7X1, Millbury, MA, 1846 5c Black on bluish, single with typical tight margins (clear at top and right), tied by red straightline "Paid" to blue folded letter to Worcester, Massachusetts, red "Milbury Ms. Aug 21" cds and matching circled "V" handstamp, stamp with tiny scuffs in background lines to the right of Washington's head (present since before Philip T. Wall first illustrated this cover in the Chronicle in 1984), still Extremely Fine and attractive, one of only eight covers recorded bearing the famed woodcut provisional of Millbury, this being the earliest known use (a distinction it shares with one other cover) and, significantly, a cover which has never appeared on the market before, having been bought privately for Mr. Haub, an incredible showpiece of the highest order (Scott $350,000)
The history of the Millbury, Massachusetts (the proper spelling has two "L"s, despite what the postmark on the cover says) was first told by Philip T. Wall in the Chronicle in the mid-1980s, and greatly expanded upon by Robert A. Siegel Auctions, who maintain an active census of the stamp (this being 7X1-COV-12). As Mr. Wall tells the story, "The first two covers that came to light were discovered in the correspondence of Isaac Davis who left the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass., some 15 volumes of his papers and correspondence when he died in 1885. Davis had been a leading attorney in Worcester in the 1840s. These two covers traveled a distance of only 8 to 10 miles."
The first of these covers, postmarked December 16, was deaccessioned by the American Antiquarian Society in 1895. It was then owned by Sir William B. Avery, Henry J. Duveen, Alfred H. Caspary, and Arthur Hetherington, the latter two of whom sold the stamp through H.R. Harmer in 1955 and 1983, respectively. The other cover remained in the possession of the American Antiquarian Society for nearly another century.
At the 1989 Weill Brother's sale at Christie's, the December 16 Isaac Davis cover was sold. John R. Boker, Jr. was bidding for Erivan Haub, and upon losing the Weills' cover, contacted the American Antiquarian Society within a year or two to make them an offer on the remaining (August 21) cover. Since the early 1990s this cover has resided in Germany and has therefore never been offered publicly for sale.
In terms of United States Postmasters' Provisionals, the Millbury provisional occupies a unique position between the ornate designs of the New York and St. Louis stamps and the crude, makeshift stamps of Lockport and Boscawen. It is one of two provisionals to depict a person, but its woodcut design is obviously miles below the beautifully engraved New York stamp's portrait of George Washington. The Millbury has all of the charms of a "primitive" while still remaining instantly recognizable as a postage stamp. We believe that this cover's long-overdue appearance at public auction represents the beginning of a new chapter for a cover which spent the first century and a half of life locked away.
9X1, New York, New York, 5c Black, "ACM" Connected, position 32, margins large to full, tied by red "New-York 5 cts 23 Dec" cds, two bold strikes of red arced "Paid" on the stamp (one of which also ties) and a third strike at top center, on folded lettersheet datelined December 22 to Longmeadow, Massachusetts, couple vertical file-folds one of which just grazes stamp's left edge (appears to run under stamp), Very Fine, especially attractive with the stamp tied by both the New York datestamp and "Paid" handstamp (Scott $750+) (Image)
9X1, New York, New York, 5c Black, "ACM" Connected, positions 37-40, large margins all around, tied by blue manuscript cancel to folded letter to Fort Wayne, Indiana (paying double the 10c rate), matching blue "20," red "New-York Sep 13" cds and "Paid" in arc, vertical file-fold affects second stamp, still Extremely Fine and attractive, one of only four covers bearing a strip of four of the New York Provisional, an outstanding gem in every regard (Scott $100,000)
In August of 1980, Philip T. Wall wrote an article in the Chronicle (Vol. 32, No. 3) detailing the five most outstanding New York Provisional covers known to him. Obvious choices were the Hasbrouck cover bearing a block of nine and strip of three, and the "MMJr." pair on cover to Bethany, Virginia. Wall, an admitted fan of multiple-rate covers, chose the three covers bearing strips of four that were known to him at the time to round out his top five.
Provenance: John F. Seybold (Purple handstamp on reverse)
9X1b, New York, New York, 5c Black, Signed "A.C.M.," position 23, three large margins to clear at top, cancelled by blue pen strokes, red "New-York 5 cts. 30 Aug" cds with matching "Paid" in arc on 1845 folded letter to London, endorsed "per Boston Steamer," ms. "1/-" due rating, Very Fine, a choice example of the scarce "A.C.M." signature with periods, particularly on a cover sent overseas, 1993 Philatelic Foundation certificate does not accompany (Scott $2,750)
From the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, October 6, 1859:
Mr. Charles Mortimer Leupp, for many years well known as a prominent leather merchant, doing business at No. 20 Ferry street, committed suicide last evening at his residence, No. 33 Madison avenue, by shooting himself through the heart. Mr. Leupp, for six or eight years past, has been afflicted with occasional fits of depression, and for eight months past has been at times deranged. His friends were adopting measures to place him under restraint. An inquest was held this morning by Coroner Sherman, and a verdict in accordance with the facts was rendered. Deceased was 53 years of age, and there was nothing in his domestic, social, or business relations to have induced the commission of the act.
Mr. Leupp has a magnificent mansion on Madison Park—full of pictures and works of art—and was considered one of our most promising and cultivated men. His deplorable death will be deeply felt by a very wide circle of personal friends.
Mr. Leupp has been a widower for some years. He leaves an interesting family of children. His deceased wife was the daughter of the late Gideon Lee.
Provenance: Rarities of the World (R.A. Siegel Sales 800 and 837, 1998 and 2001)
1, 1847 5c Red brown, stamp with margins large to clear, tied by two pen-strokes and red "Philada Rail Road" straightline cancel, second strike at right, manuscript "Paid," Blood's (2c) Bronze on black (15L17) local affixed but not tied, all on folded lettersheet addressed to Monson, Massachusetts, Very Fine and attractive combination of stamp, cancel, and local, Dr. Chase's notation on reverse: "5c 1847, very fine, 1849 color + impression, 'Philada Rail Road' in and directly across the stamp + repeated on the cover, black pen in addition, Blood's local on the cover" (Image)
2, 1847 10c Black, single with margins large (portion of adjacent stamp at top) to just clear, tied by red grid with matching "Cincinnati O. 10 Sep 21" credit datestamp, additionally a bold strike in red of "Atlantic Lake & Mississippi Telegraph Cincinnati Sept. 20" handstamp, on two-page printed circular about the construction of the telegraph, additionally a handwritten letter enclosed datelined September 19, 1847 from Henry O'Rielly (proprietor of this telegraph), Very Fine and exceedingly rare, the Alexander census does not record another example of this handstamp on an 1847 issue cover (Image)
20, 1857 1c Blue, Type II, horizontal pair used alongside 1857 3c Dull red and 1857 12c Black on 3c Nesbitt envelope (26, 26, U9), all cancelled by black grids with matching "Ann Arbor Mich. Jan 28 1860 cds" alongside (actually an 1861 use), addressed to Colchester, Canada West, with appropriate Windsor, Kingsville, and Colchester backstamps (all dated January 1861), cover with sealed tear at top, bit of edge wear indicating thick contents, a Very Fine and colorful franking (the 1c Type II pair is especially fresh and attractive) paying double the 10c rate to Canada
Provenance: M. Hubert Judd (Pencil notation on reverse)
26, 1857 3c Dull red, Type III, three singles tied by Boston "Paid" in grid handstamp to multi-page folded letter to Manila, Philippines, with 1860 24c Gray lilac (37) added to make the proper 33c rate, endorsed "Via Southhampton," "Boston Am. Pkt. Apr 20" and "Hong Kong Ju 23 60" backstamps, Very Fine appearance, the earliest known letter from the "Manila Find"
Provenance: "Manila Find" (H.R. Harmer Sale 2893, 1994)
28A, 1858 5c Indian red, Type I, vertical pair and single, all tied by "New Orleans La. Nov 20 1858" cds to cover to Lot-et-Garonne, France, endorsed "By steamer," red "New Paid York 12 Nov ??" credit datestamp, black "Et. Unis Serv. Br. A.C. 14 Dec 58" transit and boxed "PD" handstamps, couple of backstamps including Fumel, stamps with scissor-cut perfs, Very Fine and attractive, a vivid and fresh example of this distinctive shade (Scott $11,000 as used single and pair) (Image)
35, 1859 10c Green, Type V, single tied by Sacramento cds to "Putt's Overland Envelope," with printing on the front and back lampooning "Uncle Sam's Great Mule Railroad," cover addressed to Philadelphia, Very Fine and attractive, a wonderful bit of early pro-railroad propaganda (Image)
36B, 1860 12c Black, Plate 3, horizontal pair, used alongside 1857 1c Blue (24, vertical pair) and 1857 3c Dull red (26, vertical pair and single), each cancelled by neat black grid (3c single and 1c pair tied), "Nashua N.H. Dec 14 1860" double circle datestamp at lower left, cover addressed to Oberried, Switzerland, red boxed "Aachen 4 1 Franco" and "12" credit handstamp, multitude of backstamps including New York (December 19), top edge of cover and backflap expertly repaired, few stamps with toned perf tips, still Very Fine, a colorful and unusual way of paying the 35c Prussian Closed Mail rate (Image)
68, 1861 10c Green, natural s.e. at right, used alongside 1861 3c Rose and two 1861 1c Blue (65, 63), each cancelled by neat manuscript "X" on cover to Hamburg, Germany, docketing reads "New Melle Mo July 18/63," endorsed "By Hamburg Steamer," red "N. York Paid Hamb. Pkt. 10 Jul 25" credit datestamp, backstamped Hamburg and Melle, cover opened on three sides and small nick along bottom edge, still Very Fine and attractive appearance, cover pays the 15c rate via Hamburg in a very colorful manner (Image)
69, 1861 12c Black, single used alongside 1861 3c Rose (65, natural s.e. at right) and 1863 2c Black (73, two singles), all cancelled or tied by indistinct Maryland double circle datestamp or cork killers, on small 1866 mourning cover to Lausanne, Switzerland, red "N. York U.S. Pkt Paid Sep 20" datestamp, red "16" credit handstamp over "5" in circle, blue "America +£ber Bremen Franco" ties one of the 2c stamps, all proper backstamps, docketing indicates October 9, 1866 receipt, the two 2c stamps folded over the top of the cover, Very Fine and attractive franking paying the 19c rate via Bremen or Hamburg. (Image)
69, 1861 12c Black, two singles, used alongside two 1861 10c Green and an 1861 1c Blue (68, 63), stamps tied by red heart fancy cancels to cover to Hong Kong, China, red "Supplementary Mail" Type A octagonal handstamp, endorsed "via Southhampton" with corresponding April 20, 1863 London credit datestamp and crayon "40," backstamped Hong Kong July 9, backflap torn and slightly refolded, couple of stamps with minor perf faults from placement at the edge of the cover, Very Fine appearance, despite the lack of an American postmark it is believed this cover originated in Philadelphia, especially interesting with this enigmatic and attractive fancy cancel (Image)
70b, 1861 24c Steel blue, strip of three used alongside pair of 1861 1c Blue (63) on mourning cover to St. Petersburg, Russia, stamps each neatly cancelled by manuscript "X," black "Gorham Me. Jun 12" cds, two strikes of red "Portland Am. Pkt. 28 Paid Jun 13" credit datestamp, red boxed "Aachen 26 6 Franco," docketing on reverse indicates June 30, 1862 arrival, stamps with light horizontal crease from placement and cover slightly refolded at top for better display, Very Fine, a colorful and attractive cover from the Josiah Pierce correspondence paying double the 37c rate via Prussian Closed Mail, 24c stamps a wonderfully true representation of the desirable steel blue shade
Provenance: Henry C. Gibson (Philip H. Ward Sale 12, 1944)
73, 1863 2c Black, vertical pair, used alongside horizontal pair of 1868 3c Rose (94) with right sheet margin, target cancels with matching "Bristol N.H. Jan 29" cds on cover to Swatow, China (from the Wingate correspondence), red "New York Paid All Feb 9" credit handstamp, Hong Kong and Swatow backstamps, left 3c stamp with internal crease, Extremely Fine and attractive (Image)
83, 1867 3c Rose, "C" Grill, horizontal strip of five with natural s.e. at right used alongside 1863 2c Black (73), just tied by bold rosette cancels to 1867 cover to Darmstadt, Germany, red "N. York Paid Hamb. Pkt. 12 Dec 14" credit datestamp, Hamburg backstamp, 3c stamps on the ends with small faults and backflap rejoined, Very Fine, an extremely rare multiple of the 3c "C" grill on cover, overpaying the 15c Bremen-Hamburg packet rate to Germany by 2c
101, 1869 90c Blue, F Grill, used with 12c F Grill (97) on an envelope addressed to Lima Peru, just tied by black cork killer cancels with the 90c also tied by crisp strike of "Panama MY 22 69" cds (British PO), a magenta "San Francisco May 8 Paid" cds at upper left, red crayon "3" and "72", the 12c trivial perf tip toning, 90c some blunted/short perfs, letter a horiz file fold, still Very Fine and, in the words of renowned philatelist Jerome Wagshal, "..it is a philatelic gem of the first rank."; George Sloane notation on back "1867 issue 12c and 90c grilled 9x13/ From the collection of Rear Admiral AB Randall" and signed by Sloane; just two covers with the 90c F Grill are recorded, the other being a domestic use (Chronicle Vol. 40, No. 4, page 264), the basic rate to Peru via Panama in May of 1869 was 34 cents per ½ ounce, making this a triple rate cover, illustrated and discussed in an article by Jerome Wagshal in The Chronicle, Vol. 23, No. 1 (February 1971), page 28-29 (mentions Philatelic Foundation certificate #21793 which does not accompany), 2021 Philatelic Foundation certificate which mentions additional traces of an orange red transit cancel on the 90c (Scott $100,000)
116, 1869 10c Yellow, well-centered single used alongside 1869 2c Brown, both tied by red grids to small mourning cover to "Mountain View P.O., Prince Edward Co., C.W.," matching red "Boston Mass. Mar 31" cds alongside
230-35, 1893 1c-6c Columbians, fresh singles of the first six values in the set tied by "Philadelphia Pa." oval registry cancels to 7c Vermilion on amber entire (U88), addressed to John F. Seybold in Syracuse, New York, purple straightline "Registered" handstamp, Philadelphia and Syracuse registry backstamps, Very Fine and colorful
Provenance: Corey Long (R.A. Siegel Sale 948, 2007)