Sale 913 — 2006 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 May, 2006

Category — 12c 1851 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
560
og
Sale 913, Lot 560, 12c 1851 Issue12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, large margins to full, original gum, intense shade and impression which is really quite stunning

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A PARTICULARLY CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM PAIR OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE.

As this pair demonstrates, the spacing between stamps on the plate was very narrow. Sound original-gum examples with four margins are great rarities, and most have been harvested from larger multiples.

With 1988 P.F. certificate for pair.

12,500
0
561
og
Sale 913, Lot 561, 12c 1851 Issue12c Black (17). Original gum, lightly hinged, four large even margins incl. part of adjoining stamps on two sides, intense shade and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE. SCARCE IN SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION AND RARE WITH SUCH LARGE MARGINS.

With 1998 P.F. certificate

5,500
10,000
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562
 
Sale 913, Lot 562, 12c 1851 Issue12c Black (17). Enormous margins including sheet margin with full guideline at right and large portion of adjacent stamp at left, trace of adjacent stamp at bottom right, virtually face-free bright red "Philadelphia Pa. Br. Pkt. 19 Nov. 2" credit datestamp, intense shade and incredible proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE. SUPERB IN EVERY RESPECT -- COLOR, IMPRESSION, CANCEL, MARGINS, AND FRESHNESS.

The 12c 1851 plate was laid down with very little room between stamps -- just barely one millimeter, to be exact. For this reason, collectors have a difficult time finding stamps with large margins all around. The 12c 1851 was also rarely cancelled exclusively by the red credit markings used by foreign-mail exchange offices; therefore, even when a red credit marking is present, it is usually struck in conjunction with another less attractive marking.

This stamp breaks both rules. The margins are enormous, and the sheet margin at right shows the guideline between the left and right panes (this stamp comes from the left). It was once part of a pair used to pay the 24c treaty rate to England -- we know this because of the "19" (cents) credit datestamp applied at the Philadelphia exchange office. In this instance, no other cancel was used, and we are left with a spectacular sheet-margin single cancelled in red.

None of the above will be lost on specialists in United States used classics, but for those less familiar with the nuances of the 1851-57 Issue, we should emphasize the truly extraordinary features of this stamp. It is the kind that causes a philatelist to stop and stare in awe.

With 1999 P.F. certificate for the original pair. With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo). When we asked P.S.E. what constitutes a 100, they stated that the adjoining stamps must be visible on every side. However, given the other qualities this stamp possesses, we feel that it more than deserves the grade of 100.

345
7,500
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563
c
Sale 913, Lot 563, 12c 1851 Issue12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Large margins, bright shade, tied across the cut by "San Francisco Cal. 16 Aug." circular datestamp on 1853 folded letter to Boston, sender's ship-name designation "Winfield Scott" at lower left, light vertical file fold well clear of bisect

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL BISECT OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE ON A COVER FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO BOSTON.

Ex Hessel and Kapiloff. With 1992 P.F. certificate

2,500
3,000
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