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  • Lot# : 11 1847 Issue Covers

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    1, 1847 5c Red brown, single with large margins to touching along the right side tied by an exceptional strike of the blue fancy herringbone cancellation of Binghamton, New York on February 24, 1848 folded letter addressed to Sheffield, Massachusetts, cover with red Binghamton town marking at lower left and matching outlined rate marking "V" which has been obliterated by a second strike of the herringbone cancellation, Very Fine and choice in every respect; based on the United States Philatelic Classics Society census of 1847 covers this appears to be the only example of the herringbone fancy cancel being used to obliterate the rate marking; 1987 Philatelic Foundation certificate
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : 3,750 USD

    Lot# : 12 1847 Issue Covers

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    1, 1847 5c Red brown, single with just clear to very large margins including the frame line of the stamp to the right tied by a choice strike of the red fancy herringbone cancellation of Binghamton, New York on November 20, 1848 folded letter addressed to New York City, matching Binghamton town marking at the lower left and manuscript "Paid" at the upper left, the stamp with a small tear at the top right and a small portion of the left margin added; 1999 Philatelic Foundation certificate which notes the small tear, 1996 Richter certificate

    Provenance: Katherine Matthies (R.A. Siegel Sale 353, 1969)

    Start Price : 500 USD
    Current Opening : 575 USD
    Hammer price : 2,700 USD

    Lot# : 13 1847 Issue Covers

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    2, 1847 10c Black, horizontal pair with clear to large margins tied by red "Saint Louis Mo. Jan 29" town marking to 1851 folded letter addressed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, matching strike of town marking at the right, horizontal file fold not affecting stamps, Very Fine (Scott $2,900)

    Provenance: Philip G. Rust (R.A. Siegel Sale 681, 1987)

    Start Price : 500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,150 USD
    Hammer price : 1,900 USD

    Lot# : 14 1851-56 Issue Covers

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    7, 8A, 1851 1c Blue, Types II, IIIA, horizontal strip of six, positions 81L1E-86L1E, left stamp is a type IIIA (Scott 8A) and the balance are type II (Scott 7), cancelled by grids and just tied above positions 82-83, clear to full margins though just touching in a few spots, Very Fine cover showing the 6c trans-continental rate from San Francisco to Watertown, Massachusetts; 1980 Philatelic Foundation certificate

    Provenance: Leonard A. Kapiloff (R.A. Siegel Sale 744, 1992)

    Raymond Vogel (R.A. Siegel Sale 998, 2010)

    This cover is one of the earliest recorded examples of the 1851 stamps being used from San Francisco and is the subject of an article written by Mortimer L. Neinken for the Philatelic Foundation in Opinions I. In the article he states that the usage is from 1851 and that he (Neinken) has seen far fewer stamps of position 81L1E than of the more renowned Type I (position 7R1E). Position 81L1E is an especially scarce stamp as the break in the outer line is wide and at the bottom, not at the top; additionally it shows a double transfer, one inverted. He opined that "This cover is one of the gems of the 19th century US philately."

    Start Price : 2,500 USD
    Current Opening : 2,500 USD
    Hammer price : 6,250 USD

    Lot# : 15 1851-56 Issue Covers

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    14, 1855 10c Green, Type II, left margin single showing the centerline and huge margins top and right, just touching at bottom, tied by magenta brush stroke cancellation on 1858 cover with "Camp Simeahmoo W.T."(Washington Territory) town marking at the left, ms. dated "April 21 1858" and addressed to West Chester, Pennsylvania, Very Fine, 2019 Philatelic Foundation certificaternProvenance: Louis Grunin (Christies Robson Lowe, 1987)

    In 1857 the British Royal Engineers established Camp Semiahmoo, which was later used by the American Boundary Commission as a base to survey the international border (even though it was on the British side of the border). The Camp Simeahmoo postmark is quite rare, as the post office was only open from 1858 to 1860.

    Start Price : 500 USD
    Current Opening : 625 USD
    Hammer price : 5,250 USD

    Lot# : 16 1851-56 Issue Covers

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    17, 1851 12c Black, Plate 1, two horizontal pairs, ample to large margins except the right pair touching along the left frame line, tied by Philadelphia town markings and red "Phila Am Pkt 6" exchange mark on cover to London, manuscript "Steamer Pacific" at upper left, both pairs with small marginal flaws, Very Fine and eye-catching

    Provenance: Judge Robert S. Emerson (Daniel F. Kelleher Sale 439, 1947)

    Start Price : 500 USD
    Current Opening : 650 USD
    Hammer price : 850 USD

    Lot# : 17 1857-61 Issue Covers

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    24, 1857 1c Blue, Type V, horizontal strip of three, each stamp with neat "Socked-on-the-Nose" numeral "3" cancellation, envelope addressed to New Haven, Vermont, double circle "Red Wing Min Aug 26 1861" town marking at upper right, strip showing minor flecking from a dry printing and left stamp with trivial soiling at the bottom, Fine and unusual
    Start Price : 100 USD
    Current Opening : 170 USD
    Hammer price : 900 USD

    Lot# : 18 1857-61 Issue Covers

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    26, 1857 3c Dull red, Type III, single tied by superb strike of "Old Stamps Not Recognized" demonetization handstamp on a cover to Princeton, New Jersey, equally excellent strike of "Philadelphia Pa. Sep 4 1861" town marking at the left and matching straight line "Due 3", the cover with an insignificant light stain/toned spot along the top center edge not affecting either the markings or the stamp, cover neatly opened and slightly reduced at right, light vertical bend at right extending through the stamp, still Very Fine and an exceptional cover as the handstamp does not normally tie the stamp nor is it struck as well as this one; clear 1975 Philatelic Foundation certificate

    Provenance: Louis Grunin (Christie's Robson Lowe, 1987)

    Start Price : 2,500 USD
    Current Opening : 2,600 USD
    Hammer price : 7,500 USD

    Lot# : 19 1857-61 Issue Covers

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    35, 1859 10c Green, Type V, horizontal strip of six tied by circular grid cancellations on 1860 folded letter datelined "New York Febry 21st 1860" with additional "via Marseille" notation, from the Augustine Heard correspondence and addressed to "Shanghae China," red "New-York Br. Pkt. Feb 21" transit mark at left, "London Paid Eb Mar 5 60" transit mark at right and magenta rate marking, docketing indicates received April 29, Very Fine and attractive cover sent at the British open mail rate,1969 Alberto Diena and 2019 Philatelic Foundation certificates

    Start Price : 500 USD
    Current Opening : 675 USD
    Hammer price : 5,500 USD

    Lot# : 20 1857-61 Issue Covers

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    36, 1857 12c Black, Plate 1, horizontal strip of three plus a single 1857 1c Blue Type V (Scott 24), all tied by circular grid cancels on 1860 cover addressed "to Grobin, near Libau in Curland, Russia" which is now part of Latvia, "Washington D.C. Sep 17 1860" town marking at the right and red boxed "Aachen 2 10 Franco" transit mark, red crayon "14" credit, the 1c stamp was scissors separated with the left and bottom perforations trimmed away, the left 12c stamp with toning and the cover without small portions of the backflap, a very rare usage of the 1857 stamps to Russia via the Prussian Closed Mail route (37c rate) and even scarcer addressed to Latvia (the "Sevenoaks" Collection contained only one other cover from this same correspondence, with a different franking); 2001 Philatelic Foundation certificate

    Provenance: "Sevenoaks" Collection (R.A. Siegel Sale 831, 2000)

    Start Price : 750 USD
    Current Opening : 750 USD
    Hammer price : 2,200 USD

    Lot# : 21 1857-61 Issue Covers

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    38, 1860 30c Orange, plus 1860 5c Brown Type II and 1859 10c Green Type V (Scott 30A, 35) on 1861 folded cover addressed to Lyon France, stamps tied by dark red circular grid cancels, red "New Paid York Apr 20 18" exchange mark and blue double circle "Etats-Unis 3 Serv Brit Calais 5 Mai 61" transit mark, the stamps with minor age bleaching around the perforations, attractive usage showing the 45c rate to France; 1984 Philatelic Foundation certificate
    Start Price : 750 USD
    Current Opening : 750 USD
    Hammer price : 1,900 USD

    Lot# : 22 1861-67 Issue Covers

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    68, 1861 10c Green, with 1861 3c Rose and two 1861 1c Blue (Scott 65, 63) all with closed circular grid cancellations on yellow cover addressed to Bavaria, double circle "Milwaukee Wis Mar 4 1863" town marking at the left, manuscript "Via Hamburg or Bremen" at upper left, red "N.York Paid Hamb Pkt 10" exchange mark at right, and proper oval Hamburg backstamp, cover slightly reduced at left, light vertical creases through the 3c and one of the 1c stamps, and a tiny cover tear at left, attractive 3-color franking with the stamps paying the 15c rate via Bremen/Hamburg packet
    Start Price : 300 USD
    Current Opening : 350 USD
    Hammer price : 525 USD

    Lot# : 23 1861-67 Issue Covers

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    68, 1861 10c Green, single plus additional singles of 1861 3c Rose and 1863 2c Black (Scott 65, 73) each cancelled with San Francisco cogwheel cancels on yellow cover which originated on Vancouver Island and is addressed to "Canada West," double circle "San Francisco Cal Mar 31 1864" town marking at the left and large oval blue "Post Office Paid Victoria Vancouver Island," London (now Ontario) backstamp, the stamps with creases at the top from being folded over the edge and with perforation flaws, the cover slightly reduced at the left and has an eight line typewritten note glued to the reverse, Fine and scarce use with the US stamps paying the 15c rate from California to the eastern portion of Canada
    Start Price : 250 USD
    Current Opening : 325 USD
    Hammer price : 700 USD

    Lot# : 24 1861-67 Issue Covers

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    69, 1861 12c Black, single plus horizontal pair of the 1861 10c Green (Scott 68) and four singles of 1861 3c Rose (Scott 65, one with natural straight edge at L) all with San Francisco cogwheel cancels on 1863 cover addressed to Chiavari Italy (part of Genoa), 3c stamps tied by red «New Paid York 24» exchange mark and well struck "San Francisco Cal Nov 26 1863" double circle town marking at left, proper French transit marks plus Genoa and Chiavari backstamps, 12c with small tear and nick, three 3c with minor faults, still Very Fine and attractive 3-color franking cover sent via French Mail at 21 x 2 rate, so this is a 2c overpayment; 1982 Silvano Sorani and 2019 Philatelic Foundation certificates
    Start Price : 500 USD
    Current Opening : 500 USD
    Hammer price : 850 USD

    Lot# : 25 1861-67 Issue Covers

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    70b, 1861 24c Steel blue, along with 30c Orange and 3c Rose (Scott 71, 65) all tied by Boston "Paid" in large grid on 1861 cover addressed to Singapore, E. I. (East Indies), manuscript "Via Marseille" and red crayon "52" at upper left, light strike of red London transit at center and red "Boston Pr Pkt Paid" backstamp, "American Academy of Arts and Sciences" embossed imprint on backflap, docketing on back indicates received "Feby 4th 1862," cover with trivial edge toning and tears not affecting the stamps or markings, sent via the 57c rate for British mail via Marseille which was introduced in December 1861; 1988 Peter Holcombe and 2019 Philatelic Foundation certificates

    Provenance: Theodore Gore (H.R. Hamer Sale 1358, 1961)

    Start Price : 2,000 USD
    Current Opening : 2,000 USD
    Hammer price : 2,000 USD

    Lot# : 26 1861-67 Issue Covers

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    72, 1861 90c Blue, single plus additional single 1862 24c Lilac (Scott 78) each tied by circular grid cancels on 1863 folded letter addressed to "Messr. Augustine Heard & Co. Shanghae China," red "N. York Am. Pkt Paid Apr 11" and double circle "London Pr 23 63" transit marks, Hong Kong July 9 backstamp, sent "p Hansa via Marseilles" (manuscript directions at upper left), the cover is very slightly soiled and each stamp is noted as having a small corner crease in the accompanying certificate, a classic 90c issue use; this cover is number 12 in the 1988 Starnes/Herzog census (Chronicle Vol. 40, No. 4, which lists only 7 examples of this particular franking); 1975 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott for a single 90c stamp on cover is $25,000 and does not price this combination)

    Provenance: Sidney A. Hessel (H.R. Harmer Sale 2343, 1975)

    Start Price : 7,500 USD
    Current Opening : 7,500 USD
    Hammer price : 28,000 USD

    Lot# : 27 1861-67 Issue Covers

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    78, 1862 24c Lilac, plus 1861 10c Green (Scott 68) cancelled, but not tied with fancy rows of manuscript "squiggles" on 1863 cover with "Salisbury Ms Oct 30" town marking, addressed to Valparaiso Chile, "Panama No 14 1863" transit mark at right and red "25" rate mark at left, the cover with tiny edge flaws at right not affecting the stamps or markings, a Very Fine attractive and colorful cover showing the 34c rate for a cover sent via American Packet and then via British Packet through Panama, 2019 Philatelic Foundation certificate
    Start Price : 500 USD
    Current Opening : 500 USD
    Hammer price : 1,700 USD

    Lot# : 28 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers

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    119, 1869 15c Brown and blue, Type II, single with strong colors tied by circle of wedges cancel on 1869 cover to Paris France and redirected to Baden Germany by Munroe & Co. in Paris, red "New Paid York Aug 26 6" exchange mark at right, blue "Serv. Am. Calais" transit and black Paris receiving mark, redirection postage was paid with a France 30c Brown on yellowish (Scott 34) tied by a bold strike of Paris "3" star cancel, the 15c stamp with creases and the cover with small edge flaws including a small corner replacement at the upper left, Very Fine appearance; one of only four 15c type II covers listed in the 1869 Cover Census with foreign stamps paying the redirecting fee (three of these with French franking and the fourth with Turkish postage due stamps)

    Provenance: Ryohei Ishikawa (Christie's Robson Lowe, 1993)

    Start Price : 2,000 USD
    Current Opening : 2,000 USD
    Hammer price : 2,000 USD
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