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Sale 1093 — The Curtis Collection: U.S. 20th Century and Air Post

Sale Date — Monday-Tuesday, 23-24 February, 2015

Category — 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
491
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 491, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine, Ty. VI (528A), 2c Carmine, Ty. VI (528A)2c Carmine, Ty. VI (528A). Mint N.H. wide top plate no. 11599 block of six, diagonal and horizontal printing creases, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

800
400
492
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 492, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. IV, Imperforate (532), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. IV, Imperforate (532)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. IV, Imperforate (532). Mint N.H. top plate no. 10918 block of six, large to huge margins, deep shade, faint stain visible on back and natural inclusion, otherwise Extremely Fine

625
350
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493
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 493, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533), 2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533). Mint N.H. horizontal pair with left sheet margin, large margins, creased in margin far from stamp, Extremely Fine Gem

400
275
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494
nhbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 494, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533), 2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533). Mint N.H. left plate no. 11893 block of six, huge margins, intense shade, natural gripper marks visible on back, Extremely Fine, scarce plate block, with 2001 P.F. certificate

1,800
700
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495
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 495, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533), 2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533). Centerline block of four, huge margins, cancelled by multiple strikes of Benton Harbor Mich. Sep. 29, 1920 duplex datestamp and grid cancel, earliest documented use, Extremely Fine, ex Wagner, with 2003 A.P.S. certificate

E. 400-500
350
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496
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 496, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533), 2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533)2c Carmine, Ty. V, Imperforate (533). Top plate no. 11260 block of six, cancelled by Benton Harbor Mich. Aug. 9, 1921 duplex datestamp and grid, creased at bottom right, Extremely Fine appearance

E. 200-300
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497
ogbl
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 497, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine, Ty. VI, Imperforate (534A), 2c Carmine, Ty. VI, Imperforate (534A)2c Carmine, Ty. VI, Imperforate (534A). Top plate no. 11710 block of six, lightly hinged in gummed portion of sheet margin, full to large margins, rich color, fresh and Very Fine, ex Fogelson

400
300
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498
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 498, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B), 2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B). Mint N.H., ample to large margins, rich color and fresh, light gum bends, Very Fine, with 1987 P.F. certificate

3,500
2,500
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499
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 499, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B), 2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B). Horizontal pair, barest trace of hinging, large even margins, deep rich color, slight gum wrinkle

EXTREMELY FINE PAIR OF THE IMPERFORATE 2-CENT TYPE VII.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

3,750
2,500
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500
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 500, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B), 2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B). Full to large margins, lightly cancelled by duplex datestamp and grid with 1921 yeardate visible, Very Fine, scarce in sound used condition, with 2004 P.F. certificate

1,400
1,300
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501
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 501, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B), 2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B)2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Imperforate (534B). Block of four with huge 25mm right sheet margin, large margins other sides, intense shade and impression clearly showing the Ty. VII characteristics, bold strikes of "Chicago Ill. Hyde Park Sta. Dec. 27, 1921 9 AM" duplex cancels

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE USED SHEET-MARGIN BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT TYPE VII OFFSET IMPERFORATE ISSUE.

According to Armstrong, the imperforates were issued to satisfy the needs of the last remaining private coil manufacturer. The Mail-O-Meter Company merged with the Schermack Company and so these issues are also known with the Schermack Type III perforations, such as are also seen on Scott 314A and 482A. However, a small supply of the imperforate 2c Type VII stamps without Schermack perfs did reach the public.

Our informal review of auction catalogues and the records of the Philatelic Foundation found four blocks of four and nine pairs, of which only four are sound. This is the first block we have offered since our 2001 Twigg-Smith sale.

The Scott Catalogue pricing is in error as it values two used pairs higher than a used block -- which is considerably rarer. Scott Retail as two used pairs

9,000
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502
c
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 502, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)3c Violet, Ty. IV, Imperforate (535), 3c Violet, Ty. IV, Imperforate (535)3c Violet, Ty. IV, Imperforate (535). Large margins to ample, tied by "San Diego Cal. Sep. 30, 1918 6PM" machine cancel on San Diego Society of Natural History corner card cover to Stanford University, pencil note on back "I have the advantage of you in not having to work with anything but shells--come up to see us", Very Fine, this is the earliest documented use of Scott 535, ex Berkun, with 2003 A.P.S. certificate

E. 750-1,000
600
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503
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 503, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)1c Gray Green (536), 1c Gray Green (536)1c Gray Green (536). Mint N.H. bottom plate no. block of six, normal narrow selvage, bright and fresh, Very Fine and choice, with 2004 P.F. certificate

350
275
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504
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 504, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539). Lightly hinged, bright fresh color, beautifully centered

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1919 2-CENT TYPE II ROTARY PRESS WASTE ISSUE, SCOTT 539.

The rotary waste sheets were rarely perforated in a uniform manner. Centered examples such as this are extremely rare.

Ex North Fork. With 1987 P.F. certificate

2,700
3,750
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505
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 505, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539). Mint N.H., bright color, small handstamp on gum, Fine, with 1966 P.F. certificate for a block of four, and 2011 P.S.E. certificate

4,250
2,100
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506
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 506, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. II, Rotary Perf 11 x 10 (539). Rich color, neat wavy-line machine cancel, repaired pinhole, small toned spot in head

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT TYPE II ROTARY PERF 11 x 10. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST COIL WASTE STAMPS IN USED CONDITION. ONLY THIRTEEN USED SINGLES ARE KNOWN.

At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was left over that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919 the Bureau devised an economical plan to salvage this waste by converting the leftovers from coil stamps into sheet stamps. This was accomplished by cutting the sheets into panes and running them through the flat-plate perforator for the horizontal perforations, giving the stamps perforations on all sides. The Type III design was far more plentiful (producing Scott 540) but a small number of Type II (Scott 539) was also produced.

Since Scott 539 was put through two different perforating machines (perforated 10 vertically on the rotary perforator during the coil part of production and then perforated 11 on the flat plate perforator), most of the stamps are off-center. The rotary press sheets also had a natural tendency to curl, making perforating on the flat plate perforator especially difficult.

Our census of Scott 539, and available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/539/539.pdf , records only thirteen used singles, one used block of four and one on cover. Most are off-center -- only two have decent centering and are confirmed as sound.

Census No. 539-CAN-11. Small purple backstamp. With copy of 1987 and 2006 P.F. certificates.

17,500
5,250
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507
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 507, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544). Mint N.H, 1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544). Mint N.H1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544). Mint N.H., deep rich color on bright paper, three balanced margins to clear at left, tiny perf hole tear at top left

FINE APPEARING AND RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1923 ONE-CENT ROTARY PERF 11, SCOTT 544. PROBABLY FEWER THAN TEN EXIST IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

A small quantity of 1c Rotary Press stamps was perforated 11 at the end of 1922, using remainder sheets from the earlier experimental printings that were normally perforated in 10 gauge or 10/11 compound gauge. Its existence as a Perf 11 variety was discovered in 1936, and the stamp received its Scott Catalogue listing in 1938.

Most of the recorded copies of Scott 544 are off-center or have been damaged -- the result of poor production standards and mis-handling.

With 1999 P.F. certificate

35,000
9,500
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508
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 508, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544), 1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544). Intense shade and impression, neat wavy-line machine cancel, small pinhole at upper left, corner crease at upper right, Very Fine appearance, with 1993 P.S.E. certificate

3,750
1,500
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509
 
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 509, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544), 1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544). Horizontal pair, bright color, clear 1922 duplex cancel

FINE. A RARE PAIR OF THE ONE-CENT PERF 11 ROTARY WASTE ISSUE, SCOTT 544. THIS IS ALSO A VERY EARLY USE.

The earliest reported use of Scott 544 is December 17, 1922. Unfortunately the day of the cancel used on this pair is not known, but it would be in the first few weeks of use.

With 1974 and 1999 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as singles.

7,500
1,600
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510
c
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 510, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544), 1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544)1c Green, Rotary Perf 11 (544). Two horizontal pairs, tied by "San Francisco Calif. Mar. 18, 1924 10:30 PM" machine cancel on oversize cover with attorney's return address to Commissioner of patents in Washington D.C., second stamp with depression in paper from cancel at bottom left, third stamp tiny scrape at bottom right, fourth stamp with top right corner missing

A REMARKABLE FRANKING WITH TWO PAIRS OF THE RARE ONE-CENT ROTARY PERF 11 ISSUE, SCOTT 544. VERY FEW COVERS OR CARDS ARE KNOWN, AND THIS IS THE LARGEST MULTIPLE USE.

Ex Martin. With 2005 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as off-cover singles $15,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
4,000
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511
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 511, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)1c Green, Rotary (545), 1c Green, Rotary (545)1c Green, Rotary (545). Lightly hinged, rich color, detailed impression, Jumbo margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2000 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $450.00 as 95, unpriced as 98), this is the highest grade awarded in the OG category and none share it

170
500
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512
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 512, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)1c Green, Rotary (545), 1c Green, Rotary (545)1c Green, Rotary (545). Top plate no. 13616 block of six with narrow selvage, stamps Mint N.H., rich color, Fine, Scott Retail as singles

2,400
400
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513
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 513, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)1c Green, Rotary (545), 1c Green, Rotary (545)1c Green, Rotary (545). Block of four, bright shade, bold central strike of Bloomington Ill. registry oval cancel, fresh and Fine, scarce used block, with 2004 P.F. certificate

1,050
190
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514
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 514, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary (546), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary (546)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary (546). Mint N.H., brilliant color, gorgeous centering, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,650.00), only three have graded higher

230
1,400
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515
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 515, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary (546), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary (546)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary (546). Bottom margin block of four, deep rich color, neat strikes of duplex cancel, light creases affect all stamps, appears Fine, scarce used block, ex Twigg-Smith, with 2001 P.F. certificate

1,000
225
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516
c
Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 516, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary (546), 2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary (546)2c Carmine Rose, Ty. III, Rotary (546). Tied by "New York N.Y. Sta. W Dec. 26, 1922 11-PM" machine cancel on locally addressed cover, fresh and Fine, with 1994 P.S.E. certificate

800
0
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517
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 517, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)$2.00 Carmine & Black (547), $2.00 Carmine & Black (547)$2.00 Carmine & Black (547). Top double plate nos. 8177/8179 and arrow block of eight, lightly hinged, radiant colors, fresh and Very Fine, an attractive and desirable plate block

4,000
2,300
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518
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 518, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)$2.00 Carmine & Black (547), $2.00 Carmine & Black (547)$2.00 Carmine & Black (547). Mint N.H., intense shade and impression, well-proportioned margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $475.00)

270
425
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519
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Sale Number 1093, Lot Number 519, 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)$2.00 Carmine & Black (547), $2.00 Carmine & Black (547)$2.00 Carmine & Black (547). Complete sheet of 100 with selvage all around and double plate nos. at top, precancelled with Paterson N.J. roller cancel, selvage faults and "V" shaped piece out of selvage at top, perf separations as would be expected and some wrinkling, still Fine and extremely rare cancelled full sheet, Scott Retail as singles $4,000.00

E. 1,500-2,000
2,300
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