Sale 920 — United States Rarities

Sale Date — Tuesday, 17 October, 2006

Category — 1851-56 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
22
P
Sale 920, Lot 22, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. I, Large Die Proof on India (5P1). On 32 x 40mm card, bright color, showing clear layout lines from the die

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED LARGE DIE PROOFS FOR THIS ISSUE. A GREAT RARITY.

In the Neinken book (p. 19), he theorizes that this die proof was made sometime after the 1857 contract was extended, and possibly was from a die made especially for the 1875 Reprint.

Ex Finkelburg.

5,000
4,000
23
og
Sale 920, Lot 23, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Original gum, barest trace of hinging (almost appears Mint N.H.), large margins all around, deep rich color and choice proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II ISSUE. SCARCE IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION.

With 2004 P.S.E. certificate

1,200
1,800
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24
ngbl
Sale 920, Lot 24, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Block of four, unused (no gum), clear to huge margins including left sheet margin, bright color

VERY FINE UNUSED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II ISSUE.

With 1992 and 2005 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as block of four with original gum

5,500
2,400
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25
og
Sale 920, Lot 25, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Large margins incl. sheet margin at top and part of adjoining stamp at bottom, original gum, deep rich color

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM SHEET MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IV ISSUE.

With 1988 P.F. certificate

850
1,900
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26
 
Sale 920, Lot 26, 1851-56 Issue3c Yellowish Rose Red (11 var). Large to huge margins all around, radiant color nicely complemented by green circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 1999 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificate, the latter describing this as the Brownish Carmine shade (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $580.00 as 90, $990.00 as 95)

187
1,500
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27
c
Sale 920, Lot 27, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11). Rich color, two large margins, others slightly in, used as forwarding postage on 3c Red Nesbitt entire originating with "White Sulphur Ky. May 15" ms. pmk., addressed to Warsaw Ky. and forwarded to North Middleton Ky., 3c stamp tied by bold blue "Cincinnati & Louisville Mail Route 20 May" route agent's circular datestamp, carried by contract steamboat, Very Fine, a remarkable usage of this scarce route agent's marking, ex Atkins

E. 500-750
1,100
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28
c
Sale 920, Lot 28, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11). Large margins to just touched, bright color, tied by "Saint Louis Mo. Feb. 19" circular datestamp on bronze North Missouri Railroad Company illustrated corner card cover to Columbia Mo., Very Fine, a pretty cover

E. 750-1,000
1,700
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29
c
Sale 920, Lot 29, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red (11). Large margins to just in, deep rich color, tied by blue grid and also by matching "Baltimore Md. Jul. 2" circular datestamp on cover with Elder & Webb Produce Merchants and Forwarding Agents illustrated blue cameo corner card cover to Frederick Md., Calvert & McClane imprint, 1853 docketing at right, Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
700
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30
c
Sale 920, Lot 30, 1851-56 Issue5c Red Brown (12). Large to huge margins showing traces of two adjoining stamps, used with 10c Green, Ty. II (14) and 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), 5c small repaired nick in left margin, 10c small repaired nick in bottom margin, tied by "Mineral Point Wis. Sep. 4" circular datestamp on legal-size cover to Philadelphia, sender's notation "3 Deeds", backflaps reattached

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE COMBINATION TO PAY THE SIX-TIMES DOMESTIC RATE.

Domestic usage of the 5c 1856 is uncommon, and only a few covers are known with multiple-stamp combinations such as this.

Ex Caspary and Mayer

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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31
c
Sale 920, Lot 31, 1851-56 Issue5c Red Brown (12). Rich color, top right corner cut off and repaired, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express San Francisco" oval handstamp, struck four additional times on legal-size buff cover with Wells, Fargo & Co. black printed frank, used as a paste-up and docketed "Recd Properly Sealed June 8 1857 Wm. Smith DepClk", corners clipped and restored

ONE OF TWO RECORDED WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY EXPRESS COVERS WITH THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.

Ex Mayer

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
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32
c
Sale 920, Lot 32, 1851-56 Issue5c Red Brown (12). Horizontal pair, large margins to just in at top right, tied by bold "Palatine Ill. Sep. 10" circular datestamp on orange cover to Forestville, Canada, light strikes of red "U. States" in arc and "Paid 10" handstamps, receiving backstamps, stamps barely affected from placement at edge of cover

FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE. ONE OF ONLY FIVE PAIRS USED ON COVER TO CANADA, OF WHICH A TOTAL OF SEVEN COVERS ARE RECORDED.

Two of the seven usages are paid by two singles. Of the 24 pairs on cover recorded in our census, this is the only known used from Illinois.

Ex Mayer. Unpublished Census No. 12-COV-350.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,700
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33
c
Sale 920, Lot 33, 1851-56 Issue5c Red Brown (12). Three singles, large margins all around (center and left stamps partly lifted to ascertain size of margins), tied by "New Orleans La. Jun. 28, 1857" circular datestamps on blue folded letter to Brest, France, red "New York Paid 12 Jul. 8" credit datestamp, red French transit, receiving backstamp, light horizontal file fold well clear of stamps, right stamp small toned spot, cover refolded at left

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN ATTRACTIVE USAGE BEARING THREE LARGE-MARGINED SINGLES OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.

Ex Waterhouse and Mayer. With 1969 P.F. certificate.

E. 5,000-7,500
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34
c
Sale 920, Lot 34, 1851-56 Issue5c Red Brown (12). Used with 10c Green, Ty. I (13), large margins to just in, tied by "New Orleans La. Aug. 16" circular datestamp on 1857 folded letter to Paris, France, red "Boston Paid 12 Aug. 26" credit datestamp, French transit, receiving backstamp, embossed company handstamp at left, small filing hole at bottom

VERY FINE. A RARE COMBINATION USAGE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY THREE COVERS BEARING A COMBINATION OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE WITH THE 10-CENT 1855 TYPE I IMPERFORATE ISSUE TO PAY THE 15-CENT RATE TO ANY FOREIGN DESTINATION.

Our comprehensive census of Scott No. 12 records only two other such combinations, both to France (one to Nantes, the other also to Paris).

Ex Mayer. Unpublished Census No. 12-COV-306.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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35
c
Sale 920, Lot 35, 1851-56 Issue5c Red Brown (12). Vertical strip of three, large margins to full, tied by "New Orleans La. Jun. 2?, 1857 " circular datestamps on blue folded letter to Paris, France, strip also tied by red "Boston Jul. 1" circular datestamp, French transit and receiving datestamps

FRESH AND VERY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED STRIPS OF THREE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE TO PARIS. A GREAT RARITY.

Of the four recorded strips of three, two are horizontal and two are vertical. Unpublished Census No. 12-COV-354. With 1982 Bolaffi certificate

5,750
2,800
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36
c
Sale 920, Lot 36, 1851-56 Issue5c Red Brown (12). Block of five, originally a block of six but top right stamp was removed, ample margins to slightly in at right, rich color, tied by five strikes of open grid cancel, "Pekin Ills. Jan. 20" (ca. 1857) circular datestamp on cover to Berlin, Prussia, red "N.York Br. Pkt. 7 Paid Jan. 27" credit datestamp for Prussian Closed Mail, red "Aachen 13/2 Franco" boxed transit datestamp, receiving backstamps, one stamp in block has small pinhole, a few other trivial faults

FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLES OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE ON COVER.

Our records show ten blocks of the 5c 1856 stamp, including an original-gum block, five off-cover used blocks, and four blocks on cover. An intact block of six on cover is the largest of all recorded multiples. The cover offered here (ex Gibson, Rohloff and Mayer) was originally franked with a block of six, but in an act of depraved indifference to philately, someone cut off the top right stamp.

Ex Gibson, Rohloff and Mayer. Scott Retail for a used block of four off cover

45,000
17,000
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37
og
Sale 920, Lot 37, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. II (14). Original gum, large even margins all around, deep rich color

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE II ISSUE.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate as VF 80, which in our opinion is at least two levels below this stamp's standing

5,500
5,500
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38
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Sale 920, Lot 38, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Type III (15). Small part original gum, large even margins, rich color

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE III ISSUE.

Ex Concord. With 1985 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as with gum.

5,000
2,300
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39
c
Sale 920, Lot 39, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. III (15). Position 50R1 with huge right sheet margin showing tiny trace of imprint at the extreme outer edge, large margins all around, bright color, used on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to J. W. Denver at Washington D.C., affixed over embossed stamp and tied by "Nevada City Cal. 10 Paid Mar. 17, 1856" integral-rate circular datestamp (scarce type), some residue of gum smears around stamp, still Extremely Fine, very unusual, Ashbrook notes on back, with 1981 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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40
og
Sale 920, Lot 40, 1851-56 Issue12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, large margins to full, original gum, intense shade and impression which is really quite stunning, tiny horizontal scissors-cut entirely in margin at bottom left does not even come close to the design

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 not mentioning scissors-cut and with 2006 P.F. certificate

12,500
11,500
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