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The Grant Inman Collection, Part 7: Private Die Medicine Stamps
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2002, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Brown Carmine, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS2a), J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Brown Carmine, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS2a)J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Brown Carmine, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS2a). Large margins to just in, rich color, few faults including thin and tear at right and few tiny edge tears

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT J. C. AYER & CO. PRINTED IN BROWN CARMINE. ONLY TWO OR THREE ARE REPORTED TO EXIST. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF PRIVATE DIE MEDICINE COLLECTING.

The one-cent Ayer's stamps were printed and issued in seven different colors. Three colors are the only recorded examples, the Orange is one of two known and the Brown Carmine and Blue are represented by two or three known. All six of these rare colors are included in the Inman collection, which is a remarkable feat. The majority used by Ayer were in Black, where it has been estimated that 1.25 million were used each year.

The rarity of Medicine stamps is often attributable to paper type, such as pink or experimental silk paper. This is an unusual case where the item's rarity is based on the printed color, which is more easily discernible than most paper types. There are three examples of the Brown Carmine reported in the Aldrich book. However, the census notes two were included in the Joyce collection, but the Joyce auction contained only the example offered here. The only other example we were able to locate was in the Lilly sale, which has similar margins and is also faulty.

Ex Joyce and offered to the market for the first time since that 1991 auction.

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