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Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. Sale - 1216

The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection: Classic United States and Hawaii

Postmasters' Provisionals: Annapols Md. thru Millbury Mass.
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
1   ImageAnnapolis, Maryland, (2c) Blue Handstamp (2XU1 var). Clear strike on cover front only with matching 2” handstamp addressed locally to Miss Jessie Steele, light file folds including one barely affecting marking

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL CLEAR STRIKE OF THE ANNAPOLIS POSTMASTER’S SEAL, WHICH WAS USED TO MAKE THE FAMOUS POSTMASTER PROVISIONAL ENVELOPES AND WAS ALSO RARELY APPLIED AS A POSTMARK.

The Scott footnote to 2XU1 values the blue circle at $17,500.00 with 2” handstamped rate (on full cover). (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000


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2 c ImageJames M. Buchanan. Free frank James M. Buchanan” almost exactly as it appears on the provisional stamps and entires, On P. Office Business” and addressed in another hand on folded cover to postmaster of Sandy Spring Md., blue Baltimore Md. Oct. 19” circular datestamp and FREE” handstamp, small W.H.C.” (Warren H. Colson) handstamp at lower right, accompanied by a folded letter from the Beatty correspondence with large red PAID” in double-line frame handstamp, blue Baltimore Md. Feb. 2” (1846) circular datestamp, PAID” and 5” in oval, both Extremely Fine, these stampless covers fall within the Buchanan provisional period and make excellent collateral items in a provisional display, ex Frelinghuysen (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000


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3 c ImageBaltimore, Maryland, 5c Black on White (3X1). Positions 3/5, vertical pair, trace of frameline at bottom left, tied by cross-hatched pen strokes, matching manuscript 10” rate, clear strike of blue Baltimore Md. Mar. 21” (1847) circular datestamp and matching PAID” handstamp on envelope to Miss Mary Floyd in Port Tobacco Md., the pair has a pre-use horizontal crease mostly along the frameline between stamps

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED PAIRS OF THE 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ISSUED BY BALTIMORE’S POSTMASTER, JAMES M. BUCHANAN. BOTH PAIRS ARE ON WHITE PAPER, AND THEY ARE THE ONLY MULTIPLES OF A BALTIMORE PROVISIONAL KNOWN ON OR OFF COVER.

No. 27 in the Hayes census (Collectors Club Philatelist, Jan. 1970). USPCS census no. 20122. Illustrated in the Luff book.

Ex Ayer, Worthington (New York International Philatelic Exhibition 1913), Gibson, Lapham (TIPEX 1936), Frelinghhuysen and Gross. Small W.H.C.” (Warren H. Colson) handstamp at lower right and Worthington’s source code in pencil on back: 11/20/03 New Eng S. Co. ESS.SS” (New England Stamp Company, $900.00).

With 2011 P.F. certificate. Scott value for a pair on cover is $125,000.00.

History of the Baltimore provisionals: http://siegelauctions.com/enc/pdf/Baltimore.pdf

History of this cover: https://siegelauctions.com/2018/1188/4.pdf (Image)

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E. $ 50,000-75,000


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4 c ImageBaltimore, Maryland, 5c Black on White (3X1). Position 4, ample to large margins showing almost all of framelines on three sides, without usual pen cancel and tied by well-struck blue PAID” handstamp, matching Baltimore Md. Mar. 29” (1847) circular datestamp on folded letter to Philadelphia, faint toned spot at center from wax seal is barely evident and not mentioned on accompanying certificate

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT BALTIMORE PROVISIONAL ON WHITE PAPER USED ON COVER. VERY FEW OF THE KNOWN COVERS HAVE THE STAMP CANCELLED SOLELY BY A HANDSTAMP.

No. 28 in the Hayes census (Collectors Club Philatelist, Jan. 1970). USPCS census no. 20125. Ex Hall and Laila”. With 2009 P.F. certificate. Signed John Klemann. Scott value $15,000.00 for the usual cancel (which is normally pen, footnote states Stamps on cover tied by handstamps command premiums”). (Image)

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E. $ 15,000-20,000


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5 c ImageBaltimore, Maryland, 5c Black on White (3X1). Position 5, bottom frameline nearly complete, part also showing at left, without pen cancellation and tied by blue PAID” handstamp, matching Baltimore Md. Jan. 30” (1847) circular datestamp and 5” in oval handstamp on folded cover to J. P. Phillips (attorney at law) in Warrenton Va., sender’s notation Paid”, receipt docketing Norris & Bro 1847” on inside panel, pressed-out vertical file fold passes thru stamp at left where there is a lightened stain spot

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, 5-CENT ON WHITE PAPER WITHOUT PEN CANCELLATION AND TIED BY A HANDSTAMPED MARKING.

No. 24 in the Hayes census (Collectors Club Philatelist, Jan. 1970). USPCS census no. 20118. Ex Ferrary (with his purple trefoil handstamp at lower right) and probably ex Lapham, ex Frelinghuysen. With 2012 P.F. certificate. Small W.H.C.” (Warren H. Colson) handstamp and illustrated in his Colson of Boston promotional booklet (page 20). Scott value $15,000.00 for the usual cancel (which is normally pen, footnote states Stamps on cover tied by handstamps command premiums”). (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000


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6 c ImageBaltimore, Maryland, 5c Black on Bluish (3X3). Position 10, ample margins showing most of three framelines, without pen cancellation and tied by two strikes of blue PAID” handstamp, matching Baltimore Md. Feb. 23” (1846) circular datestamp on folded letter to U.S. Navy Captain Franklin Buchanan at the Naval Academy in Annapolis Md., letter concerns disciplinary action against at cadet, file fold through the stamp at right, trivial bleaching spots not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT BALTIMORE POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL ON BLUISH PAPER, WITHOUT PEN CANCELLATION AND TIED BY A HANDSTAMPED MARKING.

The recipient, Franklin Buchanan, was a 45-year career officer in the United States Navy before joining the Confederacy in 1861. He became the only full admiral in the Confederate Navy during the Civil War and he also commanded the ironclad C.S.S. Virginia (U.S.S. Merrimac) during the beginning stages of the famous battle at Hampton Roads, Virginia. He was wounded in the early stages of the battle and was replaced as commander of the Virginia by Catesby ap Roger Jones prior to its engagement with the U.S.S. Monitor. He was a member of the Baltimore Buchanan family, which of course also included his cousin James Buchanan, the postmaster responsible for the Baltimore Provisionals.

No. 9 in the Hayes census (Collectors Club Philatelist, Jan. 1970). USPCS census no. 20144. Ex Gronowski (private sale) and Haub. With 2012 P.F. certificate. Scott value $13,500.00 for the usual cancel (which is normally pen, footnote states Stamps on cover tied by handstamps command premiums”). (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500


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7 c ImageBaltimore, Maryland, 5c Black on Bluish (3X3). Position 4, large margins showing most of four framelines, cancelled by manuscript and tied by blue Baltimore Md. Oct. 3” (1846) circular datestamp, matching PAID” and 5” in oval handstamps on folded letter to Washington D.C., stamp with tiny pinholes from affixing wafers, light corner creases at bottom left, stamp lifted and hinged back in place

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE AND DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT BALTIMORE POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL ON BLUISH PAPER. ONE OF THE VERY FEW BALTIMORE PROVISIONAL COVERS WITH THE STAMP TIED BY THE TOWN DATESTAMP.

No. 22 in the Hayes census (Collectors Club Philatelist, Jan. 1970). USPCS census no. 20160. With 1978 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $13,500.00 (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000


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8   ImageBrattleboro, Vermont, 5c Black on Buff (5X1). Position 4, two large margins at left and bottom, ample at top and mostly clear at right, cancelled by red PAID”, slight thinning as usual for this soft porous paper

FINE APPEARANCE. A LIGHTLY-CANCELLED AND VERY ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT, 5-CENT POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL ISSUE.

A total of 53 Brattleboro provisional stamps are recorded in the USPCS census (33 off cover including one on piece and 20 on 19 covers).

Ex Frelinghuysen. With 2012 P.F. certificate (Image)

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$ 7,500.00


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9   ImageBrattleboro, Vermont, 5c Black on Buff (5X1). Position 6, large margins to clear including left sheet margin, crisp impression, cancelled by both red numeral 5” and matching PAID” handstamps, also with unusual plate flaw just to the left of signature, vertical crease, tiny tear at right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE BRATTLEBORO POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL. ONLY 33 COPIES ARE RECORDED OFF COVER. THIS EXAMPLE IS ESPECIALLY NOTEWORTHY DUE TO THE PRINTING FLAW AND ALSO THE PAID” AND 5” RED CANCELLATIONS. A GREAT RARITY.

A total of 53 Brattleboro provisional stamps are recorded in the USPCS census (33 off cover including one on piece and 20 on 19 covers). Of these, many are faulty due to the softness of the paper. No other example of Position 6 shows the odd black spot of printing ink to the left of the initials, so this flaw must have either developed late in the life of the plate (if, in fact, it is a depression in the engraved plate) or it was the result of foreign matter adhering to the plate.

With 2010 P.F. certificate (Image)

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$ 7,500.00


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10   ImageMillbury, Massachusetts, 5c Black on Bluish (7X1). Cut to shape and mounted on small matching color piece, parts of the outer circular frameline drawn in and portion of cancellation on the piece drawn in, clear impression

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL. ONLY EIGHTEEN ARE RECORDED, INCLUDING NINE USED ON PIECE OR OFF COVER.

The 5c stamp issued by Millbury postmaster Asa Holman is one of two United States provisionals with a portrait (George Washington in both cases). It is also unusual in that the designation Post Office” appears without any town name, a characteristic in common with the Baltimore and Boscawen provisionals. Our census of the Millbury provisional is available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/7X1 .

Census no. 7X1-CAN-06. Ex Dr. Maffeo and Alan”. With 1957, 1992 and 2007 P.F. certificates.

History of the Millbury provisional: http://siegelauctions.com/enc/pdf/Millbury.pdf (Image)

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$ 50,000.00


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