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2020 Rarities of the World continued...

1847 Issue continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
26 c Image10c Black (2). Position 55R, full to large margins, sharp proof-like impression, tied by manuscript cross-hatch cancel, bold red "*STEAMER ATLANTIC*" in oval handstamp with manuscript "D" in center (in sender's hand) on bluish-gray 1848 folded cover to New Orleans, light horizontal file fold clear of stamp, receipt docketing on side panel "1848 Budd Park & Co., St. Louis 1 Dec 1848, recd 11 Dec, ansd 13 Dec" establishing origin at St. Louis on December 1, 1848, faint pre-use 2mm crease at bottom thru "N" of "Ten" noted on certificate

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE MISSISSIPPI RIVER PACKET BOAT MARKING -- POSSIBLY UNIQUE WITH THE 1847 ISSUE.

John F. Bofinger was captain of the mail steamer Atlantic from April 1848 to 1854.

USPCS census no. 1807. Ex Rust, Dr. Kapiloff and Gruys. With 2002 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $5,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
27 c Image10c Black, Vertical Half Used as 5c (2b). Left vertical half with large margins, tiny scissors-cut at top, tied across the cut by manuscript "#" hashtag cancel, slightly faded blue "Springfield Ms. Jun. 12" circular datestamp on folded cover to Hartford Conn., sender's "Paid" at bottom left, note on back "Found in attic of the Hartford Natl. Bank, Hartford Conn. by H. S. Redfield" (former owner), slightly toned, splits along folds reinforced with tape, file folds clear of stamp

FINE. A RARE VERTICAL BISECT OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE. PROBABLY A LAST-MONTH USE OF THE FIRST ISSUE IN JUNE 1851.

USPCS census no. 4346. From our 1987 Rarities of the World sale (probably ex Rust). With 2011 P.F. certificate. Scott value $30,000.00 (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $3,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
28 c Image10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a). Lower left diagonal half, ample margins to just touched, well-tied across all three sides by red square grid cancel applied on arrival at New York City post office on folded Philadelphia & New York Steam Transportation Co. Swiftsure Line printed bill of lading with large woodcut illustration of canal steamboat tug, addressed to Owen Byrne in New York City, the bill of lading completed for a shipment of ale towed by the tugboat Anthracite via the Delaware and Raritan Canal, with integral letter datelined at Philadelphia June 28, 1851, from Poultney, Collins & Massey brewers, receipt docketing "June 28 rcd 30/51" indicating June 30, 1851 receipt date in New York City, the last day the 1847 Issue was valid for postage, stamp slightly gum toned

VERY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARY USE OF A 10-CENT 1847 BISECT ON AN ILLUSTRATED BILL OF LADING CARRIED FROM PHILADELPHIA TO NEW YORK CITY IN THE RAILROAD "FAVOR BAG" AND CANCELLED ON ARRIVAL ON OR CLOSE TO THE LAST DAY THE 1847 ISSUE WAS VALID.

This cover is the subject of an article by Gordon Eubanks in Chronicle 223 and a follow-up article by Ardy Callender in the U.S. Cancellation Club News (May 2018). The folded bill of lading, with a spectacular woodcut engraving of a canal steamboat tug, was sent by one of Philadelphia's largest breweries, Poultney, Collins & Massey, to Owen Byrne in New York City, who evidently arranged for reshipment of the cargo (barrels of ale) to New Orleans. The letter was carried in the "Favor Bag" of mail transported between Philadelphia and New York on the railroad (see "'Favor Bag' Mail; New York City-Philadelphia, 1845-1851", Ed Harvey, LaPosta 109, pp. 24-32). On arrival the bisected 10c stamp was cancelled and accepted for the 5c under 300-mile rate. The New York post office in practice did not apply a datestamp to mail addressed within the city limits received in the railroad mail bag. However, the June 28, 1851, dateline and June 30 receipt docketing indicate that this bisected stamp was likely cancelled on the very last day the 1847 Issue was valid--on July 1, 1851, the new rates and stamps went into effect, and the 1847s were demonetized.

Ex Seybold (with his purple backstamp, lot 44 in the Mar. 15-16, 1910 sale). With 2004 P.S.E. certificate describing this (incorrectly) as an "overpaid drop letter" -- it is actually correctly prepaid 5c for the rate from Philadelphia to New York City. (Image)

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E. $ 10,000-15,000

SOLD for $17,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
29 Pbl Image5c Red Brown, 10c Black, Reproduction, Plate Proofs on Card (3P4-4P4). Complete sheets of 50, each with huge outer margins, showing edges of the plate, 10c lacking the plate scratches seen on the complete sheet on India paper offered in our 2013 William Gross sale, 5c shows plate scratches between Positions 31 and 41, which are also present on the India paper sheet, 5c with a circle indentation surrounding Positions 47-50 (perhaps from writing on a document on top of it), also with some inconsequential toning specks in margin at top left

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SET OF SHEETS OF 50 OF THE 5-CENT AND 10-CENT 1875 REPRODUCTION PLATE PROOFS ON CARD.

Clarence Brazer discussed the 1847 Issue essays and proofs in a 1947 Essay-Proof Journal article, which was reprinted as a monograph. The extensive plate scratches found on the 10c India sheet offered in our 2013 Gross sale (Siegel Sale 1041, lot 23, realized $62,500 hammer) are not found on the stamps printed in 1875 nor on the cardboard proofs produced between 1879 and 1893.

Brazer estimated in his 1947 article that "probably five or six pairs of sheets of 50 plate proofs on cardboard are known." We do not know the basis for Brazer's estimate, but we have been able to locate only three other sets.

Scott value $27,000.00 as blocks of four and singles without premium for the complete sheet format (Image)

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E. $ 15,000-20,000

SOLD for $20,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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