Sale 1242 — The Gordon Eubanks Collection: United States 1851 to 1856 Imperforate Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-13 October, 2021

Category — Twelve-Cent: Bisects (Scott 17a)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
427
c
Sale 1242, Lot 427, Twelve-Cent: Bisects (Scott 17a)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Top stamp in a vertical pair with full 12c, used with vertical pair of 1c Blue, Type IV (9), Positions 88/98R1L, bottom stamp double transfer, both pairs tied by penstroke cancels, including across the cut of the bisect, 1c pair tied by manuscript "Pleasant Hill OT Oct. 10" Oregon Territory postmark on circa 1855 registered blue folded cover to New York City street address, black manuscript "299" registration number applied at Pleasant Hill and red manuscript "29 15047" number applied at New York City, 12c pair with a few trivial small faults

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE 1851 ISSUE REGISTERED COVER FROM OREGON TERRITORY WITH A 12-CENT BISECT USED WITH OTHER STAMPS AND ACCEPTED AS PREPAYMENT OF THE DOUBLE 10-CENT RATE AT THE PLEASANT HILL AND NEW YORK CITY POST OFFICES.

Although bisecting 12c stamps was practiced in California, this is the only recorded 12c 1851 bisect used from a western territorial post office. The bisect was joined with a full 12c stamp and used with two 1c stamps to pay the double 10c rate, which went into effect in April 1855. The bisect was accepted by the Pleasant Hill postmaster, William W. Bristow, member of a well-known pioneer family who was appointed postmaster in 1852. Bristow used pen and ink to cancel the stamps and postmark the cover. The bisected 12c was also accepted on arrival at the New York City post office, despite a September 1853 notice that bisected stamps were not valid. Perhaps the clerk was accommodating because the cover was registered and the full stamps paid the 10c single rate.

The cover was sent by registered mail, evidenced by the "299" and "29 15047" registration numbers applied at Pleasant Hill and New York City, respectively. In addition to the territorial bisect usage, this cover is believed to be the only known use of a 12c 1851 bisect on a registered cover. It was illustrated and first identified as a registered cover in an article by James W. Milgram, M.D. ("Domestic Registration of 1851-57 Stamps and Entires," Chronicle 253).

Ex Herman "Pat" Herst, Jr., collection of Oregon postal history (Siegel Sale 232, Aug. 19, 1960, lot 36). With 2016 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
13,000