VERY FINE. THIS ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK IS ONE OF THE BEST CENTERED MULTIPLES OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.
There are several original-gum blocks of the 12c 1869 Pictorial, ranging in size from four to nine stamps. Nearly all of the unused blocks are more or less off center. This well-centered block is one of the most attractive of all 12c 1869 multiples.
Ex Caspary, where described by Herbert A. Bloch as "one of the finest known." With 2015 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE TYPE I 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE WE HAVE HANDLED IN YEARS.
With 2015 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST BLOCKS OF THE 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE IN EXISTENCE.
The survival of this block through the "blockbusting" decades of the 1980's and 90's was only made possible by the fact that the European Connoisseur acquired it in the 1956 Caspary sale and kept it safe from the stamp-separating vandals. A Power Search of our past offerings will reveal the nature of 15c 1869 Type II blocks. If they are intact, they are either terribly off center or have disturbed gum. One large multiple that has been kept intact is well-centered and fresh, but otherwise the surviving blocks are not for the condition-conscious collector.
Ex Caspary. This beautifully centered block realized $700 against a $300 Scott value in the 1956 Caspary sale, where it was acquired by the European Connoisseur. With 2015 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. ONLY THREE COVERS TO NORWAY WITH THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE ARE RECORDED.
Four 1869 Pictorial Issue covers to Norway are known for the 10c value and up. Two others with a 15c are recorded. This cover is not listed in the 1869 PRA Census and was probably unknown to anyone in this country until now.
VERY FINE. THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE IS SELDOM ENCOUNTERED IN SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION WITH THE CENTERING AND FRESHNESS PRESENTED BY THIS EXAMPLE.
With 2015 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST VISUALLY STUNNING UNUSED 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE STAMPS WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED. THE IDEAL STAMP FOR THE COLLECTOR WHO VALUES CONDITION AND QUALITY OVER THE QUANTITY OF GUM ON THE BACK.
Ex Caspary. With 2015 P.F. certificate graded XF-Superb 95 XQ (denoting Exceptional Quality)
VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE EXTREMELY RARE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITHOUT GRILL.
Our survey of auction catalogs and Philatelic Foundation records produced 23 examples of the 24c 1869 Without Grill (Scott 120a), of which half have faults. This stamp and three others are sound with original gum. The last one of this caliber (with slightly disturbed original gum) realized $47,500 in our 2009 sale of the Whitman collection.
Ex Caspary. With 2015 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE COVER TO CHILE. AN OUTSTANDING FRANKING AND IN UNUSUALLY PRISTINE CONDITION.
The 34c rate to Chile via Panama was reduced to 22c after February 16, 1870. The 12c reduction corresponds to the reduced British rate for transit beyond Panama on Pacific Steam Navigation Co. vessels, from one shilling (24c) to six pence (12c). 34c rate covers sent prior to February 16 show the 24c credit, but a "12" credit is definite proof that the cover was mailed after the rate reduction, as in this case. It is not unusual to see the old 34c rate paid by stamps for a period of months after the rate was reduced. The "25" handstamp is the Chilean charge for an incoming postage due. All incoming mail was subject to an "ultramar" (overseas) charge, and it was made up of 5 centavos plus twice the domestic postage (two times 10 centavos in this instance). This rate was in effect from 1853 though 1874 (our appreciation to Brian Moorhouse for this information).
During the first six months of 1870, the PMSS Co. steamer Alaska sailed from New York on January 21, February 21, April 5, May 5 and June 4 (see Laurence's Ten-Cent 1869 Covers, page 78). This cover was most likely carried on one of the sailings in February, April or May.
Ex Ullery (according to Ashbrook's notation in an old photograph) and Krug. Ashbrook notes on back of cover. With 1951 and 2015 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE COVER TO FRANCE, PREPAID FOR THE DOUBLE TREATY RATE AND BEARING APPROPRIATE MARKINGS FOR AMERICAN PACKET SERVICE.
Based on the markings, this cover apparently left New York on the North German Lloyd steamer Hansa, which departed on October 28 and arrived at Southampton on November 8. The 6c credit would have satisfied the double rate for an American direct packet to Havre or Cherbourg, but this appears to have entered the French mails from England and was accepted with the 6c credit (for American packet service via England). The old French entry markings, such as the Havre octagonal datestamp on this cover, were used several years earlier and brought back into use in 1869, as evidenced by a number of covers recorded by Steven Walske and Richard F. Winter.
Ex Waterhouse. Ashbrook's notes on back confirming genuine use. With 2015 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM MULTIPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITH EXCEPTIONALLY FRESH COLORS AND PAPER.
Multiples of the 30c 1869 Pictorial with grill (Scott 121) are very scarce and seldom have the color and choice centering of this pair.