Sale 1251 — The John B. Field Collection of Superb United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 2-3 March, 2022

Category — 1893 Columbian Issue Set on Cover (Scottt 230-245)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1166
c
Sale 1251, Lot 1166, 1893 Columbian Issue Set on Cover (Scottt 230-245)1c-$5.00 Columbian (230-245). Complete set, tied by "New York Aug. 4 1:30 PM 93" duplex datestamp and oval grid cancels on large cover to Karlsruhe, Germany, light vertical file folds do not affect stamps, $1.00 tiny corner crease at top left

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND COLORFUL COVER BEARING A COMPLETE SET OF THE POPULAR COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION ISSUE. ONLY FIVE COMPLETE SETS ON COVER ARE RECORDED.

A total of $16.34 in postage was paid to create this philatelic masterpiece. The U.S. Philatelic Classics Society census of Columbian Issue dollar-value covers, available at https://www.uspcs.org/resource-center/censuses/columbian-dollar-value-cover-census , contains only five covers with a complete set of Columbian stamps:

1) May 21, 1893, Crow Wing Minn. to Pittsburgh, large registered wrapper with extra 8c, stamps tied by target cancels, 1979 Rarities sale (Sale 544, lot 133)

2) Oct. 30, 1893, Chicago World’s Fair duplex cancels, to Savannah Ga. and forwarded to Mexico, large registered 10c Columbian entire with Scott E3, ex Dr. Martin (Sale 893, lot 146)

3) Nov. 8, 1893, Westport Conn. to New York City, large registered cover, stamps cancelled by penstrokes, Sale 1241, lot 1121

4) Dec. 6, 1893, New York City, from C. Witt to his wife, large registered cover, ex “World’s Fair” (Sale 1055, lot 112)

5) Aug. 4, 1893, New York City to Karlsruhe, Germany, large cover (not registered), 2012 Rarities sale (Sale 1025, lot 177), the cover offered here

Based on condition and the stamps’ arrangement, as well as the foreign destination, we would rank this as one of the three finest Columbian set covers

E. 15,000-20,000
17,000