Lot 11Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.P.O. Despatch, 1849-50, 1¢ black on rose, "JJ", top margin single with frameline showing on three sides, light gum soak, on 1850 folded letter to West Chester, Pa., in combination with ample to large margin 1847, 5¢ red brown tied by neat blue grid handstamp, matching "Philada., Pa., 5 cts, Aug 28" integral rate cds; vertical file fold affecting right side of 5¢ stamp, Very Fine appearance, ex-Caspary, Boker, Lilly & Golden; signed "RHW Co." backstamp (Raymond H. Weill Co.), with 1999 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 7LB5+1; $70,000 Estimate $40,000 - 60,000.
THE UNIQUE INTACT COVER FRANKED WITH THE PHILADELPHIA "JJ" CARRIER ISSUE AND THE ONLY IN COMBINATION WITH THE 1847 5¢ ISSUE - A GREAT CARRIER RARITY AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CARRIER USAGES EXTANT.
Only two examples of the "JJ" carrier stamp are known, the example offered here and another on a cover front dated June 17th of 1849. The initials "JJ" match that of carrier John Johnson.
Lot 335 oHawaii, 1851-52, 13¢ blue "Missionary", full seven bar "Jupiter" grid cancel, margins clear to just touching, strong bright color, small repair and minor tears, Very Fine, Scott catalog for examples with minor faults that are skillfully repaired, ex-Harris and Ishikawa.
Scott No. 4 $35,000.
AN LOVELY USED EXAMPLE OF THE 13¢ "H.I. & U.S. POSTAGE" MISSIONARY ISSUE.
The second issue 13¢ Missionary's primary change in design of the upper tablet of the first issue "Hawaiian Postage" to read the more appropriate "H.I. & U.S. Postage" as the issue prepaid both the 5¢ Hawaiian and 6¢ United States rate plus 2¢ ship fee.
Lot 307 ()Confederacy, Greenville, Ala., 1861, 5¢ red & blue, unused, ample margins to touched, rich colors and strong impressions of the blue ornamental border and red town name and denomination, without gum as usual, trivial small corner creases at top and bottom left, Very Fine, ex-Brandon; with 1952 and 2006 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 33X1 $28,000.
ONE OF ONLY SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 5¢ GREENVILLE PROVISIONAL. ONE OF THE FIRST BI-COLORED POSTAGE STAMPS TO APPEAR IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE.
There are only four off-cover stamps and two covers recorded. None of the stamps are cancelled, including the two covers that bear uncancelled singles.
The Greenville adhesive stamp is one of only three bicolored provisionals issued by Southern postmasters (the others were issued at Lenoir N.C. and Baton Rouge La.).
Lot 290Baltimore, Md., 1850-55, 1¢ green, ample to large margins, pencil canceled and tied by "Baltimore, Md., Nov 24" cds on locally addressed folded letter sheet, with matching "1" in circle drop rate handstamp, Extremely Fine and choice, ex-Kuphal & Wall; with 1994 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 1LB4 Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1¢ GREEN BALTIMORE CARRIER ISSUE - CONSIDERED TO THE FINEST KNOWN OF THREE EXAMPLES ON COVER TIED BY A POSTMARK.
Lot 2321909, 4¢ orange brown, bluish paper, o.g., barest trace of hinge (appears never hinged), bright and fresh with rich bold color on distinctively bluish paper, Fine and choice, with only approximately 90 examples released by Post Office Department; with 1976 & 1999 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 360 $27,500.
A HANDSOME SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1909 4¢ BLUISH PAPER RARITY.
Lot 312Confederacy, Nashville, Tenn., 1861, 5¢ violet brown, large margins except clear at left, distinctive reddish shade on deeply blued paper, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Oct 17, 1861" cds on blue embossed John Morrow & Son Saddlery & Coach-Ware Furnishing House illustrated cameo corner card cover showing building to Murfreesboro N.C.; minor address abrasion not mentioned on certificate, Very Fine and attractive, ex-Caspary, Haas; with 1980 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 61X5 Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
THE FINEST RECORDED NASHVILLE 5¢ VIOLET BROWN POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL PAIR ON COVER.
This pair is one of the finest on-cover multiples of the Violet Brown (six known) and ranks among the top three pairs for any of the Scott-listed colors.
Lot 2681979, $1 Lamp, brown (candle flame) inverted, o.g., never hinged, fresh and pristine, Extremely Fine and choice, rare with only about 95 examples accounted for from the only known pane issued.
Scott No. 1610c $17,500.
A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF THIS MODERN RARITY.
Known as the "CIA" invert, the known pane of 100 was sold by the McLean, Virginia post office in the spring of 1986 to an employee of the CIA who had been sent to the post office to buy stamps for the agency. The inverted error was discovered shortly thereafter and nine CIA employees decided to switch the errors for newly purchased normal issues. The story of what happened was eventually leaked and a scandal ensued with four employees being fired.
Lot 1821863, 2¢ black, left margin block of 20 with imprint, full o.g., most with light hinging and several n.h., bold color and sharp detailed impressions, some reinforced perf separations and a few tone spots affecting a couple stamps, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 73 $12,400 for block of 4 and pairs.
A STUNNING LARGE ORIGINAL GUM MULTIPLE OF THE 1862 2¢ BLACKJACK ISSUE BEARING THE NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY IMPRINT.
Lot 308Confederacy, Lenoir, N.C., 1861, 5¢ blue & orange, margins showing large framelines on all four sides, manuscript cancelled, blue "Lenoir N.C. Jan 17" cds on circa 1862 homemade buff cover to Oaks Post Office N.C., Extremely Fine; with 2017 C.S.A. certificate.
Scott No. 49X1 $15,000.
ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE APPROXIMATELY 29 LENOIR PROVISIONAL COVERS EXTANT.
ONE OF THE FIRST BI-COLORED POSTAGE STAMPS TO APPEAR IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE.
The Lenoir adhesive stamp is one of only three bicolored provisionals issued by Southern postmasters (the others were issued at Baton Rouge La. and Greenville Ala.). Approximately 29 covers bearing the Lenoir adhesive stamp are known. The same woodcut device was applied directly to envelopes with one recorded cut square with a 5¢ impression (Scott 49XU1) and the unique 5¢ plus 5¢ entire (Scott 49XU2).
Lot 1901869, 10¢ yellow, vertical block of six, o.g., hinge marks (bottom left stamp missing some gum and hinge remnant on top pair) and a few gum translucencies, vivid color on fresh paper, trimmed outside perforations at right and bottom, few minor perf separations sensibly reinforced, Very Fine, ex-Robert R. Hall; with 1984 P.F. and 1985 A.P.S. certificates mentioning only perf separations.
Scott No. 116 $22,000.
A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 10¢ 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, THERE IS ONLY ONE LARGE BLOCK RECORDED.
The 10¢ Largest Known Mint Multiples:
1. Block of 15, ex-Gross
2. Block of 6, vertical format, originally block of nine with right column trimmed off, ex-R. Hall
3. Block of 6, horizontal format
According to the census of 10¢ 1869 multiples by Michael Laurence (Chronicle, February 1974), another block of six from the Burrus collection has now been reduced to a block of four (ex-Bechtel, Zoellner).