VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE GENUINELY USED ON A PIECE OF ITS ORIGINAL COVER. THERE IS ONLY ONE DOCUMENTED FULL COVER -- THE CELEBRATED "ICE HOUSE" COVER -- WHICH WAS SOLD BY OUR FIRM IN 2009 FOR $375,000 HAMMER.
This is the only 90c 1869 certified as genuinely used on piece. The “N. York Steamship” datestamp was usually applied to letters originating in South or Central America or the Caribbean and received from contract steamships, to which the standard 10c per half ounce rate applied. There are rare examples of the same marking used on outbound steamship mail. The April 1 date on this piece is probably from 1870 (if 1869, it would be the earliest recorded use of the 90c 1869).
Ex DuPont, Forster and Ainsworth. Illustrated in United States Postage Stamps of 1869 by Jonathan Rose on p. 166. With 1986 P.F. certificate.
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED MULTIPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
Multiples of the 90c are extremely rare. Only seven used blocks of four are recorded, and the largest recorded multiple is a strip of seven. Very few multiples were used, due to the stamps' high denomination and brief period of use. Subsequent collector demand resulted in the reduction of many multiples to singles.
With 2006 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as pair and single
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITHOUT GRILL.
Fewer than 25 examples have been certified by the Philatelic Foundation as genuine, and of those only 16 have original gum. This is the first we have offered since 2013, and the second sound copy we have offered since our 2009 Whitman sale.
Blue backstamp. With 2000 P.F. certificate.