Lot 12531851, 1¢ blue, type II, left margin strip of 3 with large margins to close at top left, cancelled by manuscript cancels & tied by "Hallowell, Me. Sep. 18, 1857" cds's on cover to Searsport, Me., Very Fine and attractive, a lovely position piece with large sheet margin.
Scott No. 7 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 12551852, 1¢ blue, type IV, margins large to just in, in combination with 1851, 3¢ dull red, vertical strip of three (11A) on folded letter sheet to Tampico, Mexico, all tied by grid handstamps, bold red "New Orleans, La., May 1" balloon cds, oval "Veracruz, 1 Mayo, 1855" entry date stamp and matching "4" reales rate handstamp; cover file fold affecting bottom stamp in 3¢ strip, otherwise Very Fine and scarce franking, illustrated in Simpson and Alexander (page 276), ex-Neinken; signed Ashbrook, with 1973 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 9 Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 12561852, 1¢ blue, type IV, position 86R1L, margins large to just touching, tied by "New York, Mar. 29" Ocean Mail integral grid cds on cover to Killingworth, Ct., manuscript Circular endorsement and reverse with blue shield corner card on backflap; minor cover wear, Very Fine, an unusual usage of the N.Y. ocean mail integral grid cds used in error on a circular rate cover; with 2005 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 9 Estimate $250 - 350.
Lot 12571852, 1¢ blue, type IV, diagonal bisect, upper right portion of stamp tied by "New Haven, Conn., Jul 29" cds on 1853 printed "General Land and Pension Agency" circular from Alfred J. Works of New Haven, Conn. and addressed to "Mrs. Julia A. Goff, Hartford, Conn."; circular with some internal separations, Very Fine; with 2012 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 9b Estimate $30,000 - 40,000.
THE UNIQUE BISECT USAGE OF THE 1851 1¢ IMPERFORATE ISSUE - USED TO PAY THE 1852 RATE WHICH CALLED FOR PRINTED MATTER CIRCULATED IN THE STATE WHERE PUBLISHED TO BE CHARGED ONE HALF THE 1¢ RATE.
Alfred J. Works, an attorney and sender of this circular, took advantage of a rate concession in the Act of August 30, 1852 (32nd Congress, Session I, Ch. 98), in which states; "Newspapers and periodicals, not weighing over one ounce and a half, when circulated in the State where published, shall be charged one half of the rates before mentioned", however printed circulars were not included in this concession. However, the New Haven and Hartford post offices apparently accepted this circular as fully pre-paid.
Extensive research and write-up regarding this fascinating cover can be found in the Robert A. Siegel, Inc. Auction #1040A, Lot 1179A (March 26, 2013).
Lot 12581851, 3¢ orange brown, type II, pos. 20L1e right sheet margin stamp, large margins except just touched at left, bright color, tied by blue grid cancel, matching bold blue "Troy, N.Y., 18 Jul" cds on blue folded cover to Albany N.Y., accompanied by second cover bearing 3¢ orange brown (10), large margins to touched, just tied by blue circular grid cancel, matching "Troy N.Y. Jul 31" cds on gray 1851 folded cover to Andover Mass.
Scott No. 10A Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 12591852-57, 3¢ claret, type I, ample to clear margins, tied by fancy Six-Point Star of David handstamp on ladies cover to Lancaster, Mass., matching "Chicopee, Mass., May 4" cds; cover missing most of backflap, Very Fine; with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 11 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 12601856, 5¢ red brown, horizontal pair, huge margins except clear at right, tied by two strikes of "Buffalo N.Y., Mar 18" rimless cds on buff cover to Yankee Jims Cal.; original 1857 letter accompanies; small edge tear and some edge wear, Very Fine.
Scott No. 12 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A SCARCE 5¢ 1856 ISSUE PAIR PAYING THE 10¢ RATE TO THE WEST COAST.
Lot 12611856, 5¢ red brown, clear large margins, rich bright color, tied by "New Orleans, La., Dec 7" cds on 1856 folded letter to Chalon sur Saone, France, red "New York, Br. Pkt., Dec 16" cds, Calais entry and bold "13" decimes due handstamp, reverse with red Liverpool transit and receiving postmarks; couple small cover tears at top, Very Fine and attractive.
Scott No. 12 Estimate $400 - 600.
This is a late example of the "French Decree" rate. On January 1, 1857 the French due rate dropped from 13 decimes to 8 decimes (the so-called "Three Months" rate, which was in effect only until April first).
Lot 12621851, 12¢ gray black, two pairs, right with four full to large margins, left slightly in, each tied by strikes of "Richmond Va., Jul 5, 1856" cds on 1856 buff cover to Bristol, England, New York red "38" cent handstamp credit to G.B., carried as endorsed by Cunard Line Asia from New York Jul. 9th to Liverpool arriving Jul. 21st, red "America, Liverpool, Paid, 21 JY 56" exchange cds and Bristol (7.22) arrival backstamp; couple abrasion spots top left, Very Fine and scarce use of two 12¢ pairs for double the 24¢ treaty rate.
Scott No. 17; $1,150 as used pairs Estimate $750 - 1,000.