Sale 355

U.S. and Worldwide
Stamps, Covers and Collections


U.S. Collections
 
 
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Lot 1
 
Comprehensive Balance of Collection 1851-1920, replete with better items, including 35-39, 92-100, 112-21, 126-32, excellent bank notes including several 90¢, commems virtually complete including Columbians, Trans-Miss, 404, dollar value Bureaus apparently complete etc., condition very mixed, many include a few earlier with removed cancels, but a very worthwhile collection needing a careful examination, 16 certificates.
Estimate 15,000 - 20,000
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Lot 2
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Good Starter Collection 1851-1960s, mostly used, included a few better, mixed condition, plus an apparently complete UN collection to the 1990s with box full of extras, covers, etc.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 3
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Old-time Collection of Early Used Blocks 1857-1925, Many better, including 214, 218, 239, 296-99, 323-27, 478, 480, 545, 614-21, C1-6; mixed condition as would be expected, but mainly Fine to Very Fine appearing and a great start on this challenging area.
Estimate 1,500 - 2,000
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Lot 4
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Small Balance, Most 1880-1940, including early commems, a few ducks, etc., mixed condition.
Estimate 300 - 400
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Lot 5
 
Comprehensive Revenue Balance, strong first issue (high cat questionable imperfs and part perfs not figured), reds and greens largely complete, less the keys (many of which are offered individually in this sale), excellent sections of wines and silver tax, etc., wonderful basis for expansion.
Estimate 4,000 - 5,000
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Lot 6
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First Issue Revenues, couple hundred, mounted, most of value is coming from specialized items— plate cracks, shifts, and over 20 stamps with silk fibers. Quite useful for the specialist.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 7
 
Business Correspondence late 1850s to mid 1860s, several hundred covers, most with enclosures to John Bachman, who operated a planing mill in the Lancaster Pa area, and manufactured the wooden parts for house construction, about ¼ of the covers have #26s, the balance, 65s, the correspondence itself offers some insight into the lumber business at that time.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 8

1851-1857 3¢ Accumulation, multi-decade accumulation of imperforate and perforated 3¢ issues, collected by shades and/or plates. The collector worked with Dr. Amonette for many years on his shades, and included some correspondence from Dr. Amonette. The accumulation consists of the following imperforate issues: a shade guide (which according to the owner was built by Amonette and includes some of his notes on this guide) consisting of over 130 stamps, including two plums (we are unsure about these), a large accumulation of over 850 stamps collected by shade, "with much help from Dr. Amonette," including (owner's counts) 28 orange browns, 28 experimental orange browns, 181 brown carmine (1852), 78 clarets (1852), 172 clarets (1856) plus yellow browns, dull browns, reds, etc., etc.; a shade guide of the 60+ stamps, including plating, by Chase, that had originally offered in a 1985 public auction, includes a pinkish and a plum (again, we are unsure about these), collection of over 300 stamps, plated perforated include a fairly complete plating of plate #15 (over 160) with a note, "most plated by Dick Celler"; a stockbook with over 300 stamps (all #26) collected by shade ("Bill Amonette was instrumental."). A fabulous holding which will be a great beginning for a budding specialist or quite useful for the advanced collector.
Estimate 5,000 - 7,500
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Lot 9

3¢ 1851-1856, approximately 240 covers, includes shades, year dates, some plated, the following are the owner's counts: orange brown (38), experimental orange brown (12, one with PF cert), other shades (100+), year dated (80), etc., generally F-VF, well worth a most careful examination.
Estimate 3,000 - 4,000
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Lot 10
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Highly Specialized Collection of the Pre-cancelled 2¢ Black Hardings, A comprehensive collection of this issue, formed over many decades; in 17 specially made volumes, collected by state. Here are some of the highlights as described by the collector:

There are approximately 8700 different items in the collection. It is either the largest, or the second largest collection in the world. There are 11,427 stamps total; 4 of the 5 of the only know "A" types on the 2¢ Black Harding. The 2 from NY are the only Black Hardings known with this precancel. There are approximately 18 covers- more than all of the other reported covers combined. There are numerous matched sets of plate blocks; just over 1200 items unique to the Black Harding issue; there are about 1,300postcancel/provisional precancels; 870 Efos and approximately 450 Fakes.

There are three other lifetime collections that went into assembling this vast collection- the Richard C Mast (NY), the Leo J. Sylvor (NJ) and the Howard A. Lederer (NY) Collections of which the non precancel part is at the Smithsonian.
Estimate 7,500 - 10,000

THIS IS TRULY AN ASTONISHING ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND YET THERE ARE NUMEROUS BLANK SPACES TO KEEP THE NEXT OWNER BUSY FOR MANY YEARS.

For complete precancelled sheets of the 2¢ Black Harding see lots 192, 716-722,and 724.

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Lot 11
 
Commemorative Plate Number Blocks 1898-1914, including plate block of 285-86, 294-95, 298 (plate strip of 3), 323-24, 367-68, 370-373, 372 (4 extra), 397-98, 401 (2 of each), etc., original gum mostly lightly hinged, few never hinged, generally F-VF.
Estimate 1,500 - 2,000
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Lot 12
 
Commemorative Plate Blocks, 1919-1941, includes 550 (5), 612 (5), 616, 619, 620 (6), 621 (2), 647-48 (7), original gum, mostly lightly hinged or never hinged, generally F-VF.
Estimate 2,000 - 3,000
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Lot 13
 
Regular Issue Plate Blocks 1894-1908, plus a few blocks and strips, highlights include plate blocks of 264, 266 (2), 279 (3), 300-303, 320 (2), etc.,generally original gum lightly hinged, mostly Fine or better.
Estimate 750 - 1,000
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Lot 14
 
Washington-Franklin Issue Plate Blocks, 1908-1921, includes 336 (2), 339-40, 345-57 (2-6 of each), 358, 379 (3), 416 (2), 431 (3), 433-4 (2), 463 (3, plate no. 7942), 482 (2, plate no. 7942), 498-517 plus many extras, 514 (2), 515 (3), 516 7), etc., orange and yellow issues are somewhat oxidized, otherwise all original gum, many lightly hinged, plenty never hinged, some minor flaws, but generally F-VF.
Estimate 7,500 - 10,000
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Lot 15
 
Regular Issue Plate Blocks, 1922-38, includes 558 (3), 564 (2 with "star"), 571 (3), 577 ("star"), 579 (6), 701 (4), original gum, mainly lightly hinged or never hinged, orange values somewhat oxidized, generally F-VF.
Estimate 2,000 - 3,000
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Lot 16
 
Kansas-Nebraska Plate Blocks, includes a complete set plus numerous extras: 666 (5), 667 (6), 668 (4), 667 (6), 679 (4 plus a pre-cancel plate block), original gum some never hinged, 6¢ values are somewhat oxidized, most F-VF or better.
Estimate 4,000 - 5,000
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Lot 17
 
Airmails, Etc. Plate Blocks, includes C1 (2, somewhat oxidized), C4 (2), C10 (2), C12 (2), C20-22 (3, including C21 wide top)C24 (5), K2-3, Canal Zone 84, etc., original gum mostly lightly hinged or never hinged, generally F-VF.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500
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Lot 18
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U.S. Possessions, Fairly Comprehensive collection, strong showing of Canal Zone, especially U.S. overprints, DWI, Hawaii, Philippines, including "Victory" overprints, almost all of which appears to be genuine, etc., plenty of F-VF.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500
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