Lot 14351869, 24¢ green & violet, block of 9 with margin at right, full o.g., centered clear to just in at right, rich colors and fresh, bottom center stamp with tiny thin in bottom perf, otherwise Fine, one of the rarest mint multiples of the 1869 issue with only five blocks known to exist, Scott catalog value for block, two pairs and single, ex-Worthington, Lozier, Sinkler and Gibson.
Scott No. 120 $102,000.
THE LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLE OF THE 1869 24¢ ISSUE - A PHENOMENAL RARITY.
The 1869 24¢ issue is one of the most difficult issues to obtain in block format. Only six used blocks are recorded and all as blocks of four. Only five mint blocks are known. Three are blocks of four, one block of six which bears corresponding centering and partial margin at right to the block offered here and this block of nine.
Current Opening Bid: $20,000
Lot 2152 oHawaii, 1851-52, 13¢ blue "Missionary", type I, uncanceled (appears unused), margins clear to close at lower right, strong color, minor small expert repairs at left and upper right, light violet handstamp on reverse which shows faintly on face (not mentioned on certificate), Very Fine appearance, with Scott catalog value for examples with minor damage the has been skillfully repaired; with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 3 $29,000.
AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 13¢ HAWAIIAN POSTAGE MISSIONARY ISSUE.
The Missionary stamps were designed and printed by Henry Whitney at the Government Printing House on a small press used for business cards. A form of two subjects was made from available type and printed on fragile pelure paper, meaning the far majority of Missionary stamps are repaired to some degree. This stamp offered here was issued on October 1, 1851 to pay the 13¢ combined U.S. and Hawaiian postage for a single letter bound for an Eastern American destination.
Lot 2968 /oUnited States Collection, 1847-2008, mint & used collection in four Scott Speciality albums, which commences with the early US issues which are primarily used up until about the 1890 Issue, much duplication showing a wide variety of different shades, better items include a used New York City Postmasters' Provisional, the 1847 Issue includes twelve used 5¢ 1847's, two used 10¢ '47's, a wide range of used 1851 Imperfs including sixteen 1¢, nine 10¢ and six 12¢, the 1857 Issue is well represented with thirty 1¢ (mainly type V), ten 5¢, thirteen 10¢, four 30¢ and one defective 90¢, the 1861 Issue includes many different examples including a variety of shades, 3¢ pink, ten 24¢ including Steel Blue & Violet shades (Violet with cert.), plus ten 30¢, the 24¢ 1861-66 includes ten examples, a nice range of 1867 Grilled Issues, the 1869 Issue includes fourteen 1¢, fourteen 2¢, eight 6¢, eleven 10¢, eight 12¢, seven 15¢ Type I, six 15¢ Type II, seven 24¢, four 30¢ and two 90¢, the Banknote Issues shows a variety of shades and cancels with a few mint stamps scattered in, the 1890 Issue includes a mint & used set, the 1893 Columbian Issue is complete mint except the 50¢, $2-$4, which are used, plus some duplication including a used $1, the Bureau Issues includes both mint and used, with a number of Dollar values (which are primarily used), the Trans-Miss. Issue is complete with some nice duplication, the three high values are used, however a mint $1 Plate single is present, there several mint set of the 1901 Pan-Americans, the 1902 Regular Issue is well represented as are the Louisiana Purchase & Jamestown Issues, the Washington-Franklins are primarily mint with many better items throughout, replete with shade varieties, the 1915 Pan-Pacific Issue is complete mint (both Perf. 12 & 10), later issues include the Dollar Value Washington-Franklins, 5¢ Error blocks, 1922 Regular Issue, three White Plains souvenir sheet (two mint & one used with first day cancel), etc, the three later Volumes include some better varieties such as the 2¢ Silkote Paper and a large amount of face value, the condition is very mixed on the 19th Century material and should be viewed, however this is a very valuable collection with a huge catalog value and careful inspection will repay, several certificates are included.
Estimate $20,000 - 30,000.
Lot 2392Ecuador, 1865, ½r blue, two singles, soluble ink impressions of the third period, in combination with 1865, 1r yellow buff, three singles, all petit cut on fresh 1871 folded letter from Guayaquil to Lima, Peru, carried at the double external rate not exceeding ½ oz. for an American destination, tied by neat "Franca" in dotted lozenge handstamps of Guayaquil, Extremely Fine, ex-Olgieser.
Scott No. 2 Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
A UNIQUE 1865 ½R BLUE & 1R YELLOW COMBINATION FRANKING TO PERU - ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED COVERS IN ECUADORIAN PHILATELY.
Letters, being other than Judicial correspondence, with exceptional frankings are most infrequent.
Lot 602"Santa Fee/Nov 6 }", manuscript Military Express endorsement clearly written on greenish-blue folded letter datelined "Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 22nd 1847" from 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant William F. Snyder in Hook's Company E, 1st Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, to his brother John in Belleville, Illinois, carried east by military express on the Santa Fe Trail, it entered the mails with "Independence Mo. Nov. 16" cds and manuscript "10" due rating; small piece of last page missing, but almost all of the content is intact, Very Fine, ex-Irwin Vogel, Birkinbine.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
THIS IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED MARKING OF ANY KIND APPLIED AT SANTA FE TO MAIL CARRIED BY MILITARY EXPRESS, WHICH WAS THE ONLY MEANS BY WHICH LETTERS COULD BE SENT TO OR FROM THIS ARMY-OCCUPIED NEW MEXICO TOWN.
After General Stephen W. Kearny occupied Santa Fe on August 18, 1846, a military express was established over the Santa Fe Trail. Mail was carried over this route via Bent's Fort (or the Cimarron Cutoff), and eastbound letters entered the mails at Fort Leavenworth or Independence, Missouri. On May 11, 1850, the contract for monthly mail service on the same route was awarded to Waldo, Hall and Company commencing July 1. Examples of military express mail typically do not have any markings applied at Santa Fe. The "Santa Fee Nov. 6" postmark is dated the day the express departed, two weeks after the letter was written.
This chatty letter between brothers mentions the names of no less than fifteen enlisted soldiers and officers in the 1st and 2nd Regiments of the Illinois Volunteers. Lieutenant Snyder enlisted at Alton, Illinois, on May 26, 1847, and arrived in Santa Fe (Military Territory of New Mexico) on September 16, 1847. He was discharged at Alton on October 14, 1848.
Lot 2534Guatemala, 1871, Coat of Arms, 20c rose, well centered example used on cover to Paris, France endorsed via "Panama", tied by barred "1" oval handstamp with blue "Correos, Guatemala, Set 27, 1872" origin cds, via British P.O. with Colon, transit cds, boxed "G.B., 1F60c" accountancy handstamp and "12" décimes due handstamp upon arrival, reverse with red London transit and receiving cds's, Very Fine and choice, the overseas rate was reduced to 20c per half ounce from the end of January 1872, ex-Hubbard & Spycher; with 2009 Moorhouse certificate.
Scott No. 3 Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
ONE OF THREE KNOWN SINGLE FRANKINGS OF THE 1871 20C COAT OF ARMS ISSUE TO FRANCE.
Unrecorded in the Goodman census (which records three covers) but further research shows that even now just six single frankings of this stamp are known, three of which are to France.
Lot 14971894, 6¢ dull brown, imperf horizontally, bottom margin plate no. "28" block of 6 with imprint, o.g., fairly light hinging, rich vibrant color, some expertly reinforced perfs and top right stamp with small thin and light crease along top edge, Fine appearance; with 2013 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. 256a $30,000.
THE UNIQUE BOTTOM MARGIN PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1894 6¢ BUREAU IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY - A GREAT BUREAU ISSUE RARITY.
Only two plate blocks are known of this error. The other is plate block of 9 (ex-Col. Green) from the top of plate 28.
Lot 1327Frazer & Co., 1845-51, 2¢ black on pink, ample to large margins, neatly tied by manuscript "2" on local cover addressed "Miss Sallie Wilson, South Side 8th, 2nd door East of Vine.", with forget-me-not sealed on reverse, Very Fine, ex-Schenck and Hall; with 2001 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 69L2 Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
ONE OF TWO RECORDED ON COVER EXAMPLES OF THE FRAZER & CO. 2¢ BLACK ON PINK EAGLE STAMP - A GREAT CINCINNATI LOCAL RARITY.
Hiram Frazer established Frazer & Co. in 1845 while he was a Cincinnati letter carrier. His Eagle design issues used between February 3rd of 1848 and June 30th of 1849 are considered to be carrier stamps.
Lot 3183Great Britain, Official Seals Exhibition Collection, 1882-2007, intact award winning exhibition collection of 223 covers and about a dozen off cover items meticulously written-up on exhibition pages; exhibit starts with a very scarce 1869 forerunner "Received open and resealed, At The General Post Office" handstamp (earliest recorded use), General Use Seals section showing the eleven QV types including the very rare type 1 seal on registered letter (the only reported on cover example), type 2 seals on incoming covers from Columbia, Mauritius and South Africa (only reported use of any Victorian seal in South Africa and the only reported use in a Military Post Office), a type 2a seal on 1901 Transvaal cover to POW camp in St. Helena (only use of any Victorian seal outside of G.B.), also rare combination seal usages including Boer War looted mail, both of the type 3 seals on cover known - one on the wreck of the SS Elder in 1892, type 4 seal on Boer War looted mail (unique usage), both type 2c usages present, type 6 usage (unique), type 7 usage (unique usage) on 1899 RMS Labrador wreck mail, etc., other KEVII & KGV seals with many unique usages including wreck mail, Army P.O.'s, usages from Palestine and Kenya, etc., General Use Tapes section (first appearing in 1928) with type 1 usage (two examples known) on 1934 Abadan, Persia cover to U.S. damaged and repaired in London, unique type 1A tape usage on SS Comorin wreck mail, type 2 usage on Scipio flying boat crash mail, other wreck & crash mail usages with additional unique tape type usages, Returned Letter Office Seals section with type 1 & 2 combination cover (both seals are unique on cover), the unique type 3 & 4 seals off cover, type 1a & 6 combination (both seals unique on cover), later types with again many unique usages, Scipio flying boat crash mail and other air crashes, Delayed/Damaged Seals section with type 1 use on Kenilworth Castle wreck mail, unique type 2 usage on registered Bulgaria cover, etc., also sections of Customs & Currency Control Seals and Compulsory Registration Seals sections again with many unique items; a wonderful specialized collection and a must see to truly appreciate.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
Lot 2341St. Vincent, 1861, Queen Victoria, 1d rose red, rough perf 14 to 16, two horizontal pairs, unwatermarked, in combination with 1862, Queen Victoria, 6d deep green, two singles (4) on folded letter sheet to Paris, France, tied together by barred "A10" oval handstamp and tied by Calais transit cds, red crayon "1/2" rating and red "London, 20 Mr, 68" transit cds with matching "PD" in circle handstamp, reverse with bold receiving cds, Very Fine and choice, ex-Messenger. Scott No. 2.
SG No. 1 Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
A WONDERFUL PREPAID DOUBLE RATE COVER TO PARIS, FRANCE.