Sale 1090 — United States, Possessions and Confederate States Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Wednesday-Friday, 17-19 December, 2014
Category — Sanitary Fairs
AN OUTSTANDING AND EXTREMELY RARE ASSEMBLAGE. SEVEN OF THESE EIGHT SINGLES FORM THE FAMOUS ACKERMAN-PERRY-KANTOR BLOCK PURCHASED AT THE STAMFORD FAIR BY ALVEY AUGUSTUS ADEE -- THE EIGHTH SUBSEQUENTLY ADDED.
The history of this extraordinary reconstructed multiple is told in a letter written to the Kantors by Elliott Perry (January 8, 1969): "...the owner showed me an envelope containing 7 Stamfords and told me they had been a block which he cut shortly before I arrived. He kept one and sold me the others. At that time the only genuine copy I had seen was the copy I got from Luff. I don't recall the collector's name, but believe he was a nephew of Alvin A. Adee, a well-known official in the State Department whose home had been in Stamford. Evidently Adee had gone to the Fair and bought about a dollar's worth of the stamps." Perry had been sent by Senator Ackerman to acquire the collection cited in this letter, and it is assumed that the Stamford stamps were added to Ackerman's collection of Sanitary Fairs, which was later sold to Perry.
The seventh stamp from the original block mentioned in Perry's letter was never included in the Kantor reconstruction (see book, Fig. 151), despite the fact that it was right there in the Kantor collection. This oversight is no doubt due to the prevailing assumption that the sheet configuration was two across and four rows high (eight stamps). When Perry was shown the singles, he probably did not attempt to reconstruct the block, assuming that the stamp retained by the owner was cut from within the two-by-four arrangement. Working on this assumption, one would not normally think of matching the right side of a seventh stamp with the left side of the bottom stamp in the Ackerman-Perry block. However, doing so proves conclusively that the "missing" seventh stamp, ex Severn, is the one shown here. The eighth example, was subsequently added by the current owner.
There are a total of thirteen recorded Stamford Soldier's Fair stamps - eight in this reconstructed block, one other unused copy, and four used copies. Its rarity is attributable to the fair's location and brief three-day duration.
This is one of the rarest of all Sanitary Fair issues and an extraordinary opportunity to acquire the majority of existing copies, which were ensconsed in the Ackerman, Perry, Severn and Kantor collections since their discovery 80 years ago until sold in Siegel Sale 766 in 1995.
The latest addition (top left example) with 2007 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as singles