Lot 17321861-68, 1¢ issue group, 7 items; including #92 on IRS notice with fancy cancel, fancies including Marlborough, Mass. star and Waterbury, Ct. grid, grill 2¢ Blackjack combination, Bank's Expedition semi-official cover and a couple revenue usages including #65 combination, F.-V.F. or better. Scott No. 63//92.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 17331861, 1¢ dark blue, vertical strip of three, intense true dark blue color, tied by "Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 18" cds's on cover to Bristol, R.I., Very Fine, a very scarce on cover multiple usage; with 2015 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 63b; $2,550 for off cover singles Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 17341861, 3¢ pink, large margins and bright color, tied by light grid handstamp on cover to Ridgeway, N.Y., red "Middletown, Ct., Sep 30, 1861" origin cds, Very Fine; with 2014 A.P.S. certificate.
Scott No. 64 $850.
Lot 17351861, 3¢ pigeon blood pink, corner crease and perf flaws at right, with 1¢ blue (63) on cover to Chester Pa. tied by matching grid cancels and 3¢ by partial cds, prepaid 1¢ to the mails carrier fee plus 3¢ postage, Very Fine, a very attractive and rare usage, ex-Alexander, James Lee; photocopy of 1973 P.F. and 2015 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 64a $5,500.
THE FINEST OF ONLY THREE RECORDED 1¢ BLUE AND 3¢ PIGEON BLOOD PINK COMBINATION USAGES.
Lot 17361861, 3¢ rose, tied by "Washington, D.C., Feb 11" cds on a beautiful allover Romeo & Juliet Valentine envelope in red, brown & pale blue, virtually identical to the Civil War patriotic "Soldier's Farewell" envelope (L-2380), but with the figure of "Romeo" substituted for the Union soldier, to East Baldwin Me.; includes an lovely hand lithographed and hand colored Mansell embossed patriotic Valentine featuring A Union Soldier and His Girl; stamp with small tear, Very Fine and choice.
Scott No. 65 Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
An exceedingly rare and quite spectacular Valentine cover.
Lot 17371861, 3¢ rose, wide margins with nat. s.e. at right, cancelled by four-ring target on cover with matching "Harrisburg Pa, May 9 1864" cds to Cinderila Putnam, Stony Fork, Pa. with strikes of Eagle and Arrows mortise fancy handstamps making of address comprising "Cinderila. Putnam.", "Stony. Fork.", "Tioga. Co. Pa." strikes, Very Fine, An unusual use of fancy Eagle mortise handstamp to address an envelope.
Scott No. 65 Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Opening Bid: $240
Lot 17381861, 3¢ rose, readily apparent below "Cents" in the margin, pulled perf., tied by circle of wedges cancel on yellow cover to St. Paul Minn., matching "Lesueur Minn. May 27" cds, 1864 docketing on reverse; small edge tear, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 65 var. Estimate $300 - 400.
There have been very few plate varieties noted on the 3¢ 1861 issue, this is the only recorded example of this one. It is a very unusual plate variety that has been written up in Linns, a copy of which is included with the lot.
Lot 17391862, 24¢ brown lilac, two singles, in combination with 1863, 5¢ brown on cover to Shanghai, China, all tied by fancy N.Y.F.M. geometric cancels, red N.Y. exchange and London transit cds's, with red crayon "1" shilling and magenta manuscript "32" credit ratings, blue Hong Kong transit cds on reverse; cover tears, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 70a+76 Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
This letter was prepaid 53¢ for the single weight rate to Shanghai by British Mail service via Marseilles.
Lot 17401861, 30¢ orange, used with 5¢ brown (76), nat. s.e., tied by fancy New York circle of wedges cancels on orange cover to Eichelsachsen, Germany, matching "New York, Registered, Dec 8, 1867" rimless datestamp and red crayon "24" cent credit rating, endorsed "Pr Bremen Steamer", blue Bremen (12.17.67) backstamp and large red crayon "2", purple fancy "Recomandirt." framed handstamp and red crayon "4" rating; soiling and some edge wear with wrinkle, F.-V.F., a scarce transatlantic registered use to Germany by Bremen mails, ex-Landau.
Scott No. 71 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 17411861, 30¢ orange, pair and single, tied by NYFM circular grid cancels on 1865 blue folded cover to Lyon, France, red "New York 'Paid' Feb 4" exchange cds with red manuscript "36" cent credit rating, carried as endorsed by Hapag Borussia from New York Feb. 4th to Southampton arriving Feb. 18th, red Calais (2.19) transit cds with matching small "PD" handstamp, various backstamps including Paris (2.19) and Lyon (2.20) arrival cds; small edge tear and right stamp couple tears, a Very Fine use; with 1991 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. 71 Estimate $600 - 800.