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Session Three (lots 360-563): Thursday, October 29, 2020, at 1:30pm continued...

On Cover: Bisected Stamps
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
408° c ImageThe only recorded 1847 bisect cover from Portsmouth, New Hampshire

10¢ Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5¢ (2a), bottom left diagonal half, large margins to clear, crisp impression, tied across the cut by red grid cancel, matching "Portsmouth N.H. Oct. 7" circular datestamp and "PAID" handstamp on blue folded cover to Messrs. Little & Brown in Boston, small manuscript "5" just above the "PAID" handstamp, light vertical file fold affects bisect, Very Fine appearance, a rare and desirable bisect use of the 10¢ 1847 Issue, the USPCS census records this cover plus a small piece with the right half of a 10¢ used as a bisect (Siegel Sale 1191, lot 2116)--Portsmouth received a total of 4,300 5¢ and 500 10¢ stamps--noted in census of 1847 bisects in Chronicle No. 54, p. 6, small "W.H.C." (Colson) handstamp at bottom right, ex Moody, Ishikawa and Boker (Image)

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E. $ 10,000-15,000


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409° c Image10¢ 1847 bottom left diagonal bisect on a small envelope from the Stilphin correspondence

10¢ Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5¢ (2a), bottom left diagonal half, large margins to ample, tied across the cut by blue grid cancel, matching "5" handstamp just to left of stamp and "Concord N.H. Oct. 22" (1850) circular datestamp on envelope to Miss Mary Stilphin in Manchester, New Hampshire, gently cleaned with some cosmetic edge improvements, Very Fine appearance, a beautiful bisected use of the 10¢ 1847 Issue from the Stilphin correspondence--the fascinating history of the discovery of the Stilphin correspondence is detailed in an article by Susan M. McDonald (Chronicle 115)--accompanied by stampless cover from the same correspondence with blue "PAID" and "5" handstamps, the latter identical to the marking on the bisect cover, ex Garrett ("Elite") and Boker, with clear 1982 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500


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410° c ImageA choice 10¢ 1847 top right diagonal bisect on an envelope from the famous Evans correspondence

10¢ Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5¢ (2a), top right diagonal half, large margins to clear, crisp impression shows short transfer at top, tied by orange-red grid cancel, light strike of matching "Gardiner Me. Apr. 28" circular datestamp on buff envelope to Mrs. George Evans in Brattleboro, Vermont, from the famous Evans correspondence, stamp with surface scuff at upper right caused by rim of the cancel is utterly inconsequential, Very Fine, an outstanding diagonal bisect of the 10¢ 1847 Issue--working with the USPCS census, we have verified 12 Gardiner, Maine, 10¢ bisect covers; four have bisects that cannot be matched, which includes the cover offered here; eight covers have bisects from four stamps; they were all used between April 26 and May 26 of 1851--ex Sampson, A. E. Guenther and Boker, with 1949 A.P.S., 1964 and 2013 P.F. certificates (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000


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411° c ImageAn extraordinary 10¢ 1847 bisect tied by both a grid cancel and "5" numeral rate handstamp

10¢ Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5¢ (2a), bottom right diagonal half, large margins, tied across the bisect cut by red grid cancel and also by matching "5" handstamp, neat matching "PAID" handstamp and "Roxbury Mass. Nov. (1)" (1849) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Yale College in New Haven, Connecticut, manuscript "Paid" at upper right, treated to remove dampstain at top right corner, not affecting bisect, otherwise Extremely Fine, this is without question one of the finest bisects of the 10¢ 1847 Issue in existence, by virtue of margin size and tying cancellations, ex Caspary, Rust, Boker and Craveri, with 1988 P.F. certificate (Image)

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412° c Image10¢ 1847 bottom right diagonal bisect used one week before demonetization

10¢ Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5¢ (2a), bottom right diagonal half, large margins to barely touched at one spot at bottom, tied across the cut by red square grid cancels, matching "New-York Jun. 23" (1851) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Troy, New York, some age spotting mostly on cover, Very Fine, the USPCS census lists only 14 genuine bisects used from New York City, where there was an abundant supply of 5¢ stamps--this was probably bisected to use up the sender's supply before July 1, 1851--ex Brown, Kelly and Boker, with 1974 P.F. certificate (Image)

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413° c ImageA rare 1847 bisect cover from New York City to Edwin D. Morgan, New York governor and Civil War general

10¢ Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5¢ (2a), top left diagonal half, large margins to clear, small sealed tear at top right, faint crease at bottom left, tied across the cut by red square grid cancel, matching "New-York Feb. 12" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Hon. E. D. Morgan in the Senate at Albany, New York, manuscript "paid" and "5" next to stamp, Very Fine appearance, the USPCS census lists only 14 genuine bisects used from New York City, where 5¢ stamp were readily available--Edwin D. Morgan was New York governor 1859-62, U.S. Senator 1863-69, was the first and longest serving chairman of the Republican National Committee and was a Union Army general during the Civil War--ex Worthington and Boker, with clear 1946 P.F. certificate (Image)

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414° c ImageA rare 10¢ 1847 bisect, possibly sent on an overpaid drop letter

10¢ Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5¢ (2a), top left diagonal half, full margins, tied across the cut by blue grid cancel on blue folded letter datelined "Concord Feb. 13, 1851" to Warner, New Hampshire, missing part of contents, some splitting along folds sensibly reinforced, gently cleaned, Extremely Fine and beautiful bisect, unusual without a town origination datestamp, Concord used this standard grid in 1851, ex Caspary and Boker, with 1977 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000


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415° c ImageA spectacular right-half vertical bisect from New Haven, Connecticut

10¢ Black, Vertical Half Used as 5¢ (2b), right half, large margins to clear including part of adjoining stamp at top, tied by two strikes of red grid cancel, matching light strike of "New Haven Ct. 7 Jun." circular datestamp on blue folded cover to New Bedford, Massachusetts, manuscript "paid 5" at lower left, docketing shows incomplete yeardate but this has been attributed by Alexander to 1851, some splitting along folds, sealed tear from bottom to center of cover, otherwise Very Fine, the USPCS census lists ten bisects used from New Haven, ex Seybold, Hawkins, Brown, H. Lehman, H. Schuyler Cole, Hindes, Wyer and Boker, signed Ashbrook, with 1968 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000


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416°   ImageThe only genuine horizontal bisect in private hands

10¢ Black, Horizontal Half Used as 5¢ (2c), top horizontal half with Washington's portrait visible, but without any denomination, large margins, tied across the cut by red "Franklin La. May 29" circular datestamp and small pencil mark on piece, faint vertical filing crease affects stamp

Very Fine appearance--this is the only genuine horizontal bisect of the 10¢ 1847 Issue in private hands.

The Miller collection at The New York Public Library contains what could be a genuine bottom half on a Baltimore Railroad cover, but all others listed in the USPCS census are fake or non-existent.

Vertical and diagonal bisects are more common than horizontal bisects, because the denomination is visible on both parts of the stamp in those configurations, whereas it only appears on the bottom half of a horizontal bisect. This top-half horizontal bisect has no indication of the denomination. It was used from a small post office in Franklin, Louisiana, which received a supply of 400 5¢ stamps and 100 10¢ stamps; one 5¢ cover is known (to France), and this is the only reported use of the 10¢ from that post office.

Ex Mirsky. Signed "S.A." (Spencer Anderson). With 2006 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott as a horizontal bisect. (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500


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417°   Image5¢ 1847 "faux bisect" on large piece of cover

5¢ Red Brown (1), one complete stamp with full margins except nicked at bottom left corner, used with bottom half of another 5¢, dark shade, worn-plate impression, both well-tied by red grid cancels on large blue piece of cover to Smith & Boynton, the "bisect" is tied across cut as well as to the complete stamp, backflap with May 27, 1850 docketing, Very Fine and most unusual, the accompanying P.F. certificate describes the half-stamp as genuinely used on the piece but torn after affixing and before cancelling, and serving no postal duty (therefore not a true bisect), ex Stollnitz and Saadi, with 1994 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000


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