Lot 8731893, Columbian, 4¢ ultramarine, diagonal bisect, upper left half, tied by "Lakeport, N.H., Jan 25 1894" duplex with target duplex on corner card cover to Saginaw, Mich.; cover with light water staining in address panel, otherwise Very Fine and rare accepted Columbian Issue bisect use; with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 233 var. Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Opening Bid: $140
Lot 8741894, 5¢ chocolate, tied by U.S. Postal Agency, Shanghai, Jun 28, 95 duplex postmark on cover to New York, reverse with S.F. transit and receiving postmark, corner card on back flap, Very Fine.
Scott No. 255 Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Opening Bid: $90
Lot 8751895 Bureau Issue Bisect Usages, group of 5 covers including #269 vertical bisect from 1897 Philadelphia; #269 diagonal bisect from 1904 Waltham; #269 diagonal bisect used with 2¢ #279B from 1898 New York; #264 vertical bisect used as ½¢ stamp on 1¢ entire from 1925 St. Paul as there were no ½¢ stamps for the new 1½¢ rate; and #280 vertical bisect from Eastwood N.Y. on preprinted return envelope to Pierce, Butler & Pierce Mfg. Co. in Syracuse (tape stain reinforcement on face), plus one faulty #269 vertical bisect on large part of cover, F.-V.F. and interesting group.
Scott No. 264, 269, 280 vars. Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Opening Bid: $240
Lot 8761895, 4¢ dark brown, diagonal bisect, top left diagonal half, tied across the cut by light strike of "Wadham's Mills N.Y. Apr 1 12PM 1898" cds, second strike at left, on cover to West New Brighton N.Y., manuscript "out of .2 and .1¢ G.H.P." by Postmaster at bottom right where rest of stamp would have been, Mar. 30th receiving backstamp; reduced slightly at right; with original enclosure stating "The P.M. here is out of 1's and 2's and is forced to split 4c stamps. I mail you one and if you desire more I will save some for you. It will be a most interesting and genuine provisional", opened a bit roughly at left, stamp with tiny toned spot, Very Fine, unusual and rare usage, accompanied by typed transcript of notes regarding these bisects, Very Fine, ex-Dan Curtis.
Scott No. 269 var. Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
A RARE 4¢ 1895 BUREAU ISSUE BISECT, APPARENTLY DUE TO A SHORTAGE OF 1¢ OR 2¢ STAMPS AT WADLAM'S MILLS, ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED.
The Whitpain collection contained a matching pair of covers used on the same day from Wadham's Mills N.Y. that realized $2,645 each in 2009. All four covers have the matching notation by the postmaster noting the 1¢ and 2¢ stamp shortage.
Current Opening Bid: $725
Lot 8771895, 10¢ dark green, diagonal bisect, top right half, tied by "San Francisco Cala. Aug. 22 7-PM '98" machine cancel on cover to Kalispell Mont., reverse with purple "Headquarters/1st Reg. Cal. U.S. Vol. Inf./Camp Dewey Phil./Soldier's Letter" four-line backstamp and Kalispell (8.26) arrival cds; slightly rough opening, Very Fine and unusual Spanish-American war use.
Scott No. 273 var. Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Opening Bid: $575
Lot 8781898, Trans-Miss., 5¢ dull blue, tied by "New York, Aug 19 '98" duplex on Anglo-Saxon Boer War Patriotic post card to Germany, message written in German, Extremely Fine and choice patriotic card use.
Scott No. 288 Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Opening Bid: $240