VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM SHEET-MARGIN BLOCK OF TWELVE OF THE 1851 3-CENT TYPE II ORANGE BROWN, SCOTT 10A. AN IMPORTANT CLASSIC UNITED STATES IMPERFORATE MULTIPLE.
This is the largest multiple of Scott 10 or 10A we have offered since a block of 12 from Plate 0 in our 1998 sale of the Zoellner collection. That block was subsequently broken up. A block of 14 also existed from Plate 0 and was offered in our 1993 Rarities sale.
Scott value $54,500.00 as two hinged blocks and two pairs
OVERALL FINE-VERY FINE. A GORGEOUS USED BLOCK OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ORANGE BROWN WITH EXCEPTIONALLY DEEP COLOR AND CANCELLED IN RED.
Ex Rose. With 1999 P.F. certificate mentioning only the diagonal crease. Listed but unpriced in Scott as a block of four
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE LARGE USED BLOCK OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ORANGE BROWN.
Any block of the 3c Orange Brown is rare, but multiples larger than four are extremely rare. U.S. Stamp Facts lists a block of eight as the largest recorded used multiple. The largest we have offered in at least 30 years is a block of six. Blocks unpriced in Scott.
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE FIRST DAY COVER WITH BOTH OF THE JULY 1, 1851, RATES--PREPAID 3-CENTS BY STAMP AND FORWARDED WITH 5-CENTS POSTAGE DUE. THIS IS ALSO THE ONLY RECORDED 3-CENT 1851 FIRST DAY OF ISSUE COVER FROM GENEVA, NEW YORK.
The cover offered here is extremely desirable because it has a clear July 1, 1851, date in the letter and it shows the first day of the 3c paid and 5c collect rates.
Ex Burleigh. Illustrated in 1851 Sesquicentennial book on p. 126. With 1989 P.F. certificate. Scott value $12,500.00
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE FIRST DAY COVER--PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE WITH BLUE MARKINGS AND THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE USE OF THE NEW 3-CENT INTEGRAL-RATE DATESTAMP.
All three 1851 Issue stamps were supplied to certain post offices on or before July 1, 1851, the first day of the new rates. The census of 1851 First Day Covers published by Wilson Hulme in 2001 (The 1851 Issue of United States Stamps: A Sesquicentennial Retrospective, USPCS) tallied 45 covers from 23 cities in 11 states (one in the count was postmarked by the Louisville & Cincinnati Mail Line route agent). Two of the 45 covers have 1c stamps. The other 43 have 3c stamps, and currently there are no 12c July 1 covers known.
The cover offered here is especially desirable, because it has blue markings and the 3c integral-rate datestamp--a First Day for both the stamp and the datestamp.
Ex Dr. Chase (signed by him) and Piller. With 2007 P.F. certificate. Scott value $12,500.00
EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THE "J. CHILES" POSTMASTER'S NAME IN SHIELD FANCY CANCEL OF EUTAW, ALABAMA. ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST ELABORATE FANCY CANCELLATIONS USED DURING THE 1851 ISSUE ERA.
Pictorial cancellation designs are rare during the 1851 Issue period, because the art form did not evolve until the 1860s. Designs such as the "Used & Done For" (Fair Haven Conn.), Running Stag (Shelburne Falls Mass.), Oddfellows' Links (Canton Miss.), "BJP" Eagle and Stars (Camden Me.) and this "J.Chiles" shield are recognized as some of the most elaborate cancels found on the imperforate issues.
Ex Hugh J. Baker and William A. Fox ("Renard"). With 2006 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST STRIKES OF THE BLUE TROY & NEW YORK STEAM BOAT MARKING ON A COVER WITH STAMPS.
The "Troy & New York Steam Boat" framed marking was used on letters received at Troy from non-contract steamboats carrying mail on the Hudson River. The 2c marking indicates the amount charged by the Troy postmaster, but as recently explained by Daniel J. Ryterband (Chronicle 263), there was no official justification for assessing this fee. In late 1851 or early 1852, the practice of collecting the additional 2c was discontinued.
With 2005 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE "TROY & NEW YORK STEAM BOAT" COVER WITH THE 3-CENT 1851 ORANGE BROWN AND DUE 7-CENTS MARKINGS.
The "Troy & New York Steam Boat" framed marking was used on letters received at Troy from non-contract steamboats carrying mail on the Hudson River. The 2c marking indicates the amount charged by the Troy postmaster, but as recently explained by Daniel J. Ryterband (Chronicle 263), there was no official justification for assessing this fee and in late 1851 or early 1852 the practice of collecting the additional 2c was discontinued. This cover may have been uprated for weight and charged 5c for the unpaid second rate (plus the 2c fee).
A SPECTACULAR SIX-TIMES RATE NEW YORK U.S. EXPRESS MAIL COVER TO BOSTON, FRANKED WITH TWO STRIPS OF THE 1851 3-CENT ORANGE BROWN.
While pairs of the 3c Orange Brown on cover are sometimes encountered, strips of three or larger are rare, particularly paying a domestic rate. The census of 3c 1851-57 stamps paying multiple domestic rates compiled by William K. McDaniel and published in the 1851 Sesquicentennial book contains only two examples bearing multiples of No. 10 or 10A. Both of those covers are franked with three pairs paying a multiple of the over-3,000 miles rate. This cover and lot 159 do not appear in the census
Ex Wagshal and Middendorf. With 2010 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF A STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 1851 3-CENT ORANGE BROWN ON A COVER FROM CALIFORNIA, PAYING DOUBLE THE 6-CENT RATE.
The McDaniel census published in the 1851 Sesquicentennial book contains only two covers bearing multiples of No. 10 or 10A. This cover and lot 158 do not appear in the census. According to the exhibit notes, this was carried from San Francisco on the Isthmus, arriving in Panama on May 11, 1852. After carriage across the Isthmus it was carried to New York on the Crescent, arriving May 24. The large "double-wide” oval grid was designed to cancel pairs of 3c stamps used to pay the 6c rate with one strike