FINE-VERY FINE. A MARVELOUS FRESH ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF TWELVE OF THE 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
Ex Caspary. Scott value as two blocks and two pairs.
VERY FINE. THE ADRIAN LARGE BEE FANCY CANCELLATION IS EXTREMELY RARE AND BELIEVED TO BE UNIQUE ON THIS "BIRDS AND THE BEES" 1869 PICTORIAL COVER.
The Adrian Large Bee fancy cancellation rivals the artistic quality of Waterbury postmaster John Hill's Bee creations. Covers with this cancellation are very rare, and this is the only strike on an illustrated Dove and Ribbon envelope, which creates the first "Birds and the Bees" cover we have ever encountered.
"W.H.C." (Colson) handstamp. Noted as ex Emerson on back. Warren H. Colson mentions an Adrian Bee cover in his 1929 booklet on the Duckwall collection, so this might also be ex Duckwall. With 2015 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. THIS PRISTINE COVER IS THE ONLY RECORDED 3-CENT INTERCONSULAR RATE USE BETWEEN NAGASAKI AND YOKOHAMA WITH THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. CERTAINLY ONE OF THE FINEST OF ALL 1869 ISSUE COVERS ORIGINATING IN JAPAN.
The sender, Pignatel & Co., was one of the largest of the Western trading firms, and Eccard & Raud was a major silk exporter. This cover was carried on an eastbound Pacific Mail Steamship Co. branch-line steamer that originated in Shanghai and stopped at Nagasaki on its journey to Yokohama. The table of PMSS Co. branch-line trips in the Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book is, by the authors' own admission, based on incomplete records. The eastbound trip of the Costa Rica that carried this cover is not listed, but the receipt docketing can be used to determine the trip dates. According to the docketing, the letter originated at Nagasaki on December 26, 1870, and arrived in Yokohama on December 31 (it was answered January 2, 1871). The trip from Shanghai to Yokohama was usually seven or eight days at this time, so the Costa Rica probably sailed from Shanghai on December 23 or 24, picked up the mail at Yokohama on December 26 or 27, and reached Yokohama on December 31. None of the listed trips by other steamers fit these dates.
Very few interconsular covers originating in Nagasaki are recorded, and all others with 1869 Pictorial Issue stamps were prepaid 6c for the rate from Japan to Shanghai, China. This is the only known 1869 Issue cover from Nagasaki to anywhere else in Japan, paid at the 3c interconsular rate.
Pencil note on back indicates this was sold by the Weills from the Ward stock in August 1965.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE IN A REMARKABLE STATE OF FRESHNESS.
With 2015 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND RARE 6-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE BLOCK WITH ORIGINAL GUM. RARELY ENCOUNTERED WITH THE FRESHNESS AND VIVID COLOR DISPLAYED BY THIS BLOCK.
Jonathan Rose estimates that there are seven to eight unused blocks of the 6c 1869 Pictorial Issue. Of these, most have perfs significantly into the design, a fact confirmed by using Power Search.
With 2015 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. THIS RIGHT-ARROW BLOCK, WITH ITS CHOICE CENTERING AND REMARKABLE FRESHNESS, IS ONE OF THE FINEST MULTIPLES EXTANT.
Ex Caspary, where it realized $1,250 in 1956, more than double its then-current Scott Catalogue value of $600 (probably acquired by the European Connoisseur in that sale). With 2015 P.F. certificate