Lot 20691861, 1¢ blue, type I, in combination with 1861, 1¢ blue, type II (20, both plate 12) and 1860, 1¢ blue, type V, two singles (24, plate 10) paying the 3¢ single rate plus 1¢ carrier fee on cover to New Monmouth, N.J., all "tied by New York, Sep 25, 1861" cds's and grid duplex, with large "William Jay Hasket, Proctor & Advocate of the United States Court of Admiralty" advertising label; right stamp (20) with small margin nick at lower right, otherwise Very Fine, a rare and attractive three type 1¢ combination from two plates, ex-Nienken & Wagshal.
Scott No. 18 Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 2070 o1857, 1¢ blue, type III, showing wide break of frameline at top, light unobtrusive town cancel, centered amid nicely balanced margins, bold color, Very Fine and choice, a lovely example of this rare stamp; with 1993 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 21 $1,500.
Lot 2071 o1857, 1¢ blue, type IIIa, plate 11, light unobtrusive town cancel, exceptional centering and wide margins clearly showing wide break in top frameline clearly visible, rich vibrant color, Extremely Fine to Superb, one of the finest extant, with only two grading higher (both at 95J), ex-Merlin, "Natalee Grace" & Myerson; with 2005 P.S.E. certificate Graded (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $5,550).
Scott No. 22 $500.
A MAGNIFICENT GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 1¢ TYPE IIIA ISSUE FROM PLATE 11.
Plate 11 stamps were placed into use at the very end of 1860, approximately six months before new National Banknote stamps were to be issued. These stamps suffered as a rule from rather poor perforating making plate 11 stamps far more difficult to obtain in such exceptional condition.
Lot 2072 o1857, 1¢ blue, type IIIa, position 55R4, neat bold "Boston, Paid "town cancel, choice centering amid nice full margin with break n top frameline clearly visible, rich vibrant color and crisp detailed impression, Extremely Fine; with 1980 P.F. & 2021 P.S.A.G. certificates, the latter Graded (90, SMQ $1,825).
Scott No. 22 $475.
Lot 20731857, 1¢ blue, type V, corner flaw, tied by "Worcester, Ms. May 17" cds on Clothing Store printed circular with Lady Liberty and Flag Patriotic design to West Sutton Mass. at the 1¢ circular rate; some light wear and tone spots, a Very Fine and exceptionally rare Civil War Patriotic printed circular.
Scott No. 24 Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 20741857, 1¢ blue, type V, three singles, all tied by two strikes of "Chicago, Ill. Oct 10, 1859" cds on cover to Noyesville Ill., clear "Held for Postage" oval handstamp; middle stamp with sealed tear, Very Fine appearance; with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 24 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 20751857, 3¢ plum, type III, o.g., never hinged, rich plum color, couple light paper wrinkles and small margin flaw at top, otherwise Fine, the Scott No. 26 in the plum shade catalogs $5,000 in used condition with no listing in mint condition, a great rarity mint and could possibly be the only mint example known; with 2000 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. 26 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 20761857, 3¢ dull red, type III, tied by blue "Chicago Ill. Oct 22" double-circle datestamp duplexed with grid on orange buff cover to Detroit, Michigan, blue "OLD STAMPS / Not Recognized" two-line handstamp and matching "Held for Postage" oval, 3¢ rose (65), bright shade, tied by blue "Chicago Ill. Oct 23" double-circle datestamp with duplexed grid; reduced at left barely into corner card and blue oval, fresh and Very Fine, ex-West, Krug and Antrim.
Scott No. 26 Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.
ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE RARE CHICAGO "OLD STAMPS NOT RECOGNIZED" HANDSTAMP, OF WHICH ONLY TWO RECORDED WITH THE 1861 ISSUE USED IN COMBINATION WITH THE DEMONETIZED 1857 ISSUE.
The Chicago post office marked the covers with a recording number that corresponds to advertised notices that mail was being held for postage.
Our records contain only four covers bearing the Chicago "Old Stamps Not Recognized" handstamp as follows:
1. 1861 Aug. 30, Chicago Ill. to St. Peter Minn., 3¢ #26 franking, ex-Grunin, Piller.
2. 1861 Oct. 02, Chicago Ill. to Wiscasset Me., 3¢ #26 franking, ex-Haas, Lake Shore.
3. 1861 Oct. 22, Chicago Ill. to Detroit Mich., 3¢ #26, 3¢ #65 franking, ex-West, Krug and Antrim, the cover offered here.
4. 1861 Jun. 13, Chicago Ill. to Boston Mass., 3¢ #26, 3¢ #65 franking, ex-Challenger.
Lot 20771858, 5¢ brick red, type I, bright color, tied by "New Salem, Ind. Mar 8" cds on yellow cover to Indianapolis Ind.; slightly reduced at left, minor edgewear, otherwise Very Fine; with 1982 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 27 $1,800 on cover.
Lot 20781857, 5¢ red brown, type I, three singles, slightly overlapping, tied by bold "New Orleans, La., Mar 10, 1858" cds on folded letter to Paris, France, red "New York, 'Paid 12' Mar 17" credit exchange cds, Calais (3.30) entry cds, Paris (3.31) arrival backstamp, Very Fine.
Scott No. 28; $3,150 as used singles Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.