Small Mortar and Pestle, Type 3, Waterbury, Connecticut (Rohloff O-7), phenomenal strike ties 1¢ Blue (63), centered to left, on locally addressed cover with "Waterbury Con. Oct. 9, '67" double-circle datestamp, small cover scuff to left of datestamp, reduced at left, Very Fine strike, Waterbury postmaster John Hill carved three different Mortar & Pestle designs--Rohloff Types 1 and 3 (O-5 and O-7) were carved in 1867 and used with the large double-circle datestamp, and they are much rarer than the Type 2 larger Mortar & Pestle (O-6) that was carved in 1869 and used with the 1868 Grilled and 1869 Issues, we are aware of three other covers with the Type 3 Mortar and Pestle, all are used between September 16 and October 10, 1867, the others have 3¢ stamps, illustrated in Rohloff, The Waterbury Fancy Cancellations 1865-1890 (p. 181)
Circle of Three Hearts and Three Diamonds, Waterbury, Connecticut (Rohloff J-9), three bold strikes and "Waterbury Con. Dec. 5 '67" double-circle datestamp tie 1¢ Blue (63) horizontal pair and single on Adams Hotel of Waterbury blue cameo corner card cover to New York City, center stamp pre-printing paperfold at bottom, left stamp small tear, right stamp few creases from placement near edge of cover, slightly reduced at left, still Very Fine, extraordinary use of Waterbury fancy cancels on an advertising cover, ex Jennings
Witch Mark, Salem, Massachusetts (Skinner-Eno PH-F 44), perfect strike from what must be an early state of the device on 1¢ Blue (63), rich color, Extremely Fine strike, especially scarce on the 1¢ stamp, ex Jennings
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 ISSUE -- THIS IS THE THIRD LARGEST MULTIPLE IN EXISTENCE.
The Evans 1c book notes the existence of a complete pane of 100 from Plate 27 (ex Neinken, Siegel Sale 384). A block of 98 from Plate 9 is also known (ex Lilly, Siegel Sale 321). The book notes that the next-largest multiples are two blocks of 20, as the author was unaware of the block offered here.
Ex Frelinghuysen. Scott Retail as full plate block of eight, four blocks of four, five pairs and a single, with no premium for the Mint N.H. stamps.
1¢ Blue (63), block of 20 from bottom of left pane of Plate 9 with "ENGRAVED BY THE NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY CITY OF NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 9 Plate." plate number, original gum, bright color, centered to bottom
Y. Souren, H. R. Harmer sale, 3/12-15/1951, lot 55
Chapin census no. 185; after accounting for pane of 100 and block of 98 broken up and two additions, our records contain eight plate blocks from Plate 9 (three), Plate 10 (two) and Plate 27 (three)
Fine; natural gum creases, some perf separations, mostly rejoined at center, small thin in one stamp second from right in bottom row
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
$10,900.00 as plate block of eight, two blocks and two pairs
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
The 1c 1861 Issue is a very common stamp. However, it is very difficult to find in such superb condition. With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $1,850.00). This is the highest grade awarded to a Scott 63, either used or unused, and it has been equaled by only two other used examples