Sale 1265 — Classic United States Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Thursday, 29 September, 2022

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Category — "Houdon" 3c 1851-57: Bisects (Scott 11-11A var.)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
565
c
Sale 1265, Lot 565, "Houdon" 3c 1851-57: Bisects (Scott 11-11A var.)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I, Vertical Half Used as 1c (11c). Right vertical half tied on all sides by bold "Jordan N.Y. Sep. 25, 1857" circular datestamp on light buff cover to Albany N.Y.

EXTREMELY FINE. REGARDED BY MANY TO BE THE FINEST OF THE SIXTEEN KNOWN 3-CENT 1851 BISECTED USES.

The census of 3c 1851 bisects, published by David Beals in Chronicle 76 and updated by Stanley M. Piller in Chronicle 136 and 137, contains a total of 16 covers. Of these, one is the strip of four bisects used from Milton, Massachusetts, seven were bisected for use as 1c stamps to pay part of the 10c transcontinental rate, and eight were bisected to pay the 1c circular rate. The census does not identify which are Type I (Scott 11c) and which are Type II (11Ac), and the older photos make identification impossible. We have offered only three others since 1996, and this is the only one with confirmed Type I characteristics.

Ex Dr. Chase (illustrated in his book on p. 214), West and Grunin. Offered to the market for the first time since 1996. Backstamped Scott Stamp & Coin and Raymond H. Weill Company. With 1976 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

E. 10,000-15,000
Current Sale
566
c
Sale 1265, Lot 566, "Houdon" 3c 1851-57: Bisects (Scott 11-11A var.)3c Rose Red, Type II (11A). Vertical and horizontal pairs, margins to in, tied together by two strikes of "London U.C. Oc 31, 1856" circular datestamp on buff cover from Canada to oil merchant F. S. Pease in Buffalo, New York, and accepted as fully paid; the bottom right stamp was originally bisected to more properly pay the 10c rate, but the sender apparently had second thoughts as the right half was put back before being postmarked; stamps creased before use, minor repaired flap and edges strengthened

FINE. A FASCINATING AND PROBABLY UNIQUE USE. EXAMPLES OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE FROM CANADA ARE FAR RARER THAN THE 1847 ISSUE SIMILARLY USED AND THE EXAMPLE OFFERED HERE WITH STAMPS PAYING ALL POSTAGE IS TRULY AMAZING.

Ex Bilden, Dr. Robertson, Hackmey and Gross. Illustrated in Boggs, The Postage Stamps and Postal History of Canada (p. 85)

Bid on this lot

E. 1,500-2,000
Current Sale
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