VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL 1869 PICTORIAL USAGE WITH THE 2-CENT BISECT PAYING PART OF THE 3-CENT RATE ON A DECORATIVE "DOVE AND RIBBON" COVER.
Ex Lake Shore. With 1990 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $6,000.00
FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF 20 OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
Scott Retail $10,850.00 as a plate block, two blocks of four and a pair.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS PROBABLY THE FINEST OF THE TWO OR THREE KNOWN USED BLOCKS OF THE 6-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. A WONDERFUL RARITY.
In his book United States Postage Stamps of 1869, Jonathan Rose records only two or three used blocks. To underscore their rarity, none was present in either the Juhring, Rose, Kuphal, Mack, Coulter, Eubanks, Heimburger or other specialized collections of the 1869 Pictorials we sold recently.
Ex Pitcher, Ishikawa and Twigg-Smith. With 1993 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $9,000.00
THIS IS BY FAR THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
The next largest used multiple is a block of twelve.
Ex Lafayette. Scott Retail $13,940.00 as seven blocks of four, four pairs and a single
FINE AND WONDERFULLY FRESH BLOCK OF SIX WITH ORIGINAL GUM.
Ex Caspary, Bechtel and Zoellner. With 1998 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $25,000.00 for block and pair
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.
This marvelous used 24c 1869 defies the norms of this issue. Although the space between subjects on the 24c 1869 frame plate provided ample room for perforations, the National Bank Note Co. employees had difficulty applying lines of perforations in a uniform manner. Therefore, stamps with balanced margins on all four sides represent a tiny fraction of the original population. Surviving used examples also show the tendency of postal clerks to zealously cancel high-denomination stamps that were typically used on mail to foreign countries or on heavy registered letters. In this stamp we have a degree of perfection rarely achieved by the manufacturer and a fortuitously merciful cancellation, leaving most of the design unobscured.
Ex Senchuk and Merlin. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $13,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. A DIFFICULT ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.
The vignette of this design is based on a famous painting by John Trumbull that hangs in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. This design has been widely used, including on the back of the 1976 $2.00 bill. The engraver of the stamp, James Smillie, was able to include all 42 people shown in the painting, no small feat when one considers the space is less than an inch wide and less than a half-inch tall. Surviving used examples also show the tendency of postal clerks to zealously cancel high-denomination stamps that were typically used on mail to foreign countries or on heavy registered letters. Not so the example offered here.
Ex Natalee Grace. With 2001 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,500.00). Only five have graded higher (the highest at 98).
EXTREMELY FINE. ARGUABLY THE FINEST AND MOST ATTRACTIVE OF THE SIX RECORDED USED BLOCKS OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
The six recorded used blocks of the 24c 1869, excluding the unique Invert block, are listed here (identified by last known pedigree): 1) ex Rose, VF centering, fancy circle of V's cancel neatly struck on each stamp, minor wrinkling causing light creasing, top right stamp small margin tear, offered in Siegel Sale 794; 2) ex Bechtel, EF centering, circular cork cancels over each vignette; 3) ex Ishikawa and Eubanks, VF centering, circle of wedges cancel, left stamps few small tears, the block offered here; 4) ex Anderson, Fine centering to top right, circle of wedges cancel; 5) ex Klein, Fine centering to left, quartered cork cancels, light corner crease at bottom right and several rejoined perfs; and 6) ex Lopez, perfs cutting in at right, cork cancels.
Ex Ishikawa and Eubanks. With 2010 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $20,000.00
FINE-APPEARING STAMP ON A SMALL FRESH COVER. VERY RARE SINGLE FRANKING WITH THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL PAYING THE DOUBLE 12-CENT RATE TO SCOTLAND.
Ex Lake Shore. With 1987 and 2005 P.F. certificates, the former as sound and latter stating "small corner crease at bottom right"
VERY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARILY CHOICE USED BLOCK OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
Ex Twigg-Smith. With 1973 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $3,750.00
FINE AND SCARCE. A BLOCK OF TWELVE IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
The largest recorded unused multiple is a block of six. The largest recorded used multiple is a block of twelve, of which three or four are known.
Ex Rose. Scott Retail $9,500.00 as two blocks of four and two pairs
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL COVERS TO SWITZERLAND AND AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE CALIFORNIA ORIGIN.
Ex Lake Shore. Signed Ashbrook. With 2005 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM APPEARANCE. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.
With 1997 P.F. certificate stating "small corner creases" and 2008 P.S.E. certificate as sound (Superb 98 Jumbo).
FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY FIVE USED BLOCKS OF FOUR IN PRIVATE HANDS, AND THE ONLY ONE TO BEAR A RED CANCEL. A GREAT RARITY.
Seven used blocks are recorded. The largest recorded used multiple is a block of six, which, along with a used block of four, are part of the Hirzel collection in the Swiss Postal Museum. As a further indication of rarity, this is the first used block we have offered since this same block was sold in our 2001 Twigg-Smith sale. None were offered in the Kuphal, Mack, Coulter, Eubanks, Heimburger or other important sales of the 1869 Pictorial Issue.
Ex Twigg-Smith. With 1969 P.F. certificate noting "a few minute defects". Scott Retail $55,000.00