FINE. A RARE SOUND USED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. ONLY SIX USED BLOCKS ARE RECORDED.
The six recorded used blocks of the 24c 1869, excluding the unique Invert block, are listed here (identified by last known pedigree): 1) ex Rose, VF centering, fancy circle of V's cancel neatly struck on each stamp, minor wrinkling causing light creasing, top right stamp small margin tear, offered in Siegel Sale 794; 2) ex Bechtel and Dr. Heimburger (Siegel Sale 1054, lot 444), EF centering, circular cork cancels over each vignette; 3) ex Ishikawa, Eubanks and Curtis (Siegel Sale 1084, lot 3339), VF centering, circle of wedges cancel, left stamps few small tears; 4) ex Anderson, Fine centering to top right, circle of wedges cancel; 5) ex Klein, Fine centering to left, quartered cork cancels, light corner crease at bottom right and several rejoined perfs; and 6) ex Lopez and our 1965, 1992 and 2001 Rarities sales, perfs cutting in at right, cork cancels, the block offered here.
Ex Lopez and Price. With 1990 P.F. certificate
ONE OF THE THREE LARGEST RECORDED FRANKINGS WITH THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL. ONLY ONE OTHER COVER WITH THREE 24-CENT STAMPS (A STRIP) IS IN PRIVATE HANDS. THE QUINTUPLE FRANKING IS CONTAINED IN THE SWISS POSTAL MUSEUM'S COLLECTION AND IS UNAVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.
In total there are seven recorded 1869 Pictorial covers with multiple copies of the 24c. Only three of those contain more than two stamps and one of those is permanently ensconced in the Swiss PTT Museum.
Illustrated in Rose book (p. 138). Ex Clarence Eagle, Hessel and from our 1998 Rarities sale. With 1975 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE DOMESTIC USE OF A PAIR OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
The franking pays 17-times the 3c rate, so the depositions must have been fairly long. Only four covers are known bearing two copies of the 24c 1869 Pictorial (plus three with more than two stamps, one offered in lot 881)
AN EXTREMELY RARE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ON COVER TO INDIA, DESPITE THE MISSING STAMP. THERE ARE NO COMPLETE 24-CENT 1869 ISSUE COVERS RECORDED TO INDIA.
This was originally franked with 28c for the British Mail rate via Southampton. Our computerized records and the 1869 Pictorial Research Associates census do not list another 24c cover to India
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
With 2018 P.S.E. certificate
FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITH ENORMOUS CORNER SHEET SELVAGE.
With 1993 P.F. certificate