Sale 1120 — Outstanding United States Stamps
Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 17-18 March, 2016
Category — 1861-66 Issue (Scott 56-78)
A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE SCARCE ULTRAMARINE SHADE.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; this shade is unlisted as unused in SMQ), quoting catalogue value for the normal shade would be very misleading -- we have offered only two other unused and two used examples since keeping computerized records. Scott Retail as hinged $2,500.00
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT PINK. ONE OF THE RAREST 1861 ISSUE SHADES IN THIS CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
The 3c 1861 Pink (Scott 64) is one of the most difficult stamps of the 1861-66 Issue to find in sound, well-centered, original-gum condition with fresh color. The nature of the ink used to print the 3c Pink shade is such that over the course of time, with exposure to light and other adverse elements, the color tends to oxidize or lose its vibrancy.
Collectors who have searched in vain for a 3c Pink in such condition will appreciate the rarity of this stamp in such a remarkable state of preservation. Others who may be less familiar with the rarity of this early 1861 Issue -- and perhaps deceived by the abundance of common 3c 1861 shades (Scott 65) -- are urged to consider the extreme rarity of Scott 64 in sound original-gum condition.
Ex "Scarsdale". With 2003 and 2016 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE12-CENT 1861 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- A GORGEOUS STAMP.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,750.00). Only four have graded higher (at 98J)
A FINE APPEARING AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT VIOLET ON THIN PAPER WITH THE COLOR BEAUTIFULLY PRESERVED.
The 24c 1861 exists in four basic shades of Violet: Dark Violet (August 1861 trial printing, formerly Scott 60); Violet on Thin Paper (August-September 1861 regular issue, Scott 70c -- the shade offered here); Pale Gray Violet (1861 regular issue, Scott 70d) and Blackish Violet (ca. 1863 printing, Scott 78c). All four are rare, especially in original-gum condition.
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate
VERY GOOD-FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE.
Less than ten blocks of four are recorded. Most are centered left as the block offered here. A block of eight was offered in the Caspary sale, with similar centering, and this may have come from the same sheet.
EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE.
With 1999 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1863 2-CENT BLACK JACK.
Most blocks with Mint N.H. stamps have been broken to feed collector demand for singles. We doubt this block will remain intact for much longer.
With 2001 and 2012 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as hinged
VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT SCARLET TRIAL PRINTING.
As documented by Jerome S. Wagshal in a series of Chronicle articles (Nos. 56, 60, 61 and 62), Carl F. Rothfuchs, a Washington D.C. stamp dealer, obtained a supply of the 3c Scarlet in 1893 -- probably from the Post Office Department in exchange for his assistance with the Columbian Exposition -- and sold them with pen marks and original gum. This example is particularly well-centered and should be considered desirable with its original gum. Many have faults or perfs in on one or more sides.
With 1986 and 2013 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A FRESH SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1862 ISSUE IN THE RED BROWN SHADE -- VERY RARE IN THIS CONDITION.
The 5c Red Brown, issued in early 1862 after the Buff printing, is one of the 1861-66 stamps that challenges collectors who demand choice original-gum examples. Multiples of the Red Brown are extremely rare, with only one recorded original-gum block; therefore, there has never been a supply of blocks from which singles could be harvested. The vast majority of original-gum singles are off-center or faulty.
With 2014 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1862 RED BROWN.
Brookman notes "I consider the used Red Brown to be more scarce than Buff but the Buff is more scarce unused".
With 1994 P.F. certificate