Canal Zone Study Group Publications
Canal Zone Stamp Auctions
  • Ferrars H. Tows Collection, 15-19 February 1949 at the Collectors Club (Carl E. Pelander (Licensed Auctioneer) Gregory Mozian, Auctioneer)

    The Tows collection had one of the outstanding Canal Zone collections sold in the first half of the 20th Century. Stamps and covers from this sale often show up, and are referenced, in major auctions and collections. It is an essential catalogue for every student of pre-1950 Canal Zone.

    As was common at the time of the sale It had a strong holding of Panama mapita issues which formed the basis for the first Canal Zone overprints.

    Notable in the Panama section, Lots 108-115, are American Bank Note Company Proofs on sunken india which are still coveted by modern day students of both Panama and the Canal Zone.

    This sale also had an impressive Haiti collection which is not shown here.

  • Colonel E.H.R. Green "Canal Zone and Panama Stamp Collection", 24-30 January 1945 - At the office of Edson J. Fifield - Walter S. Scott, Auctioneer

    The Green collection had a strong showing of early Canal Zone and Panama. Unusual today but heavily weighted here are the large number of full sheets of early Canal Zone and Panama stamps. There are only two pages of photographs but the descriptions in the lots are helpful in identifying the stamps and covers.

  • The Edward S. Conger CANAL ZONE Collection, February 27, 28, 1969, Vahan Mozian, Inc., New York, NY

    Edward Conger was born in the Canal Zone and his specialty was the Canal Zone and the postal history of the Isthmus of Panama. He was a co-founder and Secretary-Treasurer of the Canal Zone Study Group as well as the first editor of the CZSG Philatelic Notes (the previous name for the Canal Zone Philatelist). The catalogue foreword to his sale was written by James DeVoss and should be read by students of the Canal Zone who are not familiar with Mr. Conger.

    His collection was one of the great Canal Zone collections, compared to that sold by Ferrars H. Tows, February 1949, and is loaded with superb material - too much in fact to try and summarize here. CZP Whole Number 11, page 11, should be referred to as it has an extensive report of the sale.

    The catalogue is difficult to find and a copy should be in the hands of aficionados of the Canal Zone. The CZSG is proud to now make it available online for today's students of the Canal Zone who might not have a copy or who would like to have a digital version.

    Prices Realized follow the last page of the catalogue.

    Our thanks to Lawrence J. Mozian for permission to scan and display this and other catalogues from Mozian, Inc. He is the grandson of Vahan Mozian who founded the company in 1901. Vahan passed the company over to his sons Herant and Gregory who eventually passed it on to Lawrence. The present address of the company is PO Box 5774, Williamsburg, VA 23188. Mr. Mozian can also be reached at: LMozian@cox.net, Tel (757)220-2007.

  • The 1931 "Coveleski Estate Sale" (PDF 3MB) catalogue with prices realized in manuscript. It has Coveleski's Canal Zone and Panama material which includes some of the more important items that he bought to the US after retirement as a Canal Zone policeman. It is a "must" document to have for anyone exhibiting or researching early Canal Zone or Panama stamps and covers.

  • The Thorne Estate Sale - February 1907

    One of the first important auctions of Canal Zone stamps took place at The Collectors Club in New York City on February 14, 1907. This sale had been noted in the Canal Zone Philatelist by Dick Salz(1) where he mentioned that he would be pleased to report on this ... fabulous sale where Scott 4,5,6,7, and 8 in blocks of 6 with imprint and plate numbers sold for $10.25 ...(vs. a 1985 catalogue value of $7000). The Wm. Thorne sale was all but forgotten until Federico Brid found a link to a 1907 New York Times article that had been sent to him by Peter Cheng(2).

    The NYT headlines: RARE STAMP SALE REALIZES $7,968

    High Prices for Thorne Collection of Panama Zone Issues This estate auction of William Thorne was lauded by Walter S. Scott, the auctioneer, as the highest total ever realized in America for a one-night sale.

    The Thorne sale featured stamps from Puerto Principe, Panama, the Canal Zone, and Coamo with the highest price of $245 realized for a block of four of the Canal Zone Scott No. 1:

    ... from the centre of the sheet, two of the stamps having "Panama" reading up and two reading down. The words "Canal Zone" are inverted on all four of the stamps, one of them having double surcharge, both inverted. No other copy of the Canal Zone double inverted is known.

    The article goes on to say that Mr. Thorne bought this block of four stamps a year ago from John A. Kleeman for only $8.

    This block of four can be seen in Canal Zone Stamps (3) and later in Plass Sale (4) where it had commanded a hammer price of $ 18,000, the highest priced single lot in the Plass Canal Zone collection.
    Fig. 1, Plass Lot 309, Block of 4, sc. 1, double CZ Invert

    There were 60 lots in the Canal Zone section of the Thorne sale and the large number of blocks and full sheets is amazing. The catalogue claims that almost everything is represented in blocks of four and after the First Series most can be found in full sheets of 100. A typical example of this is Lot 376, which sold for $ 38, described as

    ... 8 on 50c, First Printing. Entire sheet of 100 with all the varieties (Bartels' 17a, b,c,aa,bb,ee). Entire sheets of this printing are rare.

    The Canal Zone section of the Thorne collection finishes with Scott Number 20 in Lot 399, hammered down at $13,

    ... 8c on 50c, on Fourth Panama, Sept. 1906, Sheet of 100 containing all the varieties of Canal Zone and PAMANA on 54 and 59.

    This elusive catalogue surfaced through the efforts of: Ernesto Cuesta and his website www.philat.com, Scott Tiffney, Reference Assistant at the APRL, and the Collectors' Club where it was finally found and made available to the CZSG by: R. Bruce Marsden, Library Chairman, and Irene Bromberg the Executive Secretary .

    Endnotes

    (1) Richard Salz, "Second Time Around", CZP 21(2), 16(1985).

    (2) http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/

    (3) Canal Zone Stamps, "First Series", Fig. 2.8, p. 13.

    (4) The Dr. Gilbert N. Plass Collection of United States Possessions featuring Canal Zone, Lot 309, July 7-10, 1993, Ivy, Shreve & Mader, New York City, New York, p 4, 111(color photo).