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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, Part Perforated

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
386
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 386, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated1c Express, Part Perforated (R1b), 1c Express, Part Perforated (R1b)1c Express, Part Perforated (R1b). Block of 48, neat manuscript cancels, horizontal creases causing some splitting in spots, some perf separations, Fine appearance, this is by far the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a block of 24, ex Cunliffe, Scott Retail as twelve blocks of four $9,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
3,250
387
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 387, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated1c Express, Part Perforated (R1b), 1c Express, Part Perforated (R1b)1c Express, Part Perforated (R1b). Block of four with parts of adjoining stamps top and bottom, unused (no gum), bottom right stamp the listed Short Transfer (Position 156), fresh color, some neatly rejoined separations, few tiny perf flaws, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, scarce multiple, Scott lists but does not price the Short Transfer variety for the Imperforate and Part Perforated, but does give a hefty 60x normal premium for the perforated stamp R1c, this plate variety was the subject of an Apr. 1975 Revenuer article (page 135), ex Tolman, Scott Retail as normal Part Perforated block of four

750
550
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388
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 388, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated1c Proprietary, Part Perforated (R3b), 1c Proprietary, Part Perforated (R3b)1c Proprietary, Part Perforated (R3b). Block of ten consisting of two rejoined strips of five, radiant color, neat 1865 manuscript cancel, top right and bottom left stamps faulty, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a block of four, ex Joyce, Scott Retail as blocks of four and pair $6,750.00, Scott Retail as pairs and singles $3,550.00

E. 750-1,000
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389
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 389, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated1c Proprietary, Part Perforated (R3b), 1c Proprietary, Part Perforated (R3b)1c Proprietary, Part Perforated (R3b). Block of four, July 29, 1863 manuscript cancel, few faults including perfs trimmed at left, few creases, small tear at top right and few perfs reinforced by small pieces of tape, otherwise Very Fine, this is the nicest appearing of the three recorded blocks in the Curtis census, with 2005 P.F. certificate

3,000
0
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390
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 390, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated2c Proprietary, Blue, Part Perforated (R13b), 2c Proprietary, Blue, Part Perforated (R13b)2c Proprietary, Blue, Part Perforated (R13b). Block of four, unused (no gum), bright color, just in at top, top left stamp sealed tear at right, Fine-Very Fine appearance, a scarce unused multiple, only two multiples are known in block configuration (a block of 12 and the one offered here), all other multiples are strips, Scott Retail as a used block

2,000
350
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391
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 391, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated2c Proprietary, Blue, Part Perforated (R13b), 2c Proprietary, Blue, Part Perforated (R13b)2c Proprietary, Blue, Part Perforated (R13b). Vertical strip of four, original gum, bright color, choice centering, few natural gum bends, some manuscript marks on pos. 3 (none on top pair), Very Fine, only four strips of four are recorded, ex Tolman, Scott Retail as two used pairs

1,600
400
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392
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 392, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated3c Foreign Exchange, Part Perforated (R16b), 3c Foreign Exchange, Part Perforated (R16b)3c Foreign Exchange, Part Perforated (R16b). Strip of four reconstructed from two pairs, two neat strikes of blue double-circle datestamp cancels, Fine and extremely rare, this is the largest recorded multiple, one other pair is the only other multiple, ex Eagle and Joyce, Scott Retail as two pairs $5,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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393
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 393, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated3c Proprietary, Part Perforated (R18b), 3c Proprietary, Part Perforated (R18b)3c Proprietary, Part Perforated (R18b). Block of eleven, deep rich color, Feb. 23, 1864 manuscript cancels, light creases, Fine-Very Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple by far, the next largest is a block of four, ex Cunliffe, Scott Retail as five pairs and single $16,250.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,100
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394
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 394, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated3c Proprietary, Part Perforated (R18b), 3c Proprietary, Part Perforated (R18b)3c Proprietary, Part Perforated (R18b). Block of four, choice centering with top sheet margin, rich color, manuscript cancels, pairs separated and reattached, few horizontal creases, Very Fine appearance, apart from the irregular block of eleven this is the only other block and is the second largest recorded multiple (two strips of four are also known), Scott Retail as two pairs $6,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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395
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 395, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated3c Telegraph, Part Perforated (R19b), 3c Telegraph, Part Perforated (R19b)3c Telegraph, Part Perforated (R19b). Block of 50 with top right corner selvage and original gum, few h.r. where minor perf separations sensibly reinforced, few creases, one or two small flaws at center, still Very Fine and impressive multiple, this is the largest recorded multiple and one other is known (from the bottom right corner position), ex Cunliffe, Scott Retail as used blocks and pairs $3,912.50

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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396
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 396, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated4c Proprietary, Part Perforated (R22b), 4c Proprietary, Part Perforated (R22b)4c Proprietary, Part Perforated (R22b). Block of four, unused (no gum), brilliant color, perf separations sensibly reinforced

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED BLOCK OF THE PERFORATED 4-CENT PROPRIETARY ISSUE AND THE FINEST OF THE FEW KNOWN MULTIPLES.

The largest unit of the 4c Proprietary Perforated stamp is a repaired strip of six. This block of four is the only recorded block. In addition, there is a rejoined strip of four and a strip of three.

Ex Joyce

3,250
2,600
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397
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 397, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated5c Certificate, Part Perforated (R24b), 5c Certificate, Part Perforated (R24b)5c Certificate, Part Perforated (R24b). Block of ten, radiant color, neat April 21, 1863 manuscript cancels, few minor horizontal creases, Very Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple, one other is known in an irregular configuration, ex Cunliffe, Scott Retail as two blocks of four and pair $950.00

E. 500-750
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398
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 398, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated5c Certificate, Part Perforated (R24b), 5c Certificate, Part Perforated (R24b)5c Certificate, Part Perforated (R24b). Block of ten, radiant color, large margins to in, neat manuscript cancels, few sensibly reinforced perf separations, Very Fine and choice, this is tied for the largest recorded multiple, only one other is as large, ex Joyce, Halstead, Scott Retail $950.00 as two blocks of four and pair does not adequately convey its rarity

E. 500-750
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399
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 399, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated5c Express, Part Perforated (R25b), 5c Express, Part Perforated (R25b)5c Express, Part Perforated (R25b). Block of 20 reconstructed from two strips of ten, manuscript cancels, few horizontal creases to be expected on a multiple of this size, stamps at ends defective, otherwise Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a block of 14, ex Halstead, Scott Retail as pairs $1,000.00

E. 500-750
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400
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 400, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated10c Certificate, Part Perforated (R33b), 10c Certificate, Part Perforated (R33b)10c Certificate, Part Perforated (R33b). Vertical strip of five, unused (no gum), deep rich color and proof-like impression, separated bit unevenly at top and bottom into top design but with part of adjoining stamp at bottom, horizontal creases between stamps, still Very Fine and rare, this is the largest recorded multiple, five others are known but only one other is unused, ex Joyce, Scott Retail as used pairs and single $5,950.00

E. 750-1,000
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401
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 401, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated10c Blue, Contract, Part Perforated (R34b), 10c Blue, Contract, Part Perforated (R34b)10c Blue, Contract, Part Perforated (R34b). Block of four, bright color and paper, magenta April 9, 1864 manuscript cancels, margins a bit uneven, bottom left stamp small hole from cancel, otherwise Fine, this is the only recorded block of this issue, a strip of six and five are the largest multiples, ex Joyce, Scott Retail as two pairs $3,000.00

E. 400-500
225
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402
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 402, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated10c Power of Attorney, Part Perforated (R37b), 10c Power of Attorney, Part Perforated (R37b)10c Power of Attorney, Part Perforated (R37b). Block of 15, rich color, 1863 manuscript cancels, few light creases, Fine-Very Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a block of nine, ex Halstead, Scott Retail as blocks of four, pair and single $990.00

E. 500-750
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403
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 403, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated10c Contract, Ultramarine, Part Perforated (R34eb), 10c Contract, Ultramarine, Part Perforated (R34eb)10c Contract, Ultramarine, Part Perforated (R34eb). Horizontal pair, huge imperf margins, neat oval handstamp cancel, single short perf at right, otherwise Fine, this is the unique multiple according to the Curtis census, with 1998 A.P.S. certificate, listed but unpriced in Scott, Scott Retail as two singles $1,600.00

E. 750-1,000
750
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404
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 404, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated25c Life Insurance, Part Perforated (R47b), 25c Life Insurance, Part Perforated (R47b)25c Life Insurance, Part Perforated (R47b). Vertical pair, intense shade and impression, Aug. 3, 1864 manuscript cancels, each with light horizontal crease, Fine appearance, a pair is the largest recorded multiple and only nine are recorded

2,500
1,300
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405
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 405, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated25c Protest, Part Perforated (R49b), 25c Protest, Part Perforated (R49b)25c Protest, Part Perforated (R49b). Vertical pair, brilliant color, unobtrusive manuscript signatures, top stamp light creases, Very Fine appearance, a pair is the largest recorded multiple, seven horizontal and eight vertical are recorded, ex Cunliffe

2,500
325
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406
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 406, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated25c Warehouse Receipt, Part Perforated (R50b), 25c Warehouse Receipt, Part Perforated (R50b)25c Warehouse Receipt, Part Perforated (R50b). Vertical pair, detailed impression, neat "New York Life Ins. Co. Feb. 25, 1863" circular datestamp cancels, fresh and Fine, a pair is the largest recorded multiple and only eight are known

2,750
2,400
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407
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 407, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated30c Inland Exchange, Part Perforated (R52b), 30c Inland Exchange, Part Perforated (R52b)30c Inland Exchange, Part Perforated (R52b). Block of 12, bright shade, neat manuscript cancels, bottom right stamp sealed tear, few creases including one ending in small tear at left center, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a block of five, ex Halstead, Scott Retail as blocks of four and pairs $2,060.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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408
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 408, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated50c Entry of Goods, Part Perforated (R55b), 50c Entry of Goods, Part Perforated (R55b)50c Entry of Goods, Part Perforated (R55b). Block of ten, deep rich color, unobtrusive manuscript cancels, horizontal crease affects center row, bottom right stamp small piece out at bottom right, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a block of six, ex Joyce, Scott Retail as two blocks of four and a pair $1,600.00

E. 500-750
750
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409
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 409, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated50c Lease, Part Perforated (R57b), 50c Lease, Part Perforated (R57b)50c Lease, Part Perforated (R57b). Block of four, bright color, April 1, 1863 manuscript cancels, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, light creases, Very Fine appearance, only three blocks of four are known (as are two blocks of six)

1,400
550
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410
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 410, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated50c Life Insurance, Part Perforated (R58b), 50c Life Insurance, Part Perforated (R58b)50c Life Insurance, Part Perforated (R58b). Horizontal pair imperforate at top and bottom, bright color, Sept. 19, 1868 manuscript cancel, choice centering with wide margins, Very Fine, this is the only recorded multiple of this issue, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate, Scott Retail as singles $400.00

E. 500-750
650
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411
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 411, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated50c Passage Ticket, Part Perforated (R61b), 50c Passage Ticket, Part Perforated (R61b)50c Passage Ticket, Part Perforated (R61b). Horizontal pair, bright color, light manuscript cancel, light horizontal crease, Fine appearance, a pair is the largest recorded multiple, three horizontal and five vertical pairs are known

1,500
1,000
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412
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 412, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated50c Probate of Will, Part Perforated (R62b), 50c Probate of Will, Part Perforated (R62b)50c Probate of Will, Part Perforated (R62b). Block of eight reconstructed from two blocks of four, rich color, March 12, 1863 manuscript cancels, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, few light creases, Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a single block of four, ex Joyce, Halstead and Cunliffe, Scott Retail as two blocks of four $3,300.00

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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413
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 413, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated60c Inland Exchange, Part Perforated (R64b), 60c Inland Exchange, Part Perforated (R64b)60c Inland Exchange, Part Perforated (R64b). Block of 16, March 13, 1863 manuscript cancels, few creases including split along fold thru second row from bottom and hinged together, few sensibly reinforced perf separations, otherwise Fine, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a block of 12, ex Joyce, Scott Retail as pairs $2,200.00

E. 750-1,000
750
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414
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 414, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated70c Foreign Exchange, Part Perforated (R65b), 70c Foreign Exchange, Part Perforated (R65b)70c Foreign Exchange, Part Perforated (R65b). Block of eight reconstructed from two blocks of four, rich color, Aug. 8, 1864 manuscript cancels, light creases, Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple, the next largest is a rejoined block of six, ex Little and Cunliffe as a block of four, Mr. Curtis recognized that these originally formed a larger multiple and reunited them, Scott Retail as two blocks of four $4,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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415
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 415, First Issue Blocks and Record-Size Multiples, Part Perforated$1.00 Inland Exchange, Part Perforated (R69b), $1.00 Inland Exchange, Part Perforated (R69b)$1.00 Inland Exchange, Part Perforated (R69b). Horizontal pair, vivid color, neat manuscript cancel, margins a bit uneven, light creases and/or pre-printing paperfolds, Fine appearance, one of four recorded pairs, which is the largest recorded multiple, no vertical pairs are known, the margins on one other are similar to the example offered here

6,500
1,500
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