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Sale 878 — 2004 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 12 June, 2004

Category — 1851-56 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
243
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 243, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Original gum, lightly hinged, huge margins all around incl. sheet margin at bottom, pretty Plate 1 Early color

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM BOTTOM SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE II FROM PLATE 1 EARLY.

Stamps from Plate 1E, which produced the first 1c 1851's issued, are very scarce in original-gum condition and typically are toned or stained. This stamp is among the freshest and brightest Plate 1E examples we have encountered with original gum.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

1,200
3,500
244
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 244, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Horizontal pair, original gum, lightly hinged, large margins to full all around, deep rich color

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM PAIR OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE II.

With 1996 P.F. certificate.

2,750
3,600
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245
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 245, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Plate 1E, large to huge margins including parts of five adjoining stamps at top and sides, intense shade and impression, light blue grid cancels

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE FROM PLATE 1 EARLY.

An outstanding Plate 1 Early stamp featuring huge margins, a colored cancel and fresh color.

167
2,200
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246
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 246, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7)1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Position 97R3, enormous margins all around incl. sheet margin at bottom, deep rich Plate 3 color, neat strike of Boston circular datestamp with integral "Paid"

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ARGUABLY THE FINEST USED EXAMPLE OF TYPE II FROM PLATE 3 WE HAVE EVER OFFERED AT AUCTION. A SUPERB STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

Type II stamps from Plate 3 are scarce due to the short life of the printing plate.

With 2003 P.S.E. certificate

400
2,200
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247
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 247, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. III (8), 1c Blue, Ty. III (8)1c Blue, Ty. III (8). Position 66L4, large to huge margins, deep rich Plate 4 color on remarkably bright white paper, neat strike of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE III ISSUE.

With 2003 P.F. certificate

3,250
4,500
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248
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 248, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. III (8), 1c Blue, Ty. III (8)1c Blue, Ty. III (8). Positions 23-24L4, horizontal pair, full to enormous margins all around, wide breaks at top and bottom, incredibly rich color and proof-like impression, light New Orleans circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB AND RARE PAIR OF THE TYPE III 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE ISSUE. REMARKABLE IN EVERY RESPECT.

There are only a small number of adjoining Type III positions on Plate 4, which produced both imperforate and perforated stamps. Imperforate Type III pairs are extremely rare. This pair shows clear breaks in the lines at top and bottom and comes from two "swing" positions, 23-24L4, which transformed from Type IIIa to Type III as the plate wore.

6,250
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249
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 249, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Large to huge margins, rich color on bright white paper, face-free cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIA IMPERFORATE ISSUE.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

1,050
2,700
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250
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 250, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Horizontal pair, Positions 18-19R1E, rich color, huge margins to just touched including portion of adjoining stamp at right and plume of 8R (Ty. Ib) at top left, both stamps with clear break at top, bold Cincinnati circular datestamps

VERY FINE AND CHOICE PAIR OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa FROM PLATE 1 EARLY.

This pair comes from the second row of the right pane of Plate 1 Early. The row above it produced the major rarities, Scott 5 and 5A, and there is a tiny bit of the plume of 8R (Scott 5A) visible in the top left margin.

2,600
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251
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 251, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IV , Triple Transfer, One Inverted (9 var), 1c Blue, Ty. IV , Triple Transfer, One Inverted (9 var)1c Blue, Ty. IV , Triple Transfer, One Inverted (9 var). Position 71L1L, original gum, h.r., large to huge margins all around incl. sheet margin at left, deep rich color

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IV WITH TRIPLE-TRANSFER, ONE INVERTED.

The three inverted transfers occurred during the making of Plate 1 Early. Positions 71L, 81L and 91L were entered from the three-subject transfer roll in the spaces where the first three entries had been made and erased (but not fully erased). The three entries that were erased were made in the upper corner left corner of the plate (which would produce 10R, 20R and 30R). The plate was turned 180 degrees before starting fresh entries from the transfer roll. Why this was done is not known. Position 91L was re-entered a third time on Plate 1 Early, creating a triple transfer (two upright, one inverted). When Toppan, Carpenter re-worked the worn plate, many of the subjects were re-entered, and all but one were recut at top and/or bottom, creating Scott 9, Type IV, from what we call Plate 1 Late (the same piece of steel in its modified state). Positions 71L and 81L were re-entered, thus becoming triple transfer (one inverted) positions. Position 91L was not re-entered. Thus, Position 71L and 81L only exist as triple transfers one inverted as Type IV stamps, while Position 91L exists as Type II and Type IV.

With 2004 P.F. certificate.

900
2,200
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252
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 252, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Original gum, lightly hinged, large to huge margins incl. sheet margin at top, deep rich Plate 1 Late color

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IV.

Ex Drucker. With 1988 P.F. certificate.

750
1,250
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253
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 253, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Block of four with part imprint at right, Positions 29-30, 39-40R1L, unused (no gum), huge margins all around incl. part of four adjoining stamps, bright shade

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARILY FRESH AND RARE UNUSED IMPRINT BLOCK OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IV.

With 1978 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as block of four with gum but with no premium for the imprint

3,500
5,250
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254
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 254, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IV, Printed "Paid" Precancel (9 var), 1c Blue, Ty. IV, Printed "Paid" Precancel (9 var)1c Blue, Ty. IV, Printed "Paid" Precancel (9 var). Horizontal pair, left stamp in all capital letters, right stamp all lower case, large margins to just in, used on brown newspaper wrapper addressed to Southington Conn., accompanied by original enclosure of The American Eagle newspaper of Cleveland O. dated Feb. 2, 1857, left stamp small corner crease at bottom left, few small toned spots, wrapper aged and brittle, newspaper with some slight toning spots and minor edgewear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A NEWLY-DISCOVERED WRAPPER WITH A PAIR OF THE "PAID" PRECANCEL. THE ENCLOSURE SOLVES THE MYSTERY OF WHERE THIS RARE PRECANCEL ORIGINATED. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS PRECANCEL ON A WRAPPER.

Little is known about the "Paid" precancels on the 1c 1851 Issue. The Ashbrook 1c book illustrates several varieties of actual and supposed precancels, including a pair similar to that offered here. Ashbrook surmises that "the markings..were printed from newspaper type. In all probability the overprinting was done in a newspaper printing plant, and the stamps were used on wrappers enclosing newspapers or more than probable, on the newspapers themselves."

With 2004 P.F. certificate. A new discovery offered to the market for the first time. The wrapper requires paper conservation to prevent further acidification, but the newspaper is unaffected by aging.

E. 10,000-15,000
32,500
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255
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 255, 1851-56 Issue3c Orange Brown (10), 3c Orange Brown (10)3c Orange Brown (10). Original gum, huge margins all around incl. part of adfjoining stamp at top, deep rich color and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 3-CENT IMPERFORATE ORANGE BROWN ISSUE.

Due to the narrow spacing on the plate, this issue rarely comes with margins as large as the stamp offered here. This should be considered a true condition rarity.

With 1993 and 2000 P.F. certificates.

3,250
6,000
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256
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 256, 1851-56 Issue3c Orange Brown (10), 3c Orange Brown (10)3c Orange Brown (10). Ample to large margins, deep rich color, tied by perfect strike of "New-York Jan. 14" circular datestamp on Barnabas Bates Illustrated Propaganda cover with elaborate design for Cheap Inland and Ocean Postage, wonderful depiction of steamship and railroad train, cover has tiny tear at top left, couple small scuffs in address

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND SPECTACULAR BARNABAS BATES "CHEAP POSTAGE" PROPAGANDA COVER. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE 1851 3-CENT ORANGE BROWN.

Ex Baker. With 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
6,000
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257
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 257, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11), 3c Dull Red (11)3c Dull Red (11). Large margins to just in, tied by elaborately hand-drawn figure of man with walking stick in heavy snow with train in the background, to Mary Proctor in Bridgewater, comical figure also drawn on back, neat "Medford Mass. Jan. 23" circular datestamp, Very Fine, a beautiful cover, likely from the same artist as the famous Pattee correspondence

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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258
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 258, 1851-56 Issue5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Vertical pair, D/B reliefs, full to huge margins showing part of adjoining stamps at right, New Orleans 1857 circular datestamp and part of red transit

EXTREMELY FINE GEM PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

2,100
1,500
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259
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 259, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (13), 10c Green, Ty. I (13)10c Green, Ty. I (13). Unused (no gum), large margins to clear, deep rich color, light translucency visible on back only (not mentioned on accompanying certificate)

VERY FINE AND RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE I IMPERFORATE ISSUE.

With 1950 P.F. certificate.

7,000
2,900
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260
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 260, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (13), 10c Green, Ty. I (13)10c Green, Ty. I (13). Huge even margins all around, exceptionally bright color on fresh white paper, neat blue circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE I IMPERFORATE ISSUE.

A remarkable stamp in all respects: margins, color, impression, cancel and freshness.

840
1,900
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261
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 261, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. IV (16), 10c Green, Ty. IV (16)10c Green, Ty. IV (16). Position 86L1, recut at top, large margins, rich color, light face-free circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE IV IMPERFORATE ISSUE.

With 1993 P.F. certificate

1,600
3,250
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262
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 262, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. IV (16), 10c Green, Ty. IV (16)10c Green, Ty. IV (16). Position 55L1, recut at bottom, large to huge margins, dark shade and fine impression, neat New Orleans circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE I IMPERFORATE ISSUE.

Ex Ishikawa, Sevenoaks and Twigg-Smith. With 2001 P.F. certificate

1,700
3,500
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263
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 263, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. IV (16), 10c Green, Ty. IV (16)10c Green, Ty. IV (16). Position 55L1, recut at bottom, large margins all around, light circular datestamp barely touches face, rich color, small backstamps do not show thru

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE I IMPERFORATE ISSUE.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

1,700
1,900
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264
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 264, 1851-56 Issue12c Black, Part India Paper (17 var), 12c Black, Part India Paper (17 var)12c Black, Part India Paper (17 var). Unused (no gum), huge margins to clear incl. part of adjoining stamp at left, bright shade and impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE ON PART-INDIA PAPER.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,700
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265
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 265, 1851-56 Issue12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, large to huge margins with portions of adjoining stamps at top and left, light blue circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE USED PAIR OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE IN SUPERB CONDITION.

With 2004 P.F. certificate

700
1,600
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266
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 266, 1851-56 Issue12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a), 12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Upper right diagonal half, ample margins, ideally tied across the cut by blue framed "PAID"%$ straightline with matching "SONORA, CALIFORNIA/JAN 12, 1852"%$ two-line datestamp on blue folded letter to Surry Me., from the Jarvis correspondence, ms. "Paid 6cts", slight bleaching along file fold

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING 12-CENT 1851 BISECT COVER WITH THE RARE SONORA 1852 YEAR-DATED STRAIGHTLINE POSTMARK. ONLY FIVE RECORDED COVERS -- ALL FROM THE JARVIS CORRESPONDENCE -- WITH THE 12-CENT 1851 BISECT AND SONORA STRAIGHTLINE.

Ex Brown, Grunin and Zoellner

E. 12,000-15,000
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