Sale Number: 745
Sale Date: Saturday, October 3, 1992
1992 Rarities of the World

Postmasters Provisionals
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
279   Alexandria, D.C., 5c Black on Buff, Type I (1X1). Cut to shape as always, parts of surrounding ornaments showing all around, uncanceled and neatly affixed by star in octagon wax wafer on Aug. 25, 1846, Quaker-dated folded letter to Winchester Va., vivid red "Alexandria D.C. Aug. 25" cds and matching "Paid" and "5" in rectangular frame Alexandria, a major port city, was ceded to the District of Columbia in 1791. On July 6, 1846, the United States Congress voted to cede Alexandria back to Virginia. In September 1846 the issue was put up for a vote by the white male citizens of Alexandria County (insane persons and paupers excluded), and they voted 763 to 222 in favor of recession. However, it was not until March 1847 that the Virginia General Assembly enacted the recession. A noteworthy aspect of this Alexandria cover is the letter, which refers to the September vote on the question of Alexandria's status. It reads, "What do the folks in Frederick County say about retrocession? There is a good deal of talk about it here. The commissioners have appointed the first and second days of next month to take the vote ... a stranger to whom she had been introduced told her he hoped she would persuade the Alexandrians to go back to Virginia. I think the country people will mostly vote against it and the town people mostly for it." The Alexandria post office was most definitely part of the District of Columbia when the provisional stamps were used before March 1847. In the case of this August 1846 cover, we have used the proper designation, despite the Scott Catalogue listing. According to Philip T. Wall (Chronicle, Feb. 1983), there are six recorded examples of the Alexandria 5c on buff paper. Of each type there are two covers and one off-cover stamp. This cover was discovered in 1926 by Edward S. Leadbeater of Alexandria while he was visiting relatives in Parkins' Mills. The letters were addressed to his father of the same name. The cover was sold to Perry Fuller, a Baltimore dealer, for approximately $7,000. It was then sold to Henry G. Lapham and became part of the great Lapham collection of postmasters' provisionals. The cover was later acquired by Consul Klep Van Velthoven of Belgium and realized $5,250 when the Klep collection was sold at auction in 1956. The Leadbeater cover next appeared at auction when these Galleries sold the "Texas" collection of U.S. postmasters' provisionals in 1964, in which sale it realized $9,000. It was sold again through these Galleries in 1986 at the auction sale of the "Isleham" collection, where it realized $77,000 against a catalogue value of $30,000. A Fresh and Attractive Example of This Provisional Rarity on a Very Fine Complete Letter. One of Six Recorded Examples, and One of Two Type I Stamps Known on Cover. An Outstanding Example of One of The Greatest United States Rarities. With 1954 and 1986 P.F. Certificates

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280   Baltimore, Md., 5c Black on Bluish (3X3). Large Margins at right and bottom, pen canceled, on July 1846 folded letter to New York, blue cds with inverted month, matching "Paid" and "5" in oval, Stamp with two tiny tears at bottom, gum stains expertly removed from top of adhesive, Very Fine appearance, Very Attractive, with 1964 P.F. Certificate (Image Magnifier)

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281   New York, N.Y., 5c Black on Bluish (9X1). Unused, Mostly Large Margins, Pos.19, Very Fine and Choice, with 1989 P.F. Certificate (Image Magnifier)

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282   New York, N.Y., 5c Black on Bluish (9X1). Horizontal Pair, positions 29-30, left stamp with Double Transfer and slight natural paper wrinkle, Intense Shade and Impression, Without Usual Manuscript Cancel, tied by double-struck Vivid Red "Paid" in arc, matching "New-York 19 Dec. 10 cts" cds on 1846 folded letter to Detroit, over 300 miles rate, Extremely Fine Pair and Cover, Very Rare Usage and Most Desirable Canceled in This Manner, ex Eno (Image Magnifier)

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283   New York, N.Y., 5c Black on Bluish, Small "A.C.M." with Periods (9X1b). Large Margins to just touched at lower left, canceled by red "paid" in arc, tied by orange-red Boulogne transit cds on 1845 folded letter to Marseille, France, red "New-York Aug. 15 5 Paid" cds, red "Colonies &c. Art. 12" in frame, appropriate rates, slight wear along folds, addressee's last name subtly changed in ink, Fine and Attractive Foreign Mail Usage of The Scarcest" ACM" Initials, with 1991 P.S.E. Certificate (Image Magnifier)

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284   New York, N.Y., 5c Black on Blue Paper (9X2). Large Margins, beautiful color, lightly tied by red Square grid, matching "New-York 4 Mar. 5 cts" and red "Paid" on Mar. 1847 folded letter to Hartford, Extremely Fine, Very Rare, ex Eno (Image Magnifier)

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285   Providence, R.I., 5c, 10c Gray Black (10X1, 10X2). Complete Se-Tenant Sheet of 12, Mint, Perfect In Every Respect, Extremely Fine, with P.F. Certificate (Image Magnifier)

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286   Providence, R.I., 5c, 10c Gray Black (10X1, 10X2). Complete Se-Tenant Sheet of 12, minor wrinkle in bottom margin only, Very Fine, with P.F. Certificate, not illustrated. (Image Magnifier)

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287   Providence, R.I., 5c, 10c Gray Black (10X1, 10X2). Se-tenant Pair with Sheet Margin, original gum, Extremely Fine (Image Magnifier)

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288   Providence, R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1). Partial Sheet of Nine with selvage on three sides, Very Fine, not illustrated (Image Magnifier)

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289   Providence, R.I., 5c Gray Black (10X1). Ample to Large Margins, manuscript check mark, red cds with matching "Paid" and "5" rate on Sept. 1846 folded letter to East Cambridge Mass., Fresh and Very Fine, unusually Choice example, with 1992 P.F. Certificate (Image Magnifier)

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290   St. Louis, Mo., 5c Black on Greenish (11X1). Type I, pos. I, Clear to Large Margins, Without Pen Cancellation, Tied by red "St. Louis Mo." cds on piece, Fine and Attractive Example (Image Magnifier)

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291   St. Louis, Mo., 10c Black on Greenish (11X2). Type II, position 4, Large Margins All Around, Without Pen Cancellation, Tied by red "St. Louis Mo." cds on piece, Extremely Fine, A Superb Example of This Famous Provisional (Image Magnifier)

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292   St. Louis, Mo., 20c Black on Greenish (11X3). Type I, position 1, Mostly Large Margins, Neatly Canceled by Red "Paid", traces of lightened pen cancel, very slight thinning at lower right During the Second Printing of provisionals, after the first alteration of the plate was made to include two 20c values, the normal paper used was Grayish Lilac. However, a small number of sheets of the Greenish paper used for the First Printing must have been used, as evidenced by the existence of six examples of the 20c stamp on Greenish paper and the 10c pair on Greenish with offset of the 20c on back. These are among the rarest of all United States provisionals. Very Fine Appearing Example of This Extremely Rare Stamp. There Are Six Recorded Examples of The 20c on Greenish, of Which Only Three Are Off Cover. This is The Only Example with Handstamped Cancellation. Ex Weill. With 1989 P.F. Certificate.

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293   St. Louis, Mo., 10c Black on Gray Lilac (11X5). Type I, position 2, Large Margins, Lightly Canceled in Red, Without Usual Pen Cancel, tiny repaired nick in bottom margin resulting from rough separation, Extremely Fine Appearance, with photocopy of 1990 P.F. Certificate for pair (Image Magnifier)

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294   St. Louis, Mo., 10c Black on Gray Lilac (11X5). Type II, position 4, Full Even Margins, Without Usual Pen Cancellation, Red St. Louis cds, tiny thin speck, Very Fine appearance (Image Magnifier)

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295   St. Louis, Mo., 10c Black on Bluish Pelure (11X8). Type I, position 2, ample margins to touched at R., pen cancel and red cds, small thin and creasing, Very Fine appearance, Far Above Usual Quality for This Rarity (Image Magnifier)

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296   3c Dull Red on Buff Entire (12XU1). Handstamped at upper right comer of buff entire to Knoxville Tenn., Used After Supply of U.S. 3c 1857 Stamps Reached Tuscumbia, 3c Dull Red (26), margins faults, originally tied by "Tuscumbia Ala. May 6" cds over provisional handstamp, moved and hinged to left This cover was part of a correspondence discovered in 1932 by William P. Snyder. A 3c Nesbitt entire to the same addressee is included. Very Fine. One of The Few 3c Rate Provisionals Issued by Confederate Postmasters During The Early Part of The Civil War. Approximately Seven Examples Known, Most of Which Carry The U.S. 3c 1857 Stamp (Image Magnifier)

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