United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History - Stamp Auctions

Lot 5 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1847 Issue (1-2) -  H. R. Harmer Inc The

Lot 5 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1847 Issue (1-2) - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

1, 1847 5c Red brown, stamp with margins large to clear, tied by two pen-strokes and red "Philada Rail Road" straightline cancel, second strike at right, manuscript "Paid," Blood's (2c) Bronze on black (15L17) local affixed but not tied, all on folded lettersheet addressed to Monson, Massachusetts, Very Fine and attractive combination of stamp, cancel, and local, Dr. Chase's notation on reverse: "5c 1847, very fine, 1849 color + impression, 'Philada Rail Road' in and directly across the stamp + repeated on the cover, black pen in addition, Blood's local on the cover" United States General Issues

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United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1847 Issue (1-2)
Lot 21 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1893 Columbian Exposition Issue (230-245) -  H. R. Harmer Inc The

Lot 21 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1893 Columbian Exposition Issue (230-245) - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

242, 1893 $2 Brown red, vivid single tied by several strikes of July 4, 1894 New York duplex to cover to locally-addressed cover, boxed Station K registered handstamp on reverse, Very Fine and choice, an attractive cover from the Constantin Witt correspondence (Scott $1,900)

Provenance: Barry Schwartz (R.A. Siegel Sale 952, 2008)

United States General Issues

H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1893 Columbian Exposition Issue (230-245)
Lot 16 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1867-68 Grilled Issues (79-101) -  H. R. Harmer Inc The

Lot 16 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1867-68 Grilled Issues (79-101) - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

73, 1863 2c Black, vertical pair, used alongside horizontal pair of 1868 3c Rose (94) with right sheet margin, target cancels with matching "Bristol N.H. Jan 29" cds on cover to Swatow, China (from the Wingate correspondence), red "New York Paid All Feb 9" credit handstamp, Hong Kong and Swatow backstamps, left 3c stamp with internal crease, Extremely Fine and attractiveUnited States General Issues

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United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1867-68 Grilled Issues (79-101)
Lot 11 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1857-61 Issue (18-39) -  H. R. Harmer Inc The

Lot 11 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1857-61 Issue (18-39) - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

36B, 1860 12c Black, Plate 3, horizontal pair, used alongside 1857 1c Blue (24, vertical pair) and 1857 3c Dull red (26, vertical pair and single), each cancelled by neat black grid (3c single and 1c pair tied), "Nashua N.H. Dec 14 1860" double circle datestamp at lower left, cover addressed to Oberried, Switzerland, red boxed "Aachen 4 1 Franco" and "12" credit handstamp, multitude of backstamps including New York (December 19), top edge of cover and backflap expertly repaired, few stamps with toned perf tips, still Very Fine, a colorful and unusual way of paying the 35c Prussian Closed Mail rateUnited States General Issues

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United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1857-61 Issue (18-39)
Lot 6 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1847 Issue (1-2) -  H. R. Harmer Inc The

Lot 6 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1847 Issue (1-2) - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

2, 1847 10c Black, single with margins large (portion of adjacent stamp at top) to just clear, tied by red grid with matching "Cincinnati O. 10 Sep 21" credit datestamp, additionally a bold strike in red of "Atlantic Lake & Mississippi Telegraph Cincinnati Sept. 20" handstamp, on two-page printed circular about the construction of the telegraph, additionally a handwritten letter enclosed datelined September 19, 1847 from Henry O'Rielly (proprietor of this telegraph), Very Fine and exceedingly rare, the Alexander census does not record another example of this handstamp on an 1847 issue coverUnited States General Issues

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United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1847 Issue (1-2)
Lot 1 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History Postmasters Provisionals -  H. R. Harmer Inc The

Lot 1 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History Postmasters Provisionals - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

7X1, Millbury, MA, 1846 5c Black on bluish, single with typical tight margins (clear at top and right), tied by red straightline "Paid" to blue folded letter to Worcester, Massachusetts, red "Milbury Ms. Aug 21" cds and matching circled "V" handstamp, stamp with tiny scuffs in background lines to the right of Washington's head (present since before Philip T. Wall first illustrated this cover in the Chronicle in 1984), still Extremely Fine and attractive, one of only eight covers recorded bearing the famed woodcut provisional of Millbury, this being the earliest known use (a distinction it shares with one other cover) and, significantly, a cover which has never appeared on the market before, having been bought privately for Mr. Haub, an incredible showpiece of the highest order (Scott $350,000)

The history of the Millbury, Massachusetts (the proper spelling has two "L"s, despite what the postmark on the cover says) was first told by Philip T. Wall in the Chronicle in the mid-1980s, and greatly expanded upon by Robert A. Siegel Auctions, who maintain an active census of the stamp (this being 7X1-COV-12). As Mr. Wall tells the story, "The first two covers that came to light were discovered in the correspondence of Isaac Davis who left the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass., some 15 volumes of his papers and correspondence when he died in 1885. Davis had been a leading attorney in Worcester in the 1840s. These two covers traveled a distance of only 8 to 10 miles."

The first of these covers, postmarked December 16, was deaccessioned by the American Antiquarian Society in 1895. It was then owned by Sir William B. Avery, Henry J. Duveen, Alfred H. Caspary, and Arthur Hetherington, the latter two of whom sold the stamp through H.R. Harmer in 1955 and 1983, respectively. The other cover remained in the possession of the American Antiquarian Society for nearly another century.

At the 1989 Weill Brother's sale at Christie's, the December 16 Isaac Davis cover was sold. John R. Boker, Jr. was bidding for Erivan Haub, and upon losing the Weills' cover, contacted the American Antiquarian Society within a year or two to make them an offer on the remaining (August 21) cover. Since the early 1990s this cover has resided in Germany and has therefore never been offered publicly for sale.

In terms of United States Postmasters' Provisionals, the Millbury provisional occupies a unique position between the ornate designs of the New York and St. Louis stamps and the crude, makeshift stamps of Lockport and Boscawen. It is one of two provisionals to depict a person, but its woodcut design is obviously miles below the beautifully engraved New York stamp's portrait of George Washington. The Millbury has all of the charms of a "primitive" while still remaining instantly recognizable as a postage stamp. We believe that this cover's long-overdue appearance at public auction represents the beginning of a new chapter for a cover which spent the first century and a half of life locked away.

United States Postmasters' Provisionals

H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History Postmasters Provisionals
Lot 17 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1867-68 Grilled Issues (79-101) -  H. R. Harmer Inc The

Lot 17 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1867-68 Grilled Issues (79-101) - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

83, 1867 3c Rose, "C" Grill, horizontal strip of five with natural s.e. at right used alongside 1863 2c Black (73), just tied by bold rosette cancels to 1867 cover to Darmstadt, Germany, red "N. York Paid Hamb. Pkt. 12 Dec 14" credit datestamp, Hamburg backstamp, 3c stamps on the ends with small faults and backflap rejoined, Very Fine, an extremely rare multiple of the 3c "C" grill on cover, overpaying the 15c Bremen-Hamburg packet rate to Germany by 2c

Provenance: Ryohei Ishikawa (Christie's Robson Lowe, 1993)

United States General Issues

H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1867-68 Grilled Issues (79-101)
Lot 12 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1861-66 Issue (63-78) -  H. R. Harmer Inc The

Lot 12 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1861-66 Issue (63-78) - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

68, 1861 10c Green, natural s.e. at right, used alongside 1861 3c Rose and two 1861 1c Blue (65, 63), each cancelled by neat manuscript "X" on cover to Hamburg, Germany, docketing reads "New Melle Mo July 18/63," endorsed "By Hamburg Steamer," red "N. York Paid Hamb. Pkt. 10 Jul 25" credit datestamp, backstamped Hamburg and Melle, cover opened on three sides and small nick along bottom edge, still Very Fine and attractive appearance, cover pays the 15c rate via Hamburg in a very colorful mannerUnited States General Issues

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United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1861-66 Issue (63-78)
Lot 7 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1857-61 Issue (18-39) -  H. R. Harmer Inc The

Lot 7 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1857-61 Issue (18-39) - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

20, 1857 1c Blue, Type II, horizontal pair used alongside 1857 3c Dull red and 1857 12c Black on 3c Nesbitt envelope (26, 26, U9), all cancelled by black grids with matching "Ann Arbor Mich. Jan 28 1860 cds" alongside (actually an 1861 use), addressed to Colchester, Canada West, with appropriate Windsor, Kingsville, and Colchester backstamps (all dated January 1861), cover with sealed tear at top, bit of edge wear indicating thick contents, a Very Fine and colorful franking (the 1c Type II pair is especially fresh and attractive) paying double the 10c rate to Canada

Provenance: M. Hubert Judd (Pencil notation on reverse)

United States General Issues

H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History 1857-61 Issue (18-39)
Lot 2 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History Postmasters Provisionals -  H. R. Harmer Inc The

Lot 2 - United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History Postmasters Provisionals - H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

9X1, New York, New York, 5c Black, "ACM" Connected, position 32, margins large to full, tied by red "New-York 5 cts 23 Dec" cds, two bold strikes of red arced "Paid" on the stamp (one of which also ties) and a third strike at top center, on folded lettersheet datelined December 22 to Longmeadow, Massachusetts, couple vertical file-folds one of which just grazes stamp's left edge (appears to run under stamp), Very Fine, especially attractive with the stamp tied by both the New York datestamp and "Paid" handstamp (Scott $750+)United States Postmasters' Provisionals

H. R. Harmer Inc The "Erivan" Collection of United and Confederate States Part V

United States 19th Century Stamps and Postal History Postmasters Provisionals