Lot 2199 oHawaii, 1859, 1¢ light blue on bluish white, plate 2-A, type III (position 1), neat red square grid cancel of Honolulu, beautiful bright vivid color, uncommonly large margins all around, an Extremely Fine gem, ex-Caspary; with 2017 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 12 $15,000.
A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE HAWAIIAN NUMERAL. THE EXCEEDINGLY CHOICE QUALITY OF THIS STAMP CAN NOT BE OVERSTATED. EXAMPLES OF THIS STAMP CANCELLED SOLELY IN RED ARE EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND VERY DESIRABLE. THIS IS THOUGHT TO BE THE FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLE.
Sound examples of the 1859 Numeral Issue printed in blue are exceedingly rare, due to the delicate nature of the thin paper. The stamp offered here, with wide margins, fresh color and in completely sound condition, is a true condition rarity.
Lot 2278Hawaii, 1893, 10¢ red brown, red overprint error, original gum, h.r., rich color, fresh & F.-V.F.; dealer's backstamp, signed Bloch, with 1968 & 2013 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 61B $15,000.
A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE WITH ORIGINAL GUM AND FAR BETTER CENTERING THAN WHAT IS NORMALLY FOUND ON THIS RARE ERROR. ONLY ONE SHEET OF FIFTY WAS ISSUED.
Most of the examples from the only sheet of fifty produced, are centered into the perforations at top. It is believed that eight examples were destroyed from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and that less than forty examples are in existence.
Lot 16141909, 4¢ orange brown, bluish paper, o.g., lightly hinged, bright shade on nicely blued paper, unusually wide margin at top, fresh and Fine; with 1972 P.F. certificate issued to Raymond H. Weill Co. and 2009 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 360 $27,500.
AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 4-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER FROM POSITION ONE IN THE ORIGINAL SHEET OF 100.
According to Johl (Vol. 1, page 175), the only source of the 4¢ and 8¢ Bluish stamps was the archives of the Post Office Department. Approximately 80 of each were traded for rare stamps missing from the archives. Given the failed experimental nature of the paper mixture, it is no surprise that virtually all copies are off-center to some extent.
This stamp was originally part of the top left corner sheet-margin block of four seen in the Colonel E. H. R. Green collection (Part VII, lot 620, J. C. Morganthau & Co., Dec. 1-8, 1942). The top right stamp from the same block appeared in a Simmy's sale in 1976 with the top sheet selvage intact. The stamp offered here was offered with the corner sheet selvage removed as early as 1970 (Peter Kenedi sale). It was acquired by the present owner in the Siegel 1975 Rarities Sale. The corner selvage was probably removed to make the stamp fit into an album space.
Lot 447Mexico, 1861, Second Issue, 4r black on yellow, diagonal bisect, Tampico, in combination with 1861, Second Issue, 8r black on red brown, diagonal bisect, both lower right portions of stamps with wide margins, slightly overlapping on folded letter sheet to San Luis Potosi paying the 6 reales rate for 1¼ ounces beyond 17 leagues, tied by Santa Anna de Tamaulipas cds (Schatzkes 1585), blue Tampico company handstamp, Very Fine and choice; signed Calves, with 2003 M.E.P.S.I. certificate.
Scott No. 9a+11c Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
ONE OF ONLY TWO SUCH BISECT COMBINATIONS RECORDED FROM THE 1861 HIDALGO ISSUE AND A UNIQUE TAMPICO DISTRICT USAGE - A GREAT CLASSIC MEXICO RARITY.
In the 1971 Schimmer Bash splits census only 5 covers and 3 fronts had combinations out of 418 covers, fronts and pieces with 1861 splits. In the 1995 Koning auction (which contained the largest ever split collection), only 6 covers and fronts from this issue were offered out of 146 covers. In 2002 it brought $11,000 + commission in auction. The first time in 20 years that this combination has been offered in auction. One of the 100 Iconic World Rarities in MonacoPhil 2015 and illustrated in the front page of "Favorite Finds" the catalog for the 2013-2014 Smithsonian NPM first rotating exhibit.
Lot 14161856, 5¢ red brown, o.g., margins clear to large at top showing a trace of adjacent stamp, rich color and a sharp detailed impression, Very Fine; with 1979 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 12 $30,000.
AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1856 5¢ JEFFERSON ISSUE.
Lot 2343 ()Ryukyus, Kume Island, 1945, 7s black on cream, upper pane of 12, cancelled by neat Okinawa Kume Shima "20 10 1" First Day of Issue favor cds for October 1st 1945, position 8 with "7" & "Sen" one letter spaced at the left, wide sheet margins, two vertical creases affecting stamps in first and third rows, without gum as issued, otherwise Very Fine, with Scott catalog value not accounting for the spaced at left variety (unlisted in used condition).
Scott No. 1X1, 1X1a $30,000 for normal singles.
ONE OF THE LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLES OF THE KUME ISLAND 1945 7S PROVISIONAL ISSUE.
This was originally the personal property of LCDR Elwood J. Wilson, USNR, Commanding Officer of Military Government Detachment B-101-X. In this capacity, and as Deputy Military Governor of Kume Shima, he authorized the printing and issuing of this provisional postage stamp on October 1st, 1945. He requested Postmaster Norifumi Kikuzato to cancel a sheet of the stamps for him as a World War II souvenir.
Lot 782Fort Buchanan N.M., Feb 28, yellow cover originating in Mexico with red boxed "Franco* / en Alamos" two-line postmark and matching red "3" reales rate handstamp on reverse, entered U.S. mails with 3¢ dull red (26), tied by clear strike of "Fort Buchanan, N.M. Feb 28" Type 1 cds to Sacramento, Alta California and carried by the Butterfield stage; 3¢ light pre-use crease, couple mended opening tears at top, Very Fine and rare use, ex-Risvold.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED COVERS ORIGINATING IN MEXICO WITH THE "FRANCO EN ALAMOS" HANDSTAMP TYING STAMP.
This fort was located near the Sonoita River about 40 miles south-southwest of Tucson in what was then the Territory of New Mexico, before the establishment of the Arizona Territory in 1863.
The first detachment of U. S. First Dragoons under Col. J. V. F. Blake arrived at the site on Nov. 17, 1856, and began the construction of the fort, first calling it Camp Moore. The fort developed rapidly and on May 29, 1859 the name was changed to Fort Buchanan. It was a rough and crude establishment in the early days, but played an important part during the Indian wars against the Apaches and other tribes scattered through the area. The Post Office was established on June 5, 1857 and discontinued Oct. 21, 1863.
During the early days of the Civil War the fort was burned on July 21, 1861 to keep it from falling into the hands of Confederate troops who were coming from Texas into the southern area of New Mexico during the Civil War.
Lot 1387 oSt. Louis, Mo., 1846, 5¢ black on gray lilac, type III, position 5, pen and small portion of red town cancel at lower right corner, full even margins to in at left, about Fine; with 2007 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 11X4 $55,000.
A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5¢ ST. LOUIS POSTMASTERS' PROVISIONAL ON GRAY LILAC PAPER.
The St. Louis Bears were printed from a copper plate of six subjects in two vertical rows of three. Initially it produced the 5¢ stamps in the left vertical row and 10¢ stamps in the right row. In 1846 the Postmaster decided that a 20¢ denomination was needed and had the two top left subjects altered to replace the "5"s with "20"s and printed these new stamps on gray lilac. The removal of all but one 5¢ value from the plate and the limited printing on this paper type accounts for rarity of this issue.
Lot 2309Hawaii, Envelope, 1893, 1¢ light green, double overprint, mint entire, second overprint diagonal, few light toning spots, few hinge remnants on back, Very Fine, ex-Honolulu Advertiser & Golden.
Scott No. U10a $8,000.
AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1893 ENTIRE WITH PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT DOUBLE RED OVERPRINT - THOUGHT TO BE ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES.
Lot 110Newfoundland, Airmail, 1930, 50¢ on 36¢ Columbia Flight, tied by "St. Johns, Nfld., Sep 25, 1930" slogan machine postmark on flight cover to London, England, endorsed "per Aeroplane Columbia, Hr. Grace, Nfld. to London, Eng." at upper left, reverse with clear "Harbour Grace, Newf'd, Oc 9, 30" transit cds; upper right corner of cover including stamp was torn off and expertly reattached back, Very Fine appearance; with 2010 Greene Foundation certificate.
Scott No. C5 $12,000.
A RARE FLOWN USAGE OF THE 1930 50¢ ON 36¢ COLUMBIA FLIGHT ISSUE - ONLY 65 OF THESE SPECIAL STAMPS WERE USED ON THIS FLIGHT FROM ST. JOHNS.
This flight was piloted by R.A.F. Capt. Errol Boyd and U.S. Navy Lt. Harry Connor in the Miss Columbia, in same plane flown across the Atlantic by Clarence Chamberlin and Charles A. Levine in 1927. They left Harbour Grace on October 9th, but a malfunction of the fuel line from the rear tank forced them down in the Scilly Islands, just southwest of England, after 23½ hours in the air. They jettisoned the rear tank, siphoned fuel from a seaplane and continued on to their destination at Croydon. Only 65 of the special flight stamps were used on cover on the flight from St. Johns and an additional 35 were used on cover from Harbour Grace.