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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 15 December, 2015

Category — 12c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117-122)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2267
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Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2267, 12c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117-122)12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Block of four, original gum, unusually choice centering for a block of this 1869 Pictorial Issue, rich color and very fresh

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

14,000
13,000
2268
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2268, 12c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117-122)12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Superb centering, rich color, cancelled by red circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, wonderful eye appeal

275
1,100
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2269
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2269, 12c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117-122)12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Almost perfectly centered, gorgeous deep shade and vivid red small circle of wedges cancel, Extremely Fine

275
950
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2270
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2270, 12c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117-122)12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Well-centered, rich color and sharp impression, lightly cancelled by red "New York Paid All" circular datestamp, Very Fine and choice

275
325
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2271
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Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2271, 12c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Original gum, unusually precise centering, even more remarkable are the magnificent color and clarity of impression of the frame and vignette, the paper is fresh and bright

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

9,500
6,500
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2272
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Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2272, 12c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Block of four, original gum, small h.r., exceptionally choice centering with the top pair perfectly centered (Extremely Fine), wonderful deep rich colors and intense impressions

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

18,000
15,500
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2273
c
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2273, 12c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Rich colors, tied by cork cancel with "Mobile Ala. May 8" circular datestamp on cover to Tromso, Norway, via Christiana, red "New York May 13/5" 5-cents credit circular datestamp (scarce type), red "Wfco 2" (sgr.) handstamp for credit beyond North German Union, "Christiana 2/6/1871" receiving datestamp ties 15c, lightly cleaned, part of side flap missing

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.

Lamy handstamp.

E. 2,000-3,000
4,500
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2274
c
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2274, 12c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117-122)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Rich colors, tied by red cork grid cancel with matching "Baltimore Md. Apr. 2" (1870) circular datestamp on immaculate cover to Basle, Switzerland, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Apr. 3" circular datestamp, receiving backstamp, Extremely Fine, examples of the 1869 Pictorial bicolored values are very rare tied by red cancellations, ex Caspary (realized $425 in the 1956 H. R. Harmer sale)

E. 750-1,000
2,100
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2275
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Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2275, 12c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117-122)24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Original gum, lightly hinged, attractively centered, bright and fresh colors

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

8,000
6,750
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2276
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Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2276, 12c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117-122)24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Part original gum, extraordinarily wide margins, beautiful rich colors, sharp impressions, especially the vignette which shows every subtle detail of the miniature engraving, long full perforations and bright fresh paper

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)

8,000
10,000
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2277
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2277, 12c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117-122)24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Beautifully centered, bright frame color and sharp vignette impression, lightly cancelled by black segmented cork and additionally cancelled by red "20" foreign-mail rate handstamp, Very Fine and choice, the high-value 1869 Pictorial stamps are rarely seen with numeral markings

1,150
1,500
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2278
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Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2278, 12c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117-122)24c Green & Violet, Without Grill (120a), 24c Green & Violet, Without Grill (120a)24c Green & Violet, Without Grill (120a). Large part original gum, deep rich colors and sharp proof-like impressions, centered slightly to top left as always for this rarity but much better centering and unusually wide margins

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

15,000
12,500
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2279
c
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2279, 12c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117-122)24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Wide margins and choice centering, rich colors, used with 10c Yellow (116), intense shade, each stamp tied by New York City Foreign Mail large segmented cork cancellation on undated grayish blue folded cover to Valparaiso, Chile, sender's directive "pr. 'Alaska'" and probably carried on that Pacific Mail Steamship Co. steamship from New York to Panama sometime in the spring of 1870, the handwriting on this cover matches other covers from the firm of M. Echeverria & Co., 20 Beaver Street, New York City, carried by another steamer down the west coast of South America to the port city of Valparaiso, red "25" centavos due handstamp, light fold clear of stamps

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

E. 20,000-30,000
42,500
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2280
c
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2280, 12c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117-122)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Wide margins and beautifully centered, bright colors, tied by "New Orleans La. Oct. 20" (1869) circular datestamp and segmented cork cancel on small cover to Crest, France, red "New York Paid 6 Oct. 27" credit datestamp, red "ETATS-UNIS SERV. AM. HAVRE 9 NOV 69" octagonal arrival datestamp and "PD" in frame handstamp, French transit and receiving datestamps on back (Nov. 9 and 10, 1869)

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.

E. 15,000-20,000
29,000
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2281
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Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2281, 12c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117-122)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Horizontal pair, large part original gum, minor h.r., remarkably rich and bright colors, proof-like impressions from both plates, well-centered

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.

11,500
3,000
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2282
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2282, 12c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 117-122)90c Carmine & Black (122), 90c Carmine & Black (122)90c Carmine & Black (122). Wide margins, red segmented cork cancel, small thin spots, Very Fine appearance, this 1869 Pictorial top value is scarce with a colored cancel

2,900
2,500
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