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Sale 1115 — A European Connoisseur's Collection of U.S. Classic Issues

Sale Date — Tuesday, 15 December, 2015

Category — 10c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-35)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2173
c
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2173, 10c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-35)10c Green, Ty. II/III/I (32/33/31), 10c Green, Ty. II/III/I (32/33/31)10c Green, Ty. II/III/I (32/33/31). Vertical strip of three with Type I at bottom and Types II/III above, well-centered, all of the perfs are intact since the strip was not separated mechanically, rich color and sharp impression, tied by two strikes of "New Orleans La. Jan. 22, 1859" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Nantes, France, sender's blue oval handstamp, red "New York Paid 12 Jan. 29" credit datestamp, French "12 Janv. 59" arrival datestamp with error in month (it should be "Fevr"), transit and receiving backstamps (Feb. 13-14, 1859), horizontal filing crease, Very Fine, an attractive transatlantic cover with a scarce 10c 1857 combination strip containing Type I, signed Ashbrook

E. 1,500-2,000
1,400
2174
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2174, 10c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-35)10c Green, Ty. II (32), 10c Green, Ty. II (32)10c Green, Ty. II (32). Horizontal strip of three, bright color, Highland Ill. circular datestamp, well-centered with the righthand stamp superbly centered but unfortunately creased, otherwise Very Fine-Extremely Fine

650
375
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2175
c
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2175, 10c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-35)10c Green, Ty. II (32), 10c Green, Ty. II (32)10c Green, Ty. II (32). Choice centering with interpane sheet selvage and centerline at right, deep shade, tied by neat strike of "Lebanon N.H. Nov. 3, 1860" circular datestamp on lady's small cover to Benicia Cal., Extremely Fine, a common use in uncommon quality

250
425
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2176
c
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2176, 10c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-35)10c Green, Ty. III (33), 10c Green, Ty. III (33)10c Green, Ty. III (33). Horizontal strip of four, well-centered, wonderful deep rich color and sharp impression tied by two light strikes of "New Orleans La. May 1, 1858" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Vera Cruz, Mexico, "6" reales due handstamp for Mexican internal postage, couple light folds at bottom

VERY FINE. A STRIKING 1857 10-CENT TYPE III MULTIPLE ON A QUADRUPLE-RATE COVER TO MEXICO FROM THE HARGOUS CORRESPONDENCE. MULTIPLE-RATE COVERS TO MEXICO ARE RARELY FOUND IN THIS REMARKABLY FRESH AND CHOICE CONDITION.

Pencil note "Colson $200" on back, referring to the price paid to Warren H. Colson, probably more than 70 years ago.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,400
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2177
c
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2177, 10c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-35)10c Green, Ty. IV (34), 10c Green, Ty. IV (34)10c Green, Ty. IV (34). Positions 54/64/74L1, vertical strip of three comprising three Type IV positions, each with a different variety of recutting -- Position 54L recut at bottom, 64L recut at top and bottom, and 74L recut at top -- used with vertical strip of three 5c Brick Red (27), both strips are of excellent color and impression, tied by "New Orleans La. May 7, 1859" circular datestamps on blue folded letter to Nantes, France, sender's blue oval handstamp, perfect strike of red "New York Paid 18 May 14" credit datestamp, French arrival datestamp (May 28), transit and receiving backstamps, bottom of 10c strip trimmed but leaving a very wide bottom margin, 5c strip has negligible corner creases at top right and bottom right, but both strips are in remarkably choice condition, especially considering their New Orleans origin, where scissors-trimming was practiced, horizontal file fold in cover, excellent condition

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR 1857 PERFORATED 5-CENT BRICK RED AND 10-CENT GREEN FRANKING, AND ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS WITH A VERTICAL STRIP OF THREE TYPE IV RECUT STAMPS, WHICH IS ONLY POSSIBLE FROM POSITIONS 54/64/74L1, THE ONLY THREE CONTIGUOUS TYPE IV POSITIONS ON THE PLATE. ONE OF THE GREAT COVERS OF CLASSIC UNITED STATES PHILATELY.

This cover was carried on the North German Lloyd steamer Bremen, which departed New York on May 14, 1859, and arrived at Southampton on May 27 (the mail reached France the next day). It was correctly prepaid and credited for the triple 15c United States-France treaty rate by American packet via England.

There were eight recut positions (Type IV) on the 10c Plate 1, which was used to print stamps issued both imperforate (Scott 16) and perforated (Scott 34). Only three positions on the plate form a contiguous string of recuts: Positions 54L, 64L and 74L, arranged vertically in the 6th, 7th and 8th rows of the left pane. There are no horizontal positions that form a strip of three Type IV's. For this reason, Type IV strips can be no more than three in size (counting only the contiguous Type IV stamps), and must be in a vertical format, containing Positions 54/64/74L1. We are aware of two covers bearing such a multiple: the cover offered here and a double-rate cover with a strip of three and no other stamps, which was offered in the 1955 Waterhouse sale held by H. R. Harmer in London.

Signed Ashbrook and discussed in his Special Service (pp. 352-353, photo 181). With 2015 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
15,000
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2178
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2178, 10c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-35)10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). 15 singles and one strip of three, one with original gum, one with blue cancel, eight singles and strip with red cancels including one Ty. A "Supplementary Mail" handstamp, a couple reperfed, some trivial flaws, overall a Fine-Very Fine group with a few Extremely Fine, the stamps with red cancels are especially attractive

1,457
650
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2179
c
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2179, 10c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-35)10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Superb centering, dark shade, tied by "New-York Ship Mar. 11" circular datestamp on inbound ship letter cover to Charlestown Mass., faint hint of cover toning at left, still Extremely Fine, very scarce

E. 300-400
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