Lot 1604State Dept., 1873, 7¢ dark green, deep color, tied by "Washington D.C., May 11" cds and cork duplex on locally addressed legal size cover to the House of Representatives, Very Fine, a rare solo usage of the 7¢ representing a 1¢ overpayment of the triple 2¢ local rate.
Scott No. O61 Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 1605Treasury Dept., 1873, 1¢ brown, exceptionally well centered on bright paper, tied by neat "Honesdale Pa Jan 17" duplex on orange United States Internal Revenue imprint cover to Pleasant Mt., Pa.; couple short perfs, Extremely Fine and choice 1¢ circular rate use; with clear 2001 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. O72 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 1606War Dept., 1873, 2¢ rose, tied by red quartered cork cancel duplexed with "Washington D.C. Feb 25" cds addressed locally, stamp placed over pencil "½" for ½ ounce; barely reduced at right, Very Fine.
Scott No. O84 Estimate $400 - 600.
One of only five recorded War Department usages with red cancelling ink. Washington D.C. used red ink for local mail only in 1874-75.
Lot 1607War Dept., 1873, 10¢ rose, well centered with vibrant color, cancelled by manuscript squiggle on War Department Adjutant General's Office Official Business cover with light purple four-line penalty imprint handstamp from Washington D.C. to Savannah Ga., purple "Registered, May 8 1878, Washington, D.C." three-line postmark; slightly rough opening at right, still a Very Fine and rare 10¢ use.
Scott No. O88 $2,000.
The penalty imprint handstamp paid the postage but did not cover the registry fee, which was paid by the 10c stamp. This is an early War Department penalty use.