Sale 946 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Monday, 12 November, 2007
Category — 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE II.
With 2002 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT PERFORATE TYPE IIIA.
With 1986 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE UNUSED PAIR OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIA. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE SELVAGE AND PART IMPRINT.
The Neinken book states that the top position is Type III and is not a transitional position. It has a small but clear break at bottom, and a wide break at top, and should technically be classified as Type III (Scott No. 21), but the expertizers disagree.
With 1980 and 2007 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 3-CENT ROSE TYPE I WITHOUT RECUT INNER LINES.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,150.00) as No. 25 before 2008 Scott reclassification. Remarkably, the P.S.E. Population Report lists only one XF-Superb 95 and one Superb 98 for the 3c Type I perforated.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT TYPE I PERFORATED ISSUE.
With 1986 P.F. certificate as Scott No. 28b and 2007 P.F. certificate as Scott No. 28 (VF-XF 85; SMQ $2,200.00). This is not even remotely close to the standard Red Brown shades.
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT INDIAN RED SHADE. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST ORIGINAL-GUM STAMPS IN UNITED STATES PHILATELY -- ONLY FOUR INDIAN RED STAMPS WITH ANY AMOUNT OF GUM ARE CONTAINED IN OUR RECORDS.
Our search of old auction catalogues and the records of the Philatelic Foundation yielded only ten unused examples of Scott 28A. Of these, only four have been described as having any gum whatsoever. These are: 1) Offered in the C. A. Brown Collection by Harmer, Rooke & Co. in 1941 where described as "full original gum"; it was offered in the 1968 Rarities sale and again as part of the A. T. Seymour Collection (Siegel Sale 373, Apr. 23, 1970, lot 35) where described as "large part original gum" and in our Sale 895 (lot 102, realized $75,000 hammer); 2) the "Ambassador" copy (Siegel Sale 300, Apr. 27, 1966, lot 45A), described as part original gum, also ex Argentum (Siegel Sale 807, Feb. 23, 1999, lot 76) where described as "unused (traces of gum)"; 3) the Caspary/Lilly copy, described in both catalogues as full original gum and with light horizontal crease (the example offered here); and 4) the example offered in our sale of the Alan Geisler Collection, where described as part original gum, a light diagonal crease and two small corner creases at top right (Siegel Sale 929, lot 47, realized $110,000 hammer).
Ex Caspary and Lilly. With 2007 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT INDIAN RED. A DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.
With 2007 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1857 ISSUE IN THE BRIGHT RED BROWN SHADE.
With 1985 and 2006 P.F. certificates, the former as a pair
EXTREMELY FINE. THE 5-CENT ORANGE BROWN 1861 SHADE IS RARELY FOUND WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.
With 2007 P.F. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $2,800.00)
EXTREMELY FINE. A DESIRABLE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT TYPE II BROWN 1860 SHADE IN REMARKABLY FRESH CONDITION WITH A PERT-IMPRINT SHEET MARGIN.
Unlike its Orange Brown counterpart, the 5c Type II in Brown was not on hand in post offices when the 1861 demonetization order took effect. Therefore, original-gum examples of Scott 30A are far scarcer than Scott 30. The narrow spacing between subjects on the plate, as well as Toppan Carpenter's imprecise perforating, leaves collectors with very few well-centered original-gum examples.
With photocopy of 1997 P.F. certificate for right imprint and plate no. strip of three (bottom stamp)
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 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
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
Ex Vineyard. With 1986 and 2002 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE. A HANDSOME ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 90-CENT ISSUE.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate