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  • Lot# : 12 1847 Issue (1-2)

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    1, 1847 5c Red brown, tied on large (8¼x5½") ornate bronze floral bordered Valentine cover with equally ornate design on back side, tied by red square grid cancel with an accompanying New York Feb cds and "Paid" handstamp, addressed to Williamsburg, stamp ample to full margins, minor faults to stamp and cover but an overall Very Fine and attractive use
    Start Price : 750.00 USD
    Current Opening : 750.00 USD
    Hammer price : 2,300.00 USD

    Lot# : 13 1847 Issue (1-2)

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    1, 1847 5c Red brown, single tied on folded letter sheet addressed Joliet, Ill. by two strikes of the scarce red "5" in cogwheel cancel with accompanying Chicago Jun 18 cds, docketing on back side indicates 1851 use (issue was demonetized two weeks later), stamp 3½ margins being just in at upper left, letter sheet with central vertical file fold, Fine use of the cogwheel rate handstamp

    Provenance: Saul Newbury

    Marc Haas

    Start Price : 500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 500.00 USD
    Hammer price : 1,000.00 USD

    Lot# : 14 1851-56 Issue (5-17)

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    9, 1851 1c Blue, Type IV, right margin strip of five (pos 96L1-100L1) showing guide line at right plus bottom margin pair (pos 94L1-95L1) tied on 3c Nesbitt entire addressed to Pittsburgh by light/ partial strikes of San Francisco Cal March (1857) cancels, back side with full impression of "R,E, Raimond/ General Shipping and Commission Merchant" oval handstamp featuring clipper ship design, strip of five has been lifted and replaced (center stamp light creases), cover docketing at left and opened at bottom, a Fine transcontinental use

    Positions 96 and 97 show unusual recut varieties in that the engraver failed to make the recut line connect at the left with the outer frame line of the stamp.

    Start Price : 750.00 USD
    Current Opening : 750.00 USD
    Hammer price : 2,000.00 USD

    Lot# : 15 1851-56 Issue (5-17)

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    10A, 1851 3c Orange brown, Type II, tied on envelope addressed to Buffalo by strike of blue circular "2cts" grid with accompanying Troy NY Aug 25 cds and boxed "Troy & New York Steamboat." handstamp, stamp overstruck with circular grid. ms "Due" and circled "7cts" (to make up the 10c rate to Buffalo) handstamp applied at Troy, two-margined stamp with intense color, envelope with some trivial light edge wear, Very Fine and likely a unique use

    Provenance: Louis Grunin

    Start Price : 250.00 USD
    Current Opening : 250.00 USD
    Hammer price : 2,100.00 USD

    Lot# : 16 1851-56 Issue (5-17)

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    11A, 1851 3c Dull red, Type II, single tied by Epping NH cds on ladies envelope with ornate hand-drawn border extending on to the backflap and featuring framed illustration of a castle on the front side and a lute-carrying minstrel and bird on the back, three-margined stamp on a Very Fine and eye-catching envelope
    Start Price : 250.00 USD
    Current Opening : 250.00 USD
    Hammer price : 1,200.00 USD

    Lot# : 17 1857-61 Issue (18-39)

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    26, 1857 3c Dull red, Type III, affixed but not cancelled on envelope addressed to Henderson, Minn, wonderful strike of Philadelphia Oct 31 1863 duplex, additional full and partial strikes of the iconic "Old Stamps Not Recognized" handstamp with an additional "Due 6" marking, stamp with some trimmed perfs lower left, unfortunately the cover is affixed to a thick black card obscuring any markings on the back side, Very Fine and attractive; 1977 and 1999 Philatelic Foundation certificates

    Provenance: Mark Haas

    Start Price : 1,500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500.00 USD
    Hammer price : 4,250.00 USD

    Lot# : 18 1857-61 Issue (18-39)

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    26, 1857 3c Red, Type III, straddle-margin single with complete dividing line and portion of the adjacent stamp at left, tied on envelope addressed to Howell Works, NJ by nice strike of Philadelphia Aug 29 1861 cds and near-perfect strike of the "Old Stamps Not Recognized" handstamp with accompanying "Due 3" handstamp at top, envelope with some tiny scuff marks along the right edge, opened and very slightly reduced at right, Very Fine use with outstanding strikes of all three markings and unusual with the "Old Stamps" handstamp tying the stamp; 1968 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $12,500)

    The 1857 issues (stamps and envelopes) were demonetized by the Post Office in August of 1861 and Philadelphia was one of the first offices to receive the 1861 issues. Envelopes were made available to the public on Aug 8 and the stamps on Aug 19 with an an exchange period (five days for envelopes, six days for stamps) allowing customers to trade in their 1857 issue envelopes and stamps. After the exchange period ended, any of the older stationery envelopes or envelopes with 1857 issue frankings would get the "Old Stamps Not Recognized" and postage due handstamps.

    Illustrated in Ashbrook "The US One Cent Stamp of 1851-57", Vol. II, 1938, pg 32

    Carroll Chase, "The 3c Stamp of the US 1851-57 Issue", 2nd edition, 1942, pg 208

    Lester Brookman, "The US Postage Stamps of the 19th Century", Vol I, 1966, pg 216

    Provenance: Carrol Chase

    Edward Knapp

    Samuel Richey

    Judge Robert Emerson

    Marc Haas

    Ryohei Ishikawa

    Start Price : 5,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 5,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : 27,500.00 USD

    Lot# : 19 1857-61 Issue (18-39)

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    32-33, 1857 10c Green, Type II, III, vertical pair (top stamp type III) along with 1c Blue Type V (24, with part imprint at right) cancelled but not tied by black circular grids on envelope addressed to Mons, Belgium, red San Antonio Tex May 2 "Paid" (1858) cds, very lightly struck Boston transit cds, red boxed "P.D." handstamp ties 10c type II, ms "21" rate, French "Et; Unis Br. A.C." 30 Mai 59 transit cancel, French transit and arrival backstamps, 1c some trimmed perfs at upper left, envelope some wrinkling upper left corner and torn backflap, Very Fine use paying the rate via the French mails

    Illustrated in "Ashbrook Special Service"

    Provenance: Louis Grunin

    Start Price : 400.00 USD
    Current Opening : 400.00 USD
    Hammer price : 1,100.00 USD

    Lot# : 20 1857-61 Issue (18-39)

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    35, 1857 10c Green, Type V, vertical pair with straddle pane guideline at right plus 1c Blue Type V, 3c Dull red Type III (24, 26) cancelled by target with adjacent Owensboro Ky May 28 1861 cds on envelope addressed to Goslar (Hannover) Germany, red N York "12" Brem Pkt Paid Jun 8 credit cds, 3-line "America/ Uber Bremen/ Franco" handstamp, backstamped Goslar 25/6, 10c pair pre-affixing diagonal crease, envelope neatly opened and slightly reduced at left, couple corner bends lower right, Fine and attractive 3-color franking
    Start Price : 200.00 USD
    Current Opening : 400.00 USD
    Hammer price : 450.00 USD

    Lot# : 21 1857-61 Issue (18-39)

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    35, 1857 10c Green, Type V, horizontal strip of six tied on yellow envelope addressed to "Calcutta E Indies" by Edgartown Ms. Sep. 17 (1860) cds and an unusual roller-style cancel, red New-York Br. Pkt. Sep. 18 transit cds, appropriate transit and receiving backstamps with red "40" credit and London cds, ms. "1" British colonial rate marking, right stamp with a barely noticeable crease in the right margin, cover neatly opened at left, Very Fine; a wonderful franking paying the double French rate to India

    Provenance: Emerson Krug

    Phillip Rust

    Leonard Kapiloff

    "Sevenoaks"

    Start Price : 1,500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 1,900.00 USD
    Hammer price : 3,750.00 USD

    Lot# : 22 1861-66 Issue (63-78)

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    63, 1861 1c Blue, pair tied on locally addressed cover by black geometric cancels with a red Boston Sep 18 cds alongside, address crossed out and forwarded to an address in NY City, pair of 1861 3c Rose (65, natural straight-edge at right) cancelled but not tied by similar geometric, stamps some blunted/short perfs, envelope opened at right and with tiny piece of backflap missing plus overall pencil doodling on back, Fine and scarce double-rate drop mail with forwarding
    Start Price : 150.00 USD
    Current Opening : 150.00 USD
    Hammer price : 500.00 USD

    Lot# : 23 1861-66 Issue (63-78)

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    65, 1861 3c Rose, pair and strip of three plus 1861 1c Blue (63) tied on envelope addressed to Goslar (Hannover) Germany by blue Baltimore Md Aug 27 cancels, red N York "12" Brem Pkt Paid Aug 17 credit cds, blue 3-line "America/ Uber Bremen/ Franco" handstamp, ms "Per Steamer Bremen" at top, docketing on back indicates arrival Sept 15, cover minor edge faults at bottom and slightly affecting first stamp in strip of three, otherwise Fine; a scarce combination of the 15c packet rate plus 1c carrier fee.
    Start Price : 200.00 USD
    Current Opening : 200.00 USD
    Hammer price : 650.00 USD

    Lot# : 24 1861-66 Issue (63-78)

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    68, 1861 10c Green, strip of three plus 3c Rose, 5c Brown (65, 76) cancelled and/or tied by "Wash & NYPR/ A.M. Jul 26" cds on envelope addressed to Switzerland with printed "Consulate General of Switzerland/ Washington DC" cc, ms "per Bremen Steamer" at lower left, blue 3-line "America/ Uber Bremen/ Franco" handstamp, "16" (crossed out) and "32" debit handstamps, , backstamped Frankfurt 10/9, Gr Bad Bahnpost 11 St 65, Zurich 11 Sept 65, Romanshorn 12 IX, Kreuzingen 12 Sept, center 10c pre-affixing stamp perf faults at top, envelope some light edge soiling, Fine and attractive
    Start Price : 250.00 USD
    Current Opening : 250.00 USD
    Hammer price : 600.00 USD

    Lot# : 25 1861-66 Issue (63-78)

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    69, 1861 12c Black, with 1861 3c Rose, three 10c Green (65, 68) on 1862 envelope addressed to "Francis Hall, Esq/ Yokohama-Japan/ Care of Russell & Co./ Shanghae, China", indistinct cancels with just the 3c tied by the red circular grid with accompanying Hartford Ct Sep 30 cds, 3c also tied by red Boston Br Pkt Oct 1 "40" cds, very light strike of London Oct 13 "Paid" transit cds at right edge, backstamped Boston Br Pakt Paid Oct 1, Hong Kong De 11 62, Very Fine and choice; nice three-color franking paying the 45c rate to Japan via Southampton

    Notations on the back indicate this cover was purchased in a Percy Doane sale of Feb 1939.

    Start Price : 1,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : 6,500.00 USD

    Lot# : 26 1857-61 Issue (18-39)

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    71, 1861 30c Orange, spectacular single franking cover to Schaan Liechtestein, tied by Wabash, Ind Sep 26 '65 target duplex, red N York Am Pkt Sep 30 "7 Paid" credit date stamp, boxed "Aachen 3 10/ Franco" transit date stamp, backstamped Bregenz (Austria) 14/10, Vaduz 15 Okt, Very Fine in every respect; Liechtenstein is not only one of the most desirable of destinations but to have it also addressed to a town other than Vaduz is almost unheard of and, in addition, it would have to be a highlight of any Indiana postal history collection

    Provenance: Henry Gibson

    Start Price : 400.00 USD
    Current Opening : 625.00 USD
    Hammer price : 3,000.00 USD

    Lot# : 27 1873-75 Continental Bank Note (156-66, 178-79)

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    156, 1873 1c Ultramarine, tied by a circle of wedges cancel on an envelope with "The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company/ 191 Fulton St - New York" logo at the left and a smaller design for "Thea Nectar" (Chinese tea) below the stamp, addressed to Fordsville, Pa, Very Fine
    Start Price : 75.00 USD
    Current Opening : 80.00 USD
    Hammer price : 75.00 USD

    Lot# : 28 1873-75 Continental Bank Note (156-66, 178-79)

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    158, 1873 3c Green, tied by New York Mar 11 duplex on an envelope with "The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company/ 35 & 37 Vesey St - New York" logo at the left and a smaller design for "Thea Nectar" (Chinese tea) below the stamp, addressed to Gloucester Mass, Very Fine
    Start Price : 75.00 USD
    Current Opening : 80.00 USD
    Hammer price : 75.00 USD

    Lot# : 29 1893 Columbian Exposition Issue (230-245)

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    241, 1893 $1 Columbian, tied by New York registry double oval cancel on 5c Columbian envelope (U350) addressed to Dresden Germany (forwarded to Wolkenstein), add'l "New York N.Y. Reg. Div. 8-17 1893" double oval datestamp at bottom with accompanying New York exchange office "City" exchange label # 79072, backstamped Dresden and Wolkenstein, fresh and Very Fine (Scott $1,800)

    Searing Census #42; Classics Society Census #63

    Start Price : 300.00 USD
    Current Opening : 575.00 USD
    Hammer price : 750.00 USD

    Lot# : 30 1898 Trans-Mississippi Exposition Issue (285-293)

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    292, 1898 $1 Black, well centered single tied on envelope addressed to Ocean City NJ by Philadelphia Jun 24 1898 machine cancel (date of issue was the previous week), backstamped Ocean City the following day, Very Fine and choice (Scott $4,500)

    Provenance: Christopher Gruys

    Start Price : 1,500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500.00 USD
    Hammer price : 4,500.00 USD
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