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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

Category — Second Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
465
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 465, Second Issue$1.60 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R121), $1.60 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R121)$1.60 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R121). Rich colors, bold Dec. 1, 1871 manuscript cancel, Very Fine and choice

800
375
466
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 466, Second Issue$1.90 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R122), $1.90 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R122)$1.90 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R122). Unused (no gum), detailed impressions, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, ex Bulkley, with 2012 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85), Scott Retail as used

550
650
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467
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Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 467, Second Issue$20.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R129), $20.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R129)$20.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R129). Unused (no gum), rich colors, fresh and Fine, ex Schauss, with 2012 P.F. certificate (VG-F 60), Scott Retail as used

1,200
450
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468
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 468, Second Issue$20.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R129), $20.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R129)$20.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R129). Rich colors, neat June 19, 1872 manuscript cancel, two small thin spots at top right, Very Fine appearance

1,200
325
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469
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 469, Second Issue$25.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R130), $25.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R130)$25.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R130). Intense impressions, July 1, 1872 manuscript cancels, small thin spot at bottom right, Very Fine appearance

1,150
425
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470
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 470, Second Issue$50.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R131), $50.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R131)$50.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R131). Intense shade and impression, Mar. 13, 1872 manuscript cancel, few tiny pinholes at bottom, Extremely Fine appearance, ex Kingsley

1,500
650
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471
TC
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 471, Second Issue$200.00 Red, Green & Black, Second Issue, "Small Persian Rug", Trial Color Proof on India (R132TC), $200.00 Red, Green & Black, Second Issue, "Small Persian Rug", Trial Color Proof on India (R132TC)$200.00 Red, Green & Black, Second Issue, "Small Persian Rug", Trial Color Proof on India (R132TC). Stamp size, rich colors

VERY FINE AND AN ATTRACTIVE TRIAL COLOR PROOF FOR THE $200.00 "SMALL PERSIAN RUG" ISSUE.

Very few are known.

2,500
1,500
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472
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 472, Second Issue$200.00 Red, Blue & Black, Second Issue, "Small Persian Rug" (R132), $200.00 Red, Blue & Black, Second Issue, "Small Persian Rug" (R132)$200.00 Red, Blue & Black, Second Issue, "Small Persian Rug" (R132). Bright fresh colors, choice centering and margins, manuscript "MSS 10 May 1872" cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE SOUND AND CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE $200.00 "SMALL PERSIAN RUG" -- ONE OF THE MOST COLORFUL STAMPS IN UNITED STATES PHILATELY.

With 1984 and 2012 P.F. certificates

9,000
5,500
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473
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 473, Second Issue$500.00 Red Orange, Green & Black, Second Issue, "Large Persian Rug" (R133), $500.00 Red Orange, Green & Black, Second Issue, "Large Persian Rug" (R133)$500.00 Red Orange, Green & Black, Second Issue, "Large Persian Rug" (R133). Well-centered with sheet margins with full imprints at sides and original gum, deep rich colors and sharp proof-like impressions, two manuscript "X" cancels thru both denominations and neat "E.C. July 7, 1872" (Erastus Corning) manuscript cancel on vignette, small ink spot on gum in left margin barely shows thru

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF FOUR REPORTED $500.00 "LARGE PERSIAN RUG" STAMPS WITH SHEET MARGINS AND IMPRINTS.

Only 210 were issued, and it is safe to say that most examples are faulty to some degree. A document exists from July 24, 1874, detailing the purchaser of each. The Kingsley census records 76 copies, and a handful are known outside of the census.

The initials "E.C." on this stamp belong to Erastus Corning, from whose estate both of the Large and Small "Persian Rug" imprint examples originate. The $200.00 Small Persian Rug was sold in our Zoellner Revenue sale (Sep. 2000), where it realized $32,500 with a Scott Retail value of $5,000. According to Thomas Kingsley, the stamps were purchased by Mr. Corning's estate to pay the tax on his will, but the stamps were never attached to the will (this is why they retain their original gum).

Illustrated in Kingsley book (Census No. 1-1). Ex Drucker. With 2002 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail is for a "very fine appearing example with a light circular cut cancel or with minor flaws".

17,500
50,000
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474
 
Sale Number 1089, Lot Number 474, Second Issue$500.00 Red Orange, Green & Black, Second Issue, "Large Persian Rug" (R133), $500.00 Red Orange, Green & Black, Second Issue, "Large Persian Rug" (R133)$500.00 Red Orange, Green & Black, Second Issue, "Large Persian Rug" (R133). Rich colors and detailed impressions, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, unobtrusive handstamped cut cancels barely break paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE CELEBRATED $500.00 "LARGE PERSIAN RUG," WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST COLORFUL AND ELABORATELY ENGRAVED STAMPS IN ALL OF PHILATELY.

Only 210 were issued, and it is safe to say that most examples are faulty to some degree. A document exists from July 24, 1874, detailing the purchaser of each. The Kingsley census records 76 copies, and a handful are known outside of the census.

Kingsley Census No. 28-7. Ex Connoisseur. With 1974 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail is for a "very fine appearing example with a light circular cut cancel or with minor flaws".

17,500
23,000
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