Lot 1955Agriculture Dept., 1873, 12¢ yellow, deep color with some oxidation, tied by quartered cork cancel duplexed with "Washington D.C. Aug 22" cds on legal-size official imprint cover to Hamilton Ga.; stamp with small tear at top, cover toning and small faults, F.-V.F. appearance, ex-Hughes, Waud, Markovits and Curtis.
Scott No. O6; $12,000 on cover Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
A GREAT RARITY, ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED 12¢ AGRICULTURE COVERS.
The 12¢ stamp pays the quadruple the 3¢ domestic rate. The other recorded use is on a label currently in the Lanphear exhibit collection.
Lot 1956"189_" Dead Letter Office Return Seal, affixed to cover bearing 2¢ carmine (279B), tied by "New Bedford Mass. Apr. 28 1900" wavy flag machine cancel, manuscript "Insf. Address", sent to D.L.O., reverse with D.L.O. May 19 triangular backstamp, label with red manuscript "21 Sheriden St, Central Falls, R.I." redirection; reduced slightly at left, clean and Very Fine.
Scott No. OXB6 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 1957Official Seal, 1907, blue, two used to repair torn in half post card, each cancelled by "Wilkinsburg" straightline on post card bearing 1¢ green (331) tied by "Wilkinsburg Pa. Sep 11" machine cancel to Altoona, Pa., purple "Mutilated by Canceling Machine at / Wilkinsburg Branch, Pittsburg, Pa." two-line handstamp, F.-V.F.
Scott No. OX13 Estimate $300 - 400.