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)
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).
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
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.
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.
FINE-VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1860 24-CENT GRAY LILAC.
Scott Retail $9,500.00
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)
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