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Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — Official Seals to Revenues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
634
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 634, Official Seals to Revenues1883, Black on Tan, Dead Letter Office Seal (OXA1 var), 1883, Black on Tan, Dead Letter Office Seal (OXA1 var)1883, Black on Tan, Dead Letter Office Seal (OXA1 var). Printed "Washington D.C. 1883" seal affixed to back of cover used within England and forwarded to Cincinnati O., bearing G.B. 1p pair and -1/2p stamps tied by "Londonderry FE 26, 1883" duplexes, Dublin transit, blue "Misdirected" handstamp, red "Dead Letter Office Deficiency in Address Supplied at" handstamp, triangular Dead Letter Office backstamp, seal dated April 16, opened for display, some wear, Very Fine, this is a newly discovered seal and the basis for what will be a new Scott Catalogue listing, this seal predates the earliest seal, OXA1

E. 1,500-2,000
750
635
ogbl
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 635, Official Seals to Revenues1c Express, Imperforate (R1a), 1c Express, Imperforate (R1a)1c Express, Imperforate (R1a). Bottom part imprint and plate no. block of nine, original gum, lightly hinged at top, large margins all around, deep rich color, tiny thin speck at top right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF NINE OF THE ONE-CENT EXPRESS IMPERFORATE ISSUE. THIS IS THE LARGEST UNUSED MULTIPLE OF THIS ISSUE.

According to the most recent census information, available at www.thecurtiscollection.com, this and one other unused block of nine are the largest unused multiples. The other example, in a private collection, does not contain a plate no. or partial imprint.

Ex Joyce and Wampler

E. 2,000-3,000
2,200
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