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Sale 1089 — The Curtis Collection: U.S. Revenues, Part 1

Sale Date — Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

Category — First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
351
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 351, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$1.00 Conveyance, Imperforate (R66a), $1.00 Conveyance, Imperforate (R66a)$1.00 Conveyance, Imperforate (R66a). Block of 24, large margins to barely in, unobtrusive 1863 manuscript cancels, light horizontal crease at center, bottom right stamp small tear, Fine-Very Fine appearance, this is the second largest recorded multiple and one other is known this size, the largest is a reconstructed block of 51, ex Joyce and Cunliffe, Scott Retail as blocks and pairs $2,960.00

E. 750-1,000
800
352
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 352, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$1.00 Entry of Goods, Imperforate (R67a), $1.00 Entry of Goods, Imperforate (R67a)$1.00 Entry of Goods, Imperforate (R67a). Horizontal strip of seven, large margins to in at left including part of top sheet margin, neat manuscript cancel, few tears and light creases, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple and the only one this size, ex Joyce and Halstead, Scott Retail as pairs and single

500
200
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353
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 353, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$1.00 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R68a), $1.00 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R68a)$1.00 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R68a). Block of four, large margins to barely in, rich color, Feb. 26, 1863 manuscript cancels, Fine-Very Fine, only two blocks of four are recorded and there are no larger blocks (two strips of five are the largest multiples), ex Joyce

1,475
400
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354
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 354, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$1.00 Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R69a), $1.00 Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R69a)$1.00 Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R69a). Block of 19, large margins to in, deep rich color, April 8, 1863 manuscript cancels, horizontal crease at center, Fine-Very Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a block of ten, ex Logan and Joyce, Scott Retail as blocks and pairs $2,792.00

E. 750-1,000
900
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355
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 355, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$1.00 Lease, Imperforate (R70a), $1.00 Lease, Imperforate (R70a)$1.00 Lease, Imperforate (R70a). Block of six, large margins to barely in at right including bottom sheet margin, radiant color, Feb. 19, 1864 manuscript cancels, vertical crease at center causing some slight splitting which is expertly reinforced, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple and the only one this size, ex Joyce and Cunliffe, Scott Retail as block of four and pair

650
300
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356
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 356, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$1.00 Life Insurance, Imperforate (R71a), $1.00 Life Insurance, Imperforate (R71a)$1.00 Life Insurance, Imperforate (R71a). Block of six, large margins to clear, Sept. 1863 manuscript cancels, sealed internal tear affects two stamps at top right, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple and the only one this size, ex Joyce and Cunliffe, Scott Retail as block of four and pair

2,050
750
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357
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 357, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$1.00 Manifest, Imperforate (R72a), $1.00 Manifest, Imperforate (R72a)$1.00 Manifest, Imperforate (R72a). Block of six, large margins to clear, bright color, Aug. 13, 1863 manuscript cancels, few light creases, Fine-Very Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple and the only one this size, ex Cunliffe, Scott Retail as block of four and pair

720
375
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358
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 358, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$1.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R73a), $1.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R73a)$1.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R73a). Block of nine, large margins to just in, bright color, lightened 1863 manuscript cancels, few creases, reinforced along paper splits, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple and only one other this size is known, Scott Retail as block of four, pairs and single $797.50

E. 400-500
425
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359
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 359, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$1.00 Passage Ticket, Imperforate (R74a), $1.00 Passage Ticket, Imperforate (R74a)$1.00 Passage Ticket, Imperforate (R74a). Block of ten, large margins to clear, Feb. 5, 1866 manuscript cancel, bright color, two horizontal creases affect top stamps, bottom center stamp small ink erosion spot from cancel, Fine-Very Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple and the only one this size, the next largest block is of four and strip is of five, ex Weill sale and Cunliffe, Scott Retail as three blocks of four $3,950.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,300
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360
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 360, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$1.00 Probate of Will, Imperforate (R76a), $1.00 Probate of Will, Imperforate (R76a)$1.00 Probate of Will, Imperforate (R76a). Block of nine, large margins to just in at top right including right sheet margin, neat Jan. 30, 1863 manuscript cancels, bottom left stamp sealed tear at right, light creases, some minor soiling mostly in margin, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple and the only one this size, the next largest is a block of six, ex Dean and Joyce, Scott Retail as block of four, pairs and single $1,500.00

E. 750-1,000
700
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361
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 361, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$1.50 Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R78a), $1.50 Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R78a)$1.50 Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R78a). Block of 58 comprising two blocks of 24 and a block of ten, large margins to just in at bottom of bottom block of 24, faint manuscript cancels indicate all were likely used on the same document or on the same day, few flaws including creases and small tears, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a block of ten, the block of ten and one block of 24 ex Cunliffe, the other block of 24 ex Weill sale, reunited by Mr. Curtis, Scott Retail as blocks of four and pairs $6,250.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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362
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 362, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$1.50 Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R78a), $1.50 Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R78a)$1.50 Inland Exchange, Imperforate (R78a). Left margin block of four with part imprint, large to huge margins, "W.L. Feb. 13/63" manuscript cancels, tiny sealed tear at top right, otherwise Extremely Fine

500
700
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363
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 363, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$1.60 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R79a), $1.60 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R79a)$1.60 Foreign Exchange, Imperforate (R79a). Horizontal strip of three, huge margins to full, March 4, 1867 manuscript cancels, two small tears at top, horizontal crease at center just breaks paper internally

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE $1.60 FOREIGN EXCHANGE ISSUE. NO OTHER STRIPS OF ANY SIZE S ARE KNOWN.

Ex Cunliffe. Scott Retail as pair and single $6,900.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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364
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 364, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$2.00 Conveyance, Imperforate (R81a), $2.00 Conveyance, Imperforate (R81a)$2.00 Conveyance, Imperforate (R81a). Block of four, large margins to clear including top sheet margin, radiant color, April 25, 1863 manuscript cancels, few creases with one causing paper split, bottom right stamp small patched erosion spot, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, ex Weill sale

1,150
250
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365
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 365, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$2.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R82a), $2.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R82a)$2.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R82a). Reconstructed vertical block of ten formed from blocks of six and four, large margins to just in at upper left, rich color, Feb. 18, 1863 manuscript cancels, few horizontal creases, Fine-Very Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a block of four and strip of five, the block of six ex Joyce and Cunliffe, Mr. Curtis found the other block of four and reunited them, Scott Retail as two blocks of four and pair $1,950.00

E. 500-750
750
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366
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 366, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$3.00 Charter Party, Imperforate (R85a), $3.00 Charter Party, Imperforate (R85a)$3.00 Charter Party, Imperforate (R85a). Block of six, large margins to just in at upper right, deep rich color on bright paper, March 28, 1868 manuscript cancels, faint pressed-out vertical crease at right (left block of four is sound)

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE $3.00 CHARTER PARTY.

The next largest multiples are strips of three. Ex Joyce and Cunliffe. Scott Retail as block of four and pair $3,200.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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367
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 367, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$3.00 Manifest, Imperforate (R86a), $3.00 Manifest, Imperforate (R86a)$3.00 Manifest, Imperforate (R86a). Block of four, large margins to full, deep rich color, Aug. 12, 1864 manuscript cancels, small scissors-cut at right between stamps, Very Fine and choice, this is the largest recorded multiple and only one other is known, ex Joyce and Cunliffe

3,500
2,500
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368
ngbl
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 368, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$5.00 Charter Party, Imperforate (R88a), $5.00 Charter Party, Imperforate (R88a)$5.00 Charter Party, Imperforate (R88a). Block of four, unused (no gum), large margins to barely in, brilliant color, dramatic pre-printing paperfolds at bottom, Fine-Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple and the only block known, three strips of four are also known (all are used), ex Joyce and Cunliffe, Scott Retail as a used block

1,500
850
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369
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 369, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$5.00 Conveyance, Imperforate (R89a), $5.00 Conveyance, Imperforate (R89a)$5.00 Conveyance, Imperforate (R89a). Horizontal strip of five, large margins, bright color, 1868 manuscript cancels, second stamp from right faint vertical crease, Very Fine appearance, only five larger multiples are known, ex Kingsley, Scott Retail as two pairs and single

450
250
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370
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 370, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$5.00 Manifest, Imperforate (R90a), $5.00 Manifest, Imperforate (R90a)$5.00 Manifest, Imperforate (R90a). Block of six, large margins to clear, brilliant color, neat manuscript cancels, Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple and the only one of this size, it is also extremely rare as a sound multiple, ex Joyce and Cunliffe, Scott Retail as block of four and pair

1,900
1,000
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371
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 371, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$5.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R91a), $5.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R91a)$5.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R91a). Block of four, appears to have large margins but added on two sides, 1863 manuscript cancels, horizontal crease mostly between stamps, scarce, this is the largest recorded multiple and the only block of four, a horizontal strip of four is also known, Scott Retail $1,600.00

E. 300-400
425
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372
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 372, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$5.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R91a), $5.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R91a)$5.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R91a). Horizontal strip of four, large margins to touching at right, neat 1863 manuscript cancels, vertical crease along center margin ending in tears (reinforced), light horizontal bend and small pinhole in right stamp, Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple with only one block of four also known, Scott Retail as two pairs $1,600.00

E. 300-400
300
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373
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 373, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$5.00 Probate of Will, Imperforate (R92a), $5.00 Probate of Will, Imperforate (R92a)$5.00 Probate of Will, Imperforate (R92a). Block of 21, large margins, bright color, neat April 1, 1864 manuscript cancels, few minor faults and expertly restored along split folds

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE $5.00 PROBATE OF WILL FIRST ISSUE IMPERFORATE.

The next largest multiple is a block of 18, followed by a block of six.

From the Weill sale and ex Cunliffe. Scott Retail as blocks of four and pairs $18,400.00

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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374
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 374, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$10.00 Charter Party, Imperforate (R93a), $10.00 Charter Party, Imperforate (R93a)$10.00 Charter Party, Imperforate (R93a). Block of four, large margins to just in, rich color, unobtrusive manuscript cancels, partly separated at left, light creases mostly between stamps, Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple, ex Joyce and Cunliffe, unpriced as a block of four, Scott Retail as two pairs $3,800.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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375
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 375, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$10.00 Conveyance, Imperforate (R94a), $10.00 Conveyance, Imperforate (R94a)$10.00 Conveyance, Imperforate (R94a). Block of eight, large margins, intense shade and impression, Jan. 22, 1864 manuscript cancels, few creases causing some paper splits which have been reinforced, otherwise Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple and the only one this size, ex Burton, Joyce and Cunliffe, Scott Retail as two blocks of four $2,000.00

E. 750-1,000
900
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376
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 376, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$10.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R95a), $10.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R95a)$10.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R95a). Horizontal strip of four, large margins to just in at top left, deep rich color, Oct. 20, 1863 manuscript cancels, small scissors-cut at bottom between center stamps, third stamp small tear at bottom, faint horizontal crease, still Fine-Very Fine, this is the second largest recorded multiple, the largest is a block of six, ex Joyce, Scott Retail as two pairs $5,000.00

E. 750-1,000
800
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377
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 377, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$10.00 Probate of Will, Imperforate (R96a), $10.00 Probate of Will, Imperforate (R96a)$10.00 Probate of Will, Imperforate (R96a). Horizontal pair, large margins, rich color, unobtrusive manuscript cancels, vertical crease between stamps was split and expertly reinforced, small tear at top of left stamp, Very Fine appearance, a pair is the largest recorded multiple and only three horizontal and one vertical are known, ex Cunliffe, Scott Retail as singles $7,000.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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378
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 378, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$15.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R97a), $15.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R97a)$15.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R97a). Block of six reconstructed from two vertical pairs and two singles, used on the same document with red March 28, 1863 manuscript cancels, few flaws including repaired tear at bottom right and translucency at bottom left

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE $15.00 MORTGAGE IMPERFORATE FIRST REVENUE.

Ex Cunliffe. Scott Retail as two pairs and two singles $23,500.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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379
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 379, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$20.00 Conveyance, Imperforate (R98a), $20.00 Conveyance, Imperforate (R98a)$20.00 Conveyance, Imperforate (R98a). Block of four, large balanced margins, remarkably vivid color, each with neat Jan. 28, 1864 manuscript cancel, Extremely Fine, striking scarce First Issue multiple in exceptionally desirable condition, ex Tolman

1,200
7,500
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380
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 380, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$20.00 Probate of Will, Imperforate (R99a), $20.00 Probate of Will, Imperforate (R99a)$20.00 Probate of Will, Imperforate (R99a). Block of 27, large margins to barely touched in one or two spots, neat Oct. 27, 1863 manuscript cancels, radiant color, few wrinkles and creases to be expected on such a large multiple, one stamp with 18mm tear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS HALF-SHEET OF 27 OF THE $20.00 PROBATE OF WILL IS BY FAR THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE. THIS IS NOT ONLY ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CURTIS REVENUE COLLECTION, IT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES IN ALL OF REVENUE COLLECTING.

This spectacular block is accompanied by a 6-page manuscript indenture (deed) for the Almaden Quicksilver Mine, selling the mine to the Quicksilver Mining Co. for $1,750,000. The multiple was originally affixed to the document.

Ex Joyce and on his exhibit page. Scott Retail as four blocks of four, five pairs and a single $98,250.00

E. 20,000-30,000
22,000
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381
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 381, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$25.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R100a), $25.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R100a)$25.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R100a). Block of eight reconstructed from two horizontal strips of four, Feb. 18, 1865 manuscript cancels, large margins to clear, few creases and small thin spots

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE $25.00 MORTGAGE IMPERFORATE FIRST REVENUE.

The next largest multiple is a block of four (two known, one offered in lot 382). From the Weill sale and ex Cunliffe. Scott Retail as four pairs $23,000.00

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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382
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 382, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$25.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R100a), $25.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R100a)$25.00 Mortgage, Imperforate (R100a). Block of four, large margins to clear, deep rich color, Jan. 2, 1865 manuscript cancels, light creases, small scissors-cut in margin at right center

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $25.00 MORTGAGE IMPERFORATE FIRST REVENUE.

Only two blocks of four are known. The largest recorded multiple is a rejoined block of eight made from two strips of four, offered in lot 381.

14,000
3,750
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383
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 383, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$50.00 U.S.I.R., Imperforate (R101a), $50.00 U.S.I.R., Imperforate (R101a)$50.00 U.S.I.R., Imperforate (R101a). Block of 12, large margins to barely in, bold "Lehigh O & N Co., Phila. Apr. 1, 1864" circular datestamps (strongly impressed on some causing paper indentations), light creases, pos. 2 small repair, otherwise Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple and two others are known, Scott Retail as three blocks of four $7,200.00

E. 1,500-2,000
2,300
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384
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 384, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$50.00 U.S.I.R., Imperforate (R101a), $50.00 U.S.I.R., Imperforate (R101a)$50.00 U.S.I.R., Imperforate (R101a). Horizontal strip of five, large margins to clear along top, bold color and sharp impression, neat 1864 manuscript cancels, small tear in second stamp and sealed tear in third, Very Fine appearance, a scarce and attractive strip, Scott Retail as two pairs and single $1,825.00

E. 750-1,000
600
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385
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 385, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Imperforate, $1.00-$200.00$200.00 U.S.I.R., Imperforate (R102a), $200.00 U.S.I.R., Imperforate (R102a)$200.00 U.S.I.R., Imperforate (R102a). Sheet of eight, large margins to just in at sides, deep rich colors, each cancelled by unobtrusive strike of "Cal. P.R.R. Co., Vallejo, Apr. 25, 1867" double-circle datestamps, two light creases from document (vertical at left, horizontal partly between stamps)

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE SHEET OF THE IMPERFORATE $200.00 FIRST ISSUE REVENUE.

All three recorded sheets have the margins trimmed at sides, probably due to limited space on the documents to which they were affixed. The three sheets are: 1) manuscript cancels, used in New York, May 11, 1865, similar margins to the example offered here, ex Zoellner (Siegel Sale 827, lot 1572, realized $24,000 hammer; 2) similar margins, manuscript Chicago & Great Eastern Railway cancels, faint horizontal crease, ex Cunliffe (Spink-Shreves sale June 26, 2008, lot 298, realized $23,000 hammer; and 3) "Cal. P.R.R. Co." circular datestamp, light creases, ex Joyce and Mayer, the example offered here.

Ex Joyce and Mayer. Scott Retail as two blocks of four $32,000.00

E. 15,000-20,000
25,000
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