Sale 1267 — The Porter W. Venn II Collection of U.S. Postal Stationery, Part 1

Sale Date — Thursday, 20 October, 2022

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Category — Air Post, Officials

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2743
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2743, Air Post, Officials6c on 5c Carmine on White entire, Air Post (UC23; unlisted in UPSS). Size 13, knife 78, watermark 41, unused, bright color, Extremely Fine and scarce

Bid on this lot

1,250
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2744
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2744, Air Post, Officials3c Black on White entire, Official, Die PD5 (UO8; UPSS PD42). Size 10, knife 54, watermark 5, unused, wonderfully fresh

EXTREMELY FINE ENTIRE OF THE RARE 3-CENT POST OFFICE OFFICIAL ON WHITE PAPER. NO MORE THAN FIVE ARE KNOWN.

The UPSS Catalog estimates that no more than five exist. The only other entire listed in Power Search was the example offered in our "Scarsdale" sale in 2013.

Bid on this lot

4,250
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2745
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2745, Air Post, Officials3c Blue on Blue entire, Official, Die PD5 (UO11; UPSS PD47a). Size 7, knife 30, watermark 2, square gum on flap, unused, beautiful complementary envelope and indicia colors, small inclusion at top not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT BLUE ON BLUE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ENTIRE. ONLY THREE EXIST IN THIS SIZE.

The UPSS Catalog reports three mint entires in this size, one with round gum on the top flap and two with square gum. A total of only three combined are reported in the larger sizes (sizes 10, 21 and 25, each with stains or toned). This is a key item to a complete postal stationery or Officials collection.

With clear 2002 P.F. certificate. UPSS value $31,500.00

Bid on this lot

32,500
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2746
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2746, Air Post, Officials6c Black on White entire, Official, Die PD6 (UO13; UPSS PD60). Size 10, knife 54, watermark 5, unused, bright and fresh in every respect

EXTREMELY FINE ENTIRE OF THE RARE 6-CENT POST OFFICE OFFICIAL ON WHITE PAPER. NO MORE THAN FIVE EXIST.

The UPSS Catalog estimates that no more than five exist. Power Search lists only one other offered in our sales -- the ex "Scarsdale" copy which has toning. This is certainly the finest example we have encountered.

UPSS value $4,200.00

Bid on this lot

3,750
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2747
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2747, Air Post, Officials1c Dark Red on White entire, Official, Die WD1 (UO18; UPSS WD1). Size 6, knife 17, watermark 2a, unused, fresh and Extremely Fine, surprisingly elusive -- we have offered only one other entire since keeping computerized records and it was stained

Bid on this lot

900
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2748
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2748, Air Post, Officials2c Dark Red on White entire, Official, Die WD2 (UO19; UPSS WD2). Size 6, knife 17, watermark 2a, "Office of the Chief of Engineers. Official Business." two-line imprint at top, Extremely Fine and scarce, UPSS value $2,500.00

Bid on this lot

2,250
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2749
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2749, Air Post, Officials3c Dark Red on Cream entire, Official, Die WD3 (UO22; UPSS WD11). Size 21, knife 98, watermark 2a, unused, fresh and Very Fine, UPSS value $960.00

Bid on this lot

850
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2750
og
Sale 1267, Lot 2750, Air Post, Officials6c Dark Red on Cream entire, Official, Die WD4 (UO24; UPSS WD15). Size 21, knife 98, watermark 2a, unused, radiant color and strong embossing, tiny tear at left edge

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1873 6-CENT DARK RED ON CREAM WAR DEPARTMENT REAY ENTIRE.

The UPSS catalogue records only six mint entires, plus four used. Full corners and cut squares are also very rare -- the last cut square we offered realized $3,000 hammer in one of our 2020 sales.

UPSS value $7,500.00.

Bid on this lot

6,500
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2751
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2751, Air Post, Officials24c Dark Red on White entire, Official, Die WD8, Unwatermarked (UO28 var; UPSS WD21a). Size 25, knife 122, watermark 0, unused, fresh, Very Fine and choice, the UPSS Catalog states only one mint entire is recorded of this unwatermarked variety, UPSS value seems conservative for such rarity

Bid on this lot

500
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2752
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2752, Air Post, Officials30c Dark Red on White entire, Official, Die WD9 (UO29; UPSS WD22). Size 25, knife 122, watermark 2, unused, tiny speck of toning to left of indicia mentioned for accuracy, still Very Fine and rare, the UPSS Catalog states only two mint entires are recorded

Bid on this lot

500
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2753
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2753, Air Post, Officials2c Vermilion on White entire, Official, Die WD2 (UO32; UPSS WD25). Size 6, knife 17, watermark 2, unused, gorgeous color on pristine paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB AND EXTREMELY RARE MINT ENTIRE OF THE 2-CENT VERMILION WAR DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL. ONLY THREE ARE RECORDED. A KEY RARITY OF POSTAL STATIONERY AND OFFICIALS COLLECTING.

The UPSS Catalog estimates that three entires exist. We have not offered another example in our sales over the past 30 years or in our Rarities sales since 1964.

Bid on this lot

22,500
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2754
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2754, Air Post, Officials6c Vermilion on Cream entire, Official, Die WD4, "Specimen" Ovpt. (UO38S; UPSS WD40). Size 21, knife 98, watermark 2, unused, Extremely Fine and rare, this is known only as a "Specimen" and is an excellent alternative to the listed UO38 entire (UPSS WD40a), of which only two are known and is valued in Scott at $22,500.00, the UPSS Catalog records only six to eight of this "Specimen" No. WD40, ex Lobdell

Bid on this lot

E. 500-750
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2755
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2755, Air Post, Officials15c Vermilion on White entire, Official, Die WD7 (UO41, UPSS WD44). Size 21, knife 98, watermark 2, unused, small inclusion at top left, fresh and Very Fine, a rare War Department entire -- Power Search does not list another example since our 1974 Rarities sale, ex Barkhausen with his backstamp, with 1986 P.F. certificate, UPSS value $5,000.00

Bid on this lot

4,000
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2756
og
Sale 1267, Lot 2756, Air Post, Officials1c Red on Orange, Official, Die WD10, Cut Square (UO45A; UPSS WD52). Unused, generous 37 x 39mm margins, beautiful color, faint creases and tiny natural pinhole at left outside the indicia

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY THREE MINT CUT SQUARES AND NO ENTIRES ARE RECORDED OF THE ONE-CENT RED ON ORANGE WAR DEPARTMENT PLIMPTON ISSUE. A GREAT RARITY AND A KEY TO AN ADVANCED COLLECTION OF POSTAL STATIONERY OR OFFICIALS.

The UPSS Catalog records three cut squares of this issue and no entires. The second example, ex "Scarsdale" and Inman (Sale 1135, lot 718), is cut much closer, though clear of the indicia and has small thin spots. The third example has margins similar to the example offered here and was offered in our 1971 Rarities sale. We do not know the condition of that cut square.

With 1998 P.F. certificate.

Bid on this lot

32,500
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2757
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2757, Air Post, Officials10c Red on Amber entire, Official, Die WD14 (UO60; UPSS WD118). Size 7, knife 30, watermark 2, unused, fresh and Extremely Fine, the UPSS Catalogue estimates that only five to eight total in this size 7 and the larger size 21 exist, UPSS value $1,400.00

Bid on this lot

1,150
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2758
og
Sale 1267, Lot 2758, Air Post, Officials12c Red on Amber entire, Official, Die WD15 (UO62; UPSS WD124). Size 21, knife 98, watermark 2, unused, brilliant color, Very Fine and choice, UPSS value $850.00

Bid on this lot

650
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2759
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2759, Air Post, Officials15c Red on Amber entire, Official, Die WD16 (UO65; UPSS WD131). Size 25, knife 122, watermark 2, unused, some faint toning along top edge and very light stain at right, otherwise Very Fine

Bid on this lot

1,000
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2760
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2760, Air Post, Officials15c Red on Cream entire, Official, Die WD16 (UO66; UPSS WD132). Size 21, knife 100, watermark 2, unused, bright color, Very Fine and choice

Bid on this lot

850
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2761
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2761, Air Post, Officials30c Red on Amber entire, Official, Die WD17 (UO68; UPSS WD136). Size 21, knife 98, watermark 2, unused, fresh and clean, Very Fine and scarce with only 210 of all sizes issued

Bid on this lot

1,700
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2762
c
Sale 1267, Lot 2762, Air Post, Officials30c Red on Cream entire, Official, Die WD17 (UO69; UPSS WD138). Size 21, knife 100, watermark 2, unused, wonderfully fresh, scarce with only 75 issued

Bid on this lot

1,100
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