Sale 1265 — Classic United States Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Thursday, 29 September, 2022

Category — "Houdon" 3c 1851-57: Bisects (Scott 11-11A var.)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
566
c
Sale 1265, Lot 566, "Houdon" 3c 1851-57: Bisects (Scott 11-11A var.)3c Rose Red, Type II (11A). Vertical and horizontal pairs, margins to in, tied together by two strikes of "London U.C. Oc 31, 1856" circular datestamp on buff cover from Canada to oil merchant F. S. Pease in Buffalo, New York, and accepted as fully paid; the bottom right stamp was originally bisected to more properly pay the 10c rate, but the sender apparently had second thoughts as the right half was put back before being postmarked; stamps creased before use, minor repaired flap and edges strengthened

FINE. A FASCINATING AND PROBABLY UNIQUE USE. EXAMPLES OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE FROM CANADA ARE FAR RARER THAN THE 1847 ISSUE SIMILARLY USED AND THE EXAMPLE OFFERED HERE WITH STAMPS PAYING ALL POSTAGE IS TRULY AMAZING.

Ex Bilden, Dr. Robertson, Hackmey and Gross. Illustrated in Boggs, The Postage Stamps and Postal History of Canada (p. 85)

E. 1,500-2,000
800