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

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

Category — Three-Cent: Demonetized Uses

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
257
c
Sale 1242, Lot 257, Three-Cent: Demonetized Uses3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Position 27L1L, large margins to touched at lower right, including portion of adjoining stamp at left, tied by bold "Philadelphia Pa. Nov. 20, 1863" duplex datestamp with grid cancel, beautifully clear strike of "OLD STAMPS/NOT RECOGNIZED" two-line handstamp and "Due 6" handstamp (double postage for unpaid letter), addressed to Phippsburg Maine, fresh and sound condition

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE "OLD STAMPS NOT RECOGNIZED" HANDSTAMP ON A COVER WITH AN 1851 ISSUE IMPERFORATE STAMP--ALSO A LATE ATTEMPTED USE MORE THAN TWO YEARS AFTER DEMONETIZATION. A SPECTACULAR AND RARE CONFLUENCE OF THE ANTEBELLUM 1851 ISSUE AND THE CIVIL WAR.

After the U.S. Post Office Department declared its demonetization policy for stamps issued prior to the new 1861 Issue, federal post offices throughout the country were instructed to set expiration dates for the exchange of old for new issues--generally, the exchange period was six days from the date of receipt of new stamps. In Philadelphia the cut-off date was August 26, 1861, from which time letters bearing demonetized stamps were marked "Old Stamps Not Recognized". The Philadelphia "Old Stamps" marking and similar ones applied to mail originating in the North are related in purpose to the "Southern Letter Unpaid" handstamp, which was applied at the Louisville terminal office on mail originating in the South before all mail exchange was suspended. Examples with this marking on stamped covers are invariably found with the 1857-60 Perforated Issue. This is the only recorded cover with an imperforate 1851 Issue stamp and is one of the great rarities of the 3c 1851 Issue.

With 2013 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
14,000
258
c
Sale 1242, Lot 258, Three-Cent: Demonetized Uses3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Applied to top right of cover with stamp corners wrapped around edge, an attempted use of demonetized 1851 Issue, not accepted for postage and 2c Black (73) applied slightly overlapping, both stamps tied by Shield fancy cancel with "Cambridge Mass. Sep. 9" (circa 1865) circular datestamp and manuscript "Due 1" on small narrow cover to Lowell Mass., "Box 469" notation at bottom, Very Fine appearance, a wonderful and rare combination of stamps, the 3c stamp was not accepted for postage and the postage was paid with a combination of the 2c Black Jack and cash (or possibly a charge box), the double-postage penalty ended on May 1, 1865, so this attempted use was at least four years after demonetization

E. 750-1,000
550
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