Sale 1021 — The Frelinghuysen Collection, Part Two

Sale Date — Thursday, 29 March, 2012

Category — 1909 Washington-Franklin Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 359-366)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
493
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Sale 1021, Lot 493, 1909 Washington-Franklin Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 359-366)3c Deep Violet, Bluish (359). Disturbed original gum, rich color, ample to wide margins, short perf at upper right, otherwise Very Fine

1,800
500
494
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Sale 1021, Lot 494, 1909 Washington-Franklin Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 359-366)4c Orange Brown, Bluish (360). Rich color on deeply blued paper, narrow h.r. at top, three extra wide margins

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND UNUSUALLY WIDE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 4-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER.

According to Johl (Vol. 1, page 175), the only source of the 4c and 8c Bluish stamps was the archives of the Post Office Department. Approximately 80 of each were traded for rare stamps missing from the archives. Given the failed experimental nature of the paper mixture, it is no surprise that virtually all copies are off-center to some extent.

With 2011 P.F. certificate

27,500
15,500
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495
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Sale 1021, Lot 495, 1909 Washington-Franklin Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 359-366)5c Blue, Bluish (361). Slightly disturbed original gum, rich color on nicely blued paper, wide to full margins

FINE EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE 5-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER.

The 5c is the third rarest of the set and the rarest of the regularly-issued Bluish Paper stamps. The 4c and 8c were released by postal officials and not sold through the post office.

Small blue backstamp

5,750
2,000
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496
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Sale 1021, Lot 496, 1909 Washington-Franklin Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 359-366)6c Red Orange, Bluish (362). Wide top selvage, narrow h.r. near bottom and two tiny h.r. slivers between stamp and selvage, bright color, Fine

3,000
600
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497
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Sale 1021, Lot 497, 1909 Washington-Franklin Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 359-366)8c Olive Green, Bluish (363). Narrow h.r. at top, beautiful centering with wide margins, intense color on deeply blued paper, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 8-CENT WASHINGTON ON BLUISH PAPER. ONE OF THE BEST-CENTERED EXAMPLES WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.

According to Johl (Vol. 1, page 175), the only source of the 4c and 8c Bluish stamps was the archives of the Post Office Department. Approximately 80 of each were traded for rare stamps missing from the archives. A review of Power Search and our Levi records revealed only a handful with centering comparable to this example.

With 2011 P.F. certificate

30,000
28,000
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498
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Sale 1021, Lot 498, 1909 Washington-Franklin Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 359-366)10c Yellow, Bluish (364). Disturbed original gum, vibrant color, perf flaw at top, appears Fine

1,600
475
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499
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Sale 1021, Lot 499, 1909 Washington-Franklin Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 359-366)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Narrow h.r. at top, slight gum disturbance at bottom, deep rich color on blued paper, Fine

2,600
550
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500
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Sale 1021, Lot 500, 1909 Washington-Franklin Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 359-366)15c Pale Ultramarine, Bluish (366). H.r., vivid color on fresh paper, attractive margins, Fine

1,250
850
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501
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Sale 1021, Lot 501, 1909 Washington-Franklin Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 359-366)15c Pale Ultramarine, Bluish (366). Mint N.H. block of four with top right corner selvage, each stamp with small "W.H.C." (Warren H. Colson) backstamp, bright color on nicely blued paper which stands out particularly in the selvage, small pencil notation in corner selvage, bottom right stamp tiny natural inclusion

FINE. A SCARCE MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 15-CENT ON BLUISH.

Scott Retail for hinged block of four is $6,000.00. Scott Retail as four Mint N.H. singles

12,000
2,200
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