Lot 1274Post Office Announcement of Official Stamps, a two-page circular to all postmasters dated May 15, 1873 advising of the abolishment of the franking privilege as of July 1, 1873 and that "the Postmaster General is required by law to provide postage stamps and stamped envelopes of special design for each of the several Executive Departments of the Government, for the pre-payment of postage on official matter passing through the mails." The circular goes on to describe the stamps and colors including that the War Department stamps will be "cochineal red"; green crayon by receiving postmaster of North Scituate R.I., Very Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
AN IMPORTANT HISTORICAL DOCUMENT FOR BOTH FREE FRANK AND OFFICIAL ISSUE COLLECTORS.
Lot 1275Interior Dept., 1873, 1¢ vermilion, corner margin single, o.g., never hinged, rich deep color, F.-V.F., a lovely position single.
Scott No. O15 $170.
Lot 1276 oInterior Dept., 1873, 1¢ vermilion, block of six, cancelled by partial "Cambridge Sta." duplexes and cork cancels, rich color on bright paper, Fine and scarce used block.
Scott No. O15 $180.
Lot 1277Interior Dept., 1873, 12¢ vermilion, o.g., fairly light hinging, exception centering within u,uncommonly large margins, rich intense color, very fresh, an Extremely Fine to Superb jumbo, rarely encountered so big; with 2017 P.S.A.G. Graded certificate (95J, SSV $400 for 95).
Scott No. O20 $90.
Lot 1278 oPost Office Dept., 1873, 3¢ black, used block of 12, each cancelled by target cancel, some faults, F.-V.F., A scarce large size used block.
Scott No. O49 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 1279 ()Post Office Dept., 1873, 15¢ black, imperforate, horizontal strip of three, yellowish stamp paper, large margins all around, strip of 3, Very Fine.
Scott No. O53 var. Estimate $400 - 600.
This appears to be stamp waste and one other paid is known.
Lot 1280 oPost Office Dept., 1873, 30¢ black, block of six, neat cork cancels, bright and fresh, Very Fine and rare used multiple.
Scott No. O55 $800+.
Lot 1281Post Office Dept., 1873, 90¢ black, block of four, nicely centered, strong color and intact perfs, o.g., hinge remnants, F.-V.F.
Scott No. O56 $950.
Lot 1282 STreasury Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 3¢ brown, overprinted "Specimen", wide margins, bright and fresh, without gum as issued, Very Fine and choice, Only 84 Sold.
Scott No. O74SD $1,600.
A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 3¢ TREASURY SPECIAL PRINTING.
Lot 1283 STreasury Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 6¢ dark brown, overprinted "Specimen", brilliant color, without gum as issued, Fine and scarce, Only 85 Sold.
Scott No. O75SD $1,600.