Sale 1255 — The David W. Gorham Collection of Outstanding Used U.S. Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 17-20 May, 2022
Category — 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)
EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE. THIS STUNNING WATERBURY "SMILING MAN IN A STRAW DERBY" CANCEL IS REPORTEDLY UNIQUE.
Among the most desirable designs carved by postmaster John W. Hill are the faces, such as the Woman in a Bonnet, Woman in Snood, Man Smoking Pipe and the Bridgeport Fireman. This remarkably intricate carving depicts a smiling man wearing a round-top straw derby. The configuration and minor details bear a close resemblance to the Bridgeport Fireman cancel used in April and May 1866, and it is probable that this device was carved and used in the same period. This came to light in 2008 and was offered in our Rarities sale that year for the first time.
With 2008 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THE BRIDGEPORT FIREMAN FANCY CANCEL OF WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT.
This cancel was inspired by the annual Bridgeport firemen's parade through Waterbury in the spring of 1866.
Ex Dr. Jackson and Waud. With 1994 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THE FAMOUS WATERBURY MAN SMOKING PIPE FANCY CANCEL.
Ex Dr. Jackson, Sapperstein and Senchuk. With 2009 P.F. certificate.
A COMPLETE AND EXTRAORDINARILY SHARP STRIKE OF THIS FASCINATING FANCY CANCEL, DEPICTING BENEDICT ARNOLD'S LEG.
Before betraying the American cause, Benedict Arnold was wounded in the foot during the Battle of Quebec. He suffered further injuries at the Battles of Ridgefield and Saratoga, which ended his fighting career. A boot monument commemorating his pre-1780 service and his battle wounds is located at Saratoga National Historical Park, but it does not mention Arnold's name.
With 1992 P.S.E. certificate (signed by Frajola, Mandel and Hahn).
EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THIS RARE AND DESIRABLE FANCY CANCEL.
The distinctive Uncle Sam Thumbing His Nose fancy cancel of Brattleboro is one of the great pictorial designs inspired by the Civil War. Numerous cartoons and patriotic stationery designs depict Uncle Sam thumbing his nose--also known as cocking a snook (dating back to 1791)--at the Southern insurrectionists. Cancellations with this image are very rare.
With 2004 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THE RARE AND DISTINCTIVE RUNNING FOX CANCEL OF HOCKANUM, CONNECTICUT.
A history of the fascinating Hockanum Running Fox cancel, written by Connecticut postal historian William J. Duffney, can be downloaded at at http://ctpostalhistory.com/CtPP/Postal_Markings_files/Dudley%27sFoxStory2015LR.pdf . Duffney identifies four different border types; this is Type III. The Running Fox cancel was carved by postmaster Dudley Fox, who was also a silversmith, giving him the skills to carve this intricate fancy cancel.
With 1992 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THE FINELY CARVED WATERBURY LARGE EAGLE WITH SHIELD FANCY CANCEL.
With 2007 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THIS VERY UNUSUAL AND RARE FANCY CANCEL.
With 2006 P.F. certificate