Sale 895 — 2005 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Friday, 3 June, 2005
Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117 to 119)
FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PCITORIAL ISSUE.
The Rose book notes eight unused blocks, including off-center blocks of twelve and nine, three blocks of six and two blocks of four. All of the blocks of six or larger are off center.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 15-CENT 1869 TYPE I IS VERY RARE IN THIS CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION. A SPECTACULAR STAMP AND CERTAINLY ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN.
The 15c Type I comes from the first 1869 printing; in May 1869 the 15c went to press using the second frame plate, which produced Type II. In a condition census, both Type I and II would show similar numbers known in the top tier of original-gum condition -- probably 8 to 10 of each. However, Type I is generally a rarer stamp and carries a much higher Scott Catalogue value. Very few of this quality have been offered in years, and we anticipate vigorous competition.
With 1997 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE TRIPLE-RATE USAGE COMBINING THE 1868 30-CENT F GRILL WITH 15-CENT TYPE I 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
This is a very early usage of the 15c stamp (edu March 31 off-cover and April 2 on cover). Only one other combination franking of its kind is recorded.
FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
Multiples larger than blocks of four are scarce. Scott Retail as block of four and a pair.
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE MOURNING COVER WITH 1869 PICTORIAL STAMPS PAYING THE 19-CENT RATE TO ITALY VIA NORTH GERMAN UNION CLOSED MAILS. VERY FEW HIGH-DENOMINATION 1869 PICTORIAL COVERS EXIST WITH STAMPS CANCELLED IN RED.
Ex LeBow and Lafayette. With 1981 and 2003 P.F. certificates.
VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND RARE THREE-COLOR 1869 PICTORIAL FRANKING ON A REGISTERED-MAIL COVER FROM NEW YORK TO ITALY. IN OUR OPINION, ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL 1869 COVERS EXTANT.
International registered usages during the 1869 Pictorial period are very rare. This cover was correectly prepaid for the 15c Italian Closed Mail rate and 8c registry fee.
Ex Gibson, LeBow and Lafayette. With 2003 P.F. certificate.
FRESH AND VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL THREE-COLOR DOUBLE-RATE FRANKING TO SPAIN FROM THE GOMEZ CORRESPONDENCE.
Ex Lafayette. With 2003 P.F. certificate.