Sale 1262 — United States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 26-28 July, 2022

Category — 1861-68 Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
136
c
Sale 1262, Lot 136, 1861-68 Issues3c Pink (64). Tied by clear strike of blue "Baltimore Md. Aug. 17" (1861) First Day circular datestamp on buff cover to Frederick Md., docketing at left is best indication of year of use, stamp with piece out at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED FIRST DAY COVERS FOR ALL DENOMINATIONS OF THE 1861 ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY ONE WITH THE 3-CENT PINK STAMP. A PHENOMENAL CLASSIC FIRST DAY COVER.

Starting in the middle of August 1861, all stamps in circulation were demonetized and replaced by a new issue, to prevent the states in rebellion from cashing in on supplies of stamps left in Southern post offices. 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. The first delivery of the new designs was delivered by National Bank Note Company to the government stamp agent, Daniel M. Boyd, on August 16, 1861. It contained over 5 million stamps for the eight initial denominations (1c, 3c, 5c, 10c, 12c, 24c, 30c and 90c). Baltimore was the first city to receive a shipment of the new stamps, which were placed on sale on Saturday, August 17. Advertisements in the local newspaper stated that new stamps were available and old stamps could be exchange up to August 22.

There are only three items known cancelled on the first day of issue, August 17. One is a 1c stamp off cover (Scott 63) with a clear Baltimore circular datestamp with the yeardate. The second is a cover with the 3c Pink (Scott 64, offered here). The third is a cover with the 3c Rose Pink (Scott 64b, sold in our Sale 1191, lot 2133 for $14,000 hammer). None are known, either on or off cover, for the other six denominations.

A distinction should be drawn between this First Day of Issue, as opposed to an Earliest Documented Use. The latter category is subject to change based on new discoveries; the actual First Day of Issue is the day the stamps went on sale. The cover offered here falls into the more desirable latter category.

With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott value $22,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
17,000
136A
c
Sale 1262, Lot 136A, 1861-68 Issues3c Rose (65). Tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. S. Frco. 13 Sep." (1864) double-circle datestamp with matching "Paid" in oval handstamp, sender's directive "Via Panama" on cover to Boston, red Boston receiving double-circle datestamp, small central toned spot from wax seal, Very Fine, carried by Wells Fargo from San Francisco to Boston where it entered the mails, accompanied by explanation by Richard Frajola, ex Lyons

E. 200-300
700
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137
c
Sale 1262, Lot 137, 1861-68 Issues3c Rose (65). Small fault at top, tied by target cancel with "Tompkinsville N.Y. Apr. 22, 1864" double-circle datestamp on cover to Chautauqua N.Y. and forwarded, with overall lithographed State of New York Quarantine Staten Island illustrated design, Very Fine appearance

E. 200-300
110
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138
c
Sale 1262, Lot 138, 1861-68 Issues3c Rose (65). Bright color, tied by perfect strike of circle of wedges in segmented circle fancy cancel with "Rossville N.Y. Mar. 31" circular datestamp on folded letter to Port Richmond Staten Island, with overall lithographed Richmond County Sheriff's Office corner card, Extremely Fine strike on a beautiful cover sent within Staten Island N.Y.

E. 200-300
400
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139
c
Sale 1262, Lot 139, 1861-68 Issues3c Rose (65). Tied by perfect bold strike of geometric fancy cancel, "Worcester Mass. Jun. 1" circular datestamp on Buckeye Mower and Reaper illustrated corner card cover to West Midway Mass., clipped corner at upper left, Very Fine and attractive

E. 100-150
150
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140
c
Sale 1262, Lot 140, 1861-68 Issues3c Rose (65). Bright shade, tied by perfect strike of Rose in Circle fancy cancel, matching "Amherst Mass. Jun. 22, 1866" double-circle datestamp on cover to Dana Mass., stamp with light corner crease at bottom left, Extremely Fine strike of this unusual fancy cancel, with 2004 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
325
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141
c
Sale 1262, Lot 141, 1861-68 Issues3c Rose (65). Tied by beautifully struck large "W" fancy cancel (Rohloff K-15) and "Waterbury Con. Oct. 24 -66" double-circle datestamp on cover to New Haven, docketed at left, barely reduced at right which blunts a few perfs and causes an inconsequential light corner crease, Extremely Fine strikes, ex Haub

E. 300-400
200
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142
c
Sale 1262, Lot 142, 1861-68 Issues3c Rose (65). Well-centered, bright color beautifully complemented by blue negative Masonic Square and Compass fancy cancel, matching "Brattleboro Vt. 26 ?" double-circle datestamp on mourning bordered cover to Leicester Vt., fresh and Extremely Fine

E. 400-500
400
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142A
c
Sale 1262, Lot 142A, 1861-68 Issues3c Rose (65). Five covers with this issue, including two No. 73 used with pair of No. 65 from New York to Canada; Nos. 69 and 65 on cover to Paris, France with "Short Paid" handstamp and "30" in oval marking; No. 65 on cover carried privately from France to New York where entered the mails to New Orleans; Nos. 69 and 65 used to Bordeaux, France; last is pair of No. 65 used with 1c Blue (63) to military address near Washington D.C., few faults but an attractive group

E. 750-1,000
375
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142B
 
Sale 1262, Lot 142B, 1861-68 Issues3c Rose (65). Two exhibit pages containing six items, all relate to Revenue uses, including one used as revenue on promissory note, another illegal use on handwritten promise to pay document, one used in combination with a 10c Inland Exchange stamp on insurance policy from Le Roy O. to Ashtabula O., three additional with revenue cancels, few faults to be expected, Fine-Very Fine and attractive group

E. 300-400
325
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143
 
Sale 1262, Lot 143, 1861-68 Issues5c Buff (67). Vertical strip of four, flaw at top, tied by penstrokes and "Hallowell Me. May 27" (1862) double-circle datestamp, used with 1c Blue (63), on cover front only to Paris, France, forwarded to Switzerland, red Boston 24c credit datestamp, red boxed "PD" handstamp, various transits, French company handstamp, Fine, we are unsure if the full cover had additional 9c postage to justify the 24c credit marking -- the 21c franking did pay American Packet rates.

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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144
c
Sale 1262, Lot 144, 1861-68 Issues10c Green (68). Rich color, cancelled by target, blue "Port Townsend W.T. ? Oct." circular datestamp on cover to Belleville N.J., used with Vancouver Island, 1865, 5c Rose, Perf 14 (5), faults including perfs partly scissors-trimmed, tied by blue oval "Post Office Victoria V.I." Coat of Arms handstamp, "Victoria B.C. Sep. 21, 1868" circular datestamp at left, 10c stamp small fault at bottom left, some slight edgewear, Fine and colorful use

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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144A
c
Sale 1262, Lot 144A, 1861-68 Issues10c Green (68). Horizontal pair, right stamp small piece out at bottom, used with 3c Rose (65), piece out at lower left, cancelled by unusual oval handstamps, "Weaverville Cal. Apr. 18" (1868) circular datestamp on yellow cover to New Castle, New South Wales, Australia, red "12" credit handstamp, Panama transit (May 17), Sydney and receiving backstamps (Ju 30), minor edgewear, Fine, unusual use, this appears to pay the 22c rate by American Packet to Panama and then via New Zealand but the rate was omitted at the start of 1868

E. 400-500
200
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145
c
Sale 1262, Lot 145, 1861-68 Issues24c Red Lilac (70). Rich color, used with 1c Blue (63) and 3c Rose (65), 3c straight edge at left, tied by blue target cancels with "Cincinnati O. Sep. 22" (1866) duplex datestamp on cover to Hannover, Germany, red "N. York Br. Pkt. 7 Paid Sep. 26" 7c credit datestamp, blue boxed "Aachen Franco" transit datestamp, receiving backstamp, missing small part of top flap, some slight overall wear, Very Fine and colorful, ex "Angel", small purple handstamp

E. 400-500
325
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146
c
Sale 1262, Lot 146, 1861-68 Issues30c Orange (71). Bright color, tied by neat flower-petals fancy cancel, red "New York Paid 24 Aug. 17" (1864) 24c credit datestamp on gray folded cover to Lyon, France, sender's directive "Steamship Washington v Havre", blue "Etats Unis Paq FR 2 Le Havre 31 Aout 64" arrival datestamp, Very Fine, carried on the second voyage of the new French Line, ex Ackerman, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate

E. 400-500
1,500
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147
c
Sale 1262, Lot 147, 1861-68 Issues30c Orange (71). Used with 5c Brown (76), tied together by target cancels and 5c by "Portland Me. ? Sep." (1865) double-circle datestamp on small cover to St. Petersburg, Russia, red "Boston Br. Pkt. 14 Paid 13 Sep." 14c credit datestamp, blue boxed "Aachen Franco" datestamp ties 5c, blue crayon "f" Prussian Mail rate notation, receipt and answer docketing, both stamps are affixed close to or slightly over edge but the affect on the perfs is minimal, Very Fine cover paying the 35c rate via Prussian Closed Mail

E. 400-500
300
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148
c
Sale 1262, Lot 148, 1861-68 Issues2c Black (73). With bottom part imprint and plate no. 29 selvage, centered to bottom right, tied by "Washington D.C. Mar. 20" circular datestamp and quartered cork duplex on albino embossed corner card cover to local street address, Fine and scarce plate number example on cover, ex Mackey (Sale 441), Metzger and Faust

E. 750-1,000
650
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149
c
Sale 1262, Lot 149, 1861-68 Issues2c Black (73). Choice centering, cancelled by rosette, "Detroit Mich. Aug. 27" circular datestamp on yellow cover with commission merchant's oval corner card and used locally, "Returned to Writer" oval handstamp, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, unusual auxiliary marking on a drop-rate cover, with 2002 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
200
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150
c
Sale 1262, Lot 150, 1861-68 Issues2c Black (73). 21 singles affixed front and back, most with faults, used with 3c Rose (65), corner missing, cancelled by manuscript, some tied by "Milo Me. Oct. 2" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Macau, China, addressed to U.S., Ship Relief, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Oct. 5" circular datestamp, red "40" credit handstamp, red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, blue "Hong Kong DE 12 65" transit datestamp, red "United States Consulate Hong Kong" handstamp struck once in address panel and once on stamps, manuscript "13 Dec.1865" also on stamps on back, Fine appearance and an extraordinary 2c Black Jack franking to make up the 45c rate to China

Sale 1262, Lot 150, 1861-68 Issues
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E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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151
c
Sale 1262, Lot 151, 1861-68 Issues5c Brown (76). Tied by bold target cancel, "San Francisco Cal. Jun. 3, 1864" double-circle datestamp on folded cover to Canton, China, red oval "Edward Vischer San Francisco" handstamp (famous California landscape artist), light strike of "United States Consul. Not. Hong Kong" circular handstamp, docketing on back "Oetling & Co., Colima 20 April , Recd. 19 August, Ans. 20 September", light vertical file folds do not affect stamp which does have rounded corner at top right, otherwise Very Fine, a very unusual cover, we are unsure what rate this paid, possibly an overpayment of the 3c rate by private ship via San Francisco, the docketing indicates this originated in Colima, Mexico, from merchants Oetling & Co.

E. 1,000-1,500
950
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152
c
Sale 1262, Lot 152, 1861-68 Issues3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Tied by segmented cork cancel, "New-York Nov. 18" circular datestamp on cover to Nichols N.Y., Very Fine and very early use, the earliest documented use is two days earlier on November 16, ex Wagshal, Scott value $1,250.00

E. 400-500
200
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153
c
Sale 1262, Lot 153, 1861-68 Issues3c Rose, C. Grill (83). Three covers, each bearing a single, including one tied by rosette and used from New York City to Orford N.Y., one from Evansville Ind. to New York, last from St. Louis Mo. to Ky., each with clear grills, few small faults, Fine, Scott value $3,900.00

E. 500-750
400
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154
c
Sale 1262, Lot 154, 1861-68 Issues3c Rose, E. Grill (88). Clear grill, tied by target cancel, blurry strike of "Farmdale Ky. Jan. 15" circular datestamp on cover with "all-over Kentucky Military Institute illustrated design on back, to Cape Girardeau Mo., reduced at right but not affecting design, Very Fine, a wonderful design

Sale 1262, Lot 154, 1861-68 Issues
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E. 200-300
110
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