Sale 1255 — The David W. Gorham Collection of Outstanding Used U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 17-20 May, 2022

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Category — 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
397
 
Sale 1255, Lot 397, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Tied by perfect strike of Smiling Man in Straw Derby fancy cancel of Waterbury Conn. (unlisted in Rohloff) on small piece, clear "URY" and rim of Waterbury double-circle datestamp also ties stamp

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

E. 7,500-10,000
7,500
398
 
Sale 1255, Lot 398, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bright color, straight edge at left, well-struck Bridgeport Fireman fancy cancel of Waterbury Conn. (Rohloff E-6), faint scoring line at upper left not mentioned on 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.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,300
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399
 
Sale 1255, Lot 399, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bright color, cancelled by perfect strike of Man Smoking Pipe fancy cancel of Waterbury Conn. (Rohloff E-1), tiny bit of circular datestamp at right, single short perf at bottom left not noted on certificate

EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THE FAMOUS WATERBURY MAN SMOKING PIPE FANCY CANCEL.

Ex Dr. Jackson, Sapperstein and Senchuk. With 2009 P.F. certificate.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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400
 
Sale 1255, Lot 400, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Remarkably clear strike of grayish-blue Benedict Arnold's Leg in elaborate escutcheon fancy cancel of Brattleboro Vt., stamp with faults

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).

E. 2,000-3,000
1,700
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401
 
Sale 1255, Lot 401, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Beautiful clear strike of blue Uncle Sam Thumbing Nose fancy cancel of Brattleboro Vt.

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

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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402
 
Sale 1255, Lot 402, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bright color nicely complemented by blue Bust of Fremont fancy cancel, Skinner-Eno attributes this to Atlanta Ga. but accompanying certificate declines to confirm the origin, Very Fine strike of this very unusual cancel, with 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
350
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403
 
Sale 1255, Lot 403, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Rich color, choice centering, cancelled by clear strike of New York City Union Soldier's Head fancy cancel, Very Fine, a choice strike of this Civil War tribute cancel--the creation and use of this fancy cancel in the spring of 1866 coincided with the return of soldiers from the Civil War, it is known on at least one domestic cover, but apparently the cancelling device migrated to the foreign-mail exchange office, where it was used to cancel stamps on mail to foreign countries--ex Sapperstein and Senchuk, with 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
800
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404
 
Sale 1255, Lot 404, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bold strike of Devil & Pitchfork fancy cancel of West Meriden Conn., Extremely Fine strike, scarce on a sound stamp, for a history of this fancy cancel go to http://www.ctpostalhistory.com/CtPP/Postal_Markings_files/D%26PArticleJan2016XXXLR.pdf , a fascinating article on this subject by William Duffney also appeared in the 2017 Congress Book, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
700
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405
 
Sale 1255, Lot 405, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Clear strike of Man in the Moon with Star fancy cancel of Boston Mass., few short perfs at bottom, corner crease at bottom left, still Very Fine strike, with clear 1994 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
500
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406
 
Sale 1255, Lot 406, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bright shade, neat strike of Bald Man in Profile fancy cancel of Baltimore Md., Extremely Fine strike on an attractive stamp, with 2019 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
110
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407
 
Sale 1255, Lot 407, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Deep rich color, bold strike of Mask fancy cancel of Croton Falls N.Y., Extremely Fine strike, with 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
110
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408
 
Sale 1255, Lot 408, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Rich color, bold strike of Heart-Shaped Mask fancy cancel of Dayton O., Extremely Fine strike, with 2019 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
110
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409
 
Sale 1255, Lot 409, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Perfs in at bottom, bold strike of Dog's Head fancy cancel of Waterbury Conn. (Rohloff A-4), bold strike with snout, eye and part of collar on stamp, scarce, with 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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410
 
Sale 1255, Lot 410, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Deep rich color, bold strike of Fox Running to the Right fancy cancel of Hockanum Conn.

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

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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411
 
Sale 1255, Lot 411, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Rich color, bold strike of Horse's Head fancy cancel of Chattanooga Tenn., stamp with small tear at right, Extremely Fine strike, with 2020 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
400
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412
 
Sale 1255, Lot 412, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Partial strike of Rooster fancy cancel of Waterloo N.Y., bright color, small corner creases, few short perfs at top right, still Very Fine strike, ex Eno, with 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
500
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413
 
Sale 1255, Lot 413, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Tied by well-struck negative Whale's Tail fancy cancel on small piece, also with "Lewiston Me. Jan. 19 5PM" circular datestamp, minor perf flaws at top, still Very Fine strike, desirable with the circular datestamp, with 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
475
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414
 
Sale 1255, Lot 414, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Two, tied by perfect strike of Waving Flag and "UNION" fancy cancel of Healdsburg Cal. on small piece, Extremely Fine strike, a beautiful example of this fancy cancel, the size of this design makes it impossible to fit entirely on one stamp, this is only the second time we have offered the full strike -- the first was on a cover in 2007 -- with 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,300
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415
 
Sale 1255, Lot 415, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Radiant color, perfect strike of Flag fancy cancel of Carthage Ill., Extremely Fine strike on a beautiful sound stamp, with 2020 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
1,600
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416
 
Sale 1255, Lot 416, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bright color, well-struck negative "USA" and Stars fancy cancel of Albany N.Y., Very Fine strike of this unusual fancy cancel, with 1988 A.P.S. certificate

E. 300-400
150
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417
 
Sale 1255, Lot 417, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Two, first with "U.S." in Circle of Stars fancy cancel of Albany N.Y., second with "U.S. in Circle fancy cancel of Keesville N.Y., few small faults, Extremely Fine strikes

E. 300-400
180
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418
 
Sale 1255, Lot 418, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bright color, perfect strike of Eagle & Shield fancy cancel of Waterbury Conn. (Rohloff A-7), stamp with small faults

EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THE FINELY CARVED WATERBURY LARGE EAGLE WITH SHIELD FANCY CANCEL.

With 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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419
 
Sale 1255, Lot 419, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Rich color, perfect strike of blue Eagle & Shield Within Circle and Stars fancy cancel, no origin established but possibly Brattleboro Vt.

EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THIS VERY UNUSUAL AND RARE FANCY CANCEL.

With 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,700
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420
 
Sale 1255, Lot 420, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bright color, central strike of Eagle & Shield fancy cancel of Corry Pa., Very Fine strike of this desirable cancel, with 2008 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
225
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421
 
Sale 1255, Lot 421, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Rich color on bright paper, well-struck negative "Lincoln" and Stars in Circle fancy cancel of Albany N,Y., Very Fine strike of this fancy cancel, the New York State Comptroller in 1866 was Thomas Hillhouse and the Albany postmaster in 1866 was George Dawson, both were ardent pro-Union Republicans, with 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
500
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422
 
Sale 1255, Lot 422, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Three, each with Anchor fancy cancel, including negative design from Newark N.J., Fouled Anchor, last is Geometric Anchor of Putnam Conn., stamps with few faults but strikes are all Extremely Fine, with 2011 or 2019 P.F. certificates

E. 300-400
850
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423
 
Sale 1255, Lot 423, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Rich color, central strike of Coin and Tiny Crossroads fancy cancel of Milford Ind., Extremely Fine strike, with 2019 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
200
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424
 
Sale 1255, Lot 424, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Radiant color, well-struck Leaf fancy cancel of Joppa Village Mass., Extremely Fine strike, with 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
325
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425
 
Sale 1255, Lot 425, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Deep rich color, well-struck Left-Handed Beer Mug fancy cancel of Waterbury Conn. (Rohloff O-8), small faults, Extremely Fine strike of this scarce Waterbury fancy cancel

E. 300-400
400
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426
 
Sale 1255, Lot 426, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bold strike of negative Beer Mug fancy cancel, Extremely Fine strike on a sound stamp, with 2019 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
450
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427
 
Sale 1255, Lot 427, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bright color, choice centering, beautiful hand-drawn Pine Tree cancel of Tioga Centre N.Y., Extremely Fine stamp and cancel, with 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
600
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428
 
Sale 1255, Lot 428, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Perfect bold strike of Padlock fancy cancel of Waterbury, Conn. (Rohloff O-10), showing the full design, pulled perf at top right, an Extremely Fine strike, only five covers and probably a similar number off-cover are recorded, ex Matthies, Jennings and Gross

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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429
 
Sale 1255, Lot 429, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bright color, well-struck Padlock with Broken Clasp fancy cancel of Waterbury Conn. (Rohloff O-10 var), Very Fine strike of this rare fancy cancel, only five covers and probably a similar number off-cover are recorded, four of the five covers show the broken clasp variety, ex Eno and Waud, with 1994 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
600
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430
 
Sale 1255, Lot 430, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bold strike of Star and Crescent fancy cancel of Waterbury Conn. (Rohloff S-10), sealed tear at bottom left, Very Fine strike of this scarce fancy cancel, with 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
650
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431
 
Sale 1255, Lot 431, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Horizontal pair, bright color, well-struck 5-Point Star Within a Star fancy cancel of Waterbury Conn., part strike of Waterbury double-circle datestamp at left, "P" of "Sep." is just visible, each stamp with light crease, Extremely Fine strike of this rare cancel, unlisted in Rohloff, this would be a variation of S-6 with solid star at center instead of segmented, with 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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432
 
Sale 1255, Lot 432, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bright color, well-struck 5-Point Star Within a Star fancy cancel, Extremely Fine strike, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
300
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433
 
Sale 1255, Lot 433, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bright shade, blue 5-Point Shaded Star fancy cancel of Lodi N.Y., part of circular datestamp at top, Extremely Fine strike of this remarkably detailed fancy cancel, with 2008 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
170
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434
 
Sale 1255, Lot 434, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bright color, well-struck green 5-Point Solid Star fancy cancel of Sharon Vt., Extremely Fine strike, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
300
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435
 
Sale 1255, Lot 435, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Four, each with Star fancy cancel, first with large negative Star, second with Star in Serrated Circle, third with 5-Point Star in Circle, last blue 5-Point Star with lozenge at center of Jersey Shore Pa., Extremely Fine strikes, first three with sound certificates

E. 750-1,000
550
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436
 
Sale 1255, Lot 436, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bright shade, straight edge at left, tied by perfect strike of elaborate Propeller in Ornate Circle fancy cancel of New York City, Extremely Fine strike, with 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
350
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437
 
Sale 1255, Lot 437, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bold strike of Heart Within Heart fancy cancel of Waterbury Conn. (Rohloff J-1), Very Fine strike, with 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
120
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438
 
Sale 1255, Lot 438, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bright color nicely contrasted by blue negative Masonic Square & Compass and "G" fancy cancel of Brattleboro Vt., Extremely Fine strike, a pretty stamp, ex Cole, with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
850
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439
 
Sale 1255, Lot 439, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Rich color, bold strike of Masonic Square and Compass fancy cancel, accompanying certificate notes from Kennebunkport Me., Extremely Fine strike, with 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
500
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440
 
Sale 1255, Lot 440, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Radiant color nicely complemented by blue "Balto. Paid" in double-circle handstamp, Extremely Fine strike on an attractive stamp, with 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 100-150
425
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441
 
Sale 1255, Lot 441, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Bright color, part strike of green "Kaun's Line St. Navigator" four-line steamboat handstamp, Very Fine strike, with 1990 and 2011 P.F. certificates

E. 300-400
425
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442
 
Sale 1255, Lot 442, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Rich color, bold strike of negative "AIR" fancy cancel, faint vertical and diagonal creases, Extremely Fine strike, with 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
375
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443
 
Sale 1255, Lot 443, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Detailed impression, bold strike of negative "L" in Serrated Circle fancy cancel of Brooklyn N.Y., Extremely Fine strike, with 2019 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
120
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444
 
Sale 1255, Lot 444, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Two, first with octagonal "O. & S. R. R." railroad cancel, second with "N. & W." railroad cancel, Very Fine strikes, each with 2018 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
425
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445
 
Sale 1255, Lot 445, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Five singles and a pair, most incorporate words such as "Paid All", "Paid", "Paid 3" in circle, "JHB" initials, "OK" of Saratoga Springs, also "1" in circle, Very Fine-Extremely Fine strikes, five with certificates

E. 300-400
250
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446
 
Sale 1255, Lot 446, 3c 1861 Issue, Cancellations (Scott 65)3c Rose (65). Group of 19 with a variety of fancy cancels, including negative "Lincoln" and Stars (faulty), Waving Flag, prison bars, green segmented grid, Waving Flag of New York City, Witch of Salem Mass., Collinsville Axe, Cat of Cambridge Mass., negative "Nov" and "Dec" of Putnam Conn., one is hand-drawn cartoon figure, all are notable for the quality of the strikes, apart from the "Lincoln" some have faults of little consequence, Very Fine-Extremely Fine strikes, 13 with certificates

E. 2,000-3,000
1,400
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