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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 15 December, 2015

Category — 12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 17)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2149
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2149, 12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Enormous even margins all around including part of right sheet margin and parts or traces of four surrounding stamps, deep shade and lightly cancelled by blue circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR LARGE-MARGINED USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

While Superb 98 is an exceptionally high grade for any 12c 1851 Issue, frankly we are surprised this stamp did not earn the P.S.E. "Jumbo" appellation, which would have increased its SMQ value from $3,250.00 to $4,750.00. Considering the width of the margins, the buyer of this stamp will acquire a true Jumbo example without factoring the P.S.E. premium for Jumbo into the equation.

Ex Caspary (where it realized $280). With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $3,250.00)

265
3,000
2150
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2150, 12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Huge margins all around including part of right sheet margin and parts or traces of four surrounding stamps, crisp shade and lightly cancelled by town circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

While Superb 98 is an exceptionally high grade for any 12c 1851 Issue, frankly we are surprised this stamp did not earn the P.S.E. "Jumbo" appellation, which would have increased its SMQ value from $3,250.00 to $4,750.00. Considering the width of the margins, the buyer of this stamp will acquire a true Jumbo example without factoring the P.S.E. premium for Jumbo into the equation.

With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $3,250.00)

250
3,750
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2151
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2151, 12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Huge margins showing parts or traces of five adjoining stamps, lightly cancelled by red grid, crisp shade and impression, Extremely Fine Gem, a spectacular stamp of extraordinary dimensions for this narrowly-spaced issue, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $2,100.00)

280
3,500
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2152
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2152, 12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, large margins all around including traces of adjoining stamps below and right sheet margin, crisp shade and impression, lightly cancelled by red grids and New York circular datestamp with "19" credit, Extremely Fine, a remarkably choice pair of the 12c 1851 Issue

605
1,200
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2153
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2153, 12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Positions 1-2L1 from the top left corner of the sheet, horizontal pair, huge margins to full at right, outstanding proof-like impression, lightly cancelled by black circular datestamp and red Philadelphia credit datestamp with "6" showing, Extremely Fine, the left stamp is a Gem, but this pair should not be divided

605
2,100
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2154
 
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2154, 12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Vertical pair, top stamp with huge margins, bottom large to full, lovely impression, cancelled by blue circular datestamp, it appears that one letter of the datestamp has caused an indentation in the top stamp which shows dark in fluid, still a beautiful pair with an Extremely Fine Gem stamp at top

590
1,300
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2155
bl
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2155, 12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Positions 59-60/69-70/79-80R1, block of four from the right side Plate 1 Right, huge margins all around including sizable portion of right sheet margin and large parts of adjoining stamps below, cancelled by neat strikes of "New-York Mar. 14" circular datestamp, razor-sharp impression and crisp shade, bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS THE FINEST KNOWN USED BLOCK OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE. A MAGNIFICENT CLASSIC IMPERFORATE MULTIPLE AND EXTREMELY RARE IN SOUND CONDITION.

Despite the existence of a fair number of used blocks of the 12c 1851 Issue, or perhaps because of it, collectors fail to appreciate the extreme rarity of used blocks in sound condition with four full margins. A review using Power Search will reveal the blocks sold through our auctions over many years, almost all of which are cut in or have faults, and none of which can be compared to the block offered in this sale. We feel confident in describing this block as the finest used multiple extant.

Ex Emerson and Lehman (as a block of six)

5,500
11,500
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2156
c
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2156, 12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Ample margins to just touched, crisp grayish shade, used with Hawaii, 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), ample margins to just clear, faint toned spot, red "Honolulu * U.S. Postage Paid * Jan. 7" (1857) circular datestamp on buff cover to Titus M. Coan at Yale College in New Haven Conn., the United States and Hawaiian stamps were left uncancelled in Hawaii, both tied by "San Francisco Cal. 5 Feb." circular datestamp when mail was bagged for Panama sailing, at one time the letters of the addressee's last name were erased and rewritten

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE UNITED STATES 1851 ISSUE AND HAWAIIAN KAMEHAMEHA III ISSUE MIXED-FRANKING COVER.

This cover carried on the E. L. Frost, which departed Honolulu on January 7, 1857, and arrived in San Francisco on January 31. It was carried to Panama on the regularly-scheduled monthly sailing.

Ex Seybold (handstamps on back) and Emerson. With 1954 Royal Philatelic Society of London certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
4,750
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2157
c
Sale Number 1115, Lot Number 2157, 12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 17)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a), 12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Bottom left diagonal half, large even margins, tied across the cut and left margin by blue circle of tiny segmented squares and rectangles cancel, matching blue "SONORA, CALIFORNIA/FEB. 11. 1852" two-line datestamp on blue folded letter to Surry Me., datelined "Vine Springs Garden Feby 10/52" from E. S. Jarvis to his brother Leonard, manuscript "Paid 6 Ct." to the right of the bisect, neatly docketed with March 19 reply date in blue manuscript, light horizontal file fold well below the bisect

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED 12-CENT 1851 BISECT COVER FROM SONORA, CALIFORNIA, WITH THE STAMP CANCELLED BY A SEGMENTED CORK. A MAGNIFICENT 1851 ISSUE COVER FROM THE JARVIS CORRESPONDENCE.

The 12c stamp was bisected to pay the 6c transcontinental rate, effective July 1, 1851, due to a shortage of 3c and 1c stamps. Seven bisects are known used from Sonora, five of which have the Sonora straightline datestamp. This is the only cover with the segmented cork cancel. The Jarvis family, the source of the covers, owned 60 acres of land in California named Vine Springs, on which they grew grapes and made wine (http://www.cagenweb.com/tuolumne/bio4.htm).

Ex Caspary and Dick (Siegel Sale 203, lot 379). With 2015 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
9,000
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