1c Blue & Shades (63, a, b).
Specialized Collection in Two Albums, all mounted in acetates and extensively written-up. There is a splendid lot of Proofs & Essays including a number of blocks, and a large Imprint Plate Number block. There is a handsome Large Die Proof, a number of the Schernikow Special Printings, Essays on chemical paper and an unusually fine showing of the fascinating coupon essays. The stamps themselves show six unused, including a fine block; used stamps total 63 and are devoted to shades and cancellations of which there are many unusual items. There are 63 covers bearing a total of 15 stamps, a few being in combination with other denominations such as 3c 1861 and 2c "Black Jack". The covers demonstrate many uncommon usages including some ship markings, a fine assortment of Carrier uses, some nice corner cards. Of particular interest is a prepaid Ship Letter showing the 5c non-contract rate, with verifying letter from Ashbrook. This is a very rare cover. Cancellations include several types of Stars, Fancy Geometrics, an unusual "windmill" on an advertised Drop Letter, a huge letter "B", a grotesque "punkin head" & covers with various accessory markings. Condition is mixed; many are Fine-Very Fine, a very few show defects. Mixed centering is found among many of the cancellations both on and off cover, since the interest in the cancellation is paramount. It is a splendid and important collection in its own right, yet it offers a fine opportunity for expansion. We feel that $2000.00 to $2500.00 is a realistic valuation. It would cost a great deal more to try and assemble a similar collection since it contains so many scarce and unusual items
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