Desirable U.S. and International Stamps and Postal History at Cherrystone Sale May 3-4
By Charles Snee
Cherrystone Philatelic Auctioneers will offer more than 1,300 lots of attractive 19th and 20th century United States stamps and a selection of stamps and postal history from around the world at a sale May 3-4 at the gallery company in Teaneck, NJ
The two-day auction will be spread over four sessions, with sessions each day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eastern Time.
A huge selection of United States and possessions, 19th and 20th century rarities, graded stamps, proofs, essays and various backbook papers will be auctioned.
Other highlights will include “Specialized Austria, Egypt, France, plus Germany with a selection of WWII occupation issues and POW mail [prisoner of war] Camps,” according to Cherrystone.
Also well represented will be Britain and the British Commonwealth, British North America, British Africa and rare items from Iran, Israel and Italy.
The auction will conclude with a substantial selection of large lots and collections “ranging from single-country albums to specialty collections, multi-box global bands and large cover lots offered intact,” Cherrystone said. .
One of four 1869 American pictorial items in the sale is a 30¢ Eagle, Shield and Flag stamp (Scott 121) on a partially folded letter mailed in 1870 to Constantine, Algeria. According to Cherrystone, the cover has an intact front (as pictured here) and part of the back.
Various postal markings show that the cover was posted on November 27, 1870 from New York. It then passed through London on December 20 and two cities in France, Calais (entry stamp of December 20 on the front) and Marseille (transit stamp on the back), before arriving in Constantine. Only a small portion of the arrival postmark is visible on the back cover, Cherrystone said.
The handwritten signatures of three experts are visible on the front cover, bottom right. Cherrystone specifically mentions the signature of Willy Balasse (written as “W. Balasse”), a dealer and specialist from Belgium.
Peter Holcombe, on a survey certificate dated May 2, 1996, states that the cover is “rare use to an unusual destination”. The cover also includes a certificate dated 6 June 1996 from the German expert James van der Linden referring to the Holcombe certificate.
The scarcity of coverage is reflected in the Scott Specialized catalog of United States stamps and envelopes, which values Scott 121 as cover to an overseas destination at $35,000. The value is italicized to indicate an item that may be difficult to price accurately due to limited market data.
Cherrystone is offering this 1869 30¢ Eagle, Shield and Flag cover to Algeria with an initial bid of $4,500.
One of the rarest British Commonwealth stamps to clear the Cherrystone auction block is a dull carmine New Zealand 1855 1 penny used Queen Victoria printed on white paper with a large star watermark (Scott 1).
A partial strike of a barred oval obliterate obscures the left side of the Queen’s face in the central portrait. On a more positive note, the stamp has full even margins that are clear of the design on all four sides.
The stamp is accompanied by a certificate of expertise issued by the Royal Philatelic Society of London in 1934. The certificate is clear, which means that no defects have been described and that the stamp is authentic.
Against a Scott Classic Specialized Catalog of Stamps and Letters 1840-1940 Worth $20,000, Cherrystone lists this 1855 New Zealand Queen Victoria 1d stamp with a minimum bid of $7,000.
Among the myriad large lots and collections that will be served at the end of the sale is a comprehensive collection of Hong Kong issues from 1862 to 1937.
Cherrystone describes this collection as having unused and used singles and sets mounted on pages. The strength is visible in the early issues of Queen Victoria, and there are high values in the 1903-11 King Edward VII and 1912-37 King George V series.
Overall, the collection is in mixed condition with “occasional minor flaws noted” and “some certificates included,” according to Cherrystone.
Cherrystone is offering this collection from Hong Kong with an opening bid of $7,000.
The catalog for the May 3-4 sale in the US and worldwide can be viewed and downloaded from the Cherrystone website, with online bidding options available.
Information is also available from Cherrystone Philatelic Auctioneers, 300 Frank W. Burr Blvd., Second Floor, Box 35, Teaneck, NJ 07666.
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