Sale 1265 — Classic United States Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Thursday, 29 September, 2022

Category — Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Domestic Covers (Scott 17)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
645
c
Sale 1265, Lot 645, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Domestic Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 1R1, huge margins to full with portion of adjoining stamp at right, intense shade nicely contrasted by bold blue "Cincinnati O. Aug. 9" (1856) circular datestamp on buff cover to the clerk at Raleigh Tenn., docketing at left indicates contents were depositions, slightly reduced at left and edge refolded, Extremely Fine Gem stamp paying the quadruple 3c rate

E. 300-400
250
646
c
Sale 1265, Lot 646, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Domestic Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 68L1, ample margins to clear, tied by large "Paid" grid cancel with red "Boston Sep. 28" (1855) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to New York, docketing on flap, file folds not affecting stamp, Very Fine and scarce solo use of the 12c 1851 to pay the four-times 3c rate between Boston and New York, with 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
160
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647
c
Sale 1265, Lot 647, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Domestic Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 53L1, margins to just in, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), tied by "Indianapolis In. Mar. 20, 1857" circular datestamps on cover to Richmond Vt., both stamps with a light corner crease, Very Fine and scarce combination with the 12c 1851 to pay the five-times 3c rate for under 3,000 miles

E. 300-400
200
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648
c
Sale 1265, Lot 648, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Domestic Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Margins in at sides, used with two 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), left stamp faulty, tied by "U.S. Express Mail N.Y. N. York 23 Aug." (1854) route agent's circular datestamp on wrapper containing a 22-page tea auction catalogue, wrapper with faults as expected with such a heavy item, Fine appearance and very rare use of the 12c 1851 Issue on a printed matter item, the catalog was sealed and has extensive notes written inside -- making it ineligible for the printed matter rate and so charged as a six-times rate letter

E. 500-750
0
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649
c
Sale 1265, Lot 649, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Domestic Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Large margins to touched, tied by large 8-bar "double-wide" grid cancel with "San Francisco Cal. 2 Mar." (1853) circular datestamp and large red "PAID" straightline handstamp on blue folded cover to New York City, Very Fine double 6c rate use before the April 1855 rate change and a rare example of this San Francisco "double-wide" grid cancel, which was created to cancel pairs of 3c stamps in one strike, we have encountered only two examples of its use on the 12c 1851 (the other ex Kramer and Eubanks), ex Haas, with 1992 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
550
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650
c
Sale 1265, Lot 650, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Domestic Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 83L1, full margins to just clear at top left, tied by "San Francisco Cal. 15 Apr." (1854) circular datestamp on buff cover to Rochester N.Y., missing part of bottom flap, fresh and Very Fine, scarce double 6c transcontinental rate

E. 300-400
325
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651
c
Sale 1265, Lot 651, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Domestic Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Used with pair 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), tied by grid cancels with "New Bedford Ms. Jan. 19" (1853) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to San Francisco, 12c stamp light horizontal crease, still a fresh and Very Fine cover, a scarce franking for triple 6c rate before 1855

E. 300-400
325
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652
c
Sale 1265, Lot 652, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Domestic Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 89R1, margins to just in at bottom, horizontal crease at bottom, tied by "New-York Dec. 2?" Type 2 Ocean Mail circular datestamp on blue folded letter to San Francisco datelined Dec. 15, 1852, letter gives shipping instructions and options via Panama, Very Fine appearance, Allen records only this single cover bearing the 12c 1851 Issue with the Type 2 New York Ocean Mail datestamp

E. 400-500
300
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653
c
Sale 1265, Lot 653, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Domestic Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Used with two 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), tied by two strikes of "New York Nov. 6" Ocean Mail circular datestamp with integral grid on blue cover to "Coon Hollow Post Office", Placerville Cal., missing backflap and stamps with a couple small edge flaws, Very Fine appearance, Allen records only two covers bearing the 12c 1851 with the New York Ocean Mail integral-grid datestamp, Coon Hollow was a gold-mining town at this time, with clear 1980 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
325
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654
c
Sale 1265, Lot 654, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Domestic Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 47R1, full even margins all around, tied by large "Paid" grid cancel with "Boston 10cts. 19 Oct." (1852) integral-rate due datestamp on folded letter to San Francisco, pencil "Due", file fold creases stamp at left, otherwise Very Fine and rare use of the 12c 1851 Issue on a pre-1855 transcontinental letter partly paying the required rate and partly due, the first two 6c rates were paid by the stamp, but the third rate, which was 10c for an unpaid letter, was due from the addressee, Allen records only this cover showing this combination, ex Neinken

E. 500-750
375
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655
c
Sale 1265, Lot 655, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Domestic Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 22R1, margins to just in at right, small corner crease at top left, tied by "San Francisco Cal." circular datestamp on Jul. 23, 1855 docketed folded cover to Philadelphia, large "DUE" handstamp with pencil "Due 8", docketing on this and on the cover offered in the following lot from the same correspondence indicate receipt approximately one month after mailing (we are not sure of the reason for the long transit time), Very Fine and unusual part paid and part unpaid cover with the 12c 1851 Issue, the stamp paid the first 10c transcontinental rate plus 2c, and the 8c deficiency for the second rate was due from the recipient, with 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
325
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656
c
Sale 1265, Lot 656, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Domestic Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 32R1, large margins to touched at upper right, tied by "San Francisco Cal. 13 Jul." (1855) circular datestamp on folded cover to Philadelphia, docketing on this and on the cover offered in the previous lot from the same correspondence indicate receipt approximately one month after mailing (we are not sure of the reason for the long transit time), Very Fine and unusual use of the 12c 1851 overpaying the 10c transcontinental rate

E. 300-400
200
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657
c
Sale 1265, Lot 657, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Domestic Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Nine stamps in three horizontal strips of three -- Positions 74-76R1, 64-66R1 and 86-88R1 -- margins vary from large to slightly in, used with two 1c Blue, Type IV (9), one has huge margins, other huge to deeply cut in, and fourteen 1857 Perforated 10c Green, Types I, II and III (31, 32, 33), including a Type I horizontal strip of five, Positions 91-95L1, vertical pair Types II/III, two Type III horizontal pairs and three singles (two Type II, one Type III), all stamps tied by "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 10, 1857" circular datestamps on large blue cover to Coleman & Bailey, Baltimore, Maryland, with "U.S.A." designation in address, suggesting this originated from somewhere outside the United States, stamps have faults, left strip of 12c repaired, the cover is professionally cleaned and pressed with cosmetic improvements, part of backflap missing

AN ASTOUNDING 25-STAMP FRANKING WITH THE ONE-CENT AND 12-CENT 1851 IMPERFORATE ISSUES, ALONG WITH THE 10-CENT 1857 PERFORATED -- INCLUDING A STRIP OF FIVE OF THE SCARCE TYPE I -- ON A TRANSCONTINENTAL COVER PAYING 25 TIMES 10-CENT PER HALF-OUNCE RATE.

The transcontinental rate was raised to 10c in 1855. This remarkable combination paid 25 times the 10c rate on a cover sent via Panama to a Baltimore ship chandler and operator of omnibuses.

Elliott Perry remarked about this cover, "I have never seen anything like this in my life." Ex Rust, Giamporcaro, Hackmey and Gross. With 1999 P.F. certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
8,000
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