FINE AND RARE PLATE BLOCK OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 ISSUE. ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED FULL IMPRINT AND PLATE NO. MULTIPLES. A WONDERFUL RARITY.
The Chapin census, updated by Don Evans in his book The United States 1c Franklin, 1861-67, records only five full plate no. and imprint multiples: two from Plate 9 (a block of 20 and a block of 98), and three from Plate 27 (a complete pane of 100, one block of 12, and the block of 20 offered here).
Illustrated in the Evans book on p. 30. Scott Retail as a plate no. and imprint block of eight, two hinged blocks of four and four hinged singles
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USAGE OF THE PIGEON BLOOD PINK ON A PATRIOTIC COVER.
With 1997 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND REMARKABLY FRESH EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT STEEL BLUE 1861 ISSUE.
The 24c Steel Blue is extremely rare with original gum. This stamp, with its extraordinarily rich color, sheet margin and choice centering, is a most desirable example.
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE WITH AN ATTRACTIVE "PAID" CANCELLATION.
As experienced collectors who seek choice used classics have discovered, so many of the 90c 1861's in higher grades are rejected because of heavy cork cancels. The stamp was typically used on high-rated foreign mail, and it was customary to cancel outbound foreign mail with distinctive large cork cancels. A superbly-centered 90c 1861 with a neat "Paid" cancel such as this is rarely encountered.
With 1991 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. THE MOST SPECTACULAR COVER BEARING A LIKENESS OF ULYSSES S. GRANT WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED -- ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE BLACK JACK FRANKING.
Ex Walcott, with a notation that he paid $100 for it (before 1935)
EXTREMELY FINE. A VERY RARE COMBINATION IN ABSOLUTELY PRISTINE CONDITION -- WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST MIXED-FRANKING EXPRESS COVERS EXTANT.
Ex Mason, Ackerman and Emerson. One of the gems of the Hall collection.
VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE BLACK JACK USAGE FROM VANCOUVER ISLAND TO ENGLAND VIA THE UNITED STATES MAILS.
Postage was paid in cash to the U.S. border, where the letter was charged the 24c rate via American Packet to England.
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT SCARLET TRIAL PRINTING. THIS PEN-MARKED EXAMPLE COMES FROM THE ROTHFUCHS GROUP OF 1893.
As has been documented by Jerome S. Wagshal in a series of Chronicle articles (Nos. 56, 60, 61 and 62), a Washington D.C. stamp dealer, Carl F. Rothfuchs, obtained a supply of the 3c Scarlet in 1893 -- probably from the Post office Department in exchange for his assistance with the Columbian Exposition -- and sold them with pen marks and original gum. The Rothfuchs lot is not from the same supply acquired by John W. Scott in the late 1870's, from which stamps exist uncancelled and cancelled with a New York City Station D oval.
FINE CENTERING AND BRILLIANT COLOR. ONLY TWO UNUSED BLOCKS OF THE 5-CENT RED BROWN ARE KNOWN, BOTH SIMILARLY CENTERED.
There is one other unused block of the 5c Red Brown: the original-gum block of four sold in our October 1998 Zoellner sale for $25,000 hammer.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. MAGNIFICENT QUALITY FOR THE 5-CENT BROWN 1863 ISSUE, WHICH RARELY COMES WELL-CENTERED WITH FULL ORIGINAL GUM.
The 5c Brown stamp in the 1861-66 series is one of those that challenge collectors who demand choice original-gum examples. The vast majority of 5c Brown stamps are off-center or faulty. By virtue of its pristine original-gum condition and perfect centering, the example offered here is truly rare.
With 2000 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. AN UNBELIEVABLY RARE MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1861-66 ISSUE IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SOME SHADE VARIETIES, THE 15-CENT LINCOLN IS PERHAPS THE RAREST OF THE 1861-66 SERIES STAMPS IN SUCH CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
Throughout recent Siegel sales that have contained a remarkable group of original-gum 1861-66 Issues, we have made frequent reference to the rarity of these stamps in choice condition. With the exception of the rare 5c and 24c shades, our experience shows that the 15c Lincoln is the most difficult stamp to obtain in sound, choice original-gum condition. It is most often found without gum or with disturbed gum. Examples with full original gum are frequently off-center. The block of six (straight edge at left), ex Caspary, Lilly and Ishikawa, is well-centered with original gum, but our search of numerous other major auction sales produced few other examples apart from the block. Therefore, this stamp could be the rarest face-different design of the 1861-66 series in choice original-gum condition. As a Mint Never Hinged stamp, it should be considered an even greater rarity.
With 1999 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail for hinged
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1861 IN A DISTINCTIVE DARK LILAC SHADE RARELY SEEN IN THIS CONDITION.
The Dark Lilac shade is listed in the Scott catalogue as a separate shade. It has a distinctly more intense color, but still retains the purplish cast that separates it from the Gray and Blackish Violet shades of the post-1863 printings.
Owner's small red backstamp. With 1997 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. THE 24-CENT 1861-66 IS EXTREMELY RARE IN WELL-CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION. THE SHADE AND IMPRESSION OF THIS STAMP ARE VERY RARELY ENCOUNTERED.
This stamp and the stamp in the previous lot are Dark Lilac shades, but the impression is better defined in this example, and the shade is more intense. Every background line and detail of the lathework is printed with perfect clarity. The paper of this stamp is whiter, slightly thicker and more opaque -- it is similar to the paper on which the Blackish Violet (Scott 78c) is found -- and we suspect that the printings in this Dark Lilac shade and Blackish Violet shade occurred in close proximity, probably on similar paper stock.
The Scott value is based on a typical 24c stamp and does not begin to reflect the rarity of this stamp, in terms of its condition and depth of color.
With 1997 P.F. certificate