Lot 18651873 Post Office Announcement of Official Stamps, two-page circular to all postmasters dated May 15, 1873 advising of the abolishment of the franking privilege as of July 1, 1873 and that "the Postmaster General is required by law to provide postage stamps and stamped envelopes of special design for each of the several Executive Departments of the Government, for the pre-payment of postage on official matter passing through the mails." The circular goes on to describe the stamps and colors including that the War Department stamps will be "cochineal red"; folded for envelope, Very Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
AN IMPORTANT HISTORICAL DOCUMENT FOR BOTH FREE FRANK AND OFFICIAL ISSUE COLLECTORS.
Lot 1866Interior Dept., 1873, 6¢ vermilion, corner margin plate block of 12 with imprint, o.g., never hinged, strong color, Fine.
Scott No. O18 $1,920 for singles.
Lot 1867 SJustice Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 2¢ purple, overprinted "Sepcimen" (error), without gum as issued, strong bright color, F.-V.F., very rare with only 34 examples sold; with 2009 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. O26SDa $2,500.
Lot 1868Justice Dept., 1873, 3¢ purple, tied by blue quartered cork duplexed with "Providence R.I., Sep 25" cds on legal-size "District Attorney's Office, Providence, R.I. Official Business" cover to Woonsocket R.I., accompanied by 1876 letterhead enclosure; some age spotting and reduced at right, Fine and scarce use.
Scott No. O27 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 1869Justice Dept., 1873, 6¢ purple, tied by cork cancel duplexed with "Washington D.C. Mar 25" cds on Office of the Solicitor of the Treasury corner card cover from the Goff correspondence to Clarksburg W.V., 1876 docketing at left, Very Fine and scarce use.
Scott No. O28; $1,200 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 1870 PState Dept., 1873, 3¢ green, die proof, on fibrous wove paper, believed to be cut down (25x31mm), impression weak, Very Fine; with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. O59P var. Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
A UNIQUE DIE PROOF OF THE 1873 3¢ STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUE.
The P.F. opinion regarding this proof states…"It is neither an O59P2a, nor an O59P2" however they do state this proof is on "fibrous wove paper". Since all large die proof of this issue were printed on India, this unclassified proof falls into a unique class.
Lot 1871 SState Dept., 1875 Special Printing, 6¢ bluish green, overprinted "Specimen", without gum as issued, strong bright color, wide margins, Very Fine; with 2020 P.S.A.G. certificate Graded (80).
Scott No. O60SD $350.
Lot 1872State Dept., 1873, 10¢ dark green, o.g., neatly hinged, perfectly centered amid wide margins, deep intense color, very fresh, Extremely Fine; with 2019 P.S.E. certificate Graded (XF 90, SMQ $525).
Scott No. O62 $230.
Lot 1873State Dept., 1873, $2 green & black, full o.g., wide margins, rich colors, pulled perf at right, Very Fine appearance; with 1992 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. O68 $1,750.
Lot 1874 oState Dept., 1873, $2 green & black, oval cancels, rich deep color, small repair and reperfed at top, F.-V.F. appearance, a very scarce used high value; with 2020 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. O68 $3,000.