Sale 1048 — 2013 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 25 June, 2013

Category — 1857-60 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
241
c
Sale 1048, Lot 241, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19). Positions 98-100L4, horizontal strip of three with perforated interpane margin at right, deep rich color and proof-like impression, tied by light strike of "Portville N.Y." circular datestamp with manuscript date on cover to Westfield N.Y., manuscript "3" cancel on right stamp, accompanied by part of enclosures indicating 1857 use, slightly reduced at top and missing part of top flap, some slight cover toning at left, left stamp pulled perf at top, right stamp has tiny pre-use tear at lower left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE STRIP OF THREE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia, WITH WIDE INTERPANE MARGIN AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE USED ON COVER. ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST OUTSTANDING MULTIPLES FROM PLATE FOUR.

Type Ia, imperforate and perforated, only comes from 18 of the 20 positions in the bottom rows of the right and left panes of Plate 4. The 3c rate was a common rate and was often paid using horizontal strips of three of the 1c stamp. However, multiples from the bottom row of Plate 4 are extremely rare, both on and off cover. We doubt that more than two other strips on cover exist. The strip offered here is especially desirable as it has the interpane margin at right.

Ex Neinken and Wagshal. With 2011 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $32,500.00 as a strip off cover.

E. 10,000-15,000
10,000
242°
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Sale 1048, Lot 242, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Mint N.H., Plate 2, brilliant color on bright paper, beautiful centering with the design characteristics clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE II IN THE FRESHEST STATE OF PRESERVATION. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

When perforations were introduced in 1857, the plates used to print stamps at Toppan, Carpenter & Co. were laid out with narrow spaces between the subjects, because no thought had been given to the concept of perforation holes between the stamps. The imperforate sheets of 1c stamps on hand were printed from Plates 1 Late, 2 and 4, and the perforations on those stamps rarely clear the design all around. We have offered only four other unduplicated Mint N.H. examples of the perforated Ty. II in nearly 20 years.

With 1990, 2002 and 2012 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85). Scott Retail as hinged

900
2,800
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243
 
Sale 1048, Lot 243, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (21). Deep rich color and proof-like impression, neat strike of Boston circular datestamp, completely sound, top and bottom perfs well clear of the significant portions of the design, extra wide right margin shows the characteristic double transfer, single nibbed perf at bottom left corner (not mentioned on accompanying certificate)

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED ONE-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM POSITION 99R2. THIS POSITION FURNISHED THE BEST EXAMPLES OF TYPE III.

Plate 2 was made in late 1855, and consists of 198 stamps that are Type II, one position that is Type III (99R2) and one that is Type IIIA (100R2).

Guide dots were used to accurately lay out the subjects on the plate. Positions 79 and 89 were transferred perfectly using their guide dots. However, the guide dot to the south-east of Position 88R2, which was used to align the single B Relief for Position 99R2, was placed far out of line, resulting in the bottom part of the A Relief being transferred into the bottom part of Position 89 (and in the margin below this position) by mistake. When the fresh entry was made in Position 99R a full transfer of the design was not possible without running into the error in Position 89R. The position was therefore short transferred at top, and apparently also at bottom, creating the finest example of Type III found on any plate (see pp. 183-184 of Neinken book).

Plate 2 stamps were issued imperforate from December 1855 through June 1857. Beginning in July 1857 stamps from Plates 1 Late, 2 and 4 were issued with perforations, and Plates 2 and 4 continued to produce stamps through late 1857. Plate 2 stamps are rarer perforated than in imperforate form; conversely, Plate 4 stamps are rarer imperforate than in perforated form. Perforated 99R2 stamps are of extreme rarity.

Our census, which incorporates the records of noted student Jerome S. Wagshal, the Philatelic Foundation, the Levi records and our own work, is available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/21/21.pdf . Only one unused example is known, in a block. Twelve used singles are recorded, as are three on covers and two in strips, for a total of 18 known in any form. Virtually all have faults or are very off-center -- only three off-cover singles and one on cover are confirmed as sound and not all have decent centering.

Ex Sheriff. With 1986 and 2011 P.F. certificates.

17,500
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244°
 
Sale 1048, Lot 244, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Deep rich Plate 4 color on bright paper, nicely complemented by red New York City carrier datestamp, unusually choice centering, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE WITH THE RED CARRIER DATESTAMP.

Due to the narrow vertical spacing on this plate, stamps are most typically found with the perforations impinging on a portion of the design. The example offered here is centered so that the type characteristics are clearly visible.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $9,300.00). This is the highest grade awarded.

2,700
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245°
c
Sale 1048, Lot 245, 1857-60 Issue3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25). Position 35R7 plating note on back, tied by bold "Philadelphia Pa. Feb. 28" (1857) circular datestamp on small cover to Pughtown Pa.

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE OF A GOVERNMENT PERFORATED STAMP IN THE UNITED STATES. ONLY THREE ARE RECORDED WITH THE FEBRUARY 28, 1857, DATE -- TWO FROM NEW YORK AND THIS ONE COVER FROM PHILADELPHIA.

The first experimentally perforated stamps were delivered to the U.S. government on February 24, 1857. Seven cities were chosen for distribution. According to the North American and United States Gazette of February 27, "...Ninety thousand were ordered for the cities of Philadelphia and New York, and thirty thousand for New Orleans and other cities of the South and West." The earliest documented use of a perforated stamp is February 28, 1857, based on two covers from New York and the Philadelphia cover offered here. The experimental period continued until June 10, 1857, when the original six-year contract with Toppan, Carpenter expired. It was renewed on April 8, 1857, effective June 10, from which point all stamps were perforated as mandated by the new contract terms.

With 1995 A.P.S. certificate stating "used on first day cover, February 28, 1857, Philadelphia, Pa." Also with 1936 letter from Stanley B. Ashbrook to L. J. Shaughnessy, regarding this cover. Ex Hulme.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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246
c
Sale 1048, Lot 246, 1857-60 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Tied by grid cancel, "Philadelphia Pa. Jul. 15, 1861" octagonal datestamp on cover to Seneca Falls N.Y. with blue and red "Star of the North, or the Comet of 1861" Lincoln patriotic design, shows Lincoln shooting through the sky with a red, white and blue trail behind him, Upham imprint on flap

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE MOST FANCIFUL AND CELEBRATED OF ALL LINCOLN DESIGNS, COMBINING PATRIOTIC SENTIMENT WITH A CONTEMPORARY REAL-WORLD ASTRONOMICAL EVENT. THIS IS ALMOST CERTAINLY THE FINEST OF THE FEW EXAMPLES EXTANT.

The rare "Comet of 1861" design is a wonderful combination of patriotic sentiment on the meteoric rise of our nation's 16th President, who had been relatively unknown before the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates, and the real-world "Great Comet" of 1861. The 1861 comet was one of the brightest of the 19th century, visible to the naked eye for approximately three months, from June to August in the Northern Hemisphere, and by telescope for many months after. As such it was categorized as a "Great Comet", which generally means appearing once or less a decade. On the Fourth of July 1861, a soldier from the Second Wisconsin wrote about the comet, “We have been visited for a week past by a very large comet which at full day appears very bright and transparent; late at night the tail stretched nearly to the Zenith while the star was near the horizon." (http://civilwarwisconsin.com/campfire-stories/46-great-comet-of-1861.html). Popular media used the comet as a symbol for events then unfolding, especially the impending Civil War. It appears in several political cartoons of the period, but we believe none are as beautiful or apropos as the Lincoln design on this cover.

Ex Waud and Jarrett. With 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
14,000
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247
c
Sale 1048, Lot 247, 1857-60 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Bright color, tied by blue "ST" (Steamship Texas) in Star with Circles fancy cancel on triangular-shaped folded letter to New Orleans, datelined "Conchatta Chute, March 26th" (Conchatta or Coushatta is located in Louisiana), stamp with tiny tear and few minor perf flaws at left, minor splitting along folds.

VERY FINE STRIKE OF THE RARE "ST" IN STAR FANCY CANCEL ON A TRIANGULAR-SHAPED FOLDED LETTER. A WONDERFUL EXHIBITION ITEM AND BELIEVED TO BE THE ONLY RECORDED COVER WITH THIS MARKING.

The Texas was a vessel of the Southern Steamship Company, which foundered in 1860 at Galveston. Another marking with a hollow star and "Steam Ship Texas" in circle is known used in April 1858 (illustrated in the Feldman book, p. 289). The more primitive "ST" Star cancel was probably used for a brief period of time prior to 1858.

Ex "Artemis". With 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
8,000
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248
c
Sale 1048, Lot 248, 1857-60 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Bright color, choice centering, tied by clear strike of "OLD STAMPS/NOT RECOGNIZED" two-line handstamp on yellow cover to Salisbury Conn., clear strikes of "Philadelphia Pa. Sep. 14, 1861" circular datestamp and "Due 3" handstamp

FRESH AND VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE "OLD STAMPS NOT RECOGNIZED" HANDSTAMP WHICH IS RARELY FOUND TYING THE STAMP.

Philadelphia was one of the first post offices to receive the new 1861 stamps, and so the 1857 Issue and old-style embossed envelopes were demonetized by that post office earlier than at many others. The new 1861 Issue embossed envelopes were announced as available on August 8, with a five-day exchange period expiring on August 13. The new 1861 Issue adhesive stamps were announced as available on August 19, with a six-day exchange period expiring on August 25. (Source: Elliott Perry, Pat Paragraphs reprint, pp. 97, 140-141).

E. 5,000-7,500
13,000
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249
 
Sale 1048, Lot 249, 1857-60 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. III, Imperforate Vertically (26b). Position 50R27 with part imprint and plate no. "(2)7.P", imperforate at left and between stamp and selvage, bold strike of circular datestamp, rich color, small tear at top, small thin spot

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A REMARKABLE STAMP AND ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED USED EXAMPLES OF THIS RARE PERFORATION ERROR. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE SHOWING THE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER.

The only other used example of Scott 26b we record is on cover, without imprint or plate no. There is also a horizontal unused pair from the Wagshal collection (sale 996, lot 3223)

Ex Piller and Hulme. With 1974 and 2009 P.F. certificates. Unpriced as used in Scott. Scott Retail as unused pair is $14,000.00

E. 4,000-5,000
5,250
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250
nhbl
Sale 1048, Lot 250, 1857-60 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. IV (26A). Mint N.H. block of four, choice centering, bottom pair particularly nice with perfs clear all around, fresh paper, positions 1 and 3 with bit of light soiling, one unpunched perf at left

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF THE 1857 3-CENT PERFORATED TYPE IV. THIS IS THE FIRST WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.

A review using Power Search failed to find even a single Ty. IV in Mint N.H. condition and only seven blocks of four or larger of the much more common Ty. III (26).

Ex Wagshal. With 2010 P.F. certificate. Unpriced in Scott as Mint N.H. Scott Retail as hinged block of four

4,750
5,500
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251
og
Sale 1048, Lot 251, 1857-60 Issue5c Brown (29). Strip of four, original gum, lightly hinged, rich color, detailed impression

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 1857 5-CENT BROWN. THE LARGEST RECORDED UNUSED MULTIPLE OF THIS ISSUE IS A MULTIPLE OF FOUR (BLOCK OR STRIP). A FANTASTIC SHOWPIECE.

The largest recorded unused multiple of Scott 29 is one containing four stamps. Three blocks of four are known -- the most recent was offered in our 2009 Whitman sale and realized $125,000 hammer. Perhaps two or three strips of four are also known.

Ex Caspary. Scott Retail as strip of three and single.

24,500
13,000
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252
ogbl
Sale 1048, Lot 252, 1857-60 Issue5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30). Block of four with top selvage, original gum, barely hinged (two appear Mint N.H.), wonderful warm shade, wide margins

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1860 5-CENT ORANGE BROWN. THE CENTERING, COLOR AND OVERALL CONDITION OF THIS BLOCK IS TRULY REMARKABLE.

Although a relatively large number of 5c Orange Browns reached collectors from unused supplies left over after the issue was demonetized due to the Civil War, multiples are scarce, and most have been broken to feed the market's desire for singles.

With 1980 P.F. certificate

7,000
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253
ogbl
Sale 1048, Lot 253, 1857-60 Issue5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Block of six with imprint and plate no. 2 selvage at left, original gum, h.r. where some perf separations sensibly reinforced, center stamps unusual plate wash from improper wiping of the plate during production, a few faults including small piece out at bottom of top left stamp, few thin spots and light gum soaks

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE BLOCK OF SIX WITH IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER OF THE 1860 5-CENT BROWN TYPE II. VERY FEW LARGE MULTIPLES ARE KNOWN.

The 5c Brown Type II is far rarer in multiples than the Orange Brown. Unlike the 1861 Orange Brown, the earlier printing in Brown was not left in Southern post offices when the issue was demonetized in August 1861. Prior to the discovery of the block of 20 in the Frelinghuysen collection, the largest recorded multiple was a block of nine (3 x 3, ex Klein) with the same portion of the imprint and plate number. A horizontal block of six is also known (creased thru bottom three stamps) as are approximately a half-dozen blocks of four.

Scott Retail as block of four and pair with no premium for the imprint and plate number position.

29,750
4,250
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254°
c
Sale 1048, Lot 254, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. I, III (31, 33). Irregular block of three, Type II pair at top, Type I at bottom, tied by "Michigan Bluff Cal. Sep. 15" circular datestamp on Wells, Fargo & Co. overall illustrated cover to Bruceton Mills Va., design in brownish violet, sender's route directive "Overland via Los Angeles" at lower left indicating it went by regular mail stagecoach, manuscript "10 P.D." of unknown meaning, some slight skillful mends in places along edges of cover, pair at top with light creasing from placement near edge of cover, still Very Fine, handsome use

E. 1,500-2,000
5,250
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255
c
Sale 1048, Lot 255, 1857-60 Issue10c Green, Ty. II (32). Cancelled by grid and affixed over manuscript "10 pd", tied by red "New-York Feb. 12" (1858) circular datestamp, entered mails with "Philadelphia Pa. Feb. 8" circular datestamp, used with Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia, (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14) on cover to Santiago, Cuba, local stamp acid tied, "Blood's Penny Post. Philada. Feb. 8 2-1/2 P.M. 1858" circular datestamp, blue "NA" and "1" handstamps with matching Havana (Feb. 18) receiving backstamp, Feb. 25 receipt docketing at side, 10c stamp with couple short perfs at right, cover lightly cleaned

VERY FINE. A RARE AND WONDERFUL COMBINATION OF THE 10-CENT 1857 ISSUE AND THE BLOOD'S LOCAL POST STAMP USED ON COVER TO CUBA.

The combination of the Blood's local with the 1857 issue on cover to any foreign destination is scarce, and to Cuba is extremely rare. A review using Power Search failed to find another example

E. 1,500-2,000
2,500
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256
ogbl
Sale 1048, Lot 256, 1857-60 Issue24c Gray Lilac (37). Vertical block of 20 with full original gum, four stamps Mint N.H. (positions 6, 11, 14 and 15), rich color and remarkably bright and fresh, well-centered for a large multiple, small manuscript note on back shows thru slightly on upper right pair, few perf separations, faint bend in fourth row, two stamps (positions 4 and 16) with small thin spot

FINE-VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING 24-CENT 1860 BLOCK -- ONE OF THE LARGEST AND ARGUABLY THE FINEST MULTIPLE EXTANT.

Ex Caspary, Klein, Zoellner and DuPuy. With 2011 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for four blocks and two pairs with no premium for the Mint N.H. stamps.

44,300
22,000
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257°
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Sale 1048, Lot 257, 1857-60 Issue24c Gray Lilac (37). Mint N.H., wonderfully balanced margins for this tightly spaced issue, rich color and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 1860 24-CENT GRAY LILAC IS EXTREMELY RARE IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION. TO FIND AN EXAMPLE WTH THIS CHOICE CENTERING AND COMPLETELY SOUND IS VASTLY MORE DIFFICULT.

Aside from five Mint N.H. stamps contained in the block of twelve offered in our Sevenoaks sale (Sale 831) and one single contained in another block of twelve offered in our 2010 Rarities sale, we have offered only one other in Mint N.H. condition since keeping computerized records (Sale 1037, lot 1503).

With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; unpriced in SMQ in Mint N.H. condition). This is the highest grade awarded in the P.S.E. Population Report. Unpriced in Scott as Mint N.H. Scott Retail as hinged

1,400
6,000
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258
ogbl
Sale 1048, Lot 258, 1857-60 Issue90c Blue (39). Block of four, original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color, faint natural gum bends are barely noticeable

A FINE AND SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.

The 90c stamp was issued in 1860, along with the 24c and 30c values, all of which were needed to prepay high international letter rates established by various postal treaties. When supplies of current postage stamps were declared invalid in the South and ultimately demonetized by the Federal government, the 90c had been in use for only one year. Most unused multiples probably come from supplies recovered from Southern post offices.

With 1971 Friedl certificate. Scott Retail $75,000.00

E. 10,000-15,000
7,500
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259
ngbl
Sale 1048, Lot 259, 1857-60 Issue90c Blue (39). Block of six, unused (no gum), s.e. at left, deep rich color and proof-like impression, far nicer centering than normally seen

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL UNUSED BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 1860 90-CENT ISSUE.

The 90c stamp was issued in 1860, along with the 24c and 30c values, all of which were needed to prepay high international letter rates established by various postal treaties. When supplies of current postage stamps were declared invalid in the South and ultimately demonetized by the Federal government, the 90c had been in use for only one year. Most unused multiples probably come from supplies recovered from Southern post offices.

Since the breakup of the Caspary block of 21, the largest recorded multiple is a block of nine (three known).

Scott Retail as original-gum block of four and pair $81,250.00.

E. 7,500-10,000
6,750
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