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The Richard Drews Collection of United States 1861-68 Issues
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 93, 1861 First Designs and Colors Stamps1c Indigo, First Design (55), 1c Indigo, First Design (55)1c Indigo, First Design (55). Unused (no gum), intense shade in the unmistakable First Design color on bright paper, small thin spot at center is barely noticeable

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 FIRST DESIGN. ONLY 22 UNUSED EXAMPLES ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

Our census of Scott 55, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/55 , contains a total of 26 examples. Three have target cancels and one is in The New York Public Library's collection. Of the remaining 22 copies, thirteen have faults ranging from serious defects to pulled perfs. Two need to be confirmed, as they have not been seen for a long time. The example offered here, with a minor thin spot, is very desirable.

Census No. 55-UNC-23. With 1993 P.F. certificate

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2018-12-12
The Richard Drews Collection of United States 1861-68 Issues
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 99, 1861 First Designs and Colors Stamps1c Indigo, First Design (55), 1c Indigo, First Design (55)1c Indigo, First Design (55). Deep rich color in the distinctive First Design color, neat target cancel struck at top right, thin at center

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE CANCELLED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 FIRST DESIGN. ONLY 26 ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS, AND OF THESE ONLY THREE HAVE CANCELS.

Our census of Scott 55, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/55 , contains a total of 26 examples (one is in The New York Public Library collection). Three have target cancels, struck in a corner.

National Bank Note Company apparently submitted gummed and perforated samples of their designs. Of the original submitted designs, the 24c and 30c were not altered in any way before approval and use. The original samples for these two denominations were printed in a different shade, and are currently listed in the Trial Color Proof section of Scott Catalogue. A quantity of the 10c First Design was printed and issued from this original plate, although they were likely printed after the normal stamp (Scott 68) was issued. The likely reason is that the original plate was brought into use to keep up with demand for the 10c stamps. Therefore, only the 10c, 24c and 30c plates as originally made were used to print issued stamps. The other denominations -- 1c, 3c, 5c, 12c and 90c -- Scott Nos. 55, 56, 57, 59 and 62 -- were never issued in their original designs. These are called "Premiere Gravures" or "First Designs" by students of the issue.

It is likely that a small supply of the First Designs and Colors reached philatelic hands at an early stage. Several other First Designs are known cancelled, but the placement and style of cancel means that some cannot conclusively be shown to have gone through the mails, and are likely experimental or control cancels.

This stamp originally formed a horizontal pair with Census No. 55-CAN-17. The placement of the cancel would indicate it was used to cancel a block of four. The third recorded example with a cancel is also struck in a corner (bottom left), but does not belong to the reconstruction, so our supposition is that at least two blocks were prepared with the target cancel. Both the 5c offered in lot 100 and this 1c were submitted to The Philatelic Foundation by Raymond H. Weill in 1962 and both have small thin spots, so likely originate from the same source.

Census No. 55-CAN-18. Ex "Concord". With 1962 P.F. certificate. The most recent P.F. certificate for the adjoining position notes "Genuine but decline opinion with respect to the origin and/or purpose of the cancel", and we would expect the example offered here to receive a similar certificate.

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1861-66 Issue
2018-04-11
The David Wingate Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 99, 1861 First Designs and Colors (Scott 55-62)1c Indigo, First Design (55), 1c Indigo, First Design (55)1c Indigo, First Design (55). Unused (no gum), intense unmistakable shade of the First Design on bright paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 FIRST DESIGN. ONLY 22 UNUSED EXAMPLES ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS, AND ONLY SIX ARE CONFIRMED AS SOUND.

Our census of Scott 55, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/55 , contains a total of 26 examples. Three have target cancels and one is in The New York Public Library's collection. Of the remaining 22 copies, fourteen have faults ranging from serious defects to pulled perfs. Two need to be confirmed, as they have not been seen for a long time. This leaves only six confirmed sound copies, of which five have gum.

Census No. 55-UNC-10. Ex Meilstrup. With 1979 P.F. certificate

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2017-06-27
2017 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 80, 1861 First Designs and Colors (Scott 55-62)1c Indigo, First Design (55), 1c Indigo, First Design (55)1c Indigo, First Design (55). Large part original gum which covers more than half the stamp (yet called "traces" on most recent certificate), classic intense shade of the August issue, top perfs slightly in as they are on virtually all known copies, scissors-separated at right trimming a few perfs at upper right

FINE. A LOVELY EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ONE-CENT 1861 FIRST DESIGN. ONLY 24 ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

Our census of Scott 55, available at our website at: http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/55/55.pdf , contains a total of 26 examples of this stamp, including three with target cancels. Of these, one is in The New York Public Library collection. Of the 22 unused available to collectors, nine have no gum and thirteen have gum. Approximately half are defective to some degree.

Census No. 55-UNC-02. Ex Hewitt and Simon. With 1955 and 1982 P.F. certificates

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2016-09-14
The Alan Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1134, Lot Number 59, 1861-66 Issue First Dsigns and Colors (Scott 55-62B)1c Indigo, First Design (55), 1c Indigo, First Design (55)1c Indigo, First Design (55). Unused (no gum), choice centering for this stamp with well-balanced margins, top perfs slightly into oval as they are on virtually all known copies, intense shade and impression, single pulled perforation at upper left

VERY FINE CENTERING. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ONE-CENT 1861 FIRST DESIGN. ONLY 24 ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

Our census of Scott 55, available at our website at: http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/55/55.pdf , contains a total of 26 examples of this stamp, including three with target cancels. Of these, one is in The New York Public Library collection. Of the 22 unused available to collectors, nine have no gum and thirteen have gum. Approximately half are defective to some degree. The example offered here, with a minor pulled perforation at upper left, is a desirable example of this rarity.

Census No. 55-UNC-19. Ex "Bayou" and Hoffman. With 1969 and 2001 P.F. certificates, the former not mentioning the perforation flaw.

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2016-05-31
2016 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 336, 1861 Issue First Designs and Colors1c Indigo, First Design (55), 1c Indigo, First Design (55)1c Indigo, First Design (55). Unused (no gum), deep rich color and detailed impression, few light toned specks at top, thin spot at top from hinge removal

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 ISSUE ONE-CENT FIRST DESIGN. ONLY 24 ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS. OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1972.

Our census of Scott 55, available at our website at: http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/55/55.pdf , contains a total of 25 examples of this stamp. Of these, one is in The New York Public Library collection. Of the 24 available to collectors, nine have no gum, thirteen have gum and two are cancelled. Approximately half are defective to some degree. The example offered here is better than many.

Census No. 55-UNC-12. Ex Ferrary with his purple trefoil backstamp. Ex "Country Gentleman" (Siegel Sale 442, Nov. 29, 1972) where illustrated on the front cover

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2015-04-28
The Robert R. Hall Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 104, 1861 First Designs and Colors (Scott 55-62B)1c Indigo, First Design (55), 1c Indigo, First Design (55)1c Indigo, First Design (55). Original gum, deep rich color and detailed impression, choice centering for this difficult issue, small closed tear at bottom left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 ISSUE ONE-CENT FIRST DESIGN. ONLY 24 ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS, AND APPROXIMATELY HALF HAVE ORIGINAL GUM.

Our census of Scott 55, available at our website at: http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/55/55.pdf , contains a total of 25 examples of this stamp. Of these, one is in The New York Public Library collection. Of the 24 available to collectors, nine have no gum, thirteen have gum and two are cancelled. Approximately half are defective to some degree. The example offered here, with original gum and a barely noticeable tiny imperfection, is one of the most attractive and desirable examples extant.

Census No. 55-OG-07. Ex McNall. With 1958 and 2004 P.F. certificates. This is the first with original gum we have offered since the 2009 Whitman sale. A footnote in Scott Catalogue states that this stamp "is valued with perfs cutting slightly into the design at top."

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1861-66 Issue
2013-11-07
The Curtis Collection: 1847-1901 Issues
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Sale Number 1057, Lot Number 608, 1861 Issue First Designs and Colors (Scott 55-62)1c Indigo, First Design (55), 1c Indigo, First Design (55)1c Indigo, First Design (55). Unused (no gum), deep rich color and intense impression as is typical for this First Design rarity, short perf and tiny thin spot at top

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ONE-CENT 1861 FIRST DESIGN. ONLY 24 ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

Our census of Scott 55, available at our website at: http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/55/55.pdf , contains a total of 25 examples of this stamp. Of these, one is in The New York Public Library collection. Of the 24 available to collectors, nine have no gum, thirteen have gum and two are used. Approximately half are defective to some extent. A footnote in Scott Catalogue states that this stamp "is valued with perfs cutting slightly into the design at top."

Census No. 55-UNC-21. Ex. Dr. Claiborne Johnson, Jr. With 1992 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as original gum

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2012-03-29
The Frelinghuysen Collection, Part Two
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Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 205, 1861 Issue First Colors and First Designs (Scott 55-62B)1c Indigo, First Design (55), 1c Indigo, First Design (55)1c Indigo, First Design (55). Unused (no gum), deep rich color, intense impression on bright paper, partly nibbed perf at bottom right

VERY FINE. THIS IS A RECENTLY-REVEALED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ONE-CENT 1861 FIRST DESIGN. ONLY 24 ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF THE ISSUE.

Our census of Scott 55, published in the Zoellner catalogue and available at our website at: http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/55/55.pdf contains a total of 24 examples of this stamp. Of these 24, one is in the New York Public Library collection. The example offered here becomes the 25th copy. Of the 24 available to collectors, nine have no gum, thirteen have gum and two are used. Approximately half are defective to some extent.

Census No. 55-UNC-25.

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The Alan B. Whitman Collection of Outstanding U.S. Stamps
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Sale Number 968, Lot Number 64, 1861 First Designs and Colors (Scott 55-61)1c Indigo, First Design (55), 1c Indigo, First Design (55)1c Indigo, First Design (55). Original gum, small h.r., deep rich color, intense impression, wide margins on three sides, top perfs slightly into oval as they are on virtually all known examples

VERY FINE AND FRESH. ONE OF ONLY EIGHT AVAILABLE SOUND AND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 1861 ISSUE ONE-CENT FIRST DESIGN. A PHENOMENAL RARITY.

Our census of the 1c 1861 First Design (available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/enc/census/55.pdf ) contains a total of 24 examples. Of these, one is in the Miller collection at The New York Public Library and two are cancelled. Of the remaining 21 original-gum copies, only eight are completely sound.

Census No. 55-OG-13. Ex Zoellner. With 1950 and 1998 P.F. certificates

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