarce and desirable Postmaster's Provisional issue.

Bid on this lot

12,500
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 12, Postmasters' ProvisionalsSt. Louis, Missouri, 20c Black on Gray Lilac (11X6), St. Louis, Missouri, 20c Black on Gray Lilac (11X6)St. Louis, Missouri, 20c Black on Gray Lilac (11X6). Type II, Position 3, three ample to huge margins, in at left, light diagonal manuscript pen stroke cancels

VERY GOOD. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 20-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON GRAY LILAC PAPER.

Very few sound examples of the 20c on Gray Lilac paper exist. This example, in sound condition with large margins at top and bottom and an unobtrusive cancel is highly desirable.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate

Bid on this lot

60,000
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 13, Postmasters' ProvisionalsSt. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7), St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7)St. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X7). Type III, Position 5 with retouched ball in "5", large margins except clear at top left and just in at bottom right, tied by large manuscript "5" cancel on blue folded letter from William G. Pettus to Mrs. C. R. Pettus in St. Charles, Missouri, red "St. Louis Mo. Jan. 16" (1847) circular datestamp struck twice, matching "PAID" handstamp, cover with expert repair at top center, does not affect stamp and not noted on accompanying certificate

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON BLUISH PELURE PAPER. ONLY SIX COVERS ARE RECORDED.

Pelure paper was used for the last printing after the 20c denomination on Positions 1 and 3 was burnished out and the 5c values were re-engraved. At the time of this modification to the plate, Position 5 was slightly altered by adding a dot within the bottom ball of the figure "5", as visible on this example. Pelure stamps are almost always faulty and often seriously defective.

The census of Postmasters' Provisionals at the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society's website lists seven covers with Scott 11X7. The vertical pair (Positions 3/5) on the cover listed as USPCS no. 21221 is no longer affixed to the cover (see Siegel Sale 544, lot 17). The cover offered here comes from the William G. Pettus correspondence, which reached the market in the 1980s. Pettus was Secretary of State of Missouri in 1822 when the Grizzly Bears seal of the State was adopted (the basis of the St. Louis "Bears" provisional design).

USPCS census no. 21218. Ex Faiman. With 2008 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

16,000
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Sale Number 1234, Lot Number 14, Postmasters' ProvisionalsSt. 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 III, Position 6, three full margins, in at bottom, sharp impression on deeply blued paper, without pen cancellation, cancelled only by a red handstamp, trivial paper wrinkling at top but none of the usual faults found on this thin paper

FINE. AN ESSENTIALLY SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON PELURE PAPER, CANCELLED SOLELY BY THE RED HANDSTAMP. THE STAMPS ON PELURE PAPER ARE THE RAREST OF THE ST. LOUIS "BEARS".

A survey of our Levi records and auction catalogues produced a total 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.

Ex Hoffman. With 1990 P.S.E. certificate. Scott value $15,000.00 for normally pen-cancelled stamp off cover (footnote states: "Values for used off-cover stamps are for pen-cancelled copies. Handstamp cancelled copies sell for much more.")

Bid on this lot

15,000
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