EXTREMELY FINE. A PARTICULARLY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 90-CENT IMPERFORATE FIRST DESIGN.
With 1999 certificate. Scott Retail as pair
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT PINK.
The 3c 1861 Pink (Scott 64) is one of the most difficult stamps of the 1861-66 Issue to find in sound, well-centered, original-gum condition with fresh color. The nature of the ink used to print the 3c Pink shade is such that over the course of time, with exposure to light and other adverse elements, the color tends to oxidize or lose its vibrancy.
Collectors who have searched in vain for a 3c Pink in such condition will appreciate the rarity of this stamp in such a remarkable state of preservation. Others who may be less familiar with the rarity of this early 1861 Issue -- and perhaps deceived by the abundance of common 3c 1861 shades (Scott 65) -- are urged to consider the extreme rarity of Scott 64 in sound original-gum condition. In several recent auctions, we have offered well-centered original-gum examples of the 1861-66 Issue, and the record realizations at large multiples of Scott value demonstrate the rarity of these stamps.
With 1994 P.F. certificate
FINE AND RARE. ONE OF ONLY SIX EXAMPLES OF THE 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE DOUBLE IMPRESSION KNOWN TO US. ONLY FIVE HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION. A GREAT RARITY OF THE ISSUE, AND ONE OF ONLY TWO THAT ARE SOUND.
Our census of Scott 65f records the following examples: 1) target cancel, tiny corner crease not mentioned on accompanying certificate, ex Ishikawa and Drucker (Siegel Sale 851, lot 71, realized $9,000); 2) target cancel, needs to be examined for condition; 3) "Paid" in oval cancel, vertical crease, reperfed at top and right; 4) target cancel, centered to top, tear at bottom right; 5) lightly cancelled, the stamp offered here; and 6) target cancel, negligible perf tip toning, corner perf crease at top right (Siegel Sale 798, lot 124, realized $8,500).
With 2001 P.F. certificate.
FINE APPEARING AND INCREDIBLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF IN ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
The 5c Buff and Brown Yellow shades are among the most difficult stamps of the 1861-67 Issue to find in sound unused condition. Examples with original gum are even rarer.
With 1995 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE -- FAR RARER IN THIS CONDITION THAN THE SCOTT VALUE WOULD SUGGEST.
The increased awareness of the rarity of 1847 to 1879 issues in superb original-gum condition has elevated many valuations for stamps with modest Scott values. The 1861-66 Issues are prime examples of this trend. This 10c 1861 has a Scott value of $900, yet one would be hard-pressed to locate more than a few examples with original gum, choice centering and rich color, the characteristics that make this stamp so extraordinary.
With 1991 and 2002 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1861 ISSUE.
Knowledgeable collectors recognize and appreciate the great rarity of well-centered, original gum classics. In particular, the 1861-66 Issue has been "discovered" as one of the most challenging of all. As recent auction realizations show, collectors ignore Scott values in pursuing these elusive examples.
With 2001 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE 24-CENT 1861 BROWN LILAC, WHICH IS RARELY ENCOUNTERED WITH ORIGINAL GUM.
Like the 12c 1861 Issue, the 24c is usually available in unused no-gum condition or low grades of original-gum condition. However, the rare combination of full original gum and choice centering causes Scott values to become irrelevant.
With 1995 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A LATE USE OF THE W. P. WOOD CENSOR MARKING AND THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF MAIL FROM OLD CAPITOL PRISON TO A FOREIGN DESTINATION.
The latest recorded usage from Old Capitol Prison in Washington D.C. is August 1865 (according to Galen Harrison's book). Although Old Capitol was the first Federal prison to hold Confederate prisoners -- captured at the First Battle of Bull Run -- it was used primarily to secure spies and citizens suspected of disloyal activity. This June 1865 cover was probably sent by someone detained after the war or by a court-martialed Union soldier.
Ex Sevenoaks. With 1991 P.F. certificate