Sale 777 — 1996 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 21 May, 1996

Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
113
ogbl
Sale 777, Lot 113, 1869 Pictorial Issue1c Buff (112). Top right corner margin block of nine, o.g., block of four at top left is Mint, others with h.r. though top right stamp is hinged only in four perfs, faint toned spots in selvage, bottom right stamp with faint gum soiling, Fine-Very Fine, scarce

5,475
2,500
114
ogbl
Sale 777, Lot 114, 1869 Pictorial Issue 2c Brown (113). Vertical block of eight, original gum, central block of four is Mint, others with small h.r., rich color, B.R. stamp with pre-print natural paper crease entirely in margin, Fine-Very Fine and post office fresh multiple

3,200
2,000
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115
nh
Sale 777, Lot 115, 1869 Pictorial Issue2c Brown (113). Mint, perfectly centered, deep rich color and prooflike impression, fresh and Extremely Fine Gem, a stamp of unmatched quality, recently broken out of a block and offered for the first time as a single

350
3,500
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116
og
Sale 777, Lot 116, 1869 Pictorial Issue2c Brown (113). Phenomenal margins with part of guide arrow showing at lower left corner, full original gum, lightly hinged, rich color and Extremely Fine Gem, recently broken out of a block and offered for the first time as a single

350
1,700
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117
og
Sale 777, Lot 117, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I, Without Grill (118a). Part o.g, fresh colors, Fine and rare, with 1994 P.F. certificate

5,250
2,700
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118
og
Sale 777, Lot 118, 1869 Pictorial Issue24c Green & Violet (120). Unused (no gum), well-centered with bright colors, Extremely Fine, with 1995 P.F. certificate

4,250
2,600
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119
og
Sale 777, Lot 119, 1869 Pictorial Issue30c Blue & Carmine (121). O.g., well-centered with fresh colors, Extremely Fine and choice, the 30c is probably the most elusive of the 1869 Pictorial Issue in choice original gum condition, with 1995 P.F. certificate

4,000
6,250
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120
og
Sale 777, Lot 120, 1869 Pictorial Issue30c Blue & Carmine, Without Grill (121a). Part o.g., tiny natural paper inclusion, Very Fine, rare, with 1994 P.F. certificate

5,000
0
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121
 
Sale 777, Lot 121, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine, Vertical Two-Thirds Used as 2c (114c). Well-tied across the cut by grid on full front portion of printed March 1870 tax notice from Luray Va., Very Fine and rare, ex Worthington, West

4,000
2,500
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122
c
Sale 777, Lot 122, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114). Two, each tied by clear strike of Small Bee cancel on cover to Washington Conn., clear "Waterbury Ct. Jan. 31" cds, 1870 docketing at L., two days earlier than the Rohloff listing, Very Fine and rare multiple strike of this famous Waterbury pictorial design

E. 3,000-4,000
8,500
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123
c
Sale 777, Lot 123, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114). Tied by beautiful strike of Large Bee cancel on small fancy gray envelope to Iowa, light strike of "Adrian Mich. Apr. 21" cds, original 1870 enclosure (the "1872" written on the envelope is incorrect), stamp with nick at bottom and tiny creasing, but an Extremely Fine example of the Adrian Bee - an interesting side note to this cancel is the existence of ca. 1870 covers (Northrup correspondence) between Adrian and Canastota, New York, the latter post office having also used a nearly identical Bee cancel at this time - with 1984 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-2,500
12,000
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124
c
Sale 777, Lot 124, 1869 Pictorial Issue2c Brown, 3c Ultramarine (113, 114). Two of each, cancelled by matching cork killers and tied by "Boston Mass. Apr. 18" cds on 1870 folded cover to Yokohama, Japan, an unusual franking for the American packet rate via San Francisco, some wear along central fold, Fine and very rare 1869 usage to Japan

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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125
c
Sale 777, Lot 125, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114). Two, used with 30c Orange (71) and straddle-single 10c Green, E. Grill (89), each tied or cancelled by light strikes of segmented cork cancel on tissue cover to Athens, Greece, matching "Evanston Ill. Nov. 17" (1869) cds which is repeated on back along with red New York exchange cds and Athens receiving cds, this paid the double 23c North German Union closed mail rate (in effect for only two years); cover with normal edge wear, Fine, an enormously rare destination and possibly unique with this franking

E. 5,000-7,500
5,250
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126
c
Sale 777, Lot 126, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114). Used with 10c Green, F. Grill (96) on bright yellow cover from Charleston S.C. to Liverpool, England, and forwarded with Great Britain 6p Lilac (51) to Dresden, Germany, U.S. stamps with matching cork cancels and tied by blue transit datestamp, 6p tied by "466" oval and Liverpool cds, clear "Brown, Shipley & Co. Liverpool" double-line oval hs, London and German backstamps, Very Fine, a beautiful and rare mixed-issue/mixed-country franking cover, with 1986 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
5,250
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127
c
Sale 777, Lot 127, 1869 Pictorial Issue6c Ultramarine (115). Horizontal strip of three, used with 2c Brown (113), tied by four strikes of "X" cork cancel on 1870 cover to Hilo, Hawaii, from the Coan correspondence, clear "San Francisco Cal. May 19" cds at lower right with part of adjoining cork showing that the "X" cancels were applied separately (on this day, this cds was joined with a segmented cork cancel - see our Sale 774, lot 1046), portion of right edge has been skillfully restored, not affecting stamps, Fine appearance, rare non-contract usage to Hawaii. An extremely rare use of a 6c 1869 multiple and possibly unique used to Hawaii. With 1982 P.F. certificate calling this genuine, but declining an opinion as to origin, leaving open the question raised by the presence of the distinctive "X" cancels found only on mail from Japan to the U.S. via San Francisco. The 20c rate also suggests two transpacific crossings at the prevailing 10c rate, rather than a double rate for this small size cover. A fascinating and rare usage

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
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128
c
Sale 777, Lot 128, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116). Wide margins, used with 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99), each tied by matching cork cancels on 1869 cover to Singapore, clear "New Bedford Mass. Oct. 2" cds, red "24' credit and "1d" local charge, New York and Singapore backstamps, bit reduced at L., just into address, 24c with s.e. at L. and perfs scissor trimmed at T., Fine, rare destination and colorful franking

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
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129
c
Sale 777, Lot 129, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Used with 3c Ultramarine (114) and each tied by bold target on cover to Buenos Aires, Argentina, two strikes of "Providence R.I. Apr. 20" (1870) cds at top, bold red "8" credit, pencil docketing on back ("Recd June 2d...39 days from home") shows that the receiver was aware of sailing dates, slightly reduced at R., clear of stamps and address, stamps with small perf flaws from placement at edge, Fine and scarce

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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130
c
Sale 777, Lot 130, 1869 Pictorial Issue24c Green & Violet (120). Average centering, used with pair of 2c Red Brown (146), tied by segmented cork cancels on yellow cover to General Daniel Sickles in Madrid, Spain, transit markings in red, including large "4d" at L., mended tears at top from opening, still Fine, attractive and rare, ex Juhring

E. 5,000-6,000
5,000
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