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Sale 869 — Fall 2003 U.S. Rarities: United States, Confederate States, Historic Flights and Hawaii

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 November, 2003

Category — 1857-60 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3036
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3036, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19), 1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19). Position 99L4, superb centering with perfs clear on three sides and just barely in at bottom (right plume almost complete), deep Plate 4 shade and proof-like impression, tied by "Chicago Ill. Dec. 17, 1857" circular datestamp on buff cover to Exeter Ill., with original enclosure

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL AND PRISTINE COVER BEARING THE RARE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE IA PERFORATED ISSUE. VERY FEW EXIST WITH A STAMP OF THIS QUALITY.

Please see Chronicle 199 (August 2003) for an article documenting the Armitage correspondence. With 2002 A.P.S. certificate

8,000
6,500
3037°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3037, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19), 1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19). Position 97R4 with Curl in "C", better than usual centering with perfs mostly clear of design at bottom, used with horizontal pair of 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22), Positions 79-80R4, superbly centered, each with discreet ms. line cancel, ms. "Plain Grove Pa Feb. 10" postmark on cover to Mercersburg Pa., covers has faint waterstain and edgewear, Type Ia affixed slightly over edge with some resulting perf creasing and toned spots, still Fine, very rare, Scott Retail for pen-cancelled stamps is $3,730.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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3038
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3038, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (21 var), 1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (21 var)1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (21 var). The position with the widest breaks of any Type III, choice centering, deep shade, pieces torn away from top and bottom when separated by sender, tied by "Chicago Ill. Oct. 27, 1857" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Exeter Ill., with original enclosure

THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED DATE OF USE OF POSITION 99R2 -- THE ONE-CENT TYPE III -- WHICH THE SCOTT CATALOGUE LISTS SEPARATELY, BOTH IMPERFORATE AND PERFORATED, IN RECOGNITION OF ITS EXTRAORDINARY CHARACTERISTICS.

This cover from the Armitage correspondence is the basis of the Scott-listed Earliest Documented Use of No. 21, Position 99R2, on October 27, 1857. The EDU for any perforated 1c stamp from Plate 2 is July 26, 1857. According to our records, only three covers are known with Position 99R2: a single, ex Ishikawa and Zoellner, a strip containing 99R2, and the Armitage cover offered here. The Scott Catalogue incorrectly states that two covers are known.

Please see Chronicle 199 (August 2003) for an article documenting the Armitage correspondence. With 1999 A.P.S. certificate stating "earliest documented cover". Scott Retail for an off-cover used stamp is $20,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
9,000
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3039
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3039, 1857-60 Issue5c Indian Red (28A), 5c Indian Red (28A)5c Indian Red (28A). Intense fiery color, used with 10c Green, Ty. II (32), both tied by "New Orleans La. Jan. 6, 1859" circular datestamp on light blue folded cover to Cognac, France, red "New York Paid 6 Jan. 15" credit datestamp also ties stamps, various transits incl. boxed "P.D.", 10c small corner crease ending in a tiny tear, otherwise fresh and Very Fine cover, desirable use of the rare Indian Red, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,350
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3040°
og
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3040, 1857-60 Issue5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Vertical pair with imprint and plate no. 2 in sheet margin at right, original gum, superb centering for this issue, rich color, small fault near edge of selvage

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FEW KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE 1860 5-CENT BROWN TYPE II WITH PLATE NUMBER. THIS IS PROBABLY THE FINEST-QUALITY PLATE NUMBER MULTIPLE WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

Unlike its Orange Brown counterpart, the 5c Type II in Brown was not on hand in post offices when the 1861 demonetization order took effect. Therefore, original-gum examples of Scott 30A (the Brown shade) are far rarer than Scott 30, and plate number multiples are exceedingly rare. The narrow spacing between subjects on the plate and Toppan Carpenter's imprecise perforating are reasons why centering is generally so poor in this issue. This pair is extraordinary for its original gum, plate number selvage and condition.

E. 7,500-10,000
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3041
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3041, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (31), 10c Green, Ty. I (31)10c Green, Ty. I (31). Deep rich color and wonderful impression, well-centered with extra wide bottom margin displaying the type characteristics clearly, tied by perfectly struck "Petaluma Cal. Apr. 6" circular datestamp on orange cover to Trout River N.Y., Extremely Fine, ex Sevenoaks, with 2001 P.F. certificate

1,250
1,050
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