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

Postmasters' Provisionals: New York N.Y. thru St. Louis Mo. continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
22   ImageNew York N.Y., 5c Black, ACM” Initials (9X1). Positions 11-13, horizontal strip of three, full margins to just in at lower left of left stamp and touching at upper right of right stamp, neat blue pen cancels, small 5.5mm scissors-cut at bottom between middle and right stamps

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE STRIP OF THREE OF THE 5-CENT NEW YORK POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL.

While pairs of the New York Postmaster’s Provisional were commonly used to pay the double or over-300 miles rate, any multiple of three or larger is extremely rare.

Ex Earl of Crawford, Waterhouse and Frelinghuysen. With 2012 P.F. certificate (Image)

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$ 5,000.00


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23 c ImageNew York N.Y., 5c Black, A CM” Initials (9X1a var). Position 10, unusual configuration of signature with A” separated from CM” (the reverse of the normal 9X1a), large margins to touching at right, tied by magenta manuscript 5” applied at Boston with red Boston 5 cts. Sep. 30” (1845) integral-rate circular datestamp on folded cover to E. D. Morgan & Co. in New York, stamp cancelled on arrival by red Paid” arc handstamp, second strike at center, docketed inside confirming the date

VERY FINE. A VERY ATTRACTIVE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE NEW YORK POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL STAMP USED ON INBOUND MAIL FROM BOSTON.

New York Postmaster Robert H. Morris arranged to distribute stamps to some cities outside of New York and instructed the postmasters to treat the letters as unpaid at origin, but New York would accept them as prepaid on arrival. This cover originated in Boston, and the stamp has the unusual initials configuration with the letters ACM” almost completely separated (without periods), except the C” and M” are faintly attached.

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

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E. $ 3,000-4,000


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24 c ImageNew York N.Y., 5c Black (9X1, 9X1e). Balance of five covers, four bearing a single 9X1 and one bearing a single 9X1e, four of the five stamps show a double transfer, including Positions 2, 4, 23 and 31, all of the stamps with at least clear margins and some sides ample, three tied solely by red handstamps and two with pen cancel (including 9X1e), one with a N.Y. square grid is very early for the cancel (Dec. 22, 1846), a few small non-obvious flaws, overall a Very Fine small group of New York provisionals on covers, two certificates accompany, total Scott Retail $3,750.00 (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000


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25 ogbl ImageProvidence, Rhode Island, 5c & 10c Gray Black, Se-Tenant (10X2a). Complete sheet of twelve, top right stamp 10c, brown original gum, h.r., natural pre-printing paperfold at lower left, some light toning from gum, Very Fine appearance, an attractive complete sheet of twelve, with 2012 P.F. certificate (Image)

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$ 5,500.00


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26   ImageProvidence, Rhode Island, 5c Gray Black (10X1). Position 12, margins to just in, cancelled by manuscript check mark and tied by red 5” handstamp on small blue piece, light horizontal file fold thru stamp, Fine, scarce and desirable tied on piece by the red numeral handstamp, ex Golden, with 2012 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as used $2,250.00 (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000


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27   ImageProvidence, Rhode Island, 5c Gray Black (10X1). Position 10, large margins to clear including sheet margin at left, uncancelled and affixed to large part of folded cover addressed to J. B. Congdon in New Bedford Mass., red PAID” and 5” handstamps, docketed on back Providence Bank August 2”, Fine and unusual, ex Golden, with 2012 P.F. certificate stating it is genuine” (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500


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28 c ImageProvidence, Rhode Island, 5c Gray Black (10X1). Ample to large margins all around, cancelled by manuscript V”, red Providence R.I. Feb. 11” (1847) circular datestamp with matching PAID” and 5” handstamps on folded letter to Clara Louisa Clapp, Boston

VERY FINE AND CHOICE 5-CENT PROVIDENCE POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER. VERY FEW ON-COVER EXAMPLES ARE SOUND WITH FOUR MARGINS.

A review using Power Search reveals how rare this issue is on cover in sound condition with four margins. Most examples we have encountered are either cut in on one side or have a small flaw.

USPCS census no. 21054. With 1980 and 2016 P.F. certificates (Image)

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$ 7,000.00


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29   ImageSt. Louis, Missouri, 5c Black on Greenish (11X1). Type I, Position 1, ample margins at bottom and right, just clear at lower left, cancelled by red circular datestamp without pen cancel, a few non-obvious faults including small sealed tear, small thin and light vertical crease, tiny bit of stray printer’s ink at upper right

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS BEARS” PROVISIONAL ON GREENISH PAPER, CANCELLED SOLELY BY A HANDSTAMP.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate. Scott value is for a normal pen-cancelled stamp (footnote states handstamp-canceled stamps sell for much more”) (Image)

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$ 8,000.00


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30   ImageSt. Louis, Missouri, 10c Black on Gray Lilac (11X5). Vertical strip of three containing all three positions from the right vertical row of the plate, Positions 2/4/6, large margins to clear and just in at upper and lower right, neat single line pen cancel, top stamp trivial wrinkle and small surface rub -- neither mentioned on accompanying certificate

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED OFF-COVER STRIPS OF THREE OF THE 10-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL ON GRAY LILAC PAPER. A MAGNIFICENT SHOWPIECE.

The St. Louis Bears” were issued by Postmaster John M. Wimer from November 1845 until the first United States General Issue became available in July 1847. The stamps were issued in three denominations -- 5c, 10c and 20c -- and were sold at a premium over face value to pay the costs of printing. All of the stamps were printed from a single copper plate of six subjects (2 x 3) engraved by J. M. Kershaw. The plate underwent two significant modifications. Philatelists identify each state of the plate as Plates 1, 2 and 3, but in fact the same piece of metal was used in each state. The different states of the plate reflect the substitution of two of the three 5c denominations in the left column for 20c denominations, and back again to three 5c. The right column, as demonstrated by this strip, was never altered and remained as 10c denominations throughout the life of the plate. Each engraving of the 10c design differs slightly, particularly in the lines underneath Post Office” at bottom, which aids in identifying positions. This strip beautifully demonstrates the subtle differences in each position.

Ex Faiman and from our 1965 and 1979 Rarities of the World sales. With 1965 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $52,500.00.

History of the St. Louis provisionals: http://siegelauctions.com/enc/pdf/StLouis.pdf (Image)

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E. $ 15,000-20,000


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31   ImageSt. Louis, Missouri, 10c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X8). Type I, Position 2 with enormous top right corner sheet margins showing edge of the plate, large left margin and originally a large margin at bottom except a sizeable nick has been torn from the stamp, cancelled by manuscript numeral 10” rate and part of red handstamp at the top left, sharp impression

A REMARKABLE CORNER SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ST. LOUIS BEARS”

10-CENT PROVISIONAL ON PELURE PAPER.

A survey of our Levi records and auction catalogues produced a tally of approximately 35 examples of the 10c Pelure off and on cover. The vast majority of these stamps have faults or margins cutting into the design. The stamp offered here is extraordinary as a full corner sheet-margin example, and its appearance could be vastly improved with some skillful restoration of the defect at bottom.

Ex Pope and Wagshal. With 1962 and 2010 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail $15,000.00, but footnote states: Values of Nos. 11X7-11X8a, on and off cover, reflect the usual poor condition of these stamps, which were printed on fragile pelure paper. Attractive examples with minor defects sell fo considerably more.” (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000


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