Sale 800 — 1998 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 9 May, 1998

Category — 1857-60 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
236
c
Sale 800, Lot 236, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Vertical strip of five with wide left margin capturing full "Toppan, Carpenter & Co. BANK NOTE ENGRAVERS, Phila. New York, Boston & Cincinnati." imprint from Plate 8, Positions 31/41/51/61/71L8, rich color, ms. cancels, well-struck "Cloverport Ky" woodcut rimless circle with ms. date on folded cover to Circuit Court in Hardensburgh Ky., an additional 1c stamp on back, bottom stamp in strip somewhat toned with perf faults, otherwise Very Fine, believed to be the only recorded 1c 1857 strip on cover showing the complete imprint - furthermore, Plate 8 stamps are quite scarce, and this imprint multiple is exceedingly rare

E. 2,000-3,000
6,250
237
c
Sale 800, Lot 237, 1857-60 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26). Two, rich color, tied by bold blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express S. Frco. 19 Sep." double-circle datestamp on 3c Red Nesbitt entire to Yreka, Wells, Fargo & Co. black printed frank across embossed stamp at right, remnants of paste-up on back (thus requiring triple 3c rate), fresh and Extremely Fine, a colorful and very scarce 1857 Issue express usage, rarely seen on a small entire

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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238
 
Sale 800, Lot 238, 1857-60 Issue5c Bright Red Brown (28b). Horizontal pair from the top row of the plate, beautiful rich color - very close to Indian Red but just a shade too brown for current P.F. standards - well-centered, cancelled by New Orleans datestamp and red transits, Extremely Fine Gem pair, with 1996 P.F. certificate

1,200
4,250
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239
 
Sale 800, Lot 239, 1857-60 Issue5c Indian Red (28A). Well-centered, beautiful intense shade and rich color, unobtrusive face-free cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE TRUE INDIAN RED SHADE.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

2,500
6,250
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240
ogbl
Sale 800, Lot 240, 1857-60 Issue5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30). Vertical block of six, very well-centered and with beautiful bright color, full original gum, h.r., few perf separations sensibly reinforced

EXTREMELY FINE AND SUPERB BLOCK OF THE 5-CENT ORANGE BROWN. A RARITY IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.

Illustrated in Brookman (p. 231). Ex West

7,700
7,000
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241
c
Sale 800, Lot 241, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (31). Horizontal strip of three, perfectly centered, used with 5c Red Brown (28), tied by "New Orleans La. Jan. 23, 1858" circular datestamps on cover addressed in blue to Faido (Ticino region), Switzerland, red "12" credit hs and "New-York Br. Pkt." backstamp, red Aachen transit ties strip, ms. rates, Swiss transit backstamps

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB STRIP OF THE SCARCE 10-CENT TYPE I AND RARE USED ON 35-CENT PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL COVER TO SWITZERLAND.

Strips of the 10c 1857 Type I are very scarce and are usually found on covers to France or Vera Cruz. This well-centered strip in combination with the 5c Red Brown for the 35c PCM rate is most remarkable.

E. 5,000-7,500
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242
c
Sale 800, Lot 242, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II, 10c Green, Ty. V (20, 35). Two 1c (Pl. 11 or 12), used with vertical pair of 10c, straddle pane margin at left, tied by bold 5-bar rectangular grid on red and blue Waving Flag patriotic cover to Lima, Peru, "Portchester N.Y. Jul. 10" cds, red "12" credit hs, "Panama/JY22/1861/A" transit cds, small disturbance in area of Portchester cds (a few letters touched up), otherwise Very Fine, colorful and rare usage to South America during the beginning of the American Civil War- 22c American-British packet rate, ex Matthies, Ishikawa, with 1981 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,900
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243
c
Sale 800, Lot 243, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. V (35). Three, wonderful rich color and well-centered (one has minor pre-use tear), used with 1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (24 two, 26), trivial perf flaws, tied by deep red New York grids on buff cover to Bern, Switzerland, red ms. "12" credit, red Aachen transit ties one 1c, receiving backstamps, Very Fine and colorful franking for 35c Prussian Closed Mail rate

E. 2,000-2,500
2,000
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244
c
Sale 800, Lot 244, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. V (35). Four, remarkably well-centered, used with two 1c Blue, Ty. IV (24), all tied by red "Paid" in circle handstamps, matching "Providence R.I. Jul. 31, 1860" cds on cover to Muscat, Africa, via Bombay, India, magenta ms. "40" credit, red Londton transit cds, ms. "1" colonial rate, Bombay G.P.O. backstamp, faint toning, still Extremely Fine, a colorful franking and rare destination

E. 1,500-2,000
6,500
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245
ngbl
Sale 800, Lot 245, 1857-60 Issue12c Black, Plate 3 (36b). Block of 50 from the top half of right pane of Plate 3, unused (no gum), with natural s.e. along dividing line at left, full sheet selvage including part of imprint at lower right, deep shade and fine impression on bright paper, some perf separations reinforced with hinges, sealed tear in two stamps (Pos. 4/14)

EXTREMELY FINE CENTERING. AN ASTOUNDING BLOCK OF THE 12-CENT 1857-59 ISSUE - REPORTED TO BE THE LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLE IN PRIVATE HANDS.

The Neinken book records a full pane in the Jeffreys collection at the Franklin Institute, but we have not verified whether the pane is intact. Another unused block of 25 is recorded.

The Scott value for a block with original gum is $3,750, or 1.44 times the value of four singles. Applying the same multiple to the single no-gum value ($400), the total estimated Scott value of this block of 50 is $28,800.

E. 15,000-20,000
14,000
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246
ogbl
Sale 800, Lot 246, 1857-60 Issue12c Black, Plate 3 (36b). Block of four, full original gum, h.r., intense shade and proof-like impression, well-centered for this difficult and narrowly spaced stamp, an Extremely Fine block, with 1998 P.F. certificate

3,750
2,200
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247
 
Sale 800, Lot 247, 1857-60 Issue12c Black, Plate 3 (36b). Two, remarkably choice centering, intense jet-black shade and proof-like impression, used with 3c Dull Red (26), all three stamps tied on small piece by vivid paint-red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid Dec. 12" exchange office circular datestamp, unlike any strike of this marking we have ever encountered - the two strikes appear to float on top of stamps - tiny tear between perfs at lower right of right-hand stamp, truly negligible and mentioned only for total accuracy, Extremely Fine Gem, a phenomenal piece

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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248
og
Sale 800, Lot 248, 1857-60 Issue24c Gray Lilac (37). Full original gum, lightly hinged, well-centered with unusually wide margins, rich color, an Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, with 1997 P.F. certificate

1,100
2,200
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249
ng
Sale 800, Lot 249, 1857-60 Issue24c Lilac, Imperforate (37c). Unused (no gum), large to huge margins all around, Extremely Fine, with 1952 and 1991 P.F. certificates

1,500
1,500
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250
ng
Sale 800, Lot 250, 1857-60 Issue30c Orange, Imperforate (38a). Unused (no gum), large and even margins all around, vibrant color, Extremely Fine and choice, with 1976 and 1997 P.F. certificates

2,500
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251
c
Sale 800, Lot 251, 1857-60 Issue24c Gray (37). Three, one with straight-edge, used with 1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red, Ty. II and 5c Brown, Ty. II (24, 26, 30A), two of each, tied by red grids on back of folded letter datelined July 28, 1860 to Shanghai, China, Augustine, Heard & Co. correspondence, ms. "48" credit, red London transit on front, Hong Kong receiving cds next to stamps, the right 3c stamp torn, the center 24c stained at right, otherwise Very Fine and colorful, the earliest recorded usage is July 7, 1860, making this a very early usage, ex Grunin, with 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
5,000
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252
c
Sale 800, Lot 252, 1857-60 Issue30c Orange (38). Bright shade, tied by "Paid" grid, red "Boston Dec. 29 Paid 12" credit cds on square-shaped 1860 cover to Mostaganem, French Algeria, handsomely addressed with explicit detail ("Africa", "Algerie", "Province d'Oran"), French transit cds front and back, Mostaganem receiving backstamp, couple small edge tears, Very Fine, an extremely rare and exotic destination in the classic period, ex Haas

E. 3,000-4,000
5,250
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253
c
Sale 800, Lot 253, 1857-60 Issue30c Orange (38). Horizontal pair, well-centered, vibrant shade, used with two 3c Dull Red (26), tied by "Paid" grid, red Boston cds on back of May 1861 blue folded cover to Cape of Good Hope, red London transit cds, red crayon "24" credit and ms. "2" British colonial rate, Capetown and Port Elizabeth receiving backstamps, Extremely Fine, a colorful and extremely rare 1857 Issue double-rate franking to the Cape of Good Hope, ex Brown, Knapp, Rust and Kapiloff

E. 3,000-4,000
4,750
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254
c
Sale 800, Lot 254, 1857-60 Issue30c Orange (38). Well-centered, used with horizontal strip of three 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), well-centered with straddle-pane margin covered by 30c, tied by three strikes of "New Orleans La. 16 Feb." (1861) circular datestamp on folded letter to Ferte Mace, France, embossed return card at lower left, red "Boston Feb. 20 Paid 12" credit cds, red pencil "45" at lower right, French transit cds and "P.D." in frame, transit and receiving backstamps

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL FRANKING AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE USE OF THE UNITED STATES 1857 ISSUE FROM LOUISIANA AS A CONFEDERATE STATE.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
11,500
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255
 
Sale 800, Lot 255, 1857-60 Issue90c Blue (39). Rich color, tied by unusual red circle of diamonds fancy cancel of New Haven Conn. on small piece with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), tiny tears at top of 90c stamp which are mostly masked by the red cancel, 3c stamp few clipped perfs

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE USED ON PIECE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE WITH A FANCY CANCEL.

Accompanied by a cover to Havre, France, bearing a horizontal pair of 10c Green, Ty. V (35) and 1c Blue, Ty. V (24) tied by bold strikes of the same red fancy cancel and clear "New Haven Con. Nov. 30, 1860" datestamp at left. The cover has the appropriate transit markings and shows some slight wear.

This 90c stamp on piece was the subject of an article by Thomas J. Alexander in Opinions II: Philatelic Expertizing - An Insider's View, published by the Philatelic Foundation in 1984. With 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
5,750
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