12¢ Green (117), rich color, trace of guide arrow at top left, used with 30¢ Orange, F. Grill (100), bright shade, tied by circle of wedges cancels on blue folded letter from Charles F. Wyman in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Manila, Philippines, red "Boston Mass. Aug. 13" (1869) circular datestamp, Robt. B. Storer blue oval forwarder handstamp, sender's directive "Via Marseilles", red crayon "32" credit, red "London Paid" datestamp (August 26) also ties stamps, red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, "Hong-Kong Marine Sorter, Singapore to Hong Kong, OC 1/7 69" backstamp, Hong Kong and Manila datestamps also on back, "2" handstamped due marking applied at Manila
Extremely Fine; 12¢ slight bend from file fold, 30¢ single short perf at right.
An attractive combination of the 12¢ 1869 Pictorial issue and 30¢ 1868 F Grill, and extremely rare to the Philippines. This is one of only two recorded 1869 covers to the Philippines with the rare Hong Kong-Singapore Marine Sorter handstamp. One of the most spectacular and colorful 1869 uses extant.
The Peirce correspondence to Manila reached the philatelic community in the early 1980s. Prior to the revelation of this correspondence, Philippines was unknown as a destination with the 1869 Issue. With the dispersal of the so-called "Manila Find" by H. R. Harmer in 1994, the full scope of the Peirce correspondence became known. This cover from the Peirce correspondence is one of three examples of the 42¢ rate prepaid with an 1869 stamp in the franking. This is also one of only two covers in the correspondence with the Hong Kong-Singapore Marine Sorter backstamp (the other ex Coulter).
Ex Edgar Kuphal ("European's Large Gold" collection). With 2000 P.F. certificate.
12¢ Green (117), horizontal strip of three, rich color, brownish gum around perf tips, cancelled by quartered cork, "Phillipsburgh Pa. Jun. 18" (1870) circular datestamp on cover to J. F. Bingham aboard the U.S. Flagship Delaware in care of American Consul at Singapore, sender's directive "Via Marseilles", red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Jun. 21" backstamp, matching "32" credit handstamp, red "London Paid" transit datestamp and "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, Singapore receiving backstamp, neat August 8 receipt docketing
Very Fine and extremely rare 1869 Pictorial Issue franking for the short-lived 36¢ British Mail rate to Singapore via Marseilles.
The 36¢ rate to Singapore by British Mail via Marseilles was in effect only from January through November 1870. This cover and a similar cover from the Bingham correspondence (ex Ishikawa) are the only examples we have encountered (neither listed in the 1869 PRA census).
Ex Edgar Kuphal ("European's Large Gold" collection).
VERY GOOD. AN EXTREMELY RARE BLOCK OF NINE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. ESPECIALLY SCARCE WITH THE IMPRINT SELVAGE. THIS IS THE SECOND-LARGEST UNUSED MULTIPLE AND THE ONLY RECORDED IMPRINT BLOCK.
The Rose book notes only six unused blocks larger than four stamps, including off-center blocks of twelve and nine and three blocks of six. We sold another block of nine in our 2013 Rarities sale that is not listed in Rose. All but one of the blocks of six or larger are off center to varying degrees. The block offered here is the only one showing any part of the imprint (there are no blocks showing a plate number).
Scott Retail as a block of four, two pairs and a single
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM PAIR OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A TRULY EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
The iconic S.S. Adriatic engraving by James Smillie, which is depicted on the 12c 1869 Pictorial Issue, served as a symbol of improved postal communications -- a theme continued from the 1869 2c (post rider) and 3c (train) denominations.
With 1987 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $27,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded in the P.S.E. Population Report and it is shared by only one other
12¢ Green (117), block of four, original gum, hinge marks, beautiful deep shade, centered to bottom
Alfred H. Caspary, H. R. Harmer sale, 11/19-21/1956, lot 382
Siegel Auction Galleries, 2005 Rarities of the World, 6/3/2005, Sale 895, lot 207, to William H. Gross
Fine appearance; thin in grill of bottom right stamp, slight crease, short perf at lower right
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 ISSUE, WHICH IS ONE OF THE MORE DIFFICULT TO FIND IN THIS CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
With 1995 and 2018 P.F. certificates as "genuine, previously hinged". With 2018 P.S.E. certificate stating reperfed at right -- an opinion that we and the P.F. believe is incorrect