Sale 1262 — United States Stamps and Postal History

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

Category — Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
39
c
Sale 1262, Lot 39, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 IssueNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Large margins, tied by two strikes of red square grid cancel, matching "New-York 5cts. 4 Feb." (1847) integral-rate datestamp on folded letter to Albany N.Y., vertical file fold affects stamp, otherwise Very Fine

E. 200-300
250
40
c
Sale 1262, Lot 40, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 IssueNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Ample margins to just into at left, tied by red "U.S." in frame cancel on Dec. 2, 1846 folded letter to Plattsburgh N.Y., business contents, red "New York 3 Dec. 10cts." integral-rate circular datestamp and "Paid" in arc, P.F. certificate states that "the stamp did not originate on this cover, and the stamp affected by the cover file fold ending in small tears" which seems contradictory to us as the file fold effectively ties the stamp, we are confident this stamp originates, Fine and rare use of the "U.S." cancel days after the U.S. City Despatch Post closed its carrier operation, 2004 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies

E. 300-400
400
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41
c
Sale 1262, Lot 41, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 IssueNew York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1). Large margin at top, in on other sides, tied by red grid, "Boston Mass. 5 13 Aug." circular datestamp on gray folded cover to New York City, endorsed "Post Paid", part of address panel replaced, otherwise Fine, a rare use from Boston, the USPCS census lists 28 covers from Boston with the New York provisional (in all of its signature variations), with 1986 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
350
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42
c
Sale 1262, Lot 42, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a). Deep rich color, early impression, large to ample margins, tied by neat strike of bright red grid cancel with matching "Boston 5cts. 7 Nov" (probably 1847) integral-rate circular datestamp on small envelope to Claremont N.H., a fresh and Extremely Fine cover, with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
600
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43
c
Sale 1262, Lot 43, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a). Large margins to ample at top left, deep rich color, early impression, tied by perfect strike of blue "PAID" handstamp with matching "Havre de Grace Md. May 15" (probably 1848) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Philadelphia, Very Fine, a beautiful stamp and cover, as well as a scarce use from this post office, which did not receive any 1847 stamps, ex Judd and Cole, with 1990 P.F. certificate as Brown

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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44
c
Sale 1262, Lot 44, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Crisp shade, early impression, ample margins all around, tied by red 4-bar grid with matching "Norwich Ct. Aug. 25" (1849) circular datestamp on greenish folded cover to Philadelphia Pa., fresh and Extremely Fine, the 4-bar grid was used by the Norwich & Worcester Railroad and then by the Norwich post office from Aug. 8 to Nov. 16, 1849, this is a very choice example, ex Matthies, where this was described as "Seal Brown" in Sale 353

E. 750-1,000
650
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45
c
Sale 1262, Lot 45, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Deep shade and early impression, margins all around, tied by red square grid cancel, matching "New-York Jul. 26" (1847) First Month circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Washington D.C., right margin affected from placement near edge of cover, slight aging along cover file folds, otherwise Very Fine, used during the first month of issue

E. 300-400
425
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46
c
Sale 1262, Lot 46, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a). Large to huge margins including sheet margin at left on the bottom half of the stamp, intense shade and early impression, tied by two strikes of blue grid cancel, matching "Baltimore Md. Oct. 26" (1847) circular datestamp on folded letter to Frederick Md., Very Fine, with 1986 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
400
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47
c
Sale 1262, Lot 47, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Full margins to just in at right, bright color, intermediate impression, tied by red non-standard 7-bar grid in circle cancel, matching "Walpole N.H. Aug. 20" (1849) circular datestamp clearly struck on blue folded letter to Brookline Mass., Very Fine, the USPCS lists four covers with this Walpole grid cancel (possibly two additional without photos)

E. 500-750
850
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48
c
Sale 1262, Lot 48, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Large even margins, rich color, early impression, tied by red 16-segment rosette fancy cancel, matching "Little Falls N.Y. Oct. 22" (1847) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Albany N.Y., light vertical file folds do not affect stamp, Very Fine, a rare cancel which reminds us of the elaborate Little Miami R.R. sunburst fancy cancel, this is the first we have offered since keeping computerized records, ex Boker and Gross, with 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
650
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49
c
Sale 1262, Lot 49, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to ample, trace of adjoining stamp at bottom, worn-plate impression, tied by red "New-York Dec. 16" circular datestamp with second strike to right on small envelope to Cambridge Mass., Very Fine, ex Rohloff and Garrett

E. 400-500
425
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50
c
Sale 1262, Lot 50, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to ample, worn-plate impression, tied by red "Marietta O. Jan. 17" circular datestamp on envelope to Sanfield O., Very Fine

E. 300-400
375
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51
c
Sale 1262, Lot 51, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Large margins, bright color, worn-plate impression, tied by partly readable red "Rochester N.Y. 5" integral-rate circular datestamp on buff envelope to Clifton Springs N.Y., Fine

E. 200-300
250
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52
c
Sale 1262, Lot 52, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Large margins, rich color, intermediate impression, tied by well-struck red square grid cancel, matching "New-York Jan. 13" (1849) circular datestamp on folded cover to Norwich Conn., horizontal file fold well clear of stamp, Very Fine, ex Wagshal

E. 300-400
300
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53
c
Sale 1262, Lot 53, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Large margins, worn-plate impression, tied by black grid cancel and red "Boston 5cts. 21 Mar." integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Monson Mass., Very Fine, ex Grunin, with 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
275
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54
c
Sale 1262, Lot 54, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to clear, worn-plate impression, tied by black grid cancel, red "Boston 5cts. 26 Nov." (1850) integral-rate circular datestamp on folded letter to New Haven Conn., vertical file fold well away from stamp, Very Fine

E. 200-300
180
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55
c
Sale 1262, Lot 55, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Large margin at right, in on two sides, bright shade, cleaned-plate impression, cancelled by red grid and "tied" by light bend, matching "5" handstamp over-struck by grid, "Burlington Vt. Aug. 7" (1849) circular datestamp on buff envelope to Orwell Vt., Fine

E. 200-300
250
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56
c
Sale 1262, Lot 56, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Two, large margins, worn-plate impressions, left stamp with corner crease at top right, tied by red grid cancels, matching "New-York Nov. 11" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to West Meriden Conn., cover with age stain, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
325
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57
c
Sale 1262, Lot 57, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to clear, lovely warm shade, cleaned-plate impression, tied by penstrokes, red "U.S. Express Mail Boston 26 Jun." (1851) route agent's circular datestamp on registered folded letter to Philadelphia, large blue "R" handstamp, manuscript "18" registration number, vertical file fold at far right affects stamp, Very Fine appearance, late use of the 1847 Issue and also a late use of the blue "R" marking

E. 400-500
500
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58
c
Sale 1262, Lot 58, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Large margins including left sheet margin, intermediate impression, tied by blue "Philada Pa. 5 cts. Nov. 15" (1848) integral-rate circular datestamp, struck again at right, bold strike of "Blood's Despatch Paid" double-circle handstamp on folded letter to West Chester Pa., horizontal file fold thru stamp, which also has gum stains, otherwise Fine, very scarce combination of this Blood's marking and the 1847 Issue

E. 500-750
375
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59
c
Sale 1262, Lot 59, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a). Large margins to just in, dark shade, early impression, tied by blue "5" in circle handstamp, matching "Philada. Pa. 5 Apr. 10" (ca. 1848) 5c integral-rate circular datestamp on lady's embossed envelope to New York City, clearly struck red "United States Hotel, Philadelphia, M. Pope Mitchell" handstamp on top flap, fresh and Very Fine, a pretty cover, ex Mirsky, with 1989 P.F. certificate as Brown shade, Scott 1

E. 500-750
375
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60
c
Sale 1262, Lot 60, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a). Large margins to just clear at bottom, dark shade, intermediate impression, tied by blue "Philada. Pa. 5cts. Dec. 27" (1850) integral-rate circular datestamp, second strike at left on folded letter to Bellefonte Pa., bold strike of "Ferguson & Bro., Columbia House, Philadelphia" oval handstamp on top flap which has a tear, Very Fine, this is the only recorded 1847 Issue cover with a Ferguson & Bro. Columbia House marking, ex Garrett and Mirsky, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
500
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61
c
Sale 1262, Lot 61, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a). Huge margins to ample at left, intense dark shade, proof-like early impression on nicely blued paper, tied by red grid cancel on approximately three-quarters of buff envelope to military address, matching "PAID" handstamp, neat "Adjt. Genls Mass. Office" handstamp at top left, cover tear at top left and small insect erosion spot at right (both away from stamp), Very Fine and scarce, with 2002 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
475
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62
c
Sale 1262, Lot 62, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Three large margins, just touched at bottom, worn-plate impression, tied by red grid cancel and matching "Boston 5cts. 2 Feb." integral-rate circular datestamp on buff envelope to Bridgewater Mass. with "United States Hotel, Boston, Holman & Silsby" embossed corner card, few light toned spots at top of cover, Very Fine, a rare example of an embossed hotel corner card cover used with the 5c 1847 Issue, ex Mirsky

E. 400-500
225
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63
c
Sale 1262, Lot 63, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Three large margins, ample at bottom except corner partly removed at bottom right prior to use, cleaned-plate impression and bright shade (close to Brown Orange), tied by red grid cancels, matching "U.S. Express Mail N. York May 1?" (1851) route agent's circular datestamp on auction catalog for teas conducted by Wilmerdings & Mount on May 15, 1851, 7-1/2 x 10 in. with green cover, printed by George F. Nesbitt & Co., to Newport R.I., some creases and faults, otherwise Fine, a very unusual printed matter usage, this weighs a bit over 1-1/2 ounces and must have been sent at the printed matter rate, which required 3-1/2c postage in this weight class, this is the only cover that can be definitively stated to have a 5c 1847 stamp paying the printed matter rate, ex Cipolla

Sale 1262, Lot 63, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue
Image 2
E. 2,000-3,000
1,200
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64
c
Sale 1262, Lot 64, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, right stamp dot in "S" variety, large margins to just in at bottom right, dark shade, worn-plate impression, tied by manuscript "X" cancels, "Alden N.Y. Oct. 1" (1848) manuscript postmark on buff envelope to Liverpool, England, neat "8" pence due handstamp as this was carried on a private steamer during the Retaliatory Period, endorsed "Via steamer from Boston" and carried on the non-contract steamer Washington Irving owned by Enoch Train & Co., "28 OC 1848 Liverpool Ship" backstamp, some wear and toned spots

VERY FINE. A SCARCE RETALIATORY PERIOD USAGE OF THE 1847 ISSUE.

The 10c in postage paid the rate from Alden N.Y. to Boston. It was then carried by private ship and the recipient was charged 8 pence.

Ex Molesworth ("Patrick Henry"). With 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,300
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65
c
Sale 1262, Lot 65, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Large even margins, intermediate impression, tied by red "5" numeral handstamp, matching "PAID" and second strike of "5" handstamp with "U.S. Express Mail N.Y. N.York May 2" (1848) route agent's circular datestamp on gray folded cover to Bordeaux, France, sender's directive "Per Acadia", red "COLONIES/&c. ART. 13" framed accountancy handstamp, red British transit backstamp, black French arrival datestamps (May 18) front and back, manuscript "20" decimes due marking, addressee's name partly eradicated, otherwise Very Fine, scarce use of 1847 Issue on transatlantic cover with route agent's marking, ex Stollnitz, with 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,200
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66
c
Sale 1262, Lot 66, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to just in, worn-plate impression, tied by black grid cancel and red "Boston 5cts. 17 Jun." integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded cover to New York, red "PAID" handstamp, receipt docketing "David Stoddard June 17, 1852", some natural age bleach spots affect stamp, Fine, based on the internal yeardate this could be a demonetized use accepted as paid, but it is more likely the actual date is 1851 and the notation is incorrect (see USPCS census no. 3534 for similar analysis), P.F. certificate 358741 no longer accompanies

E. 750-1,000
0
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67
c
Sale 1262, Lot 67, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Full margins to in at left, cleaned-plate impression, tied by light strike of blue circular datestamp and by file fold, second strike of blue "Harrisburg Pa. Oct. 21" (1852) circular datestamp on folded cover to Washington D.C., manuscript "Due" and blue "5" handstamp, 1852 docketing on back, Fine attempted use of demonetized 1847 stamp, the stamp was not accepted as payment and the recipient was charged 5c due

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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68
c
Sale 1262, Lot 68, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to full, intermediate impression, some toning, tear in bottom margin, tied by black grid cancel, matching "New-York 5cts. Sep. 18" 5c integral-rate circular datestamp on ca. 1851 gray folded cover to Philadelphia, part of address strengthened, otherwise Very Fine attempted use of demonetized 1847 stamp, not accepted as indicated by the datestamp with 5c due for unpaid postage, illustrated in U.S. Cancellation Club News, Summer 1996, p. 76, with 1980 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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69
c
Sale 1262, Lot 69, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Three large to huge margins including right sheet margin, clear to in at top, tied by red square grid cancel, "New-York 5cts. 16 Jul" (1847) integral-rate circular datestamp also ties stamp, second strike of circular datestamp with 10c rate at left, on gray folded letter to New Orleans, Very Fine, rare First Month use and especially desirable to a distant destination

E. 750-1,000
900
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70
c
Sale 1262, Lot 70, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Margins in with truncated corners (the sender's whim), tied by blue grid cancel, matching "Philada. Pa. 10cts. Jul. 12" (1847) circular datestamp with "2" inverted (the "1" is upright) on folded letter to Mercer Pa., vertical file fold, some cover toning, still Fine, a rare early use, only one example of either the 5c or 10c 1847 Issue is known used outside of New York prior to the date of this cover (an uncancelled No. 1 from New Hamburgh), this is the earliest reported use of the 10c 1847 outside of New York City, also the earliest reported use of this style of government-issued 7-bar grid cancel, with 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
550
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71
c
Sale 1262, Lot 71, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Full margins all around, intense shade, canceled by unusual red rectangular 8-bar open grid with matching "Aurora Ill. Mar. 15" (1851) circular datestamp on blue folded letter datelined "Black Hawk Mills Mar. 15, 1851" and addressed to Dean Richmond in Buffalo N.Y., some minor toning along file fold at right, Extremely Fine stamp on a Very Fine and rare cover, 1847 Issue stamps were never shipped to Aurora, but the postmaster or local resident probably obtained a supply from nearby Chicago, the USPCS census lists only three examples (all 10c uses to Dean Richmond), ex Hart, signed Ezra Cole

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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72
c
Sale 1262, Lot 72, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Clear to large margins, tied by three penstrokes forming large circle of spokes, matching "Columbia Ala. April 1st 1848" manuscript postmark on envelope to North Fairhaven Mass., Very Fine cover from the Swift correspondence, scarce use of 1847 Issue from a small Southern post office

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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73
c
Sale 1262, Lot 73, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Large margins to just touched at top right, tied by two bold strikes of red square grid cancel, matching "New-York Dec. 18" (1850) circular datestamp on folded letter to Cleveland O., vertical file folds well away from stamp, Very Fine

E. 500-750
600
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74
c
Sale 1262, Lot 74, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Large margins to barely touched at top left, tied by red grid cancel, matching "Pittsburgh Pa. May 23" (1849) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Philadelphia, Very Fine, signed Ashbrook

E. 300-400
550
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75
c
Sale 1262, Lot 75, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Large margins to clear, intense shade, tied by red grid cancel, matching "Pittsburgh Pa. Jan. 30" circular datestamp on folded letter to New York City, clear strike of "St. Charles Hotel, Pittsburgh, D.R. Miller" hotel forwarder's oval handstamp on top flap, some toning also affects stamp, still Very Fine, one of two recorded 1847 covers with the St. Charles hotel marking, ex Mirsky

E. 750-1,000
425
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76
c
Sale 1262, Lot 76, Postmasters’ Provisionals, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Large margins to ample, faintly cancelled, tiny thins, hinged on folded cover to Toronto, Canada, small bit of manuscript on cover extends as offset on back of stamp, effectively tying it, red "New-York Sep. 22" (1848) circular datestamp, Queenston transit, manuscript "4-1/2" pence due marking, receiving backstamp, Very Fine appearance, with 2021 and 2022 P.F. certificates, the former for the stamp off cover, the latter for the stamp on the original cover

E. 500-750
700
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