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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 15 December, 2015

Category — 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-67)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2197
ngbl
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2197, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-67)3c Brown Rose, First Design (56), 3c Brown Rose, First Design (56)3c Brown Rose, First Design (56). Block of sixteen, unused (no gum), remarkably precise centering for a block of this size and of this trial printing, left vertical row mostly separated and rejoined, some other perfs reinforced or rejoined with hinges

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXHIBITION PIECE, WHICH IS THE LARGEST RECORED MULTIPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT BROWN ROSE FIRST DESIGN.

Scott Retail for 16 singles with original gum is $8,800.00, which is barely relevant to an exhibition-worthy block of this size

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
2198
ng
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2198, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-67)24c Dark Violet, First Color (60), 24c Dark Violet, First Color (60)24c Dark Violet, First Color (60). Unused (no gum), intense color in the true Dark Violet First Color, remarkably detailed impression on bright paper, nearly perfect centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT DARK VIOLET EARLY TRIAL PRINTING WITH UNSURPASSED CENTERING AND MARGINS. WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST EXTANT.

The Dark Violet trial printing and Violet regular issue shades are often confused, and the Scott Catalogue adds to the confusion by putting the Dark Violet (the old Scott 60, which is still stated on P.F. certificates) in the Trial Color Proofs section as 70TC6, while the Violet gets a front seat as Scott 70c. In our opinion, there is really no justification to relegate the Dark Violet to the Trial Color Proofs section. As a result, the stamp offered here is undercatalogued in relation to other 24c stamps of equal rarity. For example, Scott 70c has a value of $35,000.00 versus Scott 60 (70TC6) at $15,000.00.

Ex Moody. With 2015 P.F. certificate as Scott No. 60. Scott Retail with original gum

15,000
10,000
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2199
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2199, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-67)10c Dark Green, First Design (62B), 10c Dark Green, First Design (62B)10c Dark Green, First Design (62B). Wide margins and choice centering, wonderful dark shade and intense impression of the First Design printing, which provides the backdrop for a vivid red "New York Paid Oct. 20" circular datestamp, exceptionally fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2015 P.F. certificate

1,710
4,750
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2200
c
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2200, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-67)3c Pink (64), 3c Pink (64)3c Pink (64). Marvelous bright color in true Pink shade, centered slightly to right, tied by lightly struck "Paid 3" in circle cancel, perfect clear strike of "Winchester N.H. Mar. 11" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Northfield Mass., Very Fine, it's refreshing to see a Pink that has been kept in a collection for a half-century and still retains its true color, ex Klep

875
1,000
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2201
c
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2201, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-67)3c Pigeon Blood Pink (64a), 3c Pigeon Blood Pink (64a)3c Pigeon Blood Pink (64a). Attractive centering, the color is dazzling -- a true Pigeon Blood Pink with all of the characteristic bluish-purple tint remaining in the pink pigment -- tied by grid cancel with duplex "Cleveland O. Oct. 25, 1861" circular datestamp on yellow cover to New Lyme O.

EXTREMELY FINE STAMP AND COVER. HIDDEN FOR MORE THAN A HALF-CENTURY SINCE THE 1956 CASPARY SALE, THIS MAGNIFICENTLY PRESERVED 1861 3-CENT PIGEON BLOOD PINK IS A BEAUTIFUL REMINDER OF WHAT THIS COLOR VARIETY IS MEANT TO BE.

Ex Brown and Caspary (where it realized $975 in 1956). With 2015 P.F. certificate

5,000
4,000
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2202
ogbl
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2202, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-67)3c Lake (66), 3c Lake (66)3c Lake (66). Bottom imprint and plate no. 34 block of eight, original gum, lightly hinged with two stamps Mint Never Hinged (second and third stamps in bottom row), marvelous deep shade and sharp impression, bright and fresh

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE RARE 1861 3-CENT LAKE. ONE OF THE TRULY OUTSTANDING RARITIES OF CLASSIC UNITED STATES PHILATELY IN A WONDERFUL STATE OF PRESERVATION.

The 3c 1861 Lake was printed from Plate 34 only. John C. Chapin's A Census of United States Classic Plate Blocks lists this item as the only plate block of Scott 66 (Census No. 240). The census also lists two perforated plate number strips of four and five imperforate plate number multiples. Therefore, this unique Scott 66 plate block is one of the rarest of all United States plate number multiples.

Ex Colonel Edward H. R. Green (Part 26, Harmer Rooke & Co., Mar. 25-29, 1946, lot 65). With 2015 P.F. certificate

E. 30,000-40,000
35,000
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2203
og
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2203, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-67)5c Buff (67), 5c Buff (67)5c Buff (67). Original gum, choice centering, astounding color in a deep rich shade, bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE. THE BUFF AND BROWN YELLOW SHADES OF THE 5-CENT 1861 ISSUE ARE THE EARLIEST PRINTINGS AND THE MOST CHALLENGING TO OBTAIN IN SOUND, ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION. THIS STAMP, WHICH WAS CASPARY'S ONLY SOUND EXAMPLE, IS ARGUABLY THE FINEST COPY IN EXISTENCE. COLLECTORS WHO HAVE PURSUED THIS RARITY WITHOUT SUCCESS COULD WELL DRIVE THE REALIZATION INTO RECORD-SETTING TERRITORY.

The 5c Buff and its shade varieties (Brown Yellow and Olive Yellow) are recognized as being among the rarest of 1861-66 Issue stamps in sound original-gum condition. Perhaps the only shade varieties rarer than the 5c Buff are the 3c Pigeon Blood Pink and 24c Blackish Violet (Scott 64a and 78c), but Scott 67 is a major Scott listing and is, therefore, more significant to completion of the series.

A review using Power Search supports our claim. The last sound, original-gum example we offered was in our sale of the Alan B. Whitman collection, and that stamp realized $70,000 hammer. This example is better centered and fresher than the Whitman copy, and it has been sheltered from exposure to light and the elements since the European Connoisseur acquired it in the Caspary sale in 1956. He paid $1,250 in that auction, at a time when the stamp's Scott value was $350.

Ex Caspary. With 2015 P.F. certificate

27,500
52,500
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2204
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2204, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-67)5c Brown Yellow (67a), 5c Brown Yellow (67a)5c Brown Yellow (67a). Almost perfectly centered, bright shade complemented by red New York "Paid" circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A VERY SCARCE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BROWN YELLOW WITH CHOICE CENTERING AND A RED DATESTAMP CANCELLATION.

With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $3,000.00)

1,160
5,000
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2205
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2205, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-67)5c Brown Yellow (67a), 5c Brown Yellow (67a)5c Brown Yellow (67a). Well-centered, bright shade -- described as Scott 67 on certificate, but it is the Brown Yellow, Scott 67a -- cancelled by Cincinnati "Prison Bars" framed grid cancel in brilliant green, tiny margin tear at bottom, a truly negligible flaw considering the Very Fine appearance and great rarity of this stamp with a green cancellation, with 2015 P.F. certificate which states that the stamp is reperfed at left, but we disagree, it aligns perfectly with right side in Photoshop test, and the mate to this stamp with the same green cancel was offered in our Wagshal sale and has the same approximate width, these are the only two Scott 67/67a stamps with green cancels known to us

2,000
1,600
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2206
c
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2206, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-67)5c Buff (67), 5c Buff (67)5c Buff (67). Horizontal pair, gorgeous bright shade and well-centered, tied by "Sonora Cal. Mar. 4, 1862" circular datestamp, struck again on small cover to Hinsdale Mass., pristine condition

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COVERS WITH THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.

Ex Caspary, where acquired by the European Connoisseur for $1,050 in 1956. To put that into perspective, the 5c Buff with original gum offered in this sale realized $1,250 in the same Caspary auction.

E. 2,000-3,000
6,750
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2207
c
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2207, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-67)5c Buff (67), 5c Buff (67)5c Buff (67). Two, tied by partly struck "Hingham Ms. Apr. 7" (1862) circular datestamp on cover to Sacramento Cal., receipt docketing at right, slight edgewear, the stamps are exceptionally well-centered with rich color, Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
950
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2208
c
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2208, 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-67)5c Brown Yellow (67a), 5c Brown Yellow (67a)5c Brown Yellow (67a). Remarkably bright shade, misidentified as Scott 67 Buff on certificate -- it is Brown Yellow, Scott 67a, and a small ancient sticker on the cover calls it "Olive Yellow" -- used with 10c Green (68), tied by "Middleport Ill. Oct. 29" (1861) circular datestamp on buff cover to Bussière, France, red "New York Paid 6 Nov. 2" credit datestamp, red Calais arrival datestamp (Nov. 20) and "P.D." in frame handstamp, French transit and receiving backstamps, cover repaired at top left, backflap removed and small spindle holes, the 5c stamp is Very Fine and choice

E. 750-1,000
750
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