A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE BLOCK, OF WHICH ONLY TWO OR THREE OTHERS ARE KNOWN
Ex Klein. With 1967 P.F. certificate
BY FAR THE FINER OF THE TWO RECORDED PAIRS AND ONE OF THREE KNOWN MULTIPLES OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT
This pair, another off-center pair, and the famous block of the 24c Invert, are the only recorded used multiples of any of the inverted postage inverts. The pair offered here is lightly stamped "Pemberton, Wilson & Co." on back, the mark of the well-known 19th century stamp firm in England. The remarkable survival of multiple inverts is attributed to stamp hunters in 1869 and 1870, who removed 24c stamps from letters and parcels received by London and Liverpool merchants. The discovery of the 24c Invert block was made in Liverpool and, in certain accounts, this pair is said to have been separated from the block. The difference between the cancellations on the block and pair proves this aspect of the story wrong. However, the similar centering and vignette positions on the two multiples indicate the strong possibility that these examples emanated from the same sheet and source.
One of the great rarities of United States 19th century philately. From our 1970 Rarities sale. With 1970 P.F. certificate. Listed but not priced in Scott ($30,000.00 as two singles)
ONE OF TWO RECORDED IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCKS OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL
This block was originally joined with the block of fifteen from the adjacent pane, which was last sold in the Ryohei Ishikawa auction (Christie's, September 29, 1993, lot 351, realized $96,000). These two multiples are the only surviving 30c 1869 blocks, other than proof impressions, that show the imprint and plate number. In comparing the two blocks, it appears that the sheet margin of the larger multiple has been reduced by approximately six millimeters; the block offered here has the sheet margin intact.
Acquired by the owner at the Alfred H. Caspary sale in 1956