Sale 1084 — The Curtis Collection: 1847-1901 Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 5-6 November, 2014

Category — 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3149
 
Sale 1084, Lot 3149, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)10c Green, Ty. I (31). Choice centering with wide and balanced margins, bright and crisp paper, rich color and proof-like impression, neat strike of circular datestamp leaves the design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE I, WHICH CLEARLY SHOWS THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TYPE.

Type I stamps are only found on the 20 stamps that comprise the bottom row of the plate. Due to narrow spacing on the plate and difficulties in aligning the perforating machine, stamps at the bottom of the plate usually have perforations cutting into the bottom portion of the design. This is a serious drawback, because Type I is defined as having the design complete at bottom. The stamp offered here, which is very well-centered and clearly shows the type characteristics, is a true condition rarity.

Ex Natalee Grace. With 1993 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $4,500.00).

1,200
4,500
3150
 
Sale 1084, Lot 3150, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)10c Green, Ty. III/IV/IV/I (33/34/34/31). Positions 66/76/86/96L1, vertical combination strip of four, three different types in one strip, including two Type IV and Type I, Position 76L recut at bottom, 86L recut at top, Type I at bottom, pen cancels, some faults including separated and reattached and repair at left, otherwise Fine, an extremely rare combination strip containing Types I, III and IV, we know of one other (a strip of five, ex Grunin), unpriced in Scott

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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3151
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Sale 1084, Lot 3151, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)10c Green, Ty. III-III/I-I (33-33/31-31). Positions 83-84/93-94R1, block of four, perfs scissors-separated leaving s.e. at bottom, centrally-struck New Orleans circular datestamp, Fine and scarce combination block, unlisted in Scott as a block, signed Ashbrook, Scott Retail $3,200.00 as pairs

E. 500-750
650
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3152
c
Sale 1084, Lot 3152, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)10c Green, Ty. I (31). Choice centering with wide margins and clearly showing the type characteristics, bright shade, tied by "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 20, 1859" circular datestamp on lavender cover to Dunbarton N.H., slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, a pretty cover, with 1991 P.F. certificate

1,400
650
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3153
c
Sale 1084, Lot 3153, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)10c Green, Ty. I (31). Horizontal strip of three, choice centering with wide-spaced perforations providing ample room for the Type I characteristics, tied by light strikes of "New Orleans La. Dec. 16" circular datestamp on blue 1859 folded letter to Nantes, France, red New York 24c credit datestamp also ties strip, stamps with faint overall even toning, otherwise Very Fine, scarce and attractive use of a strip of three of the 10c Type I perforated issue, signed Ashbrook, with 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
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3154
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Sale 1084, Lot 3154, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)10c Green, Ty. II (32). Block of four, rich color, manuscript cancels, some perf separations expertly reinforced (bottom right stamp may have been detached), Very Fine appearance, a scarce block of the Type II perforated issue, Scott Retail $4,500.00

E. 750-1,000
600
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3155
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Sale 1084, Lot 3155, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)10c Green, Ty. II/III (32/33). Block of four, top stamps Type II, bottom stamps Type III, multiple strikes of circular datestamp, few faults, Fine appearance, Scott Retail $3,500.00

E. 750-1,000
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3156
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Sale 1084, Lot 3156, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)10c Green, Ty. III-II-II/II-II-II (33-32-32/32-32-32). Positions 2-4/12-14L1, block of six, top left stamp Type III, others Type II, rich color, neat manuscript cancels, choice centering, top left stamp small tear at top, top right stamp small crease at top, Very Fine appearance, a scarce combination multiple, Scott Retail $5,000.00 as block of four of Type II and combination pair

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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3157
 
Sale 1084, Lot 3157, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)10c Green, Ty. II/III (32/33). Vertical pair, top stamp Type III, bottom stamp Type II, choice centering, radiant color, neat New Orleans circular datestamps, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful combination pair, ex Koppersmith and Floyd, with 1989 P.F. certificate

500
950
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3158
 
Sale 1084, Lot 3158, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)10c Green, Ty. III (33). Rich color, choice centering, unobtrusive cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2005 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)

200
250
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3159
 
Sale 1084, Lot 3159, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)10c Green, Ty. III (33). Horizontal strip of six, each stamp with squiggly-line pen cancel, still retaining almost full original gum, h.r., few faults including some perf separations reinforced, Fine appearance, this may be the largest recorded multiple of solely Type III stamps, due to the layout of the plate it is impossible to have blocks of Type III, Scott Retail $1,300.00 as two strips of three

E. 500-750
450
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3160
 
Sale 1084, Lot 3160, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)10c Green, Ty. IV (34). Position 3R1, recut at top, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, deep rich color and proof-like impression, neat strike of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE IV, FROM THE SO-CALLED "MISPLACED RELIEF" POSITION.

The 1857 10c Type IV stamps come from eight positions scattered throughout Plate 1 that have the top, bottom or both lines recut. Only 4% of all 10c Plate 1 stamps produced were Type IV's, and an even smaller percentage was issued with perforations. This is the only position on the right pane of the plate which was recut.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

2,500
2,600
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3161
c
Sale 1084, Lot 3161, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)10c Green, Ty. IV (34). Position 55L1, recut at bottom, tied by "New York Aug. 20" Ocean Mail circular datestamp with integral grid on cover to San Francisco, stamp with small faults at top from placement near edge of cover, otherwise Very Fine, attractive use, ex Lake Shore, with 1985 P.F. certificate

2,500
425
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3162
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Sale 1084, Lot 3162, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Positions 36-38/46-48R2, block of six, rich color, unobtrusive cancels, few perf separations sensibly reinforced, perfs scissors-separated causing s.e. at bottom, Fine-Very Fine block, Scott Retail as block of four and pair

790
160
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3163
 
Sale 1084, Lot 3163, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Unusually choice centering for this difficult issue, intense shade and proof-like impression, light strike of circular datestamp and also with red "19" credit handstamp at lower right

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM PLATE 1. A DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,650.00). Only four have graded higher.

370
1,700
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3164
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Sale 1084, Lot 3164, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Block of four, intense shade, cancelled by single central strike of New Orleans circular datestamp, top right stamp pulled perf, bottom right stamp tiny closed tear, Fine-Very Fine appearance, a scarce used block of four of the 12c 1857 Issue from Plate I, ex Newbury, Ishikawa and "J&J", with 2005 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail $2,750.00

E. 750-1,000
475
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3165
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Sale 1084, Lot 3165, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Block of four, tied by "Mobile Ala. Nov. 22, 1858" circular datestamps on small blue piece, bottom left stamp small crease at upper left, some perf separations, Fine-Very Fine appearance, scarce block, Scott Retail $2,750.00

E. 400-500
350
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3166
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Sale 1084, Lot 3166, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Horizontal block of six, crisp impression on bright paper, few light strikes of circular datestamp, bottom left stamp with traces of red ink from transit marking, faint crease affects right stamps, otherwise Very Fine block, Scott Retail $3,500.00 as a block and a pair

E. 750-1,000
425
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3167
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Sale 1084, Lot 3167, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Positions 44-45/54-55/64-65R1, vertical block of six, light strikes of circular datestamp, few small faults including light creases and few perf separations sensibly reinforced, Fine-Very Fine appearance, Scott Retail $3,500.00 as block of four and pair

E. 750-1,000
400
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3168
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Sale 1084, Lot 3168, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Horizontal block of eight, intense shade, violet pen cancels, diagonal crease affects five stamps, few perfs rejoined and a few light stains, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, a scarce multiple, ex Bechtel, with 1971 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail $5,500.00 as two blocks of four

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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3169
c
Sale 1084, Lot 3169, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Intense shade, tied by clear strike of "Lynchburgh Ohio Sep. 17" circular datestamp on legal-size "The Adams Express Company" corner card cover to courthouse in Georgetown O., 1858 docketing at left, slightly reduced at right and some edgewear, Fine, unusual quadruple-rate use, ex "J&J"

E. 400-500
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3170
 
Sale 1084, Lot 3170, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)12c Black, Plate 3 (36b). Extra wide margins all around with perfs far from framelines, intense shade and impression which clearly shows double transfer at bottom, neat cancels leave design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1860 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. THIS IS ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE PROMINENT DOUBLE TRANSFER AT BOTTOM.

Ex Floyd, Tahoe and Kirke. With 1990 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,950.00 with no premium for the double transfer). Only one stamp has graded higher (at 98). Considering the extraordinary margin width -- almost unheard of in this issue -- and the centering and face-free cancel, we consider this a very strong 95, if not a 98.

275
3,250
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3171
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Sale 1084, Lot 3171, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)24c Gray Lilac (37). Block of four, original gum, h.r. at top, bottom stamps lightly hinged, rich color, few minor perf separations

FINE-VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1860 24-CENT GRAY LILAC.

Scott Retail $9,500.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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3172
 
Sale 1084, Lot 3172, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)24c Gray Lilac (37). Deep rich color and proof-like impression on crisp paper, light strike of red circular datestamp, most recent P.F. certificate harshly (and inaccurately) notes few scissors-blunted perfs at upper right

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 24-CENT GRAY LILAC, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 1979 and 2007 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,500.00)

440
3,250
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3173
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Sale 1084, Lot 3173, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)24c Gray Lilac (37). Strip of three, two pairs and three singles originally forming a block of ten, light strikes of San Francisco circular datestamp, affixed to quadrille page, few small faults, Fine-Very Fine, scarce, note on back reads "strip of three, two pairs and three singles used together to pay $2.40 rate--Detached with most of original brown gum from piece of old canvas envelope. Harmer 9/11/26", ex Burrus, Scott Retail as three pairs and singles

3,975
900
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3174
c
Sale 1084, Lot 3174, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)24c Gray Lilac (37). Wide margins, tied by red grid cancel, matching "New York Paid 3 Mar. 3" credit datestamp on blue American Fire Insurance Company corner card cover to Cheltenham, England, 1861 London transit, receiving backstamp, some slight soiling, Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
750
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3175
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Sale 1084, Lot 3175, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)30c Orange (38). Block of four, original gum, bit heavy h.r. where perf separations sensibly reinforced, some oxidation, Fine, a rare block, Scott Retail $14,000.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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3176
 
Sale 1084, Lot 3176, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)30c Orange (38). Brilliant color, choice centering, neat strike of red grid cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, scarce this well-centered, with 1998 P.F. certificate

475
850
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3177
 
Sale 1084, Lot 3177, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)30c Orange (38). Two, one well-centered with "Richmond Va. May 22, 1861" circular datestamp, last day before popular vote to enter the Confederacy, tiny nick at top left, otherwise Extremely Fine, other with "Jacksonville Fla. Apr. 25, 1861" double-circle datestamp, small faults, appears Very Fine, two nice Confederate States uses, each with 2000 P.S.E. certificate

E. 500-750
1,200
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3178
c
Sale 1084, Lot 3178, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)30c Orange (38). Tied by blue grid cancel, matching "Columbia S.C. Dec. 16" double-circle datestamp on 1860 cover to Heidelberg, Germany, red "N. York Br. Pkt. 7 Paid Dec. 19" circular datestamp, red boxed "Aachen Franco" datestamp also ties stamp, receiving backstamp, minor waterstaining at top and few small toned spots including one just affecting stamp at right, Very Fine

E. 300-400
600
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3179
 
Sale 1084, Lot 3179, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)90c Blue (39). Intense shade and impression, unobtrusive strike of circular datestamp, letters "New Ha" and "Jun" readable, presumably New Haven Conn. June 1861

FINE. A RARE SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.

The 90c stamp was issued in 1860, along with the 24c and 30c values, all of which were needed to prepay high international letter rates established by various postal treaties. The basic 24c and 30c rates to England, France and Germany created a large volume of mail franked with those values. However, the 90c saw much more limited use, partly due to the rates in effect, but more because of the American Civil War. When supplies of current postage stamps were declared invalid in the South and ultimately demonetized by the Federal government, the 90c had been in use for only one year. For this reason, genuinely cancelled copies are scarce and covers bearing the 90c are extremely rare. Approximately 180 used examples have been certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation, of which approximately one-quarter are sound.

With 1986 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates. Scott Retail with premium for black town cancel

12,000
3,250
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3180
 
Sale 1084, Lot 3180, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)90c Blue (39). Rich color nicely complemented by red grid cancels, expertly repaired, Fine appearance, a presentable and affordable example of this scarce used classic stamp, with 1980 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail $11,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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3181
ogbl
Sale 1084, Lot 3181, 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-39)1c Bright Blue, Reprint (40). Without gum as issued, block of four, brilliant color, choice centering, bottom left stamp small picked-out natural inclusion, otherwise Very Fine and scarce block, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate

3,500
2,600
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