Sale 913 — 2006 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 May, 2006

Category — 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
584
og
Sale 913, Lot 584, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (31). Original gum, choice centering for this difficult issue showing full plumes at bottom (the defining characteristic of the type), pretty pastel color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THIS IS THE ONLY SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT PERFORATED TYPE I ISSUE WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS. ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF THE ISSUE.

Type I stamps are only found on the 20 stamps that comprise the bottom row of the plate. Due to narrow spacing on the plate and difficulties in aligning the perforating machine, stamps at the bottom of the plate usually have perforations cutting into the bottom portion of the design. This is a negative, because Type I is defined as having the design complete at bottom. The population of stamps showing the characteristic available to collectors is extremely limited, especially when other factors such as gum and soundness are taken into consideration.

With 1992 and 2003 P.F. certificates.

20,000
62,500
585
c
Sale 913, Lot 585, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (31). Horizontal strip of three, choice centering with wide-spaced perforations providing ample room for the Type I characteristics, tied by light strikes of "New Orleans La. Dec. 16" circular datestamp on blue 1859 folded letter to Nantes, France, red New York 24c credit datestamp also ties strip, stamps with faint overall even toning, otherwise Very Fine, scarce and attractive usage of a strip of three of the 10c Type I perforated issue, signed Ashbrook, with 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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586
 
Sale 913, Lot 586, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. IV-IV-III (34-34-33). Horizontal strip of three, Positions 64-66L1, left stamp recut at top and bottom, center stamp recut at top, choice centering, deep rich color, right stamp faint crease, few small perf separations sensibly reinforced

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL STRIP OF THREE OF THE 10-CENT 1857 ISSUE, CONTAINING TWO OF THE EIGHT RECUT POSITIONS.

Ex Ishikawa. With 1993 P.F. certificate.

6,050
6,250
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587
c
Sale 913, Lot 587, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. V (35). Block of four, tied by "New Orleans La. Nov. 15" double-circle datestamps on folded cover to Vera Cruz, Mexico, endorsed "Per Tennessee", bold "7" due marking, expertly silked, faint horizontal file fold affects top stamps, appears Very Fine, rare block used on cover, perhaps five or six are known

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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588
c
Sale 913, Lot 588, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue30c Orange (38). Used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), tied by large Boston "Paid" grids, red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid Jun. 18" backstamp on 1861 folded letter to Manila, Philippines, from the Peirce correspondence, red "28" credit handstamp, red London transit, Hong Kong backstamp, contents touch on Civil War with some interesting observations, stamps slightly oxidized, cover with few ink smears described as a stain on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE USAGE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE ON A COVER TO THE PHILIPPINES, FROM THE PEIRCE CORRESPONDENCE.

There are only three recorded covers to the Philippines bearing 1857 Issue stamps. This is one of two with the 30c stamp. Both pay the 33c rate.

Ex Kapiloff and "Manila Find". With 1992 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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589
og
Sale 913, Lot 589, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue12c Black (36). Plate 1, original gum, lightly hinged, choice centering with significant portion of imprint selvage at right, detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE WITH THE PROMINENT IMPRINT. A MAGNIFICENT SHOWPIECE.

Due to narrow spacing on the plate, most examples of this stamp (both used and unused) have perforations touching at least part of the outer frameline of the design. It is quite evident that this stamp does not fall into that category. There is a well-defined margin on each side, which is more typical of the later Plate 3 printing (Scott 36b) where the subjects were spread slightly farther apart on the plate. This stamp, with its fresh original gum, clear margins all around, bright shade and imprint, is truly superb in every sense of the word.

With 1995 P.F. certificate

1,500
13,000
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590
og
Sale 913, Lot 590, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue12c Black (36). Plate 1, original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and crisp impression on bright paper, absolutely perfect centering with perforations evenly framing design and showing outer frameline on all four sides

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE PERFORATED 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE -- THE PLATE 1 PRINTING IN PARTICULAR -- IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE IN SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION. THIS STAMP EASILY RANKS AS ONE OF THE FINEST COPIES EXTANT.

Any multiple of the 1857 12c Black from Plate 1 will demonstrate the narrow layout of this plate, which produced Scott 36. Even when the perforations are aligned between stamps, they still punch out part of the outer frameline. Plate 3, which produced Scott 36b, remedied this problem by allowing more space for perforations.

The stamp offered here is completely sound with proof-like impression and original gum. It shows the outer frameline on all four sides virtually without interruption. There are very few examples of Scott 36 that exist in condition comparable to that of the stamp offered here.

With 1995 P.F. certificate

1,500
9,000
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591
og
Sale 913, Lot 591, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue24c Gray Lilac (37). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color and detailed impression, almost perfectly centered

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 24-CENT GRAY LILAC.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

1,700
0
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592
og
Sale 913, Lot 592, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue30c Orange (38). Original gum, barest trace of hinging, perfectly centered, radiant color and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1857 ISSUE.

Although some sheets of the 24c, 30c and 90c 1857-60 Issue were left in the public's hands after the Civil War demonetization took effect, original-gum examples of the 30c in Extremely Fine grade are extremely rare, owing to the narrow space between subjects on the plate and the difficulty experienced by Toppan, Carpenter with the first perforated issue. This stamp is extraordinary in three respects: first, it is perfectly centered with the design framed by white margin on all sides; second, it is very lightly hinged; and, third, the color is brilliant and free of any oxidation that frequently plagues this issue.

With 1985 and 1995 P.F. certificates

2,250
4,250
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593
og
Sale 913, Lot 593, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue90c Blue (39). Original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, choice centering with unusually wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.

With 1984 P.F. certificate

3,500
5,500
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