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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 — 1869 Pictorial Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3098
nhbl
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3098, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine, Split Grill (114 var). Mint N.H, 3c Ultramarine, Split Grill (114 var). Mint N.H3c Ultramarine, Split Grill (114 var). Mint N.H. horizontal block of eighteen with sheet selvage and part arrow at right, incredibly fresh and intact with long full perfs all around, bright color, strong grill impressions with splits clearly visible, fifth stamp in top row with faint toned spot

FINE-VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF THE 3-CENT 1869 ISSUE WITH SPLIT GRILL.

Scott Retail as 18 hinged singles with split grill

6,300
5,750
3099
og
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3099, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Original gum, vibrant color, beautiful centering with wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

With 2003 P.F. certificate

2,500
4,000
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3100°
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Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3100, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Block of twelve, quartered cork cancels, sharp impression, centered to top right, extensively rejoined, Positions 6 and 10 with light creases only visible in fluid, Position 11 discolored at bottom from stain removal

FINE CENTERING. THIS IS THE SECOND LARGEST KNOWN USED MULTIPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

Ex Rust.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,600
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3101°
og
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3101, 1869 Pictorial Issue24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Bottom right corner sheet selvage, disturbed original gum, small h.r. rich colors, centered to right

FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITH ENORMOUS CORNER SHEET SELVAGE.

With 1993 P.F. certificate

8,000
4,000
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3102°
 
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3102, 1869 Pictorial Issue24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Horizontal strip of three, light cork cancels, bright colors, well-centered, right stamp small faults, otherwise Fine, a rare used multiple, Scott Retail as pair and single

2,350
2,700
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3103°
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Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3103, 1869 Pictorial Issue30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Block of four, light cancels, fresh colors on bright white paper, top pair couple tiny internal creases only visible in fluid

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL USED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

Used blocks of the 30c 1869 are rarely found with this block's choice centering and light cancel.

3,250
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3104
 
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3104, 1869 Pictorial Issue90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Rich colors on fresh white paper, large rosette cancel, choice centering with Jumbo even margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE FEATURING ENORMOUS EVEN MARGINS ALL AROUND.

With 2003 P.F. certificate

2,350
4,500
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3105
 
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3105, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b). Beautiful deep rich colors, cancelled by clear strike of circle of V's cancel, centered to lower right, two small tears (one sealed) not noticeable from front of stamp

A FINE-APPEARING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT. ONLY 90 COPIES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.

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.

Census No. 119b-CAN-SE14. With 1992 P.F. certificate

15,000
5,250
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3106
 
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3106, 1869 Pictorial Issue24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b), 24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b). Bold large rosette cancel, small faults

VERY FINE AND CHOICE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 WITH INVERTED CENTER.

Our published 1869 Invert census (with unpublished updates) contains 89 copies of the perforated 24c Invert, including four unused stamps and multiples. This stamp is a relatively new addition.

Census No. 120b-CAN-SC09.

15,000
6,500
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3107
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3107, 1869 Pictorial Issue1c Buff, 3c Ultramarine (112, 114), 1c Buff, 3c Ultramarine (112, 114)1c Buff, 3c Ultramarine (112, 114). 1c pulled top left corner perf, 3c vertical pair with wide straddle margin showing large part of adjoining stamps and full arrow at right, tied by blue targets and duplex "Sandusky O. Jul. 26" (1869) double-circle datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U34) to Minden, Germany, with merchant's return address at left, red New York transit also cancels entire and ties 3c pair, red Bremen transit, German receiving backstamp, stamps with minor perf tip gum toning, Extremely Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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3108
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3108, 1869 Pictorial Issue2c Brown, Bisect (113c), 2c Brown, Bisect (113c)2c Brown, Bisect (113c). Right vertical half, tied by perfectly struck "PAID" in circle cancel, "East Clarendon Vt. Mar. 17" circular datestamp at left on 2c Brown on Orange entire (U80) to Mt. Holly Vt., entire cancelled by second "PAID" in circle handstamp, stamp has tiny tear at top right not noted on certificate

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF A 2-CENT 1869 BISECT ON A FRESH ENTIRE.

Signed Colson. With 1984 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
4,250
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3109°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3109, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Well-centered, rich color, tied by quartered cork cancel, matching "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 10" (1869) datestamp, second strike at right, on "Pacific Station, U.S. Flag-ship Pensacola" printed corner card cover to New York City, also bearing mostly complete strike of red "Hawaiian Steam Service" oval handstamp, bold "Due 7" handstamp

EXTREMELY FINE. 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 and Hall. With 2000 P.F. certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
8,000
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3110
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3110, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Used with horizontal pair of 3c Ultramarine (114), cancelled by 5-Point Star, 3c pair tied by strike at left and red transit on cover with printed address to Copenhagen, Denmark, red German transit and large red "2-1/2" credit, 10c stamp with natural s.e. at left, Very Fine and colorful cover from the Warner correspondence, with 1992 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
0
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3111°
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3111, 1869 Pictorial Issue2c Brown, 10c Yellow (113, 116), 2c Brown, 10c Yellow (113, 116)2c Brown, 10c Yellow (113, 116). Pair and single 2c, slightly misperfed vertically, used with 10c, all tied by Japanese "X" Chop cancel on cover from Japan to Heddersfield, England, sender's routing "Pr Pacific Mail Via San Francisco & New York", red pencil "2", magenta "San Francisco Cal. Paid May 14" (1870) and Heddersfield (Jun. 2, 1870) backstamps, stamps have some toning around perfs, vertical fold in cover only

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE COVER FROM JAPAN TO ENGLAND, PREPAID AT THE 10-CENT TRANSPACIFIC AND 6-CENT TRANSATLANTIC RATES AND CANCELLED BY THE DISTINCTIVE JAPANESE "CHOP" CANCEL.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
6,500
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3112
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3112, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Two, one with straight edge at right and rounded corner, other creased before cancel was applied (folded back), tied by circle of wedges, partly clear "P.O.D. U.S. Con. Genl. Shanghai, Aug. 12" circular datestamp on double-rate cover from Peking, China, to Ripton Vt., with original 24-page letter datelined "Peking, 22 July '70", clear strike of red "Paid" applied by Shanghai Local Post for transit between Peking and U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, forwarded to Billerica Mass., "Ripton Vt. Sep. 23" circular datestamp, no forwarding postage indicated, slightly reduced at left, some soiling and brown rust stains

A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE ON A COVER CARRIED FROM PEKING TO SHANGHAI BY THE SHANGHAI LOCAL POST, THEN MAILED AT THE UNITED STATES CONSULATE. THE ORIGINAL 24-PAGE LETTER FROM AN AMERICAN MISSIONARY DESCRIBES IN DETAIL THE TIENTSIN MASSACRE OF JUNE 1870.

In the enclosed 24-page letter, the writer, a missionary in Peking, carefully describes the infamous Tientsin Massacre of June 1870, an incident that nearly precipitated war between China and the West. Fueled by Chinese xenophobia and rumors that French Catholic nuns were abducting and murdering Chinese children, a mob of hostile Chinese attacked the Catholic orphanage in Tientsin and killed 18 foreigners, including 10 nuns. All of the circumstances and events are detailed in this letter. Due to its size and weight, the U.S. double rate applied. Service between Peking and Shanghai was provided by the Shanghai Local Post, as evidenced by the red "Paid" handstamp. In Shanghai the letter entered the U.S. mails thru the General Consul.

This cover and letter come from a correspondence that only recently reached philatelic hands, and it is both a rare 10c 1869 usage from Peking via the Shanghai Local Post and a remarkable contemporary account a horrific event in China's relations with the Western world.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,750
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3113
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3113, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Used with 3c Ultramarine (114), tied by blue circle of V's cancel, matching "Placerville Cal. Jan. 13" circular datestamp on folded cover made from lined paper to Locarno, Switzerland, red New York transit and 1870 Locarno receiving backstamp, Fine, a scarce 1869 usage from the West Coast to Europe

E. 750-1,000
850
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3114
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3114, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Well-centered, slightly rounded corner, used with 10c Brown (150), tied by cork cancels, magenta "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 17 Paid" circular datestamp and matching "12" credit handstamp on blue 1870 folded cover to Lima, Peru, receiving backstamp, file fold, Fine, very scarce mixed-issue combination (seven recorded in 1869 PRA census), signed Ashbrook, ex European Large Gold

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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3115
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3115, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Dark colors, tied by quartered cork cancel, indistinct red Paid All Direct transit datestamp on blue folded cover to Zurich, Switzerland, Oct. 1869 Basil and Zurich backstamps, faint horizontal file fold, Very Fine, ex Hillmer

E. 750-1,000
800
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3116
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3116, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Choice centering, tied by target cancels, "Loachapoka Ala. May 24" circular datestamp on registered 3c Pink entire (U58), similarly cancelled, to H. B. Shaw, Alfred Me., magenta registry no. at top left, 3c slightly oxidized, small mounting adherence on top backflap, still Extremely Fine, ex Argentum

E. 750-1,000
900
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3117
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3117, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Rich colors, circle of wedges cancel, tied by light strike of "New Orleans La., Nov. 12" circular datestamp, used with two 2c Brown (113), tied by circle of wedges on blue folded cover to Milan, Italy, "New York Paid All Br. Transit Nov. 16" datestamp, merchant's blue oval handstamp, 1869 receiving backstamps, few faint age spots, light horizontal file fold at bottom, otherwise Fine usage paying 19c closed mail rate via England

E. 750-1,000
575
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