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

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

Category — Three-Cent: Uses from Canada

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
259
c
Sale 1242, Lot 259, Three-Cent: Uses from Canada3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Used with Canada, 1852, 3p Red, Wove Paper (4), full margins to just in at left, both stamps tied by Canadian target cancels, 3p additionally tied by "6d" in circle handstamp, light strike of "CANADA 10cts" straightline handstamp and "Dundas U.C. Ap 22 1856" circular datestamp on buff cover to New York City address

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MIXED FRANKING WITH THE U.S. 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE AND CANADA 3-PENCE 1852 BEAVER ISSUE--NOT ACCEPTED FOR POSTAGE IN CANADA AND MARKED AS AN UNPAID LETTER. ONLY TWO SUCH MIXED FRANKINGS ARE RECORDED.

The rate treaty between the U.S. and Canada was 10c. The 6d and 10cts handstamps on this cover indicate that Canada disregarded the 3c U.S. stamp and did not give partial credit to the 3p Beaver stamp, treating the cover as completely unpaid (in any event the postage does not add up to 10c). However, as Stanley B. Ashbrook wrote on back and discussed in his Special Service, the lack of any New York due markings indicates that the U.S. accepted the letter as paid. A similar cover with a 3c 1851 and Beaver stamp, treated in the same way in Canada and the U.S., was offered in our 1970 Rarities and 1992 Kapiloff sales (and is also illustrated and discussed in Ashbrook). Approximately six examples of the 3c 1851 used from Canada are known, making them even rarer than the 1847 Issue used from Canada. Of those, only two 3c 1851s are mixed frankings with Canadian stamps.

Discussed and illustrated in Ashbrook's Special Service (No. 68, p. 552, photo 273) and Boggs. Ex Caspary, Krug and Baker.

E. 5,000-7,500
8,000
260
c
Sale 1242, Lot 260, Three-Cent: Uses from Canada3c Dull Red, Type I (11). Block of four, margins clear to large except partly touching along top, deep rich color approaching the rare 1856 Orange Brown shade, each stamp with matching Canadian target cancel on light buff cover from London, Upper Canada, to oil merchant F.S. Pease in Buffalo N.Y., "London U.C. JA31 1857" circular datestamp, bottom left stamp with small scissors-cut and top left stamp with tiny tear, cover with minor stain at right edge

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND UNIQUE USE OF A BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE, APPLIED IN CANADA ON A COVER TO THE UNITED STATES AND ACCEPTED AS FULLY PAID BY BOTH.

In contrast to the mixed-franking cover offered in lot 259, this cover, which overpaid the 10c treaty rate, was accepted in Canada as fully prepaid, even though franked entirely with U.S. stamps. Approximately six examples of the 3c 1851 used from Canada are known. This is the only cover with a block and, in our opinion, is one of the most outstanding cross-border covers from any period.

Ex Bilden and from our 1995 Rarities sale. Illustrated in Brookman (Vol. I, p. 146). Signed Ashbrook. With 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
7,000
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