Sale 1265 — Classic United States Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Thursday, 29 September, 2022

Category — Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Bisected Uses (Scott 17a)

Lot
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Realized
661
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Sale 1265, Lot 661, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Bisected Uses (Scott 17a)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Position 7R1, lower right half, well-tied on all three sides by "San Francisco Cal. 16 Aug." (1853) circular datestamp on buff cover to Boston Mass., original letter enclosure datelined at San Francisco on Aug. 15 with ship-name directive "P Winfield Scott", letter with splits, forwarder's blue oval handstamp on backflap

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING QUALITY 12-CENT 1851 BISECT COVER -- ACCEPTED FOR THE 6-CENT TRANSCONTINENTAL RATE.

With 1984 Raybaudi certificate

2,500
1,600
662
c
Sale 1265, Lot 662, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Bisected Uses (Scott 17a)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Position 7R1, upper left half, well-tied on all three sides by "Sacramento Cal. 15 Jun." (1853) circular datestamp on folded letter to New York City, some ink erosion where addressee's name is crossed out, letter with splits not affecting the front panel, otherwise Very Fine, bisects used from California towns other than San Francisco are particularly scarce, Allen records only 13 such covers, with 1950 P.F. certificate.

2,500
850
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663
c
Sale 1265, Lot 663, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Bisected Uses (Scott 17a)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Position 61L1, upper right half, well-tied across the cut by "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 1" (1853) circular datestamp on buff cover to Samuel B. Morse in Germantown Pa., "10" handstamp for unpaid postage, top left corner of stamp with light crease

VERY FINE APPEARING BISECT OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE, NOT ACCEPTED FOR THE 6-CENT TRANSCONTINENTAL RATE AND CHARGED THE 10-CENT UNPAID RATE.

Post Office Department regulations of September 1853 formally disallowed the use of partial stamps for the mail. The bisect on this cover was rejected on arrival at the Philadelphia post office, which applied the 10c due marking.

Illustrated in 1851 Sesquicentennial book (p. 256). With 1984 P.F. certificate

2,500
1,200
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664
c
Sale 1265, Lot 664, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Bisected Uses (Scott 17a)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Lower right half, well-tied on three sides by two strikes of "San Francisco Cal. 16 Sep." (1853) circular datestamp, also tied by bold "10" in circle handstamp on buff cover to Geneva Ill., part of one backflap missing

VERY FINE BISECT OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE, NOT ACCEPTED FOR POSTAGE AND CHARGED THE 10-CENT UNPAID RATE.

Post Office Department regulations of September 1853 formally disallowed the use of partial stamps for the mail. The bisect on this cover was rejected on arrival at the New York City post office, which applied the 10c due marking. This bisect use to a midwestern post office is rare, with only four examples recorded by Allen.

Ex Matthies. Signed Edward Stern.

2,500
1,200
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665
 
Sale 1265, Lot 665, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, Bisected Uses (Scott 17a)12c Black (17). Cut down to a smaller size and used alongside the central vignette of the indicia from a 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire as personal seals on a Michigan deed transfer dated April 5, 1855, signatures next to both stamps, 12c with faults including a crease, Fine and very rare non-postal use of the 12c 1851 Issue as a personal seal on a legal document

E. 300-400
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