Lot 1606Texas Postal History Collection Balance, an extensive mostly 19th century collection of approximately 1,100 covers and cards most of which are written-up in great detail on stock pages in 39 binders; with highlights including 1847 Clarkville (Red River) manuscript and 1882 Bennett T&P cds on registered cover (discovery example), 1850 Shelbyville (Shelby) straight line stampless, 1850's Meritts (Jasper) rare one year DPO, 1869 Prairie Home (Montgomery) manuscript, nice showing of Houston stampless 1846-50 with some interesting later, Austin including CSA & Wells, Fargo Express usages, 1881 San Angela (Tom Green) manuscript with fancy star handstamp canceling stamp and later usages including to Russia, nice run of Fort Concho postmarks, choice 1880 Oak Valley (Hill) T&C octagon date stamp with star duplex, early 1850 China Grove (Gonzales) manuscript, 1886 Swiss Alp (Fayette) oval and star killer on uprated entire to Germany and 1886 Zapp unrecorded straight line postmark on registered cover, 1880's Macy & Elkhart T&P oval date stamps, 1880's Columbia (Brazoria) with fancy "Vilas" killer, 1860 Camp Hudson (Val Verde) manuscript and 1888 Langtry registered accompanied by carte-de-viste of Lille Langtry, 1859 Sherman (Grayson) endorsed "Via Overland" to New Orleans, 1878 Fort Elliott (Wheeler) with enclosure datelined "Cow Camp" and 1881 Mobeetie in violet, 1869 Fort Griffin (Shackelford) manuscript, 1860's Camp Stockton (Pecos), Galveston including "Steam" boat mail, 1846 P't Isabel (Cameron) straight line and 1847 Brazos straight line, 1886 Midland (Midland) octagon on town advertising cover, 1887 Odessa (Ector) registered, 1885 Utopia (Uvalde) fancy T&C cds, San Antonio with early stampless and later better including 1857 12¢ usage, etc.; also includes many enclosures, letters and other related ephemera, F.-V.F. overall, a wonderful collection with many better items throughout.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
Lot 1079Postal Card, 1902, 1¢ black on buff, the "full-face McKinley", Very Fine. USPCC No. S21.
Scott No. UX17 $16,000.
A CHOICE MINT EXAMPLE OF THE 1¢ BLACK FULL-FACE MCKINLEY POSTAL CARD, ONLY 18 ARE RECORDED.
The entire stock of 500 cards was inadvertently sent from Washington to Booth, Dailey & Ivins in New York where they were shortly thereafter pre-printed with their address and garbage dumping information on the back to be filled out by the tug captain. As a result of the printing there remained no mint cards for collectors. This "Unmarked Specimen" long ago became accepted as a full mint card in order to allow collectors to have a complete unused collection. Albert Daggett, the contractor for the printing of the Full Face card, was never able to satisfy the Post Office in Washington due to sub-standard quality of his productions. All submitted samples were rejected and as a result the entire stock of 1,625,000 cards was ordered destroyed by the PMG on April 29, 1902.
Lot 1496Hawaii, 1865, 5¢ blue on blue, Plate 9-A, Type IX (Westerberg Position 1), four mostly large margins, irregular at lower right corner, tied by 9-bar square grid cancel, red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid May 17" cds (Gregory HON US34), used with U.S. 5¢ Brown (76), tied by cogwheel cancel, matching bold "San Francisco Cal. Jun. 12, 1865" double-circle datestamp on orange buff cover to Colrain Mass., 5¢ brown tiny tear at bottom, lifted and replaced slightly askew, 5¢ blue light corner crease at top left, cover with small repair at bottom right, Very Fine appearance, ex-Seybold, Steiner; with 2005 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 21 Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
A SCARCE AND DESIRABLE MIXED FRANKING WITH THE 1865 5¢ "HAWAIIAN ISLANDS" NUMERAL ISSUE AND U.S. 5¢ BROWN 1863 ISSUE.
This cover was carried on the American Bark D.C. Murray from Honolulu May 18th 1865 to San Francisco arriving Jun. 10th. Then sent via overland mail from San Francisco Jun. 12th.
Lot 5321855, 10¢ green, type I, horizontal strip of three, large margins to touched at left, used with 3¢ dull red (11A), three large to huge margins, each tied by circular grid cancel, matching "Greenfield Ms., Feb 17" cds on 1857 Blodgett correspondence cover to Shanghai, China, "New-York Br. Pkt., Feb 18" exchange cds with magenta "28" cent credit rating to G.B., carried by Cunard Line Africa from New York Feb 18th to Liverpool arriving Mar. 2nd, London Paid (3.3) transit cds, Hong Kong (4.29) arrival backstamp, pencil 1857 docketing at left, Very Fine, ex-Menaker, Mizuhara; with 1977 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 13 Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
A WONDERFUL COVER PAYING THE 33¢ BRITISH MAIL RATE VIA SOUTHAMPTON TO SHANGHAI PREPAID WITH A 10¢ TYPE I STRIP.
The 10¢ type I in a strip of three is unpriced by Scott.
Lot 1502Hawaii, 1864, 2¢ rose vermilion, bisected, used with 5¢ blue (32), both tied by two strikes of ring3-21 patent cancel on 1870 lady's cover with blue flap monogram to Albany N.Y., orange-red "G.P.O. Honolulu, H.I. Paid All Aug 21" (245.02, 1RR) cds, reverse with "San Francisco Cal. Sep 6" transit backstamp; Honolulu postmark enhanced, Very Fine appearance, ex-Peters; with 2015 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 31b $8,500.
A RARE BISECT OF THE 2¢ 1864 KAMEHAMEHA IV ISSUE USED ON COVER WITH THE 5¢ KAMEHAMEHA V ISSUE.
Mail exchanged between Hawaii and the United States was greatly simplified by the Postal Convention signed May 4, 1870, effective July 1, 1870, which established the 6¢ single-letter rate to the United States. The 6¢ stamps were not available until late Spring 1871, and so the rate was made up using three 2c stamps. As the supply of 2c stamps dwindled, the post office permitted some bisects to be used with 5¢ stamps for the 6¢ rate. The first Honolulu convention period "Paid All" cds (MH 245.02) is recorded from July 22, 1870 until September 5, 1870.
Lot 274"Unicorn" Maiden Voyage, Liverpool May 16th - Boston June 3rd 1840, folded letter from London, England to Salem Mass. with red tombstone "Paid My 13, 1840" handstamp and rimless "Paid Ship Letter, London, My 13, 1840" datestamp with red manuscript "8" pence prepaid rating, entered U.S. mails with red "Boston Ms., Ship, Jun 4" cds and 8 cents postage due for 2¢ ship fee plus 6¢ inland postage for less than 6¢; some fold separation, Very Fine.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
THIS VOYAGE MARKED THE INAUGURATION OF CUNARD LINE SERVICE.
The "Unicorn" made the First Transatlantic Voyage of the Cunard Line in anticipation of a feeder service she would perform between Pictou, Nova Scotia and Quebec and to insure facilities were ready at Boston for the inaugural mail voyage of the line in July 1840. This was the maiden voyage of the "Unicorn".
Lot 642Shanghai, China, red on white registry exchange label with handstamp "4948" number, on cover with Shanghai Club imprint on flap and return address bearing 10¢ orange brown (283) tied by "U.S. Postal A cover from Shanghai, China, to New Orleans with registry exchange label (Scott FX-SH1b), 10¢ (#283) tied by Shanghai China, U.S. Postal Sta., Dec 19" duplex to New Orleans La., reverse with rare bright blue "U.S. Postal Agency -Reg. Div., * Shanghai-China * Dec. 19 1905" double-oval datestamp, purple Seattle (1.6) transit and New Orleans (1.13) arrival cds; light bends and reduced at left, F.-V.F.
Scott No. FX-SH1b Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
A RARE SHANGHAI REGISTRY LABEL USE WITH THE BRIGHT BLUE SHANGHAI REGISTRY DIVISION OVAL.
Lot 1307Confederacy, 1863, 10¢ greenish blue, two horizontal pairs, both with ample to large margins, tied by two strikes of "Camden, Ark, Aug 9" cds's on cover to Hernando, Miss. paying the west to east 40¢ Trans-Mississippi Express rate; large cover tear at upper right expertly restored, Very Fine and choice appearance; with 2017 C.S.A. certificate.
Scott No. 12c (AD) Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
AN ATTRACTIVE WEST TO EAST 40¢ TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS RATE USAGE.
Lot 1201 oRevenue, 1863, First Issue, $3.50 Inland Exchange, imperf, 1864 manuscript cancel, large margins, rich deep color, couple corner creases with one a slightly breaking the paper, Extremely Fine appearance, a attractive example of this scarce key first issue revenue.
Scott No. R87a $9,000.
Lot 84(Maryland) Georgetown Md., 1775 (Jan. 31) to Philadelphia Pa., mostly clear strikes of "GEORGE*TOWN*S" and "JAN:31" separate town and date straightline handstamps on reverse of folded letter datelined "Georgetown Jany. 31st 1775" to Philadelphia, manuscript "2" dwt rating and magenta "1/-" in local currency (2dwt=6p x 1.67 inflation factor=10p plus 2p carrier fee or or 1sh), Very Fine and rare, ex-Hahn.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE COLONIAL GEORGETOWN STRAIGHTLINE POSTMARK.
Although the "GEORGE*TOWN*S" straightline was once thought to be from South Carolina, it is now generally accepted that the marking was used at Georgetown, Maryland, shortly before the transition from the British Parliamentary Post system to the Congressional Post.