EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, RARELY SEEN IN MINT NEVER HINGED CONDITION WITH SUCH HUGE MARGINS.
With 1999 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail for hinged
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE -- ONE OF THE MORE DIFFICULT VALUES OF THE SET TO FIND IN THIS BRILLIANT CONDITION.
With 1998 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL WITH ORIGINAL GUM. SUPERB IN EVERY RESPECT.
With 1999 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. AN OUTSTANDING HAWAIIAN STEAM SERVICE USAGE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ON A PRINTED COVER SENT FROM THE FLAGSHIP OF THE U.S. PACIFIC FLEET.
A note accompanying the cover indicates that the letter originally enclosed (no longer present) was sent from Rear Admiral T. Turner, Commander of the Pacific Fleet.
Ex Brown (where acquired by the Halls)
EXTREMELY FINE. AN ENORMOUSLY RARE AND ATTRACTIVE HAWAIIAN AND UNITED STATES PICTORIAL ISSUE MIXED-FRANKING COVER. ONE OF SEVEN RECORDED FROM HAWAII WITH THE 10-CENT STAMP.
The cover was sent via Hawaiian Steam Service, and the franking paid the 5c Hawaiian and 10c U.S. rates. According to the 1869 PRA census, there are seven 10c 1869 and Hawaii mixed-franking covers.
Ex Senator Ackerman and Knapp. Purchased by the Halls in the Knapp sale and with the original lot number label still intact.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 STAMP -- ONE OF THE MORE DIFFICULT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUES TO FIND IN THIS CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
With 1997 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 15-CENT 1869 TYPE I IS VERY RARE IN THIS CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION. A SPECTACULAR STAMP AND CERTAINLY ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN.
The 15c Type I comes from the first 1869 printing; in May 1869 the 15c went to press using the second frame plate, which produced Type II. In a condition census, both Type I and II would show similar numbers known in the top tier of original-gum condition -- probably 8 to 10 of each. However, Type I is generally a rarer stamp and carries a much higher Scott Catalogue value. Very few of this quality have been offered in years, and we anticipate vigorous competition.
With 1980 and 1999 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE I 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. A SUPERB STAMP THAT MUST SURELY RANK AMONG THE FINEST EXTANT.
With 1991 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FEW 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL STAMPS IN EXISTENCE WITH ORIGINAL GUM, SUPERB CENTERING AND FRESHNESS.
As noted in lot 195, the 15c Type I and II stamps are probably of equal rarity in Extremely Fine original-gum condition -- we estimate 8 to 10 of each. Although large blocks of the Type II existed (or exist), none contain perfectly centered stamps. Of the single stamps available to collectors, gum is frequently a problem due to repeated use of hinges. This Type II is both centered and lightly hinged, and the vignette is nicely aligned to the frame, something that perfectionists will appreciate.
With 1999 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT ERROR.
Our census of 1869 Inverts, published in the February 1999 Chronicle and updated with one new example, contains 90 of the 15c Invert, including three unused and 87 used (one in the British Library's Tapling collection and three No. 119c varieties). We estimate that no more than fifteen used copies are sound, including copies with tiny corner creases. A large number -- more than half -- have serious faults or repairs. The example offered here is in better condition than most, with relatively minor faults.
A FINE-APPEARING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT. ONLY 90 COPIES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.
As noted in lot 198, our census of 1869 Inverts, published in the February 1999 Chronicle and updated with one new stamp, contains 90 examples of the 15c Invert, including three unused and 87 used (one in the British Library's Tapling collection). Over half have serious faults or repairs.
With 1992 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL -- RARELY SEEN WITH THIS DEPTH OF COLOR AND IMPRESSION.
With 1999 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE TRIAL COLOR PROOF OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL SHOWING FULL DIE SINKAGE.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB STAMP WITH REMARKABLY CHOICE CENTERING. THE 30-CENT 1869 IS ESPECIALLY RARE IN ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
Our experience with the 1869 Pictorial Issue has shown that the 30c with grill (as opposed to Scott 121a without grill) is extremely rare in well-centered original-gum condition. Centering seems to be a challenge in this issue, and our best estimate is that 12 to 15 stamps exist in the Extremely Fine grade with original-gum.
With 2000 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE TO EXTREMELY APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO KNOWN UNUSED BLOCKS OF SIX, THE LARGEST-SIZE INTACT UNUSED MULTIPLE RECORDED FOR THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL. AN OUTSTANDING CLASSIC UNITED STATES BLOCK.
The other known unused block of six was in the Caspary sale. The similarity in centering between these two blocks suggests that they might originate from the same piece.
Illustrated in Rose book (p. 164). Ex Hind, Bechtel and Zoellner. This block is believed to be the one described in Brookman Vol. II (p. 188) as ex Ackerman, Sinkler and Ward. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as a block and pair
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL WITH RARE JAPANESE CHOP CANCEL.
The distinctive Japanese bamboo "chops", as they are called, were used to cancel stamps on mail originating at the United States consular post offices in Japan between 1867 and 1871. They are easy to identify by the shape and grayish ink. A substantial number of 10c 1869's exist with these chop cancels, both on and off cover. We are aware of three 90c 1869 stamps with the same "X" chop, and, based on the early impressions and colors of the stamps, they appear to have been supplied to Japan from a very early printing.
With 1987 P.F. certificate.