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)
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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.