Sale 1084 — The Curtis Collection: 1847-1901 Stamps and Covers
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 5-6 November, 2014
Category — 3c-5c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 25-30A)
FINE. A VERY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE TYPE I PERFORATED 3-CENT 1857 ISSUE.
The distinctive characteristic of Type I -- complete outer framelines -- is often difficult to see on a single copy due to the narrow spacing on the plate. The framelines are easily seen on this block.
With 1953 Miro certificate. Scott Retail $15,000.00
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF TWENTY OF THE 1857 3-CENT TYPPE III, WITH TWELVE MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMPS.
Ex Neinken, Grunin, Klein and Wampler. Scott Retail $4,450.00 as plate block of eight, two blocks of four and two pairs with no premium for the Mint N.H. stamps.
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE USED BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 1857 5-CENT RED BROWN.
Linn's Stamp Facts notes that only six used blocks are recorded. Most are blocks of four. This is the first used block we have offered since our 2001 sale of the Twigg-Smith collection.
With 2004 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $10,500.00
VERY FINE. THE LARGEST RECORDED BLOCK OF THE RARE 1857 5-CENT INDIAN RED SHADE KNOWN ON OR OFF COVER. ONLY ONE OTHER BLOCK, USED OFF COVER, IS RECORDED. ONE OF THE GREATEST COVERS OF THE PERFORATED TOPPAN, CARPENTER ISSUE IN EXISTENCE.
Ex Consul Klep, Henry W. Hill, Ishikawa and Sevenoaks. Illustrated in Ashbrook's Special Service (pp. 515-516) and Brookman, Vol. 1, p. 222.
With 1996 P.F. certificate. A block of four is listed but unpriced in Scott
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 1857 5-CENT BROWN. THE LARGEST RECORDED UNUSED MULTIPLE OF THIS ISSUE IS A MULTIPLE OF FOUR (BLOCK OR STRIP). A FANTASTIC SHOWPIECE.
The largest recorded unused multiple of Scott 29 is one containing four stamps. Three blocks of four are known -- the most recent was offered in our 2009 Whitman sale and realized $125,000 hammer. Perhaps two or three strips of four are also known.
Ex Caspary. Scott Retail $24,500.00 as strip of three and single.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1859 5-CENT TYPE I BROWN IN THE FINEST ATTAINABLE CONDITION.
Ex Kirke. With 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $10,500.00). Only one other has achieved this desirable grade and none are graded higher
FINE. A STRIP OF THREE IS THE LARGEST RECORDED USED MULTIPLE OF THE 1860 5-CENT ORANGE BROWN TYPE II.
Four strips of three are known on cover (two vertical and two horizontal) and we have offered two others off cover since keeping computerized records.
With 1988 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1860 5-CENT TYPE II BROWN. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST CONDITION BLOCKS WE HAVE OFFERED.
The 5c Brown Type II is rarer in unused condition, including in multiples, than the Orange Brown. Unlike the 1861 Orange Brown, the earlier printing in Brown was not left in Southern post offices when the issue was demonetized in August 1861. The largest recorded multiple is the block of 20 offered in our Frelinghuysen sale, followed by a block of nine with plate number and imprint at left, one horizontal block of six (creased thru bottom three stamps) and probably fewer than ten blocks of four. Photos of most of the known blocks can be located on our website using Power Search, which will provide visual confirmation of the generally poor centering and condition of most surviving multiples.
With 1992 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $25,000.00
FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1860 5-CENT BROWN TYPE II.
Probably fewer than ten blocks of four exist.
Scott Retail $25,000.00
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF NINE OF THE 1860 5-CENT BROWN TYPE II. UNTIL THE APPEARANCE OF THE FRELINGHUYSEN BLOCK OF 20 IN 2012, THIS WAS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE.
The 5c Brown Type II is far rarer in multiples than the Orange Brown. Unlike the 1861 Orange Brown, the earlier printing in Brown was not left in Southern post offices when the issue was demonetized in August 1861. Prior to the emergence of the block of 20 in the long-hidden Frelinghuysen collection, the largest recorded multiple was a block of nine (two known, one ex Klein with a portion of the imprint and plate number, the other offered here).
Ex Worthington and Silsby. Scott Retail $37,250.00 as block of four, strip of three and pair with no premium for the Mint N.H. stamp or the imprint and plate number position.
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1860 5-CENT BROWN TYPE II. A BLOCK OF FOUR IS THE LARGEST RECORDED USED MULTIPLE.
Since 1993 we have offered only two used blocks of the 5c Brown Type II -- this and another with blue grid cancels.
Scott Retail $3,250.00