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

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

Category — Three-Cent: Covers and Fancy Cancels

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
190
c
Sale 1242, Lot 190, Three-Cent: Covers and Fancy Cancels3c Brownish Carmine, Type I (11). Horizontal block of six, ample to clear margins all around, long neat scissors-cut between rows is barely noticeable, top left stamp tiny corner crease, tied by grid cancels with "Natchez Mi. Jun. 4" circular datestamp on narrow wrapper to Philadelphia, June 1856 receipt docketing, vertical file fold far from stamps, Very Fine appearance, a scarce block of six used on a wrapper

E. 500-750
475
191
c
Sale 1242, Lot 191, Three-Cent: Covers and Fancy Cancels3c Brownish Carmine, Type I (11). Positions 53-56/64-66L4, horizontal block of seven, large margins to slightly in on a few spots, deep rich color, tied by three strikes of "Cairo Ill. Jun. 25, 1857" circular datestamp on large buff cover to Philadelphia, block with gum wrinkles in two stamps, cover neatly refolded at top, slightly reduced at right, Fine and striking, an impressive and rare large multiple on cover, ex West, Knapp, Piller and Giamporcaro ("Tito"), with clear 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
1,600
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192
c
Sale 1242, Lot 192, Three-Cent: Covers and Fancy Cancels3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Two strips of three and a pair, neatly arranged to appear as a block of eight, the two strips very different shades, tied by multiple strikes of "Waldoboro Me. Jun. 7" (1855) circular datestamp on oversize blue folded letter to Belfast Maine, top right stamp in bottom strip small corner flaw, couple other stamps with minor corner creases, minor edgewear, Fine and rare 1851 Issue cover paying the eight-times 3c rate

E. 750-1,000
750
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193
c
Sale 1242, Lot 193, Three-Cent: Covers and Fancy Cancels3c Dull Red, Type I (11). Large margins to full, beautifully clear central strike of Running Stag in Circle fancy cancel, red "Shelburne Falls Mass. Nov. 2" circular datestamp on buff cover to Haydenville Mass., stamp with minor corner crease at top right not noted on certificate

EXTREMELY FINE. ALMOST CERTAINLY THE FINEST ON-COVER STRIKE OF THE RUNNING STAG PICTORIAL CANCEL OF SHELBURNE FALLS, MASSACHUSETTS.

This rare and early pictorial fancy cancel seldom appears as more than an indistinct blob. We have offered a comparably well-struck example off cover, but this is the finest we have encountered on cover.

Ex Moody, Baker, Haas and Grunin. With clear 1987 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,700
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194
c
Sale 1242, Lot 194, Three-Cent: Covers and Fancy Cancels3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Large margins to touched, tied by clear strike of Odd Fellows Three Links, Seeing Eye and Crossed Arrows fancy cancel, "Canton Mi. Jan. 9" circular datestamp on buff cover to New Orleans, Buchanan Carroll correspondence, stamp with minor gum soiling in left margin

VERY FINE. A CLEAR AND CHOICE STRIKE OF THE CANTON MASONIC FANCY CANCEL ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER TO NEW ORLEANS.

Canton's postmaster is well known for his fancy cancellations, including a Lyre, Star in Rope Circle, Negative Star, Negative "Paid 3", Christian Cross and an unusual Open Triangle, as well as the star used as a Confederate Postmaster's Provisional. This is the most elaborate of the Canton designs.

Ex Judd (note on back) and Gabriel, and from our 1994 Rarities sale. With 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,300
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195
c
Sale 1242, Lot 195, Three-Cent: Covers and Fancy Cancels3c Brownish Carmine, Type II (11A). Large margins to touched at two corners, tied by beautifully clear strike of greenish-blue Outlined "3" and "Paid" in circle handstamp, matching and equally bold "Clappville Mass. Jan. 7" circular datestamp on buff cover to Foxcroft Me., Extremely Fine strikes and a beautiful cover, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
1,500
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196
c
Sale 1242, Lot 196, Three-Cent: Covers and Fancy Cancels3c Brownish Carmine, Type II (11A). Full margins to clear, tied by red negative "Paid" in ribbon and "3cts" boxed fancy cancel, matching "North Easton N.Y. Mar. 16" circular datestamp on lady's small embossed-border cover to Mechanicsville N.Y., Very Fine, with 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
1,000
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197
c
Sale 1242, Lot 197, Three-Cent: Covers and Fancy Cancels3c Dull Red, Type I (11). With manuscript "X precancel, portions of adjoining stamps are helpfully present at bottom corners and show the same pen lines, indisputably proving its precancel use, "Kimberton Penn. March 28" double-circle datestamp with date in manuscript on buff cover to Westchester Pa., Very Fine and rare precancel on the 3c 1851 Issue, with 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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198
c
Sale 1242, Lot 198, Three-Cent: Covers and Fancy Cancels3c 1851 Issue, July 1853 New York Datestamps (11-11A). Three covers, dated July 11, 13 and 22, 1853, two are folded letters and one is a small envelope, each with attractive sound stamps, the July 13 example is on ornately engraved letterhead from Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson (the printers of the 1847 Issue), Very Fine, these New York year-dated datestamps were used every day from from July 11 through July 26, two with P.F. certificates

E. 500-750
1,800
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199
c
Sale 1242, Lot 199, Three-Cent: Covers and Fancy Cancels3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Full margins to clear, tied by "Detroit Mich. Oct. 4" circular datestamp with bold strike of "Money/Registered/Detroit" oval handstamp on buff cover addressed to New York City, Extremely Fine and very rare, prior to March 1855 there was no formal system of registered mail, some postmasters improvised and created informal systems for tracking letters containing valuables, this Detroit marking is the only example we have offered in at least 30 years, ex Malcolm and Jarrett, with 2015 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
4,750
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200
c
Sale 1242, Lot 200, Three-Cent: Covers and Fancy Cancels3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Four margins, bright color, tied by "Greencastle (West) Va. Feb. 1" circular datestamp with clear strikes of "PAID" and "5" in circle handstamp for registration on small buff cover to Princeton N.J., manuscript "No. 36" registration number at left, fresh and Extremely Fine cover, the Act of March 1855 finally established a registration system, the fee was 5c, paid in cash, without any standardized markings to indicate the service, this extremely rare handstamped Paid 5 registered cover surfaced at Labron Harris's Westpex booth and was decisively snapped up by Mr. Eubanks while a prospective buyer haggled

E. 1,500-2,000
3,250
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201
c
Sale 1242, Lot 201, Three-Cent: Covers and Fancy Cancels3c Orange Brown, Types I, II (10, 10A). Three singles, each plated and from three different plates (1i, 5E and 1E respectively), different shades and margins to just touched on one spot, unusual twice-forwarded use originating in Halifax N.C. on Oct. 23, 1851, with pen-cancelled single, sent to Baltimore and re-addressed to Norfolk Va. with second 3c (grid cancel), then mailed a third time with another 3c, this time tied by Norfolk circular datestamp and addressed to Edenton N.C., Very Fine, a very rare twice-forwarded use with three rates paid by stamps, this remarkable cover was the subject of an article in Chronicle 238

E. 1,000-1,500
3,000
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202
c
Sale 1242, Lot 202, Three-Cent: Covers and Fancy Cancels3c Brownish Carmine, Type II (11A). Large margins to touched, small repair at bottom, cancelled by blue grid with matching "Winthrop Me. Mar. 18" circular datestamp on buff cover addressed to "Mr. John S. Sewell, U.S. Ship Saratoga, East India Squadron, via Naval Lyceum, New York", clear strike of "U.S. Naval Lyceum" full-rigged sailing ship handstamp at left, docketed "Recd. Jan. 5, 1853 Hong Kong by (Coal Ship) Gertrude, Macao"

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE COVER SENT VIA THE U.S. NAVAL LYCEUM TO A RECIPIENT IN HONG KONG.

This oval handstamp depicting a full-rigged ship was applied to mail forwarded to naval personnel from the the U.S. Naval Lyceum in Brooklyn at no additional charge. In the case of this letter, it took more than nine months to reach the recipient.

Ex H. J. Baker

E. 1,500-2,000
5,750
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