VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY FOUR EXAMPLES OF THE 1881 2-CENT VERMILION ON AMBER IN ANY FORMAT -- AND ONE OF ONLY TWO USED CUT SQUARES. A GREAT POSTAL STATIONERY RARITY.
The 1881 2c Vermilion on Amber (UPSS Die 55) is one of the rarest items of Postal Stationery in any format or condition. There is only one unused entire, ex Barkhausen and "Saddleback" and last offered in our 2013 sale of the "Scarsdale" Collection (Sale 1039, lot 141). There is also one unused cut square (Siegel 1980 Rarities sale) and two used cut squares, including the example offered here.
With 2000 P.F. certificate
Skull & Crossbones, Type 3, Waterbury, Connecticut (Rohloff R-3), bold strike showing every detail of the design with clear "Waterbury Ct. Jan. 26" circular datestamp on 3¢ Pink cut square (U34), small tear at upper left, small scuff at left below circular datestamp, an Extremely Fine strike of this desirable fancy cancel, ex Jennings