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21   imageCompelling Collection of Booklets and Booklet Panes, A lovely holding, including panes unused (nearly all never hinged), used, and partial or full on cover. Numerous varieties are present, including miscuts (many showing partial or complete plate numbers or Electric Eye lines), rare colors, stapling at wrong end, plate number on wrong side, tab at bottom, imperforate-between, dummy panes, never folded panes, scarce positions-most of which are selected for positive identification of the position (i.e., they could not be from any other position), and other rare varieties. Highlights include (never hinged, unless noted):

#332a position B, #332a position G with reverse watermark (with certificate that doesn't mention reverse watermark), #502b clear position C showing large portion of arrow and guide line, #552a very scarce position M, #554c (2, 1 never hinged) showing different margins between the panes above, #554c very scarce position O (hinge remnant), #BK91 with #BC4A cover missing one pane out of 16 (possibly reconstructed, but a very scarce booklet nevertheless), #806b huge miscut showing full left margin with 100% plate number and Electric Eye lines, #1213 Slogan 1 untagged with 100% plate number, #BK117 exploded with dramatically miscut panes and booklet covers and stapled at the wrong end, #BKC22 miscut booklet with all three panes showing full Electric Eye lines at right, #BK127 miscut with both panes having tab at bottom, #BK138 unlisted variety showing plate number at right, #BK143 with Plate 2 on top, #2492j complete booklet with two imperforate-between pairs (certificate), #2492 "gutter" pair in black imperforate with green and pink omitted (appears to be printers' waste); #C10a group of panes including positions A, B, the extremely scarce position D, H, I, J, L, and the very scarce position M; #C25a miscut panes, one with large portion of margin and full plate number at top and one with 98% plate number at bottom; #C39a two miscut panes with 100% plate number at bottom left and at bottom right, #C64b with 100% plate number, #C78a with 100% plate number, and Canal Zone #C48a scarce complete booklet.

Usages tied on cover include #279Be bottom pair from booklet, #300b horizontal booklet pair with guide line at left on postcard, #301 booklet single with tab, #319g bottom pair from booklet and additional booklet single, #319p bottom pair from booklet on cover to Switzerland, #634e full pane (no tab) with clear partial (75%) plate number on cover and probably unique as such (certificate), #C10a position A full pane with tab on cover to Canal Zone, #C10a position L full pane with tab on First Flight Cover to Venezuela, #C10a very scarce position M full pane with tab on cover to Uruguay via Canal Zone (certificate), and #C12 vertical strip of 3 trimmed to resemble a position "J" booklet pane on Roessler First Flight Cover.

Also included, to aid in your hunt for additional items, are two literature items and some BIA checklists.

An impressive holding well worth your perusal., Price: $4,750.
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22 /o   imageOpening Salvos: A Battery of 19th-Century US Patent Envelopes. This lot, consisting of well over 60 items and built over many years, highlights the development of the American envelope—in myriad forms and formats—from around 1860 to about 1913. The range of designs is fascinating, with envelopes for every use imaginable. Their ingenuity and functionality are underlined by each having been granted a US patent.

Each item is annotated, with many identified by manufacturer, ranging from the American Bank Note Company's letter sheet essay to Weaver's Mailing Envelope, with letter sheets, cabinet photo mailers, safety and sample envelopes, and more in between. That said, roughly half the items have no maker's mark on them—a ready-made research project. There are wire-pull envelopes, perforated envelopes, amazing tab or flap arrangements and more—including a not-for-the-cat-lover-in-your-life Valentine folded letter sheet with an ad for Hood's Sarsaparilla.

In addition to these privately produced envelopes, the collection contains the first two US embossed entires by Nesbitt (Scott #U1 and U2, both used, #U1 uprated by an imperforate 3-cent adhesive, being sent from New Hampshire to California) plus two used copies of the 1887 Grant letter sheet (#U293), one of which never made it into the mail and is thus complete.

Two private wafer seals, a rivet envelope (advertising D.A. Comstock, NY, in surround), plus a stock certificate for the United States Sealed Postal Card Company, ca. 1880. The latter is the copy described by Charles Fricke in The American Philatelist. (This was the company that produced and provided the Grant sheet to the Post Office Department—free of charge to the latter—and so capital had to be raised through stocks. A copy of Fricke's article is included.)

And it must be noted: beyond the technical details, many of these covers are beautifully illustrated or embellished with embossings, clever holding devices (come dancing!), etc.

After seeing these once-available envelopes, you'll rue your next bill or advertising letter all the more., Price: $4,750.
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23   imageArgentina, Collection of Zeppelin Covers, 1930-34. 36 virtually all different covers carried on the various South America Flights, nearly Pernambuco - Friedrichshafen; neatly mounted and written up in a 3-ring binder, Price: $1,500.
Michel €2,750 ($3,230).
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24 31a imageAustralian States: Western Australia, 1879, Swan (engraved), 2d mauve, perf 12½, error of color (Scott 31a), Crown CC watermark, large part o.g., remarkably bright, fresh and well centered, Very Fine, Price: $12,500, an amazing example of a rare Western Australia major error, 1981 BPA certificate.
SG 55b; £18,000 ($22,950). (Image)

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25   imageAustralia, 1920, Ross Smith First Flight cover, England to Australia, pictorial "First/Aerial Post/12 Nov - 10 Dec/1919/England-/Australia" label on envelope addressed to G.F. Pearce, Minister for Defense in Melbourne, cancelled by one of two strikes of oval "First Aerial Mail/Received/26 FEB 1920/Great Britain to Australia" handstamp; front also shows "per/Vickers 'Vimy' Aeroplane/ to Australia" three-line handstamp applied by Smith; an exceptional quality cover (Eustis #27) without the folds and faults so often found; label facsimile (never hinged miniature sheet of one) also included, Extremely Fine, Price: $3,500, one of only 364 covers flown, 92 of which were addressed to Melbourne and Victoria, with 1973 R.P.S.L. certificate,

A phenomenal opportunity to own a piece of history
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26   imageBermuda, 1851 (Feb. 14), pierced paper lace envelope sent from Hamilton to Paget, addressed to Miss A. Godet, care of C.H. Gilbert, Esq.; marked with small manuscript "pp" at upper right corner of the address panel; reverse with fine red "Hamilton/Bermuda" PM4 datestamp; complete with the original pierced paper lace notepaper headed "St. Valentines 1851" and a long loving message (transcript provided); age stains simply cannot detract from this beautiful and charming Valentine, Very Fine, Price: $1,500, Ex-"Cranbourn". (Image) (Image2)

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27   imageBermuda, 1852-53, group of 25 Levantine Crisis covers, all fully annotated on Exhibition oversized horizontal pages; three carried from Bermuda (Hamilton, Ireland Island and St. George's) and 22 from England to Bermuda; carried on a variety of Levantine or replacement sailings, including the first successful trip of the Levantine, second trip, third trip (2), fourth trip, fifth trip (2, one from Newfoundland!) plus the sixth, 12th, 15th, 16th and 18th and last trip, these interspersed with 13 replacement sailings, Very Fine overall, Price: $4,750, a remarkable holding of these covers fully demonstrating the unreliability of steam in the early days,

The
Levantine was registered to Cunard on Nov. 1, 1851, intended for use on the Halifax-Bermuda run. She arrived in Halifax on Nov. 26, but on her first trip out, she developed a serious leak and was forced to return to port and requiring two months of repairs. She continued to experience mechanical problems and was removed from service in April 1853. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5)

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28   imageBermuda, 1862 (Dec. 26), Oldfield Correspondence cover sent from Ireland Isle, Bermuda, to London, via Cunard's Merlin to Halifax and their Europa to Liverpool; front bearing manuscript "paid" notation at upper right along with red "6d" and Crowned Double-circle "Paid/at/Ireland Isle, Bermuda" handstamps; reverse bears Boxing Day Ireland-Isle dater in black, along with red London JA 19/63 receiver; complete with enclosure, the contents confirming that Oldfield's Commanding Officer has granted him permission to leave the island, and that he may return to England on the French ship then in port, Very Fine, Price: $3,500, other than the Crowned Circle strike known from 1864, this is the last recorded date of use of this handstamp, Ex-Morris H. Ludington, Geoffrey Osborn. (Image) (Image2)

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29   imageBermuda, 1865 (May), mourning cover with Hamilton, Bermuda, datestamp, a lovely small-format envelope addressed to "Miss Till" in St. Georges, bearing at lower left a strike in red of the Hamilton PM4 datestamp (date unclear; May 10?). This is the datestamp type modified by William B. Perot to create his iconic Postmaster's Stamp of 1848-56. Small black wax seal intact on backflap.

A remarkably pristine cover, and interesting collateral material for a Perot exhibit, Very Fine, Price: $3,000. (Image) (Image2)

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30   imageBermuda, Collection of Early Postal History, 1810-76, Balance of a specialized collection comprising about 60-65 covers, mainly stampless, and just about all between England and Bermuda, with examples of various transatlantic rates and routes; also includes an 1836 letter datelined Melville, Bermuda concerning a captured Portuguese brig with African slaves onboard; 1824 & 1830 "Bootleg" covers from Halifax, Nova Scotia to St. Georges; an 1824 cover hand-carried from Bermuda to England and placed in the Two-Penny Post in London; 1832 & 1837 Ship Letters from Bermuda to Norfolk, Va. and to Boston, respectively; a May 1812 Bill of Lading for the Thetis from Bermuda to New York a month prior to the outbreak of the War of 1812, and another from 1864 for the Henrietta from New York to Bermuda; a "BERMUDA/SHIP LETTER" on an 1845 cover from New York to St. Georges and a "HAMILTON BERMUDA/SHIP LETTER" on a mourning cover, also from New York to St. Georges (small piece of a corner missing); additionally we note an 1856 cover from Bermuda to England franked with six G.B. 1d reds canceled on arrival in Liverpool (one stamp and corner of cover missing); an 1868 cover from St. Georges to Halifax, Nova Scotia franked with a 6d dull purple (SG 6); an 1861 mourning cover from England to "Ireland Island, Bermuda" franked with a G.B. 6d pale lilac (SG 70); an 1842 stampless folded letter from St. John, Newfoundland to Bermuda via Halifax; three 1840s covers from Jamaica to Bermuda, two via Havana, the other via St. Thomas; Collaterally, included are two folded address leaves, 1811 & 1825, with manuscript Free Franks of U.S. Treasurer, Thomas T. Tucker, who was born in Bermuda, both postmarked Washington, 1811 to Philadelphia and 1825 to Portsmouth; there are also a handful of later covers addressed to Bermuda. All-in-all, a most interesting and unusual lot of this seldom-seen material., Price: $7,500.
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31 () 113d imageBolivia, 1916, 2c Lake Titicaca, imperf, center inverted (Scott 113d), block of 4, unused without gum, bright and fresh with large balanced margins, Extremely Fine, Price: $1,000. (Image)

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32   imageBritish Occupation of Italian East Africa, 1941, unissued overprints, lacking only the 3L and the rare 10c & 20L, o.g., never hinged; 40L with a small edge tear, 8L on 10L nicked at left, 50L with a lightly natural paper wrinkle, Price: $2,500. A rare group, especially never hinged, Sassone 14, 19 & 20 signed Oliva, with his 1974 certificate.
Sassone 12-17, 19-20; €19,850 ($23,320). (Image) (Image2)

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33 o 7a imageBulgaria, 1881, 5s black & orange Lion of Bulgaria, background inverted (Scott 7a), an especially choice example of this very rare 19th century error, which only exists used; strong fresh colors and unusually well-centered for this typically tightly margined stamp; neatly cancelled, very fine; only a small number are known to exist; signed P.Y. Karaivanoff and accompanied by his 1961 certificate, Superb, Price: $6,500, only a small number are known to exist, with this a true condition rarity, Ex-Cunliffe, signed P.Y. Karaivanoff, with his 1961 certificate.
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34 12a imageBulgaria, 1882, 3s orange & yellow Lion of Bulgaria, background inverted (Scott 12a), prior to 2009, most references in various Bulgarian stamp handbooks and catalogues held that this error only existed used, only nine of which had been recorded; this mint example is as fresh as the day it was printed, with bright vivid colors, excellent centering and full o.g. which is lightly hinged, Very Fine, Price: $20,000, a breathtaking example of this incredibly rare mint error—believed to be the only unused example, Ex-Cunliffe, with 1966 P.F. certificate.
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35 o 12a imageBulgaria, 1882, Lion Rampant, 3s orange & yellow, background inverted (Scott 12a), a brilliantly fresh used example with radiant colors on bright paper, attractively centered, and neat partial c.d.s. postmark, Very Fine, Price: $4,750, only nine used copies are believed to exist, this amongst the nicest, Ex-Cunliffe, signed P.Y. Karaivanoff, and accompanied by his 1961 certificate.
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36   imageCanadian Provinces: Prince Edward Island, 1869 (late May), sensational thrice-forwarded cover from Charlotte Town to Paris, franked by eight examples of #6 (3 singles, a pair plus a strip of 3), each manuscript cancelled with an "X" and light strikes of barred oval handstamp cancels; London "PD" oval, Liverpool Br. Packet, and crayoned "1/2" markings in red, and June 16 Calais entry in black all on front; reverse a melée of addresses (one crossed out), transits and receivers, etc.; one stamp wrapped around right side of envelope, part of backflap missing from opening. A remarkable and unique franking to France - if you like well-traveled covers, this one's for you, Very Fine, Price: $7,500, with 2004 Greene Foundation certificate,

The 2s franking prepaid the double letter rate with 1s2d Sterling credit to Great Britain, which came into effect Jan. 1, 1861.
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37   imageCanada, Airmail Semi-Official, 1927, 25¢ Carling Trans-Atlantic Flight, a brightly colored, cleanly printed stamp depicting Tully and Medcalf and their proposed route; tear at bottom center; accompanying certificate notes stains, which appear mostly on reverse - still a pretty stamp despite its faults; don't let this one disappear, handsome Very Fine appearance, Price: $9,500, one of the great Aerophilately rarities, with just 100 printed and 13 unused examples known, with 1975 R.P.S.L. certificate.
Unitrade CLP6; C$50,000 ($37,500). (Image)

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38 43929 imageCanal Zone, 1904, 1¢-10¢ overprinted U.S. complete (Scott 4-8), fresh and attractive set (none of the usual straight edges), tied by purple seven bar CANAL ZONE cancels with matching "CANAL ZONE/DEC/8/1904/P.M./LA BOCA" town postmark on neat small cover to Panama, Ancon (Dec. 8) transit and Panama (Dec. 9) receiver on back, excellent set, a Very Fine cover, Sold, only 22 sets on cover are recorded of which only three are from La Boca. (Image)

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39   imageChina, 1884 (Mar. 10), remarkable combination Large Dragon cover from Peking to Tokyo, written by Saburo Yokata to Kuniomi Yokata, Minister of Justice in Tokyo, endorsed "Tokio Japan" on front, franked with Japan 5s blue New Koban tied by crossroads obliterator along with "Shanghai/19 MAR/1884/I.J.P.A." c.d.s. (Mizuhara type II). Reverse shows China 5ca chrome yellow Large Dragon on thick paper, smooth perforation issue, tied by one complete and one partial strike of Peking seal in blue, with matching "I.G. of Customs/MAR 10/84/Peking" origin c.d.s. alongside the 5ca stamp, which shows a partial second strike where a 1ca stamp was affixed, then lost in transit. Interestingly and quite amazingly as well, is that exactly where the 1ca would have appeared, a Tokyo (Meiji) 17.3.22 double-circle date stamp appears, tying the 5ca Dragon! Two tiny pinholes, which are completely harmless, are noted for accuracy, otherwise Very Fine and choice, Price: $15,000, a Great Rarity among the Large Dragon covers, 2014 Experts and Consultants Ltd. photo certificate,

The sender paid 6ca for the newly revised international rate to Japan with one 5ca and one 1ca stamp. When the cover reached Shanghai, the Customs P.O. affixed the 5s Japanese Koban and transmitted it to the Japanese P.O. in Shanghai where the crossroads killer and I.J.P.A. c.d.s. were applied. The 1ca was subsequently lost in transit, though since the correct rate of 5s was affixed, the Tokyo P.O. did not treat it as postage due.

This cover is truly remarkable for several reasons. In James B. Whang
A Comprehensive Illustration of the Covers of Chinese Large Dragons, page 329, he notes, "Large Dragons addressed to destinations in Japan are extremely rare, so far only two are known". Secondly, according to Whang on page 443, this cover would now represent the earliest known cover charged according to the new 6ca rate to the U.S. or Japan. Thirdly, under normal circumstances, the loss of a stamp from a cover does not enhance its value. In this case, where the partial Peking seal on the 5ca and the Tokyo receiver, which ties the 5ca stamp, explains this remarkable usage. (Image) (Image2)

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40 FX-SH1d imageChina, 1883-1911, Shanghai, China Registry Label (Scott FX-SH1d), narrow black Roman letter "R", a beautiful example of this rarity, with fault-free face and crisp printing on clean paper. A 2019 P.F. Certificate accompanies, noting "with small faults"—a small thin at top plus two spots (one bottom, one left) of small paper pulls, visible only from the back.

These registry exchange labels resulted from an 1882 Universal Postal Union resolution that international registered mail be so marked by a label or handstamp with a capital letter "R". The US opted for gummed labels, with 37 authorized exchange offices. Labels are known from 26 offices, with Shanghai being the sole office outside the US or its Possessions.

A total of 52 Shanghai labels, across four different types, are recorded. Scott's US Specialized notes only nine of this type "d" label, with Roman letter "R". While most US labels were printed by the Government Printing Office and gummed, perforated and distributed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC, this label was printed locally in China, while officials there awaited arrival of the US-printed labels in red.

A beautiful and scarce item, of interest to any philatelic Sinophile., o.g., previously hinged, Price: $3,500, arguably one of the finest unused examples known. (Image)

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