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United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers continued...

Steven R. Belasco's History of Stamp Collectors and Dealers
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
2628   Image3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Bright color, tied by "Paid" in circle handstamp, red "Boston Ms. Apr. 18, 1859" circular datestamp on cover to New York, with original enclosure which states in part "If you think of it when you see Charles Brace, will you ask him if he has any foreign letters from any place but England, & if he would let Pat have the postage stamps if it is not too much trouble to take them off.", Very Fine, this is the earliest reported U.S. letter referencing stamp collecting, sent to Mrs. Asa Gray, wife of the famous botanist (Image)

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E. 300-400

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
2629 c Image30c Orange (71). S.e. at left, used with 12c Black (69), s.e. at right, tied by "Foxboro Mass. Mar. 3" circular datestamp on 1863 cover to Geneva, Switzerland, Boston transit and receiving backstamps, with original enclosure sent by a ten-year-old boy to his brother which notes "We received your letter last Friday and I got my stamps. There were five of them which made my stamps up to sixty. Gus Fisher has got eighty two stamps and I can not think of any more. I send a list of my stamps, United States 1,1,1,3,3...", Fine, unusual contents in a cover sent via French Mails to Switzerland (Image)

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E. 300-400

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
2630 c Image10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Tied by quartered cork, "Morristown N.J. Apr. 1" circular datestamp on yellow 1869 cover to Leipzig, Germany, addressed to Harry Van Arsdale, endorsed "Hamburg Steamer" and with red boxed "Hamburg Franco" handstamp, with original March 28, 1869 enclosure with great stamp-related contents incl. "Stamps are all the rage here, nearly everyone is collecting them. The new U.S. stamps will be issued on the first of April. The one cent stamp is headed with the vignette of Franklin, & also those of two other men. The two, three and twelve-cent stamps have illustrations of railroad trains, steamboats and horses. The fifteen and twenty-four cents have miniature copies of the landing of Columbus and the Declaration of Independence", Very Fine, a fascinating cover discussing the 1869 Pictorial stamps just as they were being issued (Image)

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E. 300-400

SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
2631 c Image30c Orange (71). Used with 3c Rose (65), tied by target and small "Philadelphia Pa. Mar. 20" circular datestamp on 1866 all-over illustrated cover to Geneva, Switzerland, advertisement for Kline's Emporium and mentioning postage stamps, red "N.York Br. Pkt. Paid Mar. ?" circular datestamp, red "12" credit handstamp, blue boxed "Aachen Franco" handstamp, transit and receiving backstamps

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE USE OF AN EARLY STAMP DEALER'S ADVERTISING COVER TO SWITZERLAND.

According to research by Mr. Belasco, Kline's Emporium was run by John W. Klein (spelling differs from how it is printed on the cover). Under the name A.C. Klein, he published the first stamp catalogue in the United States in 1862.

Ex Sevenoaks (Image)

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E. 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2632 c Image3c Ultramarine (114). Bright color, affixed sideways in corner of cover with box for stamp, tied by blue cork and "Philada. Pa. Apr. 22" circular datestamp on blue Kline's Emporium for Indian Curiosities and Postage Stamps illustrated cover to Belfast Me., pencil notation on back states enclosure was dated 1969 (does not accompany), Very Fine, early use of the 3c 1869 Pictorial which was issued less than a month prior to this sending (Image)

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E. 200-300

SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
2633 c Image3c Rose (65). Three covers all from Mason & Co., stamp dealer in Philadelphia and with illustration of 3c stamp and coin, two with 3c Red, F Grill (94), two with design in red, destinations incl. New York, Holyoke Mass. and Grand Rapids Mich., last also with "Due 6" handstamp, each with different Geometric cancel, some faults, overall Fine-Very Fine, see lot 2635 for Mason & Co. advertising tokens (Image)

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E. 200-300

SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
2634   Image5c Foreign Exchange, Perforated (R26c). Ten stamps affixed to nine stock certificates for United States Stamp Company of Lowell Mass., each for one share having a value of $1.00, Very Fine, this may have been the first syndication of a stamp business (Image)

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E. 150-200

SOLD for $1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2635   Image1862-76, Stamp Dealers' Tokens. Six tokens, incl. copper "Jas. Brennan U.S. Postage Stamps 37 Nassau St. Foreign", eagle and "Union For Ever" on obverse, two other Brennans with Gen. George B. McClellan on obverse, one copper and one brass, also brass "Mason & Co. 1870 Coin & Stamp Dealers. No. 139 9th St. Phila." with Washington on obverse (see lot 2633 for Mason & Co. covers), finally two J.W. Scott & Co. centennial tokens depicting Liberty Bell and Minuteman, small chain holes at top of last two, overall Very Fine, a scarce and fascinating group of stamp dealer tokens, James Brennan was one of the first New York stamp dealers, after working for George Hussey's local delivery service he opened an office on the famed Nassau St. in 1861 -- perhaps the first to do so (Image)

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E. 750-1,000

SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
2636 c Image1c Bright Blue, Reprint (40). Used with 1c Ultramarine (212), tied by circular cork cancels, "Hoosick Falls N.Y. Feb. 20" circular datestamp on cover to New York City, "Karl C. Miner, Hoosick Falls N.Y." dealer handstamp at top left, receiving backstamp (yeardate is unclear), vertical file fold well away from stamps, minor edgewear, 1c Reprint with couple tiny flaws

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ON-COVER USE OF THE 1875 REPRINT OF THE 1c 1857 ISSUE.

The addressee, Karl C. Miner, was an active stamp collector and dealer in Hoosick Falls. He was charter member 32 of the American Philatelic Association, joining in 1886. Henry Clotz was a collector and charter member 47. This was no doubt philatelically inspired, but no other example of the 1c 1857 Reprint is known cancelled, and this appears to have been accepted for postage. It was used in 1888 or later.

Ex Emerson, Neinken and Wagshal. With 2011 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $3,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
2637 c Image1c Buff, Re-Issue (123). Rich color, tied by negative "K" in circle cancel and "Boston Mass. Apr. 6 4PM" circular datestamp on blue Mulready facsimile advertising cover of E. A. Holton, a Boston stamp dealer, addressed to Norman K. Mason in Providence R.I.

VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE USE OF THE ONE-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE ON A MULREADY FACSIMILE STAMP DEALER'S ILLUSTRATED COVER.

Only seven covers bearing this issue are recorded, including one with a slightly different Mulready facsimile design sent from the same sender.

With 1998 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $1,900.00
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2638 c Image1c Buff, Re-Issue (123). Tied by "New York PO" oval handstamp on blue cover with "N. F. Seebeck, Stationer & Printer" manuscript return address, addressed to Mr. Levick at local street address

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE ONE-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE ON COVER.

Only seven examples of this issue on cover are recorded. The sender was a prominent stamp dealer.

With 1986 P.F. certificate (Image)

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3,000.00

SOLD for $2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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