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H.R. Harmer GPN, Inc. Sale: 3039

United States
Local Stamps

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 41
Symbol: img s
Cat No: 107L1

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image 107L1, Metropolitan Errand & Carrier Express Co., New York, 1855 1c Red orange, stamp cut square, just touching at top and bottom, cancelled but not tied by black "Paid" in oval with a second strike alongside, addressed locally with an additional ms "Piano Fort Establishment" (referring to printed contents of folded letter sheet), vertical file fold well away from stamp, Very Fine and attractive (Scott $600 for the stamp on cover tied by handstamp) (Image)

CV. 75

Opening US$ 375.00
Sold...US$ 375.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:27:13 EST
Sold For 375

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 42
Symbol: img s
Cat No: 112L2

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image 112L2, One Cent Despatch, Baltimore, Maryland, 1c Red, ample to large margins (tiny nick at top right), tied by Type II "City Despatch. Oct. 2 4½P.M." cds (double circle) with second strike alongside, cover also bears 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11) tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Oct 3" cds (very light crease), addressed to "Henry Hollyday Esq./ Near Centreville/ Queen Anne's County/ E.S. of Maryland" with additional "Oct 2d 56" docketing at left, according to Clifford J. Alexander's census (Penny Post Vol. 15, No. 1) this is the second-earliest known use of this stamp after a cover postmarked only six hours earlier on the same day, a Very Fine and attractive cover from a short-lived local post (only in operation for two and a half months) (Scott $1,750) (Image)

CV. 500

Opening US$ 5,000.00
Sold...US$ 5,000.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:29:19 EST
Sold For 5000

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 43
Symbol: img s
Cat No: 119L3

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image 119L3, Price's City Express, New York City, 2c Black on green, stamp cut octagonally just clear of frameline, tied by a black oval (perhaps the Price's four-line "Paid" oval) to locally addressed folded letter sheet to "J.V.N. Baldwin, Esq. 24., 10 Wall St.," unfortunately undated, listed as one of two potentially genuine covers with this stamp in William W. Sammis's 2014 census (Penny Post Vol. 22, No. 3) although he speculated the canceling ink was red (like the other known cover and on-piece example), as such we are offering this cover on its own merits, and we recommend Sammis's article for anyone looking to better understand this elusive local post (Scott listed but unpriced on cover) (Image)

CV. 250

Opening US$ 450.00
Sold...US$ 450.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:30:24 EST
Sold For 450

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 44
Symbol: img s
Cat No: 130L1

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image 130L1, Russell's 8th Ave. Post Office, New York, NY, 1854-58 (2c) Blue on rose, single with margins large to just touching at top right, deep color (almost appears black), affixed but not cancelled/ tied to cover addressed to "Mess. Mead, Taft & Dewry, Attorneys at Law, No 237 Broadway, New York City," red oval "Russell 8th Ave Post Office" handstamp at right, contemporaneous figuring on the reverse, Very Fine, this cover is not amongst the six examples listed in the R.A. Siegel census of 130L1, although a cover to the same address is listed in their census of 130L3 (Red on bluish), which we presume to be this cover, additionally the red oval Russell's handstamp is exceedingly rare, signed "Original" by George B. Sloane (Scott listed but unpriced on cover)rnProvenance: John R. Boker, Jr. (Private Transaction) (Image)

CV. 1,000

Opening US$ 6,500.00
Sold...US$ 6,500.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:32:51 EST
Sold For 6500

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 45
Symbol: img s
Cat No: 132L1

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image 132L1, Squier & Co. City Letter Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri, 1859 1c Green, Imperf, single with about two (almost three) frame lines showing, manuscript cancelled but not tied to Home Mutual Fire & Marine Ins. Co. advertising cover, with 3c Dull red, Type III (26) struck by "Saint Louis Mo. Jun 9 1859" cds, addressed to Baltimore, Maryland with docketing over part of date stamp, Very Fine, only believed to be 8-10 covers with the first (imperforate) Squier stamp, certainly difficult to imagine one much nicer than this with the illustrated advertisement, signed Robson Lowe (Scott $1,000 for tied by manuscript with #26) (Image)

CV. 250

Opening US$ 500.00
Sold...US$ 500.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:34:33 EST
Sold For 500

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 46
Symbol: img s
Cat No: 138L1

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image 138L1, Telegraph Despatch P.O., Philadelphia, 1848 1c Black on yellowish, ample to large margins, cancelled by manuscript "X" to a folded letter addressed to "Rev. U. Ward, Missouri Av. near 4½ st, Washington D.C.," indistinct March or May 9 blue Philadelphia cds, light even soiling, still Very Fine, only three covers were recorded by Steven M. Roth in his 1993 census (Penny Post Vol. 3, No. 4), a fourth cover has since surfaced, an extremely rare example of this mysterious and presumably short-lived post, not offered publicly in many decades (Scott $5,500 for the stamp on cover not tied, with certificate)rnProvenance: Henry C. Gibson (Private transaction) (Image)

CV. 1,500

Opening US$ 4,000.00
Sold...US$ 4,000.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:38:42 EST
Sold For 4000

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 47
Symbol: img s
Cat No: 145L2

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image 145L2, Westtown, Pennsylvania, 1853-67(?) (2c) Gold, Type VIII, tied by an indistinct strike of Street Road, Pennsylvania duplex with 3c Green (158) alongside, addressed to Columbus, New Jersey, very slightly reduced at right (just into 3c), Very Fine and attractive especially with the stamp on the front of the cover (Scott $1,750) (Image)

CV. 250

Opening US$ 450.00
Sold...US$ 450.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:43:29 EST
Sold For 450


Wells Fargo & Co. Express

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 48
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Cat No: Pony Express

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image "Per Pony Express, Paid 2.00," a manuscript notation at the upper left corner of a 3c Red on buff Star Die entire (U27) with a clear green "St Joseph Mo May 24" cds, way cover addressed to "Hon John Letcher/ Governor of Virginia/ Richmond", back side with magenta 75mm "Record Division War Department/ Rebel Archives" oval handstamp, Very Fine and choice, the lack of a Wells Fargo handstamp (as well as the 3c rate) indicates that this cover did not originate on the West Coast of the United States, a remarkable and likely unique Pony Express cover addressed to the Confederate States; Frajola-Walske-Kramer Census E-77rnThis cover is illustrated and discussed in detail in Richard Graham's article in The Chronicle; Vol. 27, No. 4, pages 222-27, in which he postulates the cover could have originated from a Virginia officer in a remote western army post in one of the mountain states who was "checking in" with his home government. We feel the final paragraph of this article is important to repeat: "In any case, this cover, not nearly as spectacular in appearance as are many of its more highly sought brethren, could it talk, could probably tell a story that would put to shame the stories behind most of the more colorful 'ponies.' As its present owner, Marc Haas, has commented to the writer, it is difficult to decide whether to include the cover in a Pony Express, Western, or a Confederate collection. It would grace any of them."rnProvenance: Marc Haas (Private Transaction) (Image)

CV. 5,000

Opening US$ 23,000.00
Sold...US$ 23,000.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:46:07 EST
Sold For 23000

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 49
Symbol: img s
Cat No: Pony Express

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image "Pony Express/ Paid 2.00, From Fort Bridger U.T. Paid 7c/ June 20 1861" sender's manuscript notation on a 3c Red on buff Star Die envelope (U27) addressed to "Col Macon W Toppan/ 1st Regt New Hampshire Volunteers/ Washington DC", additional 1859 10c Green Type V (35) affixed over the "Paid 7c" and tied by a green "St Joseph Mo Jun 27" (1861) cds and grid with similar grid cancelling the indicia, choice Very Fine and faultless way cover having been picked up at Fort Bridger (a regular stop on the Pony Express route) by the pony rider on the east-bound trip, unique franking and usage (Frajola-Walske-Kramer Census E-98)rn Noted frontiersman Jim Bridger and his partner, Louis Vasquez, established Fort Bridger in 1843 to service emigrant traffic. The fort served as a Pony Express, Overland Stage, and transcontinental telegraph station in the 1860s and was garrisoned by the U.S. Army at various times between 1857 and 1890. The addressee, Mason Weare Tappan (1817-86) was a New Hampshire state representative, a U.S. congressman from 1855-61, a colonel during the Civil War, and the New Hampshire Attorney General. He was elected as an American Party candidate (34th Congress) and reelected as a Republican (35th-36th Congress). During the Civil War, he served as colonel of the 1st New Hampshire Infantry, a three-month regiment raised in 1861 in response to President Lincoln's call to arms. He mustered out in August 1861. Tappan died in office as the attorney general at the age of 69.rnProvenance: Judge Robert S. Emerson (Private Transaction)rnChristopher Gruys (R.A. Siegel Sale 849, 2002)rnThurston Twigg-Smith (R.A. Siegel Sale 979, 2009) (Image)

CV. 25,000

Opening US$ 42,500.00
Sold...US$ 42,500.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:47:37 EST
Sold For 42500

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 50
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Cat No: 143L8

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image 143L8, Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 1862-64 "25 cts ¼ Oz” Blue, tied on a 3c Pink entire (U34) with printed Wells, Fargo frank by "Wells, Fargo & Co., Express, Aurora" blue oval handstamp with another strike cancelling indicia, stamp 3½ margins (just in at upper right), envelope some professional mending/ repairs across top edge, Very Fine appearance; this cover was sent to Clara Crittenden by her son Howard, a mill superintendent from Aurora sometime in 1863. rn (Image)

CV. 1,500

Opening US$ 2,500.00
Sold...US$ 2,500.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:48:22 EST
Sold For 2500

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 51
Symbol: img s
Cat No: Pony Express

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image 143L9, Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 1862-64 “25 cts ¼ Oz” Red, tied to 3c Pink entire (U34) by blue "W.F. & Co. Virginia City N.T. Jul 1" oval postmark, addressed to "Mrs Clara Crittenden/ Occidental Hotel/ San Francisco", pencilled "37" and "65" route numbers, stamp clear to full margins and rich color, envelope opened at top and with small edge nicks/ break above stamp, overall Very Fine cover from the well-known Crittenden correspondence rnThis cover is a part of the exceptionally important Crittenden correspondence between Alexander Parker Crittenden and his wife Clara Churchill Jones. Richard Frajola first offered 30 covers from the Crittenden corresponsence, received intact, in October 1981 (Frajola Sale 2). His catalogue, along with an article by Thomas J. Alexander in The Chronicle (Vol. 33, No. 3), provide everything one could possibly want to know about this wonderful correspondence, which Frajola calls "one of the finest correspondences I have ever handled in terms of both historical content and postal history interest." For a non-philatelic telling of A.P. Crittenden's murder at the hands of his mistress and the sensationalized trial that followed, we recommend Kenneth Lamott's Who Killed Mr. Crittenden?: Being a True Account of the Notorious Murder That Stunned San Francisco. (Image)

CV. 2,500

Opening US$ 3,750.00
Sold...US$ 3,750.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:49:12 EST
Sold For 3750

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 52
Symbol: img s
Cat No: 143L9

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image 143L9, Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 1862-64 “25 cts ¼ Oz” Red, a large envelope filled with legal documents addressed to an attorney in Virginia (City) Nevada and franked with a mangled block of eight and single of the 25c Pony plus an 1861 3c Rose (65) faulty horizontal strip of eight, all the stamps cancelled and/or tied by poor strikes of the blue "Wells Fargo Express 11 Jan" (1864) dated cancel with docketing affecting a couple of the 3c stamps, back side equally distressed with extensive fire/ smoke damage (which carries over on to the left side of the envelope) and a large piece of paper affixed in the center, the envelope is torn and creased and has been repaired/ enhanced in several places, ala-in all, though, it is a remarkable piece of postal history which, more than likely, has a terrific story to tell, and the franking of the Wells Fargo issue is the largest we can recall seeing (Image)

CV.

Opening US$ 2,200.00
Sold...US$ 2,200.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:51:00 EST
Sold For 2200


Confederate States: 3c 1861 Postmasters Provisiona

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 53
Symbol: img s

image 4AX1 var, Nashville, Tennessee, 3c Carmine, "Petri Counterfeit", sheet of five (pos 6-10) with wide margins all around and showing all the varieties, without gum as issued, Very Fine; for more details see Peter W.W. Powell's article in Confederate Philatelist, Vol, 47, No. 4, pages 135-40, as well as Francis J. Crown, Jr.'s article "The 3c Nashville Provisional Adhesive" in the 2018 American Philatelic Congress Book (Image)

CV. 100

Opening US$ 400.00
Sold...US$ 400.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:51:31 EST
Sold For 400


Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 54
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Cat No: 1XU1

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image 1XU1, Aberdeen, Mississippi, 5c Black, provisional handstamp "Aberdeen Mi." with "5" in the center and "Paid" at the left side, "Aberdeen Miss. Sep 13" cds at lower left, addressed to Macon Mississippi, cover small tear and minor stains, trivially reduced at the top, no backflap and repairs to reverse, still Very Fine, only two examples of the Aberdeen 5c provisional are recorded (the other dated January 20 and ex-Ferrary, Knapp, Hall, and Gross), and only three total Aberdeen provisionals known (one 10c manuscript revalued cover, Scott 1XU1a), one of the rarest of all Confederate provisionals, pictured in Crown "Surveys of Confederate Postmasters' Provisionals" (Quarterman edition, page 11) (Scott $7,000)rnProvenance: Judge Robert S. Emerson (Private Transaction)rnDavid Carnahan (Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1978)rnJay Richards (Richard Frajola Sale 54, 1994) (Image)

CV. 1,000

Opening US$ 2,300.00
Sold...US$ 2,300.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:52:01 EST
Sold For 2300

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 55
Symbol: img s
Cat No: 2XU2

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image 2XU2, Abingdon, Virginia, 5c Black entire, largely-complete strike of provisional handstamp at the top left of a yellow envelope with "Abingdon Va. 1861 Oct 20" cds, addressed to Nashville, Tennessee, some light creasing and backflap slightly torn, still Very Fine and attractive example of this scarce provisional (Scott $1,750)rnProvenance: John Birkinbine II (Private Transaction, 1992)rnJohn R. Hill, Jr. (Private Transaction) (Image)

CV. 250

Opening US$ 750.00
Sold...US$ 750.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:52:28 EST
Sold For 750

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 56
Symbol: img s
Cat No: 6XU6

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image 6XU6, Atlanta, Georgia, 10c Black entire, nice strike of the handstamp on an envelope with accompanying "Atlanta Ga Sep 29" 1861 cds and addressed to "Hon A.H. Stephens/ Richmond Va", most of backflap missing but shows a portion of the embossed seal of the Executive Department of Georgia, still Very Fine (Scott $550)rnrnWritten on the back of the envelope is the missive "Hon. Jos. E. Brown/ Atlanta 28th Sept / Apologies for Mr. Waters dispatch for permission to publish Mr ___ letter. Gov. Brown says he knew nothing of it". Joseph E. Brown was Georgia's Governor from 1857-65, Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court 1865-70, and also its US Senator from 1880-91. He was constantly at odds with Pres. Davis, calling him an "incipient tyrant".rn rnProvenance: R.P. Gravely, Jr (Steve Ivy Auctions, Oct 1982) (Image)

CV. 150

Opening US$ 625.00
Sold...US$ 625.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:53:00 EST
Sold For 625

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 57
Symbol: img s
Cat No: 21XU3

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image 21XU3, Danville, Virginia, 5c Black on dark buff entire, press-printed illustrated design at upper left, addressed to New Glasgow Va, clear "Danville Va Sep 6" cds, opened and slightly reduced at top, envelope repaired tear at top right not impacting the postmark, Very Fine appearance; signed "Brian Green" (Scott $7,000)rnrnThe Calhoun census lists 24 envelopes, but nearly half lack a Danville postmark or are used as ordinary envelopes franked with adhesives. He counts only 11-12 (all 5c denomination) properly used and postmarked provisional uses. rnProvenance: Alfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 989, 1956)rnBrian Green (Richard Frajola Sale 30, 1986)rnJohn R. Hill, Jr. (Private Transaction) (Image)

CV. 1,000

Opening US$ 2,300.00
Sold...US$ 2,300.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:54:23 EST
Sold For 2300

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 58
Symbol: img s
Cat No: 42x38mm

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image 21XU1 var, Danville, Virginia, 10c Red entire, envelope with the illustarted design in the upper left used as an envelope with the stamp missing from the upper right corner, addressed to Lynchburg Va, no postal markings, opened at right, the upper right corner (42x38mm) had been removed and has been professionally restored, Very Fine appearance; Philatelic Foundation certificate 248724 does not accompanyrnProvenance: Weill Brothers (Christies NY, 1989) (Image)

CV. 300

Opening US$ 575.00
Sold...US$ 575.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:55:59 EST
Sold For 575

Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 59
Symbol: img s
Cat No: 23XU2

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image 23XU2, Eatonton, Georgia, 5c + 5c Black entire, two strikes of the "5" handstamp on an orange envelope addressed to "Capt R.B. Nisbet/ Brown Rifles/ 3rd Rgiment Georgia Volunteers/ Portsmouth, Virginia", accompaying "Eatonton Ga 1861 Jun 26" double circle postmark, envelope small sealed opening breaks at top, back side some sealed backflap tears and hinge remainders, still Very Fine; Crown records just five of these "5+5" envelopes (Scott $5,000)rnProvenance: Stephen D. BrownrnJohn R Hill, Jr. (Image)

CV. 1,000

Opening US$ 4,750.00
Sold...US$ 4,750.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:57:13 EST
Sold For 4750
Sale No: 3039
Lot No: 60
Symbol: img s
Cat No: 26X1

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image 26X1, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 5c Blue on bluish, mint sheet of 20 comprised of the two settings of ten, original gum with eight of the stamps NH, others l.h., h.r. or some gum disturbance, thin fragile paper with typical light bends and wrinkles, tiny edge nick pos 17, hinge sealed break in pos 4, still a Very Fine and impressive sheet and one of the few extant (Scott $19,000) (Image)

CV. 7,500

Opening US$ 7,000.00


Closed..Dec-10-2020, 17:57:57 EST
Sold For 0

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