VERY FINE AND SCARCE BLOCK.
With 1995 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III STAMP. VERY FEW EXIST IN ANY TYPE OF ACCEPTABLE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION. THE INCREDIBLE CENTERING AND REMARKABLY FRESH ORIGINAL GUM MAKE THIS STAMP A PHENOMENAL CONDITION RARITY.
Ex Moody as part of a vertical block of six. With 1991 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE IV STAMP.
The Plate 1 Late sheets on hand in 1857 were perforated on the new equipment, but the spacing between subjects and Toppan Carpenter's generally poor perforating skills resulted in the majority being off center. Examples of Scott 23 in this grade of centering are rare.
With 1991 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED INTACT BLOCK OF THE 5-CENT BRICK RED. AN IMPORTANT UNITED STATES CLASSIC BLOCK RARITY -- CONSIDERED TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT PERFORATED 5-CENT JEFFERSON ISSUE MULTIPLE -- AND EVEN MORE REMARKABLE CONSIDERING THE GREAT RARITY OF THE 5-CENT BRICK RED AS A SINGLE STAMP WITH ORIGINAL GUM.
This is the only intact block of the 5c Brick Red. The Caspary collection contained a block of three with a fourth stamp added to create a complete block.
Apart from the block offered here, there are perhaps twenty 5c Brick Red stamps with original gum to be found among major auction sales of the past fifty years. About half of the known examples are poorly centered. Almost two-thirds have stains or small faults. Judging from our survey, we estimate that perhaps six or seven sound original-gum Brick Red stamps exist with centering approaching any of the stamps in this block. A well-centered original-gum Brick Red in our sale of the Golin collection (Sale 812) realized $35,000 hammer versus $14,000 Scott value. The three sound stamps in this block would probably be worth $50,000 to $75,000 each if offered as singles, which does not reflect any premium for the uniqueness of the block.
Ex Worthington, Hind, Sinkler and Ward. Illustrated in Linn's Philatelic Gems II. With 1989 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THE INDIAN RED SHADE IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT STAMPS OF THE 1857 ISSUE TO FIND IN UNUSED CONDITION. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST-CENTERED, MOST VIVID EXAMPLES WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.
The so-called Indian Red shade of the 5c 1857 Issue is the rarest of the colors, ranging from Brick Red to Red Brown to Brown. In unused condition, it is an extreme rarity, with perhaps five or six original-gum examples known. We surveyed approximately fifty catalogues of major sales held over the past 70 years and, together with the stamp offered here, we located only eight different examples of the 5c Indian Red in unused condition (four with original gum or part o.g.). Even allowing for copies we have missed, Scott 28A in unused condition is obviously a great rarity. In fact, in Rarities sales conducted by our firm since 1964, only four unused 5c Indian Red stamps have been offered, not including this year's sale. The stamp offered here is one of the three best-centered of the group.
With 1999 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. THIS STAMP IS REMARKABLE NOT ONLY FOR ITS TRUE INDIAN RED COLOR, BUT FOR ITS SHARP IMPRESSION AND LIGHT FACE-FREE CANCEL.
With 1980 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT TYPE II ORANGE BROWN. RARE IN WELL-CENTERED AND SOUND USED CONDITION.
The Orange Brown was issued not long before the 1857-61 Issue was demonetized, and thus is very scarce in used condition. With 1997 P.S.E. and P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE STAMP IN THIS CHOICE USED CONDITION.
The Orange Brown was issued not long before the 1857-61 Issue was demonetized, and thus is very scarce in used condition. With 1996 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE STRIP AND COLORFUL ATTRACTIVE COVER. A STRIP OF THREE IS THE LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLE OF THE 5-CENT ORANGE BROWN USED ON COVER. FOUR STRIPS ON COVERS ARE RECORDED, INCLUDING TWO IN VERTICAL FORMAT. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF THE CLASSIC PERIOD.
The last published update of the census of 5c Orange Brown covers by Dr. Richard M. Searing showed a total of 38 covers, including four strips of three (two vertical, two horizontal).
Illustrated in Ashbrook's Special Service No. 29; in the Hill book (p. 73) where described as "one of the rarest pieces known to collectors"; and in Brookman Vol. I (p. 221). Ex Hill, Haas, Ishikawa and Zoellner. Signed Ashbrook.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT TYPE I PERFORATED 1857 ISSUE. RARELY SEEN IN THIS WELL-CENTERED CONDITION WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS AND A RED CANCELLATION.
With 1992 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE IV PERFORATED 10-CENT 1857 ISSUE WITH AN ATTRACTIVE COLORED CANCELLATION.
With 1996 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE COVER. AN EXTRAORDINARY USE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE IV WITH A COLORED FANCY CANCELLATION.
EXTREMELY FINE AND PRISTINE CONDITION. A REMARKABLE PONY EXPRESS WAY COVER, PICKED UP AT FORT BRIDGER BY A PONY RIDER ALONG THE ROUTE FROM CALIFORNIA. BELIEVED TO BE A UNIQUE FRANKING AND USAGE.
Based on another Pony Express cover postmarked at St. Joseph on June 27, 1861, this Pony Express trip originated in San Francisco on June 15. Fort Bridger was a regular stop along the Pony route, and this cover was handed to the rider on June 20.
Fort Bridger was established in 1843 by famed mountain man Jim Bridger and a partner, Louis Vasquez, on Black's Fork of the Green River in the southwest corner of what is now Wyoming. It was for many years an important emigrant supply stop and Indian trading post along the Oregon Trail. In 1853 the Mormons took control of the fort after trying to arrest Bridger for selling gunpowder to the Indians -- this event led to a dispute over ownership that lasted many years. In 1857, with the outbreak of the Mormon War, the fort was abandoned and burned by the Mormons. In the summer of 1858, Fort Bridger was occupied by United States troops under the command of Albert Sydney Johnston, 2nd U.S. Cavalry. Fort Bridger postal markings from this early period carry the "U.T." Utah Territory designation. In 1861 most of the troops headed east to participate in the Civil War.
THE FAMOUS COMPLETE SET OF 1860 IMPERFORATE PAIRS, WHICH IS UNIQUE BY VIRTUE OF THE 90-CENT PAIR.
Apart from singles, there is record of only two 24c pairs, three 30c pairs, and this one 90c pair. The 90c is ex Ferrary, and it is believed that Arthur Hind assembled this complete set, which was sold in our 1971 Rarities sale ($25,000), 1983 Rarities sale ($68,750), 1989 Rarities sale ($57,750) and our 1994 Concord sale ($55,000).
Ex Ferrary, Hind and Concord. Each with 1971 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE SHORT-LIVED 90-CENT 1860 WITH A FOREIGN TRANSIT DATESTAMP.
The basic 24c and 30c rates to England, France and Germany created a large volume of mail franked with those values of the 1857-61 series. However, the 90c saw much more limited use, partly due to the rates in effect, but more because of the American Civil War. When supplies of current postage stamps were declared invalid in the South and ultimately demonetized by the Federal government, the 90c had been in use for only one year. For this reason, genuinely cancelled copies and covers bearing the 90c are extremely rare. Approximately 180 used examples have been certified by The Philatelic Foundation, of which one-quarter are sound.
The cancel most often seen on genuine used examples of the 90c is the New York red grid. The stamp offered here, with a London transit datestamp and a lightly-struck black grid, is a remarkable rarity.
Ex Hind, Gore, Seymour and Ishikawa. With 1993 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A LOVELY EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1857 REPRINT.
With 1987 P.F. certificate