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United States "Back of the Book" Stamps and Postal History continued...

Local Stamps continued...
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
41 image117L4, PomeroyGÇÖs Letter Express, 1844 5c Black, stamp with full balanced margins, manuscript "X" and pen-stroke in different inks, on folded letter datelined New York June 8, 1844, addressed to Baltimore, red "New-York Jun 9" cds at lower left, lettersheet with horizontal crease away from stamp, stamp with minuscule bit of stray in at top, still Very Fine and attractive use (Scott $1,500) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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200

Currently...$200.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
42 image117L4, PomeroyGÇÖs Letter Express, 1844 5c Black, horizontal strip of four, margins huge to close (sheet margin at right), cancelled by four strikes of red "Cd." handstamp, on lettersheet addressed to "Messrs Prime, Ward & King, New York," datelined July 31, 1844, lettersheet with horizontal crease well away from stamps, Very Fine, a remarkable cover bearing the largest known multiple of any Pomeroy's stamp, truly one of the great local covers in our opinion (Scott $5,000 is outdated)rnThe sender of this letter, O.V. Brainard, was the president of the Jefferson County Bank and lived in Watertown, New York, a city on the Black River near its mouth at Lake Ontario.rnProvenance: John F. Seybold (Purple handstamp inside) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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5,000

Currently...$5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
43 image128L1, Robison & Co., Brooklyn, NY, 1855-56 1c Black on blue, four margins, ranging from huge to ample at left, tied by crisp strike of blue "Paid" to neat envelope addressed to Brooklyn, with matching blue oval "Robison & Co. Letter Express" company handstamp at right, Extremely Fine, very little to say outside of the fact that this is, in our opinion, one of the most attractive and spectacular of all local covers in existence, unique on cover, an absolute gem and world-class rarity (Scott $7,000, an outdated figure with no bearing on the cover's current value)rnThe early history of the Robison & Co. adhesive is murky to say the least. Perhaps the best overview of the stamp's appearance (and disappearance) in early stamp catalogues can be found in Donald Scott Patton's book on New York State locals (page 290). Mount Brown's 1864 catalogue (5th Edition) lists both an envelope and an adhesive, the latter described as red on green and brown on blue (reflecting the early forgeries of S.A. Taylor and others). Both the 1865 Bellars & Davie catalogue and the 1866 Dr. Grays catalogue list varieties of the Robison stamp as well. The post's legitimacy was questioned during the late 19th century, with the stamp being omitted from the Scott Catalogue beginning in 1886, and appearing on a list dubious local posts from 1894. Forgeries of the stamp were so prolific that one was even illustrated in the Scott Catalogue until 1943, when it was finally replaced by an authentic example. rnThis unique cover was discovered in 1895 by F. E. Kneeland, Jr., then age 17, while searching through an elderly relative's papers. The cover then passed into the hands of Ferrary and Caspary, and has remained off the market ever since. (Curiously, in the Ferrary sale, the cover is described as a fantasy.) In addition to this cover seven off-cover examples are recorded, most (if not all) of which have the characteristic watery blue "Paid" cancel seen here. After serving as a highlight of the Caspary collection (where it was described as "glorious") and the Boker collection, we are thrilled that the famous and stunning Robison & Co. cover is making its return to the market after 64 years.rnProvenance: Count Philipp von Ferrary (Gilbert Sale 7, 1924)rnAlfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 1072, 1957)rnJohn R. Boker, Jr. (Private Transaction) (Image 1) 5,000

Currently...$5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM

United States Postal History

Wells Fargo & Co. Express
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
44 image143LP9, 1883-86 "One Newspaper Over Our Routes in the US," tied to cover by violet "Wells, Fargo & Co. San Francisco Sep 20 1887" oval handstamp (partial second strike at bottom), addressed to Caspar, California with matching September 21 backstamp, Extremely Fine and particularly unusual on a cover rather than a wrapper, 1996 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $2,400) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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750

Currently...$750.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
45 image143LP10, 1876 "Publishers' Paid Stamp," huge margins to just clear at bottom, sheet margin at left, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express San Diego Cal." oval handstamp to small wrapper to Coronado, California, small tear at top, still Very Fine and scarce, 1984 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $1,750) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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400

Currently...$450.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
46 imageSan Francisco Running Pony, stunning proof strike of this famous marking in black, small blue handstamp at left reads "Wells, Fargo & Co's Ex., Stationery & Commission Dept., San Francisco, Cal. May 25, 1880," and manuscript notation at bottom "Impression from the original Date Stamp, used by the Pony Express. Warranted. Genuine. Aaron Stein.," a wonderful piece of Pony Express history, struck from the original device just two decades after the service was initiated, Extremely Fine in every respect, pictured on the title page of Nathan and Boggs' The Pony Express"rnProvenance: Rarities of the World (R.A. Siegel Sale 913, 2006)rnThurston Twigg-Smith (R.A. Siegel Sale 979, 2009) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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1,500

Currently...$1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
47 image"Paid Pony Express $7.50," franked with a vertical pair of 1857 3c Dull red (26), guide line, at left tied by two strikes of black "St. Joseph Mo. Sep 6 1860" cds, September 6 Running Pony in carmine on reverse, manuscript "Ft. Bridger U.T. August 31, 1860" origination at upper right, endorsed "Pony Express Paid $7.50" at lower left (triple rate), cover addressed to Augusta, Georgia, professionally repaired at bottom, stamps a bit gum-soaked, still Very Fine appearing, a wonderfully rare cover with a unique franking (FKW E17)rnOnly six eastbound covers (and 10 covers total) bear the striking and distinctive "Carmine Pony" handstamp. All six eastbound covers have the marking on the reverse, used as a receiver in St. Joseph. The Second Rate Period (August 15, 1860 to April 13, 1861) reduced the rates for letters weighing between one-quarter and one-half ounce to $2.50, thereby allowing for this cover's $7.50 franking (for a letter between one-half and three-quarter ounces). However, as US postage was charged in increments of half-ounces, double the 3c letter rate (Fort Bridger to Augusta is approximately 2,600 miles) was still required, hence the 6c franking. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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10,000

Currently...$10,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
48 image"Pony Express Dec 5 San Francisco," Blue "Running Pony," complete strike on 10c Nesbitt (U16), endorsed "By 'Pony Express,'" also with attractive strike of blue "The Central Overland California & Pike's Peak Express Company, San Francisco, Cal" undated oval handstamp, black grid and matching "Saint Joseph Mo Dec 12" double circle datestamp, addressed to Wyman & Co. in New York City, received December 15, unusually fresh and Extremely Fine, a wonderful Pony Express cover with all markings on the front of the envelope (FKW Census E44) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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2,500

Currently...$2,500.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
49 image"Pony Express Dec 5 San Francisco," Blue "Running Pony," crisp and complete handstamp on 10c Nesbitt (U16), also a very fine strike of the blue "The Central Overland California & Pike's Peak Express Company, San Francisco, Cal" oval handstamp without date, black "Saint Joseph Mo Dec 21" cds with matching grid over indicia, backstamped with the "Pony Express, The Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company, St. Joseph, Mo. Dec. 19" oval within circle in green (the earliest known use of this cancel), cover addressed to New York City, cover split at the sides to allow for display of both front and back, Extremely Fine and attractive, lovely strikes of three different Pony Express markings make for a wonderful cover (FKW Census E47)rnProvenance: William L. Moody (H.R. Harmer Sale 621, 1950) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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7,500

Currently...$7,500.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
50 imageWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 143L1, 1861 $2.00 Red, stamp with margins large on three sides and ample at bottom, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co Nevada Jun 24" oval, blue "Pony Express Sacramento Jun 27" oval and green "St. Joseph Mo. Jul 8" cds alongside, on 10c Nesbitt (U18) with red Wells, Fargo frank over a green Freeman frank, addressed to Lucien Birdseye in New York City, Extremely Fine, exceptionally fresh and clean, the various reds, greens, and blues make this one of the most colorful and attractive Pony Express covers we have handled for some time (FKW Census E106)rnAround late-1859, Wells, Fargo & Co. purchased the remains of Freeman & Co.'s Express. A number of unused franked 10c envelopes were later overprinted by Wells, Fargo & Co. for their own use. The FKW census records only eight such covers, and of these eight only four covers bear $2 Red Ponies used during the Third Rate Period. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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5,000

Currently...$5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
51 imageWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 143L8, 1862-64 GÇ£25 cts -+ OzGÇ¥ Blue, single with large to ample margins, tied by strike of blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express S. Frco. 13 Mar" double circle datestamp, on 3c Pink on buff entire (Scott U35) with printed frank, addressed to Virginia City, few sealed edge breaks at top, Very Fine and attractive eastbound use of the 25c Blue Pony Express stamp (Scott $4,500) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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1,500

Currently...$1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
52 imageWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 143L8, 1862-64 GÇ£25 cts -+ OzGÇ¥ Blue, single with margins ample to touching, tied by blue oval -½Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia Cty. N.T. June 28" handstamp with second strike at right, on 3c Pink on buff entire (Scott U35) with printed frank addressed to "Col H.H. Raymond, San Francisco," cover reduced at right just into indicia and some light soiling at top impacts the stamp, still a Fine cover (Scott $4,500) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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500

Currently...$800.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
53 image149L9, Wells, Fargo & Co., 1862-64 25c Red, complete sheet of 40 in four "panes" of 10, unused (no gum), faint vertical crease between center two panes, for small "CEC" handstamps (C.E. Chapman) including one which barely touches one stamp, Extremely Fine, one of the most attractive of the few surviving complete sheets of the 25c Virginia City pony stamp, a true showpiecernProvenance: Hall Collection (R.A. Siegel Sale 830, 2000)rnThurston Twigg-Smith (R.A. Siegel Sale 979, 2009) (Image 1) 3,000

Currently...$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
54 image143L9, Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 1862-64 GÇ£25 cts -+ OzGÇ¥ Red, block of six and single tied to legal-sized cover by blue double circle "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express S. Frco. 17 Mar" datestamp, block also tied by two strikes of blue boxed "Too Late," front of exploded cover with a Wells Fargo paste-up 3c envelope with six 1861 3c Rose (single, pair, and strip of three), again tied by March 17 double circle datestamp, cover exploded for display, overall a bit ragged and with significant repairs, still Very Fine, an eye-catching and attractive septuple-rate covernBoth sides of the cover bear notations about a court case against the Gould & Curry Silver Mining Company, with Alexander P. Crittenden as the defendant. Crittenden, who was later infamously murdered by his mistress, Laura Fair. Crittenden moved from San Francisco to Virginia City in 1863 after refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Union. The Gould and Curry Mining Company Office, constructed in 1860 and which still stands today, is one of the largest and most impressive buildings to have survived the devastating Virginia City fire of 1875. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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2,500

Currently...$3,750.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM

U.S. Territories, Possessions and Foreign Offices

Hawaii
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
55 image5, 1853 5c Blue on thick white paper, single with large margins, with US 1851 12c Black (17), margins all around, both stamps tied by red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid May 21" cds and by black "San Francisco Cal. 20 Jun" cds, on cover addressed to "Miss Mary E. Hastings, Care of Mr. John Hastings, South Hadley, Massachusetts," 5c with light bend, small backflap reinforcements, still Extremely Fine, the nicest known combination of these two stamps, a true gem and especially attractive with the red Hawaiian cancel centered over the blue stamp (Scott $12,000)rnProvenance: Edward S. Knapp (Parke-Bernet Galleries Part One, 1941)rnEmmerson C. Krug (Private Transaction)rnLouis Grunin (Christie's Robson Lowe, 1987) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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5,000

Currently...$5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
56 image16, 1859 2c Black on grayish, vertical pair (Plate 3-C, Types IV/VI, Positions 4/6), margins large to huge with portion of adjacent frameline at bottom, tied by wonderfully clear strike of the Lahaina Customs House sailing ship cancel in blue as always, on oversized cover addressed to the "His Grand Monseigneur Maigret" at the Catholic Mission in Honolulu, interesting note on reverse details the conversion to Catholicism of a district in Bulgaria, as well as "Advertiser's Calculations" and other assorted notes, Extremely Fine in every respect, both the use of a pair of the 2c Numeral and the use of the Lahaina Customs House handstamp makes this, in our opinion, one of the most attractive Hawaii covers we have handled in some time, a truly exceptional cover, illustrated in Meyer, Harris (page 67) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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10,000

Currently...$10,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
57 image22, 1865 5c Blue on blue, "Interisland," Plate 12-A, Type I, Position 10, margins clear to just into the frameline, tied by two different targets, black "Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Oct 1" cds, black "San Francisco Cal Oct 30" double circle datestamp, on cover to Derry, New Hampshire, endorsed "By Steamer from S.F." and manuscript "Due 14," reverse indicates a September 16, 1866 mailing from Kohala, bit of light edge wear and second stamp appears to be missing at top right, still a Very Fine and eye-catching example of the 5c Interisland numeral on cover, carried by the Milton Badger (Image 1) (Image 2)

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1,000

Currently...$1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
58 image22, 1865 5c Blue on blue, "Interisland," Plate 12-A, Type X, Position 5, margins large to just clear at left, used alongside United States 1861 3c Rose and 1863 2c Black (65, 73), stamps all tied by targets, 3c stamp additionally tied by "San Francisco Cal May 10" double circle datestamp, large red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Apr 20" cds at left, 1867 cover addressed to New York, large "Hilo P.O. Hawaiian-Islands Apr 9" cds on reverse, bit of edgewear along the top, slightly reduced at left, still Very Fine and attractive, the combination of 2c and 3c adhesives is much less common than the use of a 5c stamp, carried by the Australind (Image 1) (Image 2)

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2,000

Currently...$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
59 image22, 1865 5c Blue on blue, "Interisland," Plate 12-A, Type VII, Position 3, margins large on three sides and ample at bottom, used alongside US 1863 5c Brown (76), both tied by black targets, red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Jul 18" cds and black "San Francisco Cal Aug 18" double circle datestamp, cover addressed to "Captn. Wm. Reynolds, U.S. Navy, Commd'g U.S.S. 'Lackawanna,' of North Pacific Squadron, San Francisco," cover with large ornate Italian consular backstamp, stamps with bit of light toning, still Extremely Fine and attractive cover to a wonderful addressee, signed Ashbrook 1957 (Scott $9,250)rnWilliam Reynolds (1815-79) served in the US Navy from 1837-77. In 1865, he was promoted to captain and given command of the screw sloop Lackawanna after the Civil War and was assigned to the Pacific. In 1867, he was the officer to formally claim the Midway Atoll for the United States, after its discovery by a sealing ship in 1859. He ended his career as Secretary of the Navy.rnProvenance: William S. White (Percy G. Doane Sale, 1937)rnEdward S. Knapp (Parke-Bernet Galleries, 1941) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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2,000

Currently...$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM
60 image73, 1893 $1 Red rose, tied by purple target to 10c overprinted envelope (U13), addressed to Berne, Switzerland, purple "Honolulu Hawaii Nov 8 1891" double circle datestamp, matching "R" and "A.R." handstamps, New York registry label at upper left (small faults), backstamped San Francisco, New York, and Berne, Very Fine and fresh use of this high value on cover (Scott $775) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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250

Currently...$250.00
Will close during Public Auction before Jun-24, 11:59 PM

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