Sale 895 — 2005 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Friday, 3 June, 2005

Category — 1908-23 Issues (Scott 537a thru 594)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
353
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Sale 895, Lot 353, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 537a thru 594)3c Deep Violet (537a). Mint N.H., deep rich color, unusually wide margins for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT VICTORY ISSUE IN THE ELUSIVE DEEP VIOLET SHADE.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate for pair.

2,250
3,250
354
og
Sale 895, Lot 354, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 537a thru 594)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B). Lightly hinged, large margins all around, radiant color on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE TYPE VII IMPERFORATE OFFSET ISSUE.

With copy of 1968 P.F. certificate for block of four and with 2005 P.F. certificate as single

2,100
1,900
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355
 
Sale 895, Lot 355, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 537a thru 594)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544). Rich color, machine cancel, choice centering for this difficult issue

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL SOUND EXAMPLE OF THIS MAJOR TWENTIETH CENTURY RARITY.

A small quantity of 1c Rotary Press stamps was perforated 11 at the end of 1922, using remainder sheets from the earlier printings that were normally perforated in 10 gauge or 11/10 compound gauge. Most of the recorded copies of Scott 544 are off-center or have been damaged--the result of lower production standards and poor handling.

With 1963 P.F. certificate

3,250
6,000
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356
 
Sale 895, Lot 356, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 537a thru 594)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544). San Francisco Cal. precancel, wide margins, fresh and bright color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THIS MAJOR 20TH CENTURY RARITY.

With 1975 and 2002 P.F. certificates

3,250
4,500
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357
c
Sale 895, Lot 357, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 537a thru 594)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544). Rich color, tied by "Belmont Vt. (Month?) 22 A.M. 1923" duplex datestamp and bars cancel on photographic postcard to Rocky Hill Conn.

VERY FINE AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1923 ONE-CENT ROTARY PERF 11 USED ON A POST CARD. ONLY NINE POSTCARDS AND FIVE COVERS HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS GENUINE BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION. A WONDERFUL EXHIBITION ITEM.

A small quantity of 1c Rotary Press stamps was perforated 11 at the end of 1922, using remainder sheets from the earlier printings that were normally perforated in 10 gauge or 11/10 compound gauge. Its existence as a Perf 11 variety was discovered in 1936, and the stamp received its Scott Catalogue listing in 1938. Unlike this example, most postcards we have offered do not have a year date.

With 1982 A.P.S. certificate.

4,500
3,000
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358
ng
Sale 895, Lot 358, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 537a thru 594)1c Green, Rotary, Perf 11 (594). Unused (regummed), cancel removed, choice centering

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ONE-CENT ROTARY PRESS COIL WASTE STAMP, SCOTT 594.

With 1988 R.P.S. certificate.

6,750
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359°
c
Sale 895, Lot 359, 1908-23 Issues (Scott 537a thru 594)1c Green, Rotary, Perf 11 (594). Perfectly centered, long full perfs all around, tied by "NEW YORK, N.Y. STA. Y 1924" dateless machine cancel with "REGISTER OR INSURE VALUABLE MAIL" slogan in bars on unsealed circular-rate envelope with typewritten local address

EXTREMELY FINE GEM STAMP AND IMMACULATE COVER. THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 594 EXTANT ON COVER AND AMONG THE FOUR BEST-CENTERED OF ALL KNOWN COPIES OF THIS RARITY. AN IMPORTANT 20TH CENTURY COVER.

The 1c Green, Scott 594, is waste from a horizontal rotary printing used to make coils. At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was produced that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919 the Bureau devised a plan to salvage this waste by perforating and cutting the sheets into panes. They were put through the 11-gauge flat-plate perforator in use at the time, giving the sheets full perforations on all sides. In 1923 coil waste from the new 1c and 2c rotary production was turned into stamps later classified as Scott 578-579 and 594-595. These were the last of the coil-waste issues. The existence of Scott 594 was not reported until four months after the final sheets were delivered, and the 1c Rotary Perf 11 was soon recognized as one of the rarest United States stamps.

There are today fewer than 100 confirmed examples of Scott 594. The first major find of this stamp was made in 1934 by Ernest E. Fairbanks, who retrieved nine pairs (18 stamps, one or two damaged) on nine separate covers that were returned by the post office years earlier from a bulk mailing. All were postmarked at New York City on October 4, 1924. The nine Fairbanks covers were cut down into pieces, and today there are perhaps five or six of these pieces intact. According to a survey of the Levi records and The Philatelic Foundation patient records, there are four Scott 594 usages. Two are postcards, each bearing a single stamp, cancelled at New York City on March 25 and October 16(?), 1924. A pair on cover (an envelope) is cancelled at New York City on October 13, 1924. The second cover (offered here) is a circular-rate unsealed envelope cancelled at New York City in 1924, but the machine postmark is dateless, as normal for third-class mail.

The stamp on this cover ranks among the four best-centered copies of Scott 594 that exist in any condition. It is the finest of the four recorded usages and the only single franking on an envelope. The perfs cut into the top of the pair on the other known envelope.

Ex Ewing and Argentum. Signed by Gordon Usticke (Stanley Gibbons backstamp). With 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 30,000-40,000
32,500
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