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Scott #1, 1847 5c Red Brown Franklin, four margins, VF. Tied to March 1848 folded letter (business letter about monies owed) by very light red Boston grid, sent to Waldsboro, Maine. Additional pen mark applied by Waldsboro clerk who thought the Boston cancel was too light. (Scott 2013 $525.)
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Scott #10A, 1851 3c Deep Orange Brown Washington, Type II. F-VF. Tied to VF March 1852 folded letter (long) by Newton, N.J. cds, sent to New York City. Stamp has three full margins, just touching at bottom. Pretty! (Scott 2013 $240 for cover, stamp is $190.) From the J.A. Farrington collection.
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Scott #10A, 1851 3c Orange Brown Washington, Type II. VF appearance. Used on folded business letter from Philadelphia to Morristown, July 14, 1851. (Second week of use!) File crease affects stamp; still a quite attractive early usage. (Scott 2013 $210 for cover, stamp alone is $160.)
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Scott #U18a [1853 10c pale green, on buff diagonally laid paper, Washington] Used VF entire. Sent from "CRESCENT CITY, Cal." with neat and fully readable circular date stamp cancellation, to a P. G. Weaver Esq of Tyrone, Stueben County, New York. A very nice early statehood period cover in good quality for this type of cross-country (or via Panama) use -- either way not an easy trip! (Scott 2020 $190 for typical use.)
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Scott #26, 1857 3c Dull Red Washington, Type III. VF "straddle" example with guideline plus frameline of stamp from adjacent pane at left. Neatly tied to cover by Ebensburgh, Pa. circular datestamp, addressed to Pittsburgh. Cover has unobtrusive scuff well away from stamp and all markings. Very attractive.
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Scott #25, 1857 3c Rose Washington, Type I. VF. Tied by Buffalo, N.Y. cds to VF small printed bank dunning notice addressed to Albany. (Scott 2013 $140.) From the J.A. Farrington collection.
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Scott #25, 1857 3c Claret Washington, Type I. VF. Exceptionally well centered for this stamp. Tied to VF cover by Philadelphia cds, sent to Asbury, N.J. (Scott 2013 $140.) From the J.A. Farrington collection.
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Scott #25, 1857 3c Rose Washington, Type I. F-VF tied to small cover by New Haven, Con 1857 cds, sent to New York. (Scott 2014 $150.) From the J.A. Farrington collection.
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Scott #35 [1859 10 cent dark green Washington, Type V, Perf 15.5] and #26 [1857 3 cent rose Washington, Type II, Perf 15.5] on July 7 (no year date present) cover from SALT LAKE CITY, UT to Coffins Grove, Delaware County, Iowa. The 10 cent stamp has some very minor corner creasing, however it has full margins top and bottom and ENORMOUS SIDE MARGINS. The huge side margins are ironic because the primary characteristic of Type V is that the side ornaments of the design were cut away during plate making to make the design narrow enough to fit between the usually narrow-spaced columns of perforations. However, this example is a huge JUMBO on the sides! The 3 cent stamp is a typical example, though with delicate color. The 10c stamp was issued in April 1859 and both stamps were demonetized in August 1861 following the start of the Civil War, thus this has to have been mailed in 1859, 1860, or 1861. The envelope was roughly opened and has a tear on the front away from the stamps (could be professionally repaired). There are no markings or information on the reverse of the envelope. There was no rate combination that would result in 13 cents for such a domestic use, so I put the question to a group of classic U.S. postal history experts. The feedback I received was: 1) Most likely a convenience overpayment (due to lack convenient access to the full range of denominations) for the double (6c), triple (9c), or quadruple (12c) rates. [The envelope does show significant wear lines and the grid cancel shows a "break", both of which would be expected with thick/heavy contents.] 2) The consensus was that the use was not in 1859, but either 1860 or 1861. In 1860 mail was scheduled to depart on July 6th. In 1861, July 7th was a Sunday, thus postmarking very unlikely. The consensus seems to be that the 1860 July 6th mail was delayed to the 7th; the previously prepared mail would have been postmarked the 6th, but a late addition would have been postmarked on the 7th. While there is still some potential mystery surrounding this cover and how much it is overpaid, this cover is an example of use of stamps just prior to the Civil War, from a Western area in which postal services were still very much being developed with great difficulty and danger, and during the period (April 3, 1860, to October 26, 1861) that the Pony Express also operated, inlcuding in this area. If a quadruple rate (12 cents), even if overpaid, it would be quite a scarce use. A scarce example of Western mail. [Background information on the addressee family and location will be included with the cover.]
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Scott #65, 3c Rose Washington, Ave, on F-VF orange cover bearing blue "COPPEROPOLIS CAL." cds with matching target killer, sent to San Francisco.
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39.00

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Scott #65, 1861 3c Rose Washington, straight edge, tied by blue grid cancel to 1862 cover from Frankfort, Kentucky KY to Bowling Green. Flap lost in rough opening and top edge slightly restored. Nicely year-dated CIVIL WAR PERIOD usage.
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Scott #96 [1868 10c F-Grill green (or dark green) Washington] solo use on July 14 1868 bright orange envelope from NEW YORK to VIENNA, AUSTRIA, via HAMBURG. The stamp is VF looking, remarkably well centered for this issue, but has an ironed out crease at the top where it was at the edge of the envelope (a typical situation). The cover had some minor damage on the back (lower flap) which was previously repaired. The cancellation is a brilliant red "circle of six wedges". Mailed at New York and with a circular red "NEW YORK PAID ALL / DIRECT" July 14th date stamp. There is a boxed red HAMBURG handstamp on the front, but the date is unclear. There is a black, octagonal-boxed, "WEIN" (Vienna) receiver. As with almost all U.S. mail of this era, there is no U.S. year dating. However, thank you to our friend and classic maritime mails expert Richard F. Winter, we know that the year of use has to be 1868: "[The] Hamburg marking means it was carried by a steamship of the HAPAG Line from New York to Hamburg. The Hamburg marking should be [it is] a boxed, three-line marking in red with the wording, HAMBURG / (date) / FRANCO. From the New York date, 14 July, the steamship that carried the letter was the HAPAG "Saxonia". The New York date was the New York departure date of the steamer. It arrived in Hamburg on 28 July. The year has to be 1868 because of the two possible years, 1868 and 1869, the only steamer to leave New York on 14 July for Hamburg was the "Saxonia". No other contract steamship lines carried mail between New York and Hamburg at this time." The 2020 Scott value of the used stamp, either yellow green or green is $240 -- but this may be the dark green valued at $320 for a used stamp. The 2020 Scott on-cover value for the most common color is $285 -- a surprisingly low premium for an on-cover grilled stamp issue. A beautiful and colorful cover to brighten up a collection!
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175.00

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