Sale Number: 1020
Sale Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The Frelinghuysen Collection, Part One

Alexandria, District of Columbia (Scott 1X1a)
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
1 ng Alexandria, District of Columbia (or Virginia), 5c Black on Buff, Type II with 39 Ornaments (1X1a). Uncancelled (no gum), cut to circular shape as are all recorded examples of the Alexandria provisional stamp, rosette ornaments are complete or mostly complete, signed on back "L. W. Durbin/July 1879" by Leonidas W. Durbin, the Philadelphia stamp dealer who bought this stamp from the discoverer in July 1879, small "W.H.C." handstamp applied on back by Warren H. Colson, completely sound

VERY FINE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE ALEXANDRIA POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON BUFF PAPER, OF WHICH THREE ARE TYPE I (SCOTT 1X1) AND THREE ARE TYPE II (SCOTT 1X1a). THIS UNCANCELLED STAMP IS THE BASIS OF THE SCOTT CATALOGUE LISTING FOR AN UNUSED ALEXANDRIA PROVISIONAL. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF UNITED STATES PHILATELY AND OFFERED AT AUCTION FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE 1922 FERRARY SALE.

Census No. 1X1a-COV(UNC)-01. Ex Pickett, Durbin (signed on back "L.W. Durbin/ July 1879"), Ferrary and Lapham. Small "W.H.C." backstamp (Warren H. Colson). With 2011 P.F. certificate. Scott values are $100,000.00 for an unused Type II and $200,000.00 for Type I or II on cover.

History of the Alexandria provisional and this cover: http://siegelauctions.com/enc/pdf/Alexandria.pdf

Census of Alexandria provisionals: http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/1X1-1X2/1X1-1X2.pdf (Image Magnifier)

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