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Sale 1242 — The Gordon Eubanks Collection: United States 1851 to 1856 Imperforate Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-13 October, 2021

Category — Three-Cent: Illustrated Designs

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
217
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 217, Three-Cent: Illustrated Designs3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A)3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Margins to just in, artfully placed sideways at bottom and tied by Ohio town circular datestamp on cover to Cross Creek Pa. with hand-watercolored cartoon design of an obese man with a cane sitting on top of a slender man in top hat on a sofa, the anguish of the squashed man is as palpable as the obliviousness of the rotund gentleman

VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONAL HAND-WATERCOLORED CARTOON DESIGN ON AN 1851 ISSUE COVER.

Ex Gabriel. With 1991 P.S.E. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
17,500
218
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 218, Three-Cent: Illustrated Designs3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A)3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Margins to slightly in where roughly separated, tied by "Hartford Ct. Apr. 10" circular datestamp on cover to Union Conn. with "Les Fumeurs" French smoking caricature overall design, wonderful depictions of people with exaggerated features and equipment and all methods of smoking, Very Fine, ex Grunin

E. 1,500-2,000
5,000
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219
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 219, Three-Cent: Illustrated Designs3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A)3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Large margins to just in, placed at extreme edge of cover (so as to not impinge on the design) and tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Jan. 15" circular datestamp, used with D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13), acid cancelled, margins to cut in, "Blood's Despatch Jan. 15" 8 P.M." circular datestamp on J. Valentine Peace Propaganda illustrated cover to Magnolia Md., printed slogan "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation. Neither shall they learn war any more", backflap with imprints of Valentine, Johnstone & Hunter and Ackermann & Co., Very Fine, a desirable 1851 Issue-Blood's combination on a Peace Propaganda cover, ex Dr. Fay and Giamporcaro ("Tito"), with 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
3,500
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220
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 220, Three-Cent: Illustrated Designs3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A)3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Full margins to touched, tied by indistinct blue cancel with matching partly clear strike of "Oberlin O. Mar. 16" circular datestamp on cover to Indianapolis In. with "Arbitration for War, Universal Brotherhood, Freedom of Commerce" Peace propaganda design, imprints of Valentine, Johnstone & Hunter and Ackermann & Co., Very Fine, a wonderful design showing numerous elements of commerce and peaceful trade, including a building at upper left inscribed "Congress of Nations", an early reference to a world governing body, published in England and used in the United States, with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
3,000
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221
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 221, Three-Cent: Illustrated Designs3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A)3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Position 37L3, mostly full to large margins showing part of adjoining stamp at bottom, tied by blue "Akron Ohio Aug. 10" (1852) circular datestamp on cover with illustrated manned balloon in flight, produced by famed aeronaut John Wise in conjunction with his 1852 flights in Ohio and probably printed by Philadelphia lithographer P. S. Duval, addressed in Professor Wise's hand to Charles R. Frailey in Lancaster Pa., address slightly faded, some faint stains at left and slight wear

FINE. A HISTORIC COVER WITH THE EARLIEST AMERICAN PRINTED BALLOON CACHET, MAILED FROM AKRON, OHIO, BY FAMED AERONAUT JOHN WISE JUST FOUR DAYS BEFORE HIS WELL-DOCUMENTED FLIGHT FROM RAVENNA, OHIO.

John Wise, a resident of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is well-known to historians as the aeronaut who flew the first official U.S. "airmail" in his balloon Jupiter from Lafayette, Indiana, in 1859. Wise was also involved in the Union army's balloon reconnaissance operations in the Civil War.

In the summer of 1852, Wise flew his balloon Ulysses in a series of flights in Ohio. Starting on June 3 from Portsmouth, located on the north side of the Ohio River, Wise in the Ulysses drifted over the border into Kentucky and attracted the unwanted attention of a hunter, who fired a rifle ball into the car (basket). Wise continued his ascensions, recording flights in Chillicothe (June 10), Circleville Pa., Newark (July 4), Mansfield (July 17), Wooster (July 24) and Massillon (July 31). On August 14, 1852, Wise made his 141st lifetime ascent, from Ravenna, Ohio, which he documented two days later in an account published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (August 20, 1852). According to Wise, he rose to an altitude of 10,000 feet, where he could see the shore of Lake Erie and the city of Cleveland.

In conjunction with his ballooning exploits in Ohio, Wise had envelopes printed with a balloon illustration, probably by P. S. Duval, a Philadelphia lithographer who provided the illustrations for Wise's 1850 book. Only one example of the envelope is recorded. The cover was addressed by Wise to Charles R. Frailey, who was then a clerk in the mayor's office at Lancaster and later served as the town's first chief of police. The stamp is tied by a blue Akron, Ohio, circular datestamp dated August 10 (1852). Akron is 21 miles from Ravenna.

This cover is the earliest recorded illustrated American balloon cover by years. Most of the illustrated balloon covers were used by Wise and other aeronauts in 1859 and later years.

Ex Alexander. With 2019 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
10,500
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222
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 222, Three-Cent: Illustrated Designs3c Brownish Carmine, Type II (11A), 3c Brownish Carmine, Type II (11A)3c Brownish Carmine, Type II (11A). Tied by partly clear strike of "Cleveland O. Dec. 6" (1852) circular datestamp on buff cover to Brooklyn N.Y. with "Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe" illustrated corner card, depicting slaves from a scene in the book, Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, Publishers and Booksellers of Cleveland above illustration, cover with edge repairs and silked, stamp with a couple margin faults, appears Very Fine, a wonderful 1851 Issue cover advertisement for this seminal book of American literature, with 2021 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
8,000
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223
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 223, Three-Cent: Illustrated Designs3c Dull Red, Type I (11), 3c Dull Red, Type I (11)3c Dull Red, Type I (11). Mostly large margins including left sheet margin, barely in at top left, tied by "Ogdensburgh N.Y. Aug. 1" circular datestamp on circa 1853-54 illustrated cover to Boston Mass. with Spalding & Rogers New Railroad Circus elaborate and slightly risque woodcut depiction of locomotive with clown thumbing his nose at the engineer, and inset of performers on horseback, all in black on cream, cover very lightly cleaned, still Very Fine, a wonderful circus cover--one other Spalding & Rogers design is known, for his "North American Circus," used in 1856--this is earlier, earthier, and thoroughly American--believed to be unique, from our 1996 Rarities sale

E. 2,000-3,000
9,500
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224
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 224, Three-Cent: Illustrated Designs3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A)3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Margins all around, bright color, tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Nov. 2" circular datestamp on buff cover to Boston Mass. with Mayer & McDonald, Baltimore, Gas Equipment Manufacturers cameo corner card, illustrated design depicting their products, exceptional condition and freshness, Extremely Fine, ex Gabriel, with 2012 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
1,100
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225
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 225, Three-Cent: Illustrated Designs3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A)3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Position 28L3, full margins to clear, rich color, tied by red "Paid/U.S. Mail/City Delivery/2/Aug. 3" carrier department double-circle datestamp on cover to New York City address, with Albany Iron & Saw Works corner card depicting a saw blade, small bit of blue pen at right of stamp, most of backflap missing, Extremely Fine, this 2c Carrier Department handstamp is very rare on the 3c 1851 Issue--here overpaying the 1c drop rate and 1c carrier fee, ex Jessup and W. A. Fox ("Renard"), with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
425
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