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Lot 532

1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), blocks of 4 and 8 (originally a block of 12) and a pair, canceled by 4-bar grids on an irregular fragment from a parcel wrapper addressed to Hartford Ct. and dated in manuscript, "March 31/66"; mounted for display on a non-contemporaneous piece of similar paper, the top block of 4 was possibly separated worm damage affects five stamps in the block, which has a natural straight edge at the right, and the right stamp in the pair has a pre-use tear, otherwise Fine.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

An exceedingly rare usage—a block of 12 is reportedly the largest known used multiple of this popular stamp.

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Lot 533

1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), used with a 3¢ rose and a two pairs of the 10¢ green (68), tied together by target cancels and on a cover to Swatow, China, postmarked lightly struck "Stratham N.H. Jun 5" c.d.s., with a red "Boston Br. Pkt. 40, 6 Jun" credit datestamp overstruck with a red "London Paid" transit; manuscript "Overland via Southampton" routing, red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid, 6 Jun" on the reverse, along with an Aug 3 Hong Kong and receiver; reduced just a tad at the right, cutting into the right-most 10¢, which had been slightly folded around the right edge, otherwise Very Fine. A most attractive cover from the Wingate correspondence.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $1,200.
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Lot 534

1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), two radically misperfed singles used with two 12¢ blacks (69) tied by geometric cancels and paying the 28¢ rate on a cover from New York to Frankfurt, Germany; bold red "N. York Br. Pkt./ 7 Paid/ Dec 18" c.d.s. and blue boxed Jan 1 "Aachen/ Franco" entry handstamp; backstamped with a Jan 4 German distribution handstamp, Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $300.
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Lot 535

1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), seven singles used with a 10¢ green (68) on a cover from Green Garden Ill. to Crosslee, Rrenfrewshire, Scotland; the stamps creatively pen-canceled: the cancels on the four left-most stamps reading (upside down) "Green", "Garden, Ill.", "Mar 3" & "1865"; the four 2¢ stamps at the right each canceled "Mar 3"; mostly clear red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid 19, Mar 6(?)" c.d.s.; backstamped Paisley and Johnstone, Scotland, both Mar 19; the Black Jacks vary from sound to damaged, the cover soiled and open on three side, but complete; also includes the original 4-page letter discussing Illinois farm life.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $200.
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Lot 536

1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), used with a 1¢ blue and seven 3¢ rose (63, 65), canceled and tied by geometric cancels and paying the 24¢ rate on a cover from New York to Peebles, Scotland; partial red "N. (York Br. P)kt. Paid 19, Jan 2" c.d.s., backstamped Edinburgh (Jan 13) and Peebles (Jan 14); left-most 3¢ folded around edges of cover, 2¢ with a pre-use tear; top flap missing; Fine and most unusual.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $325.
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Lot 537

1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), an exceptionally well centered single tied by faintly struck "Flushing N.Y." double-circle datestamp on spectacular illustrated American Agriculturist cover to Somerville Mass., bottom flap mostly removed, otherwise Extremely Fine. A gorgeous Black Jack advertising cover.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $300.
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Lot 538

1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), just Fine, tied by a bold green "Auburn N.Y., Sep 4" duplex on an envelope refolded into a wrapper and mailed to No. Weymouth, Mass., Very Fine and unusual.
Scott $675.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $275.
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Lot 539

1863, 2¢ black, double perfs (Scott 73), cover with two singles, one 2¢ with double perfs at right, tied by concentric circles with Virginia IL town cancel, addressed to West Winfield NY, and a single 2¢ with double perfs at top & bottom, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 540

1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), average centering, tied by light May 19 Boston duplex on a locally addressed all-over advertising cover> for Pratt & Wentworth Stoves & Hollow Ware; insignificant spindle hole at left, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $100.
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Lot 541

1863, 2¢ black (Scott 73), tied by Philada PA Post Office hand stamp with straight line "Due 2", Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
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Lot 542

1863, 2¢ black, diagonal bisect (Scott 73a, 73), used with a normal 2¢, paying the 3¢ rate, tied together by a target cancel on a cover postmarked "New Kensington Pa., Dec 7" c.d.s., to Waynesboro Pa.; front and back skillfully rejoined, Extremely Fine appearance, with a 1989 P.F. certificate noting "extensively repaired".
Scott $1,500.
Estimate $600 - 800.
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Lot 543

1863, 2¢ black, vertical bisect (Scott 73d, 73), used with a normal 2¢, paying the 3¢ rate, pen canceled on an 1866 cover postmarked manuscript "Woodville Ct, Jun 21", to Woodbury Ct., Very Fine.
Scott $2,000.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
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Lot 544

1863, 2¢ black, vertical bisect (Scott 73d, 73), in a pair with a normal 2¢, paying the 3¢ rate, tied by grid cancels on a cover postmarked "Amsterdam N.Y., Nov 19" c.d.s., to Egremont, Mass.; ragged opening at right, which affects the full 2¢ stamp, has been repaired, otherwise Very Fine, with a 1955 P.F. certificate (signed by Louise Boyd Dale).
Scott $2,000.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
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Lot 545

1867, 2¢ black, E. grill (Scott 87), beautifully centered pair and single tied by geometric cork cancels on cover from Chicago to Brockville Canada West; faint Aug 3 Chicago c.d.s. alongside and partial Aug 6 Brockville receiver on reverse; bottom stamp of pair with perf damage at lower left, otherwise Very Fine, Ex-Allen, Lane, with a 1984 P.F. certificate.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $225.
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Lot 546

1867, 2¢ black, E. grill (Scott 87), tied by indistinct town cancel on cover to Bridgetown Nova Scotia, Fine to Very Fine, ex- Biddle, ex-Vincent Greene.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $110.
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Lot 547
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1867, 2¢ black, F. grill (Scott 93), two singles used in a spectacular 1871 Territorial mixed issue franking from Las Cruces N.M. to Boston on a 3¢ stamped envelope (U84) - front only - with a 2¢ E. grill, a 2¢ F. grill, a 3¢ 1869 Pictorial, and a 2¢ Bank Note (88, 94, 114 & 146), exactly paying the 3¢ letter rate plus the 15¢ registration fee; postmarked "Las Cruces N.Mex., Apr 11" double circle datestamp with a faint May 1 Boston receiver; one of the Black Jacks is damaged (apparently pre-use) and there are a few other minor stamp flaws, still Very Fine, Ex-Wolfe, Coulter, with a 1983 P.F. certificate.
Estimate $1,200 - 1,800

A PHENOMENAL AND TOTALLY UNIQUE PIECE OF POSTAL HISTORY, FITTING, AS IT DOES, INTO A VARIETY OF COLLECTING SPECIALTIES.
Realized $1,500.
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Lot 548

1867, 2¢ black, F. grill (Scott 93), tied by bold blue "Montclair N.J. Oct. 3" c.d.s. on Grant & Colfax Club illustrated cover to Newark N.J.; unflattering contemporary pen embellishments on portraits; upper right corner of stamp slightly torn, otherwise Very Fine. A marvelous Black Jack Campaign cover, Ex-Cole.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $700.
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Lot 549

1867, 2¢ black, F. grill (Scott 93), fresh, beautifully centered pair and single tied by geometric cork cancels on a folded address leaf—the second page of undated Price Current from New Orleans to Liverpool, England: small dealer's handstamp at bottom, insignificant spindle hole clear of stamps, Extremely Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $160.
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Lot 550

1867, 2¢ black, F. grill (Scott 93), used with a 1¢ 1869 Pictorial (112), tied together and on cover by cork cancels, clear "Capioma Kans., Nov 29" c.d.s. alongside, to Atkinson Ill.; reduced just a tad at right, Very Fine. A most unusual 3¢ franking.
Estimate $300 - 400.
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Lot 551

Black Jack advertising covers, 1862-68, 16 covers and one front, better includes two 2¢ (73) tied to postal stationery with blind embossed corner ad for commission merchant, fancy sun burst cancel tying 2¢ (73) to corner advertising ad cover, 2¢ (73) tied by blue circular grid on corner ad cover for wholesale dry goods ad, generally fresh and attractive, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $400.
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Lot 552

Black Jack cover collection, 1862-68, 22 covers, includes colored cancels, fancy cancels, three Black Jack stamped envelopes, Prexie first day cover for #812, town & city usages for St Louis, Brooklyn, Walton & Boston, some nice material present, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600.
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Lot 553

Black Jack special cancels on cover, 1862-68 (Scott 73), 8 covers and a front, better includes 2¢ canceled by red grid with matching New York c.d.s., 2¢ tied by Philadelphia Post Office town cancel, 2¢ tied by red quarter cork with matching N.Y. City c.d.s., 2¢ tied by target & Boston MA Paid cancel, and 2¢ tied to mourning front with Philadelphia PA Post Office 3rd class cancel, please review, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $300.
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Lot 554

Black Jack covers with advertising markings, 1862-68 (Scott 73, 93), 3 covers, first has Black Jack (#93) tied by quartered cork with Hartford CN town cancel and straight line "Advertised" on front, second has pair (#73) Black Jacks & two #65 with San Francisco CA Advertised hand stamp on reverse, and third has Black Jack (#73) tied by Auburn NY c.d.s. and manuscript "Opened by/mistake", Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
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Lot 555

Black Jack covers used in Troy NY, 1862 (Scott 73), three matching covers, all with Troy NY town cancels and addressed to Troy NY, Extremely Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 556

Black Jack covers with 1¢ stamps, 1863-78, 2 covers: 1¢ (63) & 2¢ (87) tied by horse collar cancels to cover addressed to Accadency PA, second cover with 2¢ (73) and 1¢ (156) tied by blue quartered killers with matching Freeport IL town cancel, addressed to Fort Madison IA, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 557

Black Jack multiple usages (Scott 73), 6 covers, includes pair tied by blue targets and Louisville KY town cancel, pair tied by circle of wedges with New York c.d.s. to Naugatuck CT, pair tied by targets with Tompkinsville NY c.d.s., pair canceled on cover to Morrisville PA, strip of three tied to cover with Milton WI c.d.s. to Ontario Canada, and pair & single tied to cover by Naorville TN c.d.s. to Saint Paul MN, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $190.
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Lot 558

Black Jack wrapper / circular usages (Scott 73), 5 in total, each single usages including: on wrapper to Philadelphia; tied to 1865 printed price list for glass; tied to payment receipt; tied to wrapper to ME; and tied to wrapper to Wallingford CT; few small faults, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
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Lot 559

Black Jack usages as revenues, 1865-69, 4 single stamps and 4 used on documents, documents includes 1867 receipt, 1866 receipt for rent, 1864 receipt and 1865 used as probate order, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
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Lot 560

Black Jack multiples on cover, 1866-68, 4 covers, includes 2 singles #93 on cover to New York, #87 strip of three on cover to Canada, #93 strip of three to CT forwarded to RI, and #93 strip of three on cover to SC; some condition issues, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $160.
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Lot 561

Confederate States, 1863, 2¢ brown red (Scott 8), horizontal strip of 5 with left sheet margin, large margins except barely touching in two spots, tied on an 1864 cover by light strikes of a blue "Columbia S.C. Dec. 31" c.d.s., addressed to Edward M. Lazarus, care of Capt. J. R. Mordecai, James Island S.C., manuscript "31/12 64" docketing; very faint trace of lightened wax seal stain at the center (a few letters of address strengthened after cleaning), slight bend at the top of the left stamp due to the placement of the strip at the top edge of the cover, still Very Fine, Ex-MacBride, Hart, Birkinbine and Hastings.
Scott $4,500.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000

A MARVELOUS EXAMPLE OF THIS 2¢ JACKSON PAYING THE 10¢ LETTER RATE; ESPECIALLY RARE WITH THE BLUE TOWN CANCELS.

This cover was sent to the so-called South Carolina "Siege Train" on James Island. The Siege Train was a special force of C.S.A. artillery set up on James Island in an attempt to break the Union's hold on Charleston Harbor. Captain Mordecai, son-in-law of prominent Charleston resident Moses Mordecai, was the "Train's" assistant quartermaster.

Realized $1,600.
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