Lot 416Floral Geometric of Putnam, Conn., exceptional strike on 1861, 3¢ rose, on cover tied by matching "Putnam, Con, Mar 4" cds; cover with corner nick at lower right, an Extremely Fine strike.
Scott No. 65 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 417Four-Bar Shield, duplexed with "Cambridge Mass. Jul 14" cds ties 12¢ black, F. grill (97) on clean cover to London, England, red "Boston, Paid, Jul 14" exchange cds, brilliant red "London, Paid, 27 JY 68" arrival cds; barely reduced at left, an Extremely Fine gem use, ex-Lehman, Haas, Hill.
Skinner-Eno No. PS-S 12 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 418Honeycomb & "A" in Honeycomb, bold strikes duplexed with "Amherst Mass." 1865 cds's on separate covers to the same addressee Martin A. Brown at Providence R.I. and Springfield Mass., former with "Forwarded" straightline and "Providence R.I. Oct 21 '65" cds to Winchester N.H., Very Fine pair showing these two Amherst fancy cancel types.
Skinner-Eno No. GE-M 12, LS-A 25 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 419Incised Star, perfect bold strike duplexed with "Little Rock Ark. Jan 18" cds on cover to Hon. Logan H. Roots, Member of Congress, Washington D.C., original 1869 letter accompanies, Very Fine.
Skinner-Eno No. ST-O unlisted Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 420"Indian Head" of Fort Keogh, clear strikes in blue and black on 3¢ War (O116), blue strike showing part of postmark frame; each with small fault, Very Fine strikes, ex-Lobdell.
Cole No. JO-161 Estimate $300 - 400.
Fort Keogh, Montana Territory was established in 1876 after the Battle of Little Big Horn as a base of operations against the Sioux Indians. The use of an Indian Head fancy cancel there is quite appropriate.
Lot 421"Indian Head" of Naperville Ill., strike in purple duplexed with "Naperville Illinois, Jun 26, 1880" cds on 1¢ blue on orange entire with Woman's Medical College, Chicago illustrated building corner card to Janesville Wisc.; upper left corner faulty, F.-V.F.
Cole No. JO-119 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 422Jack-of-Latern, duplexed with "Providence R.I., Dec 5" cds ties 2¢ vermilion (183) on cover to local street address, Very Fine and rare fancy cancel.
Cole No. JO-50 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 423Kicking Mule, clear strike duplexed with "Susanville, Lassen Co., Cal., Aug 4 1881" triple circle postmark (LAS-1590) ties 3¢ green (184) on cover to Oroville Cal.; small flaws, otherwise Very Fine and rare kicking mule use from Susanville, ex-Tatham.
Cole No. AN-11 Estimate $500 - 750.
The Kicking Mule cancellations were made from vulcanized rubber and produced by C.A. Klinkner & Co. of Oakland. They were used in the following towns: Goleta Cal., Susanville Cal., Forbestown Cal., Neah Bay Wash. and Port Townsend Wash. Strikes from Susanville are rare, and the example offered here is one of the finest.
Lot 424Kicking Mule, purple strikes each cancel 2¢ green (213), 6¢ brown red (224) and 1¢ Trans-Mississippi (285) pair, latter tied by blue-green "Registered / Oct 8 1898 / Port Townsend, Wash." three-line registry postmark on D.E. Brown cover to Austin Texas, purple Oct. 12th arrival backstamp; reduced slightly at left, Very Fine and scarce registered kicking mule use; with 1980 P.F. certificate.
Cole No. AN-11 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 425Locomotive, clear strike duplexed with "South Hanson Mass., Jun 1" cds on 3¢ War (UO54) blue entire with preprinted with address for Chief Signal Officer, U.S. Army, Washington D.C., reverse with "Boston Mass. Transit" (6.1) machine and Washington Rec'd (6.2.1885) arrival cds, Extremely Fine and choice, ex-Beane; with 2010 and 2013 P.F. certificates.
Cole No. Pi-67 Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
THE ONLY RECORDED COVER BEARING THE SOUTH HANSON "LOCOMOTIVE" FANCY CANCEL, ONE OF THE PREMIER CANCELLATIONS OF THE 19TH CENTURY.
This entire was one of the highlights of the great Arthur Beane collection of fancy cancellations, which he had purchased as a Christmas present in 1969. It was one of his favorite items and exhibited in a place of prominence on the title page of his one-frame exhibit of Massachusetts fancy cancellations. Arthur first showed the exhibit at the Philatelic Show in Boxborough Mass., except Arthur showed up without the title page. He spent the whole show wondering what happened to the page and if he had lost it. He returned home and luckily found the page in a manila envelope that had been tossed in the trash!
The other complete strike on piece was offered in the Dr. David H. Lobdell collection, realizing $25,300 in 2010. The only other examples known are partial strikes off-cover 1¢ and 2¢ stamps.