Sale 725



 
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
.

Opening Bid $10,000



 
Lot 19



1898, Trans-Miss., 1¢, 4¢ & 5¢ (Scott 285, 287, 288), First Day, 1¢, 4¢-5¢, Washington, D.C., P.O. Department envelope, Registered usage, each value tied by a light Washington D.C. double oval on a legal size Post Office Department Official Business cover sent registered to Wrentham, Mass.; postmarked with a faded magenta "Registered, Washington D.C., Jun 17, 1898" c.d.s., no receiving postmark; 1¢ has a straight edge, 5¢ a small hole at bottom edge, couple file folds at left, Fine to Very Fine, with 1978 P.F. certificate.
Scott $75,000.
Estimate $25,000 - 35,000

A UNIQUE COMBINATION WITH THE BONUS THAT IT IS PROPERLY FRANKED WITH 2¢ FOR POSTAGE AND 8¢ FOR REGISTRATION.

The Trans-Miss. Exhibition opened in Omaha, Nebr. on June 1, but the stamps were not ready in time for the opening. They were first placed on sale in Washington D.C. and New York City on June 17, but were not available at the exhibition in Omaha until June 23. Covers are reported to have been seen from Harrisburg, Pa. dated as early as June 14.


Opening Bid $13,000



 
Lot 20



1898, Trans-Miss., 1¢-5¢ (Scott 285-288), First Day, 1¢-5¢, Camden, NJ, to India, including two each of the 2¢ & 5¢, tied by light June 17, 1898 Camden, N.J. "Rec'd." on a 4¢ stamped envelope (U324) sent registered cover to Ootacamund, India, magenta boxed "Registered, Jun 17, 1898, Camden, N.J." postmark on reverse, New York Exchange Office registration label on the front, backstamped New York (Jun 18), London (?) (Jun 25), Indian "Sea Post Office" (Jul 10), and Ootacamund (Jul 11); one 5¢ has a straight edge and the cover has been folded down (pre-use) from a size 22 entire, Very Fine. This cover was prepared by Camden, N.J. collector, Dr. George D. Woodward, Ex-Berkun, with 1999 P.F. certificate noting tiny flaws on "the 4¢ and 5¢" [we are unable to find anything wrong with the 4¢].
Scott $75,000.
Estimate $40,000 - 60,000

ANOTHER IMPORTANT COMMEMORATIVE FIRST DAY COVER—ONE OF THE LARGEST COMBINATION COVERS WITH MULTIPLE EXAMPLES TO A FOREIGN DESTINATION.

The Trans-Miss. Exhibition opened in Omaha, Nebr. on June 1, but the stamps were not ready in time for the opening. They were first placed on sale in Washington D.C. and New York City on June 17, but were not available at the exhibition in Omaha until June 23. Covers are reported to have been seen from Harrisburg, Pa. dated as early as June 14.


Opening Bid $32,500



 
Lot 21



1898, Trans-Miss., 1¢ to 10¢ (Scott 285-290), First Day, 1¢-10¢, Washington, D.C., to Germany, each tied by a light Washington D.C. double oval on a registered cover to Metz, Germany with a light strike of a violet "Registered, Jun 17, 1898, Washington D.C., Sub-Station No. 29, No. (manuscript) 766" postmark at the bottom; at the lower right is a New York Exchange Office registration label, and the cover is backstamped New York (Jun 18) and Metz (Jun 26); the 8¢ has a straight edge and there are minor mounting remnants on the reverse, Very Fine. This cover was prepared by J. Murray Bartels, whose "702 14th St." return address is just visible below the 1¢ stamp, Ex-McCoy, Harter, "World's Fair Collection", with 1987 & 2013 P.F. certificates.
Scott $75,000.
Estimate $40,000 - 60,000

A UNIQUE FIRST DAY COVER AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL RECORDED COMMEMORATIVE FIRST DAY COVERS.

The Trans-Miss. Exhibition opened in Omaha, Nebr. on June 1, but the stamps were not ready in time for the opening. They were first placed on sale in Washington D.C. and New York City on June 17, but were not available at the exhibition in Omaha until June 23. Covers are reported to have been seen from Harrisburg, Pa. dated as early as June 14.


Opening Bid $32,500



 
Lot 37



1901, Pan-American, 4¢ deep red brown & black (Scott 296 & 298), First Day, Boston, MA, each tied by Boston, Mass. double ovals on a slightly oversize registered cover with a B.L. Drew & Co. corner card to Cleveland, O.; postmarked with a violet boxed "Registered, Boston, Mass., May 1 1901" handstamp; backstamped Cleveland on May 3; light horizontal file fold across bottom, several edge flaws, otherwise Fine, with 1972 A.F.D.C.S. certificate.
Scott $27,500.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000

ANOTHER UNIQUE PAN-AMERICAN FIRST DAY COVER FRANKING.

Opening Bid $8,500



 
Lot 38



1901, Pan-Americans complete (Scott 294-299), First Day, Buffalo, NY, Exposition envelope, tied by Pan-American Exposition machine cancel (day, time & station number blank) on red cacheted Exposition envelope to Rochester, N.Y., handstamped "Buffalo, N.Y., May 1 '01" c.d.s., flap with blue and red Exposition label; 10¢ with a straight edge, opened at bottom and partially at top, Very Fine. Includes original letter, in part, "As a little souvenir from the Pan-American accept this envelope with the full set of the new stamps.".
Scott $30,000.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED CACHETED EXPOSITION FIRST DAY COVERS BEARING A COMPLETE SET.

There are only 15 recorded Pan-American first day covers bearing a complete set. Examples of any cacheted first day covers from the Exposition are rare.


Opening Bid $10,000



 
Lot 258



Airmail, 1930, Graf Zeppelin complete (Scott C13-C15), First Day, a block of 4 of each canceled by three of four strikes April 19 Washington D.C. Station "5" duplex cancel on a legal size airmail envelope to Utica, N.Y.; tiny tear at top and vertical file fold just to the left of the $1.30 & 65¢ blocks, neither affecting stamps, Very Fine, incredible and unique usage.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000

A REMARKABLE COMBINATION FIRST DAY COVER.

Opening Bid $9,500



 
Lot 289

P

1904, Louisiana Purchase, large die proofs on wove complete (Scott 323P1-327P1 vars.), the so-called "Southgate" set of large die proofs, each trimmed to slightly larger than die size with a blue control number printed in a margin, Very Fine.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000

A UNIQUE SET OF PROOFS.

Some time in the early 1930s, a complete set of special die proofs of all 413 designs that had been produced for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, was traded to Hugh M. Southgate, a well-known Washington D.C. dealer, in exchange for items missing from the National collection. The were printed on wove paper and all had a blue control number printed in the margin.


Opening Bid $9,500



 
Lot 292

P

1904, Louisiana Purchase, "Panama-Pacific" small die proofs complete (Scott 323P2a-327P2a), bright colors; 1¢ & 2¢ with slight toning, 3¢ with a small horizontal crease in the top margin, otherwise Very Fine, each with a 2015 P.F. certificate.
Scott $15,000.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000

AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SET—ONLY THREE TO FIVE OF EACH ARE KNOWN.

For the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, the Post Office Department decided to prepare a display showing an example of every United States design printed from 1847 to 1915. Accordingly, proofs of of 413 different designs were made. While, officially, only two sets were prepared, it is accepted that from three to five examples of each design were produced.


Opening Bid $7,500



 
Lot 302



1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase, imperf horizontally (Scott 324a), right sheet margin pair, position 15/20, o.g., fresh and sound, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott $25,000.
Estimate $20,000 - 30,000

According to an article in Sloane's Columnof February 8, 1958, the single recorded pane of 50 of this error was reportedly discovered within about six weeks of issue. It was purchased from a postal clerk in Cleveland, Ohio by prominent Cleveland collector, A.W. Weigel, who was secretary-treasurer of the Garfield-Perry Stamp Club and owner of the Ohio Stamp Co. He was also, according to the article, a "postal carrier". Weigel kept the pane intact and eventually sold it to famed collector George H. Worthington, also of Cleveland, reportedly for $100. The pane remained in Worthington's collection until 1917, when the collection was sold by J. C. Morgenthau & Co. The pane was divided prior to the sale, in order to allow multiple collectors to obtain examples of the error. 13 pairs from the pane were offered in the Morganthau auction, while the remaining 12 pairs were sold privately
.

Opening Bid $15,000



 
Lot 303



1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase, imperf horizontally (Scott 324a), a bright, fresh block of 4, positions 13-14/18-19, o.g., lightly hinged at top, Choice Very Fine.
Scott $55,000.
Estimate $50,000 - 75,000

According to an article in Sloane's Columnof February 8, 1958, the single recorded pane of 50 of this error was reportedly discovered within about six weeks of issue. It was purchased from a postal clerk in Cleveland, Ohio by prominent Cleveland collector, A.W. Weigel, who was secretary-treasurer of the Garfield-Perry Stamp Club and owner of the Ohio Stamp Co. He was also, according to the article, a "postal carrier". Weigel kept the pane intact and eventually sold it to famed collector George H. Worthington, also of Cleveland, reportedly for $100. The pane remained in Worthington's collection until 1917, when the collection was sold by J. C. Morgenthau & Co. The pane was divided prior to the sale, in order to allow multiple collectors to obtain examples of the error. 13 pairs from the pane were offered in the Morganthau auction, while the remaining 12 pairs were sold privately
.

Opening Bid $32,500



 
Lot 313



1904, 10¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 327), right side, full pane of 50, o.g., never hinged, Post Office Fresh, full wide complete margins all around, luxriant richness one cannot imagine; trivial perf separations, as one might expect, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, a choice example of this, no doubt one of the finest examples of this top-value set, catalog value as singles and two plate blocks, without any premium being affixed to its rarity.
Scott $15,000+.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.

Opening Bid $7,500










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