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Rarities of the World


United States - Stampless through 1847 Issue
 
 
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Lot 3001

1777 (Nov. 9) New York, N.Y. to Dunkeld, Scotland, folded letter datelined New York from a British soldier recuperating from "fever" before joining General Howe's troops in Philadelphia, manuscript "Nov: 9TH 77" date, noted in letter as being carried with others "by the Corke Fleet" to Scotland, transcript and clan history included; small paper loss on flap ending in small tear, Very Fine and fresh.
Estimate 3,000 - 4,000

The letter from William Robinson reads in part, "Since my last there have been very great changes here, everything then bore the fairest appearance of a speedy termination of the Rebellion. But now (as you will see by the Newspapers) we have met with some severe Strokes which make it necessary to have some more troops sent out, or that we give them some Capital Defeat. Gen Howe sent here fore a Reinforcement so all the troops up the North river (among it was our Regt) & the Light horse were here, were ordered to join him at Philadelphia…And I'm now turned perfectly stout again and intend going to Philadelphia very soon…The news here is so bad about Burgoyne that I shall defer mentioning any at all til things take another turn".

New York City fell to the British forces in September 1776 and remained in British hands until November 1783. It also should be noted that General Burgoyne surrendered to General Gates at Saratoga on 17 October 1777.

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Lot 3002

1786 (Oct. 28) Philadelphia Pa. to Walnford N.J., datelined folded letter with "P Stage" endorsement, carried by private boat up the Delaware River to Bordentown, framed private post "Bordentown & New York Stage" handstamp on reverse, carried by private stage to Walnford; flap with small paper loss from wax seal removal, slight staining, Fine.
Estimate 5,000 - 7,500

ONE OF ONLY SIX RECORDED USAGES OF THE EARLIEST RECORDED AMERICAN PRIVATE POST HANDSTAMP.
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Lot 3003

1792 (Jul. 13) Windsor, Vt. to West Springfield, Mass., folded letter datelined "Windsor, July 11th 1792", bearing "Windsor, July 13." straightline postmark and manuscript "12½ Cts" rating, carried on the authorized postal routes running between Windsor, Brattleborough, Northampton Mass. and Springfield Mass., accompanied by exhibit page; minor toning, Fine.
Estimate 10,000 - 15,000

THE EARLIEST OF APPROXIMATELY THREE RECORDED 18TH CENTURY VERMONT COVERS WITH A HANDSTAMPED POSTMARK.

Provenance: Ed Siskin and George Kramer Collections

The Windsor post office opened on July 9, 1792 and this letter was posted in the first week of operation.

Effective June 1, 1792, there were four authorized postal routes: 1. Between Brattleborough via Charlestown N.H., Windsor and Hanover N.H.; 2. Between Brattleborough, Northampton Mass. and Springfield Mass.; 3. Between Rutland, Manchester, Bennington, Troy N.Y. and Albany N.Y.; and 4. From Rutland to Vergennes, then on to Lake Champlain to Burlington.

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Lot 3004

1827 "York, Pa" female allegory, a Superb strike red handstamped postmark dated "May 21" on 1827 folded letter to Columbia, Pa.; manuscript "6" over lightened "10", Extremely Fine.
Estimate 2,000 - 3,000

A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE PICTORIAL HANDSTAMP.
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Lot 3005
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1903 Roosevelt presentation album of small die proofs, comprised of 308 proofs 1847-1902 issues, mounted on gilt edged thick gray cards in a padded leather bound album inscribed to T.S. Ingraham, album with the usual edge wear and some of the interleaving sheets are torn or missing, the proofs are fresh and Extremely Fine (a few slightly oxidized as usual).
Estimate 35,000 - 45,000

EXCEEDINGLY RARE AS MOST OF THE ORIGINAL 85 ALBUMS HAVE BEEN DISMANTLED.
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Lot 3006

Millbury, Mass., 1846, 5¢ black on bluish (7X1), clear impression, tied on piece by attractive red "Millbury Ms. Mar 23" c.d.s., margins at two sides, just in at top and left, bright and fresh, Fine.
Scott $20,000

THE ONLY SOUND, AND THEREFORE THE FINEST OF THE NINE RECORDED USED EXAMPLES ON PIECE OR OFF COVER.

Expertization: 1996 P.F. Certificate.

Provenance: Morris

According to Philip T. Wall's article on the Millbury provisional, there are three examples recorded used on piece and six recorded used off-cover. He describes in detail the faults, creases or more serious flaws, associated with the other eight recorded examples.

Illustrated and described in the definitive article "The Millbury Postmaster's Provisional Stamp" by Philip T. Wall, The Chronicle, Nov. 1983 & Feb. 1984, No. 120-1, pp. 229, 12-19, fig. I.

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Lot 3007

New York, N.Y., 1845, 5¢ black on bluish (9X1), bottom right corner margin single, position 40 very large to huge margins, outstanding color and impression, tied by blue pen and red "New York 5 cts, 11 Mar" c.d.s. on folded cover to Philadelphia, Pa. with red "PAID" in arc and blue "R" (recorded), small closed tear at top center of no consequence. Extremely Fine.
Scott $650

GEM STAMP ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER.

Expertization: 1999 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3008

St. Louis, Mo., 1845, 10¢ black on greenish (11X2), type I, position 2, tied to small piece by red St. Louis c.d.s. and without the usual pen cancel, very large margins to just shaving frame line at top and with lovely fresh color. Fine.
Scott $6,000

A HANDSOME "BEAR" FROM THE FAIMAN COLLECTION.

Expertization: signed W.H.C. (Colson) and 2004 P.S.E. Certificate.

Provenance: Faiman
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Lot 3009
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St. Louis, Mo., 1846, 10¢ black on gray lilac (11X5), type III, position 6, large margin three sides, just into frame line at right, bright color cancelled solely by red St. Louis c.d.s. Fine.
Scott $5,500

A FRESH COMPLETELY SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 10¢ ON GRAY LILAC WITHOUT THE USUAL PEN CANCEL.

Expertization: 1999 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3010
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1847, 5¢ red brown (1), bottom sheet margin single. Large to huge margins with pieces of adjoining stamps at both right and left, rich color. Light blue cancel. Extremely Fine.
Scott $585

A SUPERB AND EYE CATCHING SHEET MARGIN SINGLE.

Expertization: 1993 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3011
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1847, 5¢ blackish brown (1a var.), incredibly rich true blackish brown color, very large margins all around including part of left sheet margin, lightly struck red grid cancel. A fresh, choice Extremely Fine gem.
Scott $800

THE TRUE BLACKISH BROWN SHADE IS EXCEPTIONALLY SCARCE AND IS SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERVALUED BY SCOTT.

Expertization: 2004 P.F., 2005 P.S.E. graded (XF-Sup 95) Certificates.
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Lot 3012
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1847, 5¢ red orange (1c), huge margins including a bit of adjacent stamps at top and bottom, bold blue grid cancels. Extremely Fine and choice.
Scott $5,535

A HANDSOME EXAMPLE THE TRUE RED ORANGE — ONE OF THE MOST OFTEN MISIDENTIFIED OF THE 5¢ 1847 SHADES.

Expertization: 2005 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3013
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1847, 5¢ red brown (1), block of four. Mostly clear margins. Manuscript cancels. Repaired tears at bottom, thin at top. Fine appearance.
Scott $27,500
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Lot 3014

1847, 5¢ red brown (1), huge margins, cancelled red grid on small cover to Paris, France, matching straightline "Paid", manuscript "15" (décimes) due, red boxed "Colonies/&c Art. 13" and "Angl./Calais" French entry c.d.s., manuscript "p Cambria", backstamped London (Sept. 10 and Paris (Sept. 11), Very Fine.
Estimate 4,000 - 6,000

A RARE OVERSEAS USAGE OF 5¢ 1847.
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Lot 3015

1847, 5¢ orange brown (1b), position 10R1, sheet margin at top and portion of adjacent stamp at bottom, margins to just touching at sides, cancelled by red grid on blue 1850 folded letter to New Bedford Mass., matching " Providence R.I. Dec 16" c.d.s.; tiny scissor cut far from design, Very Fine.
Estimate 2,000 - 3,000

A VERY FINE USAGE OF THE SCARCE ORANGE-BROWN COLOR OF 1850.

Expertization: 2001 P.F. Certificate, signed Stanley B. Ashbrook.
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Lot 3016
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1847, 10¢ black (2), right sheet margin single with huge margins on other sides. Sharp impression, crisp color. Neat red grid cancel. Superb.
Scott $1,350

A MAGNIFICENT 10¢ 1847 IN THE FINEST QUALITY AVAILABLE.

Expertization: 1989, 2001 P.F. Certificate.

Provenance: Renne
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Lot 3017
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1847, 10¢ black (2), right sheet margin single with large to huge margins other sides, including portions of three other stamps, fresh and intense color on crisp paper. Light red grid cancels. Extremely Fine.
Scott $1,350

A SUPERB 10¢ 1847 SHEET MARGIN SINGLE.

Expertization: 1996 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3018
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1847, 10¢ black (2), Position 86L, large to huge margins with bits of adjacent stamps at right, brilliant color and paper. Light red grid cancel. Extremely Fine. A bright, large margined gem.
Scott $1,350

Expertization: 1990 P.S.E. Certificate.
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Lot 3019
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1847, 10¢ black (2), enormous margins (trace of adjacent stamp at top), prooflike impression and light blue grid cancel. Extremely Fine and choice.
Scott $1,400

THE LIGHT CANCEL ALLOWS THE PARTICULARLY DETAILED IMPRESSION OF THIS GEM TO REALLY STAND OUT.

Expertization: 2000 P.F., 2005 P.S.E. (graded XF-Sup 95) Certificates.
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Lot 3020
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1847, 10¢ black (2), large margins, exceptionally fresh paper, razor sharp impression. Brilliant, stunning red grid cancel. An Extremely Fine gem.
Scott $1,350

A STUNNING USED SINGLE.

Expertization: 2000 P.F. Certificate.

Provenance: Haas, Wall
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Lot 3021
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1847, 10¢ black (2), position 31R showing the type B double transfer, large to oversized margins, bright red "paint" grid cancel. Extremely Fine.
Scott $1,350

A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE AND DRAMATIC VARIETY, WHICH SHOWS QUITE CLEARLY IN THE DOUBLING OF THE LETTERS IN "POST OFFICE".

Expertization: 2002 P.S.E., 2005 P.F. Certificates.
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Lot 3022
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1847, 10¢ black (2), position 57L showing the "hairlip" variety, large to huge margins, blue town cancel. Fresh and Extremely Fine.
Scott $1,950

THE INTENSE COLOR AND STRONG IMPRESSION COMBINE TO TRULY ACCENTUATE THE VARIETY.

Expertization: 2005 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3023

1847, 10¢ black (2), huge bottom margin single with four margins, slightly irregular at top, cancelled by vivid red grid on blue 1850 folded letter from New Orleans to Philadelphia, matching "Mobile Ala. Jul 16" c.d.s., July 23 arrival docketing; trivial corner crease upper right, Very Fine.
Estimate 5,000 - 7,500

A VERY FINE USAGE BEARING A 10¢ 1847 WITH AN EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE SHEET MARGIN.

Expertization: clear 1996 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3024

1847 (1875 Reproduction), 5¢ red brown (3), full left sheet margin single, large and balanced margins other sides, prooflike color and impression, exceptionally fresh. Without gum as issued. Extremely Fine.
Scott $750

A SUPERB AND PRISTINE MARGIN SINGLE.

Expertization: 2001 P.F. Certificate.

Sheet margins are rare on the 1875 reprints as the selvages were routinely removed.

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Lot 3025

1851, 1¢ blue, type I (5), position 7R1E, enormous margins at top and right including portions of adjacent stamps, in vertical pair with 1¢ blue, type IIIa (8A) position 17R1E, used with 1¢ blue, type Ib (5A) position 3R1E and three 3¢ brownish carmine, type I (11), attractively arranged at corners and tied by "Deep River Ct. Feb 12" circular datestamps, and 5A on flap cancelled by manuscript, on large 1852 all-over valentine envelope with lithographed floral and ribbon design in bronze ink, addressed to Westbrook, Ct., accompanied by the elaborately blind-embossed enclosure with a small ornamented envelope attached containing a card with a valentine verse; negligible small stamp and cover flaws (the 1¢ type Ib on flap faulty from opening) that would be expected on a cover of this size and vintage, the 7R1E with small lower left repair, a Fine usage.
Estimate 200,000 - 250,000

A UNIQUE COMBINATION FRANKING OF THREE DIFFERENT 1¢ TYPES WITH ADDITIONAL VALUES, AND THE ONLY RECORDED 1¢ TYPE I VALENTINE USAGE.

Expertization: 2005 P.F. Certificate.

The presence of three rare types of the 1¢ imperforate issue, including type I, combined with three 3¢ stamps to make up the quadruple 3¢ per ½ ounce (4 X 3¢) domestic rate on a large valentine cover, makes this one of the most important and desirable 1851 issue covers extant.

This cover has been off the market since it was purchased from Weill Brothers over 50 years ago.

Subject of "Quintessential Covers: Part III" by Hubert C. Skinner, The Chronicle, Nov. 1994, No. 164, pp. 245-250.

Census No. 5-COV-080 in "The Wagshall Census of 7R1E" by Jerome S. Washall, 2001.

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Lot 3026
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1851, 1¢ blue, type Ib (5A), position 5R1E, full margins to just touching at top and is a bit at left, wide bottom margin at bottom showing the type characteristics fully, fresh pastel color, light town c.d.s., some thinning. Very Fine appearing and attractive example of this rare type.
Scott $7,500

Expertization: 1978 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3027

1851, 1¢ blue, type II (7), very large margins, radiant color, and full, lightly hinged original gum. A choice Extremely Fine gem.
Scott $1,200

WITH FULL MARGINS AT TOP AND BOTTOM AND LIGHTLY HINGED ORIGINAL GUM, THIS ONE-CENT TYPE II IS A TRULY A CONDITION RARITY.

Expertization: 2005 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3028
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1851, 1¢ blue, type III (8), large, unmistakable breaks at top and bottom, very large and beautifully balanced margins, brilliant deep plate 4 color, finely detailed impression and a neat town postmark. Extremely Fine.
Scott $3,250

AN OUTSTANDING IMPERFORATE TYPE III, WHICH, IN ADDITION TO BEING AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF ITS TYPE, IS ALSO REMARKABLY CHOICE AND WELL PRESERVED.

Expertization: 1987 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3029
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1851, 1¢ blue, type III (8), clear to enormous margins, socked on-the-nose "Litchfield Ct. Sep. 21 1857" c.d.s., deep viabrant color. Fresh and Extremely Fine.
Scott $3,250

Expertization: 1988 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3030
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1851, 1¢ blue, type III (8), from position 99R2, huge margins except design barely shaved at lower right, blue town cancel, exceptinally fresh and bright. Small faint corner crease at upper right. Choice Very Fine appearance.
Scott $12,000

Expertization: 2002 P.F. Certificate.

The dramatic double transfer along the right side which positively identifies this rare position is clearly visible. Position 99R2 is considered the best example of the type III because of the wide break at the bottom that was the result of a short transfer rather than the plate wear that caused the break on the plate 4 examples.

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Lot 3031

1851, 1¢ blue, type III (8), position 70L4, select single showing a huge break at bottom and a nice wide break at top, three large margins, fourth at right just touching at bottom, intense plate 4 color and detailed impression, tied by "New York/May 10" c.d.s. to printed circular to Philadelphia, Pa., fresh and Very Fine. Position 70L4, on cover.
Scott $3,500

Expertization: 1985 P.F. Certificate.

Provenance: Tony Smith
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Lot 3032

1851, 1¢ blue, type IIIa (8A), position 35R1E, three large to huge margins including portion of adjacent stamp at top, just touching at bottom, used with a pair of 3¢ orange brown (10) plate 1E, tied by black grids on 1851 folded letter to New Orleans, entered mails with red "New Orleans La. Nov 28" c.d.s., endorsed "G Burke", red "Steamer / Glendy Burke" oval handstamp (Milgrim 516), 1¢ with tiny scissor cuts, Very Fine.
Estimate 5,000 - 7,500

A VERY RARE 1851 ISSUE PREPAID WAY USAGE.

Expertization: Signed by Ashbrook.

Provenance: Cipolla

This folded letter was picked up at a plantation landing on the Mississippi River by the non-contract steamboat Glendy Burke and carried to New Orleans. It entered the mails as a double rate cover with the 1¢ way fee prepaid.

Written up, Ashbrook's Special Service, photo no. 238.

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Lot 3033

1852, 1¢ blue, type IV (9), position 18R1L, large margins to cutting, used with vertical pair of 1857 1¢ blue, type II and type IIIa (20, 22), position 4R/14R4, tied by "Dubuque Iowa. Oct 25 1858" circular datestamps on yellow cover to West Fairlee Vt., some stamp faults, a Very Fine and clean usage.
Estimate 3,000 - 4,000

A SCARCE SINGLE RATE COMBINATION COVER OF THREE TYPES, AND MIXED ISSUE IMPERFORATE AND PERFORATED FRANKING.

Expertization: 1983 Alcuri Certificate.

Provenance: Cipolla
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Lot 3034
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1851-57, 3¢ color study (10, 11), Color chart prepaired by E. L. Fritz II, containing 101 singles including eleven No. 10 singles (including the rare yellowish and bright shades), five experimental orange browns, one 1856 pinkish with four margins and blue cancellation providing an attractive contrast, one 1856 orange brown, and one plum with four clear to large margins; few faults to be expected, generally Fine to Very Fine with many four margined examples.
Estimate 5,000 - 7,500

A RARELY OFFERED COLOR STUDY WHICH INCLUDES ALL THE RARE SHADES THAT ARE USUALLY SOLD SEPARATELY.
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Lot 3035
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1851, 3¢ orange brown (10), bottom margin single with enormous margins (adjacent stamps show on all three sides), brilliant color and neat blue Philadelphia town cancel. Wonderfully fresh and truly Superb.
Scott $130

EXTRAORDINARY COLOR, MARVELOUS CONTRAST AND INCREDIBLE MARGINS ALL CONVERGE IN THIS ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR GEM.

Expertization: 2005 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3036

1851, 3¢ orange brown (10), deep rich color and sharp impression, four clear to large margins, tied by boldly struck "New-York Jan 14" c.d.s. on Barnabas Bates illustrated "Cheap Inland and Ocean Postage" postage reform propaganda cover, addressed to West Farmington, N.Y.; tiny edge wear and couple minor scuffs in address, Extremely Fine. Fine.
Estimate 7,500 - 10,000

A VERY ATTRACTIVE AND RARE ILLUSTRATED PROPAGANDA COVER BEARING THE ORANGE BROWN.

Expertization: 1995 P.F. Certificate.

Provenance: Baker

Barnabas Bates was considered the American equivalent to Great Britain's Rowland Hill who fought for postal reform.

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Lot 3037
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1852, 3¢ brownish carmine (11 var.), wonderful rich color, top margin single (position 6L1L) with huge margins all around (trace of adjacent stamps on all three sides), centered strike of "PAID" in small double-lined grid, likely that of New Ipswich, N.H. (Skinner-Eno PM-PG 13). An exquisite Extremely Fine gem.
Scott $15

Expertization: 2004 P.F., 2005 P.S.E. (graded Superb 98) Certificates.
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Lot 3038
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1852, 3¢ dull red, "Chicago" perf 11 (11 var.), bottom sheet margin single, position 97R2L unused, exceptionally bright and fresh, very well centered. A Very Fine and choice example of this rarity.
Scott $6,500

AN IMPORTANT VARIETY FOR THE 3¢ 1851 SPECIALIST.

Expertization: 2005 P.F. Certificate.

The so-called "Chicago" perforations were applied by Elijah W. Hadley, a Chicago dentist, using a perforating machine he built in hopes of selling it to the Post Office Department. According to W. Wilson Hulme, II, in his article in the May-August 1997 Chronicle, there are only 33 unused examples known, including a block of nine, a block of six and a block of four. All come from the same pane of 100, a right pane from plate 2L. They were perforated in June of 1855 on a prototype machine with a gauge of about 11 using a "sewing machine" type perforator. By April of 1856 Hadley had redesigned his machine using a "comb" perforating process guaging about 12. All known used examples were perforated on the newer machine.

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Lot 3039
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1852, 3¢ dull red with unofficial perf 12½ (11 var), nicely centered with neat Chicago "May 5, 1857" town cancel. Fresh and Very Fine. Particularly scarce with a clear dated cancel.
Scott $6,000

Expertization: 2005 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3040

1852, 3¢ dull red (11), margins to cutting, applied in Paris on envelope to West Chester N.Y., blue "Greene & C Paris" company backstamp, entered mails at Liverpool with "466" oval cancellation tying stamp, green "Liverpool SP 6 1853" double-arc backstamp and matching "3 Cents" handstamp, arrived at New York with "New York 24 Sep 18" debit datestamp, Fine, an interesting use from abroad.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500
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Lot 3041
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1855, 10¢ green, type I (13), bottom sheet margin single with large margins on other sides, incredibly rich, well preserved color on the freshest of paper. Light, unobtrusive cancellation leaves the type characteristics completely visible. Extremely Fine.
Scott $900

AN EXQUISITE USED SINGLE POSSESSING EVERY POSITIVE ATTRIBUTE OF A 10¢ TYPE I IMPERFORATE.

Expertization: 1992 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3042
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1855, 10¢ green, type I (13), horizontal pair. Large margins all around, deep rich color, neatly struck town cancels. Fresh and Extremely Fine.
Scott $2,100

Expertization: 2003 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3043
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1855, 10¢ green, type II (14), large to huge margins, choice color and impression. Unused. Fresh and Extremely Fine.
Scott $2,200

Expertization: 1992 P.F. Certificate.
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Lot 3044
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1855, 10¢ green, type IV (16), recut once at top (position 65L), absolutely enormous margins, neat face-free strike of an 1857 town cancel with integral "Paid.", deep color and bright paper. Incredibly fresh and absolutely Superb.
Scott $1,600

TRULY A BREATHTAKING EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE TYPE IV.

Expertization: 2004 P.F., 2005 P.S.E. (graded Superb 98) Certificates.
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Lot 3045
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1851, 12¢ black (17), four truly gargantuam margins including inter-pane margin and guideline at right (position 50L) with parts all five adjacent stamps showing as well, light town cancel, razor-sharp impression. Wonderfully fresh and Superb.
Scott $325

AN ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL GEM THAT EXISTS ONLY AT THE SACRIFICE OF THE FIVE NEIGHBORING STAMPS IN THE SHEET.

Expertization: 2005 P.S.E. Certificate graded Gem 100J.
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Lot 3046

1851, 12¢ black (17), three margins, just touching frameline at bottom, used with 1¢ blue, type IV (9) horizontal pair, four large margins, and 3¢ dull red (11) horizontal pair, margins to cutting, all tied by "San Francisco Cal. May" circular datestamps on blue 1855 folded cover to New York City, docketing on reverse; vertical file fold creasing 12¢ address partially crossed out, Fine.
Estimate 3,000 - 4,000

EXCEPTIONAL FRANKING BEARING THE COMPLETE SET OF THE THREE ORIGINAL 1851 VALUES PAYING THE DOUBLE RATE ACROSS THE CONTINENT.
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