Baltimore, Maryland, 5c Red on Manila entire (Scott 3XU2). Better than usual strikes of signature, “Paid” and “5” in oval provisional handstamps, which are usually very faint when struck in red, light matching “Baltimore Md. Apr. 29” (1846) circular datestamp on cover to Miss Susan Julia Mayer, care of Mrs. Margaret Wetherall, 461 Arch St., Philadelphia, light wax seal mark at center VERY FINE. ONE OF NINE EXAMPLES OF THE BALTIMORE 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ENVELOPE IN RED RECORDED IN THE SHEARER CENSUS. The unpublished census by Don Shearer (1996) lists nine 5c envelopes struck in red ink, dated from March to May 1846, plus four 10c red-handstamp envelopes with dates from June to September 1846. The quality of the red strikes is generally poor. The envelope offered here has relatively clear strikes. Hayes Census No. 13. Ex Ferrary (with his purple trefoil handstamp at lower right). Small “W.H.C.” (Warren H. Colson) handstamp at lower right and illustrated in his Colson of Boston promotional booklet (page 22). Ex Frelinghuysen (probably acquired from the Lapham collection)
Robert Siegel Auction Galleries, Dec 2013, Sale 1062, Lot 6
Baltimore, Md., 1845, 5¢ red entire (3XU2), mostly clear strike on buff envelope to Philadelphia with blue “Baltimore Md. Apr 27” c.d.s.; interior edges silked, repaired at right and lightly cleaned, Very Fine appearance. Scott price $10,000 A MOST ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE PROVISIONAL AND THE EARLIEST OF ONLY SIX DOCUMENTED EXAMPLES OF THE FIVE-CENT RED ENTIRE. Expertization: 1999 PF Certificate erroneously noting date as Apr 26. Provenance: Colson, Hill, Jr., “Aristocrat”. Cover #12 in the Hayes Census.
Matthew Bennett International, Feb 2012, Sale 340, Lot 4