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1893 Columbian Issue
 
 
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Lot 2

1893, Columbian, 1¢ deep blue (Scott 230), Pre-First Day, Salem, MA, Dec 31, 1¢ tied by "Dec [no day]/ 630 PM/ 1892" Salem, Mass. duplex cancel on a locally addressed cover; despite the missing day in the postmark, it would have been Dec 30 or 31, as the cover is backstamped "Lynn, Mass./ Dec 31/ 8 PM/ 92/ Rec'd", Very Fine, one of only two recorded pre-date first day covers for this value and only one of five known for the entire Columbian issue, ex- Martin, with 1977 A.F.D.C.S. and 1978 P.F. certificates, the latter noting the backstamp.
Scott $20,000 for Jan 1.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000

A RARE UNAUTHORIZED USE OF THE 1¢ COLUMBIAN PRIOR TO ITS OFFICIAL RELEASE—ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED.

A well known and documented cover, which was painstakingly researched and certified as genuine after the addressee, C.A. Lee, was found to be the Postmaster
.
Current Bid$9,000
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Lot 3

1893, Columbian, 2¢ brown violet (Scott 231), Pre-First Day, Salem, MA, December 31, a pre-First Day Cover, from the same correspondence as the previous 1¢ pre-First Day cover; stamp tied by "Dec [no day]/ 630 PM/ 1892" Salem, Mass. duplex cancel on a locally addressed cover; backstamped "Lynn, Mass./ Dec 31/ 8 PM/ 92/ Rec'd", Very Fine, with 1977 A.F.D.C.S. certificate stating "genuine with postmark and backstamp before the regularly accepted first day date of Jan. 2, 1893.
Scott $20,000 for Jan 1.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000

A RARE UNAUTHORIZED USE OF THE 2¢ COLUMBIAN PRIOR TO ITS OFFICIAL RELEASE—ONE OF JUST THREE RECORDED—THIS AND ONE OTHER FROM SALEM AND ONE FROM LEXINGTON, MASS.

A well known and documented cover, which was painstakingly researched and certified as genuine after the addressee, C.A. Lee, was found to be the Postmaster
.
Current Bid$10,000
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Lot 4

1893, Columbian, 1¢ deep blue (Scott 230), First Day, Boston, MA, Advertising envelope, 1¢ vertical pair tied by hand cancels of January 1, 1893 Boston Station "F" duplex cancels on an attractive illustrated advertising cover from James S. Conant & Co., Designers & Engravers of Wood; small opening tear at top, otherwise Very Fine, with 1970 A.F.D.C.S. certificate.
Scott $20,000.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000

ATTRACTIVE AND RARE ADVERTISING USAGE FIRST DAY COVER.

As the Columbians were issued on New Years Day- January 1, 1893, which was a Sunday and most Post Offices were closed, the vast majority of First Day (earliest) usages are Monday January 2, 1893.

Current Bid$4,750
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Lot 5

1893, Columbian, 2¢ brown violet (Scott 231), Pre-First Day, Edelman (PA). Jan 1, 2¢ tied by cork cancel on a cover postmarked Edelman [Pa.], January 1, 1893; addressed to a town in Crawford County, Ohio; backstamped Bucyrus, Ohio, Jan 2 8PM, small creases and edge tears, otherwise Fine to Very Fine, with 1991 P.F. certificate.
Scott $20,000.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000

A RARE JANUARY 1ST USAGE FROM A SMALL PENNSYLVANIA TOWN.

As the 2¢ Columbian was issue on New Years Day- January 1, 1893, which was a Sunday and most Post Offices were closed, the vast majority of First Day (earliest) usages are Monday January 2, 1893.

Current Bid$4,250
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Lot 6

1893, Columbian, 2¢ brown violet (Scott 231), First Day, New York, NY, a true First Day Cover, stamp tied by perfectly struck January 1, 1893 New York, N.Y. machine cancel on a small locally addressed cover; minor, light bend of lower right corner, still Very Fine.
Scott $20,000 Jan 1.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000

A MOST ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THIS EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST DAY COVER.

As the 2¢ Columbian was issue on New Years Day- January 1, 1893, which was a Sunday and most Post Offices were closed, the vast majority of First Day (earliest) usages are Monday January 2, 1893.

Current Bid$6,250
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Lot 7

1893, Columbian, 2¢ brown violet (Scott 231), First Day, Salem MA, 2¢ tied by light January 2, 1893 Salem, Mass. machine cancel on a slightly oversize business cover to Ipswich, Mass.; backstamped Ipswich on Jan 3; small cover faults, Fine.
Scott $4,000.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000

As the 2¢ Columbian was issue on New Years Day- January 1, 1893, which was a Sunday and most Post Offices were closed, the vast majority of First Day (earliest) usages are Monday January 2, 1893.

Current Bid$750
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Lot 8

1893, Columbian, 2¢ brown violet (Scott 231), First Day, New York, NY, 2¢ tied by neat January 2, 1893 New York, N.Y. Station "E" duplex cancel on a pristine, small blue cover addressed locally; bears a handwritten "cachet" in another hand: "First issue of Columbus stamps yesterday, January 1st 1893"; slightly reduced at left, otherwise Extremely Fine, with 1981 P.F. certificate.
Scott $4,000.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

As the 2¢ Columbian was issue on New Years Day- January 1, 1893, which was a Sunday and most Post Offices were closed, the vast majority of First Day (earliest) usages are Monday January 2, 1893.

Current Bid$1,200
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Lot 9

1893, Columbian, 2¢ brown violet (Scott 231), First Day, Syracuse, NY, 2¢ tied by clear January 2, 1893 Syracuse, N.Y. machine cancel on an illustrated advertising cover to Chittenango, N.Y.; backstamped Chittenango on Jan 3; corner card features a small Ram's head logo for Robert J. Sloan, Importing Taylor; someone has written a small "1st Day" in blue ink at lower left and the top flap is missing, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott $4,000.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

As the 2¢ Columbian was issue on New Years Day- January 1, 1893, which was a Sunday and most Post Offices were closed, the vast majority of First Day (earliest) usages are Monday January 2, 1893.

Current Bid$1,000
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Lot 10

1893, Columbian, 2¢ brown violet (Scott 231), First Day, Tacoma, WA, tied on locally addressed cover by January 2, 1893 Tacoma, Wash. Station "2" duplex; includes original letter datelined Jan 2, 1893, from one Howard Cameron, in part "One of the first Columbian Stamps sold from the Tacoma P.O. at 9.30 o'clock Monday morning Jan 2/1893", Very Fine, As the 2¢ Columbian was issue on New Years Day- January 1, 1893, which was a Sunday and most Post Offices were closed, the vast majority of First Day (earliest) usages are Monday January 2, 1893.
Scott $4,000.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

According to Mr. Cameron's corner card and letterhead, he was an accountant, as evidenced by the large rubberstamped ad on the cover's reverse, he was also a "Wholesale & Retail Dealer in U.S. & Foreign Stamps"
.
Current Bid$1,000
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Lot 11

1893, Columbian, 3¢ green & 1¢ blue (Scott 232, 230), First Day, Boston, MA, 3¢ tied, along with a 1¢ Columbian, by January 2, 1893 Boston Station "C" machine cancel on cover to East Boston, Mass.; backstamped East Boston on Jan 3; 3¢ with straight edge at top and a small tear at lower right, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott $8,250.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500

A UNIQUE COMBINATION FIRST DAY COVER.

As the Columbians were issued on New Years Day- January 1, 1893, which was a Sunday and most Post Offices were closed, the vast majority of First Day (earliest) usages are Monday January 2, 1893.

Current Bid$3,250
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Lot 12

1893, Columbian, 4¢ ultramarine (Scott 233), First Day, Lynn, MA, Registered usage, vertical pair, used with a 2¢ Small Banknote (220), tied by two strikes large LYNN/MASS oval on a small registered cover to Ipswich, Mass. with a perfectly struck violet "Registered, January 2, 1893, Lynn, Mass." at the bottom; top 4¢ has a straight edge and there is no Ipswich receiver, Very Fine.
Scott $14,000.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000

A RARE 4¢ FIRST DAY COVER.
Current Bid$4,500
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Lot 13

1893, Columbian, 5¢ chocolate (Scott 234), First Day, Boston, MA, used with a 1¢ Small Banknote (219), tied by a beautifully struck January 2, 1893, Boston machine cancel on locally addressed cover; 5¢ with a pulled perforation at bottom, still Very Fine.
Scott $17,500.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000

AN EXTRAORDINARY EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE FIRST DAY COVER.
Current Bid$6,500
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Lot 14

1893, Columbian, 5¢ chocolate (Scott 234), First Day, Boston, MA, used to US Consul in Hamilton, Bermuda, returned to sender, 5¢ tied by January 2, 1893 Boston duplex cancel on a cover to Hamilton, Bermuda; backstamped Hamilton on Jan 10, returned to sender on Jan 23; stamp with a straight edge at at bottom, F-VF, with 1978 P.F. certificate.
Scott $17,500.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000

A RARE SECOND DAY COVER WITH AN INTERESTING PHILATELIC BACK STORY.

Enclosed is the original letter, dated Jan 1, from stamp collector Henry Pennypacker to the U.S. Consul in Hamilton, Henry W. Beckwith, in part,
"I am one of those hapless persons who collect postage stamps…" and asking if Mr. Beckwith might know of someone with whom he might exchange U.S. stamps for those of Bermuda. The reason the letter was returned to Boston is revealed in a notation at the top of the letter, signed by the then-current Vice-Consul, stating that Mr. Beckwith had died in August of 1891.
Current Bid$6,000
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