Sale 1264 — The Stephen Rose Collection of 2c 1869 Pictorial Issue
Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022
Category — Bisected Uses
VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT 1869 BISECT USED ON TAX NOTICES FROM LURAY, VIRGINIA. THE OTHER, BEARING THE MATCHING HALF OF THIS STAMP, IS PERMANENTLY ENSCONCED IN THE MILLER COLLECTION OWNED BY THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY.
The Luray 1869 bisects were used on tax notices prepared by Frank J. Bramhall, the Assistant Assessor of the U.S. Internal Revenue office at Luray, Virginia. The notices were to be brought before him, completed and signed by the addressee. This notice to Samuel Miller in Luray was mailed on March 26, 1870, and filed with Bramhall on April 4. The Luray notices and small pieces thereof exist with two different rates: 1c for local addressees and 2c for those outside Luray. Only two notices have 2c 1869 bisects -- two halves of the same stamp (the one offered here and the other in the Miller collection) -- each paying the 1c local rate. The others have 3c 1869 stamps cut into one-third (1c), two-thirds (2c) or two one-thirds of different stamps joined along the perfs (2c), depending on the rate.
Ex Wunsch and Coulter.
FINE APPEARANCE. A TRUE GREEN CANCELLATION ON THE 2-CENT 1869 BISECT IS A REMARKABLE RARITY.
Ex Dr. Robertson and Eubanks. With 1997 P.F. certificate. Scott value $6,000.00.
VERY FINE AND A WONDERFUL COMBINATION OF ELEMENTS -- THE 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL BISECT USED WITH A NORMAL 2-CENT STAMP ON A MOURNING COVER MAILED ON CHRISTMAS DAY AND FORWARDED TO NEW ORLEANS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.
Illustrated in Chronicle 269 (p. 47). With 1978 P.F. certificate. Scott value $6,000.00.
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL BISECT TO A FOREIGN DESTINATION AND THE ONLY RECORDED 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL USE ON A 7-CENT RATE COVER VIA ENGLAND.
The 14c rate paid on this cover represents double the 7c rate to Germany via England, effective Oct. 1, 1871. This is the only recorded 2c 1869 Pictorial bisect used to a foreign destination as well as the only 10c 1869 Pictorial on a 7c rate cover via England.
Illustrated in Ten-Cent 1869 Covers: A Postal Historical Survey (p. 201). With 1982 and 2008 P.F. certificates. Scott value $6,000.00 as an ordinary on-cover bisect.
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1869 VERTICAL BISECT. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS FROM EAST CLARENDON, VERMONT, BEARING MATCHING HALVES OF THE SAME STAMP. THESE ARE THE ONLY AVAILABLE MATCHING 1869 BISECTS AND THE ONLY 1869 BISECTS KNOWN ON POSTAL STATIONERY OF ANY KIND.
The mate to this cover, dated Nov. 3, was offered in our sale of the Elliott Coulter collection (Sale 911, lot 83). It has the left vertical half of the same stamp. Based on the 33 2c 1869 bisect covers listed in the Jonathan Rose census (United States Postage Stamps of 1869) and the Luray bisect in the Miller collection at The New York Public Library (omitted in the Rose census), these two covers are a) the only 2c 1869 bisects from East Clarendon, a tiny post office in Vermont; b) the only matching bisects of the 1869 Issue available to the public; and c) the only 1869 bisects known on postal stationery. The 2c bisect on a Luray Va. tax document (also ex Coulter and offered in this sale as lot 257), and the 2c Luray bisect in The New York Public Library's Benjamin K. Miller collection are matching halves of the same stamp, but for obvious reasons they cannot be reunited.
Ex Herman Herst. 1940 note of authenticity signed by Warren H. Colson on back. With 1984 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE AND RARE USE OF THE 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL BISECT, CONNECTED TO A COMPLETE 2-CENT STAMP FOR THE 3-CENT RATE FROM NEW YORK CITY. VERY FEW NEW YORK CITY BISECTS ARE KNOWN SINCE THIS POST OFFICE HAD AN AMPLE SUPPLY OF STAMPS.
Illustrated in Chronicle 269 (p. 46). Ex Jonathan Rose. With 1970 P.F. certificate. Scott value $6,000.00.