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FILTER: Area=United States, Sub Area=U.S. Stamps, General=19th Century Issues, Issue/Country=1869 Pictorial Issue, All Sale Dates thru 2023/01/01, Catalogue = 119, Symbol IN ("H, BL")
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1869 Pictorial Issue
2020-10-19
Outstanding United States Stamps and Gold Coins
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2636, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, rich colors, centered to bottom

FINE AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL 15-CENT TYPE II.

With 2000 P.S.E. certificate. Scott value $16,500.00

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1869 Pictorial Issue
2020-10-19
Outstanding United States Stamps and Gold Coins
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Sale Number 1227, Lot Number 2637, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 118-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Block of 20 with right sheet margin and color registration markers, Positions 46-50/56-60/66-70/76-80, marvelous rich colors and impression, slightly disturbed original gum, h.r., centered to bottom right, perf separations sensibly reinforced, creases affect center two rows

ONE OF THE LARGEST 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL BLOCKS IN EXISTENCE. THIS BLOCK ORIGINALLY COMES FROM THE UNUSED BLOCK OF FIFTY, WHICH WAS LAST SEEN INTACT IN THE 1920s AND WAS BROKEN INTO SMALLER UNITS SOME TIME AGO.

The 1869 Pictorial Issue was a transformative set of stamps created during a period of historic transition. With their novel shapes and imagery, they reflected the choice of President Johnson's postmaster general, Alexander Randall, but they were inherited by Grant's new postmaster general, John A. J. Creswell. In the midst of Reconstruction's political controversies, the 1869s were spurned by the public and quickly replaced with the 1870 Issue, bearing traditional portraits of statesmen, war heroes and Founding Fathers.

The four 1869 high values were printed in two colors. The 15c vignette is an engraving by Smillie, based on Balch's engraving from an 1839 oil painting entitled Landing of Columbus by John Vanderlyn.

We record four intact unused blocks of 20, as follows:

1) With left selvage, ex Wingate (Sale 1180, lot 174)

2) Bottom right corner selvage with blue imprint and plate no. 23, ex previous Rarities sales (including 1977), Walske and Dr. Heimburger (Sale 1054, lot 441)

3) Bottom right corner selvage with blue imprint and plate no. 23, originally a block of 33, reduced to the block of 20 sometime after our 1966 Stern sale (Sale 309, lot 144), ex Gross (Sale 1200, lot 102)

4) Right selvage with plate marker, centered to bottom right, from the block of 50 shown in Rose book (fig. 159, p. 122), ex Walske, 1999 Rarities sale (Sale 811, lot 120), the block offered here

Scott value as four blocks of four and two pairs is $78,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
5,750
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1869 Pictorial Issue
2020-06-30
2020 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 120, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Block of four with color registration markers right selvage, original gum, three stamps lightly hinged, rich colors, perfs touching at bottom

FINE AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1869 15-CENT TYPE II. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE COLOR REGISTRATION MARKERS.

Scott value $16,500.00

E. 3,000-4,000
2,800
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1869 Pictorial Issue
2020-06-30
2020 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 121, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Horizontal block of six, full original gum, intense colors and impressions, small closed tear in bottom left stamp

FINE AND WONDERFULLY FRESH BLOCK OF SIX WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

Ex Caspary, Bechtel, Zoellner and Curtis. With 1998 P.F. certificate. Scott value $22,500.00 for block and pair

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1869 Pictorial Issue
2020-06-30
2020 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 122, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Block of 20 with right sheet margin and color registration markers, Positions 46-50/56-60/66-70/76-80, marvelous rich colors and impression, slightly disturbed original gum, h.r., centered to bottom right, perf separations sensibly reinforced, creases affect center two rows

ONE OF THE LARGEST 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL BLOCKS IN EXISTENCE. THIS BLOCK ORIGINALLY COMES FROM THE UNUSED BLOCK OF FIFTY, WHICH WAS LAST SEEN INTACT IN THE 1920s AND WAS BROKEN INTO SMALLER UNITS SOME TIME AGO.

The 1869 Pictorial Issue was a transformative set of stamps created during a period of historic transition. With their novel shapes and imagery, they reflected the choice of President Johnson's postmaster general, Alexander Randall, but they were inherited by Grant's new postmaster general, John A. J. Creswell. In the midst of Reconstruction's political controversies, the 1869s were spurned by the public and quickly replaced with the 1870 Issue, bearing traditional portraits of statesmen, war heroes and Founding Fathers.

The four 1869 high values were printed in two colors. The 15c vignette is an engraving by Smillie, based on Balch's engraving from an 1839 oil painting entitled Landing of Columbus by John Vanderlyn.

We record four intact unused blocks of 20, as follows:

1) With left selvage, ex Wingate (Sale 1180, lot 174)

2) Bottom right corner selvage with blue imprint and plate no. 23, ex previous Rarities sales (including 1977), Walske and Dr. Heimburger (Sale 1054, lot 441)

3) Bottom right corner selvage with blue imprint and plate no. 23, originally a block of 33, reduced to the block of 20 sometime after our 1966 Stern sale (Sale 309, lot 144), ex Gross (Sale 1200, lot 102)

4) Right selvage with plate marker, centered to bottom right, from the block of 50 shown in Rose book (fig. 159, p. 122), ex Walske, 1999 Rarities sale (Sale 811, lot 120), the block offered here

The block of 20, ex Worthington and Caspary, has been broken. Apart from the two plate blocks above, there is only one other plate number block (of six, ex Wunderlich).

Scott value as four blocks of four and two pairs is $78,000.00

E. 10,000-15,000
0
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1869 Pictorial Issue
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 102, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122), A truly astounding block of twenty of the 15¢ Type II 1869 Pictorial Issue--one of only two recorded blocks with the full imprint and plate number

DESCRIPTION

15¢ Brown & Blue, Type II (119), Positions 66-70/76-80/86-90/96-100, block of 20 from bottom right side of sheet of 100 with "NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 23" plate number in Blue (vignette plate), alignment markers in Brown and Blue at bottom left, original gum, lightly hinged, beautiful rich colors and sharp impressions, centered to bottom right but the extra wide selvage nicely balances the overall appearance

PROVENANCE

As block of 33: Rep. Ernest R. Ackerman (according to Chapin)

Francis E. Stern, Siegel Auction Galleries, 12/7-8/1966, Sale 309, lot 144

As block of 20: "Mid-Western Collector," Siegel Auction Galleries, 4/6-7/1972, Sale 410, lot 690

John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Shreves and then to William H. Gross, 2002)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

Chapin census no. 346 (illustrated on page 25)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1972)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Good-Fine; intact and sound (remarkable for a block of this size)

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$90,000.00 for plate block of 8, two blocks and two pairs

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Bicolored 1869 Pictorial Stamps

The 1869 Pictorial Issue was a transformative set of stamps created during a period of historic transition. With their novel shapes and imagery, they reflected the choice of President Johnson's postmaster general, Alexander Randall, but they were inherited by Grant's new postmaster general, John A. J. Creswell. In the midst of Reconstruction's political controversies, the 1869s were spurned by the public and quickly replaced with the 1870 Issue, bearing traditional portraits of statesmen, war heroes and Founding Fathers.

The four 1869 high values were printed in two colors. The 15¢ vignette is an engraving by Smillie, based on Balch's engraving from an 1839 oil painting entitled Landing of Columbus by John Vanderlyn.

We record four intact unused blocks of 20, as follows:

1) With left selvage, ex Wingate (Sale 1180, lot 174)

2) Bottom right corner selvage with blue imprint and plate no. 23, ex previous Rarities sales (including 1977), Walske and Dr. Heimburger

3) Bottom right corner selvage with blue imprint and plate no. 23, originally a block of 33, reduced to the block of 20 sometime after our 1966 Stern sale (Sale 309, lot 144), offered in this sale

4) Right selvage with plate marker, centered to bottom right, from the block of 50 shown in Rose book (fig. 159, p. 122), 1999 Rarities sale (Sale 811, lot 120)

The block of 20, ex Worthington and Caspary, has been broken. Apart from the two plate blocks above, there is only one other plate number block (of six, ex Wunderlich).

E. 40,000-50,000
26,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1869 Pictorial Issue
2018-06-27
2018 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1185, Lot Number 54, 1869 Pictorial Issue and Re-Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Block of nine, part disturbed original gum, rich colors, choice centering, few gum soaks, few flaws including bottom right stamp piece out and repaired

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE AND IMPRESSIVE UNUSED BLOCK OF NINE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

Ex Price. Scott Retail as block of four, two pairs and a single $34,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
11,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1869 Pictorial Issue
2018-04-11
The David Wingate Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 174, 1869 Pictorial Issue, Without Grill and With Grill (Scott 112-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Block of twenty with left sheet margin and part of dividing guide at lower left, Positions 11-15/41-45 in sheet of 100 (left pane, second thru fifth rows), marvelous rich colors and impression, extraordinarily well-centered throughout, the upper half of the block is Extremely Fine, original gum, Positions 21-24 and 31-34 are Mint N.H., faint crease affects Positions 31-34 (second row from bottom) and 41 (bottom left), Positions 42 and 43 small creases, minor hinge remnants or disturbance on a few stamps in top and bottom rows, few minor perf separations sensibly reinforced

FINE-VERY FINE. A BLOCK OF 20 IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. A WONDERFUL SHOWPIECE.

There are no more than five known unused blocks of 20, as follows:

1) Block of 20 with selvage at left, from our 2002 Rarities sale, the block offered here

2) Bottom right corner selvage with imprint and plate no., ex previous Rarities sales (including 1977), Walske and Heimburger

3) Block of 20 with bottom right selvage and imprint and plate no. 23, centered strongly to bottom and right, originally a block of 33 and reduced in size to a block of 20 sometime after our 1966 Stern sale (Siegel Sale 309, lot 144)

4) Block of 20 with right sheet selvage, ex Worthington and Caspary

5) Block of 20, centered to bottom right, offered in our 1999 Rarities sale

With 2002 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as four blocks of four and two pairs

85,000
35,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1869 Pictorial Issue
2017-03-01
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 729, 1c-24c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-120)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Block of four, original gum, h.r., rich colors, bottom stamps horizontal crease at bottom, top left stamp small natural gum bend at bottom left

FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

Blocks of this issue tend to be wildly off-center, with perfs heavily cutting into the design. The example offered here has better centering than most.

Ex Frelinghuysen. Scott Retail $18,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1869 Pictorial Issue
2016-03-17
Outstanding United States Stamps
ogbl
Sale Number 1120, Lot Number 1307, 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Block of four, original gum, h.r., rich colors, bottom stamps horizontal crease at bottom, top left stamp small natural gum bend at bottom left

FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

Blocks of this issue tend to be wildly off-center, with perfs heavily cutting into the design. The example offered here has better centering than most.

Ex Frelinghuysen. Scott Retail $18,000.00

E. 3,000-4,000
0
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