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2014 Rarities of the World continued...

1851-56 Issue continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
1045 P Image10c Green, Ty. I., Large Die Proof on India (13P1). 41 x 54mm, sharp impression and deep rich color, clearly showing layout lines from the die

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE LARGE DIE PROOF OF THE 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE IN THE ISSUED COLOR.

Neinken notes in his book on the 10c stamp that it is likely that design and production of the 10c 1855 was rushed. The new 10c rate went into effect on April 1, 1855, and the new stamps were not placed into use until May. The die proof shows slips of the engraver's tool, and the overall layout is slightly skewed.

Our sale records contain only two full-size die proofs in Green: 1) 41 x 54mm, the proof offered here; and 2) 97 x 102mm, ex Finkelburg (Sale 816, lot 1091). We also record four cut-to-shape die proofs in Green. (Image)

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$ 5,000.00

SOLD for $4,250.00
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1046°   Image10c Green, Ty. II (14). Huge margins all around including parts of five adjoining stamps, deep rich color, unobtrusive strike of grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MARVELOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE II, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 JUMBO BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION. A PHENOMENAL STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

With 2009 and 2014 P.F. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo). This is the only example certified by the P.F. to achieve this grade. P.S.E. has certified none at this grade. (Image)

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$ 160.00

SOLD for $13,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1047° c Image10c Green, Ty. II (14). Large margins, deep rich color and proof-like impression, tied by "San Francisco Cal. 30 Jun." (1855) circular datestamp on light buff cover to Mrs. E. S. Mulford in Patchogue, Long Island, N.Y., imprinted "Via Nicaragua" at top (prepared by the California Penny Post Co.) with manuscript "too late for Nicaragua" applied by company agent indicating this missed the Vanderbilt Line sailing via Nicaragua, California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Blue (34L4) affixed at left to prepay 5c rate for delivery to one of the Vanderbilt Line steamers, docketing on back confirms 1855 use, opened a bit irregularly at right and neatly sealed, 5c with tiny scuff in left denomination

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST USE OF A 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE STAMP FROM CALIFORNIA. IT IS ALSO ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FIVE RECORDED INTACT COVERS BEARING THIS RARE SAN FRANCISCO LOCAL POST STAMP, OF WHICH FOUR ARE USED WITH THE 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE.

This remarkable cover is the earliest recorded date of use of the 10c 1855 Issue from the West Coast. Depending on the date the first supply of 10c 1855 stamps arrived in San Francisco, this June 30 date might be the earliest possible use of the 10c on mail bound for the East Coast via Panama. An analysis of the stamp production dates and sailing data follows.

The date of issue of the 10c stamps has been reported as May 4, 1855 (Luff book) or May 10, 1855 (A Description of U.S. Stamps and Postal Cards, published by the Post Office Department). The Travers Papers indicate that the stamps were ready for delivery a few days after the intended May 1 issue date. The earliest reported use of the 10c stamp from any post office is May 12 (Type II) from Eastport, Maine. It would have taken 25 to 30 days for the first supply of the new stamps to make their way to the West Coast via Panama. There are two possible sailings.

The USMSC George Law sailed from New York on May 5, 1855, and arrived in Aspinwall on May 16. The PMSS Golden Gate left Panama around May 18 and arrived in San Francisco on May 30. If the stamps were available as early as May 31, then they could have been used on mail carried on two PMSS steamers from San Francisco: the John L. Stephens on June 2 and the Golden Gate on June 16; however, no 10c covers are recorded for those sailings.

It is more likely that the 10c stamps were on the May 21 sailing of the USMSC Illinois, which arrived in Aspinwall on May 30. The PMSS Sonora left Panama around June 1 and arrived in San Francisco on June 15. The stamps were probably not in circulation by the time the Golden Gate sailed on June 16.

The sender of this cover paid 5c for the California Penny Post Company to bring it to the wharf for mailing aboard the next outbound steamship on the Vanderbilt Line's route via Nicaragua. The manuscript notation "too late for Nicaragua" indicates that this missed the June 30 sailing of Vanderbilt's Cortes, which arrived in San Juan del Sur on July 13. This Nicaragua sailing would have left early in the day to beat the PMSS sailing via Panama. Had this cover been on the Cortes, it would have been postmarked on arrival at the New York City post office (Frajola Census No. 702 was carried on the Cortes). Instead, the Penny Post Co. brought the cover to the San Francisco post office, where it was postmarked on June 30, then bagged for the same-day departure of the PMSS Sonora, which arrived in Panama on July 15 after a stop in Acapulco. It was then carried from Aspinwall to New York on the USMSC George Law, which departed July 16 and arrived on July 25.

The California Penny Post Co. charged 2c for carrying a letter to the post office for an ocean-mail departure via Panama, which explains why a company agent wrote "too late for Nicaragua" on this cover. The Frajola census records only four covers with this combination of the 10c 1855 and 5c adhesive, plus one other 5c Penny Post adhesive cover with a 3c 1851 (http://www.rfrajola.com/cpp/cpp.htm ).

Illustrated in Neinken 10c book (p. 13). Ex Eno, Jessup, Pearce, Haas and Kapiloff. (Image)

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E. $ 30,000-40,000

SOLD for $37,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1048 c Image10c Green, Ty. III-II (15-14). Positions 2-3L1, combination pair, left stamp Ty. III from misplaced transfer position, right stamp Ty. II, large even margins, used with 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), Position 41L1L, recut twice at bottom, once at top, enormous margins all around including parts of two adjoining stamps, tied by "Trenton N.J. Sep. 2?, 1856" circular datestamp on small cover to Lieut. Earl English, U.S. Sloop of War Levant, care of American Consul in Hong Kong, sender's routing "Via English Mail Steamer" but prepaid for and sent via American Packet, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Sep. 27" transit, manuscript "1/4" for British transit, Liverpool (Oct. 10) and Hong Kong (date unreadable) transit backstamps

EXTREMELY FINE. AN UNUSUAL AND SUPERB FRANKING FOR THE 21-CENT AMERICAN PACKET RATE TO HONG KONG. CARRIED BY THE COLLINS LINE AND DELIVERED TO LIEUTENANT EARL ENGLISH ON BOARD THE U.S. SLOOP OF WAR LEVANT.

Under the command of U.S. Navy officer William N. Smith and with Lieut. Earl English aboard, the U.S.S. Levant sailed on Nov. 13, 1855, for Rio de Janeiro, the Cape of Good Hope, and Hong Kong, where she arrived to join the East India Squadron on May 12, 1856. On July 1 the U.S. Commissioner to China boarded the Levant for transport to Shanghai, arriving on August 1. At the outbreak of hostilities between the British and Chinese, the Levant arrived in Whampoa on October 28. The Levant took part in protecting American interests, and, in November 1856 saw action during the American amphibious assault on Chinese fortifications on the Pearl River. The Levant received the major part of the Chinese bombardment, with 22 shot holes in her hull and rigging, one man dead, and six injured. The Levant cruised between Hong Kong and Shanghai until she departed Hong Kong on December 7, 1857, arriving at the Boston Navy Yard on April 6, 1858 (source: Wikipedia).

This cover to Lieut. Earl English was carried on the Collins Line Atlantic, departing New York City on Sep. 27, 1856, and arriving in Liverpool on Oct. 9.

Ex Vogel (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000

SOLD for $16,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1049°   Image10c Green, Ty. IV (16). Position 55L1, recut at bottom, gorgeous color, large even margins, tied by blue grid cancel and "New-York Oct. 3" circular datestamp on top third of 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) with "Wells Fargo Paid Over our California and Coast Routes" printed frank

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE IV ON A FRESH WELLS FARGO FRANKED 3-CENT NESBITT PIECE.

With 2013 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1050 c Image12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, huge margins including large bottom sheet margin, detailed impression on crisp paper, tied by grids, "Sherburne N.Y. Oct. 1" (1851) circular datestamp on buff cover to London, England, red "3" credit handstamp, red British markings including large "L" in circle tying pair, cover with slight edgewear

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE EARLY USE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE AND ONE OF THE FINEST EXISTING PAIRS ON OR OFF COVER.

Carried on the Cunarder Europa, which departed New York Oct. 1 and arrived Liverpool Oct. 12.

Ex Newbury, Grunin and Hill. With 1987 P.F. certificate. (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
1051 c Image12c Black (17). Two horizontal pairs, one with interpane bottom left corner sheet margin showing full centerline, large margins other sides, other pair large margins to clear (slightly overlapping other pair so only three margins confirmed), the latter pair removed by sender from another cover (backing paper still adhering), tied by red grid cancels, matching "New York 38 Mar. 22" double-rate credit datestamp on 1854 cover to Dublin, Ireland, deep red "America Liverpool Paid AP 3 54" datestamp, trivial edgewear

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL COVER TO IRELAND, BEARING TWO PAIRS OF THE 1851 12-CENT BLACK PAYING THE DOUBLE 24-CENT RATE. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE CORNER SHEET-MARGIN PAIR. A PHENOMENAL COVER FROM NUMEROUS FAMOUS COLLECTIONS.

This cover was carried on the Cunarder Asia, which departed New York March 22 and arrived in Liverpool on April 3.

Ex Brown, Brooks, Moody, Caspary, Grunin and Zoellner. Signed Ashbrook. (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $5,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
1052 c Image12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Bottom left diagonal half, huge margin at left, large to in at bottom with scissors-cut, tied across the cut by "New York & Phila. R.R. May 11" railroad route agent's circular datestamp on 1852 folded letter datelined in New York to Georgetown D.C., double 3c rate, light vertical file folds well clear of stamp

VERY FINE. A RARE BISECTED USE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE ON AN INTRA-EAST COAST COVER AND ONE OF THREE KNOWN TO US WITH THE "N.YORK & PHILA. R.R." RAILROAD ROUTE AGENT'S DATESTAMP.

Ex Gibson (Christie's R.L May 20, 1984 sale) (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $9,500.00
Will close during Public Auction

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