Tuesday, September 19, 2006

West Haven Collection

Cherrystone Auctions in New York City is auctioning off the West Haven Collection of United States, Confederate States and Possessions on October 4.

According to the firm, "Some of the highlights of the collection include Baltimore and St. Louis Postmasters' Provisionals (two of the latter in superb condition), a nice selection of 1847 Issue with various scarce cancels and 10c fractional usages (including the only known horizontal bisect aside from the Miller Collection at the NY Public Library), original gum Grills, 1869 Pictorial Inverts, and a beautiful 1c Pan American invert (the finest we have seen)."

The "back of the book" is also virtually complete, with rare Postage Dues, Officials complete with high value State Dept. (mint & used) and Special Printing "Specimen" overprints (in complete sets), Newspaper Stamps, Carriers & Locals, including postal history and combination usages, as well as some very scarce Confederate Postmasters' Provisionals, including Greenville, AL (one of two known) and Goliad, TX.

The Possessions section has a nice selection of Hawaiian numerals, Philippines Air Post (Madrid-Manila with scarce overprints), as well as Guam and Puerto Rico (with Ponce Provisional).

The entire sale can be viewed their website: http://www.cherrystoneauctions.com.

If you go there, double click on the small pictures of the stamps. They will get huge! Seeing such stamps 10x their original size is quite a treat. The detail is amazing.

And here's a little secret... if you right-click on your mouse, you can save it to your hard drive and form your own virtual collection without spending a dime!
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM